The first half to 2013 has been a busy period for the Association, with considerable time being spent by the Committee in ensuring TOPSA is well place to meet the future needs of the association, and its continued growth and expansion
The reunion program kicked off in May. The Classes of 1982/83 30 year reunion was held on Saturday 25 May, with a large turnout of over 80+, and a fantastic evening was had by all in attendance, with some past staff and students returning to the School for the first time in decades. The Class of 2008 5 Year reunion was held of Friday 31 May and was an excellent opportunity for members of that class to reconvene in the Pavilion and catch up after half a decade away from School. I thank all who attended and those who worked hard, especially Suzanne Ashley, to ensure these events were a success. I encourage you to read the accompanying reports and see the path taken by some of the Alumni since leaving School.
The TOPSA affiliated clubs continue to play a major role in the ongoing connection of the alumni with each other and the School. To date there have been a number of notable achievements in 2013. The POBCC had a fantastic end to the 2012/13 season, winning the Provincial League Premiership, which is an outstanding achievement and I congratulate all involved. The POBFC has expanded this year and for the first time now has four teams playing in the VAFA and is working hard to cement their spot after being promoted to C Grade following their performances in 2012. The TOSA Soccer Club has continued its growth and expansion to three teams, adding an additional boys’ and girls’ team. This is an important milestone for TOPSA, as it is the first Old Girls alumni team in the history of the School. Read the following reports to find out more about the clubs.
In other clubs news, I am pleased to announce the work is underway to start a TOPSA Netball Club, which is being spearheaded by Michelle Ellis (Class of 2009). Michelle has started to gauge the interest from past TPS players, with a view to entering teams in the local competition.
The Committee has been working hard to engage with the international students and community of the School, recognizing the importance of our International alumni. To this end, TOPSA purchased two mountain bikes for the female boarders in Heather Reilly house. This forms part of our charter to “give back”, and TOPSA continues to look at avenues to give back to the School and to current students. This year we have continued our support of the Corporate Golf Day, donations to the Performing Arts Centre, and also the Longley Scholarship, this year awarded to Victoria Roadnight (’13).
TOPSA has a busy calendar of events in the second half of the year including; Class of 2003, 10 Year Reunion on Saturday 27 July; our Year 11 Careers function Friday 6 September; Class of 1993, 20 Year Reunion Saturday 7 September; Class of 2012 1 Year Reunion Friday 11 October; TOPSA Women’s Breakfast Tuesday 15 October and possibly a NSW function in November. These events provide an excellent opportunity to bring past students back together and back to the School.
I encourage all who are able to attend these functions to do so. Details of all events are available on the Events page.
The website also has an array of photos, reports and information about the happenings of TOPSA and the Alumni and is certainly worth a visit. You can also like TOPSA on Facebook, follow TOPSA on Twitter, or connect on LinkedIn.
The Annual General Meeting of the Association is scheduled to be held on Thursday 14 November 2013, and details will be posted closer to the date on the TOPSA Website.
I thank the Committee and in particular the Executive for their work and support to date this year. I look forward to a busy second half of the year and to continuing to promote and work for the TOPSA Membership.
Reagan H. Barry
Class of 2009
TOPSA Soccer Clubs Grows!
The growth of TOPSA Soccer Club in season 2013 has been extraordinary, with the club tripling its size in just over a year. This
season, I am pleased to report that the club is enjoying success both on and off the pitch. This is due to the dedicated work by our committee, the tireless efforts from our coaches, and the positive attitude of all our players.
Testament to this growth is the establishment of our Girls team. The Peninsula Old Girls Soccer Team is the first TPS Old Girls Alumni Club, and we are proud to have achieved this. The girls have accomplished so much already in their short history, spearheaded by coaches Kat Crow (2010) and Molly Patton (2011). All girls have shown wonderful commitment from the beginning of the season, and each week, continue to exceed our expectations.
The Old Boys doubled in size this year too, with the club entering two teams into the local Bayside FA league. The boys have picked up on where they left off last year, enjoying some early success. I would particularly like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by the Boys coaches, Adrian Corden, Reagan Barry (2009), and Abdul Hafiz Rozali (2009).
Results this season on the pitch have been mixed, with the Boys Seniors sitting at the top of the table, while the Reserves and the Girls are
hanging around the middle of the ladder.
Membership of the club is open to all past and current TPS Students, with a small quota accepted from the local area. A commitment by the committee to this principle has resulted in the development of a positive club culture and environment that is the envy of the local competition.
The positive environment that has been created has been on shown at all home games, with some times up to a hundred people turning up to the
Detmold for matches, enjoying the BBQ, and watching the club’s three teams in action. On that note, I would like to thank all volunteers, especially parents, who have helped out on match days with things like the BBQ and Canteen. Your support and commitment is what our club is truly all about.
I’d also like to thank The Peninsula School for their assistance and accommodation of our club. Whether it’s help with lighting arrangements or
storage of property, the school has been more than accommodating; from Principal Stuart Johnston through to the maintenance department. I’d also like to acknowledge the commitment of resources we have received from TOPSA, and the ongoing support we continue to receive from them.
The season wraps up in September and I look forward to writing to
you once again about how the club faired on and off the pitch. However, even before the season does conclude, I can happily declare that TOPSA Soccer Club will continue to go from strength to strength through the help and support of everyone associated with the club.
Joshua Sinclair (2010)
President - TOPSA Soccer Club
Pirates Season to date
The Club was promoted Premier ‘C’ this season, its highest ever
level. We are now coming up against some of the oldest and strongest VAFA Clubs, many of whom have achieved considerable success in the Premier Grades (A/B/C). These Clubs are not just generally strong on the field (e.g. Mazenod who were able to field 5 or 6 VFL resting players against us), but also seem to have strong support from their large supporter bases. We will use the experience we gain this year from playing such sides, to focus on how the POBFC can continue to improve.
One of the major changes that comes with being in a Premier grade
is that we get a full set (field, boundary and goal) of Umpires provided for the Seniors, however as part of this arrangement we are now required to provide an Umpire to VAFA each game day to officiate at matches other than the Pirate’s. As a consequence, we are always interested in being contacted who have an interest in umpiring (these are paid positions).
Each week, the Senior’s match is videotaped by VAFA, and for those interested in following the Pirates, they can go to either the VAFA main website (http://www.vafa.com.au/) or the VAFA TV site.
The Seniors started the season strongly, winning their first three matches, including a big victory over NOBS St.Pats who defeated us in last year’s Grand Final. Unfortunately, we then suffered a horror run of injuries to some of our best players, and this unsettled the Seniors, and also the Reserves, Thirds and Under 19s who have seen some of their better players promoted to fill the gaps. This spate of injuries has certainly tested the depth of our playing list. However, with players returning from injury we have seen another great win over NOBS St Pats and a thrilling one point win over Old Camberwell in the past few weeks. This sees the Pirates in sixth place, and still in contact with the ‘Top Four’. The jump in standard has certainly been noticeable this season, with players like Hawthorn Premiership ruckman, Robbie Campbell, and Fremantle / St.Kilda’s Heath Black lining up for opposition teams. Indeed, the VAFA Representative teams recently acquitted themselves very well against the Victorian Country Football League Representative teams.
The Reserves have played some good footy at times, but are still
lacking the four quarter consistency necessary to win the tight games but have shown great improvement of late. This year is the first year we have had a Thirds team, and has allowed us to provide a playing opportunity for many fringe players, as well as recent ‘retirees’! We are pleased to report that the Thirds are currently sixth on the Ladder, and still in contention to play Finals.
The ‘Unders’ are currently two games out of the Top Four, and
have suffered at times from the non-availability of their better players, who
have been required for AGS matches, or have been promoted to play in the
Seniors, where they have made a huge impact in recent weeks. With that said, when they have their best team on the ground, the Unders are more than competitive with any of the opposition teams and we still hold strong hopes for them making the Finals.
We have been fortunate in once again securing a good Sponsor base
(although it is never as much as we would like). APEX Steel (Joe Calleja) are once again our major Sponsor, and past student and player, Heath Woodman’s company Wolfdene Built have increased their support. TPS is once again a strong supporter of the Pirates, and our Coterie group, the Cutlass Club, are increasing their involvement and support.
The Club continues to host an array of social functions. The President’s Luncheon was well attended and held in May. The Ladies Luncheon was held in July and provided an opportunity to recognise the role women play in football clubs. The Annual Ball will be held on August 3rd and this year for the first time will be held at the Mornington Golf Club. It is sure to be a great night and is the biggest of the social calendar.
More information and updates can always be found on the POBFC website - follow the link under the Clubs section.
POBCC Premiers in 2012/13
The Peninsula Old Boys Cricket Club are once again Kings of the MPCA after winning the 2012/13 Provincial 1st XI premiership. The win was the Pirates second Provincial flag in three years. The Premiership looked unlikely after Christmas as the team were sitting eighth on the ladder. Following a narrow loss to Baxter in round 7, the Pirates proceeded to defeat Moorooduc, Long Island, Crib Point and Mount Martha
to sneak into fourth place and earn a place in the finals.
The Semi Final was against top side Baxter, the team we beat two
years ago in the Grand Final. The temperature for both Saturday and Sunday was in the high 30’s, and the Pirates won the toss and batted first on the slow Baxter ground. Our innings was based around wearing the Baxter bowlers down, as scoring was not going to be easy. We finished with 176, with Wade Pelzer (49), Eiv Bowen (33), John Forrest (25) all making valuable contributions. On Sunday, Baxter made a flying start to their chase, at one stage being 2/72 with plenty of overs remaining. But as we have done all year we stuck to our plan, and we proceeded to take 7/86 to have Baxter 9/158. The last two batsmen almost got Baxter over the line, but a shot straight to short cover was caught and we won by a run. Zac Fillipone finished with 4/63, and Dylan O’Malley and John Forrest both took 2 wickets.
We went into the Grand Final against Sorrento full of confidence, but knew it was not going to be easy. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the first day was severely hampered by rain. Only 25 overs were bowled and
we finished 2/52. The Sunday saw better weather and 100 overs were completed. After struggling to 8/123, the last three batsmen combined to increase the total to 197. Trevor Johnston top scored with 59, Dylan O’Malley 31 and John Forrest 26.
197 was a competitive score, but a good start in the field was going to be critical to defending it. Things could not have started any better, within eight overs Sorrento were reeling at 3/9 after Zac Fillipone clean bowled the two openers. The next two batsmen were going to hold the key to the game,
the captain Blackwell and former Victorian player Nick Jewell. Adam Jones clean bowled the captain in the last over of the day, so the scene was set for the next weekend, they were 4/38, but Jewell was still in and looking comfortable. We had to get him early on the third day, and man of the match Zac Fillipone came up with the goods, clean bowling him five overs in. It took 49 overs to take the last five wickets, but finally we bowled them out for 133 and the premiership was ours!
In Captain/Coach Glen Prendergast’s third season at the club, he has taken us two Premierships and a Semi Final. An outstanding achievement, and
naturally has been re-appointed for season 2013/14.
Club highlights for the season include:
100 First XI games to John Forrest, Neil Franks and Andrew Parsons. (3 of only 9 players to have achieved this in the club’s 35 years)
Ryan Martin making 179no in the 3rds last game of the season v
We must also congratulate Adam Jones, Wade Pelzer, John Forrest
and Dylan O’Malley who all represented the MPCA in their successful Country Week premierships.
Success was also enjoyed by our under 13 Premier side, who defeated Mount Martha in a thrilling one wicket grand final victory. The boys finished in second place on the ladder, and played some of their best cricket in the finals. We also congratulate Lachie Curtis on being selected to represent the MPCA in England for next year’s u/15 tour, and James La Brooy who is in the Victorian School Boys u/15 squad, training at the MCG.
The following boys also made the south east country representative teams: u/18 – Will Crowder, Tom Feldgen and Tom La Brooy. u/14 – James La Brooy and Oscar Craig.
Our thanks must go to John Rowe and Andrew Quill who co-ordinate
the junior sides. We must also thank the great support we receive from the
School for the use of the facilities. We thank Bizzy in the Pavilion for
assisting in coordinating the Pavilion use, and to the grounds staff who present us with some of the best grounds in the competition. We are currently looking at upgrading the cricket nets adjacent to the Harry MacDonald oval, to provide safer run -ups and include additional nets.
The club is looking forward to season 2013/14 with confidence; training
for the seniors starts in August, all details regarding training can be found on our website www.pobcc.com.au , at our facebook site p.o.b.c.c.pirates or by contacting Coach Glen Prendergast on 0400 006 742.
FIRST GIRLS ALUMNI TEAM
This story featured in the May edition of 'News @ TPS'. The Peninsula Old Girls Soccer team, as part of TOPSA Soccer Club, is the first Peninsula School Old Girls Alumni Team of any kind. Congratulations to all involved!