The beginning of term 2 has been extremely busy in the sports department for many of the year levels with a number of successes.
On the 30th of April, our Intermediate Girls AFL team took home the flag at the West Gippsland Intermediate Girls Division Finals. Although successful and undefeated, the girls remained modest and their teamwork and depth within the team shone through. Warragul Regional College, Drouin Secondary College, and Marist Sion College all put up good fights, however, the girls’ strength kept all three teams quiet resulting in them only having one goal scored against them for the day. Following this event, the girls qualified for the Gippsland Intermediate Girls Division Finals which was held on the 21st of May. The girls were extremely successful, beating Lavalla Catholic College in the Grand Final to win the Gippsland Finals and qualify through to the State Quarter Finals where they will play in Blackburn on the 12th of August. This team is the first ever Lowanna Girls AFL team to win the Gippsland Finals and to qualify for State Quarter Finals. We are extremely proud of the girls and wish them all the best next round. The girls day went: Lowanna v Wonthaggi 44-2, Lowanna v Nagle 65-0, Lowanna v Lavalla 18-7
The next day, our Junior Girls AFL team also managed to take first place at the West Gippsland Finals. In a low-scoring first game win against Drouin Secondary College, the girls knew the challenge would be beating Marist Sion College. With a mix of experience playing AFL, the girls put in maximum effort to overcome them with Ashley Paul keeping Marist’s star player to limited possessions and Brooke Hunter kicking goals to push us over the line. Ultimately, the teamwork within the group and the effort the girls put in is what got them through to the Gippsland Finals which they will participate in on the 3rd of June.
Early last week on the 7th of May, our Intermediate Boys AFL team participated in the West Gippsland Finals. In a nail-biter first match, the boys went down by a point to Drouin Secondary College. Coming up next against a powerful Marist Sion team, the boys struggled to keep the ball out of Marist’s hands, eventually going down by 9 points. However after the losses, the boys pulled together to win comfortably against Warragul Regional and Trafalgar High. Unfortunately, the boys will not qualify for the Gippsland Finals.
The following day, our dedicated Junior Boys AFL team came in on their day off to compete at the West Gippsland Finals. The boys fought hard through the horrible weather and were unlucky to not get a win on the day. Marist Sion, Warragul Regional, Drouin Secondary and Chairo Christian School all proved too strong for our boys on the scoreboard, however, the boys put in all their effort to try and get a win and remained a positive, tight-knit group throughout the entire day. Unfortunately, the junior boys also will not qualify for the Gippsland Finals.
District Athletics was held on Thursday May 9th at the Joe Carmody Athletics Track. We had 66 students attend with multiple first place ribbons taken home. All students did well in their events, with 4 of our relays winning and many other individual track and field events. Overall the day was a success with many student qualifying for the next round.
The Senior Girls AFL team who were supposed to play on Tuesday May 14th, also progressed straight through to the Gippsland Finals due to the other school’s forfeiting, where they played on Tuesday 21st May and were unfortunately unsuccessful throughout the day. Despite coming up against very strong teams the girls enjoyed the day out.
Last Thursday, the Senior Boys AFL played their West Gippsland round robin. Whilst losing their first two games by a steep margin to Marist Sion and Drouin, the boys kept their positive attitude and continued to have fun to win their last game comfortably against Warragul Regional. A highlight of the day was Vaa Filia’s excellent mark and goal.
The Sports Department