State Football and Netball Captains – Westminster has both!

Last week, our very own Dragons First XVIII Footballer Kaine Baldwin was named as Captain of the McDonalds State Under 16 Football Team. Congratulations to Kaine, who is not only an extraordinary talent, but also an extraordinary role model for all young players. Earlier this year, Open A goal scoring machine, Lucy Austin, was also named State Captain for Netball SA’s State 17 and Under Team. Both Kaine and Lucy are products of Westminster’s High Performance Sports Program, and to have both State Underage Captains, from the two highest participant school sports, coming from the one school is outstanding.

Whilst Lucy’s duties have wrapped with her winning Captain’s speech as she lead SA to the Gold Medal at the National 17 and Under Championships in April, Kaine was named Captain of the ‘Croweaters’ last week, as the squad fine tunes their preparation for their three matches against Western Australia, Vic Metro, and Vic Country. The squad of 30 also includes Dragons Harvey Bock and Hamish McRae, whilst the extended squad contained a further three Dragons in Connor Drum, Jack Forrest, and Jaden Grosser. Not to mention Connor Blackwell and Max Coorey in the State 15s. Not sure what’s in the water in those Dragons footy drink bottles but we sure are producing some champions! Congratulations to all boys on their State Team and Squad representation.

We caught up Kaine this week to talk sport, get his take on leadership, representing the State, and a behind the scenes look at what makes him tick. Lucy was away at Work Experience so we called upon her Coach, Marg Angove to give us an expert coach’s take on Lucy the netballer.

Profile: Kaine Baldwin (Year 10 Forder)
Nickname: Banger
Position: Key Forward
Game strengths: Marking, Commitment
Club Team: Glenelg
Best thing about being State Captain: The leadership training with Charles Manning that comes with the role.
Most challenging thing about being State Captain: The responsibilities and trying to manage yourself and your own game whilst guiding others.
Best thing about playing for the Dragons: The people and the atmosphere of home games.
Funniest Dragons Teammate: Joe O’Brien
Most quirky Dragons Teammate: Jack Verbena
Best Coaching tip given by Coxy: First two players to the ball - this means that you work for our teammates and always work to help/support your teammate
Your best tip young footballers: Commit - there are many parts to being successful and you can’t just do some and not others. You must commit to all of them to be successful which is something I am working on.
Football Ultimate Dream:  Short term - AIS Scholarship, long term - AFL.
Fire-up Song: Live and Let Go.
Best Motivational Quote: ‘Never let your circumstances define your life’.

Profile: Lucy Austin (Year 11 Clark) - by Marg Angove, Open A Netball Coach
Nickname: Luce
Position: Goal Shooter
Game strengths: Aerial Work, Scoring Ability
Club Team: Matrics, SASI (Scholarship Athlete)
Lucy’s attributes: Lucy is always keen to improve, she has a great temperament for elite sport, she’s already experienced success with the State 17s, and is a great team person who never blames others. She asks questions to make sure she understands feedback and is very coachable.
The team sees Lucy as: A very popular member of the team, a great target for us in goals, a fantastic team person, always ready for a laugh and a smile but can get very serious when its game time.
Funniest Moment with Lucy: When the whole team was giggling at a break and I turned around to see Lucy who is 6’4 squeezed into my small coaching jacket (I’m a very small 5’7)!
Lucy likes:  Playing Goal Attack and getting let out of her circle!
Lucy dislikes: Having to leave training two minutes early to catch her two trains home
Lucy’s potential in the game: Lucy can go all the way if she keeps on working hard. The Diamonds are always looking for tall shooters and Lucy has the skills, temperament, and coachability to play for her country.

Prep Cross Country Running Success

Our Prep runners have been doing some great things at the State Cross Country Championships. Congrats to all Running Club students who have excelled in their cross country races this year.

  • Katie Natt - Fifth
  • Erin Shepherd - Fifth, Silver in team event
  • Sam McClarron - Eighth, Silver in team event
  • Zac Tucker - Twelfth, Bronze in team event
  • Emily Mableson - 23rd
  • Emilia Parkinson-Need - 28th, Bronze in team event
  • Harry Lunn - 32nd
  • Daniel Turnbull - 47th
  • Larni Vo Nguyen - 47th
  • Abbey Bell - 68th
  • Jeremy Shepherd - Injured
  • Jack Green - Unwell

Katie, Erin, Sam, and Zac will trial for nationals. A great effort as only six are taken for each age group. Well done!

Statewide Knockout Comps Get Underway

In years where Westminster has a strong team and has performed well in the regular lead-up season, we may nominate them to play in the State-wide Knockout Championships. This puts us up against any other school in the State to test our mettle against opposition outside the SAAS and IGSSA competitions. The Open A Netball and Year 10 Netball knockout started off this week with both teams recording massive wins to advance to the next round. The As won by 100 goals against Hamilton High, and the Year 10s had a 30 goal win over a stronger Brighton High team. All the best to both teams for Round 2. The Open A Boys' Basketball team are part of knockout in their regular season after having been promoted to Division One this year, and our always-competitive girls and boys Volleyball teams kick off their campaigns in August. Good luck to all teams in knockout this year.

Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Head of Sport Development and High Performance