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Wednesday, 27 Mar 2024

Round 2 CIS Football Cup Match Reports

The BDC Open Girls and Open Boys teams both started the CIS Football Cup competition with a Round 1 BYE. Round 2 game reports:

Open Girls - v St Columba Anglican School

On Monday 11th March, the Open Girls football team played their first game for the year in the CIS Cup, the statewide knockout competition. After a bye in the first round we travelled to Port Macquarie to play St Columba Anglican School. A convincing first-half display saw BDC go to half-time at 6-1 up. The heat and early season fitness levels, together with a couple of injuries saw a slower second half, with the game finishing at 7-2. Congratulations to the whole team for their efforts and the goal scorers, especially Keeley!! Thanks also to Ben Andrews, chief driver and Team Manager. The girls will play Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in Rd 3 at home!

Round 2 - 13/3/24 v Newcastle Grammar School

Our Open Boys football team took on Newcastle Grammar School in round 2 of the CIS Cup. The team was well prepared and pumped for a big game against a strong competitor. Prior to the match, we lost our goalkeeper with an injury, meaning Kweller Happ stepped up to defend our goal. We started slowly with NGS having better possession and play throughout the first 20 minutes. They took the lead through two free kick goals with powerful shots that we were not prepared for. Towards the end of the first half we started to hold field position and took advantage of one of their players being sent off with two yellow cards. We created some chances but were unable to finish any before halftime. 2-0 down at halftime.

After the break we looked much better with the ball and started to create opportunities. This allowed some quick passing and Harrisen Hawkins to finish a swift move before a Matt Newberry corner was headed in by Logan Sambrook in quick succession to bring the scores level. The game then opened up with both teams looking to score. NGS took the lead once again with a good finish before we levelled with Matt Newberry finishing off another nice passage of passing. We then took the lead through Matt Newberry’s second goal with 5 minutes to play, before NGS scored a late equaliser to end the game at 4-4.

The match went to penalties with our boys showing class and holding their nerves to score all of their shots. NGS missed their second shot to allow our team to go through to round 3. Quite an amazing game with both teams having chances to win but our boys held their nerve and supported each other to find a way to come back and win an exciting game. The Boys take on Central Coast Adventist School in Rd 3 on Monday 8th April.

Daniel Williams - NSW Junior State Athletics

On the 9th and 10th of March, Daniel Williams competed in the 800m and 1500m at the NSW Junior State Athletics Championships in Sydney. 

Racing up 2 age groups and competing in the under 20 division. Daniel won both events posting a world junior qualifying time in the 800m, 1min 50. 12 seconds. Another remarkable achievement for an incredible athlete.

The 2024 Australian Mountain Bike Interschools

The 2024 Australian Mountain Bike Interschools event took place in Thredbo between March 3rd and 8th. The 2024 BDC race team comprised 16 riders representing Divisions 1,2 and 3. The weather was kind to us this year with blue skies and no rain. The tracks were fast, dusty and loose - challenging conditions.

There were 3 races:

Norco All Mountain - a 6km enduro style racetrack with rock rolls, pinch climbs and steep switchbacks. It is a long, tough track and a real test of stamina as well as skill.

Fox Flow - held on Thredbo’s 5km Kosciuszko Flow Trail, a high speed run from top to bottom. This race requires efficiency and careful line selection, a great introduction to gravity racing.

Oakley Cannonball - raced on Thredbo’s famous Cannonball Downhill Trail, a technical and advanced black trail. The course is a high-speed downhill track which includes rock gardens, rough chutes, large jumps and raw terrain.

The BDC team quickly gelled. Students supported each other through practice runs, with technical support and in fixing mechanical problems. Our distinctive new racing jerseys helped spectators pick out BDC team riders on the fast paced trails and further established the identity of the BDC MTB: ‘The best looking team on the mountain’. In the 3rd year of participation at this event, this team has solidified the ethos of mountain biking at BDC, by recognising and embodying the spirit of fun, adventure and challenge.

Notable achievements at this event include:

Beau Stockton placed 10th in the Oakley Cannonball downhill against a fiercely competitive Division 1 group.

Rocco Stockton placed 37th in the Fox Flow against a huge field of 500 Division 2 riders.

Cooper Steffen was 29th in the King of the Mountain placings across all Division 3 events.

Division 3 boys placed 12th overall.

Overall BDC was 32nd out of 285 participating schools.

Many thanks to all the parents who supported their children at this event and for contributing to the BDC team spirit. A special mention should go to Tayla Foldes, who was the only girl in the team. Tayla raced in all the events, including the steep and rocky Oakley Cannonball downhill, which is a huge achievement. We would love to see more girls involved in racing for BDC so look out for future opportunities to ride!

NCIS Secondary Swimming Report

It was a magnificent day at Alstonville Aquatic Centre for the 2024 NCIS Secondary Swimming Championships.Perfect weather, still conditions and a great atmosphere between the competing schools made for a solid day of competition. 33 BDC students swam well with consistent top 3 placings and many PB’s resulting in 23 students gaining selection in the NCIS team to compete at the NSWCIS Swimming Championships in May.

Congratulations to the following Age Championship placings:

12 Years Girls
1st Place: Sophia Bravo
2nd Place: Mia Ryan

13 Years Girls
2nd Place: Zara Johnson

13 Years Boys
2nd Place: Archie Peters

14 Years Boys
3rd Place: Matthew Healy

15 Years Boys
1st Place: Isaac Ryan

16 Years Girls

3rd Place: Larnie Mordue

16 Years Boys
2nd Place: Riley Burgess
3rd Place: Xavier Poole

18 Years Girls
1st Place: Lilly Geddes

BDC Overall Positioning: 2nd Place

Congratulations to all competitors and we wish all swimmers the very best at the NSWCIS Championships.

North Coast Secondary Schools Rugby 10’s

On Thursday 14th March, 5 enthusiastic teams represented BDC at the North Coast Secondary Rugby 10’s Tournament in Crescent Head. Team reports follow:

U14 Girls Rugby 10s

BDC took 7 girls to Crescent Head to play rugby against schools on the mid north coast. We had a couple of girls from Armidale join our team for the day in the spirit of rugby - inclusion and having fun and making new friendships.

Our first game was against St Pauls Catholic College. The girls played well and grew as a team winning 3 - 1.

Our second game was against the team from MacKillop Catholic College. It was a tough game with plenty of contact from both teams and a great game of rugby. We came away with a narrow win 4-3.

Our last game of the day was against St John Paul College. By this time in the day both teams were fatigued and the girls played hard but went down 1 - 0.

We made the finals of 1 vs 2 against St John Paul College. It was a tough game played at full field for the first time of the day. Emily from Armidale was a top scorer in this game with 2 tries scored after a mighty run of the field being chased down by the opposition. We came away with a narrow 3-2 win.

A great day of rugby and friendship was had by all girls and we look forward to the Final in April.

U14 Boys Rugby 10’s

12 young enthusiastic men represented BDC for a day of rugby and were joined by one gentleman from Kempsey when we arrived making us 13 strong.

The first match was against Macleay Valley and in a narrow game we scored the only try.

In the second game against McKillip seven tries were scored during that game unfortunately we only had two of them.

The third game was against St Paul’s and we scored five unanswered tries.

We made it to the first semi-final where we met our local friends John Paul College and narrowly went down 2 tries to 4.

Thank you to all the boys for the spirit in which they played the game and the vast majority of them were clearly experienced rugby players and they made the college proud.

U16 Girls - Straight to Final - 5/4/24
U16 Boys Rugby 10’s

Our U16's Boys team displayed a consistent high standard of Rugby all day. With just one loss out of four games the boys gelled well as a team moving the ball from end to end in skillful display of hand skills, dropping little ball and a fast ruck game. The team was stacked with speed with Quinn and Kyle proving there is no substitute for fast feet.

Congratulations to the entire U16's team, they were a pleasure to coach and their knowledge of the game is exceptional.

U18 Girls Rugby 10’s 

Combined with NEGS players and were coached by NEGS Coaches.They qualified for the Finals in April and are looking very forward to the event.

U18 Boys Rugby 10’s

The BDC Open boys played 3 games in the North Coast Rugby 10’s. The first game against St Paul’s College was an open field affair with both teams enjoying the open space for their collective first game of rugby in the new season. Hard running by captain Flynn Hyndman straightened up our attack and the BDC loose forwards did the rest securing possession and drawing in defenders to the ruck. In the end BDC prevailed 3 tries to 0, with excellent outside running and support play by Xavier Cooper-Hisa, Sebastian Ruiz, Taj Butcher and Ismael Ismael.

Our second game had a more structured approach against Dorrigo HS and it was Zac Nilson, Angus Cawood and Liam Daymond who controlled our tempo with great ground and ball work. We stuck to our game plan and played a more patient brand of rugby and prevailed 5 to tries to 0, with some exciting tries to both our forwards and backs. Our third and last game was against Mackillop College and this was to be a real arm-wrestle with the opposition scoring first and the BDC boys having to claw their way back into the game. Flynn Hyndman really stepped up in the middle of the field and in combination with Xavier Cooper-Hisa and our loose forwards we held our nerve and prevailed 3 tries to 2. There was no final in the U/18 Boys Division and our 3 victories from 3 matches was a great first hit out for our open boys.