House Athletics Carnival
On Friday 16 March, the House Athletic’s Carnival was held at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. It was perfect weather for the event and student participation was outstanding on the day. The final scores for the carnival are included below:
St Leo’s House — 2424
St Austin’s House — 2055
St Marks House — 1967
St Edwin’s House — 1913
Congratulations to St Leo’s House who were victorious again this year and well done to all students who represented their House on the day. To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click here.
Di Medio’s at Australian National Junior Athletics Championships Sydney
We have two new Australian National Champions in Pole Vault in their respected age groups at De La Salle College! Dalton Di Medio, Year 12, winning the Under 20 Men’s pole vault, and André Di Medio, Year 8, winning the Under 15 Men’s pole vault. Both worked and trained all year up to five days a week for this honour. Now, these athletes will take a much‐deserved break of three weeks and then back to full training ready for the next challenge.
Andre jumped 2.90m to take out his Gold Medal. Congratulations André!
Dalton jumped 4.50m to secure his Gold medal. Congratulations Dalton!
Year 12 student, Sean Macdonald, has been serving as co‐captain of the Victorian Under 18 State Basketball Team which recently won the National Championships in Townsville. In this tournament, Sean played an extremely prominent role in helping the team to victory and was the top‐scorer for Victoria in the all‐important Grand Final against the Queensland team who were the overwhelming favourite. As a result, Sean was then selected in the Australian Team to play in the Asia‐Pacific Championships in Guam. Again, he featured prominently as the Aussies reached the final and comfortably defeated New Zealand to claim the title. Sean was named in the All‐Star Five for the tournament as a result. In February, Sean again played for Victoria in the Under 20 State Team in Terrigal and again the Victorians overcame great odds to win another National Title. This made for 3 National Championships in a row for Sean! To top it off, Sean has been named as Basketball Victoria’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year!
Sean’s parents and all of us here at the College are very proud of his achievements and wanted celebrate Sean’s successes with our community. Sean’s father, Kelvin Macdonald, is especially proud of Sean’s attitude, “his humility and the fact that he doesn’t like to ‘go on’ about his successes”.
First Division — De La Salle (2 / 121) def St Bede’s (8 / 117)
In the final round, the 1st XI lost the toss and St Bede’s elected to bat on a very good wicket at Waverley Oval. The St Bede’s openers started slowly but weren’t troubled until Oliver Bradley (1/16 off 6) got a fine nick straight after drinks to have them 1 for 60. After the first wicket to fall, St Bede’s lost 5 wickets for 15 runs, including a brilliant direct hit run‐out from Zac Raymond to dismiss their captain. Liam Jenkins (2 / 24 off 4) accounted for two of the St Bede’s middle order batsmen while singles went to Jackson Reed (1 / 13 off 6) and Pascal Traczewski (1 / 9 off 3). The visitors had slumped to 6 for 76 but had a good 7th wicket partnership to at least put a slightly ‘competitive’ score on the board. Zac Raymond (0 / 21 off 6) and Hugh Hyslop (2 / 16 off 6) closed out the last five overs expertly only going at 4 an over with St Bede’s posting 117 for victory.
Chasing for the first time this season, De La Salle got off to a flyer yet again and never took our foot off the pedal, going at 6 an over for the entire innings. Angus Grey (12 off 19) supported Oliver Bradley’s class innings, belting the St Bede’s bowlers to all parts for a brilliant 72 off 67 balls not out (8 fours, 2 sixes). Jared Williams and Rory Drummond (not out) both chipped in with 12 each which saw us knock off the runs with 14 overs to spare at 2 for 121.
Unfortunately, in the semi‐final last week the players lost to St Bernard’s at Waverly Oval. In what can only be described as an anomaly performance, the first XI were dismissed for 75 with Zac Raymond (22) and Marco Walker (11) the only ones who threatened to form a partnership. Things didn’t go De La Salle’s way with the ball either as the St Bernard’s batsmen cruised to an 8 wicket victory inside 20 overs.
This concludes a reasonably successful season yielding only one loss, taking the sting out of the players failing to go “back‐to‐back‐to‐back”.
Mr Benjamin Paine
Round 6 of Division 2 cricket saw De La Salle College make the long journey out to Essendon to take on St Bernard’s College. St Bernard’s won the toss and on what looked to be a good wicket, chose to bat. Both openers looked strong at the crease through the power play overs and after 8 overs St Bernard’s were 0 for 39. Captain, Jay Thorn then introduced Alex Camm into the attack and within the blink of an eye, he already had 3 wickets in his first over. Bowling to the plan of Coach, Mr Rhoden, De La Salle was able to keep runs to a minimum and wickets throughout the innings, Ari Sioukas (2 / 19) and 1 wicket to both Oliver Ryan and Liam Bonato, as well as another wicket to Alex Camm (4 / 23) ensured St Bernard’s to a score well below par. De La Salle chasing 129 for victory at 6.45 an over, the openers were looking to get De La Salle off to a flyer, and they did just that. Sitting at 2 for 50 after their power play, De La Salle looked to be in a commanding position with opener Alex Riley hitting the majority of the runs. Joined by Captain Jay Thorn, the pair had a 50 partnership with Alex Riley bringing up his own 50 off just 36 balls. Jay Thorn (27) was dismissed in the twelfth over which saw De La Salle at 3 for 94. Ari Sioukas (27*) came in at 5 and with some lusty blows including a monster 6 over square leg and good partnership batting by Alex Riley (59*) saw De La Salle over the line with a total of 3 for 131 with 3.1 overs left.
Mr Thomas Cairnes
The final round of senior tennis saw St Joseph’s FTG travel to St Andrews Gardiner Tennis Club to play De La Salle College. De La Salle’s season was already over however this game would decide whether St Joseph’s FTG would finish in first or second place. The singles competition started off strong with Jack Bruce‐Smith winning his set 8 games to 3. The only other win in singles was an epic battle in Jesse Wiedemann’s match, which he won 9–8. These were to be the only victories in singles for De La Salle. In doubles, De La Salle didn’t fare much better with only one team registering a victory. This came from the star pairing of Christopher Iramiyan and Jack Bruce‐Smith who won their set 8 games to 4. End scores saw St Joseph’s FTG run away with the victory (9 sets 87 games) defeating De La Salle College (3 sets 46 games).
Mr Thomas Cairnes