Swimming — ACC Title Win
It has been a long time since our last ACC Swimming Championship but this year’s team made an emphatic statement. De La Salle College won three age-group titles, the three divisional cups (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) and subsequently were named Aggregate Champions.
Many swimmers produced personal best performances on the night and a number broke ACC records. Noah Millard swimming in the Open 200m Freestyle event got the team off to a flying start in the first event of the evening, breaking the ACC record and winning the event convincingly. He also broke the Under 16 50m backstroke record. Campbell Freeman swimming in the Under 17 age group broke the 50m Freestyle record. The most convincing swim of the night belonged to our Under 16 5om relay team who smashed a record that has stood since 1999. The team bettered the previous mark by 4 seconds.
Our new coach Mr Guy Elyon and his assistant Mr Liam Kelliher prepared the team brilliantly and Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter were fantastic leaders throughout the campaign. A full set of results is available on the ACC website at www.accmelb.com.au. For a photo gallery and more details from the night, click here.
Mr Jon Edgar
Director of Sport
In round 4, the first XI travelled to Croydon to play St Joseph’s, Ferntree Gully. Captain, Hugh Hyslop, won the toss and elected to bat, in what proved to be a successful decision after a 17 run win. There were early worries as the side lost 3 early wickets, however, thanks to some dominant batting from Rory Drummond (42) and Hugh Hyslop (47), De La managed to post 9⁄141. Mahon (3 / 16)was the early destroyer with the ball, reducing St Joseph’s to 3⁄10, but some middle order partnerships ensured a close finish before De La Salle’s class was eventually too much, as Oliver Bradley (1 / 6) and Pascal Traczewski (2 / 28) closed the match out.
Round 4 saw the second XI go up against Whitefriars at Waverley Oval, East Malvern. Co-captains James Still and Jay Thorn won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings began slowly with De La Salle College scoring at just over a run a ball to see them at the end of the tenth over and 2⁄16. Wesley Mendes (32) was the rock of the innings, with some lusty blows from Co-captain Jay Thorn (27*) seeing De La Salle College to a competitive score of 7⁄84 off their 20 overs. De La Salle College’s bowling innings could not have got off to a better start with Tom Lyngberg picking up a wicket in the very first over. Steady partnership bowling along with excellent fielding meant the bowlers picked up regular wickets with Alex Camm (3) and Jay Thorn (2) dismissing Whitefriars for 75 after 19 overs to see De La Salle College win by 14 runs.
In round 5, the first XI was faced with the ever-challenging journey to St Bernard’s. The snakepit was in immaculate condition with a flat wicket and lightning fast outfield as De La Salle again won the toss and elected to bat. Angus Grey (27) got off to a quick start before Jared Williams (54) and Hugh Hyslop (35) batted superbly through the middle overs. Some impeccable late hitting from Sam Mahom (41 off 25) led De La Salle to a solid 190 off their 35 overs. The bowlers faced a tough time as St Bernard’s reached the 30th over only two wickets down and well in control. However, the reigning premiers showed their class and managed to take some late wickets through Raymond (2 / 28) and 3 runouts to restrict St Bernard’s to 5⁄178, resulting in a 12 run victory.
Round 5 of second XI cricket saw the in-form De La Salle College play an upbeat CBC St Kilda at Stanley Grose, East Malvern. At the toss of the coin it favoured De La Salle College and on a synthetic wicket decided to bowl. CBC St Kilda got off to a cracking start with 11 runs coming off the over with 2 boundaries in it. Steady bowling through the middle overs helped restrict the run rate, with Alex Feola’s (3/12) being the pick of the bowlers. At the end of the innings, De La Salle College had to be 104 to win off 20 overs at a run rate of 5.2. De La Salle had a nervous start to the chase losing one of their openers to just the second ball of the innings. Crucial wickets by CBC St Kilda saw De La Salle College slump to 6⁄41. A strong seventh-wicket partnership of 50 between Ari Sioukas (32) and Nick Condon (26) saw De La Salle through to the final over requiring just 5 off the last 6 balls. The final over was to be filled with excitement which would see De La Salle College over the line with a bye of the final ball of the innings to score 8⁄104 winning by 2 wickets.
Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
The senior tennis side travelled to Mazenod for their round 4 matches. The match didn’t go in De La Salle’s favour, however, there were many personal highlights on the day. Chris Iramiyan won his 1st seed set 8–6 and Jack Bruce-Smith won his 2nd seed set 8–2, as well as both Chris and Jack combining to win their doubles set 8–0, both continuing there stellar form this season. Michael Fabian and Oliver Bott also won their tight doubles set 9–7. Eventually, Mazenod proved too strong against an undermanned De La Salle to win 8 sets (63 games) to 4 sets (48 games).
In round 5, De La Salle’s senior tennis side hosted Salesian at St Andrews Gardner Tennis Club. It was another close match for our tennis side, eventually losing with 6 sets each but their 66 games were not enough to beat Salesian’s 73 games. Chris Iramiyan (8–2) and Jack Bruce-Smith (8–2) again won both their singles sets, but this week they were accompanied by Byron Gelagin (9–8) and George Kostakos (9–7). In the doubles, the top two pairs also managed to claim victories, with Riley Glass and Jack Bruce-Smith (8–2) and Harry Wolstenholme and Byron Gelagin (8–4) both winning comfortably.
Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Round 4 of Senior A volleyball consisted of De La Salle College going up against CBC St Kilda in the De La Salle Gymnasium. De La Salle went into the game looking for a big win and they did just that. Never giving CBC St Kilda an inch, De La Salle looked dominant throughout the entire match winning all three sets by impressive margins. The first set went to De La Salle (25–16), the second set (25–14) and the winning set (25–19). De La Salle went to a commanding win of (3 sets 75 points) to CBC St Kilda’s (0 sets 49 points). Best players included Jacob Foltynowicz (1) Sean MacDonald (2) Ethan Powell (3).
Round 4 of Senior B volleyball consisted of De La Salle College going up against CBC St Kilda in the De La Salle Gymnasium. De La Salle looking to bounce back from the week before which they did in superb fashion. De La Salle controlled the tempo of the match eventually winning all three sets, all by convincing margins. The first set was dominated by De La Salle who took it out (25–15). The second and third sets were heavily contested by both sides but De La Salle managed to win both sets (25–18) which was more than enough to give them the win. The final scores were De La Salle (3 sets 75 points) to CBC St Kilda (0 sets 51 points).
Round 5 of Senior A volleyball saw De La Salle College travel out to Mulgrave to face the daunting challenge of Mazenod College. De La Salle looking to continue their strong form from previous weeks, were stopped dead in their tracks by top-of-the-table, undefeated Mazenod. Mazenod who were too strong for the rest of the competition then showed De La Salle why they are premiership favourites. Mazenod won all three sets convincingly with scores of (25–9) (25–6) (25–11). The best players from De La Salle were Sean MacDonald (1) Jacob Foltywicz (2) Max Moolman (3).
Round 5 of Senior B volleyball was contested by De La Salle College and Mazenod at the Provence Centre. After witnessing the loss of the A team, De La Salle looked to level the score. Mazenod started the first set well to gain the momentum with an impressive set win (25–12). De La Salle looked to bounce back in the second set but after losing it (25–6) the game was mentally won by Mazenod. Mazenod made the win official when they won the third set (25–16). Final scores saw De La Salle (0 sets 34 points) defeated by Mazenod (3 sets 75 points). Best players included James McCormack (1) Jasper White (2) Angus McLean (3).
Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Between Wednesday 14 March and Sunday 18 March, the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships will take place in Sydney. Liam Halloran, Year 12, has qualified for the Under 20 Men’s 800m. Andre di Medio, Year 8 and Dalton di Medio, Year 12 are both off to defend their National titles in the pole vault. Go De La!
Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students 10–12