On 23 July 2014, the McKinnon Junior
Squash team embarked on the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Teams had qualified through to State Finals
without playing a match this year.
The boys teams played well all day,
with the Year 8 Boys (Matias Fernandez, Eric
Pagoulatos, Alex Hunter and Advait Tanna) beating Albert Park,
Dromana and Gladstone Park on their way to a 4th place finish. The Year 7 team (Winston Bolt, Matthew
Stephens and Nick
Livanos) fought hard all day and finished in 8th place. The highlight
was beating Camberwell Grammar School.
The girls team (Lilly Felder, Kathy
Lee, Amy Kang and Lucia Roohizadegan) won their first
match after Lilly Felder won her rubber in a sudden death point. Unfortunately,
Melton Secondary were too experienced and took out the title of State
champions. But our girls were proud to
be State Runners Up in their first ever squash tournament.
Also, on 30 July
the Intermediate Boys and Girls teams competed at MSAC in their Victorian Finals.
The boys team (Harry Nicola, James
Hackett-Smith, Dylan Kadish and Johnny
Dembo) had a couple of wins during the day and overall finished 8th. The girls (Angela Chen, Grace
Mackay, Grace Mather and Amy Volfson) also had a
couple of good wins and also placed 8th. For many, it was their first squash tournament
and all students represented the school with great sportsmanship and
On 28 July our Intermediate Netball
teams competed in the Regional qualifing for the Netball Victoria Schools
competition. Both teams were triumphant
on the day, finishing at the top of their pool. For the first time in McKinnon history, both
teams will compete in the all Schools State Championships on 15 September. We wish both teams the best of luck!
Each year, Volleyball
Victoria invite all schools to compete in a three day, state-wide tournament. This includes public and independent schools,
sporting academy schools and schools that run elite volleyball programs, such
as Eltham College, Girton Grammar and Billanook. This year’s tournament ran from Friday 25 to
Sunday 27 July.
After experiencing several
years of success, McKinnon entered four teams who had been training regularly
throughout the year. Throughout the
tournament, the students had the opportunity to improve their skills, challenge
themselves against fierce competition and build their team spirit. Each team showed significant development as
each match progressed, but it was their attitude and energy that was most
impressive. The students represented the
school admirably, consistently displaying positive teamwork, good sportsmanship
Our Under 15 Boys
team consisted of Year 7s and 8s, including several boys who had never played a
competitive match before. Their progress
was remarkable as they started to improve their understanding of the game and
refine their skills. After some early
losses, they went on to defeat some very strong teams. They finished fourth in their division,
narrowly losing the Bronze medal match to an experienced Upwey team. Congratulations Jesse Scholz, Lachie
Vasic, Matt Peel, Max
Kennedy, Morgan Watkins, Marom Schell, Jakub Foltynowicz, Danny
Hanrahan and Sebastian Sierra-Urban. A special mention needs to be made of James
who although injured and unable to play, attended their matches and cheered on
the rest of the boys enthusiastically from the bench.
The Under 16 Boys
have been playing as a team for the past three years and their hard work is
evident on the court. They played in the
elite ‘Honours’ Division, facing the strongest teams in the state. Their enthusiasm and teamwork was energizing
and enabled them to win most of their games in the Round Robin. In defeating St Bernard’s College in the Semi-Final,
the boys won the Bronze Medal and have qualified to play in the Honours League
at the National Tournament at the end of the year. Congratulations Luke La Greca, Tom
Degering, Sam Halsall, Ryan Diep, Min Shim, Alex
Skalova, Josh Wilkins, Brendan Moncrieff, Dylan
Kadish and Jason Schwarz.