Our sincerest apologies to Georgia Page (Year 11) who was mistakenly omitted from the IGSSA Gymnastics report in Issue 16 of Connections. Georgia completed two amazing vaults in Level 6 and finished first. We are very proud of her achievements. Georgia is, as always, an integral member of the PLC Sydney Artistic Gymnastics team.
Three PLC Sydney IGSSA Touch Football teams made it through to the Grand Final on Saturday 21 November.
PLS2 scored a resounding 7-1 victory against Danebank on PLC Sydney’s Drummond Field. After finishing in fourth place at the end of the final round, the girls took down the undefeated Brigidine School in the semi-final with an enthralling match that went into extra time. Having lost to both Brigidine and Danebank during the season, the Senior Seconds would have to be considered the most improved Touch Football team in 2015.
PLS5 also played at home, beating a strong Roseville College 6-5 in a nail-biting finish. The team managed to come back from two tries down at one stage during the match. The Year 7 girls went through the season undefeated and beat St Catherine’s School 6-2 in the semi-final.
PLS3 played against Pymble Ladies’ College at their ground. It was a tightly fought contest and the girls from Years 8 and 9 went down fighting 3-2.
Congratulations to all teams and their coaches for all their effort and commitment to make it such a successful season.
Above: (from left) PLS2 Touch Football team; PLS5 Touch Football team.
Over the past two weeks the PLC Sydney Rowing Team has competed in two regattas:
RNSW Independent School Championships on Sunday 22 November
This was the first event at Sydney’s Olympic regatta venue for Year 7 and some of our Year 8 rowers. They all performed well achieving their best rows of the term. Our mixed Para crew were very competitive in their division of the Year 8 Quads. Year 9 First Quad dominated their heat, gaining a position in the very competitive A Final of the Year 9 Quads where they placed a very close and exciting 5th place. Our Year 10 Quads fought hard against each other in the same final with the Firsts just taking first place from the Seconds. Our Senior crews raced in a scratch crew in the Senior Four and finished the day with a very solid performance by our Second Senior Quad in the Senior Quad event.
Sydney Girls High Regatta on Saturday 28 November
This was a very successful regatta for our team. Our crews battled some very rough and choppy conditions to achieve three 1st places, four 2nd places and three 3rd places. A great effort from all girls.
IGSSA Water Polo
PLC Sydney competed in five divisions of IGSSA Water Polo this term, with four of the teams contesting semi-finals, and all of them making it through to the grand final.
The Junior Firsts (competing in the prestigious J01 division) came to the grand final undefeated and showed no complacency, with a resounding 13-4 win over St Catherine’s School. Congratulations to Coach Lizi Simms, Year 9 students Carla Traplin, Lilli Harris, Holly Garner and Donna Tsang and Year 8 students Jade Clemm, Emily Gralton, Georgia Smith and Mariah Moshovis – an amazing team effort.
Inspired by the Firsts’ win, the Junior Seconds played next, beating Abbotsleigh in a tightly fought match.
In the dying minutes of the game and behind in the score, the girls equalised then scored the winning goals with just 15 seconds left on the clock – a determined effort considering the strong Abbotsleigh side won the round game by two goals.
Congratulations to coach Harry Sanderson and the team made up of Year 9 students, Annabelle Mentzines, Jessica Page, Rhiannon Kumar, Anna Mc Rae, Eleanor Lawton-Wade and Laura Hooper and Year 8 students, Charlotte Williams, Claudia Taylor-Blair and Jasmin Wiesner.
The Senior Firsts lost their grand final narrowly to Santa Sabina, which was a tremendous effort considering the team finished fourth after the round games.
The Year 7 team who competed in the difficult Y701 division lost their grand final to an impressive team from St Catherine’s. With only one club player, the inexperienced but determined PLC Sydney team will have a bright future.
Congratulations to all players and coaches on a wonderful season.
Above: (Left) Jasmin Wiesner (Year 8) fires in the winning goal; (Middle) Claudia Taylor-Blair (Year 8) takes aim in Junior Seconds grand final; (Right) PLC Sydney Junior Seconds celebrate after their win.
NSW Schools Tennis Tournament
PLC Sydney achieved great results last week at the NSW Schoolboys and Schoolgirls' Tennis Tournament, which was held at Pennant Hills Tennis Centre. This tournament is open to all school children throughout the state.
The results were:
Lara Ralph (Year 8) – 1st in Singles and 2nd in doubles
Ella Athanassiou (Year 8) – 3rd in Singles and 3rd in doubles
Samantha Rorie (Year 8) – 3rd in doubles.
Pacific School Games
Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the Swimming and Diving events at the 2015 Pacific School Games that were held in Adelaide last week:
Vivian Zhu (17 years): 400m Freestyle Gold, 200m Freestyle Silver, 200m Freestyle/Relay.
Monique Rae (17 years): 200m Backstroke Gold, 100m Backstroke Silver, 400m Freestyle Silver, 4x100m Freestyle/Relay 4th.
Emily Racki (16 years): 200m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 400m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 100m Backstroke Silver, 50m Backstroke Bronze, 100m Freestyle 4th, 200m/Relay 6th, 50m Freestyle 8th.
Deborah To (16 years): 400m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 200m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 100m Freestyle Silver, 50m Freestyle 4th, 200m Medley/Relay 6th, 100m Backstroke 7th, 50m Backstroke 11th.
Chloe Yoo (16 years): 50m Butterfly Silver, 200m Medley/Relay Silver, 400m Medley/Relay 6th.
Lilli Harris: 50m Backstroke 6th, 200m Medley/Relay 8th, 4x100m Freestyle/Relay 8th, 200m Freestyle 10th, 200m Backstroke 14th.
Lauren McDougall (15 years): 400m Medley/Relay Silver, 200m Medley/Relay 6th, 50m Freestyle 9th.
Karli Musarra (15 years): 200m Medley/Relay 6th, 200m Freestyle Relay 6th, 50m Backstroke 8th.
Sarah Kemp (16 years): 200mFreestyle/Relay Gold, 400m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 200m Medley/Relay Silver, 400m Medley/Relay Silver, 50m Breaststroke 6th, 200 Individual Medley 7th, 100m Breaststroke 8th, 50m Freestyle 11th.
Madeleine Hardy (12 years): 400m Medley/Relay Gold, 200m Freestyle Relay Gold, 200m Medley/Relay Silver, 100m Backstroke 4th, 100m Butterfly 4th, 200m Individual Medley 5th, 50m Backstroke 7th, 200m Backstroke 9th, 50m Freestyle 12th.
Donna Choi (13 years): 400m Medley/Relay Gold, 400m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 200m Freestyle/Relay Gold, 200m Medley/Relay Gold, 100m Freestyle Bronze, 50m Freestyle 5th, 50m Backstroke 6th, 100m Backstroke 7th, 100m Butterfly 9th, 200m Freestyle 9th, 200m Individual Medley 9th.
Elizabeth Macarounas (Year 11): Platform 2nd place, 1st place teams events
Eloise Cain (Year 7): 3 metre Springboard 2nd place
Lauren Flint (Year 6): 1 metre Springboard 3rd place, Synchro 3rd place, 3rd place teams event
The girls represented the school in a positive, enthusiastic and exemplary manner.
National Short Course Championship
Congratulations to Vivian Zhu and Bronte Marshall (multi class swimmer) who both represented the PLC Sydney Swim Club at the National Short Course Championship last week. Bronte swam in the final to place in the top 10 of the National Multiclass 100 m Breaststroke.
Synchronised Figure Skating
Congratulations to Giselle Gurr in Year 7 whose team 'Majestic Ice' won silver in the Advanced Novice division of Synchronised Skating at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Penrith last weekend. Well done on a great result.