The 2015 Australian Schools Champs tipped off today in Canberra with over 120 teams participating in their first round games.

Championship Women’s Wrap:

John Paul College (105) defeated Hellyer College (63)

Traditional powerhouse John Paul College got off to a fantastic start behind the three-pronged offensive attack of Caralie Wilson, Jayden Fuiava and Carleigh Patrick who combined for 77 points. Tyla Free did her best to keep Hellyer in touch however JPC ran away with the game in the second half.

Cabra Dominican (61) defeated by Westfields Sports High School (66)

30 points from Cabra Dominican’s Nicola Mathews wasn’t enough to hold off Westfields Sports High in a game that was hotly contested from start to finish. Westfields got solid contributions from across the board however Raijielia Tanuku was the standout performer with 22 points, including a tidy 5-7 from long range.

Box Hill Senior Secondary College (70) defeated Woodvale Secondary College (64)

Despite shooting 6-28 from the three-point line, Box Hill did enough to ensure that Woodvale were kept at arms-length throughout the contest. Najvada George was solid for the victors contributing 20 points and eight rebounds whilst Cameron Flynn managed to snag herself a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

St Joseph’s Catholic College (74) defeated Willetton (51)

St. Joseph’s made a statement that they are the team to beat in the women’s competition via a decisive victory over Championship Division regulars Willetton. St. Joseph’s managed to turn up the pressure defensively, holding Willeton to 30% shooting from the floor. This defensive pressure allowed St. Joseph’s star Jasmine Forcadilla to help herself to 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Championship Men’s Wrap:

Sydney Boys High School (84) defeated Concordia College (77)

Gaining entry to Championship division through a wildcard birth, Sydney Boys High proved they are not here to simply fill in numbers with a round 1 victory over Concordia College.  The first half went back and forth before SBHS managed to pull slightly ahead after a third quarter run. Sydney Boys managed strong contributions across the board whilst Lat Mayen was heavily involved for Concordia posting a line of 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Ignatius Park College (83) defeated Aquinas College (81)

Ethan Betts lit it up from the perimeter whilst William Mcdowell-White contributed numerous highlight plays to lead Ignatius Park over Aquinas. Corey Shervill managed 31 points to keep Aquinas afloat throughout the game which went back and forth before Ignatius Park turned up the heat in the fourth quarter to hold on for a narrow victory.

Newington (76) defeated St Peter’s College (58)

A well-disciplined Newington College ran away with an 18-point victory despite tough inside play from St. Peter’s College big man Thomas Goodall. He worked hard inside against Newington stud Makuach Maluach but over the course of the game the athleticism and rebounding from the Newington crew began to take its toll. Newington may be one of the favourites for the tournament heading into day 2.

Lake Ginninderra College (96) defeated Marcellin (65)

In a game filled with physical play and trash talking the pure talent from the locals was way too much for Marcellin to handle.  The Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence players in Jack White and Dejan Vasiljevic combined for 48 points, 25 rebounds and seven assists but the standout for the game may have been Basketball ACT’s very own Bul Kuol who lead the game in scoring with 30 points on 11-19 from the field. Sebastiano Lamonato did his best to keep Marcellin in touch, however it was in vain as ‘Lake G’ ran up the score in the 4th quarter.


The Participation Division performance of the day may have gone to Catriona Henderson from St Luke’s Grammar in the U15 Freshman Girls. Catriona managed 33 points in a win over Canberra Girls Grammar.