On Thursday 5th September, Joseph Banks Secondary College had their fifth annual Interhouse Athletics Carnival.

Having gone back to back Athletics House champions in 2018, Incana came into the day quietly confident to take out the threepeat ala AFL team Hawthorn 2013-2015.

Formosa, having finished 4th at last year’s Athletics Carnival, were looking to win their first ever Interhouse Carnival, having never previously won an event. New House Leader Miss Jeary had a task on her hands to change Formosa’s fortunes.

Ornata, fresh off another Swimming Carnival victory, were keen on adding to their 2015 Athletics triumph.

Serrata, who have won one Athletics Carnival in 2016, were excited about the prospect of adding to this achievement. Mr “Hulk” Cruickshank was quietly confident of stopping Incana from winning the threepeat.

The day started with the usual 100m events, with the Year 11 & Over students racing first. The first results of the day saw Brendan O’Malley take out the Year 11 & Over Boys 100m title, with Maddie Drew winning the Year 11 & Over Girls event. The field events began at the same time, with the qualifiers for these events beginning in strong fashion.

As the Track program moved into the 400m events, some of our stronger athletes emerged victorious. Previous Champions Kayla Going, Arjeta Skelaj, Jess Roper and Rowan Young all winning their respective year groups 400m races.

A few highlights were emerging from the Field events as the day progressed. Nathan Tahu broke records in front of a huge crowd watching on at High Jump on the oval for the first time in 2019, setting a new JBSC benchmark of 1.70m. The Year 10 boys also had a great battle at the Long Jump pit, with Finlay Cruickshank, Lochlan Paton and Nathan Tahu again battling it out, each of the boys jumping past 5.50m!

The team games gained greater importance in 2019, with the Novelty area of the inside of the track packed throughout the day. Non-stop games of Passball, Tunnelball and Leaderball were played throughout the day, with a great mix of students on each team from all year groups. In the final breakdown of results, the team games points made a huge difference for some houses.

The relay section of the day came and went with much excitement and fanfare, as the who’s who of each house battled it out for higher honours. It was a great credit to the House Leaders and House Captains for organising their teams for each year group and gender very quickly, with some outstanding performances. Incana and Serrata dominated this portion of the day, which reflects in the overall final standings.

Finally, it came time to present our individual champions and runners-up for each year group and gender. Each of the students listed below are worthy winners of their respective awards and should be very proud of their accomplishments.

Houses placings were announced at the end. The threepeat for Incana! An extremely happy Mr Muirhead and his House captains accepted the Athletics Shield for the third year running.

This years’ carnival could not have been as successful as it was without the support of the HPE team. Many have acknowledged it as our most successful one yet. All members of the HPE team worked extremely hard to ensure that the event would run smoothly with a high level of organisation required in preparation. A big thank you must go to all staff that assisted with this.
Congratulations again to Incana and all of our individual champions, watch this space for announcements for the SSWA Track & Field Interschool team for Thursday 17th October (Week 1, Term 4).

Kind Regards
Taylor Jones
Domain Leader- Health & Physical Education

Joseph Banks Secondary College

Joseph Banks Secondary College