COME CHEER ON YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL
VICTORIA HARBOUR SCHOOLS SAILING SERIES FINAL
WITH two-time champions St Leonard's College among the favourites to take out the final of the Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series, organizers are urging friends and family to get behind their local school for what promises to be an exciting two days of sailing at Docklands on May 16 and 17.
At least four other schools are strong contenders to take out the two-day event, with former finalists St Bede's College and the Peninsula School again looking hard to beat.
Haileybury College and St Michael's Grammar are also expected to perform strongly after each winning their qualifying rounds.
Event co-ordinator Mark Taylor said that with a number of significant crew changes from last year, it would be interesting to see which of the schools had improved or maintained their strength and could take the title away from long time rivals St Leonard's College and the Peninsula School.
``Outside bets will no doubt be placed on Geelong Grammar and Mentone Grammar,'' Mr Taylor said.
``Interestingly, all the schools with second or B teams made it through to the finals this year – a strong indicator that form follows depth.''
The Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Series is held off Docklands Yacht Club and is proudly sponsored by Lend Lease and the City of Melbourne. Ellie Schwab, Project Director of Victoria Harbour said, `` The skill displayed by the students during the qualifying rounds was rather impressive and we wish each of the finalists the best of luck."
Like last year - weather permitting - the event will be run in the traditional Swiss League format until around lunchtime on the last day when the top four teams will move through to a best-of-three knock-out format with 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 - the winners advancing to the best-of-three grand final.
FOR MEDIA AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES WITH YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL PLEASE CALL:
Mentone Grammar: Head of Sport 9584 4211
St Leonard's College: John Lyle 9592 2266
St Michael's Grammar: 8530 3200
Geelong Grammar School: 5273 9200
Christian College Geelong: 5241 1565
Mentone Girls Secondary College: Deborah Lehner 9581 5200
St Bede's College: Terry Herman 9583 3325
The Peninsula School: 9788 7777
Woodleigh School: 5971 1108
Blackburn High School: 9878 4477
Firbank Girls Grammar: Head of Sport
Haileybury College: Head of Sport 9213 2222
For further information about the event please call Mark Taylor on 0417 832 000
Ends: Jennifer Milligan
Yachting Victoria Media & PR