Ivanhoe Women Fly High in Inaugural AFL Season
2019 saw the first official AGSV/APS Women’s AFL competition kick-off, and it was an outstanding season for the Ivanhoe Open A team. A commanding 69 point win over PEGS in round 1 set the season off to a very positive start. The team, coached by the highly experienced Roger Gill, went on to have more good wins over Haileybury, Carey and Mentone to cement a place in the top four for the redraw. The dominant Caulfield proved to be a tough competitor in round 1 of the redraw, but the girls fought bravely and were competitive throughout. A huge win over Wesley in round 2 of the redraw, sent the Ivanhoe team into a playoff for 2nd place on the final ladder in the last game of the season. Unfortunately, Carey had their revenge in an outstanding display of school-girl football, meaning that Ivanhoe finished a very impressive 3rd place. The future looks bright for Women’s Football at Ivanhoe, with our intermediate aged girls making it through the Herald Sun Shield Semi-Finals this year also.
The Boys Open Firsts Hockey Team
The Boys' Open Firsts Hockey Team also had a successful season, being the only Open Firsts Boys’ Team to make it into the finals. Good wins over Marcellin, PEGS, Yarra Valley and Mentone, saw the Ivanhoe team finish in 3rd position after the home and away rounds. Unfortunately, Camberwell Grammar school were too strong in the semi-final, meaning that Ivanhoe played off for 3rd position in the last game of the season, against PEGS. After beating PEGS 6-3 in the home and away season, it was disappointing not to get the win in the finals (having two players out, due to state team commitments didn’t help our cause). Ivanhoe’s team is a young team, however, so we should see more success in the near future.
A real success story for Ivanhoe in the 2019 winter season, was the success of our Cross Country Team. Although still relatively small in number, the team’s performances have improved this season beyond doubt. Coached ardently by the highly experienced Jeff Franklin, the team, with some outstanding individual performances, has gone from strength to strength. Two of our senior boys finished the season in the top 12, securing them both a place in the AGSV Representative Team, with a third Ivanhoe representative as first emergency for the team. Well done to Thomas Langdon (5th), Justin Cementon (9th) and Josh Philp (13th).
The following students performed outstandingly for Ivanhoe throughout the season and have been rewarded with selection in the AGSV Rep side for their sport:
- Sarah Kate Kendall and Regan Philips for Girls Soccer (Emma Sands as an emergency)
- Demi Carr for Girls Netball (Aysha Blade and Ruby Shannon as emergencies)
- Amelie Gilchrist and Avena Henriksen for Girls Cross Country (Laila Cooke as an emergency)
- James Dafnas (VC) and Connor Campenella for Boys Soccer
- Nicholas Cox, Ben Nikilovski and Charlie Simonsen for Boys Football
- Thomas Brightling, Thomas Meaden and Fraser Asquith for Boys Hockey
- Jordan Wang for Boys Badminton
Unfortunately, our usually strong firsts soccer (boys and girls) and firsts boys’ football seasons experienced a bit of a slump this year. All three teams failed to finish in the top four, as was the case with our Firsts Girls' Netball and Basketball and our Firsts Boys Badminton. However, the performances from many of our year level teams were fantastic. The Boys Intermediate A Football Team finished the season 6 and 3, while the boys 8A and 7A football teams went through the season undefeated. The success of the 9A and 7A boys’ soccer season was also extremely encouraging for the future, only having one loss between them….7A Boys Soccer going through undefeated.
Our girls’ netball talent at the junior level is definitely an exciting prospect for the future, as the Junior A team went through the season undefeated also.
Whilst sport is often measured by wins and losses, there is so much more to a successful school sport season that just winning. Participation levels are increasing, teamwork and leadership skills are constantly on display and friendships with peers and positive relationships between the School and the community are cemented. In this sense, a highly successful season was had.