On Thursday 17 November 2022 six nervous but excited Year 8 tennis stars headed off to Boroondara Tennis Centre for the SSV State Finals. 


Facing the highest level of tennis opponents yet, the squad took it up to the three schools in their pool. After defeating every school on route to the State Finals we unfortunately came unstuck against some consistent serving and powerful ground strokes against Aitken College.


Well done to the Year 8 Tennis team for finishing equal 5th in the state!

Year 8 Girls Tennis State Finalists
Year 8 Girls Tennis State Finalists

Back row: Anastasia Turner, Angelina Abdyugin and Khushi Kukadiya

Front Row: Daniela Tapia-Leal, Stephanie Kawalksy and Tarenya Joshi


Daniel Farthing



The Year 8 Girls Volleyball team had made it all the way to the State Volleyball finals and they were pumped. They had played consistently well all year and looked forward to the challenging competition that awaited them. The first match saw them take on the highly favoured Eltham College, who they had come up against before. McKinnon pushed them to 3 sets, narrowly losing in the 3rd, 15-11.


After gaining lots of confidence, the girls comfortably beat Daylesford in their 2nd match, 20-18, 20-15. Some incredible rallies throughout the match showcased their teamwork and skills, in particular their serves and spikes.


McKinnon needed to win this final match to make it through to the finals. Winning the first set against Korumburra, 20-12, they were feeling confident. Korumburra however, had nothing to lose and played an intense 2nd set, winning 20-17. Going into the final set, both teams fought until the end, with Korumburra finishing too strong. The final scores were 20-18.


All the girls played incredibly well but were disappointed with their finish. Coaches Ms Ridout, Ms Parker and Ms Weiss are very proud of them for making it that far and have no doubt they will make State Finals again in years to come. 

Year 8 Girls Volleyball team
Year 8 Girls Volleyball team

Congratulations to Brit Apps, Harley Karro, Rita Kon, Madhu Krishnamurthy, Haruna Ng, Lara O’Brien, Rosie O’Brien and Isabella Ruthven.


The team wore black armbands and pink tops in memory of the late Jocelyn Plate.


Claire Weiss



On Friday 18 November the McKinnon Secondary College Year 7 Girls Tennis Team went to compete at the State Finals at Boroondara Tennis Club.


The team was made up with Sasha Minin (Captain), Angel Zhang, Mia Lee, Suzanne Shaik, Hana Lowe & Crystel O'Brien.

Year 7 Girls Tennis State Finalists
Year 7 Girls Tennis State Finalists

This champion team had won the Kingston Division and Southern Metropolitan Regional competitions back in Term 1. 


In glorious weather, the team played superbly in their singles and doubles matches in the Term 4 State Finals and were unlucky to finish 2nd in Pool A (by 2 games!).


They faced tough competition and lost against Maribyrnong College in the semifinals. Out of eight schools, the girls ultimately finished Top 4 in the State!! A fabulous achievement!!


Special mention to Sasha Minin who finished undefeated in her singles and doubles games for the day. And a shout out to Crystel's Mum Tomoko who came to support the girls.


The girls had so much fun and although they didn't make it to play in the final, it was a great experience for them.


Thanks to Mrs Hooper for your coaching and driving us there.


The Year 7 Girls Tennis Team

Sasha Minin, Angel Zhang, Mia Lee, Suzanne Shaik, Hana Lowe & Crystel O’Brien


Term 4 has been very successful for our Kingston Division winning Year 7 cricket team. The first hurdle came against Kambrya College in the Southern Metro Region (SMR) quarter final.


Bowling first, we were able to consistently get wickets throughout the Kambrya innings and restricted them to 9/64 off their 20 overs. The major highlight of the bowling was Rory Waters claiming a hat trick with his off spinners.


In reply, we lost a couple of early wickets with the composure of Alex Bridges (28 not out) and Archer Hankin (16 not out) we were able to chase down their total quite comfortably.


This qualified us for the semi-final vs Cheltenham SC. Batting first, McKinnon SC made the huge score of 3/198 off our 20 overs. Ayan Arya batted superbly for his 71 and was ably assisted by Tanish Singh with 65 and the aggressive Harvey Weigall with 43 not out at the end of the innings. Cheltenham were never in the hunt as we managed to knock them over for 37. Ishi Tiwari claimed the second hat trick for the team with the unbelievable figures of 4/0. Harvey Weigall and Archer Hankin both chipped in with two wickets apiece. 


In the SMR final we played against the strong Frankston High. McKinnon SC batted first and posted a very competitive 4/143 off 20 overs. Archer Hankin controlled the middle and later end of the innings with 43 not out. Ayan Arya was again the star at the top of the order with a quality innings of 38 and Tanish Singh made 24.


We managed to get a flurry of early wickets which put Frankston on the back foot in reply. Akshaj Gupta bowled beautifully to claim three early wickets and despite steadying from the early onslaught, Frankston never threatened our total with a modest 73.

SMR Winners
SMR Winners

Winning the SMR final qualified us to take on the Gippsland Region winner in the State quarter final. We travelled out to the picturesque Yarragon Cricket Ground to take on the Catholic College Sale.


Batting first, we managed to post a competitive total of 97 on a big and slow ground with only one boundary being hit for the innings. Ayan Arya batted well for 27 and we had small contributions from Harvey Weigall (16), Archer Hankin (12), Harish Salwathura (12) and Alex Bridges (11) to get us up to our total.


In a very tense reply we were able to restrict the Catholic College Sale to 6/87. We bowled and fielded very well against a very talented batting line up with Riva Guliya pulling off a match turning run out. Harvey Weigall was the leading wicket taker with two but all of our bowlers played their part.


The team now travels to Northcote for the State Semi and Final all to be played on the one day. We wish them all the best and hopefully we can return to school as the State Champions.


Greg Hoskin



Congratulations to the year 7 mixed cricket team who have been crowned state champions!


The final was against Maribyrnong SC who batted first and made 78. We bowled and fielded very well with Neel Parab and Archer Hankin being the main wicket takers.


We cruised to victory in 9 overs with Alex Bridges guiding us to victory with a brilliant 40 not out, supported by Archer Hankin with 30 not out.

LtoR: Archer Hankin, Ayan Arya, Rory Waters, Ethan Sacks, Tanish Singh, Akshaj Gupta, Vishal Thangaraju.  (Missing from photo: Alex Bridges)
LtoR: Archer Hankin, Ayan Arya, Rory Waters, Ethan Sacks, Tanish Singh, Akshaj Gupta, Vishal Thangaraju.  (Missing from photo: Alex Bridges)

Thank you to Mr Greg Hoskin for his coaching expertise and Mr James Bridges for his encouragement and support.