VCC Senior – 9 May, 2023
This was our first ever Senior team entered in the VCC competition and the boys were eager to impress. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get over the line in our first game against ACC rival St Joseph’s Geelong. The boys managed to find some form and win their next 2 games (Templestowe and Box Hill 2) setting up a must-win game against Forest Hill College to take us through to the final. Sadly, we weren’t able to bring our A game which saw us ending the day with a 2-2 record. The boys learnt a lot throughout the day, making some big strides in their first time playing together. Our highlight for the day was defeating a very talented Templestowe College, who ended up winning the grand final.
VCC Intermediate – 24 May, 2023
After winning the VCC Intermediate Qualifying round in 2022, our new-look intermediate team were eager to go back to back. We started out against a solid St Joseph’s FTG opponent, and after leading all game, we found ourselves down with 10 seconds to go. Wissam Malaeb hit a clutch shot to get us over the line by 1 point. Unfortunately, we dropped our next game against Box Hill 2 but the boys made up for this loss with a great win against Lilydale High. This set us up for a semi-final berth against the undefeated Forest Hill College. After a slow start, we managed to work our way into the game and eventually hit the lead with a couple of minutes remaining but were unable to come away with the win.
VCC Junior – 2 June, 2023
All bar 1 student was new to our Junior team, so this was always going to be a bit of an unknown. The day started against an incredibly strong Berwick College who proved to be too big and too strong for us. The bad start continued as we lost our next 2 matchups against Berwick 2 and St Joseph’s FTG. We managed to find some form in game 4, with a fantastic 2-point victory over Fairhills College. Our last pool game was against Luther College, which would see the winner through to the semi-final. Our boys played their best game for the day, leading from start to finish and coming away with a double-digit victory. After our poor start, we found ourselves in a semi-final game against Berwick 2. We came out of the gates strong, but unfortunately were not able to finish it off, going down by 5 points.
Overall it was a tremendous experience for our 3 teams and the improvement across the board was fantastic. We look forward to the end of the year, with the aim of taking these 3 teams to the Gold Coast for the Australian School Championships.