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From the Boys Football Coordinator (Issue 4 2018) Sport

Written on the 5 July 2018

Mid Season Football Update
At the halfway mark of the Senior Football Season, we have had some great successes in all grades and fantastic representation from our Senior Footballers. Our 10A's have played 5 games so far, notching up 4 wins and currently sit second on the ladder. Under the guidance of Coach Jon Symonds, we are really starting to see this group gel together and play an impressive brand of football, which is not only exciting for the remainder of this season, but for the next few years as well.

The 10B team have played 4 games and are also currently second on the ladder with 3 wins. Well done to all of the lads for their ongoing efforts and they are playing some great football which has impressed coaches James Uren and Ben Homburg. Unfortunately, the draws for both sides have meant they miss a few weeks of football throughout the season, but it has been great that we have managed to arrange some last minute fixtures against other Colleges and thanks to the lads and their parents for being so keen to be involved and accommodating of these arrangements.

To our Open Football sides... in 2018 we have 4 Senior sides playing in 4 different competitions. This year the Sports Association for Adelaide Schools are trialing a promotion/relegation structure and this takes place after the first 5 Rounds of fixtures. For the remainder of the season, our 4 Senior sides will be in the following competitions:

First XVIII - Premier League Championship
Second XVIII - SAAS Plate Competition
Third XVIII - Premier League Championship Reserves
Fourth XVIII - SAAS Plate Competition Reserves

Complete fixtures and results can be found here.

Our 4th XVIII have had mixed results coming up against mainly 2nd XVIII opposition. Unfortunately, last week they suffered a 99 point loss to Pulteney Grammar 1st XVIII, but the lads fought hard until the end of the game, showing the same endeavour that led them to a strong 8 goal win against Mercedes 2nd XVIII earlier in the season. Coach Jason Dam continues to inspire the group to give their all every week.

Our 3rd XVIII have also come up against stronger opposition in 2018, but have managed to notch up wins against PAC 3rd XVIII and both Rostrevor and St Michael's 2nd XVIII sides. Well done to all players and to Coach Nicholas Taylor for their efforts so far and they have another strong opposition again this week, coming up against Scotch College 2nd XVIII at Scotch. Ably led by Coach Garreth Hutton, our 2nd XVIII have had a tough season so far playing in a 1st XVIII competition. They have fought hard every week and have shown incredible resilience against some very talented opposition sides. Well done to the group on posting their first win of the season last Saturday, defeating Marryatville 1st XVIII by 115 points.

Finally, our First XVIII are travelling along nicely, winning their first State Knockout qualifying match against St Peters College by 35 points last Saturday. This is just reward for five solid performances so far after notching up wins against Immanuel and St Michael's, but narrowly going down against St Peters, Rostrevor and PAC earlier in the season. Coach Jon Symonds and Assistant Coach Damien Gigney, seem to have the group peaking at the right time as we look forward to the remaining State Knockout fixtures and the Kilmore Exchange fixture on 19 August.

Robert Gill
SHC Senior Football Coordinator


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