Barker College students have ended their Summer season of sport on a high, securing a hat trick of championship titles including both the CAS and ISA premiership titles.

Both the Boys' and Girls' 1st Basketball teams won their respective championship titles, with the Girls’ Softball team taking out the School’s 23rd ISA title.

The Barker 1st V, 2nd V, 3rd V and 4th V Open Boys’ Basketball teams all won premierships in their final round on Saturday March 10. This is the 20th time that the Barker College boys have won the prestigious AV Smith shield. Team Captain, Angus Henskens, was emotional and thrilled to conclude his final year in the Firsts with a premiership.

"The team has fought hard all season to overcome adversity and be the best version of ourselves. A championship in my final year at Barker is a dream come true." Angus said.

Coach, Jared Scoines, was also thrilled to win his second premiership. “From day one the boys were invested in one another on and off the court, so they all felt a sense of responsibility to each other.”

The ISA Girls' Basketball competition continued in 2017/2018 to be filled with high level playing experience and talent.

In what was one of the most unpredictable finals series in recent years, Central Coast Grammar, Chevalier College and Barker were all in with a realistic chance at the title, with the greatest margin between the teams in recent weeks being only four points.

In a dominating Grand Final performance, the Barker team went on to win the ISA title defeating Chevalier College 66-50.

Barker Girls’ 1sts Basketball Coach, Sarah Clifton said, “for a long season to come together in the grand final like it did, made the win for Barker even more satisfying. The self-belief, effort, team work and game smarts that were demonstrated by all 11 players on the day made the game such a pleasure for coach, players and spectators alike”. 

This year, the ISA Softball competition celebrated its 25th year, with Barker securing its 23rd win of the Shield in one of the tightest finals ever played.

Playing at Blacktown in a final series where the semi and the final are held as double-header matches, saw the Barker 1st team rise to the challenge and defeat St Pauls Grammar School, following a loss to this school two weeks ago.

Coach, Mrs Laura Payne, said that on the day the girls came together to play better than they had all year. “It was the team combinations rather than any individual player that made this the champion team, every single player contributed to the success,” she said.

Top Photo - ISA Girls' Basketball champions. Bottom photo - CAS Boys' Basketball champions