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The School’s activities to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week culminated in an Indigenous Round with our First XVIII AFL football team competing against Rostrevor College. Indigenous Program Co-ordiantor, Ms Frances Zubreckyi was successful in gaining the permission from the Nicholls family for the two schools to complete for the Sir Douglas Nicholls Trophy. Sir Douglas Nicholls was a prominent Aboriginal Australian from the Yorta Yorta people. He was a professional athlete, Churches of Christ pastor a pioneer campaigner for reconciliation, and former Governor of South Australia.

It was an honour for Saints students to compete for a trophy in his name and Ms Zubreckyi should be congratulated for organising such an opportunity. It was a fantastic game of football where Saints took the lead in the last quarter, but Rostrevor responded. Despite having a shot for goal in the dying seconds, Rostrevor held on to take a remarkable victory. The final scores were Rostrevor 16-9-105 def Saints 15-11-101.

Our Soccer teams are continuing to play well throughout the grades, with the open teams doing extremely well. The First Xl team have won every game, despite being down 2-0 against Mercedes College – they were able to fight back for a 4-3 victory. Congratulations to 7As who have continued their good form and have not lost a game.

Pedal prix
Although they are yet to have a Pedal Prix event, the boys have been training hard and testing the cars to make sure they are ready to go with their first event on Sunday 17 June at Victoria Park.

Cross country running
The boys have had several events on Wednesday afternoons which demand they compete against other schools within similar age-groups. This is an extremely hard event and all boys have competed well over the 4km course. We look forward to seeing both Johnathon Harris (Year 7) and Zac Connell (Year 10) will compete at the upcoming Oakbank competition and I am sure they will do extremely well. Boys in the cross country program have been performing well, with most boys recording reduced times in practice and. This shows toughness and dedication to push themselves, and to develop as athletes and people.

The First XV have had a good start to the season winning their early games this season. The highlight was the recent game verses PAC, where our boys won the match 20 -17. This was a very physical game where Saints scored early to get out to a good lead, but PAC continued to come back and push hard for the victory. Excellent defence and character were evident in our boys who held on to show that they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Grant Wyman
Director of Sport and Athletic Development