Prep Sportsmaster – Mr Robert Egan
The end of Term Three sees the wrap up of three GPS seasons, Basketball, Chess and Rugby. We also see the culmination of junior rugby and football programs. I would like to congratulate all of the boys and thank all of our coaches and staff for a busy, enjoyable and productive 10 weeks. Our Reception – Year 2 Athletics Carnival is the curtain closer for Term Three, which is sure to be an exciting event. Plenty to look forward to in Term Four where our sailing, athletics and cricket begin to pick up speed. I hope the boys enjoy a well-deserved break and we shall see you in a fortnights time.
Congratulations TSS Prep on making it through to the QLD Inter-School State Finals 2017, alongside only 3 other Gold Coast Schools: Somerset College, Kings College and All Saints.
The following four boys in our Premier Team will represent TSS Prep at the State Finals at Churchie for the entire weekend of October 14th-15th. Boys have worked hard both at school based tournaments outside of school time: Josh Laurens, Ethan Ong, Thomas Xu and Ryan Zhang.
Well done TSS!
by Mr Remy Melia
The Under 12 age group fielded three teams in a very competitive GPS age group mixed across junior and senior campuses. The Under 12’s developed their individual skills and team patterns as the season went on. The U12A team competed well in a very competitive competition and went within a try of beating a number of the bigger GPS schools. The U12B team displayed great skills throughout the season and recorded a few victories along the way. The U12C team also demonstrated an improvement in their skills and also won games against much bigger oppositions. A huge thank you to Mr Ian Browne, Richard Browne, Mackenzie Browne, Harry Jurgs, Marty Stone, Karl Schroder and Saskia Mulvihill for coaching the Under 12 teams this year.
For most of the players in the Under 11 age group, this was their first experience on the GPS Rugby journey. As the smallest cohort in the program, the U11’s fielded only two teams. A large focus for most of the season was on fundamental skill development including Catch and Pass, Tackle Technique, Contact and Attack Skills. Both teams improved their skills throughout the season and continuously displayed great sportsmanship. Playing a Seven’s fixture on the Village Green is something these boys will remember forever. Thank you to coaches Mr Darren Fellowes, Mr James Sproule and Miss Cathryn Gittins for their involvement in the program and providing a great introduction to GPS Rugby.
by Mrs Marisa Schroder
A great season for Prep Basketball with the teams only giving 100%. All teams developed their individual skills and team patterns early in the season and only improved as the season progressed. This year the GPS competition was of a high standard and our boys rose to the occasion beating a number of larger schools on the way. The 6A’s were out right winners of their division, picking up the award for the most successful TSS team. The 6B’s and 6C’s had equally impressive season improving a lot, losing just one game. Whilst the Year 5 teams were welcomed into their first GPS basketball competition and showed from an early stage that they were keen to show off their skills that they had developed during their intense training sessions. As the season progressed the boys improved and continued to work hard on and off the court. All the Year 5 teams were one win away from an unbeaten season.
Thanks to Vicki Sams, Steve Robinson, Matt Gullotta, Corey Tones, Sarah Matthews and Mr LeGassick for their time and effort with the boys this season. With the new hall and the high standards of players the future of Prep basketball looks very bright.
by Mr Brendan LeGassick – Director of Basketball
In an enjoyable first year in the position of Director of Basketball, I have seen a strong level of competition across all year levels and some outstanding basketball being played in the Prep School. Overall, the Prep School has had a very successful season in all teams across both year levels, with full court pressure defence and some nice offence plays. Thank you to Mrs Schroder and her team of coaches for their season efforts. A great highlight for our basketball program was the Prep 6A’s going through undefeated and winning our “Most Successful Team” for the 2017 GPS season. They won by one point in a cliff-hanger game against a determined Churchie school. This is a remarkable achievement, considering it is the first time the Prep School has ever been awarded this trophy.
The Senior School Basketball program had a strong season with the Open Seconds coming away with a shared Premiership with Churchie. Our Open First X boys finished third losing two games and recording six strong wins. Across all games, they showcased some high-flying dunks and outstanding perimeter shooting which lead to several games with over 100 points scored. I received valuable support from the ‘sports team’ but in particular, Mr Dan Trollope in the Senior School for his assistance and patience in showing me the ropes. Thank you also to the Year 12 players and the ‘Sharky Army’ who are departing at the end of the year. You have provided many entertaining memories throughout the season.
I have witnessed the enjoyment the GPS competition brings to our boys and the value of the journey and life experiences gained by playing their chosen Term Three sport. Let’s continue the momentum and growth of our basketball program.
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