Junior TAS Sport (Week 5 Term 2)

Junior TAS Netball and Rugby at Ormiston College is going from strength to strength. The ethos of Junior TAS is around participation and skill development and these are both areas that I have had a huge focus on over the past two years. We currently have 14 teams playing on a Saturday morning in rugby and netball, which is double the amount of teams of most other Junior TAS schools. Our skill development is harder to quantify, but can be seen in the improvement in certain aspects of each sport. Perfect examples include; the improved footwork of our Year 6 netballers over the past two years, the impressive cleaning out and groundwork of our Year 5 rugby players and the amazing ability of our Year 6 rugby players to catch and pass with accuracy under pressure. These are all things I have noticed over the past three weeks at training and in matches.

These performance barometers have led to the impressive outcomes we see each Saturday morning. Once again, the Redbacks had an outstanding morning, notching up 11 wins and only the 3 losses. It is easy to see why Ormiston College is the benchmark in TAS sport when you look at the consistent skill development of our Junior TAS participants. Achieving success against the Junior TAS ethos of participation and skill development most certainly leads to success in TAS in future years. OC is well placed to continue being the dominant sporting school within The Associated Schools.

Last Saturday all four rugby teams played home matches. This created a great atmosphere at the college as three out of four teams went up against local rivals, Sheldon College. Our Year 4 side were the only team not to play our neighbours, as they went on a try-scoring feast to secure a 45-0 win over Rivermount. Both Year 5 Blue and Year 5 Red put Sheldon away 75-0 and 59-21 respectively. The Year 6 boys continue to show great promise for future years. Their performance against Sheldon was clinical, unselfish and incredibly skilful. They went on to record an 80-0 victory. An overall for-and-against of 259-21 for the round is a good indication of how well these four teams are playing at the moment. Even more pleasing is the way our students are carrying themselves of a Saturday morning. They are celebrating each other’s success, showing respect to their coaches and showing great sportsmanship towards their opposition and the referee. Well done to all involved!

Our 10 netball teams took to the courts at Cannon Hill full of confidence after a very successful Round 2. The three Year 4 sides are showing some great promise for years to come and once again came away with two wins and a close loss. The spirit shown by Year 4 Red was wonderful to see as they celebrated their win with a team chant. One win and two losses to our Year 5 teams belies the performance of these teams. Both losses were close matches and the girls should be proud of their efforts. I am sure there will be lots of “work-ons” during the week. Another impressive round from our Year 6 and Junior Open teams saw OC grab four wins from four matches. Well done to the players and coaching staff for all the hard work you are putting in to improving every week.



Round 4 sees all teams back out on the field and court. I wish everyone the best of luck at the halfway point of the season.



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 five 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.

Please find the Round 3 Team of the Week below.



Episode 14 of RedbackTV is now available and features a special on our ELC and Year 1 to Year 3 students. Tune in to catch up on all the action from Round 4 of TAS Sport and Round 3 of Junior TAS Sport.

Term 2 Week 5 RedbackTV (Episode 14)

Jay Dowdell
Head of Junior School PE & Sport



Junior School Sport (Week 5 Term 2)