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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Oct 2018
SPORT ROWING Medals at the Queensland Schools Championships RGS rowers have capped off a strong 2018 season with an 11 medal haul at the 2018 Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Rockhampton over the Term 3 holidays. Head of Rowing Mr John Smyth said the club could not have asked for better results. “The rowers really did rise to the occasion,’’ Mr Smyth said. “I can’t say enough about our talented coaches. They have been the key to our success. “In terms of medal count, it ’s the top RGS performance in over a decade. Our rowers supported each other and believed in themselves and each other.” Mr Smyth said the competition was “outstanding” and that the programme ran smoothly. He congratulated RGS Audio Visual Manager Tony Kennedy and team’s live-streaming coverage of the event. While on-water success was a highlight, Mr Smyth also praised volunteers from the RGS community. “So many people supported the effort with planning beginning in November 2017,’’ Mr Smyth said. “In my first full year back at RGS I’m most proud of being just one small part of this amazing group of people who help drive our sport and our School forward.” Results Gold – Championship Schoolboys Pair Ryan Collard and Bradley Burr Gold – Championship Schoolboys Year 9 Double Scull Marshall Leeson and Riley Godwin Gold – Championship Schoolboys Year 10 Four (Coxed) Reece Byrne, Joshua O’Regan, Lachlan Johnson, Nicholas Storey; Cox: Jonathan Edwards Gold – Championship Schoolgirls Under 16 Single Scull Laura Sypher Silver – Championship Schoolboys Year 9 Quad Scull (Coxed) Hayden Hanson, Ben Werth, Marshall Leeson, Riley Godwin; Cox: Jack Koerner Silver – Championship Schoolboys Quad Scull (Coxed) Nicholas Storey, Dylan Rau, Ryan Collard, Bradley Burr; Cox: McKenzie Apel) Bronze – Championship Schoolgirls Year 11 Quad Scull (Coxed) Claire Sherr y, Olivia Maynard, Keeley Dunne, Grace Sypher; Cox: Jahna Day Bronze – Championship Schoolboys Coxed Four Bradley Burr, Dylan Rau, Lincoln Hansen, Ryan Collard; Cox: McKenzie Apel Bronze – Championship Schoolgirls Year 11 Double Scull Grace Sypher and Keeley Dunne Bronze – Championship Schoolboys Under 14 Single Scull Chad Willett Bronze – Championship Schoolgirls Under 17 Single Scull Grace Sypher Inter-Regional Silver – Capricornia (Inter-Regional Schoolboys Under 16 Quad Scull) William Howland, Marshall Leeson, Reece Byrne, Riley Godwin; Cox: Jonathan Edwards TOUCH Aaron Moore (Year 12) won the Youth World Cup with the Australian men’s 18 years team. Declan Sandilands ( Yea r 12) won the national schools touch football title with the Queensland 18 years schoolboys team. Queensland defeated NSW Combined High Schools 5-4 in the final at the National Youth Championships. Abbie Sandilands ( Yea r 10), Natalie Marks (Year 10) and Makenzi Sypher (Year 12) joined the CQ 18 years girls team, placing 8th. SPORT AEROBICS RGS students competed at the National Aeroskools Championships on the Gold Coast in Term 3. RGS placed 2nd, 4th and 5th in their respective events. EQUESTRIAN (PHOTO BELOW) RGS students (Year 2 - Year 11) competed in the inter-school Gymkhana at Alton Downs. Tahlia Fenlon and Arnika Forrest placed first overall in their respective age groups, Josh Purcell and Molly Corrigan placed second in their division while Tessa Conaghan and Rohan Fenlon placed third in their age groups. Many other riders placed across the various events. TENNIS The annual RGS Primary School Minnecon and Burke Tennis Tournament was played at the end of Term 3. The boys final was an all-Year 5 contest with Riley Hansen (top left) winning a tight match against Toby Rowland (top right) while in the girls final Year 6 student Summer Robertson (bottom left) was again victorious, defeating Year 5’s Alexis Rogers (bottom right) in a quality girls final. RUGBY LEAGUE Boys pull back-to-back Premierships The RGS First XIII won back- to-back Rockhampton District Secondary Schools Rugby League Open A division rugby league premierships in Term 3 after an extra-time 30-28 win over St Brendan’s College. Momentum swung throughout the game before RGS finally sealed the win in the second half of extra time. RGS coach Mr Rod Peckett said it was a pretty harrowing win, but in terms of schoolboys football you wouldn’t get a better game than that. A late regular time try to Riley Comiskey sent the game into extra time and at the break Coach Peckett told his exhausted players “just to think about all the hard work that had been done throughout the year and to play the football we knew we could play”. Mr Peckett said the key in the end was the fact they played as a team. “Every single boy that played did their job,’’ Mr Peckett said. Mr Peckett said the boys had turned the corner in terms of what they do at Grammar and showed they could compete for a full game. “We will try our best again next year,’’ Mr Peckett said. “Our goal is to make good men before we make good footballers and at the end of the year we hope they are both,” he added. RGS was favourites heading into last year’s grand final against TCC after their impressive season form which included winning the School’s first Confraternity Shield. In 2018 RGS started the season with a battle on their hands. “We started with a 48-0 hiding against Mackay State High school in our second game of football. We then took Iggy (Ignatius Park) and Kirwan to the wire and Kirwan haven’t been beaten this year. The closest any side has come to them has been Rocky Grammar. So the turnaround from this group of boys has been nothing short of miraculous and it’s all due to their hard work and commitment,’’ Mr Peckett said. “I have loved every minute of this season and I’m very proud of them.” Mr Peckett said this grand final was played in a really good spirit. “It was good hard, solid footy. If you didn’t enjoy that game, you’re hard to please.” RGS d St Brendan’s 30-28 Tries: J Spark; L. Milburn; A. Moore, 3; R. Comiskey. Conversions: L. Milburn, 3. Player of the final: Aaron Moore. Rowers Claire Sherry, Olivia Maynard, Keeley Dunne and Grace Sypher. TENNIS On court Country Champions The RGS Secondary Schools boys tennis team won the Queensland Secondary Schools Teams Tennis Championships at Rockhampton’s Victoria Park at the end of Term 3. RGS was the highest placed country team in the boys draw after placing fifth overall. Team members (pictured above) were Abhinav Singh, Cooper Wright, Ben Funch, Kaz Killoran and Faizan Hussain. The team qualified after winning the Capricornia Championships earlier in the term. Sports Briefs 2222 Our goal is to make good men before we make good footballers and at the end of the year we hope they are both. Magic touch NETBALL RGS Magic (pictured) broke through to win the Rockhampton Netball Association Senior A Reserve Division 1 grand final in an impressive end to their season. Other premiers were RGS Warriors (Junior B Div 2) and RGS Thunder (Junior B Div 3) while RGS Mystics were runners up (Junior B Div 1). 2323 PRIMARY Mrs Ruddick gives all RGS Primary School teacher Mrs Tricia Ruddick was this year’s worthy recipient of the annual Rockhampton District Col Jones Memorial Trophy, an honour presented in recognition of contribution to school sport. Mrs Ruddick has been involved with school sport for 30 years, starting in her early teaching days in Mount Morgan, which she then continued at Ridgelands State School and the Alton Downs District; and now, at The Rockhampton Grammar School. “Whether I coached a tee-ball team at school level or a netball team at regional level, I have always done it for the good of the children,’’ Mrs Ruddick said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment as it has given me an opportunity to share my knowledge, skills and experiences with the children I have coached.” Mrs Ruddick said she has also met many colleagues in and around Central Queensland, and for whom some have become life-long friends. “I was thrilled to receive the Col Jones Memorial trophy as it was very rewarding to be recognised for something as honourable as this in front of my peers,’’ Mrs Ruddick said. The past 30 years of primary school sport has included - coach of swimming, athletics, teeball, softball, cricket, basketball and netball at school level; a netball coach, manager and trials convenor at Rockhampton District level for 10 years; a manager of 11 years netball at Capricornia level for 5 years; a contact person for basketball for Friday school sport for 6 years; a secretary of the netball management committee for school sport for 8 years; the contact person and fixture convenor for netball at Friday school sport for 6 years and currently hold this position; an umpire for 11 years netball at state championships for two years; and in 2014 received a five years Service Award for the Capricornia Region. The Rockhampton District Primary Friday Sport continues into Term 4 with the final rotations of sports for 2018. Last term RGS had success at netball, rugby league and tennis while students also enjoyed their hockey outings each week. Students now focus on cricket, basketball and softball/tee-ball. Pictured top: RGS Head of Primary Mr Geoff Hadwen presents Year 5 teacher Mrs Tricia Ruddick with the Col Jones award for Primary School Sport. Pictured right: The RGS Year 6A rugby league team celebrates a hard earned victory at Browne Park.
CQ July 2018