WESTMAC’s rise as a leading sports college gained further impetus recently with its firsts girls football team winning the TAS premiership after an unbeaten run through the season.
The team only had to draw the grand-final to take the trophy and that’s exactly what they did holding their arch rivals John Paul College to a two-all draw.
WestMAC dominated the first half of the grand final with wingers Charlotte Lax and Evie Schultz scoring to give WestMAC a 2-0 halftime buffer.
JPC fought back in the second half to equalise with both teams enjoying scoring opportunities in the fast-flowing thriller.
WestMAC’s captain Hayley Victor, one of the stars for the team this season, attributed the school’s second TAS football premiership success to strong teamwork and the WestMAC spirit of courage and perseverance.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today, including winning a premiership and enjoying an unbeaten season, without the support of the college’s sports program and the amazing coaches who have developed our skills and confidence through pathway programs,’’ Hayley said.
“We had great team spirit while the coaches at WestMAC have incredible knowledge which has been invaluable.
In double celebrations, WestMAC has become the first school to win a record six consecutive TAS Champion Cricket School titles, cementing the College’s legacy as one of the region’s leading cricket academies.
WestMAC Head of Sport, Rob Hillier said students receive access to specialised coaching sessions from internal and external staff so they have the best opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.
“In football we have a link with local club Western Pride, with expert club coaches helping to mentor our senior players to soar to new heights resulting in the feat of securing a premiership with the firsts team.’’
Mr Hillier said three of the College’s five cricket teams progressed to their respective grand finals with the Intermediate Seconds sealing a premiership.
Principal Geoff McLay praised the commitment and enthusiasm shown by West-MAC coaches and students over the past six years in establishing such an impressive cricketing reputation.
“WestMAC is also renowned for football excellence with the girls’ program which has a strong team culture and expert coaches,” he said.
The College has claimed two of the five premierships since girls’ football was introduced to the TAS (The Associated Schools) competition schedule in 2019, having also won the 2020 premiership.
In other premiership news the undefeated Year 7 Girls Basketball team won a TAS Title beating Canon Hill Anglican College.