Volleyball – State Cup

The South Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is the premier state-wide indoor volleyball tournament for school aged athletes and is the qualifying tournament for the Australian Schools Volleyball Cup tournament held annually in Melbourne in December. Having received our 10-year recognition as a school in 2016, Westminster is quickly building a proud tradition of being fierce competitors across a variety of age groups and divisions.

Some facts around the State Cup:

  • Westminster’s Competing Teams
    • Open Honours Boys, Under 17 Honours Boys, and Year 12 Division 1 Girls
  • Key players to watch
    • Polished all-rounder Brodie Eckert, middle powerhouse Jamie Brazier, hard-working Libero Sam Lange, and newcomer Jarryd Hoppo are tipped to shine in the Open Honours Boys Division. In the Under 17s, we look to powerful left-hander Connor Blackwell, efficient libero James Rycroft, and emerging utility Jack Forrest to all step up. Big hitting Bella Triglau-Phillips will lead the Division 1 Girls, backed up by a dominant frontcourt in Carli Morton, and up and coming talent Ruby Liptak.
  • Tournament Captains
    • Brodie Eckert and Bella Triglau-Phillips
  • Tournament Format
    • Divisional round robins with preliminary and semi-finals, and finals played on the third and final day of competition.
  • Tournament Coaches
    • Angela Cash, Kate Johns ('06), along with Old Scholars Tomas Whelan ('14), Sarah Wildy ('16), and our Canadian imports, Matthew and Emma
  • Venues
    • Marion Recreation Centre, Brighton Secondary School, Mt Lofty and Campbelltown Recreation Centres
  • Form coming in from last year
    • After Gold in Division 1 last year, the Open Boys are looking for bigger and better opposition and will find it, with the team returning to the Honours competition for the first time since 2016. A talented but untested U17 Boys Team will challenge themselves also in the Honours Division. The Year 12 Girls have only had a few changes to the team list since 2017 and are looking to finish on top of the podium in the Division 1 comp in 2018, after mixed results in Division 2 at Nationals last December.
  • Biggest threats/comp favourites
    • Brighton and Heathfield have shared the National ranking of number 1 between themselves for over 30 years so they are the obvious threats. They tend to stack the Honours Divisions with three or more teams in each age group making it a very familiar and repetitive view through the net for our boys’ teams. 
  • Our chances
    • Honours teams are aiming to test themselves against the best, a top three finish for both boys’ squads would be icing on the cake. Girls are a solid chance to take their division title, if they remain injury free and cohesive on court.

All the very best to our very talented Dragons volleyballers, who under the tutelage of our long standing successful Head Coach, Mrs Angela Cash, will bring their best to the court in the State Cup.

Badminton

Badminton might be smaller in participation numbers at Westminster, however this does not equate to the level of enthusiasm and dedication of our Dragons badminton players and staff. Term 2 brought something very special and amazing to Westminster Girls' Badminton.

Our Open A Team and B Team have set an ambitious goal, which is to win the IGSSA Badminton Tournament in 2018, to be ranked first out of all of our IGSSA competitor schools. All players in the As and Bs have worked exceptionally hard to make their dream come true. Every girl in the A/B Squad has opted to join in Boys' Badminton sessions to get more training time and accelerate the improvement of their skills. As a result, our Open A Team has not lost any match so far. The B Team has lost only one match which was the last match of Term 2, with the unfortunate clash of all regular Year 11 players who are International or Indigenous Students returning to their respective hometowns for scheduled work experience week. With a huge hole to fill, our C and E Team players courageously stepped up to play B division and gave it their all, just falling short on the scoresheet.

Special mention must go to our dedicated Badminton enthusiast and Manager, Ms Sun Kim, for the passion she shows for Badminton at Westminster and her infectious enthusiasm that shows through from our players on court. Ms Kim’s encouragement for both girls and boys to play Badminton has seen it as one of our most improved, well-run sports programs. 

All the best to all of our girls badminton teams for the rest of the season, we hope to see the Dragons As maintain their lofty position the top of the table this term!

Snapshot Senior Sports Highlights – Term 2

  • First XVIII Boys' Football won Division 2 North Shield in a clean sweep of all five matches and were promoted to Division 1 amongst the best six teams in the State SAAS Competition
  • Open A Boys' Basketball getting three wins under their belt after being promoted to Division 1 this season (Jarryd Hoppo’s dunks deserve special mention here)
  • First XI Boys' Soccer climbing back up the table after last season pulling together some excellent wins against quality opposition
  • Open A Girls' Badminton going through Term 2 undefeated
  • Open C and D Netball racking up some huge totals with classy play and scoring over 100 in a game
  • Open A Netball State-wide Knockout Round 1 win by over 100 goals
  • Girls' Football recording their historic first win in the IGSSA Competition against Pembroke

Cricket News – First XI Coach Appointed and Cricket Review

Westminster Sports Department is delighted to announce that we have appointed Northern Territory’s Coaching, Talent and Pathways Specialist, Cameron Carroll as our new First XI Cricket Coach.

Cameron has recently relocated to Adelaide, has been working in the cricket industry since 2014, and is well connected in State and National pathway programs. He has held various roles within the sport including Cricket Australia Coach Educator, State Under 17 and 19 Assistant Coach and Team Manager, State Under 15 Coach (all NT Cricket), and Australian Under 19 Team Manager and Performance Analyst.

Cameron also brings capability and experience to the High Performance stream in:

  • Individual Player Plans (IPP’s) aimed at separating and developing skill acquisition, career development, leadership and tactical development
  • Elite Performance Quality (EPQ) surveys aimed at identifying future leaders both on and off the field
  • Psychological Performance Plans (PPP) aimed at identifying behaviours that lead to good performance on the field and identifying the contributing factors associated with it

Cameron is currently completing his Level Three Accreditation and comes highly recommended from Cricket Australia and SACA staff.

Welcome Cameron, we are looking forward working with you and having you lead our School Cricket Program.

We are currently conducting a review of cricket R-12 at Westminster, and welcome feedback from our cricket families on any aspect of the program. I invite all school cricketers, staff and parents to contact me via Email with both positive and constructive feedback that can shape our decision-making moving forward.

Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Head of Sport Development and High Performance