ISA Students Shine at the 2020 NSWCIS Awards Evening

The 2020 NSWCIS Awards Evening recognises the achievements of its member school’s students from the 2019 calendar year. 2019 proved to be a very successful year for ISA with many students receiving acknowledgment for sporting success.

Oakhill College was a standout school for 2019 with 6 students awarded for their achievements.


BASEBALLJAMES NATI – OAKHILL COLLEGE – Despite being one of the smaller sports within the CIS Program in terms of participation numbers the sport of Baseball is continuing to develop and grow. Congratulations to James who was the only CIS athlete selected to represent NSW. James was a valuable member of his respected teams and helped NSW progress through the School Sport Australia Championships undefeated.

NETBALLJESSICA BOWDEN – OAKHILL COLLEGE. Congratulations to Jessica, who was selected in the NSW All Schools Honour Team after an outstanding Tri-Series against CHS and CCC.

RUGBY LEAGUECIS was well represented at the 15 Years and Under Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Championship where they were narrowly defeated in the Pool A Final 12-6 by NSW CCC. From these Championships, three players were named in the Australian Merit Team and received a ‘Blue with Honours’. Two of these players are from ISA, one from Oakhill College and the other from St Augustine’s College.

MICHAEL ABDOW – OAKHILL COLLEGE. Michael dominated the 2019 Tournament and was fittingly named Player of the Championships…the first ever CIS Representative to achieve this honour.

TOUCH FOOTBALLFollowing the NSW All Schools Touch tournament, three CIS players were selected to represent NSW All Schools at the SSA Championships.  The NSW All Schools Boys Touch team went on to win the SSA Championships defeating Queensland for the first time in many years.  Two ISA boys were awarded ‘Blues with Honours’ after being named in the 15 Years & Under Australian Schoolboys Team.

FINN WATKINS – OAKHILL COLLEGE. Finn captained the NSW All Schools team and led them to victory in the final against Queensland.  He was subsequently named player of the final and the series.

COOPER ANGLES-CORKE – OAKHILL COLLEGE. Cooper was an integral part of the NSW All Schools team. Asked to play out of position Cooper relished in his new role showcasing both his skill and versatility.

At the Open level CIS acknowledged their best Touch players. Congratulations to:

FLYNN ANGLES-CORKE – OAKHILL COLLEGE. An Australian U18 Boys representative in 2018, at the Touch Youth Nationals in 2019 Flynn again inspired with his skilful performance on the field, as a team player and a leader and is a deserving recipient of a NSWCIS Blue. 


The ISA also wish to congratulate the following students from other ISA Member Schools on their significant achievements:

ATHLETICSALYSHA PEARSON – ST PAUL’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL. Alysha’s performance in the shotput secured second place, a silver medal and a CIS Blue.

DARCY HOLMES – ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL SCHOOL. Darcy was CIS’s top performing male competitor.  A talented high jumper winning a Gold medal in this event and was awarded a Blue Bar.

CRICKETSARAH TURNER – BARKER COLLEGE. At the secondary level the pathway for the NSWCIS Open Girls stops at NSW All Schools, however it is clear that CIS have players performing at an elite level and are extremely worthy of a CIS Cricket Blue. Sarah was one of these players who captained the CIS team at All Schools, had a top score of 75 and was named in the All schools Merit Team. Outside of school Sarah is also a member of the NSW U’18 team.

FOOTBALLSCARLET THOMAS – REDLANDS. Football is highly popular within CIS with large numbers trialling at all levels.  Congratulations to Scarlet who was awarded a Football Blues with Honours, following her selection in the Australian Schoolgirls Football Team.  Scarlet scored a goal and featured in many of the goals scored during the tournament.

HOCKEY ALANA KAVANAGH – BARKER COLLEGE. Alana received a ‘Blue with Honours’ following an outstanding season for NSW Schools winning the Final against Queensland, which culminated in her selection in the Australian Schoolgirls Team.

RUGBY LEAGUEOur second ISA player named in the 15 Years & Under Australian Merit Team and who received a ‘Blue with Honours:

OLIVER CUMMINS – ST AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE. Oliver was instrumental in leading his team around the field. Creative in attack, Oliver made several line breaks and had a number of try assists throughout the Championships.

SOFTBALLJACK BESGROVE – ST STANISLAUS’ COLLEGE. Jack was the dominant pitcher for both CIS and the NSW All Schools Teams in 2019. After an impressive School Sport Australia Championship, Jack was named in the Australian Schools Merit Team. Jack was also a member of the Under 18 Aussie Diamonds Squad and was named Rookie of the Year in the NSW State League Competition.

BRIDIE MURPHY – ST PAUL’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL. Bridie is a talented pitcher who was selected to represent NSW All Schools at the School Sport Australia Championships in Canberra, where she was inspirational in leading NSW to the title after a comprehensive Tournament where they won all 10 matches including the Final against Queensland.

Congratulations to all ISA Students on an outstanding representative year.

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