Sports at the College
At Edmund Rice College these major sports in traditional competitions are:
- Cross Country
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Australian Rules
Given the funds absorbed by our sporting programme, generally there are limited further funds on offer for additional financial support to students.
The College usually supports with additional funds, only those students who fall into two categories.
- Category 1
Those who have to travel because they are officially representing the College – in a College representative team for example. A student representing the College in a sport involved in normal inter-school competition usually does not pay travel or administrative costs while representing purely at the school team level in that competition. However, if overnight accommodation is required then a contribution towards this cost is expected from each student.
- Category 2
Those students representing the College through the normal and well-established Diocesan pathways who proceed to representative honours. A few achieve state or national recognition. They often have to travel out of State and the Parents and Friends may assist with part of that cost. However, note that at this level essentially they are representing their state rather than their school even though their school has encouraged them to reach the higher level.
Our players first represent the College and then the Diocesan schools group or representative team and then have a chance to be chosen for the State. As they go higher they have a choice of representing or not and therefore have to meet part of the costs themselves.
Before seeking financial assistance a student should confer with the Headmaster to see if he is eligible for consideration. This is the first step. Secondly, to gain financial support for State Representative or higher honours gained in the sports listed above and through the above mentioned pathways, the student is asked to write a letter to the Secretary of the Parents and Friends Association. He outlines his accomplishments and the costs likely to be incurred in travelling to the inter-state or international competition. This letter can be accompanied by a letter from the parents. He gives this to the Headmaster who will note it and pass it on to the Parents and Friends Executive.
The Parents and Friends will make their decision regarding the support it offers and the Headmaster in conjunction with the Sportsmaster will consider what support will come directly from the College.
On May 1, 2017 the Edmund Rice Cross Country Team competed in the Diocesan Championships in Nowra. For the 7th year in a row ERC was crowned the Champion Boys School for the Wollongong Dioceses. The points system relies on all members of each age group team running to the best of their ability and as a school getting the lowest total possible. This year the team was able to account for their normal rival by close to 100 points.On May 1, 2017 the Edmund Rice Cross Country Team competed in the Diocesan Championships in Nowra. For the 7th year in a row ERC was crowned the Champion Boys School for the Wollongong Dioceses. The points system relies on all members of each age group team running to the best of their ability and as a school getting the lowest total possible. This year the team was able to account for their normal rival by close to 100 points.
As well as the overall Team result, ERC had plenty of outstanding individual performances. The U12 only had 3 competitors, with Billy Foster finishing the best for the age group with an 8th placing.
The U13 age group had two podium finishes with Dany Ghetti & Angus O’Neill collecting the silver and Bronze medals respectfully. Kai Anderson scrapped in for the final place (6th) to progress to the NSWCCC carnival later this Term.
For the U14 age group, a remarkable result was achieved with ERC filling the top 4 positions. Nathan Henderson reversed the result from the College carnival by finishing ahead of Chris Sink and claiming the Gold. In 3rd was Max Riolo and Jayden Walsh came in 4th.
The U15, was again another dominate performance by ERC, with Darcy Hennessy, Daniel Hungerford and Finn Stapley making it another 1st, 2nd 3rd. Tom Jeffery streaked home to qualify for the Diocesan team for the age group by finishing 6th. Another remarkable result with this age group was all runners finishing in the top 10.
The U16’s had 5 runners in the top 13 places, with Jordan Heywood medalling and Angus Ferguson making it to CCC for the first time in 4 years. With the U17’s a similar theme was seen with all 4 runners finishing in the top 10. Emmett Walsh recorded his best result in 5 attempts (2nd) & Kyle Veerhuis just missing out on the medals with a gutsy run (4th).
For the U18 age group (Yr 12 students) ERC had 3 runners and all did the College proud. These students were selected as Cross Country Team Captains (including Will Lourey in U17). Liam Flannagan was the highest place getter taking home the Bronze in the 8km event. Aaron Puljic also made it to the NSWCCC carnival by coming in 6th.
I would like to personally thank all the students for their commitment and effort on the day, especially the Yr 12 students who took a day out of their studies to represent the College. I would also like to thank the parents who attended and supported their sons and the College Sports Program. Finally thank you to Mr Haybittle for assisting as an official on the day.
An extra congratulations and good luck to the boys who finished in the top 6 (students in bold) who will now be eligible to participate at the NSWCCC Cross Country at Eastern Creek in June.
Students have available to them a variety of cultural and interest groups – Stage Band (there are other Music groups as well), Drama Productions; Debating; Computing; Chess; Public Speaking; Social Justice Group; etc
|AFL||School Rep Team 7/8, 9/10, Opens|
|Athletics||School Team Ages 12 – Opens|
|Baseball||Individual Trial for CCC selection|
|Basketball||School Rep Team 7/8, 9/10, Opens|
|Cricket||School Rep Team 7/8/9, 10/11/12|
|Cross Country||School Team Ages U12 – Opens|
|Diving||Individual Trial for CCC selection|
|Golf||Individual Competition NSW All Schools|
|Hockey||School Rep – Opens also Individual Trial for CCC|
|Mountain Bike Riding||Individual Competition NSW All Schools|
|Rugby League||School Rep Team 13, 14, 15, 16, Opens|
|Rugby Union||School Rep Team 7/8, 9/10|
|Sailing||Individual Competition NSW All Schools|
|Soccer||School Rep Team 13, 14, 15, 16, Opens|
|Softball||Individual Trial for CCC selection|
|Surfing||Individual Competition for Regional Schools|
|Swimming||School Team Ages U12 – Opens|
|Tennis||School Rep Opens also Individual Trial for CCC|
|Touch Football||School Rep Team – 13, 15, Opens|
|Triathlon||Individual Competition NSW All Schools|
|Volleyball||School Rep Opens also Individual Trial for CCC|
|Water Polo||Individual Trial for CCC selection|
Representing the College
Students individually and collectively benefit greatly by taking up opportunities to represent the College in any area whether it be in the many sporting teams or those associated with debating and public speaking, mock trial, chess, the Tournament of Minds and in particular the stage band.
Benefits range from the obvious one of developing and honing skills to such things as gaining a greater sense of belonging to the College community, to forming or firming friendships and gaining more confidence.
For the College the benefit is to be found in having our students present well in the given activity and by their efforts, attitudes and competencies, heighten the good name of the College.
These benefits do not flow through to individuals and the College if standards are not maintained. To guarantee these, students are expected to honour their commitments to the finish of the activity (there is nothing worse than having people join a team, for example, and then pull out when they get tired of it leaving their colleagues stranded); students need to attend practice sessions and if unable to do so, must inform the teacher in charge ahead of time (except in unusual circumstances that should be done personally). Students, in their attire and appearance, must present themselves as directed by the teacher/coach in charge of the particular activity.
An appropriate standard of sportsmanship and courtesy applies to all, players and spectators.