Sports Report 1 Aug 2018

Rosie Waddell-Wood taking on the challenges of Orienteering

Rosie Waddell-Wood taking on the challenges of Orienteering

Orienteering – Saturday Metro Series
by Toni Brown
Going into the second half of the series, Radford Orienteering Squad students are tracking strongly.

By Round 7, the following students are in contention for series placings. Watch this space for performance tracking across the final 7 seven races.

Final results are based on best 10 of 14 events. Minimum of six events required to qualify for final scoring.

W14

Rosie Waddell-Wood

2nd of 14

W12

Mia Witheford

2nd of 10 (first year in squad)

M16

David Stocks

1st of 15

M16

Toby Lang

2nd of 15

M16

Michael Guthrie

4th of 15

M14

Patrick Shelton Agar

5th of 20

M12

Charlie Seddon

4th of 25 (first year in squad)

Golf
Following the ACT School Sport Golf Championships in May this year, Henry Kanis and Matilda Sullings have been selected in the ACT School Sport U12 boys and U12 girls representative golf teams. Henry and Matilda will compete in the National Golf Championships in Victoria in November.  

Radford Snowsports teams taste victory at Regional Championships
by Jonathan Mandl (Technical Director) 

Over three days of competition, 25–27 July, 50 of our athletes from Years 3–12 represented Radford College at the ACT & Southern NSW Interschools championships at Perisher. They competed in five events: Alpine Giant Slalom, Moguls, Ski Cross, Snowboard Giant Slalom and Snowboard Cross

Our team distinguished itself with six team podium positions and three 4th placings, indicating how committed our teams were to backing each other up in the hunt for the podium.

Radford Snowsports team July 2018

With everyone’s focus firmly on achieving a personal best, and backing up their teammates in high spirits, many stories of success were written on each day of competition. We celebrated strong individual improvement over last year’s results and recorded more than 13 individual top-10 performances racing the clock. Special mention goes to eight new members of our team – either new to Radford or new to Snowsports – in their first representative races. They all made impressive debuts and ‘earned their stripes’ – well done!

Once again, Radford College athletes achieved exceptional results of which they can all be proud, building on and applying their skillsets with confidence for the upcoming showdown with their Canberra-only peers in the ACT Schools Cup on 2 September (this event was founded by Radford Snowsports and Snowsports ACT in 2008) and, for those receiving invitations following last week’s regional event, the Australian Interschools Championships from 5–9 September.

The team thanks our wonderfully dedicated parents who supported events by volunteering as course officials over the three days, and all our parents supporting the early starts and long days getting their athletes to the resort on time each day. Special thanks to Mrs Lisa Stocks for her excellent administration and communication in the months leading up to the championships, and also to Mr and Mrs Guererro for getting our teams where they needed to be and managed final logistics during the events. Our thanks also go to Mr Brent Larkham for making it all possible.

Olympian Adam Lambert with Radford snowboarders

Major operations like this cannot be achieved without the background support of families and College staff working together. I’m delighted to report that this was once again achieved, allowing our athletes to enjoy the camaraderie, perform their best and shine in events.

Some impressive statistics from this year’s event:

Subaru ACT–Southern NSW Interschools Championships, Perisher, 25–27 July

• 112 schools competed, including 49 ACT schools

• 993 school students competed (15% increase on 2017 registrations)

• 2,067 total entries (30% increase in snowboard entries from 2017)

• Alpine GS Division 3 (school years 7 & 8) male category received the most entries of any event  

Football – U18 Girls Match Report, Saturday 30 June 
by Vivienne Hook (Manager)

It was a depleted U18 Girls squad that met top-of-the-table Woden Valley United on Saturday, with almost half our team out on school trips to Timor-Leste & Gamilaraay, holidays or injury.

A cheeky wind-assisted early goal by Woden put them on the board, and they followed up with another well-deserved score about 20 minutes into the first half. After that, though, the match became a feisty 'Battle of the Goalies'. Our own Jacinta Buckman was dogged in her defence of at least a dozen Woden attempts at goal, and the Woden goalie was under constant onslaught, with over 20 Radford shots at goal. 

A very tough match against the Woden teamRadford was the dominant team for the second half, but the Woden goalie was relentless and skilful under the constant pressure from Emily Shillington, Sophie Kennedy and Despina Spyridopoulos  actually, almost every Radford player put the ball up in the square, only for it to be snuffled up or deflected by Woden's goalie. The game was scoreless after that 1st-half second goal by Woden and even the Woden line runner commented that, had it not been their goalie's best day this year, the scoreline would be reversed. We kept Woden to their lowest winning score for the season, by a long shot, so that's something to take away from it.

Our thanks to Sophie Kennedy & Cara Martin from the U16 Girls team who subbed up for us – they were invaluable and meshed well with the team. And to Tom Kobal for stepping in as Coach while Nat Vasta was unavailable for the day. And kudos to every member of the team, who played in unfamiliar or challenging positions – they did themselves proud.

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