Firstly may I take this opportunity to welcome all students and their families back from holidays and may I also introduce myself as the Director of Sport for 2015. I am very excited by the year ahead and am looking forward to delivering a great program with many exciting new changes.
This will see many more boys have the opportunity to represent the college in ACC sport. We will be fielding two teams in football, soccer and cricket at Years 7, 8 and 9. We will also see the reintroduction of our 2nd XVIII AFL Football team. Whilst this is a big undertaking by the College in terms of allocating venues and staff to coach teams, we view it as a very important change to allow significantly more boys to participate in the sporting program.
It is my intention to also improve the way that the sports program communicates with the whole College community, to keep you more informed of what’s going on and also to follow the achievements of the boys. To this end we have developed a De La Salle Sport Twitter account which will be regularly updated and at times will allow us to list live score updates. Please follow us @SportDeLaSalle. Parents will be notified of upcoming trials and training sessions via the newsletter but also by letters home and emails. We are really looking to engage you as parents in order to help encourage as many of your sons as possible to get involved in the sporting program.
Term 1 is a very busy term for College sport. The senior 1st XI and 2nd XI cricket teams, the senior tennis team along with the senior volleyball teams complete their seasons in Term 1. ACC swimming is looming with the carnival to be held on Friday 20th of February at MSAC and ACC athletics completes Term 1, with that carnival being held at Albert Park. Training for both squads has begun with details listed below.
The Sport Department is very excited to welcome the appointment of two new sports assistants whom will be completing their Certificate Four in Sports Development whilst undertaking an AFL SportsReady Traineeship at the College. We are very fortunate to this year have two exceptional young men to help with the college sporting program.
The first is past student Wes Agar; Wes was the 1st XI cricket captain in 2014 and is a current member of Cricket Victoria’s Talent Pathway Program. Wes is currently aiming to gain a place in the Australian Under 19 cricket squad and we are very fortunate to have him here at De La Salle in 2015. Our second Sports Assistant, Braedon Mclean, hails from Darwin in the Northern Territory. Braedon has represented Northern Territory at Under 16, Under 18 and at Senior level in AFL and was a member of the AFL’s Indigenous Boomerangs Squad that toured South Africa in 2012. I would like to formally welcome both young men to De La Salle for 2015.
Get in touch
In what promises to be a great and exciting year of sport at the College I invite you to direct any questions, queries or ideas that you may wish to share to me. Either call me directly or email and I will endeavour to respond as promptly as possible. I look forward to working with your sons this year and trust they will be rewarded with great satisfaction by any involvement in our College’s sporting program.
Mr Jon Edgar
Director of Sport
T: (03) 9508 2389
Ben Fierenzi – 2nd Base (Year 9), Mack Turley – Catcher (Year 8) and Darcy Trewarn — Pitcher (Year 9) all played in the Victorian Baseball Championships at Geelong during the holidays. The boys, from Cheltenham Baseball Club, were chosen to play in the Southern Mariners Representative Team and over the Australia Day long weekend played against other Victorian representative regions for the chance to become Victorian Under 14 Champions.
The boys did their club, school and families proud throughout and although losing the Championship playoff game to the Yarra Rangers, the Southern Mariners qualified for the Under 14 National Baseball titles by finishing 2nd. They will now travel to the Gold Coast at Easter representing Victoria in the Under 14 National Baseball Championships, with the winner heading to Taiwan to play in the World Junior League Series.
Amazing to think that three boys from the one baseball club and same school have the chance to showcase their skills at a National Championship. Congratulations boys.
Congratulations to Kristoff Soliven, Year 8, who has been busy on the green over the holidays. Kristoff was winner of the overall Under 16 gross score at the Stuart Appleby Southern Junior Classic (36 holes Stroke Play), on January 8–9. He also won the Box Hill Junior Tournament and was runner up in the Western Tri Series Golf Tournamnet in the Under 16 Stroke Division. It was a three day event and he played at Sunshine Golf Club, Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club and Kooringal Golf Club.
Congratulations also to Dalton Di Medio, Year 9, who competed in the pole vault at the 2015 Victorian Championships and won gold, jumping a personal best of 3.65m
The 2015 Swim Camp was a great success amongst all year levels. It was impressive to see so many members of the team at Phillip Island this year, as the more people we have the stronger we become. The camp gives everyone a chance to bond with the rest of the team, especially with the younger members. Hopefully the success of the camp will continue on to our upcoming Swimming Carnival!
Swimming Championship Night – Wednesday 11 February
Prahran Pool: 7:30pm
The Swimming Championships are back as a valuable lead up to this year’s ACC Swimming Carnival. All current swimming team members are required to compete, and will be automatically entered in events. Anybody who thinks they may be able to make the team and would like to compete is also encouraged to have a swim.
If you are not currently in the training squad, please contact Mr or Mrs Windley or Mr Edgar to have your name included for the night.
Everyone is welcome to come along to support on the night. Free entry and programs are $1. Watch some of the past stars try and relive old glories with an U25 race and a 25+ race for students and staff.