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In 2014 the senior girls basketball season in the NSATIS
roster got off to a perfect start with two wins from the Firsts
and Seconds teams against St Brendan-Shaw College in
Devonport. The Senior Firsts team was expertly coached by Mr
Sam Watkins. His knowledge and experience of the game was
of great assistance to the girls who always enjoyed his training
sessions (especially when he joined in on the scrimmaging).
Although the Firsts did not record another win for the season,
all players showed great improvement.
The Seconds had a fantastic year, putting in some strong
performances throughout the season to finish in third place.
Coached by Mr Nick Bean, the team played some fantastic
basketball, clinching some very tight wins on the way. Thank
you to Mr Bean and Mr Watkins for all their hard work.
The number of basketball participants this year has
increased. To accommodate this, an intraschool competition
was run in term one for those not playing in the senior team.
This was a fantastic initiative and a huge success, providing
more opportunities to play basketball all year round. The girls
have also been involved in the Northern High School Roster in
Term 4 and the High School Championships. Well done to all
the girls on their participation.
Thanks to all the coaches, umpires and scorers for a great
season. A special thank you to Mr Ben Schimanski for being
Person-In-Charge of basketball. The girls basketball program
now includes some very talented players, promising great
things for the years to come. Good luck to all the girls playing
basketball next year.
Captain of Girls Basketball
It has been another big year of boys basketball at Scotch
Oakburn College, with students of all ages competing in a
number of different rosters and tournaments throughout
the year, and an increase in participation this year has led to
greater success in the sport throughout 2014.
First term saw the Senior First and Second teams taking
part in the NSATIS roster. Both competed strongly despite
being made up of a number of younger players. The less
experienced members really stepped up, showing the future
looks bright in the years ahead for the sport at the College.
The Senior Firsts side was good enough to make it into the
final, where they were unfortunately defeated by Marist
Regional College on their home court.
Third and fourth terms have seen younger students take
to the court with rosters for Years 7-10. Scotch Oakburn has a
number of teams competing in weekly competitions against
the other secondary schools from around the North.
The High School Championships were also held in the last
part of the year, with Scotch Oakburn entering both Year 7/8
and Year 9/10 teams. The Year 9/10 boys A grade team had
great success, making it to the Northern Final and progressing
through to the State Championships as a result.
It is important to thank everyone who has been involved
in Scotch Oakburn Basketball in 2014. This includes players,
teachers, coaches, parents and especially Mr Ben Schimanski,
who has been Person-In-Charge of basketball this year. As this
will be my last year of basketball at the College, I would finally
like to thank everyone who has been involved in the sport over
the last six years for making my time so enjoyable.
Captain of Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball. Back row: Aleyna Firat, Georgie Briggs. Middle row: Bridgett James,
Francis Strickland-Huggett, Dana Lester, Caitlyn Bosua. Front row: Meg Phillips,
Carlee Fulton, Dimity Kean.
Boys Basketball. Back row: Ben Kingsley, Sam Williams, Chris Taylor. Second row:
Joel Harwood, Luke Good. Front row: Lachie Bowman, Felix Keam, Lachie Bremner.
Absent: Gabe Hadley, Isaac Devereaux.
Jordan Holloway-Clarke and Karlee Fulton
Best and Fairest awards
Best & Fairest
Jordan Holloway-Clarke (9)
Best & Fairest Runner-up Dana Lester (7)
Best & Fairest
Sam Williams (14)
Best & Fairest Runner-up Gabe Hadley (12)
The level of competition at this year’s chess tournaments
was very high. While the year started with the loss of some
of our strongest players, we also introduced many new faces
eager to take up the mantle and its carnage of tactics, strategy
The Open Secondary team played strongly in the three
tournaments we competed in, including placing first in both
of the regional tournaments. The competition at the local level
was fierce, with Scotch Oakburn College winning by only a
game in the first tournament, but comfortably winning the
second regional qualifier.
The Tasmanian State Interschool Final, however, proved
to be one of the highest skilled tournaments in many years.
Scotch Oakburn almost qualified for the national finals, but was
unable to win a game in the last round of the competition and
finished one point shy of third place.
This marks the end of my long journey with chess over
the seven years I have been playing since Year 6 in the Junior
School. It has been a great experience meeting players from all
over the country and competing against so many determined
students. I am confident that the 2015 team will have as much
success in the future as it has had in this and previous years.
Huge thanks should go to Mr Sam Watkins for his passionate
drive, organisation and leadership of the Open Secondary
chess team, which he has supervised for the last six years.
I think it’s fair to say that he has been central to the team’s
success, even if he still has trouble beating me on most, or all,
I wish the best of luck to the future players of the school and
hope that the chess team continues to grow in size and skill.
Captain of Chess
Back row: Mr Sam Watkins (PIC), James McCowan, Jake Stonjek, Dean Saville, Benjamin Brown, Evan Gale (Capt.), Kieren Clark. Front row: David Morgan, Lily Cornish, Hamish
McCallumSmith, Erin Martello, Alexander Seen, Tarnith Kelly, Lachlan Bremner. Absent: Harrison Chellis, Lewis Ottaway, Connor Cooper, Max Stevens.
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