Tara girls representing IGSSA NSW at Inter-State championships
The Gold Coast recently hosted the inter-state Challenge Championships from the 5-7 October 2018. The tournament is played over Netball, Football and Tennis disciplines and this annual competition includes representative teams from South Australia, Victoria and Queensland as well as two teams from NSW. Tara Anglican School for Girls had three students selected to represent the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) NSW in Football and Tennis – Sophia Konstandinidis (Football) Year 10, Anjelina Colahan (Football) Year 10 and Zoé Guestre (Tennis) Year 8.
One of the key challenges of this tournament is playing with others you have never met or played with before - so the need to be flexible, tolerant and learn quickly is a key ingredient to the overall team success. As reigning champions for the last two years all IGSSA team members were keen to give their absolute best and represent themselves with courage and pride.
Sophia and Anjelina were fantastic on the football field and quickly became an integral part of the team.
The tournament consisted of four round robin games against teams from all over Australia. The IGSSA team is made up of players from schools across Sydney and day 1 involved the girls meeting up for the very first time and having their very first game together.
Day 1 was always going to be difficult with the girls not familiar with their new team mates and unfortunately ending with a loss against Victoria. However, it was still early in the tournament and credit to Sophia and Anjelina and the rest of the IGSSA team for their amazing transition winning both games on day 2 with a 7-1 win over South Australia and an 8-0 win over Queensland, two very impressive wins from a team who were only starting to learn each other’s names! Day 3 and our final day of the tournament. We had a 2-1 victory over rivals ISA (also from NSW) which took us to 3 wins out of 4 games – enough to help the NSW team win the overall trophy.
It was a very successful tournament for the IGSSA football team 2018. Both Sophia and Anjelina were extremely valuable members of the IGSSA football squad with Sophia earning her positions in midfield with her ability to create goal scoring opportunities and being very strong in defence and Anjelina being a very versatile player, which is an asset to any team, having the ability to play in many positions and being our set piece specialist, which created many goals for us in this Tournament.
"It has been a pleasure coaching Sophia and Anjelina in the interstate challenge. Not only are they very talented footballers but also very respectful and positive young ladies and this is both a credit to them and Tara.”
Chris Semaan – IGSSA Football Coach
The tennis format also meant that Zoé needed to integrate quickly as singles and doubles play were part of the draw. Unfortunately, the weekend brought regular rain and at times torrential downpours that meant the hardcourt tennis matches were severely disrupted and resulted in shortened fast-four single sets over the last morning of the tournament that really mounted on the pressure.
The standard of tennis from all teams was extremely high and IGSSA won two matches (ISA and South Australia) and lost 2 matches (Queensland and Victoria). IGSSA NSW were the youngest team present (Years 8-9) and really surprised the competition with their skill and ability under pressure. A credit to them all.
Zoé played solid doubles matches and used her great lefty serve to good effect in her singles battles – she even ended the tournament with a 4-0 singles win with a cracking winner cross court.
The team spirit and support for each other was very evident in the final few matches as the scores tightened up and one of our players went down with a torn hamstring injury. The camaraderie and friendships made were evident as the last ball flew inside the line. A great team effort and a solid performance that was critical to the overall result.
The combined performance from all of the teams placed IGSSA NSW as winners, for the third year in a row, of the Inter-State Challenge Championships for 2018. A fantastic result and a superb effort by all.
(thank you to Kelly Marshall)