ISA Semi-Finals Sports Report
On the final day of summer we witnessed lots of very excited and nervous Chev students and coaches heading off to Penrith for the Basketball semi-finals. We also had students and coaches involved in semis for ISA Cricket and the final competition fixtures for Softball and local Cricket.
Playing conditions were superb as they have been all season. We have not missed one week of matches due to the weather and our grounds are in fantastic condition as a result of the showers which seem to fall at the right time of the week.
Where to start?… At home we had the 1sts and 2nds Softball girls up against competition heavyweights Barker College. Barker always produce players who go on to play for NSW and possibly Australia so it is always a match where we can gauge our ability, albeit a bit apprehensively!
Our 1sts girls went down 7-3 in a tight match. A few unlucky plays and we would have be even closer. Our pitcher was very steady and consistent. One of our girls took the catch of the season, and all of our batters stepped up to the plate with no fear facing some extremely fast and accurate pitching.
The 2nds approached their game with the same attitude and although outplayed they again gave their best and had some “magic moments”.
Our 1sts team, Junior A and B now progress to this week’s finals at Blacktown Olympic Park. An exciting morning is in store with the 1sts likely to face Barker again and the Juniors could well play each other in the final.
The 1sts Cricketers travelled to picturesque Sydney Uni to play St Andrews with a final spot up for grabs. Each match against SACS this season has ebbed and flowed at various times. We fielded first, began bowling well with some early wickets, became a bit ragged in the middle session and then finished superbly to knock St Andrews over for 146. Chiming in when required, the tail end took 3 wickets.
The batters all seemed to get a start but partnerships failed to eventuate and although we came within a couple of big hits our season came to a conclusion, unluckily missing out by 13 runs! Coach Bourke did have a few words of advice for a few batters who did play the wrong shot at the wrong time!
To the Basketball where EVERY Chev team had qualified for the semis. Yes EVERY team!
In a huge day of Basketball at Penrith Stadium 10 of the 14 Chev teams in action were winners and progressed to this week’s finals. In the girls’ games, all matches were close, a few frayed nerves and shortened fingernails ended with 4 of our 5 teams winners. Our 1sts Girls were even with Central Coast until the last quarter until the CCGS shooters banged home a few 3 pointers.
For the boys the story was similar with some disappointments (particularly the 14B’s) but mainly positives with 6 of our 9 teams winners. The 1sts Boys excelled against Central Coast, in a really strong team effort. This team has been together as a unit now for two years and will be hoping for another great team effort next week.
Exciting times for Chev sport! Click for finals fixtures and results page…