Beyond Blue Sports Round
Congratulations to School Captain and Vice, Lachlan R and Daniel N for their drive to promote mental health awareness through Beyond Blue Sports Round last week.
Our boys wore blue armbands, had a guest speaker in former Crows player Brent Reilly – who spoke brilliantly, held a BBQ to raise some funds, invited other schools to be involved and generally promoted what mental health was about. Should a boy have a concern there were plenty of people that they could speak with. I thank the Prefects and all boys involved in this campaign. Thank you also to all Staff that supported the cause.
The Saints Boys SAPSASA team took part in the annual competition on Thursday 10 August 2017 at Wayville Stadium.
The boys competed with skill and determination through some six games over the course of the day. Opening the day with a win against Le Fevre and followed up quickly by another over Richmond. Games lasted just 15 minutes making it a frantic and high octane environment for the boys, coaches and the viewing crowd. The third game brought Saints heaviest defeat of the day against a strong Immanuel side. Game four saw a third win for Saints against Parkside and at this stage of the day we were sitting equal top with Immanuel and East Marden who they met and were defeated by in the next round. East Marden went on to eventually win the ladder. Saints played their final game against Vale Park losing by the odd score.
The SAPSASA journey was a very positive experience and the boys will have learned a great deal from the exposure to structured training, and having a taste of the type of commitment required to play this sport at a competitive level.
Saints boys SAPSASA Team 2017 were:
Luc V D H
Coach: Darren Spiby
Teacher: Todd Matthews
Supported by the injured Kobe S. Kobe was unfortunately injured the week before the competition and was very much missed by his team mates. Daniel S the junior school basketball captain stepped up to fill in.
Will Hayward – Sydney Swans
As a Saints Community we are all proud of Will Hayward who has played AFL for Sydney this year. Let’s remember that Will was playing for Saints, in our First XVIII, this time last year. Boy, things can happen quickly.
Will did not always have the best V02 max system but he went to Jake O’Connell and got the right program. What a difference this has made.
This is a small account from Jacob O’Connell, who looks after our Saints gym and his own commercial gym, Commit-2-Bfit, as to how he assisted Will Hayward.
“I did some research on what Will was going to have to do at draft camp from previous years. We started with some testing to look at his weaknesses, he really struggle with his cardiovascular based tests (beep and 3km).
He had 9 weeks till draft camp when we started. I sent him a training plan weekly, which had a basic outline on what and when Will should be doing for recovery, running and gym.
This was all based around School Football Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The program included 2 gym sessions and 1 running session.
The Key was quality not quantity as he already had 2 football trainings and a game every week. I had also included 3 recovery sessions per week in his program as this is the most important part in getting weekly improvements.
These recovery sessions included Ice baths and foam rolling”.
Any boys in the Senior School are able to attend sessions in the Conditioning / weights room at Saints. Jake and some of his other fitness trainers monitor the boys in the gym and provide expert advice on the right type of training programs. Our boys get access to the gym before school, at lunchtime and after school, Monday to Friday.
Well done Jake on assisting Will to become a better athlete.
Athletics Dates for the Diary
After the Winter Intercol Season has finished we quickly get into the Athletics Carnival Season.
- Athletics Coaching – All boys invited to attend.
We have Saturday Morning Athletics Coaching on the following Saturdays – 2, 9,16 September from 9.20am til 11.30am on the Farr Oval.
- Athletics Trials – Tuesday 29 August to Thursday 14 September – Trials held at lunchtime and after school until 5pm.
- House Athletics Carnival Day – Friday 22 September 48.45am -3.30pm – Caterer, Wilson, Farr Ovals – All parents and friends are invited.
- Achilles Cup – Thursday 28 September – 9.30am-3pm at Santos Stadium – All parents and friends are invited
Athletics Day Coordinator
This term sees the Winter Intercol Season of Sport and Activities against Prince Alfred College on the following dates:
Monday 21 August – Soccer Intercol at St Peters College – Lloyd East Pitch – 4pm
Tuesday 22 August – Table Tennis Intercol at Prince Alfred College – Red Centre – 4pm
Wednesday 23 August – Rugby Intercol at Prince Alfred College – Front Oval – 4pm
Thursday 24 August – Hockey Intercol at St Peters College – Williams Sports Field – 4pm
Friday 25 August – Basketball Intercol at Prince Alfred College – Red Centre – 5.30pm
Saturday 26 August – Football Intercol at St Peters College – Main Oval – 2.15pm
Monday 28 August – Debating Intercol at Prince Alfred College – Piper Pavilion – 7pm
Tuesday 29 August – Chess Intercol at St Peters College – Big School Room – 5pm
Full program can be downloaded here.
May I wish all boys the best of luck in these historical games. Providing advice is always difficult but I do know that a positive mindset normally allows action and doing, which means that you are on the front foot. Good luck.
SAAS Semi-final – After defeating Trinity College last week in the SAAS Semi-Finals our First XI boys play St Ignatius College in the Final. Being in the top two SAAS Teams has also qualified our boys for the State Knockout Finals. Congratulations to Jack B and the Team.
With our First Hockey Team not losing a game this year we are top of the table having been consistently good performers overs the period of two terms. Well done boys, captained by Fred G.
Our First V played in the semi-finals of the SAAS Competition, but were narrowly defeated by Cabra College on Saturday. However, the boys have qualified for State Secondary Schools Knockout Competition. Well done to Christian and Mackenzie for their leadership of this group. Injuries have tested us but the boys have still performed well.
Director of Sport & Athletic Development