Semester 2 Interschool Sports

A massive semester of interschool sports at the Australian Science & Mathematics School (ASMS) has come to a close, and a big thank you goes out to all of those students and staff who have made it happen.

Term 1

On Tuesday 1 March, our first statewide cricket team had to, unfortunately, pull out of the knockout competition at Brighton Secondary School due to COVID absences, but will be back next year, better than ever!

We fielded our first ever two teams in Southern Zone Boys 7-a-side Soccer from the 3rd of March to the 7th of April, against Urrbrae High School, Hamilton Secondary College and Unley High School, with COVID also impacting a number of games, but some excellent wins were had and some tightly fought contests were great to see.

A 3×3 Basketball Carnival took place on Tuesday 8 March at Springbank Secondary College against other schools from the Southern and surrounding zones. Our 3 teams finished 1st, 3rd and 4th, a remarkable result for the school! The winning team consisted of Ethan, Roopam, Samuel and Sean. Congratulations to all involved on a great day for the school.

On 17 and 18 March, ASMS had 3 representatives for the Tennis Individual Championship at Henley Beach. Thanks to Kimiya, Conrad and Seb, who represented the school with pride on both days. 

Tuesday 5 April saw the first round of the Surfing championships take place at Goolwa with competitors from the ASMS competing across various divisions. Open and U16 boys representing the school were Cooper, Tai, Amos and Sergio, who all had a ripper time. 

Our U16 girl representative Anamika made the championship round with Southern Montessori surfer Maia. With the surf a little testing down at Goolwa in the second round, the ASMS finished 3rd overall in the championship. Congratulations to Anamika and Maia, who are keen to go even higher next year!

To round out the term, the ASMS sent a team of 18 student-athletes to the Secondary Athletics Championships on Wednesday 6 April, competing against 12 other schools in division F1/F2. Despite being one of the smallest teams at the meet, our students outperformed even their own expectations and brought home a staggering amount of individual wins in the F2 division. Our school placed 3rd overall out of 6 schools. This was all the more impressive for having only three senior secondary year levels against schools double our size. Congratulations to our team!

Term 2

This term began much like Term 1, with COVID having a bit of an impact, and an unfortunate lack of schools to compete against in Southern Zone Competitions of Boys Volleyball, Girls Volleyball and Boys Basketball. Our Boys Volleyball team did manage to compete and win a scratch match against Unley High School on 6 June, with the possibility of more to follow in Term 3. 

Thursday 19 May saw our Boys and Girls Futsal teams to the new ARC facility at Campbelltown to compete in the knockout Statewide Schools Competition. Whilst both teams were unable to prevail in the initial stages, they grew into the competition and both triumphed in each of their final games. Well done to all that participated!

Monday 30 May was statewide Netball, with our girls improving from scoring just 3 goals in the first game, to 12-36 in the second and just losing 22-31 in the last. They got better and better throughout the day and had an awesome set-up in the last game. So proud of their efforts even though we didn’t take home a win today we all had a lot of fun! Thanks to Ellen Lawrence for the write-up.

Oakbank Racecourse saw the Cross Country state championship take place in wintery conditions on Thursday 9 June, with 3 representatives from our school in the Open Boys race, Joab, Raja and Torben. Torben ran an incredible 2nd place in the state, finishing 6km in 20:45.7… that’s 3:27 minutes per kilometre! Well done to Torben and our representatives in the hills.

Students ran competitive trials for our first-ever Boys and Girls Badminton teams to compete in a state-wide competition on Wednesday 15 June at Glenunga International High School. Whilst both teams found it tough against some elite opponents from Glenunga and Unley, they respectively managed solid victories over Adelaide High School. Special thanks to Simon Illingworth and well done to all students who represented our school with flying colours!

Shortly after, on Friday 17 June, our knockout Boys Football (Soccer) team travelled to Wirreanda Secondary School, losing a very tight contest to Woodcroft College in the last few minutes, 1-0, but fighting out a gritty win over Wirreanda 2-1 to leave with their heads held high!

Lastly, but certainly not least, our knockout Boys Basketball team went up to Oakbank School in the first round of the competition on Tuesday 28 June. Their journey continues into Round 2 after some impressive victories against Mt. Barker High School 53-42 and Oakbank School 59-42. Special thanks to Brian and Sam who helped out on the day and Tim Cook for coaching the team. Onwards to the second round in Term 3!

– Jake Groothedde, Sports Coordinator