Last Saturday our 14 Junior TAS Rugby and Netball teams took to the field and court for Round 2. To say this was an extremely successful round would be an understatement. Of the 14 matches that took place on Saturday morning OC came away with 12 wins and only the two losses. In terms of the win/loss column, this would be one of the most successful rounds of sport I have seen here in the Junior School. Of course, we know success cannot always be related to outcomes. Sometimes it is more important to have goals related to performance or process. If I was judge Round 2 on things such as improvement and sportsmanship it would certainly be just as successful as the outcome suggests. The improvement in tackling and cleaning out of Year 5 Red Rugby, the sportsmanship shown by Ashley Zimon and Grace Sutton on the netball court or simply the spirit and comradery that our Year 6 Rugby side plays with. All of these intangibles were clear to see and it made for a very pleasing morning of sport.
Our Junior TAS Rugby sides completed a clean sweep, winning four from four in a dominant display of Redback running rugby. Mr Goulter was delighted with the try-scoring feast that his Year 4 side went on, knocking over WestMAC 67 – 15. Both Year 5 teams produced their first wins of the season, with some great improvements in key areas of the game. The Year 5 Red team showed great continuity in their ability to retain the ball at the breakdown. Another impressive performance saw the Year 6 boys shut WestMAC out 58 – 0.
Eight wins from ten matches is an incredible effort from our Junior TAS Netball teams and is a great sign of the depth we have across all three year levels. Year 4 went three from three, as Year 4 White collected their first win of the season, 3 – 0. Our Year 5 teams have improved a great deal in one week and scored nail-biting wins in Year 5 Blue and Red. The Year 6 quartet put together another strong round, notching up three wins and are starting to build towards TAS in 2018.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the coaching panel in both sports. The work our students are doing at training is clearly making difference on Saturday. The students are not only performing well, but they are loving playing sport for OC. Good luck in Round 3 this Saturday!
The Cross Country Running Club is in full swing for Term 2, with training scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 7.15am. All training will take place on the BOQ Oval. These trainings are open to all students in Year 3 to Year 6 who wish to push their claims for Junior TAS selection.
The Junior TAS Cross Country Carnival is on Friday 26 May. The team will be selected at the end of this week and I urge all students selected to make every effort to get down to our final training sessions before the carnival.
This week’s episode of RedbackTV features a shout-out to all those involved in Bring It On. Tune in to catch up on all the action from Round 3 of TAS Sport and Round 2 of Junior TAS Sport, along with previews of what is coming up in Term 2.
In 2015 the Team of the Week concept was created to recognise students who display admirable qualities whilst representing Ormiston College. Each round there will be a Team of the Week named from our Saturday fixtures. Players can be nominated based on 5 different criteria which align with the ethos of Junior TAS Sport which has a focus on skill development, participation and enjoyment. These criteria include:
Sportsmanship: Shows great sportsmanship towards their opposition, teammates, coaches and referees.
Teamwork: Strives to include every member of the team. This could be through good gameplay, communication or just showing encouragement.
Redback Spirit: Tries their hardest to do their very best right throughout the game. May not score the most points or goals, but is giving their very best for the team.
Outstanding Skill: Shows great skill and ability throughout the game.
Improvement: Always listens to their coach and is therefore showing great improvement week to week.
The coaches from each team will nominate two players to be put forward for Team of the Week. All will be included in either the Rugby Team of the Week or the Netball Team of the Week. Nominations will be added up to go towards the Team of the Term which will named and recognised at the end of Term 2.