Last Saturday saw Junior TAS Tennis get underway. Round 1 was a great success and I would like to commend the organisation and professionalism of our coaching staff for helping the first round run so smoothly.
Here at Ormiston College the Internal Competition took place, with Matthew O’Neill and his team of coaches being ably supported by Ms Van Eck and Ms Herzig. The morning was full of fun, skill development and a little mathematics. Yes, the students are learning all about the scoring system involved in tennis. The Internal Competition is a fantastic initiative and creates an inclusive environment where our future OC tennis stars can develop their game. Well done to all involved.
The four Junior TAS teams all took on John Paul College, which was to be one of the match-ups of the season. The Blue and Red teams both played at our home venue at the Redlands Lawn Tennis Association. It was a pleasure watching the great talent in both these sides, many of whom are still in Year 4 or 5! Both teams came away with convincing victories. The White and Gold teams played away at JPC. Whilst the ‘Golds’ chalked up a big win, the ‘Whites’ went down in a thrilling 23 – 27 encounter. The 3 – 1 overall result against John Paul is something the students should be very proud of. The moment of pride for me came from the coaches’ praise for the sportsmanship shown by the Redbacks. What a great way to start Term 4 sport!
While the Junior TAS Tennis teams have been competing in Round 1, the Junior TAS Touch Football teams have been diligently preparing for Round 1 of the Junior TAS Touch Football Carnivals. All teams have been selected and students should now know who their coach is and what time their matches are. All games are to be played here at Ormiston College on the Senior School Ovals. There will be a BBQ and canteen on the day, with proceeds going to the Junior School Support Group.
Students are permitted to wear moulded football boots, but no plastic or metal studs are allowed. They may choose to wear sneakers, but the recommendation is moulded football boots. Plenty of sunscreen and water is a must, as it’s a long morning.
The Junior TAS Touch Football Carnivals are always a highlight of the year, with a huge number of people on campus at the same time. OC has entered 12 teams into the draw, so there will almost always be a team of Redbacks to cheer on. Please make sure your son/daughter arrives 30 minutes prior to their first match.
Last weekend 110 netball teams from all over Queensland simultaneously converged on Ipswich to compete in the Samsung Primary School’s Cup. OC sent a team of nine girls, Ella Spiteri (Captain), Ellie Webster (Vice Captain), Paris Mertens, Annie Bretz, Katie Jacobsen, Ally Bannister, Anais Waddell, Kayla Jackson, and Arabella Hall.
The girls won their first three games and played a heart stopper against Lady of Lourdes. This was the toughest game and at half time the girls were absolutely exhausted but went back on to the court determined. Ellie Webster led the outstanding defence team with tips and intercepts to keep us in the game. Ally Bannister fed the circle beautifully for the unstoppable shooters Ella Spiteri and Arabella Hall. Paris Mertens and Katie Jacobsen were able to gain possession of the ball for their team and Kayla Jackson worked tirelessly to feed the shooters. But most of all the girls worked as a team as they displayed persistence, commitment and dogged determination beyond their years to finally come away with a well-earned draw. The parents and I could not have been more proud. After this result we were in a tie for first place. In the last game on Saturday the girls needed to prevent the opposition from scoring and to score as many goals as possible. The sideline was vocal with encouraging support and the girls rose to the occasion. Captain Ella Spiteri led by example and was tireless in both attack and defence. Annie Bretz and Paris Mertens prevented any access to the opposition circle, shutting down the shooters completely, and Ally Bannister and Anais Waddell were a slick and sharp combination moving the ball swiftly down the court to Ella and Arabella who shot beautifully once more. The girls were outstanding to finally win with a colossal score of 30 nil. Unfortunately despite this herculean effort it was not quite enough and they narrowly missed out on the play offs.
On day two the girls played four second placed teams, winning all games convincingly. Unbelievably, despite their tiredness they just kept getting better and better. Notably OC were the only team apart from the eventual winners that went through the entire tournament undefeated. The best result OC has ever achieved. What a force to be reckoned with, watch out TAS schools in 2017! The parents that came along were a wonderful support to the girls. Karen Bannister was the team manager and with her assistance and efficient organisation the carnival ran very smoothly. Thank you to all involved but most of all, thank you to the girls for giving their all, being amazing team players, and displaying the qualities that epitomize the Ormiston College Spirit.