Sports News (Friday 28 May)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Hearts Indigenous Round

This week marks the Indigenous Round as part of Reconciliation Week. Sacred Heart College makes a commitment to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. As part of the Indigenous Round, our Rugby and First XVIII Football fixtures will wear an Indigenous Guernsey, representing solidarity of our wider Hearts Community.

This year’s Indigenous Guernsey was designed by Old Scholar and Adnyamathanha, Arrernte and Arabana woman, Chariqua Buzzacott (OS ‘20) as a part of her Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies last year.

Girls Pre-Season Carnival – Immanuel College

SHC and Immanuel again celebrated our Pre-Season Carnival during the first week of Term 2 to launch our Winter Sports Program for 2021. In our 4th annual clash with Immanuel, we included our first sides in all age groups and we anticipate a continual expansion of the program each year.

The SHC Immanuel clash coincided with us paying tribute to our former Hearts player Charlotte Agostino and our support of the Childhood Cancer foundation. Charlotte was a talented Netballer who also dabbled in Football in her earlier years at the College. Charlotte was our smiling WA who displayed an infectious energy and her determination and competitive nature was inspiring. Our WA in our senior Netball teams wore our Gold bib in memory and honour of Charlotte’s commitment and love of the game.

Wednesday evening our Senior and Middle Soccer teams kicked off the Pre-Season cup and competed side by side at Immanuel. The Middle team applied good defensive pressure against a strong attacking team. Although they went down 4-2, we witnessed some impressive ball carrying skills, particularly by Logeshwari Gurumoorthy who was subsequently awarded the most wanted player. The First XI team took the field with lots of new faces this year, in what was their first time playing together they started off strong with lots of opportunities on goal but for no reward. In the second half it was a more even encounter and late in the game Immanuel scored. Mia Cristicelli was named most wanted player for our team and the hit out put the girls in good stead for the season ahead. 

Friday night our Middle AFLW side were triumphant over the Immanuel girls in the curtain raiser to the First XVIII. The Middle girls were strong across all areas of the field, with a number of scoring opportunities presented to the forwards. Charlotte O’Sullivan, one of the youngest players in the side, kicked an impressive 3 goals for the match. Matilda Wilmore received most wanted player for her efforts through the midfield and her relentless pursuit of the contest.  

In what was our first hit out for the year our First XVIII Girls took on Immanuel, in what is a traditionally close encounter between the two colleges. We  held strong for three quarters with solid performances from Natasha Allison and Maddi Wilson before Immanuel kicked away in the last quarter for the win. Sarah Goodwin was voted as the most wanted player. 

Saturday morning our Netballers took to the court in the 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A and Open A1 and A2. The 7A team took to the court for their first ever game together wearing the blue and blue, facing a tough and very tall Immanuel side. 

Each player displayed determination throughout a difficult first half and excitement as they drove through the midcourt and showed their influential attacking play in the second half. Although the team went down by 12 goals, the girls wore their uniform with pride and showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with as the season progresses. Amber Williams played a strong game in the goal circle and received the most wanted player award. Large margin wins and high quality performances were seen from the 8A and 9A teams who transitioned the ball well with seamless connection down the court and impressive shooting accuracy. Elouise Mackereth (8A) and Keeley Stallard (9A) received the most wanted player awards for their exceptional performance on the court and conversion of scoring opportunities. 

Our 10A Netball team started slowly and were down by 11 in the first quarter. We then played consistent netball for the rest of the game and got as close as 6 but couldn’t fight the strong start Immanuel had! Overall, it was a good first hit out with the girls and showed us our future improvements. Bella Drew was selected for the Most Wanted award.

Our Open A2 side were impressive on court with connections in the forward line that were impressive to see this early in the season. Defensively we turned over a large proportion of the play and provided a huge challenge to Immanuel’s attack line resulting in a comfortable win. Chloe O’Dea was chosen as the most wanted player by Immanuel. The Open A1 side were equally impressive with their team connections but struggled with consistency against Immanuel’s tough defensive line up. There was certainly no shortage of persistence and work ethic from the Hearts players but we were unable to challenge Immanuel’s  impressive line up. The most wanted player was awarded to Chelsea Swann.

SA School Sport Knockout Girls Football

On Tuesday 18 May, our Girls First XVIII Football Team hosted Seaview High School and Brighton High School for Round 1 of the Sport SA Knockout Football Competition. On what was a lovely and sunny day for Football we faced off against Seaview in game 1, what began as a tough contested game saw our girls work hard to pile on the pressure and hit the scoreboard running out convincing winners.  The Final Score was SHC 11.10.76 to Seaview 2.1.13, Maddi Wilson was named player of the match with 6 of the 11 goals.

In the last game of the day and our second we faced off with Brighton after both successfully accounting for Seaview. The game again started fiercely contested with a lot of stoppages. With just a goal in it at half time the lunch bell went and the home ground support lifted our girls who piled on 5 goals to no score.   Lizzie Ward was instrumental in winning the clearances in the middle, whilst Sarah Goodwin dominated in all facets of the game including kicking two crucial goals and being named best on ground. The Final Score was SHC 7.3.45 to Brighton 1.3.9

The girls now wait to see who they will face in Round 2 of the competition.

SA School Sport Knockout Touch Football

Open Girls Knockout Touch Football
On Monday 17 May, a team of 11 Sacred Heart students competed in the Open Girls Knock-out Touch competition for the first time in many years.  The girls played four round matches, winning two of them and losing the other two.  Ultimately this meant that we did not progress through to the finals series, but nevertheless some excellent touch was played and a great day was had by all.

In Game 1, we lost 3 – 0 to Wilderness.  This was actually a very good result as Wilderness are a renowned touch school and were undefeated on the day. We had our first win for the day in Game 2 against St Michaels, 5 – 2.  Mackenzie Van Der Jeugd scored a hat trick and Mia Perkins scored the other two.  Millie Curkpatrick worked hard and had a hand in setting up Mackenzie for a couple of her touchdowns. In another close game, we lost 3 – 1 (touchdown to Mia) to Golden Grove, who were the other school to ultimately progress to the Knock-out Finals day. The girls saved their best game to last, with a huge 10 – 1 win over Unley.  Touchdowns to Millie (3) Manni Tierney (2) and one each to Mackenzie, Mia, Anna Goldsbro, Jordan Horne and Mercedes Tierney.  Mackenzie gave two assists and Manni and Anna also gave one each.

As acting coach for the day, it was an absolute delight to coach all of these girls.   They listened, they played as a team, they communicated to each other well on and off the field, they rucked the ball with purpose up the field and they defended hard.   With good voices, safe hands and strong rucking, Isabeau Bottroff, Marissa Murray, Jessica Ramsden and Ruby Wellington all made valuable contributions in each game as well.  Of our 11 players this year, there was one Year 8, three Year 9’s, four Year 10’s and three Year 11’s.  Watch out next year – the future looks bright, as every single one of these players will hopefully be back again, looking to improve on this year’s results.  Progressing to the knock-out finals day is a realistic goal for next year in my opinion.

Year 7 – 9 Knockout Touch Football
On Thursday 6 May, the Year 7-9 touch football boys participated in the 2021 touch football carnival. They played some strong touch football schools including Marryatville, Wirreanda, Unley and Adelaide Botanic. The boys had a great attitude from the beginning of the day and started off with a win against Adelaide Botanic. The boy’s great skills and communication proved to be an important factor as SHC ran away with an easy win.

Next, we came up against Marryatville, which eventuated to be the top team. Despite losing against Marryatville  the boys fought hard right up until  the end of the match. Wirreanda were our next opponents which was an intense game. Even though we lost to Wirreanda the boy’s skill and teamwork was really highlighted during a high scoring contest.

The final game of the day was against Unley and the stakes were high, the winner of this game would progress to finals day.  The group felt the  pressure which was riding on this game and even in defeat, we are proud of their effort and intensity they brought. It was clear from watching the games how well each of the boys improved in their skill level and understanding of the game by the end of the day.

Despite the boys not quite making it to the next round, we are proud to say they had great attitudes on and off the field throughout the day and represented the double blues with pride.

Year 8/9 Knockout Touch Football Finals
On Tuesday 25 May, a team of 10 female touch players braved the windy (and sometimes wet) weather conditions and ventured to Greenhill Road for the Year 8/9 Girls Knock-out Touch finals.  The girls played all 6 other schools in attendance in the minor rounds.  They beat Seaview 1 – 0, Cornerstone 4 – 0 and Golden Grove 2 -1.  They drew 2 – 2 with Marryatville and lost to the two schools Wilderness 1 – 4 and St Peter’s Girls 0 – 2, who ultimately played off in the final at the end of the day with Wilderness prevailing and being named the state champions.

Our round score of 7 points from the 3 wins and 1 draw saw us placed as the fourth best touch school in the state for Year 8/9 Girls – quite an impressive result I would say.

Here are a few special mentions and individual highlights for the day.

  • Mia Perkins scored six touchdowns for the day, including a hat trick against Cornerstone.
  • Millie Curkpatrick’s general game sense and ability to draw a defender and then put a teammate into a gap to score.
  • Jordan Horne’s two touchdowns, including one length of the field run down the wing with three Marryatville players in pursuit.
  • Anna Goldsbro’s willingness to run all day as a midfielder.  She rucked well in attack and then worked really hard in defence.
  • Rescuing our shelter as a huge wind gust threatened to blow it completely away.

Thanks to all the girls for your efforts and contributions over the 6 matches and making the best of the difficult conditions.  Thanks also to Troy Rowland and Lauren Barratt for the cheering and moral support throughout the day.

SA School Sport Knockout Girls Netball

Year 8/9 Knockout Netball
On Thursday 27 May, the Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Netball team faced a challenging group of four in Round 1 of competition at St Michael’s College, coached by Leanne Eichler. The girls were locked in three tight matches against St Mary’s, St Michael’s and Scotch College, finishing the day with one win and two losses and missing out on the second round. 

The clash with St Mary’s at the start of the day had SHC trailing early before a spirited fight-back. In a fast-paced game that went down to the wire, Hearts went down 29-28. Against St Michael’s, we again found ourselves down early, before a second quarter surge. This time SHC was able to hold on to win 41-38. Heading into the final match, Hearts needed a convincing win against Scotch, who had won their first two matches. The girls stayed in the contest throughout, but Scotch were able to control the final quarter to grind out a 26-15 victory.

The Sacred Heart squad had a positive and supportive team spirit all day, with players being vocal from the sideline, encouraging during breaks, willing to try new positions and take risks as a team. On a day which was highly competitive with a great deal of pressure, the girls showed resilience, determination and grit. The team should be congratulated on their strong skill, relentless work-rate and positive team spirit.


  • Game 1: Sacred Heart College (28) def by St Mary’s College (29) 
  • Game 2: Sacred Heart College (41) def St Michael’s College (38) 
  • Game 3: Sacred Heart College (15) def by Scotch College (26)

Year 7 Knockout Netball
On Friday 28 May the Year 7 Girls Knockout Netball team competed in Round 1 of competition at Loreto College, coached by Samantha McLean and Hayley Watts. The first game against St Dominic’s Priory College set the girls off to a firing start holding the lead throughout the entirety of the game. 

The second game was a tight contest against Loreto College and was goal for goal throughout. The girls played in great Hearts spirit, maintained composure and were strong both defensively and in attack. Unfortunately Loreto ran away with the win in the last few minutes of the game. The girls should be commended on their efforts in their first representation of the College in the knockout netball competition. 


  • Game 1: Sacred Heart College (32) def St Dominic’s Priory College (10) 
  • Game 2: Sacred Heart College (32) def by Loreto College (34)

SA School Sport Surfing Championships

On Friday 7 May, our College Surfing Team competed down at Middleton Point in the 2nd Round of the State School Sport Surfing Championships. It was a beautiful, sunny South Coast Day with a 10 knot offshore breeze and 3 feet of a groomed autumn groundswell. The students represented the College well and although we did not progress beyond the initial heats in the contest, an enjoyable day was had by all.

A special mention goes to Scarlett Trethewey, Holly Crettenden and Dakota Ettridge who not only took on our College judging responsibilities but also stepped up and filled in to judge in heats that some of the other schools could not fill. Well done girls. 

Another point of interest is that the College is looking to expand our Surfing Team Activities by offering students the opportunity to surf together after school, 1-2 times per term down on the Mid Coast. The idea here is to allow students who may not be confident in surfing under contest conditions, the opportunity to surf with their fellow peers at the College, to get feedback on their surfing from staff in order to improve and become more confident in their surfing and then to potentially move on to surfing in a contest into the future.

Look out for more information about this in the coming weeks and we’ll look to hold a meeting about the Surfing Team before the end of the term. Yeeew!

Pedal Prix – Round 2: The Bend

On Sunday 23 May, 36 students from across the college took part in the revamped Pedal Prix season competing in Race 2 at The Bend, Tailem Bend. With limited time in the trikes due to training venue restrictions, the students made the most of sessions at Champagnat Campus to learn the basics and one opportunity to practice with other trikes on a smaller track at Victoria Park racecourse.

It was the first time The Bend had been used as a Pedal Prix venue and it was not without a ‘crash corner’ and some spectacular racing from the super competitive teams. After the initial nerves wore off, our teams settled into racing and performed admirably achieving the following results:

  • BraveHeart – Seniors: 13th place with 59 laps and a fastest lap speed of 4.41 mins
  • HeartBurn – Year 7 & 8’s: 30th place with 48 laps and a fastest speed of 5.21 mins
  • HeartBeat – All girls team (Year 7 – 9): 43rd* place with 36 laps and a fastest speed of 5.52 mins (* placing is incorrect as was racing officially in the all female section)
  • HeartAttack – Year 7’s: 45th Place with 34 laps and a fastest speed of 8.00 mins

Special thanks to Scott and Mel Klaebe for joining the team for another year, helping with maintenance and support tasks to ensure the event runs safely and smoothly. Also, thanks to parents who pitched in to help out with a variety of jobs: Covid marshals, track marshals, assistance with teams in the pits and those who supervised in The Paddock area.

We look forward to our next race on June 20 at Victoria Park Racecourse.

SA School Sport Cycling Championships

On Tuesday 4 May, Aiden Cale participated in the State Schools Cycling competition held at Victoria Park racecourse. The competition was held over three races; Individual Time Trial, Criterium and a Points Race. Aiden managed to finish in 6th place out of 14 A grade competitors. Well done Aiden.

Outstanding Sporting Achievements

Congratulations goes to the below students who have recently represented the state or country in their chosen sports.

  • Grace Taylor (Year 8) – Reserve Selection in U16 State Girls Basketball Team.
  • Gemma Broadwood (Year 12) – Selected in the SA Country U18 basketball team for the National Championships held in Werribee, Victoria.
  • Ryan Clifford (Year 10), Clancy Luscombe (Year 10), Kallon Kernot (Year 11), Matthew Clifford (Year 9), Alex Wigget (Year 10), Hunter Laird Britton (Year 9) and Harvey Luscombe (Year 11) all swam at the Australian Swimming Championships held on the Gold Coast in April.

Upcoming Dates/Events

Champagnat Campus (Term 2)

  • Week 5 – Thursday 27 May: Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Netball vs St Michael’s, Scotch & St Marys Colleges & @ St Michael’s College
  • Week 5 – Friday 28 May: Year 7 Girls Knockout Netball vs Loreto College & St Dominic’s Priory College @ Loreto College
  • Week 6 – Monday 31 May: School Sport SA Surfing Championships Round 3
  • Week 6 – Tuesday 1 June: Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Football vs Immanuel and Nazareth @ Champagnat Oval 
  • Week 6 – Wednesday 2 June: Year 8/9 Boys Knockout Football vs Nazareth and Cardijn @ Champagnat Oval 
  • Week 7 – Wednesday 9 June: Year 7 Girls Knockout Soccer vs East Adelaide, Burnside & West Lakes @ SHC Marcellin (BRO Pitch)
  • Week 7 – Friday 10 June : School Sport SA Cross Country Championships @ Oakbank Racecourse
  • Week 8 – Tuesday 15 June: Year 7 Girls Knockout Football vs Woodend & St Aloysius @ Champagnat Oval
  • Week 8 – Wednesday 16 June: Year 7 Boys Knockout Football vs Tatachilla & Blackfriars @ Champagnat Oval
  • Week 8 – Friday 18 June: Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Soccer vs Brighton Secondary @ Champagnat Oval

Marcellin Campus (Term 2)

  • Week 6 – Monday 31/5: Surfing Championships Round 3
  • Week 6 – Tuesday 1/6 : School Sport SA Year 10 Knockout Netball @ SHC Marcellin
  • Week 7 – Tuesday 8 /6: School Sport SA Open Knockout Netball @ St Michael’s College
  • Week 7 – Tuesday 8/6 : School Sport SA Year 10 Knockout Soccer @ SHC Marcellin (BRO Pitch)
  • Week 7 – Friday 10/6 : School Sport SA Cross Country Championships @ Oakbank Racecourse

The Winter sports season has successfully commenced and we  look forward to  continuing our success in the Knockout Competitions later in the term. Our students continue to represent the College with great pride and sportsmanship on a weekly basis. Check out the fixtures here.

Go Hearts!

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
(Marcellin Campus)
Alex Penhall
Girls Sports
(Marcellin Campus)
Nicholas Taylor
Football & Cricket Coordinator
(Marcellin Campus)
Kelly Altmann
Netball & Basketball Coordinator
(Marcellin Campus)
Ashleigh Young
Administrative Assistant to the Sport Coordinators
(Marcellin Campus)