Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 7, Term 3.
Date: September 21, 2018 Posted by: Alana Ripepi
As Term 3 comes to an end, so do many of the sport seasons. I was lucky enough to be able to attend and watch TAS teams compete in the S2 Division Girls Hockey grand final, the S3 Division Girls Hockey grand final, the Division 3 Netball grand final, and the U12 Division 2 Soccer grand final. Meagan Berther was awarded player of the final in the S2 Hockey final, whilst Luke Leipold was player of the final in the Soccer final. Whilst it was great to cheer on the three teams that won their grand finals, there are two elements that I would like to comment on.
Firstly, I was really impressed with the team play and sportsmanship on display by our TAS teams. Whether winning or losing, or when under pressure or feeling like they had been on the wrong end of an umpire’s call, our students always play fair and respect their opponent and the officials. This is fundamental to our sporting programs and a non-negotiable for our players, coaches and supporters. In the wake of several recent incidents in the media regarding sporting behaviour, I’d like to thank our community for continuing to uphold the standards and expectations of TAS. I was very proud of the way TAS teams carried themselves in all games I’ve watched this season.
Secondly, it was great to see so many supporters cheering teams on. Parents, families, friends and classmates attended each final in force to support our teams. Again, what was really pleasing was that it was done with such great spirit and positivity. My thanks to the many parents who put in their time and effort to ensure our students get the opportunity to play sport in a safe, supportive environment.
I also wanted to thank all the students who represented TAS in sport this term. I love watching TAS students put on their TAS uniforms and represent the school with pride. Whilst you may not win a grand final, we are all very proud of your achievements and growth. To the Mums and Dads (a.k.a. the taxi service), thank you for ferrying your students to practices, games and associated functions, washing uniforms, paying registration, filling out endless forms, cutting oranges, etc.
The culmination of the season at the recent sports awards day at the Aquatic Centre was a wonderful opportunity to bring our sporting communities together. Thanks to the Parents and Friends for catering for the event.
I am really excited about TAS Sport as we head into the future.