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APS Season 1 Wrap - Junior School




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Week 8, Term Two, 2019

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Last week, Thursday 6 June we wrapped up Season 1 of our APS Sport in the Junior School. For my first season as Junior School Sport Co-ordinator I can say that I am very proud of all of our teams who competed throughout the season to the best of their ability, displayed outstanding character both on and off the court/field.

Our students from Years 4 to 6 represented to College to an unprecedented level, holding themselves to a high standard and always competing In the Right Spirit.

A massive Congratulations goes to the following teams and their coaches for being undefeated throughout the season. • Tennis- Boys A B and C Team • Volleyball- Year 6 Boys • Volleyball- Year 4 Boys • Football- Girls Year 5 A • Football- Girls Year 4 A and B • Netball- Year 5 A Team

This season I asked our coaches to write up a wrap up of their seasons, here are a few for you to enjoy reading:

Year 5 Netball, coached by Mrs Lola McLaughlin

Our A team was undefeated for the season showing great determination and grit to get the job done, we look forward to competing at the GT Cup. My B team had a great season getting a few wins under their belts. It was great to see so many girls who were brand new to Netball getting to know the game and developing as players, The Spartan Netball future is bright.

Year 4 Girls Football, coached by Mrs Nicole Fann

Year 4 Football girls have had a fantastic season. Being led by Harry McMaster as coach, the girls were able to develop their ball skills as the season progressed. Each week, the girls focussed on teamwork, passing the ball and using the space, which led to being able to maintain possession and score successfully in games. All of the girls were committed to training and to listening to feedback, and throughout the season they were gaining in their confidence and skills. Most importantly, the girls were enjoying the opportunity to have fun on the field and play against other schools. They are very deserving in their combined efforts of being undefeated this APS season.

Year 5 Rugby, coached by Mr Mark Pitura

During this season, the Year Five Rugby Boys have enjoyed the challenge of learning how to play variety of positions in the backs and forwards as well as entering the world of contested scrums, line-outs and a full length field for the first time. The boys displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the semester, scored numerous tries and made some big hits and aggressive tackles. The improvement in each individual within the squad has been dramatic and this was highlighted by fantastic victories against KINGS (A and B team), AB Paterson and CAC. I would like to thank Mr Pula for all his efforts and support throughout the season.

Year 6 Girls Football, coached by Mrs Danielle Swainson

The Girls Team in Year 6 Football had a great season. The girls made vast improvements in their skill and strategy, and applied this every week. They were enthusiastic and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship during games, as well as at training. They lost just a handful of games, and were gracious in both wins and losses. They each adopted a Matilda to cheer on during the Women’s World Cup! It was a great experience to coach these girls this season.

Year 4 Rugby, coached by Mr Brad Cates

The Year Four Rugby team has had a wonderful season winning all games but their first against King’s. The team is very committed, competitive and display many rugby skills beyond their years. The team will be in contention to win the DNK Cup as they have gone from strength to strength; they had an absolute blinder against Emmanuel winning comfortably this week.

Boys Tennis, coached by Mrs Jenny George

It has been an absolute pleasure to help coach the JS Boys Tennis this year. Each one of the very talented boys is a star player. Tradition continued when during the trials, I had to select 15 boys from a possible 40, such is the standard of boys tennis at Somerset. During the season Lachlan Yarwood and Jay Casper were very helpful in giving the boys extra mentoring and coaching expertise. All boys in our squad are gentlemen and play with strategy and talent, yet never waivered to take hats off, make a positive comment and offer their hand at the net in the sportsmanlike manner that is part of how we develop tennis at Somerset College. Thank you also to our supportive parents. In the first time ever – all three teams – A, B & C – remained undefeated! That is completely awe-inspiring and outstanding!

Year 5 Boys Football, coached by Mrs Rachel Skyring

What a season our Year 5 Boys Football teams had! Our A team showed skill, determination and raw power as they battled against some tough competition over the semester. Our B Team showed a phenomenal degree of improvement in their football skills too, as many of the boys had not even played a game of football before. Both teams displayed tremendous teamwork, encouragement and recognition of each other throughout the season, and by the final matches they worked together as a well-oiled machine! Their coach, Brett Budwee, Mrs Radcliff and I couldn’t be more proud. Well done boys!

Thank you coaches for taking the time to write Season Wrap Ups! Lastly, I would like to thank all the parents and supporters than came out to watch our students play throughout the season. It was great to see so many people encouraging our students, being positive role models from the sideline.

In Term Three we will begin training for Season 2, students have already made their sport selections but if they would like to change they are welcome to email me at Student can select from Basketball, Touch, AFL, Softball, and Cricket.

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