Snr. College Sports Report - Term 1 (2019)

Through the course of the 1st Term we had a total of 6 in-season sports taking place, namely, action netball, cricket, golf, indoor hockey for girls, swimming and tennis for girls. All these sports participated in various age group leagues of which many of our teams were extremely competitive facing up against many of the more traditional big sporting schools. Amongst these in-season sports we also had a full program of preseason sport taking place for the various Term 2 sports such as boys hockey, rugby and girls outdoor hockey for those girls who did not participate in indoor hockey.

We were extremely privileged to have very experienced coaches join us this year in many of our sports to really step-up the level of coaching within our sport program. We welcomed SA hockey player, Ms Shelley Jones to our girl’s hockey program working with our 1st Team girls as well as on an HP level with our lower age groups. We also bolstered our rugby coaching ranks with the inclusion of 2 highly decorated coaches who spent many years playing at semi-professional level. We are so grateful to have our new MIC of Rugby Mr Neil Du Plessis and his Assistant Coach Mr Ricky Menezes joins our open age group as the coaches. Along with Mr Matthews, we believe rugby at Ashton is definitely on the rise. We are truly in a fantastic position being able to boast about having the very best coaches at our disposal here at Ashton College.

Results this term were really fantastic with many of our teams recording some extremely remarkable victories! To name a few, our 1st Team Action Netball girls victory over rivals Kuswag 22-14 and the narrow nail biting loss to Fatima 1st Team 15-16 which had the entire arena on the edge of their seats. Our 1st Team Cricket boys enjoyed a fantastic 10 run win over St Henry’s defending a total of 212 coming back from a 4 wicket loss in the 4th term last year with a star performance from A. Eichbauer who scored a fantastic 117 after returning to the team from a lengthy injury. We were also entertained by some more of our other batters who managed to raise their bats this season, J. Fisher scored a 100 against Westville Boys C team and M. Gough scored 140 against St Henry’s unbeaten. The Indoor Hockey Girls all had a great season with many amazing wins, special mention goes to U14A Coach Mrs Audibert whose team recorded an unbeaten season racking up over 55 goals in 8 matches conceding only a handful of goals. Our 1st Team Girls Hockey team performed admirably at the Spar tournament reaching the semi-finals. We eagerly await final league standings for all our teams. Our tennis team also had a very successful season winning all but 1 fixture. Highlights were beating St Mary’s and Maris Stella this year!

In the swimming pool we had another successful season competing very strongly in the Co-Ed A-league galas. We managed to secure many podium finishes at the galas. We had amazing spirit at the D&D gala taking our form 1’s to Kingspark pool to help support our Swimmers. We managed to place 4th this year missing out on a 2nd place finish by only 10 points so it was an extremely tough D&D this year. We thank all our Swimmers, team captains and the Coaches for all their hours of dedication and hard work this term. Enjoy the break and good luck to all our swimmers who will be competing in the various Nationals over the next few weeks.

We were also extremely blessed this term to host two professional sports fixtures here at Ashton on our amazing fields. We hosted the Sharks Rugby match against the Blue Bulls in their final warm up match leading up to the start of the Super Rugby season. It was an amazing day and we thank everyone for all the support. We estimate that over 3000 people entered our gates on the day. Two weeks after the Shark’s day, we hosted the Dolphins B team in an internal match against the Dolphins academy team. It was an amazing opportunity for our cricketers to rub shoulders with the up and coming dolphins players. Ashton College will appear on ExtraCover and DolphinsTV in the next few weeks as they did a showcase on our facilities and coaches.

Thank you to all our sportsmen and women for all their dedication and hard work given to their school and to their sporting codes! We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see you out on the sports fields in term 2; we look forward to a fantastic winter sport season. We are extremely proud to be boasting 5 girl’s hockey teams and 4 boys teams this year which is testament to the hard work put in by the coaches and the interest shown by our students. We can only grow bigger from here!

What determines sporting success at Ashton? Many people believe success is statistical in nature and is determined by wins and losses! At Ashton, we determine success in 3 ways: 

  1. Overall participation by our students in extramural activities. In our program, growth within the various sporting codes is very important. Growing from 6 Hockey teams to 9 in the space of 9 months is incredible. Likewise for Cricket introducing a 2nd team this year.
  2. The culture we develop within the school sport program. We believe in developing a culture of all-round excellence and achievement. We aim to develop each and every player to be the very best version of themselves and to give their absolute best to their sport, to their team and to the school. Characteristics of a successful sportsman/woman are, highly motivated, hard working, courageous and steadfast, respectful and humble.
  3. Lastly, we define our sporting success by the number of players who leave our practices and matches with a smile on their face having learnt something new and who is hungry to come back to the next session or match.

Thank you for an amazing first term and we look forward to a great Term 2 of sport. If you have not signed up to take part in a sport for the upcoming term please step forward and commit.

Mr Currin
SC Head of Sport