Mentone Girls SC had one team of four students compete in the All Schools XC Relays at Jells Park on Saturday 30th April. Millie Belleville (Yr 8), K.B, Taylah Tysoe (Yr 9) and Sophie Bolmat (Yr 7) all ran the 3km cross country track in a combined time of 50 minutes and 35 seconds. With two of the original runners pulling out due to illness, Taylah and Sophie stepped forward at late notice - a big thank you to both runners and their parents. The girls combined time in the Under 16 age group was good for 7th spot, and in the Under 14 age group was good for 5th spot. Congratulations to all four runners. A big thank you to Chris Belleville for driving and organising the girls on the day, along with Dianne Lewis-Nixon for offering her support and help as well.
The All Schools Road Relays are being held on Saturday 14th May and MGSC have entered an U14 and U16 team - runners to be decided this week. Go Mentone!
The 2016 MGSC Cross Country carnival was held on Wednesday 27th April around the school grounds and streets of Mentone. The course is roughly 2.5km in length and involves one big loop of Balcombe Rd, Charman Rd, Marina Av and Beach Rd.
The Under 13 students started the carnival off in spirit with over 200 students rushing from the starting line and 10 minutes and 41 second later, Year 7 Sophie Bolmat came through in first place. The other first place finishes in the age groups were; U14 K.B completed the fastest time of the day in 9 minutes and 41 seconds; U15 Taylah Tysoe (Yr 9) won by 0.01 seconds; U16 Emily McCarthy (Yr 11) ran 9 minutes and 44 seconds; U17 Jaz Gardiner (Yr 12) won by one second; and U18 Marley Berntsen cruised home in 10 minutes and 27 seconds.
Congratulations to all age group champions and competitors throughout the day. The winning House will be announced at the next school assembly. The top 15 students from each age group will be competing at the Beachside carnival on May 23rd at Karkarook Park. Go Mentone!
The 2016 Athletics carnival arrived on a great April day as the weather was perfect to be competing at Dolamore Oval. The House spirit was clearly evident in the costumes that were worn around the oval from the Year 7’s to the Year 12’s.
The participation in events was incredible this year as there were over 30 competitors in every long, triple and high jump event, and the 100m and 200m heats went 30 minutes over time because there were so many competitors. The participation tally ranged between 120 and 150 competitors from every House which is fantastic.
MGSC Athletics records go all the way back to 1966, the year after the school opened, and this year we had 6 records broken. Congratulations to Emily Ryan (Year 7) who threw 32.9 meters in the discus event – 6 meters further than the previous record; Millie Belleville (Year 8) who ran the 1500m event in 5minutes and 16 seconds; Zoe Cunningham (Year 9) who hurdled the 90m hurdles in 14.92seconds, Zoe also jumped 11.10 meters in the triple jump to break that record as well; and lastly K.B did the double and beat the 400m record by running 1minute and 2seconds and the 800m record in 2minutes and 33seconds. Congratulations to these record breakers.
Every competitor receives points for their House depending where they finish in the event. At the end of the carnival we are able to see which students got the most points for their House for each age group, they are the age group champions. The Under 13 champion from Kenny is Sophie Bolmat; Under 14 from Melba is Zoe Cunningham; Under 15 from Jackson is Taylah Tysoe; Under 16 from Kenny is Sarsha Berntsen; Under 17 from Kenny is Vivian Fidantsis; and Open age group from Jackson is Marley Berntsen. Congratulations to the age group champions.
Most importantly are the overall house results which determine the House champion. In fourth place on 851 points was Mackellar, in third place on 984 points was Jackson, in second place with 1016 points was Melba, and the winning house with 1308 points was Kenny. Congratulations to Kenny House senior house captains Evie Tripp and Maddie Culshaw, middle and junior House captains Maddy McAllister and Daisy Walker, for winning by almost 300 points.
A big thank you to all staff who helped out in the heat of the day, often with very little breaks and with great spirits. Congratulations to all our competitors and spectators for attending the carnival, and well done to Kenny for continuing their success in 2016. Go Mentone.
Year 9 student, Gracie Geddis, competed in the U15 Australian Hockey Championships from April 9-17th in Wollongong, NSW. After a fierce 10 days of competition and playing through a quad injury sustained against NSW, her Victoria Blue team won Bronze medal. Gracie also got through the first round of SSV U16 State Hockey trials when she got back to Victoria. Good luck for the second trials and your recovery Gracie. Go Mentone!
On Thursday 21st April, the five aerobics teams had a dress rehearsal in front of their family and friends in preparation for the upcoming Schoolaerobics competition in Geelong. The performances from all students showed improvement in their technical ability and their confidence. Thank you to Miss Anna Berlingeri, Mrs Carol Duggan and student coaches Rikki Andison, Holly Stosic and Ella Grapel for their assistance and support. I congratulate all of the girls and wish them all the best for their upcoming competitions in Geelong on May 1st and June 5th. Miss Tess Molina, Aerobics Coach.
Paige is a Year 8 student who plays Basketball for Knox Raiders and is in the Dandenong Rangers WNBL Academy.
Hi Paige, how has your basketball started in 2016?
Really well thanks. The team I captain, Knox Raiders – Under 14s, are undefeated in the 5 games played this year. It’s a strong team and we have won our last 70 games together since Under 12s. It has been a great start to the year.
You play a remarkable amount of competitions every year, can you go through some?
Each year we play in the Victorian Championships which involve teams from the metropolitan and country areas. We also play in the Easter Classic, National Junior Classic, Southern Cross Challenge for Victoria, Club Nationals, and last year the Pacific Games where we versed the other States and Territories of Australia plus India.
How did you get into basketball?
My mum got my sister and brother into basketball from an early age because she played in the WNBL with players such as Michele Timms and Lauren Jackson when she first started out. I started playing domestic at 5 years old with Uma Miles-McCabe and with my sister Ebony as a 7 year old. After one year as an 8 year old in the Melbourne Tigers Under 12s 4th team, I was moved up into the U12s 1st team from ages 9 to 11 where we competed in the Easter Classic, National Junior Classic and Victorian Championships. We have won gold at the National Classic and State Championships, and silver all the other years.
You often played in teams with and against older players, how do you find that?
I am sort of used to it because I started playing against older people from 8 years old, it has become normal. There are obvious challenges facing older opponents but it will happen all throughout my future anyway.
In 2014, when you were 11 you broke your arm, can you please tell us about that?
Sure. I was going for a layup during a game and was tunnelled (opponent knocks the feet underneath) and landed on my right arm which I compound fractured. I spent five weeks in a cast and 3 weeks rehabbing just in time to win the U12 National Junior Classic for Knox with a sleeve over my arm to cover the splint. At the same time I had Regional Athletics and was representing the Region in discus, shot put and javelin. My athletics coach at the time got me practicing with my left hand which I did in the competition finishing 2nd in all three events. By the time States came around I was throwing with my right hand again and I won the discus event moving onto Nationals where I came 5th.
Incredible story, well done. You are also a part of the Dandenong Rangers WNBL academy?
That’s right. I am there as a development player where the WNBL coaches and assistant coaches spend 3 hours training us every third Sunday. I am the only 12 year old in the squad as most are between 15 and 18 years old.
Proudest achievement on the basketball court to date?
Captaining Victoria at the Pacific Games last year was a highlight for sure. We were undefeated and had an average winning margin of 60points, in the final we beat Queensland by 43 points. That was a great experience. Also, probably two of the games where I scored over 20 points, 10+ rebounds and 10 assists; and when I got a quadruple double which is double figures in four categories.
You have an amazing memory about the events you participated in and results you achieved?
I guess I train or play basketball everyday so I am always around it. Dad and I always are talking about various events and competitions coming up so I find it easy to memorise how our team has done in the past.
What are your goals for the year and your future?
This year we would like to go through undefeated in all competitions including the National Junior Classic, Victorian Championships and Club Nationals. In the future I would like to go play College basketball in America. They have such a strong basketball culture and program over there, some schools I’d like to go to are UConn and TCU.
Time for your favourites...
Athlete? Elena Delle Donne, WNBA player
Food? Pasta for sure
Song and band? Hottest 100
Quote? I always look quotes up but have trouble memorising them but probably ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’
Class/teacher? Maths definitely and I don’t have a favourite teacher
Moment at MGSC? Year 7 camp last year
Would you rather?
Be able to fly or be invisible? Invisible
Have hiccups for the rest of your life or have the feeling of sneezing but not being able to? Hiccups
Live a life that lasts 1000 years or 10 lives that last 100 year each? 10 lives that last 100 years each.
Have a dragon or be a dragon? Have a dragon
Get up early or stay up late? Stay up late.
Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions Paige, and good luck for going undefeated in 2016 and beyond.
Eleanor Grimshaw (Year 10) was named a Mordialloc Chelsea Leader - Sports star nominee. Please read the above articles published about her in the paper, and to see the Sporting Star interview done with Ella at school please go to the following link http://mgscsports.weebly.com/sporting-stars.html
On Friday 15th April the Year 7 volleyball, softball, tennis and cricket teams competed in the Beachside Interschool sport competition. The tennis and cricket teams were victorious on the day and the volleyball and softball teams finished in the top 3. On April 21st the tennis team will be playing a one off preliminary game to advanced into the regionals, meanwhile the cricket team plays in the regionals on October 27th. Well done to all students who competed and thank you to the staff who coached - Mrs Steinfort, Mrs Parker, Mr de Munk and Mr Bruhn. Go Mentone!
Olivia Kline is a former Mentone Girls’ SC student who graduated in 2015. She is currently in the VIS and took the time away from her busy schedule to talk about her golf and aspirations!
First off Liv, congratulations on your hole-in-one. Tell us about it!
I was playing in the Lake Macquire Amateur event in early January and was practicing one of the toughest holes in the tournament. Coincidentally Mum was taking photos at the time and I hit a 7-iron into the wind, 117m on a Par 3 for a hole-in-one. As you can see the photos I was shocked and my reaction went through all the emotions! Hole-in-ones are just pure luck. As a kid I would try but not anymore. My main aim is to always shoot under par and my handicap which is plus 2.
How did you get into golf?
I grew up watching Dad and Grandad play and in 2009 when I was 12 years old I started playing at Victoria Golf Club in Cheltenham. I started off playing with other young girls and just moved forward in the sport competing against other girls much older than me.
As a 15 year old you were picked for the Victorian Junior Team in the Australian Junior Interstate series, the youngest by 2 years, how was that experience?
There were other girls old enough to play in the tournament but I think my coach saw that I was a competitor and gave me the opportunity. Experiences like that and within my family have made me pretty grounded and thankful. In golf I think you have to be modest and not get a big head because in the end you are playing against yourself and the course more than anything.
What is your tournament schedule like and what has been your best result/s?
Since November 2015 I have played in 10 events, about 1 or 2 a month. Winter is really quiet in Australia so most amateurs head overseas to compete. I won the SA Junior Masters by 9 strokes in 2015 where we played 8 rounds in 5days and my best result would be going 5-under at Victoria where I went bogey free and no over the cards scores. I have also been a semi-finalist at Victoria Amateur, top 16 at Australian Amateur and 8th at the Riversdale Cup. At the Interstate series last year I captained the Victorian Girls team and was a part of two teams which made history by winning the men’s, women’s, boys and girls competitions.
You are also in the VIS, what does that entail?
Last March I was inducted into the VIS and for six months I was the only girl in the team. We train 3 mornings a week from 6.30am and do heavy weight exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, jumping, posture and mobility. I have adapted to the change and really enjoy lifting the weights now, I feel a lot stronger. We also practice our golf on Monday and Friday mornings where after the gym we go to Spring Valley Golf Club from 9.30-3pm, they are long days.
In 2015 you were lucky enough to travel to the USA as well as meeting Greg Norman in Melbourne!
That’s right, last year in Year 12 I competed for Australia in the World Junior Championships in San Diego which was a great experience as I got to stay with a host family. However, the time away from school did influence my ability to do well in VCE.
Meeting Greg Norman was really cool. I was a bit hesitant in the lead up but as soon as I met him I realised he was a really nice guy, very encouraging and sweet. He gave me some golf tips about keeping my club parallel to the ground and mostly told me to keep playing as much golf as I can.
Moving forward, what are you goals for 2016 and beyond?
I will be in the Victoria Women’s Interstate Series team again this year in Brisbane, hopefully we can win all four competitions again. I’d like to play more National ranking events so I can move from my current position of 11th to the top 5 amateur women. Most importantly, I just want to stay grounded and enjoy my golf. I am also going to study teaching online at Open Universities Australia.
Time for your favourites...
Athlete? Roger Federer and Jessica Korda
Food? Oysters. I have that many, I love them (laughing)
Song and band? RnB Friday’s always gets a listen to
Quote? “Life is full of setbacks, success determines how you handle those setbacks”
Class/teacher? Ummm probably PE.
Moment at MGSC? Haha can I say leaving? Or being involved in a really sporty friendship group. Plus all of the Purcell’s Bakers Delight food that they brought to school from work.
Would you rathers?
Be able to fly or be invisible? Fly
Have hiccups for the rest of your life or have the feeling of sneezing but not being able to? Sneezing
Live a life that lasts 1000 years or 10 lives that last 100 year each? 10 lives that last 100 years each.
Have a dragon or be a dragon? Have a dragon, it would be so intimidating.
Be super fast or super strong? Super strong
Never be able to speak again or always say everything that is on your mind? Haha. Gift of the gab or no gab at all… No gab.
Get up early or stay up late? Get up early for sure, I love the sunrise.
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule Liv, and good luck for the remainder of 2016 and beyond. Go Mentone!
The 2016 Australian Age Swimming Championships were held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide from Monday 28 March to Monday 4 April. Mentone Girls' SC student Tori Edwards, Year 11, competed in the medley relay event where she swam the butterfly leg. Tori set a personal best in the 100m butterfly leg swimming 1:08.64. Congratulations Tori. Go Mentone
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