2019 State Basketball Tournament Junior Teams results

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

The St Mary’s College Year 3-4 and Year 6 Basketball teams put in a wonderful effort at the State Basketball Competition.

Although the Year 3-4 team didn’t win a game, they continued to improve and kept smiling the entire time.



Our Year 6 team should be very proud of their commitment to the game. They played beautifully and really connected as a team.

The girls managed to make it to the final where they were beaten by Our Lady of Lourdes team by 25 points. Basketball skills aside, staff were really impressed by their leadership. They made the time to wish the Year 3-4 team luck and cheered them on during their games.

Congratulations to both teams on a fantastic season.

Kate Jordan
Junior School HPE Teacher

2019 State Basketball Tournament results

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

The St Mary’s College Senior School Basketball Teams had a brilliant weekend in Launceston at the State Basketball Tournament.

The Year 7-8 team qualified for the final but just couldn’t get a win over a very strong St Brendan-Shaw College outfit who boasted a number of State representatives.

In the Year 9-10 Girls Division, St Mary’s College defeated favourites St Brendan-Shaw College to earn a spot in the finals against old rivals, Marist Regional College. Unfortunately, they too were just too strong on the day and we finished runner ups.

Well done to both coaches, Nicole Read and Ashley Banks as well as all of the players for a great season of basketball! We are proud of the way you represented the school. A special thank you goes out to the parents for the time and effort they have put in over the last couple of weeks including the travel up to Launceston for the State Finals.

Bring on 2020!

Mia Blignaut 
Sports Coordinator – Senior School

Junior Athletics results

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

On Thursday 14 November in very windy and chilly conditions the Junior Athletics team headed to the Domain Athletic Centre for the first of our inter-school carnivals, the Junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (JSSATIS) carnival. The wind was a major factor in every event and everyone truly went one pace beyond with their amazing resilience and character. Everyone did their very best in such trying weather. Jess Smith not only had to battle her opponents in her 800m event but she also had to battle to stay on the track such was the strength of the gusts! They should all be very proud of their performances under those conditions.

Our team then competed last Friday 22 November in the rescheduled Southern Tasmania Catholic Primary Schools Sport Association (STCPSSA) Athletics Carnival – thankfully the weather was perfect! Our Year 5 100m runners took out a clean sweep in both carnivals with a first in their individual 100m races and then in the circular relay! Both Kate Jordan and Fiona Rhodes are always immensely proud of our students and how they conduct themselves at all carnivals and on Friday they did not disappoint. Each competitor should be commended on their conduct and behaviour at both carnivals. Well done all. Sadly, for our Year 6 students it was their final primary inter-school carnival. We will miss them and wish them the very best for their coming Senior School years and beyond.

Fiona Rhodes
Cocurricular and Carnival Coordinator – Junior School

2019 Southern Regional High School Basketball Tournament

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

It was a busy weekend for the four St Mary’s College Senior Basketball Teams playing in the Southern Regional Tournament at Kingborough Sports Centre. 

In the Year 7-8 Division, our teams ended up playing each other in the Semi-Final after finishing 1st and 2nd in their respective pools. It was a very close game with both teams playing some great basketball and keeping the score within four points of each other until the fourth quarter. The St Mary’s 1 team pulled ahead with a couple of quick baskets sealing the win and securing their spot in the Grand Final against old rivals, Sacred Heart College. 

Thanks to great all-round teamwork and some handy defense, our St Mary’s 1 Year 7-8 team claimed the title, beating Sacred Heart College 34-15. Well done to coach Nicole Read and the following players on a great tournament. Best of luck in the state finals on 23 – 24 November in Launceston. 

Our Year 7-8 St Mary’s 2 team, coached by Brett McKay finished fourth overall. Well done to the girls for a great weekend of basketball and representing St Mary’s College with pride! 

In the Year 9-10 Division 1 group, St Mary’s College and Sacred Heart College both finished on three wins and one loss, each heading into the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. After a slow start by both teams, St Mary’s College managed to pull away in the fourth quarter to seal victory over Sacred Heart College, 27 to 18. 

Coach Ashley Banks and the girls will now travel up to Launceston for the State Finals, we wish them best of luck! 

The Year 9-10 Division 2 team coached by Kylie Anderson came up against some tough opposition from Dominic College, MacKillop Catholic College, and Mt Carmel College to end the weekend in fourth position. 

Thank you to the players for the way in which they represented St Mary’s College! Win or lose, we are proud of the sportsmanship, resilience and respect you have shown throughout the tournament. 

Mia Blignaut 
Sports Coordinator – Senior School

Junior School Basketball champions

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter, Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

On the weekend of 19-20 October, the Southern Regional Junior School Championships were held at various venues across southern Tasmania. Kate Jordan and I (Fiona Rhodes) had the pleasure of attending and cheering on our girls as they competed against other southern primary schools throughout the weekend. St Mary’s College had three teams competing across the Years 5/6 and Years 3/4 Division 1 and 2 rosters. As you would expect, a considerable amount of time and preparation goes in to these tournaments and I would like to extend a very big thank you to coaches Kylie Anderson (Year 5/6 Division 1), Daniel McKenzie (Year 5/6 Division 2) and Natalie Geard (Year 3/4 Division 1), along with team managers Grant Holloway and Louise McKenzie.

All teams played their hearts out in every game and each student who participated should be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves and how well they represented the College. Daniel McKenzie, who coached the Year 5/6 Division 2 team, summed up his team’s performance perfectly: ‘I think the phrase ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ is a perfect reflection of the way the young lady’s approached the weekend. The way each young lady approached the weekend truly reflected the SMC values of Relationships, Resilience, Respect and Responsibility.’ This team was indeed an absolute pleasure to watch!

The Year 3/4 Division 1 team had a hard draw but never stopped competing, or smiling, once – something that made both Kate and I extremely proud to watch and be associated with. I think the team was pretty chuffed to be cheered on by Mrs Lack on day one too!

The obvious talent and skill of the Year 5/6 Division 1 team was on display in the grand final where they took out the premiership in a very convincing fashion, the win was never in doubt. It should be said that even with such big wins (in all pool games and the grand final) this team played with humility and humbleness and always showed great respect for their opponents. Along with the Year 3/4 team (who finished third), they will contest the state tournament in Launceston on 30 November – 1 December. We wish these teams the very best for that tournament.

As well as thanking the coaches and managers, the role that families play in these tournaments cannot go unmentioned. Thank you to all families for the way they supported our teams throughout the weekend.

Well done to all the students who played in the tournament.

Fiona Rhodes
Junior Sport Coordinator

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