From the Sports Desk

Term 4 SIS Pennant winners

A busy Term 4 of SIS Weekly Sport saw Woodleigh entering ten teams in the Junior and Intermediate sport competitions. Congratulations to the Intermediate Boys Basketball team, the Junior Boys Cricket team and the Junior Boys Basketball team who all won pennants. The Intermediate Boys Basketball team under the guidance of Michael Paxino went through the season undefeated winning all 5 matches. Well done to the following players; Joel Quick, Lachie Marshall, Asher Magree, Tom Lewis, Ben Fewster, Jacomo Dwyer-Morris, Nick Gordon, Charlie Bond, Jack Wittingslow-Miller, Rex Thorpe, Noah Barnes, Joven Gill, Ilan Umansky and Will Hazewinkel.

The Junior Boys Cricket team had a season interrupted by extreme weather which resulted in games being abandoned or altered. They were dominant in their win over Berwick Grammar and poised to strike against St James. Congratulations to Michael Stephens and his team of players; Blake Steven, Jenson Teleskivi, Tahran Holmes, Max Heffernan, Luke Reynolds, Hudson Morgan, Ben Heyman, Anton Kopec, Luke Hoffman, Lachie O’Connor, Jed McKenzie-Smith and Nathan Bould.

Sport Leadership student Levon Woodward (Y11) stepped up to coach the Junior Boys Basketball team under the watchful eye of Andrew Peach and did a brilliant job of steering the boys to the pennant. After a loss in the first game the boys rebounded to win all of their remaining games and come away victorious. Well done to Jack Gosling, Levi Kiely, Finn Dinale, Jack Davidson, Lachie Swayn, Mackenzie Kelton, Rory Goding, Toby Herring and Ryan Oakley.

Netball Victoria Talent Academy

Congratulations to Darcy Close who has been selected into the Central East Talent Academy for 2020. Only the top 25 athletes in each region are selected into the Talent Academy Program each year, which makes her selection a significant achievement and a great reward for the time and effort that she has devoted to her netball to this point. 

Earlier this year Darcy captained the Woodleigh team that competed in the Gold Coast Netball Carnival. Not only was she a great player but she was also a fantastic leader who put considerable time into helping develop the players around her. Her versatility, competitiveness, skill and passion for the game are all wonderful attributes and I’m sure she will make the most of this wonderful opportunity. 

As a part of this program in 2020, she will be involved in a High-Performance Camp and Elite training day hosted at the State Netball and Hockey Centre. This program is the primary pathway to being considered for State 17 & Under representation.

Ben Davenport
Director of Sport