Shenton Slammers – School Sport WA Champions for 2015

Last week’s buzzer beating effort by the Slammers was truly exhilarating and now it was time to seize the rare opportunity in the penultimate contest in order to finally be crowned School Sport WA Champions for 2015.

The Slammers took on private school Mazenod College this afternoon for the right to wear that crown. The Bendat Basketball Centre was full of buoyant and enthusiastic supporters for the Shenton boys from staff, parents and students alike. So many had turned up that the organizers must have contemplated bringing out spare chairs. The boys and I were overwhelmed with the extent of support and the players didn’t let their army of fans down today.

The Slammers primed themselves for a good start and jumped to an early lead, outplaying Mazenod College with smart in and outside options and taking their chances at every opportunity. They more than matched up well against them, but the Slammers found themselves in foul trouble late in the second quarter and megastar captain Coops, who had been directing play with aplomb, had to sit down for a spell. The second half saw the boys come out firing again as the ‘green machine’ opened up a match winning 16 point lead as they turned for home. There were limited rotation options for this team of stars but the blend of youth and experience held it together and the team ran out comfortable 30-point winners in the end. It was this incredible mix of Year 9 talent with developing Year 11 players and then topped off with the reliable polish of the Year 12 stars that made for some incredible experiences this season.

Cooper Hamilton was named GF MVP and he proudly introduced his team to the waiting audience for them to receive their medallions at the Presentation Ceremony after the match.

What a way for this coach to bow out and what a fantastic group of young men to do it with!

Slammers Win Thriller and Now in the Grand Final

Last week’s quarter-final clash against Newman College was a highly skilful affair with the Slammers confronted at the home of the winners of the Catholic Schools division. The Slammers came away with a hard fought 3 point victory. Winning through to the semi-final of the All Schools division would’ve been a dream for this squad but they have been energised recently, playing with an undeniable chemistry and yesterday faced their nemesis Kingsway Christian College at the newly named Bendat Basketball Centre for the right to play in the Grand Final of this competition.

It was a tense affair and The Slammers started brilliantly to open up an unanswered 11-point lead.

A defensive front half blitz set by KCC after a time-out saw the Slammers make some errors and the tempo lifted considerably. The boys were then outscored by KCC and went into the half-time break with the score-line at 17 to 11 and Tim Gerschwitz in foul trouble with four against his name. The second half was an arm-wrestle and the young Slammers hot shot ‘Tiny’ Tim Gerschwitz was fouled out after a punishing charge.

The contest looked beyond the Slammers when the KCC lead blew out to 5 points with only a few minutes left. Some gritty defence and bold offence, particularly by young Year 9 guns Jamie Forsyth and Denzel Jackson kept Shenton in the game.

VC Yuval then found himself at the charity stripe with less than a minute to go with the score-line reading KCC 25 and Shenton 22. Yuval nailed the first shot but the clock was running down quickly. The second shot missed but the ball came off the rim to fall to Jack Simpson, who became the unlikely hero to nail a clutch 3-pointer right on the buzzer. Shenton win a thriller by one point (26 pts to 25 pts) to advance to next week’s GF. The coach jumped from the bench to embrace the jubilant players who were jumping together joyously and the elation from the support staff was immeasurable.

GREAT NEWS: Australian Brain Bee Challenge

Five outstanding Year 10 students competed in the State Final of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge at UWA today. The ABBC involves learning and studying neuroscience (first year university level material) and competing in both a team and individual capacity. The ABBC is trying to engage and interest budding young scientists in the field of neuroscience, with the aim of inspiring them to conduct future research into the mechanism of and treatments for diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS.

The team of Holly Dear, Cheryne Hee, Manshi Rai, Anna Sharp and Shaun Yeoh placed first out of the 17 schools competing in the state final, winning a high performance LED microscope for the school.

The individual aspect of the competition saw Shenton highly successful again, with Cheryne Hee coming 3rd overall and a stupendous effort from Shaun Yeoh, who took out 1st place in the state. Shaun will be given the opportunity to represent Western Australia in the National Final of the ABBC in Sydney in December. Both of these students will also be given rare work experience opportunities in the neuroscience department at UWA.

All five students have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the year and should be very proud of their achievements.

Junior Boys AFL Eagles Cup

This past Monday the junior boys AFL team wrapped up a successful Eagles Cup campaign. The boys found some form in the second half of the season, winning 2 out of their last three games.

In round 4 we were beaten by a talented JTC team by only 9 points. The boys then played their best game of the season, linking up beautifully in the midfield to defeat Churchlands by 22 points. Against Perth Modern, Shenton finished with a decent 8 point win.

Shenton finished 2nd on the ladder behind JTC. It was an excellent result and the boys should be proud of the way they carried themselves through all 6 rounds.

Whilst the team play was fantastic, there are a few individual acts of brilliance which must be mentioned. Josh Gentle’s banana from the boundary was exquisite, icing the game against Perth Modern. And Riley Torrijos kicked the greatest point ever seen in a junior AFL game. In a play highly reminiscent of Boomer Harvey’s a few years back, Riley gathered the ball in the back line, weaved past numerous opposition, bounced the ball at least 5 times and kicked from 40 metres out, only to hit the post!

Win for the Senior Girls Soccer Team Against Churchlands

The senior girls team took on Churchlands at home last Wednesay and recorded an 8-0 victory. Goals from captain Isabel Rondoni, Amy Johnson and two each from Niamh Swingler, Mikayla Denney and Jess Butterworth sealed the win.

After a slow start the girls started passing the ball well and once they scored the first goal it became a one sided game. It was good to see four year 10’s in the team to complement the more experienced girls. The girls have now had two wins out of two in the group with a final game against Mount Lawley next week. A win there and they should top their group.

Shenton Among The Top Five teams in the World Scholar’s Cup

During weekend of the 6th and 7th of June over 150 students came to Shenton College to compete in the Perth Round of the World Scholar’s Cup responding to the theme ‘The World Unbound’ across History, Science, Social Studies, Literature and the Arts. The students competed in Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Challenge, Team Debate and Scholar’s Bowl. With students from a range of schools including Shenton College, Scotch, Iona, Trinity, Kelmscott, Perth Modern, Georgiana Molloy and Wesley. The competition has doubled in numbers since 2014!

Our students from Years 7 – 11 had a fantastic time and were also very successful. There were many awards recognising individual achievements in each of the areas: Literature, Science, The Arts, Social Studies and History and we also placed among the top five teams for each of the competition challenges.

We’re pleased to report Shenton College teams were awarded Second Place overall in the Junior level of competition, as well as Third Place and First Place overall in the Seniors. Further, we saw a number of confident and highly skilled Shenton College musicians among the students who volunteered to perform at the Scholar’s Show on Sunday.
Photos and the full list of awards will be published in the next issue of Shenton Highlights.

Junior Boys B Soccer Squad Go Down Fighting

We made our way to Wesley College to play our last match of the the round robin and hopefully get into the knockout round.

The boys got out to practice on the close cut cooch grass which the boys found interesting, and the balls ran true and fast.

We started well and kept them out of their half – made a few errors – whether it was nerves or something else… but the Wesley boys, somewhat a couple of feet taller than our boys, played their way to a goal that rocketed into the back of the net. 1 – nil down after 2 minutes.

Back to the restart, our game was losing its plan… Nevertheless Coach Hansen rang the changes to put some backbone into the attack and as a consequence we had a foray into the Wesley penalty area. Alas no goal resulted. More Wesley forays in to the Shenton half saw two more goals rocketed into the back of the net. (so far 3 – nil to Wesley).

Several more exchanges of possession ensued and a shot at goal by a Shenton striker finally put pressure on the Wesley goalkeeper, but alas no goal. In the counter attack by Wesley our boys put pressure on the midfielders but when the Wesley centremid handled the ball our boys stopped running, the ref called play on and as a consequence another shot rocketed into the net. (4 nil) After the restart Wesley forced a corner and another ball was rocketed into the back of our net. Half time – the score was 5 -nil.

At the restart Coach Hansen had reset her charges and things started to change. Was history going to be repeated (after half time Shenton A was 0- 2, and beat Wesley 6-3) but alas no. The Shenton boys played with more confidence keeping out the Wesley attacks and tackling with more purpose and as a consequence a couple of forays into the Wesley half and the Shenton boys found a few shots on goal which had the Wesley goalkeeper stretching. No goals, but against the run of play with some scrambles in front of goal found three second half goals to Wesley. Final Score was 8 – nil.

Not our best scoreline but a great effort from our boys- they did NOT give up. This group of boys is our developmental squad for 2016. More experience, more height and muscle will make them a team to be reckoned with.

Who are they? They were today – Ash Kluken (on loan from the A squad), Jonathan Huynh, Jackson Smith, Xavier Smith Tan, Jayden Lapsley Fowle, Lucien Maart, Nick Thatcher, Blake Falconer, Douglas Waite, Jibrail Kalim, Jordan Simpson, Sunil Rajan, Hawi Karaitiana, Conrad Eyers, Sanyiago Alverez and Cody Baker.
Thanks to all our boys and Collene Hansen for show casing the Shenton spirit and talent. This team has great promise.