Welcome back to what I’m sure will be another year of exciting sport at Emmanuel College.
Our sports results in 2014 were as good as ever with our Thursday and Friday afternoon teams finishing on a real high, equalling the previous year’s record results with 28 teams winning premierships or remaining undefeated. This was the best figure of any APS school in Semester 2.
Likewise we finished the year with 98 students gaining selection in South Coast Regional teams, only two shy of our best ever result, and still likely to be the best per head of population figure of any school in the region. The breadth of sporting talent at the school at the moment is truly outstanding.
With three consecutive years full of sporting successes, it will no doubt be a real challenge in 2015 to maintain this, but I’m confident our students and staff are up to the task. Best wishes to all students as they pursue their sporting dreams this year.
Over the holidays we had three groups of school students competing at major events, the Australian Schools Athletics Championships in Adelaide, the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships in Melbourne and the Qld Long Course Swimming Championships in Brisbane. In all three events our students have done the school proud.
Our Junior Girls Athletics team finished ranked 7th in Australia after a full day of competition in the summer heat of Adelaide. After a slow start to the day that could be put down to nerves or inexperience, the girls finished very strongly to climb to 7th in the rankings with a points tally very close to the bronze medallists. The girls represented the school so well and will have gained enormous experience from the event. A big thanks to coach Mr Ferris for his work to get the girls to this standard and to Mrs Taber for acting as manager for the team and to the parents who accompanied the team.
Team members were: Meredith Calcino, Annie Muir, Monique Hay, Emily Casaclang, Justine Ramsay and Emma Perry.
In the Volleyball competition at Melbourne, our 16 Girls Division 2 team has taken all before them in winning the Gold Medal from the 20 teams in their division. This win was particularly satisfying for coach Mr Sandford, as he had a brand new team from the one that picked up Silver last year in Open Division 1. Three of the 7 players have had less than 6 months experience in the sport and to meld them with four experienced players and emerge with Gold was a remarkable effort.
The final was a particularly nail biting affair that had all our parent supporters and manager on edge. After losing the 1st set 25-17, the girls fought back to claim the 2nd set 25-18, before finishing a few points ahead of their West-Australian rivals, in the deciding set, when time ran out!
A sincere thanks to Mr Sandford who once again did an exceptional coaching job to get them to this standard, to Miss Eade who was a fantastic team manager and to all the parents who made the long trip to Melbourne to support the team.
Team members were: Emily Raven, Cassandra Bain, Maggie O’Hara, Lydia Brown, Hannah Bridgement, Alana Neave (Captain), and Sarah-Jayne DeCelis.