On Tuesday, 13 June, five SJC netball teams competed at the Diocese Netball Carnival here in Tweed Heads. Two 7/8 Girls teams, two 9/10 Girls teams and a Senior Girls team competed against other schools, including MSPC through to St Mary’s Casino. It was a lovely warm day and the students were excited for the day.
The 7/8 Girls had a great day and competed well against all other teams. Team A ended up first in their pool, winning all their pool games. Our Team B had only seven players for the day (no subs) and really started to develop as a team over the day. They ended up with one win and two losses in their pool games. The crossover round saw both teams play tough matches, with Team A coming away with the win to put them into the grand final. With some great support from other teammates and parents, Team A went on to win the grand final. None of the games would have been possible without the support of our umpires - thank you to all the girls who willingly umpired games.
The 9/10 Girls also competed well. Team A won all three of their pool games, against MSPC, Woodlawn and SMCC Casino respectively. Team B had two wins, against Woodlawn and MSPC, and had a narrow loss of 2 to Trinity. Both teams made it to the crossover round, where they were forced to go head-to-head. This made it tricky for coaching as Ms Toohey was coach for both team. Team A came away with the win and progressed to the finals where they beat Woodlawn to win the day. Team B still had one game left, and unfortunately went down in the final to place 4th overall.
The Senior Girls played well in their pool games and progressed to the semi-finals. In a thrilling semi-final match, the Senior Girls' Netball team emerged victorious by one goal against their fierce rivals, Mt Saint Patrick College. The game showcased their exceptional teamwork and determination. However, in the closely contested grand final, with the scores tied at 11-11 at halftime, the team narrowly lost to Woodlawn. Despite the loss, the Senior Girls can take immense pride in their exceptional teamwork, skill, and unwavering effort displayed throughout the entire day.
A special vote of thanks to all the girls who helped out with umpiring on the day.
Overall it was a great day with students representing the school proudly.
On Wednesday, 21 June, two 7/8 SJC Touch Football teams competed at the NSW All Schools Touch Football Carnival in Ballina. It was a great day and the students were excited for the day, having trained a number of days in the lead-up.
The Year 7/8 Boys team competed extremely well, making it to the finals. Despite a rocky start, with a loss to Ballina, the boys skills and teamwork improved with every game they played. This resulted in them making it to the semi-finals against Tweed River, where a drop-off occurred to decide the victor. Despite being in question to play the semis, due to injury, Toby Young was able to find space and score the winning try in the corner, progressing the team to the finals and securing a trip to Sydney. The boys finished runners-up for the day with our MVP being Kaelem Ryan, who was brilliant in both offence and defence, often directing the team around the field. The team is now set to play in Sydney on 2 August.
The 7/8 girls team also competed well. They played 4 games; against Lindisfarne, Kingscliff (twice) and Ballina Coast High School. The girls were stronger in defence, but so were the other teams. Unfortunately that left the girls without a win, despite some close games. The MVP for the day was Peyton Farr.
A special vote of thanks, to Mr Attenborough-Doyle and Ms Toohey, for all their work in training and on the day of the carnival, and Mr McCormack for preparing the 9/10 teams for the following day's games.
On Thursday, 22 June, two 9/10 SJC Touch Football teams competed at the second day of the NSW All Schools Touch Football Carnival in Ballina. Both Boys and Girls teams played five games; against Kingscliff, Tweed River, Ballina Coast High School, Cape Byron Steiner School and Richmond Christian College.
The 9/10 Boys team improved throughout the day but were unlucky to miss out on semi-finals, finishing the day with one win and four losses. The boys were willing to listen and learn from coaches and worked hard for each other all day. Try scorers included Cooper Newell, Zac Jones, Seth Westall, Bailey Le Brese, Kyrone Rudman, Luke Ward-Petersen, Blake Webb, Bryce George, Seb Trimoli, with Seth Westall excelling in attack and defence all day.
The 9/10 Girls team competed well making the semi-finals (finishing third overall for the day). The semi-final was lost in a drop-off to Ballina Coast High School (a drop-off results in only three players from each team on the field after extra time) - a tough finish to a long day.
Notable mentions for the day included Eva Liles (scoring five tries) and solid all round play all day from Fallon Twindley and Summer Barton. A special thanks to Seren Owen who attended as sports trainer and water girl, her enthusiasm and energy definitely rubbed off on the girls.
Ms Hannah Toohey