State Soccer Champions
Year 7 Boys claim State Football Championship.
The year 7 boys have achieved something that many only dream about. They have won the 2016 State Football Championship. Out of 2,000+ Victorian schools, the year 7 boys progressed through a number of stages to play in the State Football Finals against the 8 winners of every zone (North, South, East & West – Metro and Country both represented)
Teacher and Coach, Harry Amiridis said, “It is a wonderful achievement! Something that wouldn’t be achievable without commitment and effort from everyone involved. The year 7 students made a decision to commit, work hard, and this is the reward.”
Over the past few years SSC teams been knocking at the door and have come close to winning a State Football Championship, with the intermediate boys being runners up over the past three years in a row (2013-2015) and the junior girls receiving the silver medal in 2015.
SSC played against many schools that run full-time sports programs and have the luxury of training 3-4 times per week. “We don’t have that luxury of training frequently, so we must deliver quality training. The students are ‘tight-knit’ and play for each other, the coach and the school. We are a very proud school who not only produce good sportspeople, but bright and respectful young people through sport”.
The final was between SSC and Bendigo South East. After a slight ‘tug of war’ early in the game, SSC pounced with Anthony Pantazopoulos placing the ball past the keeper just before half time.
In the second half SSC had most of the play and it was Anthony Pantazopoulos again that score a ‘James Vardy special’ from outside the 18-yard box. At 2-0 up SSC was full of confidence and it was Anthony Pantazopoulos again that took a touch over the defenders head and cracked a volley which put a hole in the back of the net. The day was capped off by Andre Colacovski who slotted the ball into goals for the fourth goal. 4-0 and the Championship!
Overall, it was a wonderful team effort with some individual brilliance. Most importantly the team showed unity, had fun, and great friendships were kindled.