To say Term 3 has been big is an understatement! The hectic pace of this term started back in the April school holidays with seven Academy members being on display at National Championships. Hunter Banyard (Black) and Daniel Cope (Gold) in the WA Boys  Under 15s; and Lou-Ellen Edwards in the Girls 15s Gold team. In the U18 men’s we saw Academy Vice Captain Dane Gavranich, Justin Schonken and Hayden Vaitekenas; and in the women’s U18s Academy Captain Zoe Hopkinson.

Dane will be backing up his involvement in the 18s with selection in the U21s due to compete in Wollongong this July. Following on from his U18s debut Justin Schonken represented Australia in the School Sport Australia side that went to Europe recently. Head of HPE, Andrew Mellor also went on the School Sport Australia trip as the Tour Leader.

Well done to all of our aspiring athletes on your selection in state and national sides!

Back at school we have also been busy. This term our junior years have had a few opportunities to play against private schools from Santa Maria, Penrhos, Christchurch Grammar, Hale and Guildford Grammar. All games have been played in exceptional spirit, with some silky skills on display individually and as a cohesive unit. All games have been highly competitive with many heralding positive outcomes on the scoreboard as well as provision of great teaching opportunities.

Before term’s end we will see all of our Year 7,8,9s competing in the Ross Meadow Shield day carnival. This is a great chance to demonstrate growth and development in a formal competitive manner against other schools.

The senior boys and girls competitive games have been more limited this year unfortunately, however both will have opportunities coming before term’s end. Be sure to stay tuned for fixture updates.

Just because the senior students haven’t been playing doesn’t mean they have been idle. The Year 10s have been active in umpiring our junior games and primary school carnivals in an attempt to achieve their Community Umpire Accreditation. They Year 11s are working on their Level 1 Umpiring Accreditation and have been tasked with the duties of umpiring 1st XI games. Those that went on the International Tour were also in charge of umpiring warm up matches. The Year 12s have been working on completing their Level 1 Coaching Accreditation. Roleystone DHS ventured to Como twice where the Year 12 students put them through their paces to ensure that they were ready for their hockey carnival. The Roleystone staff was very complimentary of the efforts of many of our students and the attempts made to impart technical knowledge to improve the skills of the Year 5/6s.

Matt Bottomley

Como Hockey Academy