Team HAS Dominate Academy Games
13th April 2022
By Bianca Smith
Close to 200 athletes, coaches and managers from the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) arrived in Wagga Wagga on Friday 8th April, amongst some of the state’s finest young athletes for the 2022 Your Local Club Academy Games.
Hosted by the Southern Sports Academy (SSA), the event was held across various venues throughout Wagga Wagga from Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 10th. The event ran for the first of 3 years in Wagga Wagga, previously hosted by HAS in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
Over 1 300 athletes and their families travelled from 11 Regional Academies throughout NSW to compete in the tournament. 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:
U16 & U14 Boys & Girls : A tough competition in both tournaments saw the athletes show exception skill and perseverance throughout the 3 days of competition – a great all round effort by the HAS athletes. All teams fought hard against tough competition, showcasing how hard they have been training in the lead up to the Games.
Our cyclists juggled between road racing on the Saturday and track racing on the Sunday with Hayley Dell taking home the Gold medal in U17 Female and Hallie Boucher Gold in U19 Female.
The HAS golfers faced fierce competition over the weekend across Junee Golf Club and Wagga Wagga Country Club. HAS golfer Amy Squires was the Girls Scratch Runner-Up = with 82,77 – 159.
Girls: our UAA HAS Girls squad placed 4th overall with a very close games throughout the weekend.
Boys: UAA HAS boys won the Boys Academy Games tournament in a very close penalty shoot-out grand final!
It was the first year Indoor Volleyball was included in the Academy Games, with HAS finishing equal 3rd in Senior Boys, 2nd in Senior Girls, 3rd in Junior Boys and 4th in Junior Girls
Netball & Umpires
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 Mia Marshall being named the MVP for Division 1 and Acacia Elers for Division 2.
HAS Umpires Bethany Knight and Mackenzie Winn were awarded their National C Badge, and Ellie Taylor her National B Badge on the weekend.
HAS had a great weekend of racing at the Games up against state athletes from Triathlon NSW. HAS had the following podium finishes: Madeline Platt- 2nd Female Youth, Jazmine O’brien – 2nd Female Junior, Oliver Schumaker – 3rd Male Junior2, Grady Platt, Jazmine O’brien, Rohan Barnes, Madeline Platt – 1st Relay Teams
The 2022 Your Local Club Academy Games is proudly supported by Your local club, the NSW Government, Wagga Wagga City Council, Achieve Physiotherapy, Southern Cross Austereo, Regional Academies of Sport and the Southern Sports Academy.
Full results from the tournament can be found on www.academygames.com.au