A look at the week’s action in the Rowville Sports Academy… 

The Year 8 netballers reigned supreme, winning the 2016 Netball Victoria Schools Championships grand final over Padua College, 11-6.

The championship comes off the back of a barnstorming morning at the tournament, opening with a 16-3 win over St.Paul’s Anglican Grammar School.

Recording seven wins in the Junior Girls A pool, the girls finished with a percentage of 158.33 – 16% more than the next best registered by Ballarat & Clarendon College of 142.19.

Netball Vic

The strong showing in the Junior Girls A pool sent Rowville through to the semi-final, where the Year 8 girls overcame a gallant MacKillop College to run out 14-6 winners.

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Meanwhile, the senior girls soccer team fell one goal short of a grand final berth in the School Sport Victoria finals, after a valiant tournament which saw resounding victories over Mallacoota College, 8-1, and Frankston High School 6-0.

A tight tussle with Maribyrnong Sports Academy saw the pair fight out a 1-1 draw to fall agonisingly short of the decider.


The draw is somewhat of a feather in the caps of the Rowville Sports Academy girls, as Maribyrnong Sports Academy would go on to win the championship, thrashing Ballarat High School, 6-0. On hand to present the trophies was former RSA student-athlete, now Melbourne Victory star, Rashid Mahazi and teammate Scott Galloway.

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And speaking of RSA football graduates, former student-athlete Bradley Clarke made his senior debut for Melbourne City last week in the club’s 2-1 FFA Cup win against the Brisbane Strikers. Clarke took to Perry Park in the second half of the round of 16 match as a substitute.

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Image: Dandenong City/Drazen Jurina

The win sees City through to the quarter finals next month, facing off against the Western Sydney Wanderers. Clarke joins Rashid Mahazi, Paulo Retre and Kieran Dover, all formerly of the Rowville Sports Academy, to have played for an A-League club.

On the international scene, former RSA volleyballer Phil Freere (pictured, top right) departed Melbourne this week ahead of joining pre-season training with his new club in Paris.

The 19 year-old had previously played in Denmark, adding to a myriad of honours on his volleyball CV, including winning the Victorian Volleyball League championship in the premier division in 2014, as well as being selected in the All Star 6 at the 2014 National Junior Championships.

Known for his exemplary jumping ability, Freere had also previously played for Yarra Ranges Volleyball Club and University Blues Volleyball Club.