On Friday August 3, Ballarat Grammar School hosted a group of footballers and netballers from Girton Grammar Junior School to play off in the Warwick-Flanagan Shield on its 20th anniversary.
Ballarat certainly gave us the full winter experience when we arrived; a beautiful mixture of cold temperatures, strong wind and a consistent downpour of rain for the duration of our time at the carnival. However, we weren’t going to let that dampen our spirits!
The day began with the inaugural Year 5/6 Girls Match. Girton met a skilful and experienced Ballarat team but they were determined to challenge them. As the rain became heavier and the mud puddles grew larger, out from the pack came Maya Dignan to put Girton on the scoreboard with a most glorious point. Our girls celebrated in style! Unfortunately, Ballarat were too strong on the day winning the match. It was fantastic to watch the girls from both teams enjoying the game regardless of the conditions. Congratulations to Charlotte Cooney for being awarded Best on Ground and well done to all the girls for their spirit throughout the day.
The second game was made up of boys and girls from Years 3 and 4. Our mixed team started the game well scoring a goal in the first quarter. By half time it was challenging to see the other side of the field through the sideways rain. To combat Ballarat’s attack, we flooded our backline (which was already flooded) but they proved their strength and experience by mustering the win. Lewis Ritchie was awarded Best on Ground for the game.
The final game consisted of boys in Year 5 and 6. The boys played with courage and resilience against a very strong opponent. It was extremely pleasing to witness the determination in the boys’ efforts and their never-give-up attitude. Ballarat came out victorious with Hunter Boswell being awarded the Best on Ground medallion.
In the netball, Girton Grammar took two teams to face off against Ballarat. The first game saw Girton challenged by a great opposition losing the match 3-38. Well done to Jacaila Dettmann for receiving the best player medallion. The girls were highly competitive in the second game taking the result down to the wire and unfortunately, conceding a point in the final minute of the game to lose 27-28. Congratulations to Chloe Peter for being awarded best player of the match.
The combined points of the three football games and two netball games were added together to determine the overall winner of the day. Ballarat Grammar won the Warrick-Flanagan Shield after a five-year streak for Girton.
We would like to thank all the teachers involved in making the day successful and Ballarat Grammar for hosting us on what will be a memorable experience for years to come. Thank you to all the parents who made the journey to Ballarat to support the students and for their assistance on the day.
We look forward to hosting Ballarat in 2019.
Mr Dean Norris