Erindale College

- 2018

Intercollege Basketball

In Week 8 of Term 1, the female basketball team played in the crossover finals for the Intercollege competition. The girls played the Lake Ginninderra College Year 11 side in the first game of the day. In a tight contest we managed to sneak away with a 39-35 win to make the Grand Final.

The Grand Final was very physical against the Lake Ginninderra Year 12 team. With 4 of our 7 players in Year 10 and only one Year 12 with us on the day, our opponents proved to be too quick and well drilled for us to stay with them for the whole match. Despite the losing score line, the players never gave up and if they maintain their current rate of development, the future looks bright for this squad.

The players should be commended for their outstanding camaraderie and sportsmanship throughout the competition.

Newsletter Issue Date: 7 May 2018

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Isaiah Latu

congraulations to former Erindale College student Isiah Latu for beeing selected in the Junior Wallabies squad to play Tonga  in the Oceania u20’s Championship.

30 April 2018

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WPL: Tuggeranong family affair as Mal Dainsley coaches three daughters

Malcolm Daisley with his daughters Rhiannon (Former EC Student), 22, Sarah (Former EC Student), 19, and Chloe, 16 (Current EC Student).
Photo: Jamila Toderas

The man who worked his way up from greenkeeper to his "dream job" as the Brumbies team manager could oversee another dream in a different code on Saturday.

Mal Daisley has coached his three daughters Rhiannon, Sarah and Chloe at Tuggeranong United over the past 15 years and this week the sisters could make their first-team debut as a trio.

Mal was the Brumbies manager for several years but ultimately gave up the role to spend more time with his family and coach his daughters.

Rhiannon, 22, and Sarah, 19, will start against Belconnen United in the Canberra women's premier league and if Chloe, 16, comes off the bench, it will be the first time the sisters have played together.
Malcolm Daisley with his daughters Rhiannon, 22, Sarah, 19, and Chloe, 16.

Mal is the assistant coach at Tuggeranong and said he would steer clear of the selection meeting this week, but added his girls had been preparing for this moment in the backyard for years.

"If it happens it's probably something I didn't think would happen, but whether it's this week or in the coming weeks, I'll be very proud," Mal said.

"When it comes to selection for those three I try to have no input, it’s up to the head coach, but they’re all supportive of each other, even know they are very competitive too."

Rhiannon is the oldest player in the young side and she believes Tuggeranong can knock off powerhouse Belconnen on a special day for her family.

"I haven't really thought about it too much because I train with my sisters all the time and when we’re not at training we're at home belting each other in hallway," Rhiannon said.

"It would be pretty special though. It's going to be a tough game but I think the team we’ve got this season works really well together and if there was a day to do it this is the day."

Rhiannon is the team's captain and physio which sees her teammates come to her with their injuries, but she doesn't fall for her sister's cries of pain anymore.

"At training on Thursday Sarah fell over and hurt herself and everyone said 'where’s Rhi' but I wasn't too worried because she was crying and I know what she's like," Rhiannon said.

"If she's actually hurt she's a lot more quiet and doesn't want to say anything if she knows it's serious, but if it's not serious she likes people to know they've whacked her and she rolls out the tears."

Rhiannon praised her father's commitment to their development but emphasised there was no special treatment for his daughters.

"It’s really good having dad coach us but also a bit tough sometimes because he doesn't go easy on us and goes out of his way to show people he doesn't favour us," Rhiannon said.

"He doesn't want anyone to say he gives us a free ride so in a way we've probably had to work harder than everyone else over the years.

"He’s been my coach since I started but he's also organised overseas tours to New Zealand which everyone’s family came to, we went to Queensland and he did the same thing.

"Dad has always made soccer about family and not just our family but everyone's. He really celebrates the family aspect of sport."

Article published In The Sydney Morning Herald on 20 April 2018

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Kye A’Hern earns a Podium Finish at Opening World Cup Race

At the opening round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Lošinj, Croatia Year 11 student Kye A’Hern took third in his first junior men’s world cup race only 3 ½ seconds behind the winner, continuing his stellar form from the Australian season where he won the National u19 title.

Former Erindale Male Sport Star of the Year Jackson Frew, competing in the Mens Elite (Open Division) at the same venue finished just 9 seconds behind the overall winner (33rd).

The next round of the world cups will be in Fort William, Scotland followed by a week later in Leogang, Austria. Sian A’Hern , Kye’s older sister and former Erindale Female Sport Star of the Year will also be going to Europe to compete in these World Cup rounds.

Newsletter Issue Date: 7 May 2018

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AFL - Boys

On Wednesday 14 March Erindale's AFL team played Hallam Secondary College (Melbourne) at Allinsure Oval in Queanbeyan. This was the 5th annual visit between the two schools. Later this year we plan to travel to Melbourne for a return visit. On this occasion Erindale proved too strong with a 90-39 win. Best players were Lachlan Squire, Liam Creech, Brad Hancock, James Atonio and James McCormack.

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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AFL - Girls

Erindale wins AFLW  Giants Cup - Canberra Region. The influx of 10 AFL girls to the Talented Sports Program sees the beginning of a new era for the TSP. Mark Armstrong,  TSP co-coordinator,  is hopeful of a bright future for AFL girls at Erindale College. The team has now qualified for the State Finals after strong wins against Lake Ginninderra, Dicskon and St Francis Xavier College's.

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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Kye A'Hern

Congratulations to Kye A’Hern who came away with the Gold in the Junior men category and is now the Under 19 National champion in Downhill Mountain Biking.

"The weekend conditions saw lots of riders go down with crashes and injury, but Kye rode smart and consistent. His race time of 3.55, also would have given him a 4th in the Elite men category, with only a hand full actually coming under the 4 minutes.This result ( a win in the under 19’s as well as top 10 result in Elite men) now secures his spot in the World champs team later this year in Switzerland."

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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Vikings Group Sports Awards

The annual Vikings Group Sports Awards for 2017 were held last month. These awards recognise the talents and efforts of athletes, coaches and administrators from the 51 Affiliated Vikings clubs.

A number of Erindale college students, both past and present, were nominated for these awards.  As well, past student and Olympian Caroline Buchanan was the guest speaker.

Congratulations to the following students for recognition of their achievements:
Outstanding Junior Achievement: Felicia Thomas (BMX), Harper Paniora (Netball), Keesha Kapea (Touch Football).
Outstanding Senior Achievement: Josh White (Softball), Grace West (Rowing), Shane Devoy (Cricket).
Affiliated Club Scholarship: Caitlin Keen (Netball).

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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School Sports ACT

On Wednesday 7 March School Sport ACT held their Excellence Awards for 2017.

This ceremony celebrates success of individuals, teams, volunteers and Australian selection at the School Sport level.

Both Brett Levier (Pictured) and Josh Torley were congratulated on their selection in the Australian Schoolboys golf and athletics teams respectively.

A huge congratulations also to Brett Levier who was nominated for the Achievement Award in the 13 years and over boys category. Brett was shortlisted to the final four students.

Well done Brett and Josh.

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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Canberra squash star Christine Nunn (Former Erindale College student) to realise 'terrifying' Commonwealth Games dream
By Caden Helmers

Canberra product Christine Nunn will realise a dream when she represents Australia at the Commonwealth Games - but she admits that dream is "mildly terrifying".

The squash star is firing ahead of the Commonwealth Games having won the Malaysian Squash Tour VI title last weekend - days after winning an Australian tour event in Brisbane.
Christine Nunn will represent Australia in squash at the Commonwealth Games.

World No.69 Nunn's Gold Coast preparations had already enjoyed a perfect start after she claimed the Australian championship last month.

But all the victories in the world might not be enough to help Nunn through the next month as she grapples with her final year of studying teaching in Melbourne.

"It's going to be madness, it's the calm before the storm at the moment," Nunn laughed.

"I just want to try and get a little bit ahead on stuff but we'll see. The first two weeks I was away for, most of the stuff is online so I can kind of teach myself but it makes it difficult with group assignments, and the placements are always at a crazy time, but we'll see.

"I'd like to get it done so hopefully I can power on through."

She admits she isn't sure what to expect from her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance but a recent run of success has Nunn stoked she took a punt on moving south.

Nunn lived her entire life in Canberra and battled to win a major tournament before relocating to Melbourne to follow her squash career - at which point she won three in a row.

Nunn is coached by former world No. 1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald and says relocating to Melbourne "six or seven years" ago was the perfect storm to kickstart her career.

Prior to that she had living at the AIS residence in Brisbane as part of the squash program since her late teens - but some big changes in the squash landscape forced her to relocate.

"We had a couple of changes in the program and we lost the house that we were all living in," Nunn said.

"The AIS changed completely so squash was no longer underneath the AIS umbrella. It was probably a couple of things that coincided at the same time.

"I was thinking about going to study anyway and I had family here in Melbourne, my partner was from Melbourne, and I had access to world class coaching here as well so everything aligned

"It's always a work in progress, as is everything in life. I'm happy with how my preparations have been going.

"I've got a lot of work-life-study-family balance here in Melbourne so that's been really nice, which is very different to how it was in Brisbane.

"It has made a bit of a difference to my performances on court as well which is good."

A Commonwealth Games on home soil has her family and friends champing at the bit to get to the Gold Coast and see her play - something of a rarity in a sport Nunn predominantly plays overseas.

Article published in the Canberra Times, first published 15 March 2018 — 11:16am

Updated 16 March 2018 — 7:27pm

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After a good year in 2017 that saw him crowned Prince of Crankwerx (Whistler,Can.) and Erindale College Year 10 Male Sport Star of the Year, Year 11 student Kye A’Hearn has leapt out of the starting gate into 2018. Canyon Factory Racing DH have just announced they are expanding their team from 2 to 3 riders, with Kye joining World No.2 in the UCI World  Cup Troy Brosnan and World No. 8 Mark Wallace.

Team Manager Gabe Fox says “The season (2018) is going to be exciting; heading into a season with three young top ranked riders is a great position to be in.”

With the 2018 UCI World Cup season starting in April on Lošinj, a Croatian island the team have already enjoyed their first training camp in France and all 3 team riders expressing excitement about the upcoming season.
Kye said. “I’d like to be consistently in the top-5 in 2018, and hopefully find myself on a few podiums! Overall, just have a great year.”

(With thanks to AMB Magazine & Photos by Ben Sykes, Phil Gale)

Newsletter Issue Date: 12 February 2018

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On Sunday 4th of March a small group of photography students gave up their own time to work through a low light and long exposure workshop with Scott Stramyk from the Canon Collective at the Enlighten festival. Students worked through some complicated techniques and produced some vivid and engaging images. Many of the students had never worked with a tripod or experimented with long exposure times before. It was wonderful to watch them being challenged and engaging in the atmosphere of the Enlighten festival. A great representation of the creative minds we foster here at Erindale College.

9 March 2018

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2018 Public Schools Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarship recipients.

Cultural Integrity in practice. Erindale College Year 12 students Madison Walker (centre) and Liam Ellis (second from right) receive their scholarship from the Director General Natalie Howson (right) and the Deputy Director General Meg Brighton (left) at a celebration of their excellence.

The awards were presented at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning on Monday 5 March 2018. This was a great afternoon celebrating the achievements of these students and having both the Director General and the Deputy Director General there to make the presentations recognises the importance of this event.

Well done and richly deserved Maddy and Liam.

6 March 2018

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Canberra cyclist Nathan Hart (Former Erindale College student) gunning for gold at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
By Eamonn Tiernan

He may be an Olympian and a Commonwealth Games medallist, but Canberra cyclist Nathan Hart has never raced in a major championships in Australia.

As a result, some of his closest family and friends have never seen him race, and Hart wants to channel that added pressure into Commonwealth Games glory on the Gold Coast in April.

Hart was just 21 when he won bronze in the team sprint at the Glasgow Games four years ago and fell an agonising .015 seconds short of a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 24-year-old trained in ACT development programs alongside reigning Tour de France green jersey winner Michael Matthews, and now Hart wants to make his own announcement on the world stage.

"It comes around real quick and it's pretty cool having gone to Glasgow that I've gone through a full cycle now with an Olympics in the middle," Hart said.

"I'm still improving and it does feel different this time because I've done it before, but it's still really exciting, especially being in Australia because lots of family and friends are coming who have never seen me race before.

"It would be absolutely incredible to win in front of them because I've never raced a big race in Australia, we haven't had any world cups here for a while and the last time world champs were in Australia was 2012.

"I raced up on the Gold Coast for the national championships a few weeks ago with a 1000 people in crowd and every time a Queenslander went to the front it was deafening, so add another 3000 fans to that and it's going to awesome."

With six weeks to go Hart said the hard work has been done and now it's about fine-tuning their preparation to give themselves the best chance of gold.

"It's just finishing touches now, tapering and recovery and doing more racing specific stuff and training on gears close to what we'll be racing on," Hart said.

"It's a cliche but it's just another event. We're hitting it hard but for me personally the build up still feels pretty low key, but I'm sure once we get there I'll be pretty hyped."

With Great Britain split into England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland for the Games, Hart said their main rivals are the Kiwis.

"Gold is the aim but the New Zealanders are really strong too," Hart said.

"We're going there with good form and we've prepared as well as we can so we'll put our best foot forward and see what comes, but we're definitely going there to win."

On the track he'll team up with Rio compatriot Matthew Glaetzer and Commonwealth Games debutants Patrick Constable and Jacob Schmid.

"The good thing about the Comm Games is you can take four riders which allows you to change things up a bit, whereas in Rio we only had three," Hart said.

"There's heats and finals, top four go through to finals, first two race for gold and third and fourth race for bronze, but with an extra man you have the option to race different people in heats and finals."

Aricle published in The Canberra Times 24 February 2018 at 2:31pm

Updated 24 February 2018 — 8:39pm

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