More than 60 students pulled on their first ever SHC football guernsey, with the three teams coached by Alex Baxter, Kevin Whelan and Rob Beattie. Each coach brought a deep passion and a wide range of expertise and our football coordinator, Pat Kitschke, challenged the boys with skill-based drills. The coaches experimented with competitive drills, which encouraged the boys to use their voice, shepherd and block for their teammates. On game day, the early start meant the boys were often met with a dewy deck and as a result, a slippery football. Despite this, they worked tirelessly to translate the skills they refined at training onto the field. Their enthusiastic approach to the game and terrific sportsmanship (irrespective of the scoreline) was always shown and appreciated. Thank you to our coaching staff and all the parents who have put the time and effort into making this season a hugely successful one. We all look forward to seeing the boys continue to develop in future years, both as football players and young men.
Year 6 Football Coordinator
The 8A team's consistent effort and team ethic could not be questioned. They enjoyed their best performance in the hail on our oval, when they finally ran over the top of Trinity College (who had handed them two previous defeats). Some of our most consistent performers were Tyson Coe, Charlie Hildyard, Ben Excell and Archie Lovelock. The two 8B teams faced the challenge of scratching for numbers once injury and unavailability hit the group. Occasionally, some Year 7s played to ensure we were able to field a team. Jack Bartlett, Riley Brigmanis and Cody Grant all began in the B teams and through their efforts, managed to finish the season playing consistently in the A grade. Other players to show a pleasing commitment each week were Jackson Green, Brock Humphries, Kai Kenyon, Jesse Schefe and Jake Underwood. Mackenzie Stock and Luke Young both showed remarkable improvement this season. Thank you to our coaches and all the parents for your support and we wish the boys well in their future!
Year 8 Football Coordinator
2018 saw 52 players represent SHCMS. 9B team was coached by Tom McInerney (SHOCS) and won 7 of 8 games, with their only loss coming against Adelaide HS. They enjoyed tight battles against Pulteney and PAC with a courageous 3 point victory against PAC in R6, which was possibly the highlight match of the season. 9A team secured victory in 6 of 9 games and played some impressive football. After a resounding 17 goal victory in the first game against Rostrevor, the rest of the season threw up some absorbing and tightly contested matches. A 1 point loss in the Intercol clash was the most challenging result of the season. The team played an inspired brand of contested football, but were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard. Kobe Ryan was awarded the Intercol medal as Hearts' best player and it was thoroughly deserved. It was a welcome return to the winners circle for 8/9 Knock-out football. The Grand Final was played in challenging conditions at Hickinbotham Oval, against Henley HS for the 12th consecutive year. A hard-fought 6.16 (52) to 6.6 (42) victory was achieved with Luke (Donny) Dewhirst awarded the Malcolm Greenslade best afield medal for his tireless performance in the ruck.
Year 9 Football Coordinator and 9A & 8/9 Knock-out Coach