Yesterday, the 5/6 Future Stars team traveled to The Rings Basketball Stadium to participate in the Senior Hoop Time Regional Finals. All students were very excited for what would be a day of very high quality basketball.
In their first game, the Templestowe Park Taipans came up against a very slick Our Lady of the Pines outfit and even with partners in crime Alice Donald and Georgia Warren working well in tandem, the opposition were just too strong, winning by 5 points. In their second game, the boys and girls found some form, with Kyle McCall-Ong, Curtis Sharp and Ethan Crane leading the team to a comfortable win against Ashburton. In the following game, Tempy Park had a tough match against Croydon Hills and were trailing well into the second half before a dominant display of rebounding and shooting from Olivia Virtanen, sealing a much needed win. In the final pool game of the day, a victory was needed to secure a top two finish and a berth in the finals. In a dominant display, the team ran away victors against Camelot Rise thanks to multiple Jack Middleton and Archie McIntyre fast breaks.
After navigating their way through the group stage, the Taipans now had a mammoth task ahead of themselves, taking on the undefeated Research Primary School for a place in the State Finals. Feeling the nerves in the first half, the boys and girls started off slow and went into the break at a seven point deficit. Research had a clear height advantage and were out-rebounding their opponents at all opportunities. In the second half, the tide started to change, as Rachael Sanderson hit consecutive long range shots to bring Tempy Park within 3 points. Unfortunately, the final siren came a few seconds too early and the boys and girls just fell short. All good things must come to an end and the all students should be proud of what has been a very successful campaign.
Today, the 3/4 Future Stars team had their Regional Finals at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium. The Templestowe Park Pacers had to finish in the top three of Pool 7 to win their way into a Qualifying Final. In their first two games, Templestowe Park were too strong for Darnum and St Ita's Primary Schools. Throughout both games, Jade Hall, Charlotte Nimmo and Parker Dixon's defensive efforts were exemplary and Max Van Den Hout and Renz Houwen's rebounding too strong for the opposition. In their final pool game, Tempy Park played against the also undefeated Woodland Warriors to see who would take the top spot in the group. In a see-sawing affair, the Warriors won in a very tight affair, regardless of strong efforts from Kara Allen and Eleni Kyriakopoulos. This resulted in TPPS finishing second in their pool.
Next up, The Pacers were to take on the Cardinia Cavaliers in the Qualifying Final for a place at the State Finals. From the get go, Tempy Park were far too strong for their opponents, with Matthew King and Darcy Stark sharing the scoring in what could be described as a dominant display. They had an eight point advantage at half time, which was never challenged in the second. Congratulations boys and girls, you will be participating at the State Finals to be held at Dandenong Basketball Stadium on Thursday 24th November, an absolutely fantastic achievement!
For the first few weeks of Term 4, the Grade 6 students have designed and are running their very own basketball tournament. Students have split themselves into teams, designed fixtures, ran training sessions, refereed and scored. This program gives them the opportunity to understand and attempt all the various roles involved in competitive sport.
During October, the TPPS community are participating in Active Travel to School Month. Students and their families are attempting to get their hearts pumping by walking, riding and scooting to and from school throughout the month. Active travel is not only good for our bodies, it is also beneficial for our minds and the environment.
Over the course of "Walktober" we are awarding prizes to students who are getting active. Congratulations to the following students who were announced as winners of Active Travel Awards for the first half of October.
Foundation: Chelsea Yi
Grade 1: Jack Mahoney
Grade 2: Christian De Napoli
Grade 3: Rex Jang
Grade 4: Charlie Broadway
Grade 5: Harvey Crawford
Grade 6: Isabella Tozer
Well done boys and girls and keep up the active travel!
Last Thursday 6th October, the eight students who won their events at the Templestowe District Athletics Carnival participated in the Manningham Division Athletics Carnival. It was a very successful day for TPPS, with many of our students finishing in the top two places and earning an invitation to the Eastern Metropitan Athletics Carnival.
Today was the day when those students had the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and they more than held their own. Firstly, Che Brogan competed in the 100m sprint. Unfortunately for Che, he stumbled on the start, but true to his character and resilience, Che picked himself up and finished the race off strong. Chantelle Picinich also competed in the 100m sprint and ran a superb heat to finish in third place. Emily Steele participated in the high jump and put in a spirited performance, regardless of an ankle injury sustained on the weekend. Cross country state finalist, Annabel Krienke, ran a PB in the 800m and finished an impressive fifth place. Joining Chantelle and Emily in the 4x100m relay was Alexya Charalambous and Elefteria Loukeris. The girls ran a very strong race and missed out on the final by only half a second. Finally, Elefteria competed in the 200m sprint and 80m hurdles, running well in both and winning the latter. Congratulations to Elefteria, who will now be representing TPPS at the Victorian State Athletics Championships, we all wish you the best of luck!
I could not be prouder of all the students who represented TPPS in athletics over the last couple of months, all their hard work and perseverance have more than paid off with many astonishing results.
Today, the TPPS boys and girls participated in the Templestowe District basketball day at Templestowe Leisure Centre.
The girls were up first in the morning and played well as a team to register hard fought wins against Milgate, Warrandyte, Templestowe Heights and Our Lady of the Pines. The girls improved over the course of the day and went in to the grand final with plenty of momentum, however, it was not enough to defeat Serpell, coming short by five points. Regardless, this was enough for them to leave the tournament as Runners-Up, a fantastic result!
After the girls' successful morning, it was the boys opportunity to take the court. The boys displayed great teamwork and sportsmanship, registering wins against Warrandyte and Templestowe Heights, however, Milgate, Our Lady of the Pines and Serpell were too good on the day. It was a fantastic afternoon of high quality basketball and the boys should be very proud of their efforts, finishing equal third in the tournament.
This is the end of the road for the 2016 TPPS Boys Baketball Team, however, the girls are still alive in the Hoop Time competition and will be participating in their Regional Finals this Wednesday 12th October. Good luck girls!