Year 10 Girls

The Year 10 girls started their first game off strongly, leading the first half by 3 goals to Mt High.  Unfortunately the girls couldn’t hold off a strong Mt High attack and went down by 10 points. The next game was a bye so we took the opportunity to watch our opponents and soon realised that we were in for some tough games.

The second match was against Millicent High School. Millicent have some very good players who play in the women’s league so we were prepared for a tight game. The Year 10 girls had finally found the positions they were good at and capitalised on their skills. Sherridan, Georgia and Olivia were strong in the forward, kicking goals all over the ground. Neave, Kristy, Nikki and Grace played well in the center clearing the ball out and kicking long to the forward line. The defensive end of Anke, Emily and Montanna were very tight and tackled strongly. The highlight of this game was Anke running for a loose ball and receiving a very strong bump that sent her back 5 meters, quickly learning what it is like to play against a player from the women’s league. Despite this we managed to win this game quite convincingly.

Our last game was against Grant High and it was a very tight contest. Unfortunately the team was without their speedy goal kicker, Georgia, as she also received a knock whilst tackling in the previous game. Montanna moved out of defence and into the forward line, and quickly kicked a couple of much needed goals. Neave was instrumental in shutting down their main forward and with a great team effort we won our last game by 10 points. The girls all improved as the day went on and after their scary first tackle of the day, managed to become very proficient at it. The team had a great time and look forward to playing again next year!

Year 9 Girls

The Year 10 girls started their first game off strongly, leading the first half by 3 goals to Mt High.  Unfortunately the girls couldn’t hold off a strong Mt High attack and went down by 10 points. The next game was a bye so we took the opportunity to watch our opponents and soon realised that we were in for some tough games.

The second match was against Millicent High School. Millicent have some very good players who play in the women’s league so we were prepared for a tight game. The Year 10 girls had finally found the positions they were good at and capitalised on their skills. Sherridan, Georgia and Olivia were strong in the forward, kicking goals all over the ground. Neave, Kristy, Nikki and Grace played well in the center clearing the ball out and kicking long to the forward line. The defensive end of Anke, Emily and Montanna were very tight and tackled strongly. The highlight of this game was Anke running for a loose ball and receiving a very strong bump that sent her back 5 meters, quickly learning what it is like to play against a player from the women’s league. Despite this we managed to win this game quite convincingly.

Our last game was against Grant High and it was a very tight contest. Unfortunately the team was without their speedy goal kicker, Georgia, as she also received a knock whilst tackling in the previous game. Montanna moved out of defence and into the forward line, and quickly kicked a couple of much needed goals. Neave was instrumental in shutting down their main forward and with a great team effort we won our last game by 10 points. The girls all improved as the day went on and after their scary first tackle of the day, managed to become very proficient at it. The team had a great time and look forward to playing again next year!

Year 8/9 Boys

On Thursday of Week 5, SMLC took a Year 8 and Year 9 team to the South East SANFL Boys 9-a-side carnival. This was the second half of the John Seebohm shield, where the Girls had finished First with the combined results of the Year 9 and Year 10 team, in the previous week’s carnival.

Mr Ahrens was announced as the Coach of a strong Year 8 squad, where he produced some notable half time speeches to get the boys over the line in many of their games. The team managed well as they had many rotations, and tried new positions that they may not have previously experienced, across the carnival. The team battled to 3 wins out of their 5 games, with both losses very close contests.

The Year 9 squad only managed to take 6 students, which allowed an opportunity for 3 of the Year 8 boys to play some extra games in order to help out the team. Unfortunately, this team did not experience the same success as the Year 8 boys, but everyone involved had a great time, and all played in top spirit.

At the end of the carnival, it was announced that, with the Girls and Boys results combined, St Martins Lutheran College placed 3rd in the placings for the John Seebohm Shield. This is the best result for the College in recent memory for Australian Rules Football and provides a platform for interested and enthusiastic Girls and Boys to strive for and improve upon in future years.

A massive thankyou to Mr Ahrens for his contributions across the carnival.