We’re spoiled at Westminster when it comes to netball results. We’re used to success, and yes, we have come to expect it. This netball season is somewhat of an exception – it wasn’t another good season – the success we had was exceptional! Four teams were undefeated. All won their respective IGSSA shield and one team finished top in the state.
The Year 8As followed up their 2020 IGSSA title as Year 7s, with another undefeated season in which their closest victory was 13 goals. Led by the excellent coaching of Sarah McKay, it’s appropriate to use the word “dominant” when describing this team. After winning the IGSSA competition, many players in the team reached the summit of SA school netball when they won the Statewide (formerly knockout) competition. The Westminster team of two Year 9 students, two Year 7 students and a handful of Year 8 students won the Statewide Year 9 competition. The final against a stacked Scotch team was a thriller. There was never more than a two-point spread in the entire game. It was an extremely tense game where every possession seemed critical. It was a game of whomever scores last, wins! After a great pass, catch and pass, Sienna Jones received the ball and put up the winning goal after the siren, and Westminster claims, “Best Team in the State!”. It was the netball version of “The Shot” that won Intercol basketball a couple of years ago, a finish that will be remembered for a long time.
It took a few weeks for the 7As to settle into a set playing group and when they did, there was no looking back. The undefeated Year 7s played undefeated Wilderness in the final round of the season and won the game by nine goals!
Westminster Open Bs would be the Open As in most other schools. Our Open Bs are perhaps the most dominant team in IGSSA Netball. They have not lost a game in two years and they really have not been challenged. The team won the IGSSA shield for the second year in a row – the fourth in the past six years.
Open A’s won their third IGSSA shield in a row – a feat never before accomplished. It was a season that featured a draw with Immanuel in round one and a 1-point victory over Scotch in round four. In the Statewide finals, the close games continued, with St. Mary’s putting a winning shot in on the siren. Our girls still went through to the finals based on a big 13-point win against Immanuel in the first matchup. Apparently, we woke up the Immanuel team and they made it to the afternoon final. Westminster vs Immanuel in the final – no one was surprised. It was just too much to ask to beat Immanuel twice in one day. We came up a bit short, but what a three-year run!
Congratulations to all our netball teams. The Westminster community are proud of you.
It brings me great pleasure to share the following update from Basketball Coach, Jacob Dickson.
Over the last three years, the Westminster Girls' Basketball program has been going from strength to strength. Our Middle School girls have won back-to-back IGSSA flags, and the Year 10s have twice finished runners up in the Statewide knockout, losing in close grand final matches.
Early this year we set our sights high, knowing that with the depth of girls we have, with dedication and focus we could do something really special. The Statewide competition was going to be our biggest challenge. After coming second two years in a row we were all determined to win it this year. Our qualifying games were “knockout” games against Trinity and Modbury. The girls played these games straight from two weeks of lockdown. Most of the girls hadn’t played in a month. Despite that, the girls brought their best, with a pair of high skilled, physical matches. We beat Trinity by 8 and Modbury by 48, booking a spot in the Statewide Finals.
Coming into the grand final day, we were set to be tested with Immanuel, Pembroke, St Francis De Sales, Tenison Woods and Seymour all in the tournament. We finished second in our pool dropping an early game against Immanuel. This set up a preliminary final against top team of Pool B, Seymour. The girls played great team basketball on both ends of the court, winning the game and securing a spot in the grand final - playing Immanuel, again.
We changed some matchups and structures for the final, and we played them much stronger than we did in the morning. Both teams fought for the lead throughout the game, with the margin at only 1 to 2 points. In the end, it was some great lock-down defence as well as a calm team-based offence by all players that produced a 6-point win. We are the State Champs, breaking Immanuel’s streak of seven in a row!
I am incredibly proud of our group, who all stepped up when they needed to and brought a positive attitude to all training sessions and games. We had great leadership from our Captain and Vice Captain, Caitlin Dyer and Hatti Cox who set great examples all season, playing exceptional basketball with individual performances but also working hard to bring their teammates into the game and supporting them at training. I would like to thank all girls involved for such an amazing season, it has been a pleasure to coach you all throughout the last few years and am so happy we were able to reward all your hard work with this massive achievement. Also, a big thank you to Mr Minge and Mr Dyer who helped out with scoring and helping me coach throughout the day.
It's been a great season of winter sport, and I'd like to extend my thanks to all of the coaches, team managers, staff and volunteers who make these things possible. I look forward to seeing what the summer season has to offer!
Head of Sport, Senior School