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Saint Ignatius’ College are back-to-back Intercol winners in 2022, after a thrilling series of matches against Mercedes College, resulting in a final tally of 14 shields to Mercedes’ 7. Congratulations to the following teams on successfully winning their shields: Girls and Boys Cross Country, Senior Chess, Open A Hockey, Open A Table Tennis, First XVIII Football, First, Second and Third XI Boys Soccer, Open B Girls Soccer, Open B and C Netball, and Open A and B Basketball.

Students from both Colleges participated in Sports and Activities in wonderful spirit, which contributed to the fantastic atmosphere and close results in many of the fixtures. Our players are to be commended on their determination, their support of each other and their high level of performance in all matches.

Intercol commenced on Wednesday, 17 August, with Open Girls and Boys Cross Country held at Waite Reserve. Both squads ran well, the girls backed up last year’s win while the boys won the shield for the first time since 2018.

We had to wait almost a week for the next events, Chess and Debating. A mixed night for the Saint Ignatius teams with the boys and girls winning Chess but unable to come away with the Debating shields.

On Wednesday the Open A Hockey team dominated from start to finish, producing a resounding victory 14-0. A vocal crowd at Marden Sports Complex saw our First XI Girls and Boys soccer teams entertain with some spectacular soccer. Unfortunately, the girls lost in a nail bitter 1-0, despite pressing hard in the second half, unable to capitalise on some chances. The boy’s match was an entertaining affair, after going up 1-0 thanks to some brilliant link up play, Mercedes equalised in the sixth minute of extra time to force the match into penalties. Ashton saved the first two penalties helping Ignatius to a 3-2 shootout win.

On Thursday afternoon, the College hosted both Table Tennis and Basketball. After winning a tense battle last year, our table tennis players cruised to victory 35-5. An electric crowd witnessed three fantastic Basketball matches. The Open C Basketball match was very competitive, but we were unable to match Mercedes’ dominance in the final half. The Open B game was close and tense in the first half with neither team able to break away. The Ignatius boys dialled up their defensive intensity in the second half and were able to secure the win. Fresh off a thrilling Grand Final win, the Open A game was very tight, again, despite a constant lead, Ignatius were never able to shake off a resilient Mercedes outfit. A flurry of steals, fast break lay ups and dunks opened a sizeable gap in the second half and the team came away with a comfortable win.

A standalone Friday night Netball fixture was kicked off by a strong Open C Netball match. The girls fought hard breaking away in the second half, winning the match 29-15. Next up were our Open B team. A sluggish start had the girls in a difficult position at quarter time. The girls came out focused and lifted their intensity particularly on the defensive end. Swift ball movement and clinical finishing capped off a great win, securing the Danielle Grant Shield. The Open As were lined up against a formidable Mercedes outfit. The match was a see-sawing affair, with both teams have huge momentum swings throughout the game. It came down to the wire, scores tied with under a minute to go. Unfortunately, Mercedes broke the deadlock with a clutch shot to win the match.

The Second XI boys played in a goal fest, the lead changing constantly through the match. The team was up 4-3 but a late free kick saw Mercedes equalise and force the match in to another penalty shootout. Taking notes from Ashton’s performance Wednesday night, Tumbi made two incredible saves to clinch victory. Our Second XI girls played a great brand of soccer and went up 2-0 in the second half. Another fight back from Mercedes saw the score cut to 2-1. A nervous ending ensued; however, the girls were able to hang on to win the shield. The Third XI boys played in an enjoyable match with great passages of play led to two goals becoming the final score, giving Ignatius its final soccer shield.

Heading into the final three shields, the Second XVIII players were keen to atone for their earlier defeat to Mercedes. After an even first half, Mercedes pulled away to a comfortable win. Our Open A girls football team fought valiantly with some outstanding defensive efforts from start to finish but were outmatched by a very strong Mercedes outfit. The First XVIII boys were slight favourites despite losing to Mercedes in term 2. Mercedes came out hard and physical in the first half, leading to a bruising encounter. With a goal in it at half time, the boys came out firing in the premiership quarter kicking six goals to zero which helped lead them to retaining the Troy Broadbridge Shield for the fourth consecutive year.

Congratulations to everyone involved in a successful Intercol for both schools.

Mr Matthew Panos
Senior School Sports Coordinator

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