SHC vs ACK Exchange 2017 (Issue 5 2017)
Written on the 24 August 2017
61st Assumption College Kilmore Exchange
On the weekend commencing Friday 18 August, a contingent of 112 talented students and staff travelled to Assumption College Kilmore (ACK) in Victoria to participate in the 61st Annual ACK-SHC Exchange. The Exchange is designed to broaden and strengthen the Marist charism across the two Colleges through a range of cultural and sporting events. The Exchange was, yet again, an absolute success and we thank our friends at Assumption College Kilmore for their hospitality.
The events of the weekend commenced with a netball fixture that saw a well-coached and disciplined ACK side triumph after the SHC players battled valiantly to overcome an early scoreboard deficit.
The celebration of Mass on Saturday delivered a poignant message for the young adults of the modern world. Fr Frank Marriott encouraged the students from both College's to continue to be role models in "crossing boundaries to promote and encourage inclusivity and diversity".
For the remainder of Saturday evening, the audience was treated to a showcase of exciting and spectacular music, dancing and debating from the students of both Colleges. The SHC debaters convinced the onlookers and judges, in an eloquent and well-organised presentation that "social media has not killed social skills".
Exchange participants arrived early on Sunday to be treated to a rare balmy winter's day in Kilmore. The opportunity had arrived for the College's leading sportspeople to display their talents in an array of sporting contests.
Our boys' and girls' basketball teams played early and were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, in very close encounters.
Both SHC boys' and girls' soccer teams showed how hard and tough they are in relentless displays, the spoils of victory settling at one win for each College.
In the past, our girls' hockey team have been on the receiving end of some big wins by the Assumption team. However, this was not the case this year with our players matching everything the opposition threw at them to finish with a narrow loss.
The Athletics Gift and Relay featured a group of talented athletes representing both Colleges. Sacred Heart took out both the male and female Gift and the boys' relay.
The final contest, to end a wonderful weekend, was the 1st XVIII Football game. Both teams played an exciting brand of football in great conditions. After facing a significant ACK challenge in the third quarter, the SHC team steadied and stamped their class on the contest to record a win.
A special thanks to all Exchange participants who engaged, at all times, in a positive and purposeful fashion throughout the weekend. (The staff at the Melbourne Airport reported that 112 students took a moment to thank them for their help with checking in!)
Thanks also to Amanda Reichelt and Dan Lynch for their hard work, which made this such a meaningful Marist Exchange. We look forward to welcoming our Marist brothers and sisters to Sacred Heart College in 2018. Breaking down boundaries, encouraging inclusivity and diversity, and engaging with them in our world class facilities, for the 62nd Exchange.