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Winter Sport 2016 Report: The good, the great, the fantastic and oh so close!

 
Our history-making Open Girls Volleyball team
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Winter Inter-school Sport in 2016 was full of many amazing highlights. Every week this season a large number of boys and girls teams, ranging from Year 7/8 all the way to Year 11/12, put in the ‘hard yards’ on the training paddock in preparation for tough weekly competition against seven other schools in the wider Bayside district.

The good: At the conclusion of the season, it was awesome to see the Year 9 Netball, Year 10 Boys Soccer, Year 10 Girls Soccer, Open Boys Soccer and Open Boys Basketball teams all finish in the top four of their respective competitions. If the finals system included semi-finals, all of these teams would have been in contention!

The great: It’s no secret the VPSHS Vikings AFL excellence program has seen our school become a powerhouse in district AFL competitions. This winter season, that couldn’t have been more evident with our Year 7/8, Year 9 and Year 10 AFL teams claiming a clean sweep of all available AFL district premierships! Both junior teams had to work extremely hard in their finals, narrowly edging out Redlands College in both games. The Year 10 team were supreme, dominating all opposition week in week out. All in all, three district premierships in AFL is no doubt a special sporting highlight of this winter season and indeed the year.

The fantastic: Prior to this winter season, VPSHS had never won a district premiership in girls volleyball, let alone made a final. This year’s Open Girls Volleyball team changed all of that! Through hard work and training, this team went through the season having only lost one game. This earnt them a deserved spot in the district final against the only team that had beaten them all season. Beating Redlands College was always going to be a massive challenge. However, with the majority of this team gaining confidence from their successful Schools Cup campaign just a week prior, they approached the game with real belief and energy. In a mighty effort, the girls came back from one set down to win the game 2 sets to 1. They had to make history and they did it! Despite losing to an excellent Woodridge SHS team in Round 2 of the Metropolitan Finals, we are proud to bring home a fourth and very special winter season district premiership in Open Girls Volleyball.

The oh so close! District premiers from this year’s summer sport season, the Open Girls Basketball team, entered Round 2 of the Metropolitan Finals against Marsden SHS with hopes of claiming a fourth metro title for our school in basketball. After taking the first half to compose themselves, they very quickly went to work cutting Marsden’s 12 point lead. After bringing scores level in the dying seconds of the game (31-31), Marsden were awarded a very controversial foul call. This gifted them with the points they needed to win the game 31-34. Our girls were understandably devastated losing the game in such a fashion but can hold their heads high for the way they never gave up. Next year will bring with it a chance at redemption!

Thanks to all coaches, students and parents in making this winter sport season one to remember for years to come.​

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Last reviewed 19 December 2019
Last updated 19 December 2019