St Pats pupils excelling on the sports field

School team: St Pat's sporting stars who have reached the heights of swimming,  league, hockey, football and athletics this year. Picture: supplied.
School team: St Pat's sporting stars who have reached the heights of swimming, league, hockey, football and athletics this year. Picture: supplied.

This has been a big sporting year for some students at St Patrick’s school.

Teachers said a large number of kids had made selection in both individual and team sports. 

Catholic students compete in their own system of zones separate to the Public School Sporting Association (PSSA) events. 

However, the best of the athletes “south of the Harbour Bridge” can be named in the MacKillop team that advances to the PSSA State events. 

Swimming was the first event for the year and St Patrick's had eight children advancing. Of these eight, Brooke Smith and Jontae Thompson were selected to trial for MacKillop.

A spokesperson for the school said this was a fantastic result as the kids had to advance from the South Coast Monaro Zone to the Goulburn-Canberra Archdiocese side to contest for a spot on the MacKillop squad. 

The school also featured heavily in the Winter Trials, which encompass regular winter sports including rugby league, football and hockey.  Sam Griffin and Jasper Kelly both represented on the rugby league field and both young guns adavnced to the Canberra-Goulburn side.  

Meanwhile, Brendan Cooper, Brodie Seenan and Halen Kite were selected for soccer and made the Canberra Goulburn team.

In the girls’ hockey, Abby and Mia Christison, Alex Marks and Brooke Smith were selected.

Alex and Brooke then went on to be selected for the MacKillop Team and played at the State Hockey Championships.

St Pat’s cross country runners weren’t to be outdone with Sam Griffin, Lachlan Marks and Brooke Smith selected for Mackillop Trials.

A large team was strong in athletics with Mia Christison selected to trial in five events at Canberra-Goulburn. She won the 100m, 200m, second in the long jump and high jump and ran in the senior girls relay team which came first. Also qualifying were Jaxon Dibley 100m, Ayesha Twyford 800m and relay, Marissa Hepburn high jump, Alana Liaropolus and Abby Christison relay, and Brodie Seenan 100m.

At the MacKillop trials, large Sydney schools dominated, but a highlight of the day was Brodie Seenan's wonderful run in the 12 year boys 100m final. Brodie was seeded eighth coming into the final, and ran a huge race to achieve a PB as well as a bronze medal for third. Brodie didn’t place in the PSSA State run, but gained valuable experience. 

“The St Patrick's community are very proud of this years sporting ambassadors and believe it is a great achievement for a small school in the bush,” the spokesperson said. 

“The parents of these children also need to be congratulated for helping their children realise their dreams. 

“We look forward to 2018 being another successful year on the sporting calendar.”