Advertising feature: Hunter Academy of Sports shines at 2018 Games

SLAM DUNK: Sophie Keeble playing basketball at HAS.

SLAM DUNK: Sophie Keeble playing basketball at HAS.

Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) played host to the 2018 Your Local Club Academy Games from April 27 to 29, drawing over 1200 athletes and their families from 11 regional academies in NSW. HAS had major success with squads showing a high level of talent and skill against strong opposition. See the results below:

Netball: Division 1: The Greater Bank team faced a tough competition with 4 wins out of their 10 games. As voted by opposing coaches, Charli Carroll was named the Merit Player for the team. Division 2: The Greater Bank team won 5 of their 8 games, with Maddison Mueller named  Merit Player for the team. 

Golf : HAS golfers faced fierce competition and unfortunately day 2 was rained out at Newcastle Golf Club. Final placings were based on the previous days score. Caleb Bromley came 2nd in the boys and Pyper Hollis came 3rd in the girls. A great weekend of golf from our 13 competing athletes.

Bully off: The Hunter Academy of Sport boys Hockey team looking thrilled after a well deserved win.

Bully off: The Hunter Academy of Sport boys Hockey team looking thrilled after a well deserved win.

Hockey: HAS girls placed 4th overall with a very close game against South West Sydney. The HAS MVP was awarded to Lily Burgmann. The boys faced a tough game against Western Region coming out on top, walking away with a gold medal. Chris Murray was awarded MVP for the boys team.

Basketball: The HAS girls won gold after fierce competition and final game against Northern Inland. The  team played well over the whole 3 days, with some very close games - a well-deserved win. The boys also walked away with gold in an incredibly close game against Central Coast. The boys set a new level of competition, with some exceptional play.  

Softball: Despite  tough competition the girls walked away with 6th place. They played extremely well and showed great sportsmanship and skill throughout the tournament. Unfortunately, the Softball boys finals were rained out on Sunday, with final placings based from the pool. The HAS boys were awarded 2nd place, and were geared up to play against South West Sydney in the final before it was rained out.

Surfing: Saturday was a tough competition for the Burton Automotive team, who competed in a tag-team event against Illawarra and South East. Everyone surfed extremely well and displayed brilliant sportsmanship, with HAS taking out 1st and 2nd place.

Sunday brought the individual competition, showing some highly skilled athletes. HAS did an incredible job in the boy’s competition, taking out 1st with Dominic Thomas, 2nd Ethan Hartge and 3rd Oscar Salt. The girls achieved 2nd to Leila Salt and 3rd to Amelie Burke.

AFL: The boys played an exhibition match against Central Coast, with a very close loss of 12-13. The boys aged from 9-12 years old played a hard game against their Coastal counterparts.

The HAS Property Solutions 101 girls played together for the first time, with many of the girls playing their first ever game. They all showed exceptional skill and talent, with big wins in all games. The girls came out on top of the competition, with many catching the eye of NSW State Selectors.

Tennis: The HAS Tennis squad had their first trip as a team to the Academy Games and the squad performed brilliantly. Laia Pasini came first in the girls tournament, with a win in the 16’s singles and 16’s doubles. Kirra Morris won the 16’s doubles, and Logan Paulson achieved 3rd in the 14’s singles.

The 2018 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.