Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

High Achievements for SAASTA Team

Sam Power | SAASTA Leader

After final team selections 15 very excited students from the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) travelled to Adelaide for the 2014 Aboriginal Power Cup on Wednesday the 21st of May. 

The Students from the Maitland Cluster were made up from the four schools of Ardrossan, Maitland and Moonta and Kadina.

The Aboriginal Power cup is run for three days, this year it was on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May which is located at Port Adelaide Football Club, Alberton Oval. I was lucky enough to be selected as the coach of the SAATSA team which was a great experience.

The Aboriginal Power Cup has been running for 7 years now from having 133 students in 2008 to 399 in 2014.


Carnival Activities

The carnival activities include:

  • Football Matches
  • Career Expos
  • Workshops 
  • Cultural Walk through the city of Adelaide
  • Cultural Dance on Adelaide oval before 52,000 people
  • Grand Final at Adelaide Oval
  • Team War Cry’s

After Two exhausting days playing football, on the Saturday morning our confidence was high as we attended the Official Awards Presentation at the Uni SA City West Campus. Where 400 nervous but excited students gathered for the presentation of state awards and for the announcement of who the grand finalist would be.

In addition to the football the finalists are chosen by having their school and SAASTA work up to date and handed in on time, they were also judged on their attendance. The grand final this year for the first time was to be played on Adelaide oval for the curtain raiser of the Port Adelaide VS Hawthorn match.


As a result of the hard work of the SAATSA students both the boys team and the girls team were announced to play in the grand final against the Murray Bridge boys and girls teams.

In addition to the privilege of being able to play on Adelaide oval Maitland Area School were honoured to be announced winners of two more awards that day.

 The ‘Curriculum Excellence Award’ for all of their hard work on their assignments this year and also the ‘Staff Leadership Award’.  Miss McPharlin and I were so very proud of the students and their achievements.

The final results were Maitland Boys Defeated Murray Bridge Boys, and Murray Bridge Girls Defeated Maitland Girls.

Overall we had fun and can’t wait for the SAASTA shield in Semester 2.

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