Last weekend Junior TAS Cricket and Hockey started with earnest. Ormiston College have entered five cricket teams and six hockey team into the draw this term, further enhancing our reputation as being a leader in sports participation within Junior TAS.
After a very busy week of selections and training our 92 cricketers and hockey players took to the field, eager to represent the Redbacks for the first time in 2017. Our cricket teams had a mixed bag of results, coming away with two convincing wins and two very close losses. The Year 4 side, coached superbly by Mr Leon Iconomidis and 2016 First XI player Zac Smith, fought valiantly only to go down in the dying stages after losing a late wicket. Year 4 and 5 sides play an average system whereby your total team runs gets divided by the amount of wickets lost. Although OC had scored more runs than their opposition they lost two more wickets. Our Junior Open and Year 6 teams showed great skill and teamwork to come away with comfortable wins.
Six losses is rarely something that you can find too many positives in. But after scrolling back through the results from last year, our 2016 teams had a similar early season run of results. In Round 1 of 2016 we only recorded the one win from five matches. By Round 5 all but one team recorded victories and in Round 6 we went undefeated. Sometimes early in a season combinations haven’t formed and when you enter as many teams as we do, it can take a few more trainings before everything starts to “gel”. By all reports all of our teams enjoyed their first match and the coaches were very happy with their efforts. I can’t wait to watch the improvement levels across all sic hockey teams.
One thing that has been evident over the past week is the extent OC teachers, coaches and families go to in order to ensure our students have a positive sporting experience at OC. There were some draw confusions with Junior TAS Hockey out at Rasey Park on Saturday. Not only did our coaches manage the morning well, but they went above and beyond to ensure all students had the opportunity enjoy their match. I feel very privileged to be part of the OC community.
ROUND 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
ROUND 2 REMINDERS:
I am very much looking forward to Round 2 of JTAS Cricket and Hockey. It is always a pleasure to watch the students improve week to week. Good luck Redbacks!