From the Director of Co-curriculum, Steve O’Donnell
Several game washouts and ground closures caused many cancellations in a lot of sport last weekend. However, our 1st XI had a great win against rivals Trinity (3-0) and both our 1st XV and 2nd XV had hard fought wins against strong Newington outfits. We did manage to play a number of games of AFL, Volleyball and Football as well, despite the weather. This week, all of our rugby community, many of whom should be fresh after a week off, travel to Riverview. Many of our football teams are also travelling away to Knox. This is the last split round before we commence the full CAS Winter season at Queens Park versus St Aloysius’ on 3 June.
3 June is a compulsory Supporter Duty for all Year 7 students, who will be required to attend and support either the 1st XI (10am-12pm) OR the 1st XV (3pm-5pm). Which duty is attended depends on their own school sporting commitments. Full college sports uniform or school uniform must be worn and I look forward to being able to congratulate students on their high standard of uniform.
With the commencement of the CAS winter season approaching, I have provided below the CAS Guidelines for all sports:
CAS Code of conduct
- Play by the rules and in a spirit of good sportsmanship
- Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
- Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent, and throwing equipment are not acceptable nor permitted in any sport.
- Work hard both for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.
- Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
- Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.
- Focus upon the boy’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the game. This assists the boy in setting realistic goals related to his ability by reducing emphasis on winning.
- Teach your son that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of the game is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Encourage your always to play according to the rules of the game.
- Never ridicule or yell at your son or another boy for making a mistake or losing a game.
- Remember boys are involved in organised sports for their benefit and enjoyment, not yours.
- Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good play by both teams.
- If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the official’s judgement and honesty in public. Remember most officials give their time and effort voluntarily for your son’s benefit.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
- Recognise the value and importance of coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your son and other boys and deserve your support.
- We encourage boys to support their school teams and to be dressed in the school’s uniform while doing so.
- We expect barracking to be enthusiastic but not to be fanatical or designed to heckle or belittle or disturb the opponents. For example, barracking, for or against, during a kick at goal is always bad sportsmanship. Boys should be encouraged to barrack for their school rather than for an individual team member. Booing, whistling, playing or beating musical instruments are in bad taste and wholly unacceptable.
- Vocal support for any team should never encourage violence or rough or illegal play.
- Encroaching onto the field of play, the shouting out of suggestions for players, referees or umpires to hear are not allowed.
- It is never acceptable to express disapproval of a referee’s or umpire’s decision – no matter whether the referee be adult or schoolboy.
- There is a complete ban on all alcoholic drinks at grounds where games between Associated Schools’ teams are being played.
- We expect our players to be modest in success and generous in defeat, not showing in either case undue emotion. Good play, by our own school and by the opposing school, should be applauded willingly and openly.
- At all times spectators should leave the area tidy and free of rubbish when they leave.
- We look to adults (parents, Old Boys and other spectators) to set an example by their self-control at matches.
We have recently seen a number of great performances by students representing the College and CAS at a high level.
This week the following students represented CAS at the NSWCIS Football Championships which won the CIS Football competition for the first time in many years. Well done to CAS 1sts coach Mr Patrick Darvill as well as players Zac Conacher-Smith, Liam Preston and Jack Hardwick-Owen. Well done also to Luke Fuller in Year 10 who represented the CAS U16 Football side.
We also recently had two students attend the NSW All Schools Swimming championships. Erwan Le Pechoux and Stuart Swinburn represented the College to high standard and Stuart continued his sparkling form by winning the U16 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle and came second in the 1500m. We also wish Ned Weiland all the best in his continued preparation for swimming the English Channel.
This weekend we have four boys representing NSWCIS in U18 Rugby League. Edenn Rogers-Smith, Luca Moretti, Liam Cornish and Brooklyn Hardaker will go straight into camp following the Riverview game in preparation for some trial games before the National titles. We wish these boys well.
Good luck to all teams this week and ‘Go the Waves!’