Holidays bring sporting success

December 14, 2011

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Several St Joseph’s Nudgee College students have begun the school holidays by excelling in the sporting arena at a national level.

“At the start of December, four Nudgee College athletes competed at the Australian Schools Track and Field Championships at the University of Queensland,” said coach Mrs Maureen Toohey.

“Nudgee College’s 2011 team Co-Captain Anthony Collins won a Gold medal in the U18 years 110m Hurdles. Later the same day Anthony placed 6th in the final of the U18 100m and was a member of Queensland’s winning U18 4x100m relay team.

“Shemaiah James also had a huge meet, taking a Bronze medal in U16 Triple Jump before returning the next day to win the U16 High jump in a PB-equalling jump. Nudgee College’s two other athletes at this meet, Garrick Harding-Smith (U18 Javelin) and James Lingard (U16 800m) also performed in fine style,” she said.

Following the Australian Championships, several athletes competed in the National Final of Athletics Australia’s 2011 Schools Knockout which was also held at the University of Queensland.

“In overcast and very blustery conditions, Nudgee College’s Track and Field team demonstrated tremendous depth and team spirit to finish with a full set of medals. This competition, now conducted for over 20 years, began this season with up to 90 schools in some of the three divisions for both boys and girls - Junior, Intermediate and Senior,” said Head of Track and Field Mr Peter Kropp.

“Competitors had to contend with not only the vagaries of the weather but a tremendously high standard of competition. Such was the toughness of the competition that Nudgee College won only one event on the day (some events were decided by two competitors per team while others required only one), the Junior boys Long Jump with Shem James and Liam Moseley. Despite this the Nudgee College team performed very near their best and several personal bests were recorded.

“Going into the final relay events, Nudgee College’s Senior team was in 4th place but, with a hope of a medal, the Medley Relay team prevailed to grab bronze. The Intermediate team ran brilliantly in the Swedish Relay (100m, 200m, 300m, 400m) to finish with Silver, three points shy of first. The Junior team, after being in 8th place earlier in the day, ran a superb 4x200m relay to put the icing on their Championship winning cake,” Mr Kropp said.

The Nudgee College teams consisted of:

  • Junior – Bailey Cordery, Shemaiah James, Liam Moseley, Jarrod Vos, Tom Walvin, and Tom Wright.
  • Intermediate – Riley Brennan, Chris Charleton, Keenen Cole-Zarro, Henry Fitzgerald, Joel Hagan, James Lingard, SM Strydom, and Jonathan Rostron.
  • Senior – Matt Burgess, Anthony Collins, Garrick Harding-Smith, Kieran Storch, Jarrod Hunter, Fraser Thompson, and Tim Tulele.

Also competing at a national level was recent graduate Sean McMahon who followed in the footsteps of other 1st XV players such as James O’Connor, Dominic Shipperley and Kimami Situati when he debuted for the Australian Sevens side at the inaugural Gold Coast Sevens tournament.

Sean was a key member of Nudgee College’s 2011 Premiership winning 1st XV and, as a second year player, was the dominant No. 8 of the competition. His efforts were rewarded with selection in QLD 1 Schoolboys where he won a National Championship. He was then selected for the Australian Schoolboys and played a leading role in both tests against England and New Zealand.

Along with his selection in the Australian Sevens team Sean enjoyed a fantastic 2011 by winning the Ian McMillan Trophy (Best Qld School Player of the Year), Dr Sugerman Award (Best Team Man at the Australian Championships), the Merv and Iris Allen Award (For Overall Contribution to the Australian Squad), and Nudgee College’s 1st XV Best Forward Award.
 

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