Successful Season – CaSSSA Hockey
St Mary’s College Ipswich (SMC) Hockey Team is celebrating a successful season, after finishing 2nd in the Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls’ Sports Association (CaSSSA) competiton.
The SMC team was comprised of students from all year levels. They competed in the open division, which meant students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were playing against girls much older than them.
Sports Program Leader at SMC, Antonia Conomos, said the girls should be extremely proud of their efforts. “Our team competed against schools from all over Brisbane, including some much bigger than St Mary’s College, with more experienced players,” Ms Conomos said.
She attributes the team’s success to their positive attitude. “Everyone was just there to have fun, with no pressure. They all genuinely enjoyed being on the team and learning new things from one another each week.”
Year 11 student Rachael McNamara has been playing hockey for 11 years, and enjoys being part of the SMC team.
“Finishing second overall this year was amazing, especially considering we are such a young team,” Rachael said.
“Being part of the SMC team is always really fun, for experienced players like myself and for those who are newer to the game. It gives us older girls an opportunity to step up and become leaders for the younger grades,” Rachael said.
“One of the highlights from the season was seeing players score their first goal – it was really great to share that experience as a team.”
Rachael said the support of Ms Conomos was also integral to the team’s excellent results and enjoyment of the season. “Ms Conomos was always cheering us on and being so positive. It made a big difference to everyone’s attitude.”
In more hockey news, SMC student Hayley Petersen has been selected in the Queensland School Sport 13 to 16 Years Hockey Merit Team.
Ms Conomos congratulated Hayley on her selection. “It is great to see so many of our students participating in, and excelling in sport. We have an extensive extra-curricular sporting program at St Mary’s and aim to provide something for everyone to have a go at.”