A list of news articles about sports and co-curricular activities at Christ Church Grammar School.
Christ Church’s globetrotting sportsmen had the pre-seasons of a lifetime touring the United Kingdom (soccer), South Africa (rugby) and Melbourne (football) during the Term 1 holidays. Tour staff organised amazing itineraries including brushes with some legends of games.
Director of Rowing Steve Saunders described his senior rowers as “exceptional” and “hardworking” as the rowing season drew to a close with the PSA Head of the River at Champion Lakes on Saturday. The First VIII finished second behind favourites Trinity by 3.7secs in the big race of the day.
The Firsts Tennis Team has won the 2013 Corr Cup despite a fixture still remaining in the competition (Christ Church has a bye). The Christ Church tennis fraternity confirmed the PSA champion title after its final game against Guildford at Cottesloe Tennis Club on Saturday.
Christ Church’s five-year reign as swimming champion came to an end last week but not before giving 2013 champion school Hale (1038 points) a serious run for its money. Christ Church (950) finished second in the PSA Swimming Carnival, held at Challenge Stadium, with Wesley (891) third, followed by Trinity, Scotch, Aquinas and Guildford.
Despite a distinct lack of snow, a team of Christ Church boys became the first WA team to compete at the 6th International Children’s Winter Games (ICWG) in Russia recently. The boys competed in snowboarding and skiing events at the ICWG an International Olympic Committee (IOC) endorsed event.
Jupp became back-to-back swimming champions after winning the Senior School House Swimming Carnival at Challenge Stadium on Tuesday night. Victory was again sweet for Jupp, who last year broke a 20-year drought.
Christ Church once again performed well in the Schools and Colleges Relays held at Challenge Stadium last Sunday. While the School’s fastest swimmers just missed out on the Pop Agnew Memorial Cup this year, both Preparatory and Senior School boys secured a number of medals and two new JPSSA records.
Aloha! We arrived safely in Kona and had a very early night after a long travel schedule. The boys woke up refreshed after a huge sleep, ready to play our first game in the World Youth Basketball Tournament (WYBT) Holiday Invitational.
The First VII is preparing for a huge game this weekend against Aquinas, with both schools Hale and Trinity also in serious contention for the 2013 Dickinson Shield. After last week’s 9-7 loss to Hale, and with two games remaining, the Firsts will need to pull out all stops to stay in the hunt.
Eighteen Christ Church basketball players took part in the ultimate pre-season training on tour in Hawaii. The boys competed in the World Youth Basketball Tournament (WYBT) Holiday Invitational in Kona during the summer holidays.
Year 11 student Lachy Gilmour will represent Australia at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Cyprus in July. Lachy and crewman Tom Blauuw won the International 420 Class Australian Championship followed by the Australian Youth Championship, held in Hobart, in December and January.
Year 10 student Willy Hart represented WA at the inaugural Australian Indigenous Athletics Championships held in Melbourne during the Term 1 school holidays.
The 2013 summer sports season kicks off this weekend with the Senior School taking on cross-town rivals Scotch. Director of Sport Anthony Lynch believes Round 1 could go a long way to determining the final outcome with Christ Church and Scotch the main contenders in several codes.
Another successful summer of sport at Christ Church draws to a close with top four finishes in almost every sport. While top honours went to our swimmers and rowers – crowned PSA champions of their sports – there was close competition and some pleasing results across the board.
Christ Church senior cricketers had an opportunity to train with the Perth Scorchers, WA’s Twenty20 Big Bash League side, when the team used the School’s facilities recently.
Mac Robinson (Year 10) may follow in the footsteps of old boy cricket coaches Ashton Turner (2010) and Stevie Eskinazi (2011) if his performance last weekend is anything to go by. The Year 10 student scored a century for the 10As against Wesley on Saturday.
At the halfway mark of the PSA winter season, the CCGS Cross Country Team is sitting one place shy of their goal – a top-three finish. However, with the home and away rounds over, the fourth-placed team is in a good position to make its move when the all schools events begin in Term 3.
In late December, Christ Church’s First XI Squad took on Eton College during the UK school’s Australian cricket tour. Despite the two-day match being declared a draw, both teams played some fantastic cricket at the School’s Mt Claremont playing grounds.
Christ Church is thrilled to announce that four-time WAFL premiership coach John Dimmer will coach the School’s First XVIII football team in 2012 and beyond.
The Christ Church First VII earned high praise from organisers of the international Tom Hoad Cup, held at Bicton Pool, in late December. The boys were some of the youngest players competing against national teams from France and New Zealand.
Christ Church is ready to take on Wesley this week as most boys prepare for their first round of the 2012 PSA Summer Season. For new boys it is their first wearing blue and gold, while many seniors have been training and competing throughout the summer holidays.
A new coaching structure and increased focus on skill development has already seen good results in the first round of the 2012 Darlot Cup season. With the omission of a Year 10 team this year, middle school cricket players now have an opportunity to join the senior ranks.
The summer sport captains for 2012 were appointed last week and will lead from the front against Trinity this weekend.
Jupp House broke a 20-year drought to win the Senior School House Swimming Carnival held at Challenge Stadium on Tuesday night. Jupp edged out last year’s winners Hill by 29 points to claim the Lapinski-McCoubrie Cup. In third place was Romsey followed by Queenslea, Wolsey, Craigie, Noake and Moyes.
The First V might be a little younger than its competitors this year but they have the benefit of playing as a team with the same coach since Year 8. New First V coach Brad Downing believes the team, the majority of whom are Year 11 boys, has shown signs of improvement and competitiveness in its first two games.
Christ Church’s fastest swimmers broke the State record and collected their seventh consecutive Pop Agnew Memorial Cup at Challenge Stadium on Sunday. The previous record was also set by Christ Church in 2007.
The Christ Church Swimming Team claimed its third consecutive John Ryan Shield at the Quadrangular (Quads) Swimming Meet last week. Teacher in Charge Luke Farmer said while the boys performed well, there was still some room for improvement ahead of the PSA Swimming Carnival this Thursday.
The Christ Church First VIII won a bronze medal in the Open Schoolboys Eight at the Australian Rowing Championships on Sunday. It is the first time a WA team has made the finals of the event.
The 2012 Christ Church Swim Team set a new school record last week when it won the PSA Inter School Swimming Carnival for the fifth consecutive year in a row – the first time in the School’s PSA history.
Prior to the PSA Swimming win last week, Christ Church received a visit from one of the country’s best-known swimming identities. Long-time Olympic swimming coach Laurie Lawrence spent two days at the School’s swimming pool encouraging swimmers at the iiNet Team Sprint Cup and promoting his Kids Alive drowning prevention programme.
A clinic for junior players, run by UWA Volleyball, is helping to strengthen ties between Christ Church and the university sports club. Teacher in Charge of Volleyball Jason Lamb hopes the burgeoning relationship will translate to an overall improvement in the School’s volleyball programme.
The Christ Church sporting fraternity is gearing up for a huge last round of summer sport against cross-town rivals Scotch, and at Champion Lakes for the Head of the River. Water polo and tennis are poised to bring home the PSA titles while the rowers hope to repeat last year’s victory.
Christ Church secured its seventh Head of the River crown in 11 years at Champion Lakes on Saturday 31 March. The First VIII took the lead early to finish a boat length ahead of Scotch in a time of 5 minutes 53.8 seconds, followed by Trinity, Guildford, Aquinas, Wesley and Hale.
On Saturday 31 March, the First VII defeated Scotch in the decider of the PSA Water Polo to claim the Dickinson Shield. Both teams were undefeated leading into the highly anticipated match with several players from both schools representing the State in previous national competitions.
Headmaster Garth Wynne announced the Senior School captains of sport for the 2012 winter season at assembly today. These boys will lead their codes as they prepare to take on Scotch this Friday and Saturday.
The biennual Hockey Tour to Melbourne, held in the middle week of the Term 1 holidays, gave players an edge for the start of last weekend’s PSA winter season. The weeklong tour, which included fitness training and seven matches against competitive schools, resulted in a marked improvement in all 14 players.
With a bye in the PSA fixtures, Senior School boys pulled on their house colours to compete in the House Winter Sports Carnival at McGillivray Oval last Friday. Queenslea House, who won overall in cross country and rugby, edged out Jupp by one point to win the event.
Last week, members of the First XV embraced the opportunity to be trained by ex-Western Force coach Richard Graham. The training sessions with the Super Rugby coach were a precursor to the Western Force curtain-raiser match against Aquinas on Friday night.
Early morning running sessions aimed at better preparing track athletes ahead of the PSA athletics season began this week. Director of Sport Anthony Lynch said while the new training sessions were targeted at achieving better team results, anyone was welcome to join in.
The inspirational words of a 1970s premiership captain, as well as strong results from all Christ Church football teams helped to inspire the First XVIII to secure a sweet victory against Guildford at James Battye Oval on Saturday.
Christ Church and Hale schools’ hockey teams lined up against each other last week in Round 1 of the Tregonning Trophy – a cup with ties to the pioneering days of Western Australian hockey. While Hale may lead on points, Director of Sport Anthony Lynch said the scoreline was not a true reflection of the closeness of the competition.
Christ Church Soccer celebrated its greatest achievement in the School’s history last year when it became PSA premiers for the first time. The School looks set to remain highly competitive over the coming years with good depth, a great coaching line-up across all year levels and a proposed UK tour.
The English rain may have washed out some matches but it failed to dampen the success of Christ Church’s 2012 UK Cricket Tour. Eighteen boys from Years 9 to 11 were part of the four-week tour playing 15 matches across England, Ireland and France during June and July.
With Wesley once again dominating PSA Badminton this year, the battle is on for second place. Sitting tied on points in second place with Aquinas, the Christ Church First VI will need to give everything it’s got after a loss against the boys in red and black last weekend.
The winter sports season draws to a close for Christ Church’s cross country runners this weekend with the Ray Brown Race at Kings Park. The senior team has had a tough but enjoyable season while the junior team looks set for a top three finish.
Senior School students headed swiftly into the 2012 athletics season this week. The annual Ray House Run, held on Wednesday, was the first event in the athletics calendar.
The Christ Church Surfing Team secured another PSA Surfing title at Scarborough Beach last Friday. On the same day, David Barclay (Year 11) and Beau Christian (Year 11) also finished as State runners-up in the senior boys’ body boarding at the WA Schools Titles at Trigg Beach.
Craigie House won the Senior School Inter-House Athletics Carnival held at the WA Athletics Stadium on Thursday. Craigie claimed the Akos Kovacs Shield from second-placed Hill by just 14.5 points. The overall placings were Craigie (1818.5 points), Hill (1804), Romsey (1730.5), Jupp (1721.5), Queenslea, Wolsey, Noake and Moyes.
The winners of the 2012 winter sports season’s cups and trophies were announced at the Senior School assembly on Thursday. Service, Colours and Honours for the season were also announced.
The Christ Church rowing community came together on Sunday for the first event of the season – the annual House Rowing Regatta. The fun, family-oriented event gave boys their first taste of racing for Term 4 and parents a chance to get to know each other.
Some Years 7 to 9 boys have been ‘stepping up’ into the Firsts sides in basketball, tennis and water polo this term. The short term allows gives younger boys an opportunity to impress and take their place alongside the senior boys in the PSA summer sports.
Archived sport news stories from before 2010
Christ Church’s First V won the Blackwood Cup after remaining undefeated bar one game all season. The win is Christ Church’s third PSA basketball title in the School’s history. The School last won the Blackwood Cup in 1998 and 1999.
Senior School boys pulled on their house colours in Week 10 to compete in the House Winter Sports Carnival at McGillivray Oval. A new round robin format saw Moyes House jump from last place in 2012 to first place in 2013.
Christ Church once again claimed the annual Yachting Western Australia Schools Teams Racing Championship over crosstown rivals Scotch. The win, secured at South of Perth Yacht Club last week, means Christ Church will again compete at the national titles in Tasmania in July.
The captains for the 2013 PSA Winter Season were appointed last week and led from the front against Hale School in Round 1 last Saturday.
A new multi-code Winter Sports Development Programme aimed at fast tracking boys with the potential to play Firsts over the next three to four years was launched this term.
Three Year 12 students and one old boy were members of the Australian Men’s Under 19 World Floorball Team, which competed at the world championships in Hamburg, Germany, last month.