Three BAS Grand Finals in Term 1

Many of Ballart Grammar’s senior sports teams contested BAS Grand Finals at the close of Term 1. Three teams experienced the exhilaration of victory – Senior Boys Volley Ball, Senior Girls Tennis and Senior Girls Cricket. Congratulations to all involved and the strong sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the season

A Grand Final victory, whilst most satisfying, is not the only mark of success within our sporting program. The large number of students participating in the sporting program, and the personal growth that is evident point to another successful and rewarding term of sport at Grammar.

Senior Boys Volleyball

Results: Ballarat Grammar 3/75 defeated St Patrick’s College (SPC) 0/50

The Grammar boys dominated against an in-form SPC team, taking out their third consistent Premiership in straight sets 25-17, 25-19, 25-14. With many of the members of the team playing their final seniors match, the result formed a fitting conclusion to a brilliant display of dominance over the last 3 seasons at the BAS senior level. Throughout the match, the Grammar boys were focused and worked hard to develop a consistent approach. Whilst there were a number of concerted surges from the SPC team, Grammar was able to regain control, winning convincingly in a well-fought final match.

Congratulations to Coach Chris van Styn and all team members: Andrew Cornish, Lachy Pietzsch, Liam Holding, Axton Walter, Paul Didaskalu, Chris Milne, Fraser Trainor (co-captain), Henry Murnane (co-captain) and Jack Mao.Senior Boys Volleyball

Senior Girls Tennis

A Grade Result: Ballarat Grammar 3/20 defeated Ballarat and Clarendon College (BCC) 1/17

#1 & 2 Caitlin Keall © & Anna Pryse- Smith 6-3
#3 & 4 Maggie Astbury & Elonie Hooper 6-4
#1 & 3 Caitlin Keall & Maggie Astbury 2-6
#2 & 4 Anna Pryse –Smith & Elonie Hooper 6-4

A wonderful finals win for the girls! After taking out the first sets comfortably, BCC seemed to rally at the changeover so the Grammar girls had to work hard to hold onto their lead. The standard of tennis was exceptional, with strong rallies. All girls played extremely well, leading their service games with confidence and supporting each other at the net.

We are delighted that both Elonie and Maggie included Tennis in their very full sports program this term, as the strength and consistency of their tennis certainly contributed to the success we have had this season. Caitlin Keall (Captain) and Anna Pryse-Smith have now concluded six years of BAS Tennis – each year making it through to Finals, so an exceptional contribution to Grammar Tennis over their years at School.Senior Tennis

B Grade Result: Ballarat Grammar Gold 4/24 defeated Loretto College 0/16

#1 & 2 Emma Weigall & Sarah Wilkie 6-2
#3 & 4 Emma Dickinson © & Bec Walker 6-5
#1 & 3 Emma Weigall & Emma Dickinson 6-4
#2 & 4 Sarah Wilkie & Bec Walker 6-5

A fantastic and hard fought finals win for the girls! Congratulations! The girls played magnificently – dropping only one set for the entire season. Whilst the finals was certainly their toughest match, with Bec Walker playing both her sets as tie-breaks, the consistent play, determination and resilience brought rewards. A special mention to Bec Walker who has played BAS Tennis for the last six years – a great commitment to School sport and thank you to Emma Dickinson for her guidance and leadership of the team as Captain of the B teams.Senior Tennis

Senior Girls Cricket

Result: Ballarat Grammar 7/50 (13 overs) defeated Ballarat and Clarendon College (BCC) 4/49 (20 overs). Best Batting: Gabby Hearn, Elonie Hooper, Emma Dickinson, Maddy Goldsworthy and Bec Walker. Best Bowling: Maddy Goldsworthy, Elonie Hooper, Rene Caris and Lillian Hearn

Following our usual game plan of bowling first, after winning the toss, we sent the opposition into bat. Once again, our bowlers were terrific. Good line and length was evident at all times, with very few extras given. Maddie Goldsworthy was probably the pick of the attack, cementing herself as the premier bowler in the competition. Our fielders were sharp and Emma Dickinson was strong as our keeper. A couple of early wickets, put our batters under pressure. Gabby Hearn, batting at #3 helped us to consolidate; however, a mid-order collapse led to a nail biting finish. Composure from Bec Walker and Emma Dickinson got Grammar over the line, with plenty of over to spare. A wonderful result which was so well-deserved; our girls improved each week, their enthusiasm and infectious team spirit palpable!

Congratulations to Coach Alan Pitson and all team members; Remi Hooper, Maddy Goldsworthy, Lily Mclean, Lillian Hearn, Emma Dickinson, Bec Walker, Sarah Wilkie, Elonie Hooper, Rene Caris, Maggie Astbury (Captain), Ali Potter and Gabby Hearn.Girls Cricket 2