Team HAS Shine at 2021 Academy Games
21st April 2021
By Bianca Smith
(Image: UAA HAS & CCAS Hockey athletes go head-to-head)
The Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) played host for the third and final time to the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games over the weekend of Friday 16th April to Sunday 18th April. Over 1 400 athletes and their families travelled from 11 Regional Academies throughout NSW to compete in the tournament throughout the Hunter Region. HAS had major success over the weekend, with all of their squads showing a high level of talent and skill against strong opposition. See their results below:
Both division 1 and 2 Greater Bank HAS netballers had a great weekend, playing hard and strong throughout the entirety of the competition. Both teams had many notable wins against their academy counterparts, with Charlee Belcher being named the MVP for Division 1 and Paulini-Fi Davis Dates for Division 2.
The HAS golfers faced fierce competition over the weekend across Horizons and Charlestown Golf Clubs. HAS golfer Amy Squires placed 1st in the Girl’s Gross scoring, Hamish Ellison was 1st in Boys Gross and HAS team Amy Squires, Hamish Ellison, Owen Evans and Lachlan McDonald came 2nd in the Teams event.
Girls: our UAA HAS Girls squad placed 3rd overall with a very close games throughout the weekend. The HAS MVP was awarded to Sylvia Knott.
Boys: Both UAA HAS 1 and UAA HAS 2 faced tough competition across the weekend, finishing in 3rd and 4th respectively. Flynn Thompson was named MVP for HAS 1 and Kai Kabayama was named for HAS 2.
U16 Girls: A tough competition in the girl’s tournament saw the girls show exception skill and perseverance throughout the 3 days of competition – a great all round effort by the HAS athletes, finishing in 5th place.
U16 Boys: The HAS boys had an incredible tournament, showcasing how hard they have been training in the lead up to the Games. They finished in 1st place after a nail biting win again Illawaara 59-56
U14 Girls & Boys: Our development squads were included in the Games for the first time this year, gaining valuable experience from high level competition. Our U14 boys finished in 1st place!
HAS had a great weekend of racing at the Games up against National athletes from Triathlon Australia. On the Saturday of racing, Rohan Barnes places 3rd in the Male Junior race, and on Sunday team HAS/CCAS 1, consisting of Hallie Boucher, Will Apps and Rohan Barnes placed 2nd in the Junior Mixed Relay Championship.
U12 and U13 Boys: The 2 boys squads played exhibition matches against Central Coast on the Friday of competition, both winning their games by exceptional margins.
U14: The HAS U14 squad played their first competition together, showing great teamwork, level of skill and leadership amongst other Academies. The girls had exceptional wins across the weekend, finishing the competition on Saturday afternoon undefeated.
U16: The HAS U16 girls squad played extremely well across the weekend, narrowly losing to South East in the Grand final 27-22, finishing in 2nd place after a great weekend of football.
U18: Our U18 squad were up against some tough competition from across the State but showed everyone exactly how hard they have been training over summer. The squad finished in 2nd place, after a tough final against South East.
The 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games is proudly supported by Your local club, the NSW Government, Newcastle City Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, NBN News, Regional Academies of Sport and the Hunter Academy of Sport.
Full results from the tournament can be found on www.academygames.com.au