Winter Intercol Season

There were eight Winter Intercols that have been conducted over the last two weeks, held either at Saints or Prince Alfred College. As well as this there have been a myriad of other matches between the two schools in the various Sports and levels.

The efforts of our boys has been excellent and this has provided them all with experiences from which they learn a great deal.

Intercols were held in the Sports and Activities of Soccer, Table Tennis, Rugby, Hockey, Basketball, Football, Debating and Chess.

Soccer

Monday 21 August – Saints was defeated by PAC 2-1 in a game which was full of action. Both sides had their chances but in the end PAC stuck more into the back of the net. Keshav S and Adam S played well. Jack B led by example as he done every game throughout this season. Will H looked threatening on many occasions when sprinting forward. All boys gave it their all.

Our boys were well behaved and thank you to the Staff in attendance.

Well done to Matthew French our Teacher in Charge of Soccer, Paul Vanis – Coach, Laurie Humphreys Team Manager and Airton Andrioli (Director of Soccer). Well done to the Grounds and Maintenance Staff for their preparation of the Pitch and setup of the Ground. 

Table Tennis

Tuesday 22 August – Saints defeated PAC 17 – 7 over at the Red Centre. Adam W was exceptional in his fourth Table Tennis Intercol. Longchen L also played some amazing shots to show his class under pressure. Well done to James Carter, Teacher in Charge of Table Tennis, Kay Crowell (coach) and Irene Castrechini-Sutton (Coach) for their support of the boys.

Well done to the Staff Members in attendance.

Rugby

Wednesday 23 August – the Rugby Intercol was held at Prince Alfred College on the Front Oval.

Our boys, captained by Tom L, tried extremely hard and outscored PAC over the latter stages of the game, but it was PAC who were the better team on the day.

The Final Scores were Saints 17, defeated by PAC 38. Will I managed to get one try and played well, as did Ben G and a number of other boys. Thomas C also showed his class on a number of occasions. It was physical game where our boys gave it their all.

Well done to Tony Begley and Tom Green for their preparation of the boys and Lauren Brenton who assisted the Team. Thank you to boys and Staff in attendance. It was pleasing to see great support for our boys who were quite emotional after the game.

Hockey

Thursday 24 August – Last night in the Hockey Intercol, PAC controlled the ball for most of the game, but it was Saints efficiency around the goals that enabled them to score 2 goals to PAC’s 1. Paxton S and Fred G were outstanding and the boys defended as if their lives depended on it. Goalkeeper, Willem D, saved countless shots and the defensive team worked well. This was a real feature as PAC attacked time after time.

Congratulations to Fred G (Captain), Harry Johns (Coach) and Garry Grosvenor as Teacher in Charge of Hockey.

Well done to Grounds and Maintenance Staff, including Jason Hall, who sets up so much of our events. It is a privilege and pleasure for our boys to use these facilities.

Basketball

Friday 25 August – the Basketball Intercol was held at the PAC Red Centre where our boys were extremely loud and proud when barracking for the mighty “Blues.” Our spectator numbers were amazing and the boys chanted and sang beautifully. It was great atmosphere. 

On the court, our Seconds had a great win where a shot went in just before the buzzer and in the Firsts, our boys played outstanding Basketball.

The First game was never really in doubt as David Q controlled the ball up and down the court and the tall “timber” of Mackenzie H and Christian A were too big and strong for their counterparts. Geordie M also had his moments as he attacked the boards with “gusto” and contributed to the scoreboard. At one stage the game blew out to nearly twenty points but PAC rallied to get a few points late in the game. The final scores ended up Saints 41 to PAC 28. Congratulations to our Basketball Team, the Staff who attended the game and of course our boys whose support was amazing.

Congratulations also go to Todd Matthews (Coach and Director of Basketball), David Pyman, Teacher in Charge Basketball and First V Manager and Andrew Gibson.

Football

Saturday 26 August – the Football Intercol was held on the Main Oval at Saints. The Grounds and Maintenance Staff, Managed by Brenton Till, did an amazing job to make our school and Oval look absolutely fantastic. Whoever I bumped into on Saturday mentioned the aesthetics of the Ground and surrounds. Well done to Brenton and your team.

On the ground, we had four games where we won the 10B, 10A, lost the seconds and had a very competitive match in the First XVIII Football Intercol.

In the main game PAC hit the ground running at the start of the game and were out to a four goal lead at quarter time. At half time Saints had gathered their composure and really had got back into the game where it was around three goals difference.

The Saints boys played well in the third quarter and really pushed their more fancied counterparts. At three quarter time the difference was ten points, with Saints looking like they were having more of the ball.

In the last quarter our boys tried hard, but playing catch up football most of the day enabled PAC to run out victors with the finals score being PAC 14 -14 to Saints 9 – 15. Well led by Tom L, Dylan S and Ty B, all boys played to the best of their ability, which gave our spectators something to barrack for.

Thank you to all Staff for their support and to all spectators in attendance.

Well done to Darren Trevena, First XVIII Coach and Director of Football, Peter Warnes, Teacher in Charge Football and First Team Manager, Ian White, Assistant Coach, Jake O’Connell and Michael Bolton. The boys were well prepared and gave 100 percent on the day.

Debating

Monday – Last night at Prince Alfred College, the 27th Intercollegiate debate proved to be extremely close and well contested debate as the Saints team took the negative side on the debate “that the Australian public should be able to cast binding votes on major social issues”.

The five member team of Ed A, Laurie B, William R, Indran and Shiva M had 90 minutes to prepare their case without the aid of any reference material or electronic devices.

William opened our team’s debate, attacking the opposition’s model and provided flaws in their case.  Indran followed strongly as second speaker and then the youngest member of the team, Shiva became a force to be reckoned with in concluding the team’s argument.

At the end of the debate tension was high as I placed the floor and the audience waited approximately 30 minutes for the result.

The debate proved a difficult decision for the adjudicators with a split decision being reached – the majority of the adjudication panel awarded a narrow win to St Peter’s College who thereby retained the John Bannon trophy for the 14 consecutive year.

Congratulations to the team and to their coach, Mathew White. The team’s success was largely due to the countless hours he spent working with them, honing and improving their skills and knowledge. 

I would also like to thank the staff members who attended the debate. Your attendance and support of the boys was greatly appreciated.

Chess

Monday 29 August – the 45th Chess Intercol was played at St Peter’s College in the Big School Room.

There were no crowd rushes or chanting, just 12 boys on each side playing their Chess 

We were up against it with the PAC Chess program linked to scholarships and a massive emphasis on their program. 

Our Saints boys train twice a week and play Chess, with some Coaches assisting.

The result was 12 – 0 in PAC’s favour, although three of boys went past the 2 and 1/2 hour mark.

All games were very competitive with Ben Brierley (Year 8), Henry White (Captain) and Chathula Kiripitige (Year 8), going past the 150 minute mark for their contest. They started at 5pm and went through to around 7.30pm.

Their concentration was very evident whilst spectators looked on, trying to work out what was going on with each Board. 

After the match Captain Henry White spoke well to thank everyone and present the Trophy to the Chess Captain of PAC. 

Well done to James Carter as Teacher in Charge of Chess and Punala Kiripitige as Coach.

 

Thanks also to Jason Hall for his room setup and ensuring this would be special for the boys.

Overall

Thank you to Brenton Till and his team who work hard to make our Grounds look the best they can be to ensure that the activities are setup to the highest level. A job well done. Thank you.

Although I have thanked the Teachers in Charge individually in their Sports, may I again thank Matthew French (Soccer), James Carter (Table Tennis and Chess), Tony Begley (Rugby), Garry Grosvenor (Hockey), David Pyman and Todd Matthews (Basketball), Peter Warnes (Football) and Raelene Schar (Debating).

May I thank all Staff, boys and parents for their support this week which makes it special for everyone participating in some way.

May I also thank Sue Dickinson for her role in ensuring the attention to detail is covered for each of these events. There is a significant of detail that needs to be sorted to ensure each event is the best it can be.

It would be remiss of all of us not to thank Management, including Sean Inman, David Scott, David Hine, and Acting Headmaster Ben Hanisch for supporting these Intercol events. Eight events is a significant commitment for all.

Following seven other Intercols, last night we had the final Intercol of the Winter Season – the Chess Intercol.

There were no crowd rushes or chanting, just 12 boys on each side playing their Chess. We were up against it with the PAC Chess program linked to scholarships and a massive emphasis on their program. Our Saints boys just train twice a week and play Chess, with some Coaches assisting. The result was 12 – 0 in PAC’s favor, although three of boys went past the 2 & 1/2 hour mark. All games were very competitive with Ben Brierley (Year 8), Henry White (Captain) and Chathula Kiripitige (Year 8), going past the 150 minute mark for their contest. They started at 5pm and went through to around 7.30pm. Their concentration was very evident whilst spectators looked on, trying to work out what was going on with each Board.

After the match Captain Henry White spoke well to thank everyone and present the Trophy to the Captain of PAC Chess. Well done to James Carter as Teacher-in-charge of Chess and Punala Kiripitige as Coach.

Cross Country Championships of the School

Thursday August 17 saw a cool and windy, but reasonable day for running at Saints. There was plenty of colour and the boys gave it their best efforts.

Results. 

Individual winners:

Juniors (2.5km):

              1st place- Adam G – Young [time] 7 minutes 31 seconds
              2nd place- Zac C – Howard [time] 7minutes 52 seconds
              3rd place- Nick E – Short 

Seniors (4.7km)

              1st place- Dylan S – School & Allen [time] 15 minutes 20 seconds 
              2nd place- Alek K – School & Allen [time] 15 minutes 45 seconds
              3rd place- Declan F – Dacosta

House places

Juniors: 1st- Short [78] 2nd-Farrell [105] 3rd-Howard [120] 4th-Farr, 5th-Young, 6th-Hawkes, 7th-Woodcock, 8th-Dacosta, 9th-Macdermott, 10th-School & Allen.

Seniors:

1st- School and Allen [60] 2nd-Dacosta [99] 3rd- MacDermott [110] 4th-Woodcock, 5th-Young, 6th-Hawkes, 7th-Farr, 8th-Howard, 9th-Short, 10th-Farrell

Comment:

Congratulations to all boys who competed in the annual Saints Cross Country Championship. The event is always one of large scales with big races, big wins and big crowds. For all boys completing the roughly 2.5km Junior or 4.7km Senior course you should be congratulated on your achievement. All Houses should be thanked for their participation, for watching and also for supporting the race.

The course accepts all, but eventually grinds down a thread of runners that weave through the course in jostling order for the position as champion, with winners and the boys coming around the bend of the pantheon that is the main oval with heaving chests of lungs burning for the finish line. There is little luck in Cross Country and so when those boys finish across the line they finish with a place earned through their hard work. It is the need to strive for greatness and work doggedly that means those who finish (at all), but especially those who finish on top can be known as strong men and fighters, characteristics hallowed by the boys.

Congratulations to Adam G, Zac C and Nick E for coming 1st, second and third respectively in the Junior race.

Congratulations to Dylan S, Alek K and Declan F for coming 1st, second and third respectively in the Seniors race.

The Senior School & Allen team must be congratulated for one of the best (winning) team scores in recent years and the Junior Short team must also be congratulated for a mean (winning) team score.

I would like to thank the boys who run in the Cross-Country Club, the life-blood of long-distance running in the school. Your hard work and passion has earned the school a great reputation, great results and your enthusiasm makes days like the Championships happen and happen well. Lastly, I would like to thank the Maintenance Department for helping to set the course, to Grant Wyman and Sue Dickinson for their support and to all those that support and encourage running in all its forms at Saints.

Isaac Aitken
Cross Country Coach

Grant Wyman
Director of Sport & Athletic Development