Sports News

ACC Cross Country Carnival

Our team of 60 runners bravely and proudly represented the College at the ACC Carnival on Wednesday 10 September at Bundoora. It was one of the more pleasant days weather wise that we have had at Bundoora for a number of years.

After finishing third for five consecutive years, we managed to break our ‘run’ of bronze medal finishes. Unfortunately though, we slipped to 4th place in the overall placings in Division 1.

ACC Cross Country final Division 1 standings

1st — St Bernard’s
2nd — St Bede’s
3rd — St Joseph’s Geelong
4th — De La Salle
5th — Whitefriars
6th – Mazenod

Despite this slight fall, we did have many of our DLS competitors achieve ‘personal best’ times and nobody could doubt the effort and courage shown from every blue and gold representative.

Six of our DLS runners finished in the top 10 (at least 100 competitors per race) in their respective events, so special congratulations to:

  • Ben Richter (8D) 1st in Under 13 in a time of 9.59 minutes for 3km
  • Harrison Gill (9M) 3rd in Under 14 in a time of 10.02 minutes for 3km
  • Angus McLean (8B) 10th in Under 14 in a time of 10.15 minutes for 3km
  • Cooper Joyce (8J) 7th in Under 15 in a time of 10.08 minutes for 3km
  • Daniel Byrden (11R) 7th in Under 17 in a time of 17.19 for 5km
  • Liam O’Callaghan (12H) 6th in Senior in a time of 17.30 minutes for 5km.

The preparation for the carnival began way back in June for our 2014 Cross Country Team and sincere thanks to the staff involved for their energy, commitment and goodwill with our training campaign.

Our challenge for 2015 is obviously to return to the top 3 schools in Division 1 ACC cross country and our boys are already very keen to prove that is where we truly belong!

De La Double Premiership

Thursday 11 September was a big day for DLS Sport. We had our Year 7 Hockey Team and Year 8A Basketball Team in ACC Grand Finals and it is with great pleasure that I inform you that DLS won two ACC premierships!

Year 7 ACC Hockey champions

Our Year 7 Hockey Team went into the Grand Final undefeated during the regular season. They defeated St Bernard’s 3 — 0 in the Grand Final to claim the ACC title with their 7th consecutive victory. This is a historic moment for De La in ACC hockey as this is our first ever Junior (Year 7 or 8) ACC hockey premiership since the competition began in 1999. It is also the first DLS hockey flag in ACC competition since our Senior Hockey Team won in 1998.Well done to Coach Yates and his team for being the Year 7 ACC Hockey champions.

Year 8 ACC Basketball Champions

Our Year 8A Basketball Team had only lost one match going into their Grand Final. The only loss was against our Grand Final opponent, Whitefriars, on Thursday 4 September, by 22 points. It was almost a total score reversal in the decider as our Year 8A Team defeated Whitefriars comprehensively by 23 points to win De La’s first ever Year 8 basketball title since the competition began in 1997. Congratulations to our Year 8 Basketball Team for being the Year 8 ACC Basketball Champions, particularly as last year the 7A Basketball Team managed to win just one match for the season. What an incredible improvement.

We celebrated both premierships at our Term 3 Sports Assembly today.

Mr Peter Harte,
Director of Sport

Victorian Interschool Skiing Competition

Over the years we have experienced all weather conditions at Mt Buller for the Victorian Interschool Skiing Competition. This year we had perfect weather with clear skies, light winds and warm temperatures for our entire stay. Morning skiing was great on the groomed runs but in the afternoons we had to contend with softening snow in most areas. We had to be content with runs on the Blue and Green courses, with only a few Black runs due to the marginal cover in most of the more challenging Black runs, which made them off limits to our students for safety reasons.

This year we entered all students into the skierX or boarderX events and this change from the alpine giant slalom proved popular with the boys. We will most likely continue this in 2015 and will endeavour to gain some practise time on the course with an instructor on the day prior to competition. Our students did their individual best in their respective divisions to complete the demanding course. Our aim next year will be to get some members of our group into a top 24 final.

The following students made up the DLS Ski Team for 2014: Anthony Ryan 7S, Tom Martin 7H, William Cavey 8H, Trent Puddy 8J, Ben Richter 8D, Elijah Kingsley 9M, Spencer Embrey 9V, Kasey Entwistle 9S, Tom O’Kane 10R, Riley Watson 10R, Connor Norris 10S, Will Jones 10R, Liam O’Neill 10S, Nick Amon 11V and Callum Brace 11S. Many thanks to Mr Tom Ryan and Mr Shane Slavin who assisted me with the running of this trip. We look forward to putting together a team next year to represent the College in 2015 at Mt. Buller.

Mr Ken Stokes,
DLS Ski Team Leader

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Elias Fernandez (7H), who has been selected in the Victorian Under 13 Hockey Team. He will be representing Victoria in the National Championships in Adelaide in early October. We wish Elias all the best for a successful campaign.

Year 7 student Kosta Emmanuel has been invited to participate in the prestigious Maebashi Mayor’s Cup in Japan this week with his Football Technique School squad. The competition is an U12 international exchange football tournament held annually in Japan and is now in its 18th year. This tournament will host 48 international teams as well as teams from other Japanese clubs. The players in Kosta’s team are based in Mentone, Bayside and Glen Eira and have trained and played together for many years in the developmental program. They will each be staying with a Japanese host family for their 8 day stay. Best wishes to Kosta and his team!

DLS Basketball Club — Summer Season Starts Soon

Starts October 10th | Ends March 2015

New system team registration and player payment all completed online.

  • Friday night competition
  • All games at Oakleigh Rec Centre
  • Royal blue shorts required (completely new teams can wear navy)
  • Singlets available from the club for $40
  • $100 all rego, game fees & insurances
  • 50% discount for new players

Talk with your friends and to start a team or for more details visit the DLS Basketball Club website.

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