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Over the past 12 months, the Tenison Woods College Titans Basketball Academy program has produced numerous outstanding team and individual accomplishments.

As per tradition, the basketball year tipped off during the annual Cardijn Exchange, with both our boys and girls Titans teams once again proving too strong for their Adelaide-based rivals, winning both games in convincing fashion. In the 2015 SAPSASA competition, Titans teams won through to the regional round in every category, with the Year 6/7 Girls qualifying for the State Championships in Adelaide and eventually earning fourth place in the state.

The senior Titans teams then continued this level of success as the year progressed, qualifying for SESSSA State Championships in Adelaide in every age category. Of all senior teams, the Titans’ Year 8/9 Girls and Year 10 Girls led the way as both teams were once again crowned State Champions. For the Year 10 Girls, it was their second title in a row, while the Year 8/9 Girls claimed an amazing fourth consecutive State Championship!

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The continual growth of the Titans Basketball Academy saw class numbers and training squads swell to record numbers this year and culminated in the largest ever touring party setting off on the 2015 Titans USA tour.  Four teams made up of forty-two students enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience, playing a series of games while also taking in the sights and sounds of the west coast of the USA; serving as excellent ambassadors for both school and country during their travels.

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Our Tenison Woods College Titans student-athletes also showed their prowess through their involvement in elite representative programs throughout the year. In 2015, we have had more than thirty students selected in South Australia Country State representative squads to compete at the Australian Country Championships in Albury. Of these athletes, ten went on to be selected for SA Country teams to compete at the Australian Basketball Junior Championships.

Two athletes were singled out for national representative duties, with Frazer Bradley and Madison Turner being selected to represent Australia in the Australian Country Basketball team, travelling to New Zealand for international competition.

The Mount Gambier Pioneers managed to replicate their feats from last year, winning the 2015 SEABL National Championship, with senior Titans Academy representatives heavily involved as members of the Pioneers roster.  Both Brad Rathjen and Monyjath Makoi were vital to the team’s success, and claimed their second national title.

Brad RathjenOur Barrie Holmes Scholarship winner this year was Brad Rathjen. Brad had a stellar 2015 season, where he not only represented Tenison Woods College with distinction, but also South Australia at U/18 National Championships. He led the nation in scoring, which resulted in him being selected as one of only 10 athletes across Australia to travel to Nanjing China for the Nike Asia Pacific Camp, as well as being selected as a member of the Australian Under 19 squad. Brad was also a member of the Mount Gambier Pioneers SEABL Championship team and subsequently signed with the Adelaide 36’ers in the NBL as a Development player for the 2015/2016 season. A big congratulations to Brad!

In summary, the Tenison Woods College Titans Basketball Academy has enjoyed continual growth and outstanding success in every facet of operation this past calendar year. The Titans Basketball Academy elective classes have consistently increased in enrolment, and in combination with the hard work of the student-athletes and coaches in their respective representative programs and the ongoing support of parents and teaching staff, the Titans Basketball Academy ensures that Tenison Woods College will continue to forge a path of excellence for years to come.

 

Go Titans!

Titans USA Trip 2015

This year, the Tenison Woods College Titans Basketball program led the largest overseas touring party in school history, transporting 42 students and seven adults to America for the 2015 Titans USA Tour.

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After 18 months of planning and fundraising, the tour began at midnight on 29 November with a bus full of excited travellers heading to Melbourne to begin their journey to foreign shores.

The group touched down in Los Angeles and headed straight for the iconic Santa Monica Pier, enjoying some California sunshine and a chance to stretch their legs after the fourteen hour flight the night before.  As you can imagine, a tour group of 49 people attracts quite a lot of attention anywhere it goes, but the students enjoyed engaging in conversation with curious locals and quickly immersed themselves in the US culture.

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From Los Angeles, the four teams within the group progressed to Seattle to play the first of their basketball games against Woodinville High School. The students enjoyed what would become a familiar “rock star” welcome, with relentless pleas to engage in conversation so as to showcase their Australian accents.

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Over the course of the next two weeks, the teams played against a number of different US high schools and enjoyed the richly rewarding experience of being billeted with American host families. This enabled the students and their hosts to exchange stories and facts about their respective homelands and quickly became a favourite aspect of the school visits, with many of the students forming life-long friendships thanks to their welcoming host families.

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From the first night, the group delighted in a variety of entertainment, including the Wooden Legacy college basketball tournament, enabling the students to watch the likes of Arizona, Boise State, Santa Clara and Michigan State take the court in high quality NCAA Division 1 basketball games and whetting the appetite of the group for the myriad of tourist attractions that were to follow.

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The list of landmarks included the Boeing Museum, the Seattle Space Needle, Seattle Mariners Baseball stadium, Multnomah Falls, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, San Diego Zoo and many more, as well as guided tours of NCAA college campuses such as Gonzaga University.

Aside from the landmarks, the attractions the group enjoyed included such storied favourites as Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Universal Studios, an LA Clippers vs Milwaukee Bucks NBA game and a San Diego Chargers NFL game.

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The students also tested the limitations of their budget at the Nike Employee Store in Spokane, though the adults seemed to enjoy this stop as much as anyone! The group enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience on this trip and returned home to Mount Gambier just in time for Christmas, brimming with tales of the adventure that they shared for the past month across the west coast of the USA.  The students were outstanding ambassadors for both their school and their country, and an amazing time was had by all involved.

Finally, a big thank you must go to Dycer Constructions and all the parents and extended families whose financial support through sponsorship and fundraising helped facilitate this trip.

Matthew Paton
Coach

Tenison’s Titans USA bound

An excited contingent of nearly 50 students and staff from Tenison Woods College flew out of Australia over the weekend on the 2015 Titans Basketball USA Tour bound for a 25-day adventure, touring the west coast of the United States of America.

In this, the College’s sixth biennial tour, the basketball troop is divided into four teams – Boys and Girls Varsity and Boys and Girls Junior Varsity – and will compete against high school teams in ten games across Oregon, Washington and California during the first half of their travels.

In addition to competing against students from various schools throughout the trip, the touring Titans students will also get the chance to attend classes with their American hosts during their campus visits, immersing themselves in the culture of the US educational system. Passing through cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego, the group also has the opportunity to experience an amazing array of tourist attractions, making it truly a “once in a lifetime” experience. Amongst the activities planned throughout the tour, the group will attend NCAA and NBA basketball games, go to an NFL football game, visit Alcatraz prison and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Disneyland and Universal Studios, just to name a few.

This is the sixth time that Tenison Woods College has run the Titans Basketball tour, with the growth in popularity since its inception seeing this year’s group swell to become the largest overseas tour the school has ever undertaken. The Titans Basketball Academy runs the tour every two years, with fundraising, sponsorship and team training activities spread throughout the lead-up to their eventual departure.

As part of their final preparations, the Titans teams last week played trial games against both Mount Gambier High School and Henley High School at the Icehouse. In what is hopefully an omen of future success for the tour, all four teams from Tenison Woods College were successful, with both the Junior Varsity sides defeating teams from Mount Gambier High School, while the Varsity teams were both comfortable victors against Henley High.

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Tenison dominates on court with two state titles

Tenison Woods College has continued its dominance on the basketball court with its Year 8/9 and Year 10 Girls teams bringing home two state championship titles in yet another dominant display against their metropolitan rivals at the SSSA State Basketball Championships.

The Year 8/9 Girls and Year 10 Girls teams are both officially number one in the state after defeating some of the best teams in South Australia to earn their titles – this is the fourth state title in a row for Tenison Woods College in the Year 8/9 girls Pool A Division.

The Year 8/9 Boys finished third after narrowly losing the semi final while the Year 10 Boys put in a solid performance.

Coach of the Year 8/9 Girls’ team, Kim Stratford said it was a fantastic team effort throughout the day that saw the girls earn their victory. The team started the day with a draw against Cabra, which was an insight to their eventual opponent in the Grand Final. After the first round, the Titans girls dominated their opponents on their way to the decider. Bookending their day by once again facing perennial powerhouse, Cabra College, in the Grand Final, the Titans’ offensive discipline and stifling defence enabled them to forge a 14 point lead by three-quarter time. Cabra made a charge, slashing the lead to just a solitary point in the final minute, but key free throws iced the game with the final margin seeing Tenison victorious by three points. Members of the team included: Olivia Slattery, Bella Stratford, Isabelle Turner, Olivia Dukalskis, Waiata Jennings, Gabby VanRijn, Olivia Patzel, Emma Gould, Jordyn Adams and Zoe Duncan.

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The Titans 8/9 Boys also began their day with a tough ask, taking on Trinity College in their opening game. Despite a close loss, they rebounded with victories in their following two games to qualify for finals in third position. This saw the team cross-over against Trinity College in the semi-final, and once again, despite a valiant effort against much bigger opponents, the boys were unable to progress further, finishing the day in third place. The team improved throughout the day and battled hard, with every player contributing throughout the course of the tournament. Members of the team included: Lachlan Atkinson, Matthew Black, Kade Bradley, Mason Galwey, Joshua Levison, Hamish McRae, Tanner Stuart and Matthew Withers.

The following day saw the Tenison Woods College Year 10 Girls pick up where their younger counterparts had left off, with Coach Dan Stratford navigating the team through the minor rounds against Seymour, Unley and Murray Bridge with minimal opposition, qualifying in first position for the cross-over semi-finals. This saw the girls once again comfortably account for fourth-placed Seymour, before advancing to the championship game to face arch-rival Cabra College. As though following the script from the previous day, the girls forged a double-digit lead across three-quarters of the game, and despite the best efforts of their opponents, the Titans were never really threatened and ran out comfortable winners and bring home the State Championship. Members of the team included: Jordyn Adams, Olivia Dukalskis,Olivia Fuller, Waiata Jennings, Maddison Pulmer, Lauren Ross, Bella Stratford, Isabelle Turner, Madison Turner and Keely Venn.

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The Year 10 Boys endured a frustrating tournament, unable to find the consistency needed to progress though to finals. In their best game of the day, the team battled courageously against eventual state champions Henley High, but eventually succumbed to the size advantage of their opponents to suffer a narrow three point defeat. That bruising encounter took its toll, with the side failing to overcome their opponents in later games and finishing the tournament in sixth position. Members of the team included: Lachlan Atkinson, Matthew Black, Zach de Wit, Jordan Gould, Joshua Koennecke, Joshua Levison, Jake Mailley, Kurt Rodis, Riley Thomson and Emmerson White.

Barrie Holmes Memorial Scholarship

Brad Rathjen Congratulations to Brad Rathjen who has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Barrie Holmes Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship was established by the Holmes family in memory of Barrie’s life, his commitment to and love of basketball and Tenison Woods College. It is awarded to a student in recognition of their dedication and commitment to basketball and their contribution to the College.

Brad has enjoyed a very successful 12 months on the basketball court.  His hard work and dedication to his craft have resulted in many well-deserved achievements, including:

  • Captaining the Tenison Woods College Titans Open Boys Basketball team to the State Finals.
  • Being selected in the Mt Gambier Lakers Under 18 Town team.
  • Selection in the Mt Gambier Lakers CBL Men’s team
  • Selection in the SA Country Under 18 Men’s team, and being crowned as the tournament’s top scorer at this year’s 2015 Under 18 National Basketball Championships.
  • He was one of only 10 players selected across Australia to participate in the NIKE Asia Pacific Team Camp, which was held in Nanjing, China.
  • He was a member of the 2015 Mt Gambier Pioneers SEABL National Championship winning team.
  • And most recently, he signed as a Development Player with the Adelaide 36’ers in the National Basketball League for the 2015/2016 NBL season.

Former Graduate Excelling in USA

Handreck 22013 Tenison Woods College Year 12 graduate Nicola Handreck has capped off a stellar freshman year with Newberry College in the USA. The Newberry College Wolves, boasting seven Australian athletes in total, were crowned the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Champions, earning the program a spot in the NCAA tournament, where they eventually lost to Anderson College to end their season. Handreck was selected in the All-South Atlantic Conference Freshman Team, after starting every game for the Wolves (except for senior day) during her freshman year. She was the primary point guard and averaged 7.7 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds. Thanks to her strong performances throughout the South Atlantic Conference Tournament, Handreck was also named in the All-SAC Tournament team – recognising her as one of the best 10 players in the tournament.

Congratulations to Nicola on an amazing season and some fantastic personal achievements.

National Basketball Win

The Tenison Woods College Titans basketballers returned from the Australian Schools Basketball Championships with yet another title to add to their burgeoning tally with their Under 17 girls’ team being crowned the 2014 national champions.

Four teams journeyed to Canberra for the coveted championships and the group returned home with a gold, silver and bronze to add to the trophy cabinet.

The Under 17 girls are now the official national champions after defeating Sienna College by 21 points to take out first place in Division 1. The Under 20 men had a narrow 10 point loss to Newington College to finish a gallant second in Division 1, while the Under 20 girls took out third place in Division 1 after beating the Central Coast Adventist School by 15 points.

Titans Head Coach, Matthew Paton, said competition attracted schools from across the country, and was known for showcasing future basketball stars, most recently Dante Exum, who was now plying his trade with the Utah Jazz in the NBA.

Mr Paton said all teams competed at a very high level throughout the week and thrived within their respective divisions, taking away an invaluable amount of experience from competing against the elite high school basketball programs in the country.

“In our remote location, it is sometimes difficult to get games against high quality opposition on a regular basis,” he said. “To be able to come to a tournament like this enables our student athletes to measure themselves against some of the best players and programs in the country, learning and improving as the week progresses.”

The Under 17 Girls, coached by Dan Stratford, certainly had a tournament to remember.  Boasting multiple Titans who were members of the State Championship success from earlier in the year, the girls were a picture of consistency, with all members contributing to the success of the week.

“While it is hard to single out individuals in such a great team success, Olivia Fuller and Lauren Ross played to a consistently high level all week, while Jordyn Adams provided valuable defensive efforts off the bench to lock down potent opposition,” Mr Paton said.

Team members included: Olivia Fuller, Maddison Pulmer, Lauren Ross, Madison Turner, Ashleigh Widdison, Jordyn Adams, Olivia Dukalskis and Bella Stratford.

The Under 20 Boys, coached by Matthew Paton, defeated every team in their division during the preliminary rounds to qualify top of the table, but were unable to ride that momentum through the Grand Final. The boys lost to New South Wales basketball powerhouse, Newington College, finishing National Runners Up and collecting a silver medal. Mr Paton said Sam Stafford and Monyjath Makuer led the way for the seniors, with Stephen Sochacki making a significant impact off the bench.

Team members included: Kane de Wit, Cameron Millard, Sam Stafford, Josh Jenner, Monyjath Makoi, Brad Rathjen, Aidan Schultz, Stephen Sochacki and Jed Telfer.

The Under 20 Girls, coached by Kim Stratford, had a very strong tournament, and despite a hiccup in their semi-final, went on to collect a well-deserved bronze medal.  Alex Walker and Sally Houlihan were statistical leaders for their team, but Mr Paton said an even contribution from the entire team was a key to their success.

Team members included: Lucy Walker, Sally Houlihan, Cody Manning, Erin Watson, Annabel Brooks, Keah Lynch and Alex Walker.

The Under 17 Boys, coached by Ciaran Buckley, had a very solid week of competition, finishing seventh and improving with every game.  Mr Paton said they often gave away quite a bit of height to their opposition, but battled successfully nonetheless, with Kurt Rodis and Joshua Levison enjoying strong performances throughout the week.

Team members included: Zach de Wit, Jordan Gould, Jake Mailley, Kurt Rodis, Emmerson White, Lachlan Atkinson and Joshua Levison.

“The Titans group returned tired but content, having not just collected gold, silver and bronze medals, but also a great deal of invaluable experience that will serve them well in their development for years to come,” Mr Paton said.

“We were really proud of the way our teams played. They represented Tenison Woods College and the Titans Basketball Academy with great distinction, drawing the praise of coaches and administrators from other schools regarding how they conducted themselves both on and off the court.”

Titans Basketball 2014 Year in Review

2014 was a year of unprecedented success for the Titans Basketball Academy program, with multiple state and national titles.

The year began with a dominant showing at the Cardijn Exchange, as both the boys and girls teams prevailed over their Adelaide opponents in convincing fashion.

This standard of excellence was maintained throughout the Titans’ 2014 SAPSASA campaign, with four teams qualifying for the regional knockout stage, including 5/6 Boys, 5/6 Girls, 6/7 Boys and 6/7 Girls. The 6/7 Girls qualified for the State Championships in Adelaide, while the 5/6 boys fell agonisingly short by 1 point.  The 6/7 Girls then created Tenison Woods College history, winning the school’s inaugural SAPSASA State Championship in convincing fashion, finishing the day undefeated by beating Eastern Fleurieu in the Grand Final. Well done girls!

The junior teams had set a high standard for the senior Titans teams to live up to, and they responded in kind. The Open Boys and Girls faced some tough opposition in the local rounds, with only the Open Boys qualifying for the State Tournament in Adelaide.  The Titans boys dominated preliminary rounds, but unfortunately fell at the final hurdle, going down to Sacred Heart College by just three points in the Grand Final.  In the Year 8/9 and Year 10 categories, both the boys and girls Titans teams won through the regional round to qualify for the State Championships in Adelaide in both age groups.  The Year 10 Boys battled hard throughout the day, while the 8/9 Boys played a strong tournament, improving on their 2013 performance to finish third.  It was the Year 8/9 Girls and Year 10 Girls however, who were able to equal the achievement of their SAPSASA predecessors.  Both teams had to withstand strong challenges from perennial basketball powerhouse, Cabra College, but in both cases the Titans girls showed superior discipline and execution to outlast their opponents to be crowned 2014 State Champions.  For the Year 10 team, it was redemption for a heartbreaking overtime loss to Cabra College in last year’s tournament.  For the Year 8/9 Girls however, it was a continuation of the Titans program’s dominance within the age group, winning a third straight State Championship in the age group.

The outstanding level of school representation continued right through to December, with the Titans taking four teams to compete at the Australian Schools Championships in Canberra with fantastic results.  Teams were nominated in Under 17 Boys Division 2, Under 17 Girls Division 1, Under 20 Senior Boys Division 1 and Under 20 Senior Girls Division 1.  Despite being undermanned due to injury, the Under 17 Boys went from strength to strength throughout the week, finishing seventh and improving with every game.  The Under 20 Girls had a very strong tournament, and despite a hiccup in their semi-final, they went on to collect a well-deserved bronze medal.  The Under 20 Boys were able to defeat every team in their division during the preliminary rounds, but were unable to ride that momentum through the Grand Final, losing to NSW powerhouse, Newington College, to finish as National Runners Up and collecting a silver medal.  The Under 17 Girls, on the other hand, had a tournament to remember.  Boasting multiple Titans who were members of the State Championship success from earlier in the year, the Under 17 Girls were a picture of consistency, with all members contributing to the success of the week.  The girls played strongly throughout the tournament, ultimately finishing with a dominant display over Sienna College to win the Grand Final by 21 points to be crowned Under 17 Girls Australian National Champions.  The trip overall was a resounding success, with many other schools commenting on how well the Titans teams conducted themselves and how enjoyable the style of basketball they played was to watch.  Congratulations must go to everyone who was involved in making the trip such a great success.

Outside of school basketball, our Titans players have continued to represent Tenison Woods College at an elite level.  This year alone, we have had 20 students selected in South Australia Country State representative teams. On a national scale, we also had four players and a coach as part of the Mount Gambier Pioneers men’s roster this season.  These Titans were an integral part of the success of the Pioneers program this year, and at the end of the day enjoyed the ultimate success, winning the 2014 SEABL Championship.

Our Barrie Holmes Scholarship winner this year was Kane de Wit.  Kane has represented Tenison Woods College with distinction all year, including his involvement in school, State and SEABL teams during the course of 2014.  Congratulations Kane!

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the continued growth and success of the Titans Academy Basketball elective classes.  These classes, offered from Years 8-12, have continued to swell with consistently increasing enrolment.  Coupled with the hard work of the student-athletes in their respective representative programs, the Titans Basketball Academy classes ensure the future of Tenison Woods College basketball is bright and on a path of continued success.

Go Titans!

Matthew Paton – Titans Basketball Head Coach

December 24 – Total results

Ladies and gentleman, almost 50 000 race goers turn their eyes to the mounting yard at Flemington as the runners for 2013 USA Tour Flag Cup parade around the ring. What a top class field we have this tour, this race is sure to go down to the wire as the winner could come from a number of top class runners. Let’s meet this year’s field. Leading the field into the mounting yard:

  1. Shaun Withers – Second start in this race for Withers. Comes from a proven flag bloodline with father Alan Withers being a previous winner. Solid lead up & sure to be in the running head for home.
  2. Brett Watson – Another horse participating in their second cup. Starting from wide gate and is at top weight. Will need some luck but lead up has been good with 2 wins. Will be on the pace earlier.
  3. James Wallis – A favourite amongst female race goers. More suited to the mile but steps up in distance today. Will have to overcome a lot of attention and traditionally doesn’t like the lime light.
  4. Cameron Millard – Looking at Millard and the cut out of the ground will suit him. One of the heavier horses in the race and will throw his weight around to take up a good position. Distance may be too far for him though.
  5. Sam Kent – The champion staying stallion has a ground swell of support. Has been the best back runner in race. He will be giving them a start but could certainly run over the top of them.
  6. Jed Telfer – Jed is the best value runner in the race. 3 lead up wins and won them in cavalier fashion. Will look to take the early lead and dictate the pace. Has good each way value, top 3 fancy.
  7. Kane de Wit – Quiet lead up and at long odds. Needs luck from an outside draw. 50-1 chance but in some quarters has been given a chance.
  8. Brandon Rye – His lead up runs have been surprisingly good. Probably out of his class as a 3 year old colt has never won this race before.
  9. Matt Preece – Another top weight who also comes from strong pedigree. Form doesn’t match his expected level of performance, may find distance too far today.
  10. Aidan Schultz – Early spring fancy. Drawn to get a good run. Will need to be in the front half of the field early to have any chance.
  11. Brady Gibbs – This horse has had a perfect lead up to the race. Pipped at the post in first race of the spring by Telfer but backed up for a win in the Portland Airport Stakes. Will look a winner with 400 left.
  12. Erin Watson – First of our mares. Outstanding lead up and has drawn attention from the punters. Occasionally temperamental but has drawn well. Will be there at the end.
  13. Sally Houlihan – Tipped by one of our expert commentators. Top 3 finishes in several lead up races. Brave man to bet against her.
  14. Megan Kennett – Staying mare with talent but struggling to find form in large fields. Will need luck but can make her own.
  15. Jade Tiller – Has always had the raps of a big horse. This is her testing time and is well in the market. Has a tremendous chance and shows good form. Prefers a wet track with a win in the toilet stake. Each way chance.
  16. Alana Fensom – Class runner with odds inviting the punters to have a bet. Form of late outstanding with late wins. Big chance and crowd favourite.
  17. Nat Short – Classy runner but distance may worry her. Quiet in her lead up runs and will give the field a start. Will look to swoop home.
  18. Jacquie Widdison – This horse packs plenty of attitude and at times can lose concentration. Competitive instinct and loves a battle. If in the finish will be a chance.
  19. Cody Manning – Pops up when least expect her to and the trainer is desperate to win a flag. Favourite early with the experts and will receive some attention from the field. May be snubbed out by fellow runners in an attempt to unsettle her.
  20. Daniel Stratford – The old stalwart backs up for his sixth start. Prefers the shorter distance but can hold own at this class. Field looks to be too strong today.
  21. Ciaran Buckley – Superstar weight for age horse with previous wins in the Rainbow Classic and Cal Berkley Door Jam Stakes last spring. Drawn a wide barrier and form of late quiet.
  22. Bec Bruhn – A little pocket rocket that packs a punch. Highly rated staying kitten with late form. Will be biting at the heels at the finish.
  23. Matt Paton – Has potential but on occasions has put in lazy runs and often misses the start. Will need to be at his best to compete, distance will suit.
  24. Michelle de Wit – Talented upcoming mare but at times appears clumsy and disorientated. Lead up form is good with wins in Weight Room Demonstration and the Ring Ding Classic. Will be in front half of field and make her move at the top of the straight. Will at some stage look a winner.
  25. Jodi Widdison – Top class thoroughbred that will draw attention from a lot of the male runners. Will settle mid field and look for the holes to open up. Will need luck.
  26. Leanne Kennett – Energetic mare and often excitable. Wearing blinkers to help keep focused. Distance may worry her.
  27. Fiona Telfer – Outspoken mare with raw potential. Full blood mother of top fancy Jed Telfer. Look to dominate field early and impose herself. Each way chance.
  28. Maree Watson – 3 time flag cup runner. Quiet in all previous campaigns but has announced herself as a contender in this tour. Place bet only.
  29. Michael Rye – Quiet manner horse who often appears lost in races. Will need a start from wide barrier and luck to be a contender. Class may be too high for this first time runner.

Your expert tips:

Ciaran Buckley (3 time tour participant) 1.Shaun Withers 2. Michelle de Wit 3. Erin Watson

Dan Stratford (6 time tour participant) 1. Jed Telfer 2. Sam Kent 3. Sally Houlihan

Bec Bruhn (HPE employee of the year) 1. Sam Kent 2. Jed Telfer 3. Michelle de Wit

It’s time for the running of the 2013 Tour Flag Cup. We cross live to your race caller, Greg Miles.

About to move them in. Kent holding favoritism, he’s $4.50 on the tote. Jed Telfer at $6.00, Brady Gibbs $7, Michelle de Wit $7.50 & Sally Houlihan $9.00 rounding out the top 5. The field is nearly ready, just waiting on Coach Paton to turn up and take his place. Brady Gibbs looks unsettled in the barriers and has thrown up his pre-race milk, who would of thought. The lines completed, stand by the Tour Flag Cup field is ready. Lights on……..

There racing, Erin Watson jumped well giving the field the 2 finger salute, so did Shaun Withers. Michelle de Wit started slow and looks over the hill, Sam Kent settling back also. Telfer began very fast, Jed Telfer and he’s gone to the lead in the early part. Coach Paton has missed the start horribly and is well back, so too did Buckley and he has been left behind and appears as if he is chasing buses. Megan Kennett has gone up to the leaders but appears to be in deep water with Preece also taking up the run but its Jed Telfer in front, he is going to try and lead this race from the front. He is going to lead Erin Watson and Megan Kennett in 3rd. Preece taking up the rail closely followed by Stratford barking orders at the field. Next is James Wallis getting a lot of attention from the female runners in Nat Short & Sally Houlihan. Jodi Widdison is a length away on the rail and on her outside is Jacquie Widdison. Brady Gibbs appears to have recovered and is a length back and further behind is Brett Watson tripping on Banana peels and Alana Fensom laughing her way through the course.

In the tail half of the field we have Jade Tiller plunging deep into toilet water, Bec Bruhn next to her looking to get busy and has Cody Manning shadowing her. Aidan Schultz looks dazed and sick and Maree Watson appears to be playing mother. Michael Rye is out wider on his own and staying out of early trouble, Fiona Telfer pacing herself on his inside as we head into the back straight. Then follows Kane de Wit and Brandon Rye with Leanne Kennett cheering from the stands. Buckley, Kent who appears to need more underpants, and Michelle de Wit have all settled back and Coach Paton is last of all.

As we hit the hit the halfway mark its Jed Telfer in front and he is rated beautifully. He leads Erin Watson, who appears to be having tantrums followed by Shaun Withers and Brady Gibbs who has snuck up the field without his passport. Next is Megan Kennett but appears to be struggling in the crowd a length in front of Sally Houlihan waffling along. Manning continues to shadow Bruhn, Fensom a laugh behind with Preece, Short, Wallis and Stratford all falling off the pace. The field is closing together as we approach the bend with Michelle de Wit crushing through walls and Sam Kent twerking moving up on the outside, Kane de Wit continues to drift with Brandon Rye, Michael Rye and Buckley while coach remains last of all.

Jed Telfer comes around the home turn a length in front of Withers hard ridden, Brady Gibbs has the run on the inside with Houlihan closely following. Alana Fensom comes with a run, so too does Millard. Michelle de Wit and Sam Kent are coming hard around the outside and the rest are headed by Erin Watson and Brett Watson. Jed Telfer tracking wide into the straight the leader, Shaun Withers cut the corner. Down the outside comes Sam Kent and Michelle de Wit is putting in a run.

Jed Telfer the leader at the 200m from Sam Kent, Michelle de Wit, Brady Gibbs and Shaun Withers. The Watsons can’t win and Alana’s move is too late. The rest have fallen off the pace.

IT’S TELFER IN FRONT, 100 LEFT TO GO. THE DANGER KENT THE OUTSIDE.TELFER’s IN FRONT, KENT’S DESPERATELY TRYING HARD, TELFER HANGING ON AND WON THR TOUR FLAG CUP. Telfer by a head to Kent, 2 lengths further away third Michelle de Wit. Withers ran home strong for fourth then trailed by Brady Gibbs, Alana Fensom, Brett Watson, Megan Kennett, Erin Watson, Jade Tiller, Nat Short, Bec Bruhn, Sally Houlihan, Cody Manning, Daniel Stratford, and Fiona Telfer. Further away in the field was Kane de Wit, Cam Millard, Aidan Schultz, Matt Preece, and James Wallis. Again followed by Ciaran Buckley, Maree Watson, Jodi Widdison, Jacquie Widdison with Brandon Rye, Michael Rye, Leanne Kennett battling through  and Coach Paton was last of all.

There you have it folks, a wonderful race and a wonderful tour. Jed Telfer is our champion and a well-deserved one. It has been a trip of a life time for so many of us. The new friendships formed with the unique experiences gained combined to give us memories that will last a life time. Thank you to all people involved on tour for making it such a successful one. We all look forward to the reunion and the screening of the tour DVD.

Go Titans!!!!!!!!!

December 20-22 – Hawaii

Aloha!!!!!

The final leg of the tour was upon us and what better way to finish then by spending on the sunny beaches of Hawaii. We started with a lazy morning then jumped on a bus and headed to Pearl Harbour. This was a unique experience as the students paid their respects to the hundreds on Naval Seaman entombed in the Arizona that was struck by Japanese torpedos on that infamous day. It was a highlight personally for me to see our students reflecting back on what it must have been like for these brave men & women and I enjoyed the conversations that followed as they attempted to come to grips with the reality of war. It was a very proud moment to be a teacher as the students did the school proud as they had been all tour.  

It was then off to the University of Hawaii for a tour of Coach Paton’s old school which was guided by Perth Wildcat great Scott Fisher. We scooted around the campus then headed back to the hotel for a quick relax before our big night at Jermaine’s Luau. This has become a regular feature on our tours and this year didn’t disappoint. The food was great and the dancing was even better. The girls danced elegantly to the hula and the boys were very intimidating with their warriors dance but it was Sam Kent, Jed Telfer and Brett Watson that stole the show. Their display of what I can only call butt wiggling was a sight to behold. Boys I strongly advise you all to stay in school because I can confidently say there is no future for you all in dance.

Our last day involved relaxing at the beach and for the diehard shoppers, more shopping. It was the perfect way to end the tour and with the final hours of the tour flag nominations coming to a close we had some tour members making late bids to win the decorative prize. Bec Bruhn headed this list by losing her Australian Credit Card (yes her Australian one because she had already spent all of her money on her USA debit card). Coach Paton also didn’t hurt his last minute chances by being late to his own dinner because he was stuck in traffic on a scooter??? Anyway we enjoyed a lovely team dinner and then headed back to the hotel for the Tour Flag ceremony. Who will win? The result will be published in the ‘Tour Flag Edition’ of the blog with complete coverage of the race that will stop the nation.

Forgot to mention, the staff remain undefeated in beach football as well as Buckley, Stratford and Paton outclassed their cocky opponents. When will these young pups learn!!!

The Flag

And the winner is……. Alana Fensom. It took the whole tour but Alana finally showed us her true colours; twice. She spent an entire plane flight watching the inflight entertainment and not understanding why she couldn’t understand what was being said and why it didn’t fit the show she was watching. It was because it was on the Spanish channel that wasn’t even related to the show. She then would back this effort up by forgetting the flag when we went to the luau and earning back to back honours. Alana will surely feature in the tour flag race.

It has been a great trip but there is only one thing left to do. Find out who will be crowned the tour flag winner. The odds have been given, the runners are ready, let’s find out who is the winner in the final edition of the blog.

Go Titans!!!!

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