Term 1 sport is well underway at the moment, with senior summer season fixtures underway and preparation for two of our major carnival sports in full swing.
This Friday sees the culmination of the ACC Swimming Squad’s preparation with the ACC Swimming Championships to be held at MSAC. Swimming at De La Salle has a very long and successful history with many championship wins. Our most successful period was undoubtedly our winning streak between 1974 and 1983. After some lean years recently we were relegated to Division 2 last year and bounced straight back to Division 1 with a resounding Division 2 win. We are quietly confident that the foundations of a successful swimming program have been laid and our rise to achieve more ACC swimming success is just around the corner.
The cornerstone of the resurgence of our swimming program has been the organisation and enthusiasm of Mr Chris Windley and his wife Gabrielle. Their dedication to training mornings, diligent organisation of the program and great care for the swimmers has developed a loyal and dedicated swimming squad. I wish them the best of luck this Friday night and thank them publicly on behalf of the College community. It is a great honour to be nominated a captain of any senior sporting team at De La Salle and I congratulate current Year 12 student Brodie Muller on his appointment to the position of 2015 ACC Swim Team Captain.
Our ACC Athletics Squad training is well underway with very encouraging numbers currently attending training sessions on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings before school. This year we have engaged three external athletics coaches who have strong connections with the College.
Firstly, Alex Di Medio, a past College Vice Captain who has represented Victoria on numerous occasions, returns to assist our hurdlers. Alex finished third at last year’s Australian Junior Athletics Championships in the 400 metre hurdle event. Past student Will Johns also returns to assist with our sprinters and jumpers. Will has also represented Victoria and has a current personal best time of 10.82 seconds in the 100 metres. Lastly, College parent Mr Damien O’Shea also joins us. Damien is an advanced level 2 sprints and hurdles coach who specialises in running technique. We welcome all three gentleman back to the college and look forward to our athletes benefitting from their knowledge and experience of track and field.
ACC sport program
Unfortunately last week’s round of senior sport was cancelled under the ACC heat policy. Hopefully our respective teams don’t suffer from any more cancellations and can enjoy the remainder of the summer season. Don’t forget to link up with the College sport twitter account @SportDeLaSalle to be informed of latest news and score updates.
Week 4 results
1st XI Cricket 6⁄117 def. Whitefriars 7⁄116
Best Players: Elliot Bradley 48 and 3 Stumpings, Will Taylor 3⁄29 and Dave McCarthy 2⁄15
2nd XI Cricket De La Salle 104 lost to CBC 6⁄201
Best: Xavier Wigg 24, Remy Cadman 21
Volleyball As De La Salle def. Salesian 3⁄83 sets to 0⁄57
Best: Z Hellyer, Chai
Volleyball Bs De La Salle 3⁄75 def. Salesian 0⁄54
Tennis De La Salle 6⁄75 def. St Bede’s 6⁄66
Mr John Edgar
Director of Sport
Elias Fernandez (Year 8) and Elliot Yeates (Year 9) have both been successful in making the 1st U15 Boys’ State Hockey Team. Both boys will travel to Tasmania in April to play in the Championships.
Elias played in the U12 State School Boys’ Team in Canberra in 2013, as well as the U13 State Boys’ Team in Melbourne in 2013, winning the National Championship. Last year Elias again made the U13 State Boys’ Team, coming second in Adelaide 2014. The official Hockey Victoria public announcement was published on their Facebook page.
Dalton Di Medio, Year 9, recently became the U16 Boys’ State Pole Vault Champion. He also jumped another personal best of 3.85m, a 20cm PB. Dalton is now on track for the National Junior Athletic Track and Field Championships in Sydney in March to compete for the Australian U16 Boys’ Pole Vault Champion title. Good luck Dalton!
Lachlan Menara (Year 9) won gold in the U16 men’s triple jump at the Victorian Junior Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium, with a jump of 12.59 metres. Lachlan will represent Victoria at the National Junior Athletics Championships to be held in March at Sydney Olympic Park. He also competed in the long jump, jumping 5.80 metres, and came 7th (and 1st place jumped 5.90 metres) — but triple jump is his main event.