by ZAIN WRIGHT, Director of College Sport
Guilford Young College’s student athletes of 2016 displayed exceptional skill, sportsmanship and endeavour as they achieved some outstanding results throughout this year’s sporting rosters.
Back-to-back titles were a common theme in 2016 with our boys’ tennis, boys’ soccer, girls’ water polo and boys’ basketball teams taking out respective titles again this year.
The boys’ tennis team maintained its dominance, successfully defending both the SSATIS and SATIS titles. Team captain Daniel Groom capped off his year by gaining a scholarship to study in America where he will pursue his tennis dream.
Our boys’ soccer team sealed victory against The Hutchins School in the SSATIS final then defeated St Patrick’s College 2-0, to also retain the SATIS title. The boys will be chasing the elusive three-peat in 2017.
As in 2015, the girls’ water polo team came from behind to clinch the College Girls’ title. Although 2-4 down at half time, the girls clawed their way back to take victory 5-4.
And the boys’ basketball team continued the GYC dominance at SSATIS level with a nail-biting win over The Hutchins School but could not match the power of Scotch Oakburn College in the State final.
From a national and international perspective, 16-year-old cyclist Madeline Fasnacht has had a stellar year. She was crowned the national road and uphill time trial champion and competed at her first world championships in Doha where she placed 9th of 40 riders in the time trial.
Among our sporting alumni, Scott Bowden made his Olympic debut on the Australian cycling team at Rio de Janeiro and Matt Bevilacqua continued as a powerhouse in the ironman and surfing arenas. Another former student, teenager Alex Peroni, while not old enough to drive on Tasmania’s roads, has been tearing up the race tracks of Europe.
A number of our young sports men and women showed considerable talent, commitment and spirit by competing for the College in several of the major sports.
One of the highlights of the year was on the football field. After an absence of 12 years, GYC re-joined the state-wide AFL competition, going down to St Patrick’s College in the first elimination final. Girls also joined in, with two friendly games which caused much excitement in their ranks. Overall, the College has performed admirably across all sports, winning major awards in a number, including swimming, cricket, equestrian, tennis, soccer, water polo, netball, basketball and athletics and competing with excellent spirit in all endeavours.
Congratulations are extended to all students who competed this year – at a College, state, national and/or international level. The GYC community is immensely proud of their efforts. Thanks are also expressed for the support and assistance provided by staff, volunteers and students for coaching and managing teams throughout the year. It is this generosity that allows the College to support such an extensive sporting program.