Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities
Basketball at SCOTS in 2021 has struggled a little with no senior teams able to be raised for the competition. Despite this, we fielded teams in both girls’ and boys’ divisions for the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 age groups.
The Year 7/8 Boys took some time to bring it together with three losses early but managed to finish the round robin stage with a win against Pittsworth. Coach, Michelle Brown has been very impressed with the improvement shown throughout. The highlight of their season was being piped on to the court by Ewan McFarland in our final home game of the regular season.
Our Year7/8 Girls have been a revelation with some significant tall timber coming into the group. These girls have finished top of Pool B and tonight, play a Preliminary Final at USQ, against Glennie, who were 2nd in their pool. We wish them all the best as they progress through the competition.
The Year 9/10 Boys have shown some spunk but have been outplayed by taller and more experienced opponents throughout the competition. They unfortunately will not progress.
Finally, our Year 9/10 Girls were extremely unlucky not to make the finals finishing 3rd in their pool. These girls have always been a highly competitive group of girls and with some further development may come back next year even stronger.
Thanks to our staff of Mrs Gilbert, Miss Carey, Mr Davis and Mrs Brown for their coaching and care of the teams, and to Mr Bailey for organising our home games and referees. Without this behind the scenes work these competitions cannot progress.
Darling Downs Trials
On Tuesday, some of our students attended Darling Downs Trials in Toowoomba with varied success.
Leilani Lavea played hard but was not successful at the Open Netball, whilst Cooper Seng also represented the College with distinction but did not make the final cut for the football team. At U15 Rugby League, Kolby Seymour and Samuel Wainwright were amongst it but did not impress the selector quite enough to get the nod.
Finally, at Hockey Sam Bourke, Nicholas McGahan and Emma Bradbury were unlucky not to make possibles v probables, whilst Briana Groves, Millie Groves and Krystal Petersen were named as shadow players for the Darling Downs Team. We congratulate the girls and all our trialists on their efforts and encourage them to continue on their journey of self-improvement in their chosen sport.
SCOTS 2 had a fantastic first outing coming home with a win 27 v 18 against the Fruit Tingles. The first half was a stellar effort with the girls combining well. The second half combinations didn’t work as well but they held on for the win.
In week 2, an almost entirely different team from the first week took to the court to trial various successful combinations. Our girls played Tradie Ladies and were tied at half time. Unfortunately, combinations in the second half didn’t work as well and the girls went down with the final score being 39 v 23.
SCOTS 1 has had a very good start with wins in Round 1 and 2 against Ravens and Assumption. Opens had another win this week against the 14-year rep team “Impacts” 22 v 16.
This Sunday, the Laura Geitz Team head to Toowoomba for their annual day out against the best schools across the Downs. We wish them all the best in this prestigious regional competition for our Year 7,8 and 9 girls.
DD Girls Rugby 7’s Trials
The Darling Downs 15-16 years Girls Rugby 7’s Trials were held at Highfields. Mr Jonathan Fender took 8 of our brightest lights in this sport to the trials which were hotly contested by teams from Glennie, Downlands, Fairholme and other schools across the Downs.
After a tough day at the office with 57 girls trialling for the limited Darling Downs spots, the girls unfortunately did not impress the selectors enough to get the nod and were left a little flat from the experience. Coach Mr Fender, was impressed with a number of the girls with Erin Keogh and Jekeira Major making the possibles and probables, and others who have trained well so far and are coming together well for the season ahead.
These girls and our other 7’s players have commenced training for their season starting in Term 2 on Sundays. If your daughter is interested in joining our U13, U15 or U17 Teams for this competition, please contact Mr Anthony Savovski and Mr Fender to express your interest.
Girls Futsal Grand Finals
Our girls completed their fixture season with two teams playing Grand Finals and the other two playing play-off matches.
The SCOTS Blue Girls (U14) continued to be very competitive playing a higher grade than their ages would suggest. They played out of their skins but at the end of the day, Fairholme’s Year 10 students were just too good and went on to win 2-1 in what was certainly a nail-biting encounter. Once again a tremendous team display from Ellyse Kruger, Briana Groves, Phoebe Sellick and friends – a clear demonstration of why they are off to the Queensland Champion of Champions in late July. Abbey Petersen continued to demonstrate skill and courage in goal keeping the girls in the contest on more than one occasion. Taking home the silver was certainly no disgrace.
The SCOTS Cardinal Girls (U14 Beginners) demonstrated how much they had learnt in their 6 weeks with a dominant first half display that saw them 3-1 up at the break. Glennie had underestimated these young guns with Amira Duffy and Mylie Caldwell standout court players and Bonnie Petersen proving very versatile with a magnificent game in goal. In the second half, Glennie changed their keeper and with additional experience now on court the game changed. Our girls fought hard but the experience of their first half keeper took its toll on our defence and Glennie narrowed the lead. We scored again to lead 4-3 but 2 late goals to the bigger stronger Glennie attack, left the girls flat and going down 5-4 in the dying minutes. These girls have certainly come a long way and have a real desire to learn.
Our Year 11 and 12 1st Five ended their season outside the finals but certainly saved their best for last. In a 7-3 demolition of the fancied St Ursula’s outfit, they created opportunity after opportunity with cross court passing and dogged defence a feature of their play. Kaysan Miles led the scoring and Bryoni Marshall was very effective with her left foot as she attacked on the left side. Erin Keogh joined with Kaysan for some great passing whilst Matilda Bryant defended well with Lucy Jackson and Niamh Fender. Keeper Stephanie Dunnett, showed how much she has improved with her effort in the box a personal standout.
Finally, our Green Team (U16) faced Downlands in the final of B Grade. The girls were dominant from the start as they have been all season. Krystal Petersen was excellent as ever in goal completing the trifecta of goal keeping performances for the Petersen girls. Emma Bradbury and Jekeira Major dominated the defence and attack, but it was the versatility and energy of Molly-Rose Sinclair that earned her the Golden Boot award for this final – a well-earned reward for her hard work. The girls ran away with the contest with 6-1 the final score.
That concludes our regular season, however, there is more to come with Northern Regionals and Schools Nationals on the radar for several of our students. Training will resume in Term 2 for these students and for those teams qualifying for the Champion of Champions Tournament in the week of July 22-26.
Boy’s Futsal Update
With finals week looming on Monday, all teams will be in action next week as we try to finish strong. Our teams are still enthusiastic and ready for one final contest. Our Blue Team is by far our most competitive team in the junior games but only time will tell if they can convert all this experience and enthusiasm in to greater results. Not all teams are in play-offs but all are certainly eager to finish the season on a high note. The 1st Five Senior Boys will be looking to take revenge on Downlands after their first encounter that saw the griffins run out convincing victors.