Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Spring 2014 Contents Cross country winners
In 2011 Fox tied with Briggs for the Middle
and Senior School House Cross Country
Carnival title, but ever since they have had it on
their own. This year Fox had a winning score of
36 points, two clear of Briggs in second. Dean
finished third (28 points) while Nance scored 24
The Junior School House Cross Country title
was again hotly contested at Scotch Oakburn
Park by students in Years 2 to 5, with Thistle the
narrow winners from Oak and Willow.
represent the College at the NIJSSA Cross
Country meeting, finishing second from the nine
The depth of the team was reflected in our
overall second placing, with Lachlan Frame
(Year 3) and Peta Antypas (Year 6) both
recording individual second placings.
Then at the All Schools Cross Country
Carnival on July 1, held in poor conditions
at Symmons Plains, the SOC team, led by
captains Meredith Hodson (Year 12) and
Chester James-Smith (Year 12), represented
the school with distinction, recording a number
of wins and top ten placings, with some fields
numbering more than 100 competitors.
Football season celebrated
The 2014 Football season showcased a
mixture of high points and low points for both
Firsts and Seconds. The First 18 side was
hampered by injury to many of its leaders
early in the season which impacted the team’s
ability to create a harmonious and well-drilled,
The team’s appointed Captain, Tim Jones,
was also unavailable due to State commitments,
however Luke Anthony and James Larrisey
worked together well as stand in Co-captains.
With injuries playing a significant role and
not being able to field our strongest 22 week
in, week out, the prospect of Hutchins and St
Patrick’s at full strength was a little too much for
our boys to overcome.
A narrow loss by just two points to St Patrick’s
College in the first match of a short season ended
up being a telling factor in the outcome of the
home and away competition, leaving Hutchins
and St Patrick’s playing off in the State final.
The 2014 season saw a ‘coming of age’ of
some of our younger footballers. Most notably,
Nick Miller, Henry Cornish, Ben Darke and
Hamish Blanden all had outstanding seasons,
having played little or no First 18 football
previously. With injuries to some of our more
senior players, we saw the birth of some Year
10 footballers who look likely to be excellent
prospects for future years, namely, Luke Good,
Kieran Gaby, Jock Gibson and Will Cullen.
Our Seconds Footballers missed out in the
State Final by the narrowest of margins, 1.7
points short on percentage to play St Patrick’s
in the final.
Pleasingly, the boys played an excellent
brand of football throughout the season.
Congratulations and thanks must go to Rob
Soward and Ian Hunt for joining our coaching
staff this year, and doing an outstanding
job with guiding, teaching and nurturing our
Will Clark did out an outstanding job as
Captain of that team and he was very well
supported by James de Boer and Will Johns
when they weren’t being utilised for senior
duties. The more notable performances for the
seconds came from Evan Smith, James de
Boer, Will Cullen, Jock Gibson, Will Johns and
Twenty-two members of the Scotch
Oakburn Equestrian team competed in the
annual All-Schools Gymkhana at the Deloraine
Showgrounds on Sunday September 7. With
riders ranging from Year 1 to Year 12 we were
well represented in all classes across the
The gymkhana consisted of flat classes,
mounted games and show jumping. Many
outstanding results were achieved, with junior
riders doing particularly well. All riders and their
horses presented beautifully and judges were
impressed with the efforts they had made with
their preparation for the event.
Showjumping was a highlight, with Scotch
Oakburn placing in all classes from 50cm to
1.05 m. We were also very competitive in the
It was wonderful to be awarded the Overall
Trophy for the school with the highest points
scored for the day for a fourth consecutive year.
Netball continued to enjoy great student
support this season with teams also
experiencing success across nearly all year
Our Year 7 and 8 teams were quite
competitive in their rostered games, showing
the strength coming through in the sport.
These teams have certainly improved their ball
and team skills both on and off the court with
support from their coaches.
The Year 7 firsts team were strong all season
long and made it into the finals, unfortunately
losing to a very good St Patrick’s College team.
The Year 7 seconds Blue and Maroon teams
played well, with the Blue taking out their age
Year 8 netball was well supported by our
coaches but was unfortunately not strong
enough to make it into the finals roster. The
firsts team played in a higher division and this
certainly provided them with valuable court
The senior netball teams were highly
motivated this year and all Year 9/10 teams
played well and improved greatly as the season
progressed. Coaches worked to improve
the passing and court awareness skills for all
In the Year 11/12 division, the Blue and
Maroon teams made the final, providing a
competitive and entertaining game, where the
Blue team was victorious.
The Senior firsts and seconds roster saw
Scotch Oakburn dominate most games,
showing strength on the court and working
well together. The Senior squad members have
been wonderful role models for the younger
students in their representation of the College,
establishing a high standard ready for 2015.
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