Today TPPS girls and boys teams played in the Templestowe District Basketball Tournament.
Firstly, the girls breezed through their pool games, defeating Warrandyte (24-0), Serpell (12-0) and Milgate (16-2), earning a place in the Semi-Final. After an easier start to the day, they faced a very strong Templestowe Heights team and had to work hard for a 10-7 victory. In the Grand Final the girls were far too strong for OLOP, winning 16-3 and setting up a Division Final against Doncaster Gardens to be played next week.
The boys headed into the afternoon with a tough road ahead of them, being undersized and undermanned in comparison to many of their competitors. To their credit, they managed to take it to every team they played against winning two pool games (11-4 against Warrandyte and 9-7 against Milgate) and losing one (10-13 against Serpell) to earn a spot in the Semi Final. Unfortunately the boys fell two points short against OLOP bringing their day to an end.
Today Templestowe Park Thunder participated in the Future Stars Hoop Time Regional Finals. They had an excellent day, getting through the group stage undefeated against three very competitive teams. The Thunder saved their best basketball for the final, defeating Birmingham Primary School in 13 - 0 and earning a place in the State Finals to be played on Thursday November 30th. This marked the perfect start for Templestowe Park's Hoop Time Regional Finals campaign, with two more days coming up in the next month. Good luck to all students and hopefully we can have a couple more teams joining The Thunder in the State Finals.
Today eight very talented athletes had the opportunity to participate in the Manningham Division Athletics Carnival. It was very successful for all students involved, especially the following students who were able to place in their events: James H (3rd Hurdles), Ethan C (1st High Jump), Emily S (1st High Jump) and Elefteria L (2nd Hurdles). The top two places in each event will be competing at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Athletics Carnival on Thursday 19th October.
This afternoon, TPPS played Milgate in the Girls Softball District Final. The girls tried their best, however they were comfortably beaten by a very formidable Milgate side, 5-30. Congratulations to the girls on a very successful season. Hopefully the boys team can go one better when they play their district final against Serpell on Thursday.
Today four lucky classes had the opportunity to participate in Foxtel's Tim Cahill Academy on Templestowe Park's back oval. The clinics were delivered by Englishman Robbie Anderson who has spent decades coaching the likes of Wayne Rooney and Tim Cahill at Everton Football Club. Students had plenty of fun learning the skills and activities that are practised in English Premier League Development Academies. Thanks to Foxtel and Robbie for providing our students with such an excellent opportunity.
During Term 3, all classes in Grade 4-6 participated in a basketball tournament. Two separate tournaments, boys and girls, were held to determine which classes were victorious. Today the Grand Finals were played with 6T defeating 6M in the girls division and 6L defeating 5K in the boys. Mr Mathew and I have been very impressed with the skill and pride shown over the past term and we are looking forward to Term 4's Rounders Tournament.
Today 65 students represented TPPS at the Templestowe District Athletics Carnival. It was a fun day for all involved, with all students putting in their best effort and many students leaving with ribbons. Congratulations to the following students for earning a place in the Manningham Division Athletics Carnival to be held on Thursday October 13th:
James H (4U) - Hurdles
Christopher B (5A) - 1500m
Che B (5K) - High Jump
Elefteria L (5Y) - 100m and Hurdles
Ivan VR (6L) - Long Jump
Emily S (6M) - High Jump
Ethan C (6T) - High Jump
Annabel K (6T) - Triple Jump and 800m
Today 54 students from Grade 5/6 participated in the Junior Hoop Time Round-Robin Day at Knox Basketball Stadium. TPPS was represented by a very strong contingent split into six teams; All-Star Boys, All-Star Girls and four Future Stars teams. The seniors continued the success of the junior hoop-timers with five out of six teams making their way to the finals. The All-Star Boys team won a tough semi-final which went down to wire, before losing a nail-biting final after heading into the main break 2 points up. However, the All-Star Girls made up for that loss with a dominating win on the adjacent court. Finally, the Future-Stars Final was an all Tempy Park affair, with the Grade 6 Penguins edging out the Grade 5 Patriots in a spirited affair. Congratulations to the All-Star Girls and TPPS Penguins teams who have been invited to participate in the Hoop Time Regional Finals in Term 4.