5 March 2015
Our new Firsts netball coach is Leesa Maxfield. Leesa is very experienced, having coached the VNL under 19s team, Peninsula Waves. She has also worked as a TID coach and assessor in the Netball Victoria Academy program. From 2011-2013 she worked for Monash University Central as a VNL championship coach and selector.
She hopes to develop new skills and knowledge in the team to try to ensure success in the coming AGSV/APS season, and we wish her all the best.
Any girls who would like to play netball but have not yet signed up, please email me.
Three of our girls will represent Victoria this month in the National Athletics Championships in Sydney from March 11-14. They are:
Natarsha Inchincoli - U16 high jump
Gemma Whitty - U18 400m hurdles
Hayley Phillips - U16 high jump
Furthermore, we have been asked to represent the AGSV in the Schools Relay Challenge on March 21. The students who earned this amazing opportunity are Gemma Whitty, Natarsha Inchincoli, Shannon McLean and Hayley Phillips. Congratulations to these athletes and good luck!
It was a big change in weather from what we had experienced the previous week, with temperatures rising throughout the day. Luckily all our matches were over by 12.30, before the forecast top.
Our girls played some exciting matches. The Seconds softball won a close match against Caulfield in the final innings. Our junior tennis teams also recorded some convincing wins over Haileybury and Geelong. Our volleyball teams had mixed results with our Seconds losing to Caulfield and our Thirds winning against Caulfield.
The Firsts softball team lost against Geelong Grammar, although the girls batting improved this week and their sliding practice at training paid off. The Firsts tennis team lost their Friday night match against PEGS.
This week we saw fantastic performances from all teams with one of the most successful weekends of girls sport. It started off on Friday night with our Firsts tennis team winning against Ivanhoe in a close match. The score was 8 sets apiece, ACK won in games 90-87. The girls were very excited to win their first game of the season. All our tennis teams won on Saturday making it a clean sweep for our tennis teams.
To add to the excitement, our Firsts softball team played against Haileybury, and it came down to the final innings. ACK had to get Haileybury’s batters out in seven minutes to win and they did, winning the game 9-8. Our Inter B and Junior C softball teams also defeated their opponents, although our Open Thirds winning streak came to an end as they went down to Caulfield Grammar.
On Monday afternoon AGSV held trials at Yarra Valley. Eight of our girls tried out for the squad, which is a great achievement. Two of our softballers were selected in the squad: Sophie Atherden and Bianca D’Alessandro.
Two of our tennis players were selected in the AGSV tennis representative squad: Danika Stacey and Madeleine Williams who will captain the team. What an outstanding achievement.
Jade Rose - Director of Girls Sport
Round 6 was productive for Firsts sport, with the basketball and cricket teams having wins over Yarra Valley. The cricketers endured a nail-biting performance, winning by a single wicket in the last over of the day.
Round 7 was also eventful. While the tennis and cricket teams couldn't outplay their Camberwell opponents, the Firsts basketball team came away with a tie, after two late 3-pointers levelled the scores.
Round 8 was the final time a lot of our year 12s played AGSV summer sport. While the results didn’t go our way, no doubt the experience that the boys took away will last a lifetime.
In year-level sport, ACK continues to give some solid performances, namely across the board in tennis, and year 10 cricket. The final round of boys AGSV summer sport is Saturday, March 14. Training for winter sports will begin, hopefully, in the last week of first term. More details to come, so please keep an eye out on the SIMON messages.
Congratulations to Brandon Austin, who has made it through to the Australian Athletics Championships (nationals). We wish him all the best, and hope that he does ACK proud.
For everyone who is on Twitter, make sure that you like the new @ack_sport page for all the latest updates.
Alex Timms - Director of Boys Sport