Robert Egan | Prep Sportsmaster
What a weekend of GPS sport, topped off by our Father’s day event. Our boys showed their class against a tough opponent in round 9, digging their heels in when needed and impressing themselves on the game, where possible. It was great to see the boys working for each other, pull together through the tight moments and seeing some reward for their hard work in training. This weekend sees the final round of GPS Basketball, Chess and Rugby. As the presentation events approach, it’s a great time to reflect on the past 9 weeks of sport. It’s time to give it our all this weekend, finish with flourish and onto a well-deserved break.
I would like to start by thanking FOP, in particular Linda Quinn and Sarah Hill, for putting on a fantastic event.
It was great to see the fathers go into the classrooms before heading out on to the oval. I know the boys really enjoyed sharing both experiences with their male role models. The atmosphere was exhilarating all afternoon. More the 350 Fathers and Sons took part in the event, with a plethora of sports on offer, including Basketball, Football, Dodgeball, Tennis and ‘My Fit Kids’ Fun Fitness, it was none stop action. The sport culminated on the track with a flurry of father son fireman carry races and the Father’s 100 meters, before refreshments and raffles at the pavilion.
The event is sure to be remembered for a long time.
Congratulations to Daniel Statham and Etienne Chabert for making the U12 South Coast Cricket Team.
Congratulations to Billy Hayes, Angus James, John Ell and Alex Zach-Holt for representing TSS as the South Coast Regional Athletics event. I would like to give a special mention to Angus who has qualified for the State Athletics Championship next term, for the multi event and 800m. (Updated as per 12noon, Tuesday 5th September).
All players are expected to attend the presentation.
Date: Saturday 9 September
Venue: Annand Theatre
Time: 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start
Dress: Day Uniform
Pizza’s and drinks will be supplied to players prior to presentation.
Further information is on prepbook on the Basketball page.
Our 5A and 6A teams played in a one of exhibition match vs Hillcrest Christian College on Monday 4th September. Hillcrest is a school with a strong basketball reputation and drawing on a close relationship to our Director of Basketball, Mr LeGassick and Basketball Coordinator, Mrs Schroder find a space in our schedule to put on this worthwhile event.
Two very competitive matches, saw our boys demonstrate the strength of TSS basketball and the GPS system, proving a match or more for their Hillcrest opponents. Our tactical awareness and technical ability shone through, seeing both TSS teams provide some exciting attacking play and tough defensive displays. Our 5A fought well, coming close in their fixture, whilst our 6A dominated the later end of their match to come out victors. The change to play another school outside of our usual circle was well received and an excellent growth opportunity for our basketball program and the boys involved. Well done boys.
Adrian Blundell | Director of Rugby
12A TSS 0 – NC 57
Not a good day for the 12’s, with three late withdrawals for our severely stretched forward pack and a complete loss of form during the first half, didn’t see TSS start well. NC got stuck right into our boys from the opening whistle, committed hard, direct running caused the defence endless problems. TSS failed to use possession effectively, too much one out running causing failure to make metres and again no running strongly with the ball. Halftime NC 33 nil.
Some strong words from Coach Browne at half time, and a discussion on doing the things they have been taught at training, resulted in a much-improved showing. Unfortunately, no tries were scored and we basically had a lesson from NC on how to control the ruck. NC won 57 nil.
After having so many very close matches with the competitions top teams it is so disappointing for the players, coaches and parents to see the team go back to preseason basic errors, but we move on to Churchie, looking forward to a big improvement that the team is capable of playing.
Best Forward – Jacob Sa; Best Back – Sidney Bradnam
12B TSS 7 – NC 63
The 12B’s were outclassed by a much larger, Nudgee side. TSS were on the back foot straight from the beginning with 2 quick Nudgee tries in the first 10 minutes and this trend continued on throughout the match, with Nudgee’s speed, skills and size being too much for TSS. One shining light was a solo try by Hayden Carrigan. However, the B’s must be commended for small patches of great rugby with the goal in future weeks being to string these patches together to score some tries and even potentially steal a well-deserved win.
Best forward – Hayden Carrigan; Best Back – Fred Cameron
12C TSS 7 – NC 57
The 12C’s also came up against a very classy NC team, and struggled to gain any possession gained a well-drilled side. A consolation try by Billy Kelly helped the score board, but with ACGS to come, this week needs some focus on the smaller skills of ball retention and handling. Similar to the Bs, the Team must be commended for small patches of great rugby with the goal in future weeks being to string these patches together to score some tries and even potentially steal a well-deserved win.
Best forward – Ben Shuttlewood; Best Back – Billy Kelly
11A TSS 0 – NC 50
A gutsy never say die attitude is something that the 11As have developed this season. It is a credit to the team that they hold their heads high every match no matter the result. We have developed our skills this year and importantly we are having fun. Rugby, no matter the result, fuses a comradery that will last a lifetime. The boys and I look forward to our last game of the year and will be doing our best against Churchie.
11 B TSS 0 – NC 45
TSS 11B’s went down 45-0 to Nudgee college in our last home game of the season. Focusing on the positives, Nudgee are a team with over 120 junior rugby players against our 30 if everyone is healthy. So it was always going to be an uphill battle. Add to this the fact that when we played them in a trial match at the end of term 2, they beat us by 16 tries. So the improvement in our boys is evident. Very proud of the fact that we never once gave up. Some great try saving tackles by Will Robertson and Sam Watt and some great aggression by Jackson kept us in the match.
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