Hale School has rounded out a superb winter sport season by reaching a School record, winning six sporting trophies in one calendar season.
This year, Hale has taken out titles for cricket, volleyball, badminton, soccer, football and hockey in the boys' schools' competition. This total of six wins was last achieved by Hale in 2014. Hale shares the tally with Christ Church Grammar School, which also won six titles this year.
Hale has had a highly successful winter sport season, winning four of the six trophies available at 1st
team level. Victories have not been limited to the top, with several 2nd
teams also going undefeated to show the quality and depth of talent in our sporting programmes.
Perhaps our most dominant team was our undefeated 1st
XVIII football side. With more than 20 boys returning from the 2018 team, the group entered the season with optimism. What played out was a series of outstanding performances, which led them to a perfect 12-0 season accompanied by a percentage of over 300. A victory over Aquinas at the College in August sealed the School’s 22nd
Alcock Cup. The humility with which they approached the season was a key element to their success.
XI soccer team also managed to wrap up the season with several rounds to spare after beating second place Trinity 5-1 at home. It was a fitting culmination to a season where they were on top of the ladder for all 14 rounds.
XI hockey team did it the hard way this season, having to fight tooth and nail for every victory in Term 2. Thanks to four comprehensive victories to finish the season,we were able to join Christ Church on the top of the ladder to share the Ray House Cup.
Last but by no means least, our 1st
badminton team won the Brother Kelly Cup for the first time since 2008. With the majority of the team made up of Year 11s, they went through their first eight matches undefeated before a stumble at Aquinas brought them back to the field. A tight victory at Scotch in Round 13 secured the cup.
These four trophies join cricket and volleyball premierships in capping a tremendous sporting year for Hale. The Year 12 cohort has been a dominant one as they rose through the school and, combined with the best of Year 11, have left an indelible mark in the sporting history of Hale School as much for the way they have approached their sport as for the number of premierships won.