Interschool shield win for Cummins

Cummins Oval was the venue for the 52nd Eastern Eyre Peninsula Area Schools Sports Association (EEPASSA) Interschool Athletics Carnival on April 1.

As host school, Cummins Area School was responsible for the organisation of the carnival and officiated the track events.

The other six participating area schools, Cleve, Cowell, Lock, Kimba, Tumby Bay and Wudinna, presided over the measuring and recording for field events.

The oval was a hive of activity with more than 300 students competing in track and field events and more than 200 adults measuring, recording, supervising, volunteering on stalls, and encouraging the athletes.

Cummins student executives Amy Crettenden, Maya Doudle and Megan Stephens conducted the opening procedures.

The carnival was opened by Cummins resident Troy Branson, who still holds two interschool boys high jump records, juniors from 1990 and seniors from 1993.

The last time blocks for the carnival are for team events with schools competing in girls circle gap and boys football relay.

The day culminated with the 4 x 100 metre relays.

Despite near perfect weather conditions no new records were set on the day.

Cummins District Community Bank sponsored the handicap pennants and the handicap shield and these were presented by manager, Braden Gale.

Handicap pennants winners: sub junior: Lock 374 points; junior: Cowell 384 points; intermediate: Wudinna 369 points; senior: Cowell 446 points.

The overall winner of the handicap shield was Cowell with 1435 points, closely followed by Cleve on 1388 points.

Cleve dominated the ball games winning easily with Cummins and Tumby Bay equal second.

Cummins Area School won the championship shield on 1234 points, 148 points ahead of Cleve (1086 points) and third was Tumby Bay on 853 points.

Cowell was fourth on 850, Wudinna was fifth on 775, Kimba sixth on 773 and Lock were seventh on 285.

Cummins won in 2017 but previously had not won the event since 2006.

Cummins sports captains, Riley Doolan and Kira Symonds, accepted the shield on behalf of all the excited students, staff and spectators from the host school.

The Cummins Area School sports committee worked hard to make the day successful, and would like to thank the Cummins businesses and farming families who sponsored the event.

Also, thanks to the parent and student volunteers who worked on track events, food and drink stalls, measured and assisted at field events and marked and set up the oval and grounds on Sunday and Monday mornings for the carnival.

Thank you to the Cummins pool committee for providing canteen facilities, the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council for preparing the jump pits and the Cummins Rec Centre for the use of the oval and facilities.

The EEPASSA Interschool Athletics Day will be hosted by Wudinna Area School next year.