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Australian Schools Basketball Championships

Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December, 2016

Students from the Year 10 EIS Basketball Program have spent the last week competing in the Australian Schools Basketball Championships which have been held at Nunawading, Knox, Fairhills and the State Basketball centres.

The week started on Sunday evening,dce3f5cb-601e-4443-b13d-1a8ecc5b6d0f-resize-1200-1200 with games held each day of the  week.  The boys were competing in 17 Division 3/4 and the Girls were in 17  Division 3.

Monday saw both teams scheduled with 1 game. After a scrappy start, the  boys managed to get their game going late, to pull away with a comfortable  win. The girls unfortunately could never get going in their game against  Central Coast Adventist School, going down by 20.

On Tuesday both teams had 2 games, playing against Aquinas College in  the morning and Denmark College in the afternoon. The morning games saw both teams outclassed against some very skilled  opposition, with both teams losing comfortably. The afternoon’s games were kicked off with the boys taking a very comfortable win against  Denmark’s 2ndteam. The girls once again struggled to get going early and found themselves down by around 20, most of the game. A late push saw the girls draw within 8, but unfortunately, they could not get any closer.

On Wednesday morning, the boys faced Phoenix College.  After being down early, the boys managed to fight their way back into the game and finished strongly to win comfortably.  The girls then managed their first win of the tournament, beating Bonnyrigg College. In the afternoon, the boys once again had a comfortable win, taking their record to 4 and 1.

Thursday morning saw the boys face an undefeated Berwick Grammar. The boys competed hard, but were out classed going down placing them 3rd in the pool, which would mean they were playing off for the Division 4 finals. The girls had a must win game against McKinnon High School, with the winner making the medal playoffs. Unfortunately the girls could not get it going, and some good shooting from McKinnon stopped any of Lilydale’s runs. A loss meant the girls ended up placing 5th, which was a great effort.

The boys played Denmark 1 Thursdayafternoon. After a very quick start, which saw the boys jump to a 10 point lead, the game managed to even out, with Denmark adjusting their defence. A back and forth game was had, in which only a couple of points would separate the teams for the remainder of the clash. Denmark managed to grab the lead late.  Some missed shots and offensive rebounds to Denmark, would seal the boy’s fate, with a loss seeing them playoff for Bronze on Friday.

Friday’s game was a fairly comfortable win for the boys, winning in the end by around 15 to claim a well-deserved Bronze medal. Congratulations to all the students involved on a fantastic week.

Boys Team

Damian Armstrong, Mac Scopel, Jet Beck, Tom McDonald, Kane Jessop, Ethan Downes, Jake Peterson, Jamie Bryant, Adam Barthelson, James Peacock.

Girls Team

Sydney Jones, Taylah Venes, Chelsea Delbridge, Chloe Sneddon, Jess Ploegsma, Imogen Haynes, Caitlyn Shannon, Shannon Barry.

Alister Stuart

Head of Physical & Sport Education

Interschool Motorcross Champions – 2016

On Friday 18 November, 11 dedicated and talented students from all years of Lilydale High School, embarked on a journey to be named State Champions of Motocross. The venue was Warrnambool Motorcycle Club in Allansford, which was a short 4 hour commute.

The light showers which greeted us as we arrived did nothing to dampen the spirits of our team. The track was very slippery and the warm up laps ended with everyone looking like they had just gotten out of a mud bath. The Lilydale High School spirit was evident.  Our riders were a collective, regardless of position and were celebrating each other’s success as if it were their own.

It was evident after our success at the grass course that the other schools wanted revenge; the ‘new kid on campus’ should not walk in and win. But our riders were up to the challenge set upon them. Angus Gelly was flying, Jacob Street started a race with an open throttle and only one wheel on the ground and Tyran Tomich was untouchable in every class he entered.

The star of the day was Sam Beecroft. Recently finishing her Year 12 exams, she came back to represent the school one more time.  On the day it felt like she was in every class.  By the end of the day, it was evident she needed her 3 months of holidays to catch up on sleep.

At the presentation ceremony, most of our riders received ribbons for podium finishes, but our team was more concerned with the school trophy. The championship is awarded to the school who accrued the most points over the two rounds this year.

This year’s CHAMPIONS….. Lilydale High School.

Thank you to the team and parents for your efforts and commitments to such an exciting event.

Team Members

  • Ellie Beecroft
  • Samantha Beecroft
  • Ben Harris
  • Derrick Findlay
  • Angus Gelly
  • Jake Brennan
  • Tyran Tomich
  • Tayla Street
  • Jacob Street
  • Matthew Garner
  • Ryan Harford

Sam Beecroft

On Monday 14 November, I completed my high school education, but that was far from the end of the year for me.

On Thursday night, I made the long hike to Warrnambool Motocross track to compete the next day. It rained the entire night prior to the event, so I knew the track was going to be extremely wet. The track was awesome in the morning, which made sure I entered every event I was eligible for; Women’s, Senior 250, Open 250+ and All powers.

Our school had 11 riders and we won 7 of the events and had people in all but one event.

The day’s riding began with practice, which was very wet, as expected. In the first race I was up against team mate Tayla Street; she got an awesome start and nearly took me out in the first corner – I got my own back in the second though. I managed to hold that lead for the entire race, starting my last ever school event on a high.

My second race was directly after the first, which was pretty much how the rest of my day went.  There was very little rest time.

The highlight of the day was the presentations; so many students from our school were called up to be awarded ribbons. Our team was more excited for the presentation of the state trophy, an impressively large feature of the presentation room. We all felt that we were in with a chance and the presenter really drew out the podiums. Our whole team was called out to be presented the State Winners Trophy. We won by over 300 points across the two competitions.

I would like to thank all my team mates from both events.   Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ride motocross for the school.


Taylor Street

On Friday 18 November, Lilydale High School participated in the Inter School Motocross State Championship held at Warrnambool Motocross Circuit. It was a long four and a half hours of looking at while lines to get there.

The day started at 8:30 am in the morning.  It was awesome to see 11 riders from Lilydale High School attend rider’s briefing. The riders varied from Year 7 to Year 12 and were entered across 10 classes, for various engine capacities and rider’s experience.

The weather wasn’t looking the greatest as we took to the track for the first practice session, but once I got out on the circuit it was obvious that the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club had prepared the track surface perfectly; I loved it.

Practice was the perfect time to get warmed up to try different lines around corners, to be the best I possibly could be. Each time I went out, I was improving. In the first race I started off with an awesome hole shot and was first into turn one and turn two. I finished third in the women’s race with Sam Beecroft, another student from LHS.

There was another race between the women’s race and the 125cc race, so I took the opportunity to get a quick drink and refuel.

My second race was the 125cc class. I had learnt faster lines and how to hit the jumps correctly. I raced in the women’s class and the 125cc class; both classes had three races to determine the overall winner.

The day went perfectly and was well organised. When a Lilydale rider received a race win or were improving, the other riders would cheer on as if we were a family.  At the end of the day,  Lilydale High School had won the Interschool Motocross State Championship by almost 400 points and taking out 1st in most of the race classes. This was a fantastic result for the Lilydale High School Interschool Motocross Team. The other schools are our roost.