Term 1, | Issue No. 3 - 13 April 2022

From the Sports Desk

Sports wrap up

By Tamae Ninos and Josh Archer

With the end of Summer sport for Term 1, thanks to all our coaches for the time and energy you give to coaching our teams. Your efforts are much appreciated.

Thank you also to our wonderful parents for getting players to their training sessions and games, often early morning. And, well done to everyone who participated, and committed to training and playing. While this season looked a little different to previous it was fun and enjoyed by all and we look forward to the Summer season return in Term 4.

First XVIII Football Coach

With an impressive CV, Simon Starr has been appointed our First XVIII Football Coach.As Head of Performance Coaching at Hood Sweeney and a coach with more than 20 years’ experience, Simon’s successfully worked with sports teams, athletes, corporations, SMEs, and executives.

A rare mix of a business coach, fitness coach, personal trainer, success coach and life coach rolled into one, he’s a qualified Exercise and Sports Scientist with a depth of experience gained with league football clubs, state golf teams and a Sydney to Hobart sailing crew.

Simon’s coached Juniors (U12-U16.5) at Mitcham Hawks making five grand finals and winning four flags. Prior, he coached primary school footy, played amateur footy for Adelaide Uni and has been a trainer with Sturt Football Club and was the Crows Assistant Fitness Coach.

Simon will work closely with the Mercedes Unley Jets, coached by Scott Thomson, integrating strategies and drills. As a valued member of our parent community, we’re delighted to now welcome Simon to Mercedes First XVIII!

Open A Netball Coach

Jessie Grenvold has been appointed as our Mercedes Open A Netball Coach for the 2022 season. In 2021 she coached the A2s team, and developed a love for coaching and desire to help develop a strong netball program.

Jessie is a Mercedes College old scholar with premier league level playing experience with Contax Netball Club and involvement with state programs as well as both the Australian and South Australian Sport Institutes, including the Netball Australia Centre of Excellent Squads.

Winter Sport

Winter Sport training will begin in Week 1 of Term 2, with competition underway in Week 2 for girls Netball and Football, with Soccer matches set to begin in Week 4.

A reminder that Netball and Soccer trainings will be in the afternoons, with Football continuing with morning trainings. A specific schedule will be posted on Team App once all details are finalised – keep a look out for it.
Fixtures will also be posted to Team App once finalised.

Netball and Soccer teams are now listed on the App, with Football to be determined after the first two weeks of training.

Please have the correct sport uniform. For Soccer and Football we will discuss allocations at the first training to avoid clashes in jersey numbers. For Netball, visit the College Shop for the dress and shorts – both must be work. The shorts have a specific silicon lining to prevent them riding up when playing and they’re colour matched to the dress. Mercedes socks must be worn.

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Millie McCarthy and Violet Patterson (Year 11) who have been selected in the State Under 18 Football Squad. Millie and Violet will play 2 more games in the 2022 NAB AFLW U18 Championships this month following their match against WA at Thebarton Oval last week:

  • Saturday 16 April v Vic Country – 1.10pm, Adelaide Oval
  • Friday 22 April v Allies – 12.30pm, Avalon Airport Oval, Werribee

Congratulations to Ava Barton (Year 8) for her achievements at the State Little Athletics Championships over the weekend of 2-3rd of April. Ava won a Gold medal in 400m, Silver in Javelin and 80m Hurdles and Bronze in 200m Hurdles. Well done Ava on a massive achievement!

Congratulations to Olivia Sandery (Class of 2020) for achieving a Gold medal in the Women’s U20 10,000m Walk at the 2022 Australian Track and Field Championships held in Sydney. Olivia set a meet record with a time of 45:28.96. Well done Olivia!

Congratulations to Hayley Fuss (Year 7) for being selected to represent South Australia at the upcoming Little Athletics National Competition held in Melbourne on the 23 - 24 April. Good luck Hayley!

School photographs | order before 6 May 2022

For enquiries | advancedlife.com.au/contact

Stay up to date | 2022 Mercedes College Calendar of Events


Join our Craft Club

Like Ivy and Mikhail (Year 6, pictured) you can learn new skills, including how to sew. Neither had sewn before yet have achieved so much.

Junior School Craft Club | Monday, Art Room MB101, at lunchtime every even-numbered week during Term
Middle School Craft Club | Monday, Art Room D206, each odd-numbered week from 3.30-4.15pm during Term

Belinda Zieleniecki
Craft Club Coordinator


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