We are so happy to have sports back again at Xavier, as we dive into a week of Rep trials and Specialist coaching sessions we wanted to celebrate some achievements of some individual athletes in the Xavier Community and reflect on how we are able to support and assist these budding athletes in their sporting successes.
At Xavier College, we recognise a student's sporting success and are able to provide flexible learning support, so that they can continue their high quality learning while fulfilling their sporting goals and achievements . Xavier College Sporting Red and Blues Awards are presented to students who have made a State or National team/ event.
Xavier also has a Sporting Hall of Fame that recognises student achievements in every sport at the highest levels. The Xavier Sporting Hall of Fame has seen the likes of State and Australian athletes in the following sports, just to name a few, Kayaking, Tennis, Touch Football, Baseball, Judo, Soccer.
Danial Whiley - Director of Sport and Wellbeing
Breanna attended the National Championships in Adelaide during the recent holidays. This was Breanna’s first year in the Open Women's Baseball Team. She was chosen last year but obviously due to Covid the championships couldn’t go ahead. Her team travelled to West Beach Adelaide in April. It was a week long tournament with teams from NSW, QLD, Victoria, South Australia , Western Australia and ACT competing.
The competition consisted of each team playing a preliminary round against each other and then after these rounds the top 2 teams played for Gold and Silver next teams for bronze and so forth down to 7th place.
NSW went through the preliminary rounds quite convincingly, as did the Victorian Team.
Breanna was the starting pitcher in two of the 6 preliminary games. She threw a total of 6.2 innings only allowing 3 hits in total and one earned run. She only walked 1 batter in all these innings.
She also batted extremely well finishing the tournament with the second best batting average in the team which consists of a number of Current Australian players.
Going into the finals, Victoria were the obvious favorites as they had not lost a game and had only conceded 3 runs during the entire tournament.
Breanna started on 1st Base in the gold medal game and this is a great achievement as there were 18 players in the squad and only 9 on the field at a time.
The game was very close for the first 6 innings with the lead swapping back and forth. Going into the last inning Victoria were ahead 4-3 and only needed to get 3 outs to claim the Gold Medal. Victoria got the first out straight away but then the NSW team rallied scoring 6 runs in the inning before getting out.
NSW were then ahead 9-4 and just needed to get Victoria out to win the championship. The first two outs were very quick for us but then Victoria got two batters on base. The girls never gave up and got the next batter to fly out winning the championship and in the process providing Victoria with there only loss of the tournament.
There is an upcoming Australian Women's Baseball Showcase where the best players in the country along with players from across the world come to play. A professional league is what they are one day hoping to produce . As NSW currently don't have a team the other states were at nationals scouting players to join there squads since Breanna played so well she was asked by Adelaide Giants and also Brisbane Bandits to be part of their teams . This is a huge honour for Breanna as there are only approx 35 Australian women competing from across the country .
This showcase is being held next week in Geelong Melbourne. Australian coaches will be present at this tournament to possibly add players for future Australian Emerald Selection.
Xavier wishes Breanna all the best and hope to bring you some further updated on her amazing baseball successes.
Nikola also have two other titles to add to his Jude Successes:
2nd in the Illawarra and South Coast U/18s Judo Championships
We wish Nikola to best of luck at the Australian titles and can't wait to hear more about it.
Saarim Ghias is a talented Year 9 Xavier Student who is excelling in Cricket. He was just selected in the Under 14 State Challenge which was held in Dubbi earlier this year. The selection had come off the back of his performances during the recent NSW Metropolitan Youth Championships and this acts as the beginning of the Cricket NSW playing pathway.
Saarim credits this acheivement to his coaches, his school Cricket clinic, his team mates and his hard work.This is very exciting news for Saarim his family and we can't wait to celebrate in future successes with them as valued members of the Xavier Community.
Shree is an accomplished bowler who also enjoys the batting aspect of the game. She was recently selected for the U/16s NSW State Challenge. This is part of the NSW Cricket Pathway and puts Shree and her teammates in front of Coaches and Selectors for NSW Progression. Earlier this year Shree competed in the State Challenge for Blacktown Sixers, We can't wait to share Shree's future successes with you all.