Community Day

Community Day was held Saturday 6 May, with the boys being in their House Colours, participating in Sport in the morning before having their families involved in House lunches.

Sports that the boys played included:

Hockey – Da Costa defeated School & Allen in Final
Rugby (Touch) – Junior Final won by Short and Senior Final won by School & Allen
Table Tennis – MacDermott won the open competition
Soccer – Finals still to be decided
Basketball – Finals still to be decided
Football – Finals still to be decided

It was fantastic to walk around the school and observe the activity and fun, with many new friendships developing through days like this.

All sports were keenly contested, albeit in a friendly, social manner. Thank you to all families who came along and supported on the day.

Thank you to everyone involved including Teachers in Charge of their Sports, Heads of Houses, Coaches, Managers, Umpires, Scorers, Ground and Maintenance Staff, Ms Sue Dickinson and anyone else that assisted, and of course our boys, who make the day.

Sailing – State School Team Championships

During the April school holidays, St Peter’s College entered three teams into the State Championships Regatta held at Port River Sailing Club. Unfavorable light winds made for some challenging competition out on the water for all teams. The lack of wind also reduced the number of races, putting more pressure on the teams to make every race count. All boys did well to stay focused for the length of the regatta, in somewhat rainy and cold conditions.

Although qualifying well in the metropolitan regattas, the Saints 2 team had a challenging start, being matched with higher ranked teams. Captain Lachy M, with help from fellow skippers George Y and Jacob L, as well as crew members James M, Gabe L and Myles M, led the team to finish 12th overall out of 24 teams, just cracking the halfway mark. However, this position put them on an equal number of wins with eight other teams, the highest ranked in 8th position, showing just how close the racing was.

Saints 3, consisted of new skippers Kosta D, along with Cooper S and Jonty M, along with new crew members Nithin V and Menura G, joined by more experience crews Will S and Ian I. Nevertheless, the team placed 19th on the ladder, again on an equal number of wins with four other teams. The team showed great potential for future regattas, winning six out of a total of 15 races completed, only two wins behind the result from Saints 2.

Saints 1, comprising of captain Will D as well as Jacob M and Will H, with their crew members Sam S, Bryan L and Wenbo W, started well only losing one race in the first seven rounds. This strong entrance meant that they would be competing against more skilled teams. A four-race losing streak made a chance at finals look bleak, nevertheless, the team pulled together, winning their last 3 races, acquiring them a spot in the finals. This led them to an overall 3rd place, a remarkable result which the team should be commended on. This has potentially earned them a place in the Australian Championships to be held in Perth in early July.

Overall, all teams sailed well in the regatta and should be congratulated for their efforts. A special mention to the Year 12 students, Will D, Jacob M and Bryan M, as it was the last school regatta they will sail in South Australia. Special thanks go also to coaches Jesse Mitton and James Damin (MAC ‘16) for mentoring the boys throughout the regatta.

Josh Dierickx
Manager of Sailing

Shore Basketball Exchange

We had two teams travel to Shore for our annual Basketball Exchange, with Mr David Pyman, Teacher in Charge Basketball, and Mr Todd Matthews, Coach and Director of Basketball.

Each team played four games and impressed with their ability to absorb pressure and learn from the experience.
The Open team were beaten in the first two games but then came back to win their second two with a last game win with a three-point shot on the buzzer to steal the game. This assisted in deciding the Trophy overall which Saints brought home.

Christian A led from the front to bring others into the game. It was pleasing to see the development of the team and individuals who were tested.

The Junior team also won two and lost two matches, which indicates how close the ability levels were matched.

Melbourne Grammar School Football Exchange

Our annual Open Football Exchange was held on Thursday 13 April, here at Saints.  Playing for the Dick Potter Cup, with the Football Exchange being over a hundred years old, this is a keenly contested battle. Although Saints were good early and scores were close at half time, Melbourne Grammar proved to be a stronger team in the second half, running away with the game during this period. The margin ended up being around 5 goals in what was a competitive match.

Mr Peter Warnes, Teacher in Charge of Football, worked with Melbourne Grammar School to ensure they enjoyed their time in Adelaide.

Soccer

The Saints First Team travelled to Melbourne to play against Scotch College Melbourne for the John Roe Perpetual Trophy. On this occasion, it was Scotch that won the Trophy, with Saints having retained the trophy over the last nine 9 years. Isaac B scored the goal for Saints in our 2-1 loss.

Athletics SA – Recognition

There are many people who work behind the scenes to assist in providing opportunities for our boys. Much of this unheralded work quite often goes unnoticed, so it is pleasing to report that our Manager in Charge of Athletics, Ms Sue Dickinson, has been nominated through Athletics SA for the 2016-2017 Derek McFadden Memorial Cup, Best and Fairest Team Manager.

This year’s Awards Dinner will be held on 26 May 2017. Congratulations Sue and good luck on the night.

Petanque

Our French Language Students annually have a Petanque match against several other schools, celebrating the unique French culture. This is played at a local Bowling Club.

Again, this year we managed to retain the Shield, after winning the last three competitions. Thank you to Ms Irene Castrechini-Sutton for assisting in providing this opportunity for our boys.

Hockey

Over the recent school holidays Fred G (Co-captain), Richard H and Paxton travelled to Hobart to compete for South Australia in the National Under 18 Hockey Championships.

The boys performed well, also playing against a Pakistan invitational team, who ended up winning the competition.

Tennis

Congratulations to David A, who was selected in the “All Australian Team” after performances in the Pizzey Cup for Tennis. David was Captain of the SA State Team.

Grant Wyman
Director of Sport & Athletic Development