Sport plays an important part in the co-curricular life of students at Oakhill College and all students are expected to participate in sport throughout their time at Oakhill. All coaches are qualified in their respective sport and, where possible, students will be placed in a team that reflects their ability level.
Oakhill students compete in the Independent Sporting Association for the majority of sports. This is a weekend based competition whereby Oakhill teams play other Independent Schools across NSW.
Whilst sport is not compulsory at the College, students are encouraged to represent Oakhill in their selected sport. Each year the College fields in excess of 100 teams, comprising of only Oakhill students. Representative students have the opportunity to participate in the ISA Representative Teams, then the Combined Independent Schools Team (CIS) and eventually NSW and Australia. Each year the College has a number of State and National representatives in a variety of sports including: basketball, swimming, rugby, tennis and athletics.
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Selection for the Oakhill College Athletics team is based on performance at the College athletics carnival – held on the School grounds. For all field events, first place is selected, while for all short distance track events, usually two runners represent the College.
Age groups range from under 12’s through to under 18’s. Girls can compete in the senior age groups – under 17’s and 18’s.
Basketball continues to grow each year, with the College experiencing success across many age groups each season. Students at Oakhill have the opportunity to play basketball either in the Summer ISA competition (this is the Oakhill College school competition) or the Hills District local competition (usually held on a weekday afternoon/evening) at Hills basketball Stadium. Most students play in the school based ISA competition in terms 4 and 1. Oakhill teams in the Hills competition are usually based on friendship groups and is run by Hills Basketball.
Oakhill College Cricket Club operates under the auspices of Oakhill College. Junior players (Under 13’s – 16’s ) can represent Oakhill College in the Northern Districts competition, while senior students have the opportunity to represent the College 1st XI and 2nd XI in the ISA competition.
The Club provides Saturday morning cricket for Under 9’s to Under 16’s in the Northern District Cricket Association (NDCA). The competition covers a region from the College to Ryde, Dundas, Rydalmere, Strathfield, Balmain and Berala. For details on the junior competition please click on the following link – http://ndjca.nsw.cricket.com.au
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Oakhill has a reputation for producing some fine middle distance and Cross Country runners.
Each year our boys and girls compete in the College Cross Country carnival. Students can register their interest to participate in this carnival through their College Deans prior to the carnival date. The top 10 runners in each age group from the College carnival are selected to compete at the ISA carnival. From the ISA carnival, the top 10 runners are selected to compete in the Combined Independent Schools Carnival.
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Similar to other ISA Winter sports, hockey is played over a 10 week, home and away season. All home games will be played on the hockey fields at Barker College, whilst away games are played against other ISA Schools throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and surrounds. The season culminates with semi’s and finals in August.
In the last few years, Oakhill has fielded one team varying from the B to the C divisions in the ISA competition. The team has experienced mixed success with the team winning the C division title in the 2014 season. Historically, the girls’ hockey team has a number of dedicated coaches including staff members and old girls.
Students compete in the Independent Sporting Association netball competition. The competition commences in term 2 and involves 10 games plus finals.
As is the case with all College sporting teams, netball teams are selected on ability, with the 1sts playing in the A Division competition. Students may also wish to enter their own team in a lower division which can be discussed in the first 30 minutes of the allocated trial afternoon.
Boys have been playing rugby at Oakhill since 1955 and current players enjoy some of the best facilities in NSW, with Oakhill boasting four fields within the college campus.
Since joining the ISA competition in 1996, Oakhill 1st XV teams have won the ISA Shield on five occasions – 2014 being the most recent- whilst age group teams have all enjoyed a lot of success with many teams going through their competitions undefeated. Oakhill won the ISA Rugby Schools Championship Shield in 2007, 2009(joint winner), 2010 & 2012. This Shield is awarded to the school that gained most competition points across all grades. In 2014, the College came second in the Shield.
Students play in the Schoolboy knockout competition each year.
The Parramatta area knockout competition carnival will be held in May with the winner advancing to the next stage in the competition.
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Soccer enjoys enormous popularity at Oakhill College with boys and girls teams competing in the ISA soccer competition. As with other sports played by Oakhill in the ISA competition, games take place on Saturday mornings against other schools from Sydney and surrounds.
At Oakhill, soccer is played by students in Years 7 – 12 with no limits on the number of teams we can field. All students who want to represent the College in ISA soccer will be placed in a team. Oakhill has enjoyed increasing success across many of its soccer teams in the recent years.
Oakhill fields one of the strongest swim teams in NSW, with numerous students each year selected to represent the ISA, CIS, NSW and Australia. With a 25 metre indoor heated pool, Oakhill students can train in one of the best facilities in the area. Although students train year round, the inter school competitions do not start until term 4 and into term 1, with the College team competing at carnivals prior to the ISA Championships held at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in early March. As one would expect, competition for selection into the College team is fierce.
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Tennis is played year round by Oakhill students in both the winter ISA tennis competition and the summer local Hills District competition. All home games are played on the College tennis courts.
The ISA competition is a school based weekend competition played in terms 2 and 3. As members of the Independent Sporting Association, all students have the opportunity to compete in the ISA competition representing Oakhill. Teams are also graded on their ability. However, it is not unusual for younger boys to make the 1sts – some as young as 12 have played in the Oakhill 1sts in the past – with great success.
Oakhill is involved in many other sports outside what is offered by ISA competition. Where Oakhill does not compete in an ISA competition for any sport, we attempt to offer it as a pathway sport. Sports including Baseball, AFL, Equestrian, Triathlon, Touch Football, Water Polo, Softball, Golf and more are offered to students that want to compete at a representative level through the NSWCIS pathway.