Term 2 Sport Report
Term 2 Winter season sport has finished for 2017, and unfortunately, we were unable to secure any premierships in either AFL or Soccer. A number of teams gave strong performances over the course of the season. The College also took steps to ensure the development of winter season sports moving forward over the coming years.
To improve our AFL, we introduced development coach, ex-AFL player Jason Tutt. Jason worked across the whole program to get an idea of where the program needs to develop. Some initiatives to come from this review are the need for professional development of all coaches, and ongoing commitment to improving the quality of training at the College.
Our senior teams may not have achieved everything which was hoped for in 2017, however, the squad was heavily reliant on a large number of Year 11 students which augurs well for 2018. Our Year 10 team was arguably our most successful and lead the table for a large part of the season. The last couple of games saw them play great football, but unfortunately, injuries contributed to being undermanned towards the end of the season. We are excited about the combination of this team with the Year 11 players and hope next year to improve our standing at 1st XVIII level.
On another promising note for the future, our Year 7 A team were ultimately knocked out of a grand final berth by percentage only. This group played well throughout the year and were desperately unlucky not to gain a grand final berth. We have some exciting talent at this level and I am confident that they have the ability to procure De La Salle some ACC titles over the coming years.
Our ACC soccer program has achieved some great results in 2017. Our Year 8 A team were competitive all season and had a number of draws which could have been wins and translated into a very successful season. Whilst some teams were on the wrong end of some comprehensive defeats all teams improved throughout the season and our soccer program continues to grow.
Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis
We now move into Term 3 Spring season and compete in basketball, hockey and table tennis. I have great expectations that the college will collect some premierships in Term 3. We have high hopes for our Senior Basketballers as well as our Year 7 teams.
Our Year 10 hockey team enter the season having won three premierships in a row and will be aiming to collect their fourth. Table Tennis was once a sport dominated solely by one or two schools, however, our table tennis teams have gained momentum over the past two years and a premiership is within reasonable grasp.
A reminder that all students are welcome and encouraged to attend Friday morning Cross Country training. No ability required, just enthusiasm to participate, as we aim to finish top 3 in all carnival sports for 2017.
Other Sports News
We have two Australian Champions in Year 11 student, Dalton Di Medio and Year 7 student, André Di Medio. Both Dalton and André won Gold in the pole vault in Sydney at the Australian National Athletic Championships. Dalton competed in the U18 men’s pole vault winning the Gold by jumping a respectable 4.10m. The following morning Dalton competed in the U20 men’s pole vault jumping a new personal best of 4.40m and ranking 5th in the Australian lineup. Dalton has been offered a place in a targeted talent program by Athletics Victoria recognising him as “an elite junior athlete”. Athletics Victoria will mentor him to be an elite Senior Athlete and prepare him a pathway to the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in time to come. André won Gold in the U14 men’s pole vault jumping 2.85m and just shy of a new personal best of 3.00m in the Victorian and National Championships but is currently too young for the targeted talent program. If he keeps up his level of achievement we are sure he too will be mentored by Athletics Victoria. We are very proud of them both, it’s been very hard work with dedication and commitment from both of them, training up to 5 days a week. Good work, Dalton and André!
Year 11 student Liam Halloran came 9th in the under 18 men’s Victorian All Schools XC event at Bundoora on Saturday. Liam represented De La Salle and ran very well coming from further back in the field to power past many top runners over 6 km. He surprised himself! He has now qualified for the National XC Championships in Wollongong in August. Congratulations, Liam!
Mr Jon Edgar
Director of Sport
Beginners Basketball Referees Course
McKinnon Basketball Association is looking for more referees to assist in their extensive competition. They are therefore running a beginner’s refereeing course over three Sundays commencing 23 July from 4:00pm – 8:00pm and continuing on 30 July and 7 August. These three nights will deal with the theory part of the training. The course will take place at Bentleigh Secondary College Stadium, 11 Clarence Street, East Bentleigh. The course costs $70, and anyone 14 years and above is eligible. Contact Mr Don Purdie, Referee Coach, McKinnon Basketball Association on 0407 905 814 or contact the McKinnon Basketball Association on 9579 1200 for further information.
Mr Michael Bohan
On behalf of the DLS Basketball Committee