Prep Sport News

Mr Rob Egan, Prep Sportsmaster

As we move towards the end of the year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what has been an exciting year of sport.

 

House Cricket

We finally wrapped up round 3 of House Cricket after a few wet Wednesdays early in the season. What an extremely closely fought house competitions we have witnessed. A round robin tournament unfolded with three of the four houses reaching the final round still in contention to take home the converted trophy. It come down to the final few overs of both the A and B division to reach a result this year, which will be announced next week at our final assembly. Well done to all boys from year 4 to 6 that were involved and thank you to the Housemasters and Senior School Cricketers for their support as umpires and supporters again this year. Congratulations to our winners on run rate, Musgrave.

 

 

TSS / St Hilda’s Year 4 & 5 Swimming Event

Our year 4 to 6 intensive swimming program is always one of the highlights of the last few weeks of term. With the boys taking part in rowing, survival skills, swimming and an aquathlon, it is an action-packed four days at the pool. For the second year in a row, we added something a bit extra for our year 4 & 5 cohorts, as we invited St Hilda’s to our pool to join in a fun combined team swimming meet. The red, green, yellow and blue team battled it out over multiple events; the 25m Free, 25m Back, 25m Kickboard, 25m Butterfly 50 Free and Team relay. The emphasis was on fun competition and it certainly managed that, with team spirit amongst the boys and girls being the biggest thing on show. This was an event that is surely going to stay on the calendar for 2022.

 

GPS Gymnastic Presentation

 

Gymnastics may be a smaller community at TSS but it certainly is one of the fittest. What I’d refer to as the three foundation sports, Gymnastics alongside Swimming and Athletics, promote all of the essentials when it comes to physical fitness. This sport really indorses physical activity, motor development, physical literacy and more at the lower levels, but watching the boys involved at the GPS levels you realise it requires much more, a strong combination of all of the components of fitness.

 

It was a pleasure of mine to be asked to present the awards this year, made twice as special presenting a number of those to Prep boys past and present. I would like to take a moment and congratulate all of our Prep gymnastics for a fantastic season, for their continued hard work, dedication and determination. This sport requires a lifestyle choice to compete at the highest level, putting in 15 plus hours a week of training, which speaks a lot to the boys’ character.

 

The future looks very bright for TSS Gymnastics.

 

GPS Basketball Presentation

 

This Wednesday we held our Year 5 & 6 GPS Basketball presentation, a little later than originally planned. Basketball, a thriving Sport at prep really boxes above its weight in the prep year GPS comp, having another superb season exemplified by two of our teams the year 5 and 6 A’s joining the 1st V  in sharing the award of ‘team of the year’ after unbeaten seasons. The 5B, 6B and 6C sides weren’t far behind with equally impressive, competitive seasons in their own right. For many of our boys, this makes up their first competitive taste of Basketball and what a taster they had. This wouldn’t be possible without the passion and enthusiasm of our Prep Coordinator Mrs. Schroder, who working with our coaches Vicki Sams, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Fumar and Mr. Tones, does a fantastic job of setting the platform for upskilling the boys and preparing them for their weekend GPS fixtures. The Basketball program comprises of our very own Basketball Academy from Year 1 to 4, Mr. Robinsons 2v2 competition and the ever-popular Term 4 internal basketball competition. There is a thriving culture at prep in this Sport, which continues to build and will next year see the TSS Suns disband and TSS Basketball emerge in the local league competition. Thank you to our Director of Basketball Mr. LaGassick, and Mrs. Schroder for all their efforts and congratulations to the coaching team and our boys for an exceptional 2020 season.

 

Co-curricular programs

 

Our thriving co-curricular program continued this term, offering depth and breadth to our sport. I’d like to take a moment to thank our 1st Fives, Myfitkids, Gardiner Chess, Football Academy, Cricket Academy, Martial Arts, Speech and Drama, Golf Academy, Robotics Club, Basketball Skills program, Ukulele, Swimming, Clay-animation, Tennis and Gymnastics for their contribution this year.

 

 

Boys in Action

 

Little Athletics

 

Two of our year 5 boys Brodie Beeton and Edmund Reidy have been busy at the Little Athletics South Coast Regional Relay Competition and earnd the right to attend the Queensland State Relay Championships in December for

 

Brodie Beeton;

u12 Boys 4x100m Relay

u12 Boys Swedish Relay (100, 200, 300, 400m)

 

Edmund Reidy;

9-12 Mixed 4x100m Relay

 

Keep up the hard work boys and congratulations on a terrific result.

Ice Hockey

 

Kaj Wong

 

Kaj has had a fantastic year being selected into the Southern Stats team in Acacia Ridge. He has showing a significant amount of dedication to his craft, which was rewarded at the end of season receiving the MVP. Well done Kaj, you are our very own Wayne Gretzky.

Rugby

 

Kai Green

 

Following on from a strong season at TSS, Kai has continued his progress in Rugby Union receiving representative honours with the QLD Kiwi U12 @ Pacific Youth Rugby Festival, Brisbane Nov 2021. 2nd place lost to Samoa in Final. He has been busy, in is touch rugby as well with South Coast QLD Sharks U12 @ National Youth Cup, Sunshine Coast, Oct 2021. 4th place and Gold Coast U12 A @ QLD Junior State Cup, Hervey Bay, Jul 2021. 2nd place lost to Brisbane Met in Final. Switching Rugby codes for a third time, Kai made the Rugby League South Coast U11 @ QLD Schools State Carnival, Sept 2021. 5th place.

 

It was a terrific season of work from a very dedicated, hardworking young player. Well done Kai and I look forward to seeing what the next few seasons have in store for you.

Cricket

 

Jason Edlinger, continues his strong start to the Cricket season with a representative honour for Gold Coast U12’s. A tough side to make, Thomas Edlinger had a superb trial as well but was unlucky to miss out. We wish both boys all the best for the remainder of the season.

 

 

End of Year Thoughts

 

So how do we some up the year? Looking through the GPS results for 2021, this is the 6th straight year TSS has finished number one across all of GPS Sport……

 

Whilst our focus is certainly on the process but the outcome is often a reflection of the hard work.

 

That is something to be very proud of for our School, are staff and in particular our boys who compete well across the board, with the majority of our athletes taking part in two or more Sports each year.

On that note, I’d like to wish both you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and I look forward to welcoming you back in a few short weeks’ time for another exciting year of Sport.

 

 

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