Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities
Southern Downs Swimming 10-12 years
On Monday sixteen of our 10 – 12-year-old swimmers hit the water at WIRAC to gain selection in the Southern Downs Team to attend the Darling Downs Trials next week in Gatton.
Bailey Harm was certainly the most outstanding swimmer, bagging several qualifying standards for team selection, including 5 new records along the way. Ellyse Kruger also secured herself a spot on the Southern Downs Team, also taking out the 12 years Age Champion along with Bailey.
Bridie Hutchison was Runner Up in the 11 years Girls ensuring herself a place on the team alongside fellow SCOTS PGC swimmers Hanna Eising, Colby Miller and the Bourke siblings – James and Hannah. Our youngest team members, Colby and Hannah also took out the 10 years age championship trophies.
Congratulations and best luck to all of our Southern Downs swimmers as they take on the best of the rest from across the region at next week’s Titles.
SWQ Futsal Titles
Oh, what a week it has been! With three long days down and one to go, we are very delighted to share our results for the SWQ Schools Futsal Titles.
On Tuesday, our Under 12 and 13 Boys faced one of their toughest challenges yet on the court with some spirited performances all round.
The Under 12 Boys had two wins and two losses and showed great improvement as a team throughout the day. In their final game against eventual winners, TGS Gold the boys put up a stern defence, conceding the least goals of any teams in their pool against the Grammar side. In their previous game, the Under 12 lads scored a resounding 10-1 win against Chinchilla Christian College but did it with several excellent team goals. This was by far my highlight of the day for them. Colby Miller, Harrison Grayson and Innes Nowlan proved that age was no barrier to success with the three youngsters gaining selection in the Queensland West Team for the National Titles in September.
The Under 13 Boys were always going to do it tough but star picks in Lachlan Groves and Tyler Caldwell did their best to guide the team around the court. Their efforts did not go unnoticed as Tyler was selected to attend the Schools Nationals and Lachlan was invited to SWQ Regional team along with Ethan McDonald for State Regionals at Easter.
On day 2 of the titles, our Under 13 and 14 Girls took to the court again with mixed results but a highly successful day. 10 students were invited to join the Queensland West Team for the National School Titles. There were no surprises when Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering made the Queensland West team on the back of their 2019 successes, but for Briana Groves, Eleanor McFarland, Abbey Petersen, Matilda Nowlan, Krystal Petersen, Alerah Ross, Gabrielle Sellick and Summer Jacks to also be invited was a significant bonus for our little school with a big heart.
Day 3 rolled around and our Under 16 and Open Girls took to the court with much greater confidence than in 2019 and far greater experience.
After getting towelled by significant scores in 2019, the Open girls reversed their fortunes significantly with a draw and 3 wins to top the table at the end of the round stage. Unfortunately, the wind had fallen from their sails in the semi-finals and they went down narrowly in a 3-1 loss to miss the Grand Final and ultimately finish third in the competition. Due to their significant improvement and performances throughout the day, all 7 girls were selected to join the Queensland West Team to attend the National Titles. Congratulations to these fearless ladies – Rosemary McDonald, Madison Kane, Lucy Jackson, Leilani Myer, Erin Keogh, Kaysan Miles and Molly Turnbull.
The Under 16 girls had a tough comp with several of our girls backing up from the day before. They came away with a 1 and 2 Win-loss ratio which left them short of the semi-final stage of the competition.
As we go to print the Under 16 and Open Boys will be fighting it out to win the SWQ Titles against the likes of St Mary’s Toowoomba and TCC. We wish them luck and look forward to hearing of their successes.
Next week is round 4 for the boys but it is semi-final time for the girls. All teams are in action but the Under 13 and Open Girls are currently third in their respective competitions and facing the second-placed teams for a spot in the Grand Final the following week.
Border District Winter Trials
The Border District Trials were held in Warwick this week with students involved in Netball, Rugby League, Football and Basketball. Several of our students were subsequently selected in the Border District Teams for their sport to contest the upcoming Darling Downs regional Trials.
Selected in the Border District Teams were:
Open Netball: Holly Naughten, Harriet Curtain and Caitlin Skaines
Open Football: Madison Kane, Carl Gray
Rugby League: Jesse Bohm, Beau Kendall, Bailey Fowler, and Buchanan Titus
Basketball: Summer Jacks, Millie Groves, Briana Groves, Alexandra Marchand
In the Southern Downs Basketball trials, Lachlan Groves was not to be outdone by his older siblings making the grade to attend the 12 years Darling Downs Trials as well.
We wish all these students the very best at the upcoming Darling Downs Trials.
Please check the College calendar for upcoming events and your SEQTA messages for broadcasts of nomination requests.