Father and Son Sports Day: On Thursday 30th August we will hold our annual Father and Son Sports Day at Oxford Falls. We look forward to welcoming dads, grand-dads and male relations to this fantastic wider school community event. Arrival is 11.30am for 11.45am start time. A BBQ lunch will follow at 1.15pm.
Students require normal PE clothes and will be active irrespective of their father’s participation. We also require mums/non-participants to assist with feeding such a large, ravenous horde. To register as an attending Father/Grandfather or helping mum please click on this link and complete the relevant form.
Thursday Sport: at Oxford Falls. Summer trials begin for Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis (at Roseville).
Athletics: The Shore Carnival takes place this Saturday at Narrabeen. Training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at Rotary Athletics Field, Mowbray Road West, Lane Cove. Sessions run from after school until 4.55pm and a bus returns students to Chatswood if not collected from the venue.
Cricket: All players wishing to play for the College this summer must register online through Trybooking. Follow this link to register for the season - https://www.trybooking.com/405015
Trials begin at Sport on Thursday 16th August and resume on the 6th September. Players can bring their own gear (the school does provide most items as training kit if required).
Rugby Presentation Evening: takes place for all players on Tuesday 28th August from 5.30pm – 6.50pm in the Sarto Centre (allowing parents to attend the Senior Presentation in the Gym from 7.00pm). Boys will be required to wear school uniform. All players will be acknowledged on stage for their season’s efforts and major award winners will be presented.
Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster
From the Rugby Development Officer
Prep Rugby, “Simply the best”
Sport doesn’t get any better than last Saturday at Oxford falls!
Some exhilarating rugby with two of our prep teams, 12As and 11Bs, finishing the season unbeaten, and afterwards an assortment of cakes and goodies befitting a royal wedding!!
There is so much talent in our prep teams. They train and play with enthusiasm, commitment and a huge desire to win. Plus - and here’s the bonus - lots of character. There are also lots of characters in our prep teams, a coaching challenge in itself!
Team mobility is the way forward for young players and our support-based style of play endorses this. Coaches and parents want to see their sons running and enthusiastic on a Saturday morning. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to kick in, ( for the coaches also) but when it does we are unbeatable.
Finally a huge thank you to Paul O’Neil, the rugby support group, and parents for the concluding presentation, which was a superb mixture of fun and munching, perfectly pitched.
Senior rugby can look forward to the arrival of a new batch of talent in 2019.
Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer
From the Rugby Club
End of Season Social Function – from 5pm Saturday, 25th August – The Willoughby Hotel – Please Book Your Free Tickets now!!
As a ‘thank you’ to all our SPX Rugby Supporters, the Rugby Supporters’ Club will be holding an ‘End of Season Social Get Together’ at the Willoughby Hotel (315 Penshurst Street, Willoughby) from 5pm on Saturday 25th August. The Rugby Club, through the hotel, will provide a good selection of high quality ‘stand-up’ food and the only thing that those attending will have to pay for will be their own drinks at normal pub bar prices.
We will have the whole first floor to ourselves with two televisions showing live coverage of the Wallabies v All Blacks Bledisloe Cup Test Match from Eden Park in New Zealand from 5.30pm. (There will be plenty of room for those who want to get away from the televisions).
Children are most welcome – we will have a table tennis competition on the night for the children.
On the night we will have a number of lucky door prizes, including the opportunity to win two free tickets to the 2019 SPX Rugby Club Dinner, and a free ticket to the upcoming inaugural SPX Rugby Supporters’ Club Golf Day starting at 1pm on Wednesday 12th December at Roseville Golf Club.
There will be no fund raising at the function - the only thing you will need money for are your own drinks!
To assist us with catering for the function please book your free tickets now - this link will take you directly to the TryBooking Site to book your tickets: www.trybooking.com/390673
‘Monster Raffle’ Tickets – To be returned by next Wednesday
An SPX Rugby student from each family has been issued with a book of 20 x $5 raffle tickets in the Rugby Club’s Monster Raffle to sell. There are ten great prizes to be won, with the first prize being a ‘Hunter Valley Accommodation Experience’ valued in excess of $1,500. If the raffle book has not arrived home yet, you might just check that your boy has not left it in the bottom of his school bag!
For every full book of 20 tickets that a student sells he will get a ticket in a raffle with the chance to win a $200 gift voucher. There will be separate raffles for students in the Junior College and the Senior College.
All tickets and monies are to be returned to school via the silver box at the Finance Office (sold or unsold), by next Wednesday 22nd August, in a sealed envelope with the family's name clearly marked on the front. The raffle will be drawn at the Rugby Club social on Saturday 25th August.
Save the Date: Wednesday, 12th December 2018 – Inaugural SPX Rugby Club Golf Day at Roseville Golf Club from 1pm - ‘Ambrose Shotgun Start’. Further details next week.
(Please note the date has now been moved from initially notified date of 28th November).
Paul O'Neill - President SPX Rugby Club
Football: Round 10
Football Presentation Night takes place for all players on Wednesday 5th September from 5.30pm to 6.50pm in the Sarto Centre (allowing parents to attend the Senior Football Presentation in the Gym from 7.00pm). Boys will be required to wear school uniform. All players will be acknowledged on stage for their season’s efforts and major award winners will be presented.
Mr P Cummins - Junior Football Convenor
AFL: It was our last game of the season and we were up against St Pat’s who had beaten us in our previous encounter. There were many lessons that were learnt from that match and this time the SPX boys truly showed how to play hard, to never give up and to not let your team mate down.
During the game the boys gave it their all and, in an outstanding 3rd quarter, fought back to put a stop to the opposition’s scoring and came within a few points. But their wholehearted and committed effort, and the advantage of the opposition having four fresh substitutes, took its toll in the last quarter and St Pat’s came away with the win.
While the opposition were ‘overly’ happy with their win, I can take nothing away from the St Pius boys who won in the more important aspects of the game – total 100% effort, supporting your team mate, listening to your coach (and assistant Matthew Hunt) and for displaying excellent sportsmanship!
Player Points: 3- Whole team!!
As the season has ended I would like to thank all the parents and families for their support all season, to the Zahra family for the weekly oranges, all those who helped out with goal umpiring and Max Hollinger for his outstanding photography of each game. Well done to all on a very enjoyable season!
Ms D Cummins - Junior AFL Convenor