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After three rounds of winter sports season, it is pleasing to see students forming routines and making progress in the competition. Some highlights in the early stages of the season include;

Football
Off the back of a gruelling and beneficial training camp and close contest against Melbourne Grammar School, the 1st XVIII Football performed strongly against Westminster at Thebarton Oval in round 1. Our new  style of play was on show and we look forward to the development of the team and program across the winter. It has also been great to see the younger teams competing and playing a fast brand of football like the First XVIII team endeavours to represent each week. The football program has launched a number of initiatives this season in student leadership, communication, style of playing and coaching. We look forward to an exciting season.

Soccer
The First XI squad has started the season strongly after a successful tour to the United Kingdom. The first two games of the new SAAS Messenger Shield has resulted in two wins, and the team also recently travelled to Melbourne to play in the annual John Roe Shield against Scotch College who have been leading the APS Victoria competition. After a first half in which the home team were in the ascendency spurred on by a vocal crowd we were trailing 1 – 0 into half time. In the second half after some tactical adjustments, we equalised quickly putting pressure back on Scotch College. The game quickly turned in our favour and we scored four more unanswered goals to retain the trophy with an emphatic 5 -1 win.

Basketball
In the April school holidays our Open and Middle A teams travelled to Sydney to participate in a tournament hosted by our brother school, Shore Grammar School. After three preliminary games both teams faced off against Shore. Our middle As won back the cup, which we have not held since 2015, defeating Shore 45 to 36. While our Open As defeated Shore for the third straight time in Sydney, also winning by a margin of 11 points.

Chess
Season 2019 has started off well, with many of the 60 chess students already scoring a win in the school competition. Division 1  always brings the toughest competition, but the strong leadership of George Karassoulos (Year 12) and Thomas Jose (Year 11) directed the boys to a string of wins. Divisions 2, 3 and Primary have also lead to some extremely tough, fun games. Oscar Chen (Year 9) and Nicholas Koh (Year 9) were engaged in some of the best hair raising matches, drawing a crowd and even the interest of the arbiters.

Table tennis
Table Tennis is the sport of Queen Victoria, and the boys this season have brought the grace and precision that she would have desired. With 9 teams entered from across the school, the green shed has been full of feverish games and amazing skill. The Junior teams have shown quick growth and a passion for the game. In the Seniors, competition has been tough, with every week proving to be a nail biter. Taking on the best schools and players in the state, the Saints students have risen to the challenge. Alex Hofmann (Year 12), Aaditya Mangla (Year 12) and Harrison Hughes (Year 12) have all shown how their experience and level headedness  with some excellent rallies and strategy on display.

Student Achievements

Badminton
Max Le Mire (Year 10) and Wesley Johnson (Year 10) have been selected to represent South Australia in the 2019 U19 National Badminton Championships. The tournament will take place in Mandurah, Western Australia from the 7 to 13 July and will involve a three day team event followed by a four day individual event. Max and Wesley have been an integral part of the St Peter’s College badminton program since Year 7. This is the second time Max has been selected for a State team and the third time for Wesley.  Congratulations to both Wesley and Max and all the best for the National Championships in July.

Track Cycling
Angus Miller competed in the Cycling Australia track nationals in Brisbane in April. Angus was part of the SA U19 Team Pursuit that finished with the bronze medal. He finished fourth in the Individual Pursuit after a seven second personal best in the morning heat and fifth in the 25km points race. South Australia won the overall champion state – a great result for Angus and the team!

Barnaby Eaton
Director of Sport and HPE