Mr Tom Bradbury | Director of Co-Curricular Activities
On Sunday 16 July, three of our young SCOTS PGC athletes contested the Queensland Cross Country Championships at Hervey Bay. The Course was open, flat and fast which was not ideal for all our Darling Downs Runners who are more used to a few hills and dales.
Bethany More Kirkland completed the 3000m course for the 13-year-old girls in a solid time of 12.58min and finished 45th in Queensland. This was a great effort for Bethany at her first State Championships of this magnitude and we are sure she will return next year with experience gained from this event.
Lachlan Groves was the second 14-year-old boy home from Darling Downs which was a great improvement on his regional performance and also bodes well for his future efforts in the sport should he wish to pursue it. He finished 81st overall in the combined 14-15 years boys’ event over 4000m that saw 113 finishers cross the line.
Finally, Elliza Moore-Kirkland, contested the 14-15 years girls’ 4000m event and finished 103rd overall. Not a natural distance runner like her sister, she certainly held her own and used the event as another step on the road towards her goals on the track later this year.
Congratulations to Lachlan, Elliza and Bethany on a great championship and for all the hard work they have done to achieve their success.
On Tuesday 18 July, the Senior Girls U19 Futsal Team headed to Nissan Arena for the State Finals of the Champion of Champions Futsal Tournament. Sixteen of the best teams in Queensland gathered for this event in our U19 division with four pools set to do battle.
The team comprised Krystal Petersen (absent on rep duties), Emma Bradbury, Alivia Sharples, Makybe Edwards, Zara Kruger, Gabby Sellick (injured), Molly-Rose Sinclair, Eleanor McFarland, Phoebe Sellick, Briana Groves and Ellyse Kruger were fired up and ready to take on the best in the state.
Game 1 dropped on us with a bit of a thud after a break in match play over Term 2. Pimpama State College were too good and we seemed very disorganised leading to a 3-0 loss but a rally in the second half saw a far more cohesive effort from the group. Stand-in goalkeeper Eleanor McFarland took one for the team and did a magnificent job for someone who hasn’t been in goal a lot this year.
Game 2 was our redemption round where we came out firing and demonstrated some of the fine team play that we have developed over the year handing Clairvaux Mackillop a 3-2 defeat and restoring some confidence to the squad. Emma Bradbury linked very well with Zara Kruger, whilst Phoebe Sellick chimed in with some great work upfront. Ellyse Kruger was impressive alongside Zara also, giving the team an extra special edge.
Game 3 saw us take on eventual silver medallists for the entire competition in Stretton College. This powerhouse of a school with some 4000 pupils was very tough and they soon gained a 3-0 lead over the girls from SCOTS PGC. The second half brought better luck with a few consolation goals and a final scoreline of 5-2. Newbies to Futsal, Alivia Sharples and Makybe Edwards, continued to amaze as they never gave up and pulled off some very nice passes and tackles at crucial times to keep us in the contest.
Game 4 saw us play Clairvaux Mackillop once more after a few late withdrawals after the pool rounds. After the close 3-2 encounter earlier in the day, we were primed for another close contest but this was not to be. Our girls demonstrated how far they had advanced throughout the day with a convincing 7-2 demolition of their opposition with Makybe, Phoebe, and Alivia all getting on the scoreboard courtesy of some great service from Zara and Emma. Zara had a field day herself with 4 of her own and demonstrated some of the silky skills that have led to her success as a young Matilda of late.
Although we did not progress to the knockout stage, we surely improved on previous visits to this event with better defence and attacking options. To finish in what was likely the top 12 teams in the state was an accomplishment in itself and the way the girls did it with positivity and encouragement was very pleasing indeed.
Congratulations to the girls on this fine finish to the Futsal year for our school teams. We wish all those attending Nationals in September holidays all the best for a successful campaign.
On Thursday 27 July, our 60 strong 13-19 years Athletics Team descended upon Hamilton Oval at Warwick SHS through the foggy morning to take on the schools of the Border District including Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, Warwick and all points in between.
With our U16 Boys team a bit light on due to the Year 11 Camp, we feared that defending our Boys Aggregate win from 2022 might be a challenge but this was not the case with the boys team once again taking out the Aggregate honours. Our Girls Team improved on last year’s effort courtesy of some outstanding individual performances and some gutsy work from our competitors making sure we had every event covered. The girls improved on last year’s result to finish second to a talented Assumption team.
These two results were enough for the College to secure the Overall Aggregate trophy. This is a big deal as we have only arrested this trophy from Warwick SHS three times since 1986 (those being 2000, 2021 and 2023). Further success came in the form of the College winning the Average trophy. This is the points gained across the day divided by your student population and we cleaned up in this category also.
Congratulations to our Age Champions on their individual efforts. The small number of these individual champions highlights the efforts of the team overall in gaining the maximum points where they could.
Congratulations to all students on their efforts on the day.
Our three Girls’ Rugby 7s teams have been training hard since early Term 2 and have been eagerly awaiting some games. Term 3 is packed full of Rugby 7s action with our girls competing in the QCIS Girls Rugby 7s Carnival, the Darling Downs Independent Schoolgirls Rugby 7s series and finally the highly anticipated Queensland Rugby SCOTS PGC 7s in September.
Our girls enthusiastically play against tough opponents Downlands College, Toowoomba Anglican School, OLSSC Dalby and Fairholme College on Friday afternoons. With only 7 players on each team and 14 minutes to play, Rugby 7s is thrilling to watch and our girls have had their fair share of action over the past few weeks.
On Friday 21 July, Downlands College hosted the QCIS Girls 7s between SCOTS, TAS, Downlands, Concordia and Our Lady of the Southern Cross College. Competition was fierce and our U13 Girls were most successful finishing 3rd overall with the U15 and Open Girls finishing 4th.
Special mentions for outstanding performances in the first two weeks go to…
We still have three more weeks of games in the Darling Downs Independent Schoolgirls Rugby 7s series before finishing the year with the Queensland Rugby SCOTS PGC 7s. Hundreds of players, coaches and officials will flock to Briggs and Dunning Ovals on Friday, 1 September for a huge day of 7s fun. If you are around we highly recommend making the trip to watch our girls and boys in action.