Term 1 Sports Update (by Emily & Dom)



Hello everyone.

It’s been a busy start to the year in Sport! We would like to acknowledge some of the events that have been happening this Term. Firstly, our Year 11 and 12 students have been busy trialling for Country Week over the past couple of weeks. It’s been fantastic to see over eighty Year 11s and 12s attending trials for each of the teams. For those of you who are unaware, Country Week is a big, week-long carnival that happens in Perth in the last week of Term 2. Our Country Week team will stay in Perth during that week to compete against other Secondary Schools from around the state. It’s the biggest and most exciting carnival that we compete in. The teams were announced on Thursday. The coaches for each team are: Boys AFL – Mr Embry, Mr Gibbon and Mr Walkerden Boys Basketball – Mr Obern Girls Basketball – Mrs Pere Dance – Ms Davis Media – Mrs Johnstone Girls Netball – Mrs Godwin Speech and Monologue – Mrs Ball Touch Rugby – Mrs Gann Boys Volleyball – Mr Harris Girls Volleyball – Ms Barton Thank you to our coaches. We appreciate the time you will spend training and preparing our teams for Country Week. On Thursday 4th March, Our Lady of Mercy College sent four teams to the South West Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) Championship Basketball Carnival. The ACC Championships are competitive and highly regarded carnivals that are played against other schools from the South West area.


Our senior boys played many closely contested games and displayed some excellent skills. They finished the day in third place with two wins and two losses. The senior girls had a great competitive day. They narrowly lost to last year’s Championship winners by three points. Our junior boys and girls had an outstanding day. The boys were undefeated in a dominating performance, and the girls won three games and drew one.


Both of our Junior Teams progress to the Semi-Finals of the ACC Championships on 4 May 2021. We are excited to have earned home games and to compete against other Perth schools for the right to progress into the Grand Final!


Our Lady of Mercy College Junior Basketball Teams.

Thank you to the staff and students who assisted with coaching and scoring on the day.


Two weeks ago, we had a Year 11 boys team compete in the Slazenger Cup at Bunbury Tennis Club. The Slazenger Cup is a team-based Tennis tournament of four players. For each fixture, students play a game of singles and a game of doubles. The students involved were Matthew Musitano, Kane Italiano, Albie Barnden and James Kiely.

Matthew Musitano, Kane Italiano, Albie Barnden and James Kiely

Our team competed well, and their skills improved throughout the day. They performed particularly strong in the doubles - only dropping three games for the whole tournament. In the end, they finished fourth out of seven schools and narrowly missed out on playing finals. Swimming training and trials are well underway in preparation for the School Sport WA Swimming Carnival on Tuesday, 16 March. It’s been fantastic to see so many students arriving bright and early at Leschenault Leisure Centre on Friday mornings to prepare for the carnival. We hope you enjoy competing and we wish you the best of luck at the carnival! Finally, our Athletics Carnival is coming up on Monday, 29 March, which is Monday of Week 8. This is our first Athletics Carnival as Our Lady of Mercy College, as last year’s carnival was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our carnival focuses on fun and participation – it is all about having a go and showing pride in competing for your House.


Please note that the 1500m and 800m events will be run during lunchtimes in Week 7.


There will also be novelty events at the carnival, but there’s no need to nominate for those. It is going to be a great day of House competition and House spirit.


May the best House win!


Emily and Dom, Sports Captains Our Lady of Mercy College



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