Sport Update Term 3 Week 9

Wednesday, 14 Sept 2022

General Sport

Sport Nomination Guidelines

It is great to have so much sport back on our calendars. There is a process to nominate for any sport you may like to be a part of.

A notice will be put in Schoolbox with a link to the form for all eligible students to nominate for any sport they would like to have the opportunity to play. Some sports will require a trial process, as team numbers are limited, but this should not discourage students from trying a new sport. It is a process we have to follow to make it fair for all students. 

Most representative sports are for students from Year 5 – Year 12 and occasionally we have gala days that include students from Year 3 – Year 12.

Once teams are selected an invite will go out with more information via TASS parent lounge, this must be completed for students to be able to compete on the day. Students cannot just turn up at events and expect to play without parents first giving permission via their parent lounge.

BDC is involved in numerous sports and we encourage as many students as possible to play sport, and we need to follow these guidelines. Our risk assessments around training and participating, play an important role in keeping your children safe. 

Barney Barselaar Cup

On Thursday the 25th of August the Year 5/6 mixed soccer team went to Woolgoolga and played at the Barney Barselaar Cup. It was a really fun day. We won two games, one game was 1 nil and the other 2 nil then in one game we tied. We then made it to the Grand Final which we won against Mary Help, so we won the Barney Barselaar Cup and one person in our team got the PLAYERS PLAYER and that was Chace Kadwell, he was awarded a silver soccer ball. So overall it was a super fun sunny day and I hope we win it again next year. Thank you to Mr Gillon for coaching us.

Mia O’Reilly 

Bill Turner Trophy

After fighting their way through, the BDC under 15s football team had reached the pointy end of the bill turner championships. The top teams from Regional NSW travelled to the Coffs Harbour synthetics to compete for the top spots in Australia. The draw meant the girls were to verse Maitland, and if they won they would progress to the final two teams in regional NSW. 

The first game was played in the middle of the hot and steamy day on the Coffs Coast, the conditions were harsh and humid making the game intense for both teams. The game started underneath the scorching sun, with Maitland, unfortunately, scoring early against the BDC girls. This early goal didn't drop their spirits. After a strong play from a Midfield Jess Featherstone and Layla Oliver linked together to play Tayla Foldes a through ball, which Tayla took advantage of and scored tying BDC up with Maitland. The efforts from the girls were inspiring in the heat. Maitland although didn't drop after BDC tied up the score line, and they scored two back-to-back goals in the first half. This left the score at halftime 3-1, BDC down. At halftime both the coach Mark Norberry and the team's captain, Keona Stone brought the team spirit back up, as they were destined to push through the game and make the regional grand final. The second half whistle blew and the game continued as rough, hot and humid as it was in the first half. Both teams gave their all making the game largely competitive from both sides. The BDC defence kept Maitland from scoring another goal against them and the attack was giving their all to even up the scoreline. With 15 minutes to go Phoebe Oliver made a breakthrough on goal, and scored a bottom corner goal to bump the score up to 3-2. The final 15 minutes were filled with many saves from Maya in goal and many chances at goal from both sides. Unfortunately, the full-time whistle blew, leaving the girl one goal down. This knocked the girls out of the bill turner championships. Although being knocked out this was history for the BDC female under 15s team, as it was the best the team has ever done. They also got to play the next day to aim to even push forward their ranking from top 16 to top 12 in the nation, but unfortunately, the girl team was out of the running for the bill turner title for 2022. 

After the close loss to Maitland the day before, our u15 girls returned to the synthetic fields the following day to compete against Woodlawn for the top spot on the north coast, and top 12 nationwide. This game started early in completely opposing conditions compared to the day before. With an overpowering wind taking the field, the girls were forced to both play in the freezing cold air and with a game-altering wind to fight against. The game began with the girls sore and exhausted from the game on the previous day, which gave Woodlawn an early opening at goals, which they took. The score laid at 1-0 and our captain Keona Stone ensured the girls didn't drop their spirits. The girls didn drop their heads, as they desperately wanted this win for BDC football history. Then our young striker Tayla Foldes fought back just after the goal from Woodlawn, a cross from our centre attacking midfielder Phoebe Oliver, Tayla was able to get a goal back to make the score 1-1. The girls weren't done getting two early back-to-back goals first from a play from Layla Oliver playing May Crook in the box to get BDC’s second goal. Then the halftime whistle blew leaving the score at 2-1 at half time. The halftime pep talk consisted of many positives and the girls felt confident walking back onto the field for their final 30 minutes, the team composition was almost the same yet the BDC goalkeeper Maya Robison, switched with one of the outfield players, giving her a chance out on the pitch. The whistle blew and the second half began, this half the girls had a strong wind against them. The defence started strong, stopping Woodlawn from scoring early again. After coming out of goals, Maya shot from outside of the 18 yard box, and got the ball in the top right corner, a goal that couldn't be saved, the girls from here lifted as they knew they have almost secured the best placement of any team in BDC’s history in the Bill turner Competition. Finally with only 5 minutes to go Phoebe Oliver Took a Goal for herself beating the Woodlawn defence, leaving the final score 4-1. 

The efforts from everyone in the under 15s squad were immaculate throughout their journey in the Bill Turner Championships 2022. The Girls gave their all fighting to the end and have done BDC beyond proud with their efforts. Well done Girls

U15 Football manager Keeley Gardner

Netball Schools Cup

BDC qualified in 4 divisions, 7/8 girls, 7/8 boys, 9/10 girls and 9/10 boys for the regional netball schools cup in Port Macquarie.

All teams played well against some tough competition from the north coast area.

All teams made semi-finals with the 9/10 girls making it into the grand final against MacKillop, Port Macquarie, unfortunately, we went down to the better team on the day.

Thank you to Meegan Bruggemann, Shelley Spagnolo and Martin Kelleher for coaching the teams on the day.

NCIS Primary Netball

Last Tuesday, the Year 5/6 Primary Netball team came up against some tough competition at the NCIS carnival. The girls developed more and more confidence as the day went on and had a fantastic time getting away and putting their training into game practice. They finished the day with an impressive win against Tweed Valley Anglican School and were very excited by this success. The girls displayed excellent sportsmanship skills and flexibility in playing across a range of positions. Highlights of the trip were definitely the karaoke on the bus and celebratory post-game snacks/treats on the way home. Well done girls!!

Thank you to Gillian Fisher for coaching the team and Richard Smith for driving to the event.

Secondary Schools Squash Challenge

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of taking 8 BDC Year 9 boys to the Coffs Harbour Secondary Schools Squash Challenge at Korora Squash and Swim.

The boys who ranged from competition players to not knowing one end of the racquet to the other had a brilliant day, showing so much improvement from start to finish.

The top team made up of Isaac Murphy, Korben Hart, Navida Perera and Oakley Wittman narrowly lost the final by 1 point.

NCIS & Secondary Schools Rugby 7’s

The inaugural NCIS rugby 7’s was held on Wednesday 24 Aug. BDC sent U14 and U16 girls and boy’s teams to compete. All teams played very well, some players had never played before, and this was a great introduction into rugby union. 

BDC were runners up in the U14 boys, U16 girls and boys. Congratulations to the players in these teams.

Thank you to our coaches on the day, Nick Johnstone, Renee Dawson, Murray Benton, Paul Butcher, Luc Travers and Ben Jokinen.

The Secondary Schools Rugby 7’s was held on 31 Aug with all teams progressing through to the regional finals in Port Macquarie on the 7 September.

We competed in the U13 girls and boys, U15 girls and boys and the U17 boys.

Results from the Coffs Harbour day: 

U13 Girls – Winners

U13 Boys – Runners Up

U15 Girls – Winners

U15 Boys – Winner

U17 Boys – Runners Up

Unfortunately, due to exams the U17 boys could not compete at Port Macquarie.

Results from Port Macquarie:

U13 Girls – runners up (lost on golden point)

U13 Boys – runners up

U15 Boys – runners up

Congratulations to all players for your sportsmanship whilst representing BDC in three tough days of rugby 7’s.

Thank you to the coaches Ben Jokinen, Paul butcher, Murray Benton, Renee Dawson and Nick Johnstone.

NCIS Athletics

145 students competed at the NCIS athletics carnival on Thursday 25 August in Coffs Harbour, it was a shame due to exams our senior students could not compete. The weather was perfect for athletics and all students competed to the best of their ability.

Congratulations to the NCIS age champions and runners up.

Junior girls champion – Evangeline Sutton

12 Men’s champion – Thomas Ricketts

13 Women’s champion – Amber Hundle

13 Women’s runner up – Halo Campbell

14 Women’s runner up – Aria Matthews

14 Men’s champion – Karl Turner

BDC finished third overall in Primary and were Runners up in Secondary.

27 students of the 63 that qualified are heading to NSWCIS athletics on Tuesday 20 September. Good Luck to all competitors.

Paul Kelly Cup State Final

Our Yr 5/6 boys headed down to Sydney on Sunday 11 September for the Paul Kelly Cup State Final being played on Monday 12 September.

They put up a good fight but didn’t manage to win any games. Great experience for the boys representing the north coast area schools.

Thank you to the families who made the trip down to support us.

Thank you to Charlie Martin (10) for coaching (one of the benefits of a K-12 school) and to Christabel Martin and Ty Gillon for driving the bus and helping Charlie.

Outside of BDC Sport Achievements

Cross Country

Daniel Williams (9) travelled to South Australia and competed in the National Cross-Country Championships . He finished 4th in the individual event Saturday, on muddy and hilly Oakbank racecourse. Also representing in the state vs state relay Monday, Daniel ran a strong anchor leg for New South Wales and brought the gold home for team.

Mountain Biking

On the weekend Jett Pinder (7) participated in the AusCycling NSW Downhill State Championships held at Green Valleys Mountain Bike Park in Tongarra, NSW. The State Championships are a silver level event and form part of the AusCycling Mountain Bike National Cup. Jett was thrilled to descend the mountain with an average speed of 39.6km/h, in a time of 2.21 minutes which resulted in a podium finish. Jett came 2nd in the Under 13’s male category.


Congratulations to High Performance Program athlete Tess Caldicott (10) who, with her partner Chyi Lee from Taipei, won the Open Women’s Doubles at the iconic Sawtell Seaside Open. With solid tennis all weekend on the recently resurfaced clay courts Tess and Chyi won the final match in a close final set tiebreak. 

Recognised as a premium NSW tennis event since 1978, Tess’ name will be added to the honour roll in the Sawtell Tennis Clubhouse. The tournament was kindly sponsored by Chemist Warehouse Grafton who supplied the winners with an abundant box of goodies.

Rugby Union

Kden Carter (8) has been selected in the NSW Waratah 14s gen blue team. We travelled to Sydney for Kden to have his fitness and physio assessment training and to get his kit.

Kden is the only Country 14yr old to have been selected into the Gen blue squad.

Kden kicked off the first game with U14 blue taking on the first of 4, U15 teams, first kick down the field saw Kden stepping and weaving through the pack and not long after up the side line with a pass to a teammate who chipped over for Kden to chase & score the first try of their weekend converting almost all of the conversions, making awesome line breaks and kicks for touch, commentator referred to Kden as a handful with fancy feet from the MNC! 

Under 14s unexpectedly and excitingly took out the Under 15s cup! 

Please email a short report and photos to with any outside of BDC sporting achievements for inclusion in the newsletter.

2022 Carnival Dates

Tuesday 20 – NSWCIS Primary and Secondary Athletics - Homebush

Upcoming Sports

  • NCIS Secondary Volleyball – Wednesday 26 October – Coffs Harbour
  • NCIS Tennis – Thursday 27 October - Grafton
  • Champion of Champions Futsal (12’s) – Thursday 27 October – Sunday 30 October – Mt Warren QLD 
  • Year 2 (Wed) and Year 4 (Fri) swimming program – Wed 19 October – Wed 16 November and Fri 21 October – Fri – 25 November
  • NCIS Secondary Basketball – Tuesday 1 November – Coffs Harbour
  • NCIS Primary Basketball – Tuesday 8 November – Coffs Harbour
  • Inclusive Sports Day – Friday 11 November – Coffs Harbour
  • Year 6 Proficiency Swim – Tuesday 15 November – Coffs Harbour
  • Anglican Schools Sport – Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November – Coffs Harbour
  • NCIS Primary touch football – Wednesday 16 November – Ballina
  • Year 6 Surf Safety – Monday 21 or Thursday 24 November – Sawtell Beach
  • Junior Primary Swimming Carnival – Wednesday 23 November – Coffs Harbour
  • East Coast Eagles Futsal – Thursday 24 November – Sunday 27 November – Gold Coast
  • Primary Football Gala Day – Thursday 24 November – Coffs Harbour

 Please email Beth Hilton or Martin Kelleher for more information. Sign-up sheets will be online via Schoolbox.

Outdoor Education

Kathmandu Exclusive Sale Event

With our camps approaching fast Kathmandu Coffs Harbour have opened up another BDC exclusive sale event. The sale event will run from Monday 19 September – Sunday 25 September. Please remember to have the below bar code and your BDC ID with you and follow all terms and conditions.

Notes have gone home for Year 3, Year 4, Year 11 and Year 9 camps. Please log in to your parent lounge and give permission for your child to attend as soon as possible. These camps are compulsory as part of the BDC curriculum as such all students are expected to attend.

For information regarding Barracuda club sports please email or call Nat Titcume or Martin Kelleher.

Please read the BDC Sport Code of Conduct found at the below link and make sure your children know and understand their expectations of them when they represent BDC. 

Please see below for upcoming 2022 camps.

2022 Camp Dates
Year 11 Camp
Monday 10 Oct - Thursday 13 Oct - Camp Kokoda
Year 4 Camp
Friday 14 - Saturday 15 October – Margaret’s Field
Year 9 Camp
Monday 17 - Thursday 20 Oct - Pindari Adventures
Year 6 Camp
Friday 21 Oct – Margaret’s Field
Year 3 Camp
Thursday 27 – Friday 28 October- Yarrahapinni
Year 2 Camp
Friday 4 – Saturday 5 Nov - BDC

Beth Hilton
Sport and Outdoor Education Coordinator K-12
0417859252 or 66515644 ext 295.