Sports News (Friday 25 September)

To our Sacred Heart Community

The 2020 winter sport season has looked like no other. Sport across SA was shut down in late March and our Winter season was in question. 

For the athletes of Sacred Heart College, Term 2 turned into a season of training and waiting. Waiting to hear if they were going to hit the sports fields at all in 2020. Finally sport was given the green light and resumed in Term 3 and Hearts hit the ground running. Football, Netball, Basketball, Soccer, Squash, Table Tennis and Rugby were back and the Hearts were ready to make their mark on season 2020.

With a record number of 82 Winter sports teams across the College, it appears Netball comes out the winner in the most participated sport hosting 33 teams. For the Boys we fielded 13 AFL teams ahead of an impressive 11 Basketball teams. Adding to the weekly competitions, our representation in the State-Wide Knockout and SAPSASA competitions, totalled 15 teams across the College. Such numbers place the College Sports program at a participation capacity far greater than many clubs throughout SA. A participation rate that can only be facilitated by the help and support of a fabulous number of coaches, umpires, support personnel and parents. 

Thank you to all involved and to our fabulous athletes who give weekly of their time and talent to represent the College. Go Hearts!

Knockout Sport


Champagnat Campus (Girls)The Year 7 Hearts girls, coached by Bella Triglau-Phillips, proved to be strong competitors in the Statewide Schools Netball Competition. After convincing wins in the minor round matches, SHC faced Westminster in the Grand Final. The impressive court movement, transitional play and defensive pressure of the Hearts girls saw them defeat Westminster by 5 goals and take out the championship. The Year 8/9 girls, coached by Leanne Eichler, showed excellent commitment in their preparation for the knockout competition. The team started strong, defeating both Immanuel College and Cabra Dominican College in Round 1. Unfortunately the girls lost to Golden Grove High School by 2 goals in Round 2.
Marcellin Campus (Girls)In the State-Wide competition, the Open A1 Netball team headed to Immanuel College for the first round of Knockout in Week 3 of this term. Coach Leanne Eichler and the Hearts girls put in a great effort; easily defeating Adelaide High School but unfortunately narrowly going down to the State-wide Champions, Immanuel College in a tight contest.


Champagnat Campus (Girls)The Year 7 Girls Soccer team, coached by Year 9 student Taylor Doak, had great success in the knockout competition. The team, which consisted of a number of experienced club players as well as girls new to the sport, worked exceptionally well together on the field and defeated both Burnside and East Adelaide in the minor rounds. The girls progressed to the Grand Final and were awarded with first place medals after drawing (2-2) with Greenwith Primary School. The Year 8/9 Girls Soccer team, coached by Brendan Breen, progressed through to the second round of competition after defeating Hallett Cove and Adelaide Botanic in Round 1. Unfortunately the girls went down to Henley and Cornerstone but showed great.
Champagnat Campus (Boys)The 2020 Champagnat Boys Soccer Program is one of the strongest squads across Years 7-9 we have seen in some time. As such, the 2020 knockout Soccer campaigns were approached with great enthusiasm and hope. The Year 7 team stacked with talent across the board were unfortunate to come up against the eventual winner, Concordia College, in the first round. The Year 8/9 Boys took out the first round comfortably. In the second round the boys finished equal top of their group however, were very unfortunate to be knocked out based on the ‘head-to-head’.


Champagnat Campus (Girls)Both the Year 7 and Year 8/9 girls teams competed in the Statewide Knockout Football competition.  The Year 8/9 team, coached by Charlie Dawe and Amelia Magi, displayed excellent determination, camaraderie and support of each other on the field. The girls convincingly defeated Cabra Dominican College but unfortunately lost to Mercedes College in round 1. The Year 7 team, coached by Eirenn Harkness, were an enthusiastic and lively team who won against St Aloysius College but went down to Grange Primary School.
Champagnat Campus (Boys)The Year 7 Boys Knockout team once again proved to be a dominant force, representing the College in the Grand Final against Burnside Primary School on Monday this week.  The boys won convincingly coming away with the first place medal in the large schools competition. The Year 8/9 Boys Knockout team faced their old rival Henley High on a wet and windy day. Inaccuracy proved to be the difference as the double blues went down 3.14 (32) to 5.4 (34). Despite the narrow loss the future looks bright for Sacred Heart College Football.
Marcellin Campus (Girls)The SHC AFLW First XVIII Knock-Out side had a successful pursuit of the 2020 State-Title. After defeating Adelaide HS and Cabra in the first round, SHC were challenged by both Tatachilla and Blackwood in the Semi Finals. A brilliant win over Blackwood on the SHC main oval saw SHC progress to the big dance against St Michael’s College.
Marcellin Campus (Boys)Sacred Heart College First XVIII competed in the Open Statewide Knockout Football competition this season, losing only to PAC in Rd 4. The team managed to progress through to the Semi-Final against Henley High, played at Thebarton Oval. Unfortunately the side went down to a highly talented Henley side, but competed well for most of the game. Best players from the game were Riley Holder, Tyson Coe and Xavier Robins.


Champagnat Campus (Girls & Boys)Both the Year 7 and Year 8/9 girls teams competed in the Statewide Knockout Football competition.  The Year 8/9 team, coached by Charlie Dawe and Amelia Magi, displayed excellent determination, camaraderie and support of each other on the field. The girls convincingly defeated Cabra Dominican College but unfortunately lost to Mercedes College in round 1. The Year 7 team, coached by Eirenn Harkness, were an enthusiastic and lively team who won against St Aloysius College but went down to Grange Primary School.
Marcellin Campus (Girls)The Open Girls Basketball team travelled to Immanuel College in Week 9 of Term 3 for the first round of the Knockout Basketball Competition. In a face off against Immanuel and Cabra, the Hearts girls started strongly and were a dominant force over Cabra, coming away with a convincing 25 point win. In game 2, the Girls competed in a tough contest with Immanuel which went down to the wire. After fighting hard, unfortunately Hearts went down by just five points.

Girls Netball

Champagnat CampusAs the most popular sport now at the College, Champagnat Campus entered a record number of 18 netball teams into the SACSSGSA competition.  Coaches and some 180 players were expertly led by Netball Coordinator, Andrea Matthews.  After the minor round competition, 11 teams placed in the top two positions with special mention to the 7A, 7B1, 7C1, 9B2 and 9C1 teams who all went on to win premierships. The girls level of enthusiasm, commitment, positivity and sportsmanship was impressive throughout the season and a credit to the College.  Congratulations to all the girls and coaches on a successful season of netball, and we look forward to doing it all again next year!
Marcellin CampusAfter an interrupted start to the 2020 Netball Season, the Hearts Girls were strong in numbers, once again. Sacred Heart entered a total of 15 teams into the Catholic Girls Saturday Morning Netball Competition. The girls had a competitive and successful season; with six of our teams playing off for first place in the final round.
Congratulations to Ms. Weidemann’s Team (Open SHC4) who were Premiers in the Open B1 Grade this season. The girls had a strong start to the game to get a lead by 4 goals at quarter time which continued to increase to 6 by half time. The second half was very competitive; luckily, the girls held on to this lead to win by 6 goals. Congratulations to all of the Hearts Netballers on a great 2020 Season.

Girls Soccer

Champagnat CampusThe Champagnat Girls Soccer team had a successful winter season under the guidance of coach and SHC old scholar Brendan Breen. Throughout the competition they were an ambitious and competitive side who won five out of their seven matches. Their two losses were against a strong Kildare team who went on to win the premiership. The girls showed great determination to improve as individuals and as a team throughout the season, whilst enjoying the social aspect of playing with peers. The girls defeated Unley High by 3 goals in their final match which placed them in overall third position for the season. Congratulations to all the girls on your efforts throughout the season.
Marcellin CampusSeason 2020 may have had a delayed start for our girls but the Soccer team wasted no time putting their mark on the competition. Under the guidance of coach and staff member James Atifeatro, the girls finished the minor rounds undefeated and in top position of the Open B competition. Captains Caitlin LeRoux and Tahlia Cecere led the girls in the grand final and broke out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. A third goal for SHC in the second half sent a strong message to Cabra College who managed to get one goal across the line giving SHC the premiership 3-1. Congratulations girls on your successful season and premiership for 2020.

Girls Football

Champagnat CampusThis year 45 girls across Years 7-9 represented the College in Australian Rules Football. The two Middle B 9-a-side teams brought enthusiasm and energy to the field and worked hard each week to develop their skills. In the finals, the two SHC teams played off for third position with SHC 2 walking away with the win. Meanwhile, the Middle A girls competed in the Friday afternoon 18-a-side IGSSA competition. The girls came across several well drilled teams and to their credit, they never gave up and displayed great courage and physicality on the field. They demonstrated comradery and support of each other and finished games with smiles on their faces despite the score line and some wild weather conditions. The team finished the season strong with a convincing 4 goal win against St Peters to see them place in equal 8th position.
Marcellin CampusThe SHC AFLW side competed in the Friday afternoon IGSSA competition for 2020. This competition presented a number of strong opponents and challenged the girls weekly. Hosting matches on the College main oval was a huge highlight which was well received by the Hearts community. In a shortened season that did not offer finals but took the premiership team from the results of the minor rounds, every game was important. The SHC girls pulled together weekly and completed the rounds with only one loss. Such success and consistency resulted in the girls achieving the top position and premiership for 2020. A huge congratulations to the team and to the fine leadership from captain Jai Smart. Thank you also to the brilliant coaching staff Garreth Hutton and Ashleigh Young for putting together a program that got the best out of our SHC team and the ultimate reward in the premiership.

Table Tennis

Champagnat CampusAt the start on Term 2 a group of 19 keen students across years 7-9 came together to represent Sacred Heart. The boys and girls had a fantastic season, with both teams becoming stronger each week. The hand eye-coordination, consistent rallies and long hard fought 3 game tie-breakers made the playing order very tricky to juggle. The students improved through every single serve, smash, slice, miss, hit and topspin winner. Regardless of the big wins or narrow losses the boys and girls should all be proud of their individual and team achievements. Every week the students gave it their all to represent the school in the true Marist tradition: from the cheering of each winner, giving credit to the opposition, creating new friendships and teaching each other different techniques. The coaches, James and Darcy would like to thank the students and parents for participating in such a fun sport. Go Hearts!

Boys Squash

Champagnat CampusThe Champagnat Squash season was a shortened version given the current environment. This Season we fielded 3x 3 person teams plus running an Internal Competition on Match Night. As the season progressed all players improved drastically. Given we competed in a small field of teams (3x SHC Teams plus a Team from Cabra) in the competition, players regularly competed against each other so as the season progressed a fantastic sense of friendly rivalry had built up between all players. With finals approaching the Premiership Table was very close between our 3 Teams, Grand Final Night saw SHC 1 vs SHC 3 in the Middle School Competition with SHC 3 taking out the overall honours. In the Internal competition SHC 2 vs SHC with SHC 2 claiming the spoils. All matches were of a high standard and played in great Hearts Spirit. Unfortunately, we bid farewell to 6 players, thank you to those athletes for their outstanding contributions over the last few years and we wish them the best as they continue with Squash at the Marcellin Campus. Thanks to the Families involved for their support.
Marcellin CampusSimilar to Champagnat Campus’ season, Marcellin Campus entered 2 teams into the Southern Squash League at Somerton Squash Centre. It was a 3 team competition with the SHC 1 team remaining undefeated for the season. The boys played an individual tournament in the last round with our SHC 1 number 1, Ryan Kelton being victorious.

Boys Rugby

Champagnat CampusSacred Heart U14’s ran out convincing winners in the 2020 South Australian Schools Rugby Union Grand Final to cap off a brilliant, undefeated season. Having played progressively better as the season wore on, the boys were able to put in their best performance on Grand Final day in front of a large and parochial crowd. Coach Alice Priestly did a fantastic job to put players from Year 7, 8 and 9 on the pitch, with amazing team chemistry. Led by captain Brodie Watson, winner of the Man-of-the-Match medal, every player contributed to the well deserved victory. A special thanks to 3 boys from Brighton; David, Ellis and Liam, who brought experience, enthusiasm and structure to the team.
Marcellin CampusSacred Heart fielded 2 teams in the 2020 South Australian Schools Rugby competition. Our U18 team coached by Barry Cooper had indifferent results depending on which players were available each week. It was a different story for our U16’s led by Felix Wickham-Elleway and coached by Nick Wickham, the boys snuck into the Grand Final and were dominant winners, defeating PAC 61 – 20. Grant Murdoch was named Player of the Match. Thanks to Seaview High School and Brighton High school for allowing some of their players to join our side.

Boys Soccer

Champagnat CampusThe Champagnat boys soccer season was a great success in 2020. With six teams in the cohort, a strong emphasis was placed on collegiality between and amongst the squads. The improvement in skills and growth in cooperation in the various teams made for an invigorating season of sport for all involved. Thank you to Sam Carmichael, coaches, and all volunteers for their assistance in making each Saturday a worthwhile experience for all involved.
Marcellin CampusSacred Heart Marcellin Campus entered 3 teams in the SAAS competition this year. Our First XI finished 3rd in their pool and did not proceed through to the final rounds. Our Second and Third XI teams remained dominant throughout the season winning a majority of their matches. Thanks to Sam Carmichael for coordinating the squads and for coaching the First and Second XI. The great depth in our squads will ensure future success in the coming years. The season culminated in the Simon Matthew’s Cup, which saw our First XI Boys, First XI Girls and Second XI boys play against the corresponding SHOC’s teams. The First XI lost in a tight fought match losing 0-1, with Tyreece Conway being awarded MVP. The First XI Girls and Second XI Boys both came away with wins with Angela Mills  and Reuben Grandoni being awarded MVP in their respective matches.

Boys Football

Champagnat CampusIn a year of ups and downs, it has been terrific to be part of a wonderful Football season at Champagnat Campus. Early in term 2 it was unlikely we were going to see any Football played however thankfully we did because it would have been a real shame to miss this crop of boys. It was clear early in the season that we had a very large group of players with varying skills and traits, which was fantastic. Working with the boys of all year levels, I have been able to witness first hand the development of all the boys which has allowed me to see some exponential growth in all of our players. On the field we had a successful season which can be attributed to the willingness and effort provided by the boys, which showed a very strong commitment to their Footy. We thank all players and parents for their efforts this season and look forward to seeing you all in the future.
Marcellin CampusAfter the longest pre-season in recorded history, the 2020 football season commenced at the start of term 3, for a total of 8 rounds. Across all grades Sacred Heart were very competitive, winning the majority of matches in all competitions, and winning all Intercol matches in Rd 8. Some highlights of the season included the First XVIII making a Statewide Semi-Final, after defeating St. Peter’s College away in Rd 7, in our best performance of the season. The 2nd XVIII also took out the Division 2, 1st XVIII Messenger Shield competition, for a second year running. This reflects the tremendous depth of talent we enjoy within the Sacred Heart College football program. In addition to this playing talent, all players demonstrated exceptional character and sportsmanship whilst playing for the College, and have developed strongly as footballers and individuals. I look forward to seeing where the players take their footballing journeys in the next few years. I would also like to thank all of the coaches, staff and families who contribute invaluable time and energy into the program. It is greatly appreciated.

Boys Basketball

Champagnat Campus2020 had many memorable moments for 8/9 Basketball, with the overall growth of the squads being quite significant. We saw great personal improvement through a positively built environment that pushed the boys to develop overall. They continued to sharpen their skills whilst securing some great results along the way, this is evident through their qualification to the SAAS Semi Finals. The boys were able to build textbook team chemistry and their commitment to the season was great to see. The group has yet another opportunity to showcase their skills in the Year 8/9 Basketball Knockout early in Term 4. A big thanks to all the parents, caregivers and friends that were able to help out during the season.
Marcellin CampusThis year saw Marcellin Campus nominate 8 teams in the SAAS competition. Our Open A’s team had mixed results finishing 3rd within their pool and not progressing through to knockouts. Our Open B’s and C’s won a majority of their matches. There was great improvement amongst all the teams this term and we look forward to watching the progress of our Year 10 Knockout team next term.

Achilles Cup Athletics Carnival

Yesterday saw a combined campus team enter the Achilles Cup at the SA Athletics team. With COVID-19 restrictions on team size and our Year 8/9’s involved in Knockout football we managed to put together a competitive team that finished 2nd overall. The camaraderie amongst the team was great to see and the willingness for the boys to compete in their events during the torrential rain demonstrated the true Hearts spirit!

Upcoming Dates/Events

Champagnat CampusTerm 4: 
Week 1 Tuesday 13/10: SAPSASA (Year 7) Athletics Carnival – All day @ SA Athletics Stadium 
Week 1 Friday 16/10: Mountain Biking Championships – O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park @ 9:30am-1pm 
Week 1 Friday 16/10: 6/7 KO Cricket – Adelaide Lutheran Turf Pitch @ 8:20am – 2pm 
Week 2 Monday 19/10: 8/9 KO Cricket – Pulteney Grammar School @ 8:20am – 2pm 
Week 2 Tuesday 20/10: 8/9 KO Volleyball – Hallett Cove School @ 8:55am – 2:45pm 
Week 2 Wednesday 21/10: 8/9 KO Basketball – Blackwood High School @ 10:30am – 1:00pm 
Week 2 Thursday 22/10: 7 Girls KO Tennis –  Colonel Light West Tennis Club @ 11:30am – 1pm
Week 2 Friday 23/10: Lacrosse Carnival – Brighton Lacrosse Club @ 8:15am – 3:30pm 
Week 2 Friday 23/10: Year 7 Boys and Girls KO basketball – All day @ Springbank Secondary College 
Week 3 Tuesday 27/10: Cycling Championships – Victoria Park @ 10am – 3:30pm 
Week 5 Wednesday 11/11: KO Baseball – Glenelg Baseball Club @ 8:30am – 3pm 
Week 6 Monday 16/11: Swimming Metro and Track and Field Metro Championships – TBC
Marcellin CampusTerm 4: 
Week 1 Wednesday 14/9: Sports Awards Afternoon – SHC Function Centre. 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Week 1 Thursday 15/9: Ekiden Relay Championships – Bonython Park. All Day
Week 1 Friday 16/9: Mountain Bike Championships – O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park. All Day
Week 2 Thursday 22/10: Adelaide 36er’s Visit – SHC Br McAteer Centre. 3:30pm – 5pm
Week 3 Tuesday 27/10:  Cycling Championships – Victoria Park. All Day
Week 3 Friday 30/10: Rugby 7’s –  Southern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club. All Day
Week 3 and Week 5 (Days to be confirmed): YR 10 Knockout Basketball – TBC

Alex Jackson
Boys Sports Coordinator
(Champagnat Campus)
Jacqui Schar
Girls Sports Coordinator
(Champagnat Campus)
Hayley Watts
Administrative Assistant to the Sport Coordinators
(Champagnat Campus)
Gavin Pinnington
Boys Sports Coordinator
(Marcellin Campus)
Alex Penhall
Girls Sports Coordinator
(Marcellin Campus)
Nicholas Taylor
Football & Cricket Coordinator
(Marcellin Campus)
Emily Williams
Netball Coordinator
(Marcellin Campus)
Ashleigh Young
Administrative Assistant to the Sport Coordinators
(Marcellin Campus)