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!
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.
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.
Our 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.