Last Wednesday Secondary School students from Kerang Christian College travelled to the Schweppes Centre in Bendigo to compete in the Western Christian Schools Sports Association (WCSSA) Netball Competition. After completing a four week PE unit on netball the Year 9/10 boys entered the WCSSA Netball Championships dreaming of making school history by winning the College’s first ever sport title as a Secondary School.
The WCSSA provides an opportunity for students at Kerang Christian College to compete against Christian schools from Ballarat, Melbourne, Bendigo and Geelong. The College entered four teams in the recent Netball competition.
There was some intense competition across all divisions throughout the day and it was the Year 9/10 boys who lifted as the intensity increased throughout the competition. The early rounds saw victories against Geelong Baptist College and Geelong Lutheran College and a loss to Melton Christian College.
The team was pleased to have an unexpected win against Victory Christian College Street during the morning rounds of the competition. “They were quite a tall and athletic team”, noted Year 9 student Joshua Nitschke.
The boys improved throughout the afternoon with an additional win against Ballarat Christian College.
“It was wonderful to see our students working together and encouraging each other in the sporting arena,” highlighted the Head of Secondary School at Kerang Christian College, Miss Michelle Cuddon.
The team of Tom Gibson, Caleb Nitschke, Joshua Nitschke, Jacob Russell, Richard Shipp, Nick Steains and Alfritz Toledo gathered in anticipation for a big grand final against Melton Christian College.
There was pressure heading into the game as a number of players in other teams for the College had suffered injuries during the day. The boys knew they needed to lift for their teammates for one final game and an opportunity to make school history.
The grand final proved to be a close encounter throughout with both teams gaining momentum in the match at different times. During the second half the Year 9/10 boys started to assert themselves in the final and moved ahead to register a two point victory against Melton.
“It was very exciting for this team to bring the first Secondary interschool sporting trophy home to Kerang!” shared Miss Michelle Cuddon at a recent school assembly.
The students in the team wanted to acknowledge and thank their coach on the day Miss Michelle Cuddon and assistant coach, Year 10 students, Joel Fagan.
The students in the Secondary School at Kerang Christian College are now turning their sporting focus on to the Christian Schools Sports Network (CSSN) Cross Country Championships in Melbourne, which will take place on Tuesday, 22nd July. A number of students in the Athlete Development elective class at the College have been training for the past 15 weeks in preparation for this competition.
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