Congratulations on the effort of all the Redbacks in Trimester 1. The inception of finals created a lot of interest and hype to conclude the season.
TAS made a decision to formally present Champion Sport trophies for each sport played decided by the aggregate scores based on ladder positions (eight points for the best placed team in each division to one point for the bottom placed team). Furthermore, a Trimester Champion School Trophy would also be awarded based on a ranking system of the four Saturday sports played (eight points for being the best placed school in a sport to one point for the bottom placed school). At the conclusion of the year, the Champion School Trophy will be decided by adding the ranking positions from the 12 Saturday sports and the three Carnival sports.
Heading into the final round of the Trimester 1 season, Ormiston was sitting first in the Champion School race on 24 points with WestMAC with JPC third on 23 points, St Paul’s on 22 points and Canterbury a bit behind on 20 points. Looking at the results, the final sport positions were hinging on a few wins, which would ultimately have an impact on the overall Champion School Trophy. We were needing to win all our home games and jag a few away games to cement our position at the top of the table.
Finals can do funny things to teams. The key to finals success is to win all games you are hosting, as you are high up the ladder than the opponent when you host, to maintain ladder positions and try to win a couple of away games to gain some ground. OC were unable to gain any ground in the away games and we lost four home games.
The Trimester 1 Champion School was Canterbury (23 points), who were able to win seven away games gaining some key ladder positions. West Moreton Anglican College and John Paul College finished equal second (22 points) and Ormiston College and St Paul’s School shared fourth position (21 points). It was an incredibly close conclusion to Trimester 1 and congratulations is extended to Canterbury who finished eighth in Trimester 1 in 2016!
Boys Volleyball finished the season as the Champion Boys Volleyball School. This is the second year in a row and eighth time since 2007 they have finished as the Champion School of boys volleyball. The Firsts were premiers for the third time in succession and ninth time since 2004. The Year 8s defending their premiership and fifth premiership in this division.
Girls Basketball had many successes off the field in terms of participation, culture and learning the fundamentals of the game. Results did not feature on the scoreboard but the seeds have been planted for future success. Mr Jarrett’s Seconds team came so close to a fifth premiership in girls basketball only to be run down in the final 1.30 minute of the game. It was the lowest score any OC Seconds team has kept JPC.
The First XI and Third XI sides finished the season as bridesmaids, unable to clear the final hurdle in their premiership matches. The Second XI claimed a strong victory to finish the season third. Intermediate 1 (seventh), Intermediate 2 (fourth) and Intermediate 3 (sixth) sides enjoyed a season that featured great growth and development.
Girls tennis continue to impress on and off the court. Off the court, the girls are showing great commitment, interest and support for each other. On the court, the girls are hitting the ball much harder, with greater accuracy and a sting in their shots that has seen their success percentage skyrocket from 47% in 2016 to 61%! The Most Improved Sport from 2016 is in prime position to take out the same gong again at the 2017 Sports Awards Evening. The Seconds and Year 8s finished the season as premiers, which is a remarkable feat considering the last premiership came back in 2011!
A massive thanks is extended to the coordinators, Miss Andronikos (Boys Volleyball), Mrs Ponting (Cricket), Mrs Penniket (Girls Tennis) and Mr Jarrett (Girls Basketball). Without their communication, organisation, management and support the students would not have been provided with the excellent programs offered.
The next job for the Redbacks is to prepare for the Trimester 2 season. Onwards and upwards!