2022 Start-Up Sport News

We are starting the year off excited to be able to offer an extensive sports program in Term 1. Over the last two years, we know that many students have been impacted by the disruptions to sport, both at school and in the community. With a broad range of offerings, we would love to see students take up the opportunity to get active, improve their fitness, join a team and reconnect with sport in 2022. All sports have COVID-safe plans in place to provide the safest environment that we can for all involved.

Past student news

Incredible news over the holidays with Meg Macdonald, a Woodleigh Warriors champion, making her AFLW debut for the Richmond Football Club. Meg led Woodleigh to the final of the AFL Herald Sun Shield in 2016 and was an outstanding contributor to our longstanding Girls Football program. She’s worked incredibly hard to break into the AFLW competition, and we wish her every success as her football journey continues with the Tigers.

Key Sport Dates Term 1

31 January FDBA Basketball Summer Season resumes

1 February FDBA Basketball - Training resumes for current players

3 February FDNA Netball – Training commences for all interested students

9 February School Teams Sailing Competition commences

9 February FDBA Basketball – Year 7 training commences

10 February SIS Senior Weekly Sport commences

11 February SIS Intermediate Weekly Sport commences

16 February Swim training commences – Core 24 Somerville

16 February Sailing training commences at Mornington Yacht Club

22 February Homestead Swimming Carnival – Pines Aquatic Centre

18 March SIS Swim Relay Carnival – Pines Aquatic Centre

30 March Homestead Athletics Carnival – Casey Fields

FDBA Summer Season

Summer Season matches have resumed after the school holiday break. This season continues to end Term 1, with Grand Finals taking place between April 4-9. The Winter Season will commence in Term 2. Students are strongly encouraged to come along to training to work on both individual skills and team skills as well as developing their fitness and game awareness. Year 7 students and students keen to join a team for the Winter Season are encouraged to attend Term 1 training sessions on a Wednesday. Current Woodleigh players should attend the Tuesday session. We are really pleased to have Ben McEvoy, Lee Burch and Liam Doyle-Toombs returning as our coaches.

Training (current players) – Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:15pm

Training (Year 7’s) – Wednesdays 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Key contact – Tom Angelico (Basketball Coordinator)

FDNA Netball

At the time of writing, there is some uncertainty about the Term 1 FDNA Netball Season, with some schools opting to train in Term 1 and resume in Term 2 for the longer Winter Season. Training is underway for students on Thursdays after school in the Woodleigh Gym from 4:00-5:15pm. All students interested in joining a Woodleigh after school Netball team, regardless of ability, are encouraged to come along and get involved in this weekly session. Jane Baker and Ben Davenport will be continuing as our FDNA Netball coaches in 2022.

Key contact – Ben Davenport (Netball Coordinator)


Before School Swim Training

In Term 1, Swim training will take place from 7:15-8:15am, for competent swimmers, at Core 24 Somerville, Grant Rd, Somerville. Students will be transported back to school by bus after training. These sessions are open to those students who would like to be a part of our Swim Squad and competent swimmers looking to improve their fitness. The cost of this program is $30 per term as part of our Sports Club program – if you are already playing after school Basketball or Netball, there will be no additional charge for attending these sessions.

Homestead Swimming Carnival

The Homestead Swimming Carnival will be at Pines Aquatic Centre on 22 February. It’s a full-day event, with all Junior Homestead students expected to attend the Homestead Swimming Carnival as a normal school day. It is an important part of the Homestead program, with a mix of fun novelty events and more traditional events. The day is about participation and competitiveness for those students aiming to be a part of the SIS team. Students are encouraged to wear Homestead colours.

SIS Swimming Carnivals

The SIS Swim Relay Carnival will be held after school at Pines Aquatic Centre on Friday 18 March. This session is used as a lead event for the SIS Swimming Carnival, which will be held as a daytime carnival at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Tuesday 3 May. There is also an SIS Swim Squad Activity running throughout Unit 2 Activities, where all of our swimmers are strongly encouraged to do this activity to prepare well for these events.

Key contacts – Cam Macindoe & Debs Kesterson (Swimming Coordinators)

SIS Weekly Sport

Interschool sport is back with the return of SIS Weekly Sport. As part of the COVID Safe plan for this competition, all SIS schools have agreed that students participating should use one of their RAT tests on the morning of their scheduled match. Details of SIS Weekly Sports running throughout 2022 can be viewed below.


I’m delighted to welcome Will McKenzie on board as our team Sailing coach. Will is committed to guiding our Sailing team through training sessions at Mornington Yacht Club on Wednesdays after school and coaching them at the various competitions we will enter throughout Term 1.

Key contact – Tom Angelico (Sailing Coordinator)

Homestead Athletics Carnival

The Homestead Athletics Carnival will be at Casey Fields on Wednesday 30 March. Performances on this day will be taken into consideration when selecting the SIS Athletics Squad later in the year. There will also be a range of novelty events, including tug-of-war and sack races.

Lunchtime Fitness Training

Throughout Term 1, during Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes, the Gym Mezzanine will be open for students to come along and do fitness training under the supervision of qualified staff. There is an excellent range of equipment, and the staff will work with students to develop personalized programs.

Key contacts – Debs Kesterson & Bill Higgins

Other events

Woodleigh will also be competing in several more sporting events throughout the term. Details of these will be advertised at school as they come to hand. Please see the list below for details of Woodleigh Sport Staffing for 2022.


Sporting achievements

We would love to hear about the sporting achievements of our students, past and present, out in the community. Please share your achievements with us so we can celebrate your successes and work to support you in your sporting endeavours.


Director of Sport