Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

The pre-game chat with the Under 11As

This weekend we approach the half way point of the Term 3 activities in Rugby and Basketball.

For both the Rugby and Basketball programs, there have been some challenges and some outstanding success. Regardless of the results, it is important that the boys are playing, enjoying their time with their peers, and improving their skill sets for the specific demands of their selected sport. The College takes great pride and is fully supportive of every young man who wants to compete, be it in the A or B team or the F or G team.

I will admit that it is a challenge to get fixtures every week but if the boys want to play, then we will strive to organise games. Thank you to the mums and dads and the coaches who travel far and wide to facilitate these opportunities. In the last weeks in Rugby we have had more fixtures in the supplementary draw than our scheduled opponent. On Saturday, we played BBC, BGS, TGS, NC and ACGS in our Supplementary fixtures.

The standard of play in both programs has been very good, with the boys committing to training and game day execution. A comment from a coach on the weekend: The best part about our performance was that the boys did exactly what we practiced at training. They listened and they learnt.

Sportsmanship is the priority in all areas. The boys are regularly told that all performances, contests and events are to always be in the “best of Sportsmanship.” It is pleasing to note that the number of Red Cards is significantly down this year and general behavior on the field is better – Calm minds + Better decision making. It was also good to see Terrace teams tunnel opposition schools at a variety of supplementary games after they had finished their games. Small gestures of sportsmanship go a long way and are noticed – well done.

On Saturday, a small number of boys took the opportunity to compete at the UQ Sport Spring Series – Meet Three, across several Track and Field events. Under the club structure of Mayne Harriers – the Terrace boys competed in their Red and Black, to record some pre-season data and open their eyes to a club meet.

The more you expose yourself to compete under the pressure of competition, the better you become. Limiting yourself to two or three GPS Lead-Up Meets in Term 4 will not give you the best chance for a successful execution of skills at the GPS Championships. If you currently have time and balance with other things in your life – take up the opportunity to have a go.

The Terrace Gymnastics team competed at the Brisbane North Junior Regional competition last Sunday. The team had outstanding results all round with the Level 3 team placing Third overall on vault. In the individual scores for the boys Jacob Reed placed third and William Pickering placed seventh on vault.

The Level 5 team placed fourth for the All-Round score and fourth on each apparatus. The individual scores saw Darcy Little in eigth on Parallel Bars. A big congratulations to all the boys who competed and a big thank you to Albany Creek Gymnastics for host such an amazing competition.

Saturday is a home round (sigh of relief) with Terrace hosting TSS. That means all Rugby and Basketball games will be played at home – apart from Year 5, 6 and 7 in Basketball who operate on a split venue structure. The support for the Rugby at Tennyson over recent weeks has been first class, however it would be great to see more of the Basketballers remain on site and support the First V in a tough fixture this weekend. For the record the First XV currently are three wins to one loss, with the Basketball First V at two wins, two losses.

In the land of Football (Soccer), the ISSA Cup (U14) team made up of Year 7, 8 and 9 students have progressed through the Round Robin structure and are now at the final eight stage – Quarter Finals – knockout of their competition. They travel to West Moreton Anglican College this week for their fixture, and if they progress the Semi-Finals and Grand Final, will be held at Annerley Football Club.

For the UHL Sport Cup team (Open All Age), they are in the same position and will host St Mary’s of Toowoomba next week. Good Luck to both teams!