Sport News


  • Friday 16 August (Week 4)
  • SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Marion
  • Program attached

We would love to see friends and family there to cheer our students and Houses on.

Swimming event timetable below

Collegiate Cup - Week 5 Monday 19 August

Timetable will be issued in the next Pulteney Review

Netball @ Pulteney

In 2019, 132 Netballers nominated for netball during Terms 2 & 3. Our coaching staff includes 15 accredited coaches and this term we welcome Ms. Julie Nykiel, OAM,  to Pulteney Grammar.  We have listed a few of Julie’s illustrious career highlights below.

Kurrajong (Reception -Yr 2)

In its second year the Kurrajong ‘NetSetGo’ program grew to include 33 Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students participating across three levels, each level expanding the individual, physical development of our youngest students.

The three NetSetGo levels are designed to build body awareness whilst participating in fundamental movement, balance activities and ball skills.

Fundamental movement skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands. These skills are the “building blocks” for more complex and specialised skills that kids will need throughout their lives to participate competently in different games, sports and recreational activities.

Thundercup (Yr 3-6) Competition

This year for the first time we entered 4 teams in the Thundercup competition held at Priceline Stadium. This competition is a valuable introduction to playing netball in a fun and enjoyable learning environment. The Thundercup has been the platform for Pulteney to deliver our ‘Growing with Gratitude’ (GWG) program. The GWG program builds and protects children’s mental health. We do this by teaching student skills based on gratitude, kindness, empathy, mindfulness and serving others, resulting in greater resilience and happiness.

At Thundercup our focus is NOT on WINNING! Instead, we embrace and live our values of unity, commitment and growth mindset.

It has been an absolute privilege to witness the growth in culture across Prep Netball! In Term 3 the Yr. 7 team will also join the Thundercup competition.

IGGSA – (Yr 8-12) Competition

This year the following teams were nominated: Senior A, C, D, Yr. 10A, Yr. 9A, 9B & 8B.

We are still sustaining consistent losses across middle and senior school levels due to grading. Whilst winning is not our focus, it is important that our students experience the enjoyment of being competitive and participating in a grade that builds the skills developed at training. Our aim in 2020 is to again consider in which grade it is most appropriate to enter our teams.

Our Senior Squad all join in at ‘NetSetGo’ as a ‘Buddies’. Thank you to the Senior squad:  you are an amazing group of confident and capable women!

Michelle den Dekker

PGS Netball - Head Coach / Program Manager

Old Scholar Julie Nykiel OAM

Julie is a dual Olympian and played basketball at two Olympics, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1988 Seoul Olympics. She played in three World Championships in 1979, 1983 and 1986. Julie was a member of the Australian Basketball Team (Opals), for 11 years, playing 153 games. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. played in the WNBL (Women's National Basketball League) for 10 years. Julie was the competitions top point scorer 5 times and was named as the MVP on two occasions in 1984 and 1988. In the State League competition, she played 17 years winning the Halls Medal for the Best and Fairest in the State League seasons in 1985 and 1991. A Life Member of the WNBL. Life Member of Basketball SA. Life Member of Noarlunga City Tigers (now known as Southern Tigers).

Julie was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) Medal in 1997 for services to Basketball and Netball and the Community, awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001 for services to women's sport, including Netball and Basketball.

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport 


On the 28 May I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to attend a Uni SA Sport and Adelaide Crows co-coaching session at the University of South Australia’s Pridham Hall. The session consisted of a presentation by the University on the sport and fitness related courses they offer, followed by a fitness testing session with Crows players Marijana Rajcic, Matt Crouch, and Riley Knight, as well as current Uni SA students. It was a great experience to learn about pathways to careers in sport and physical health, and to be able to tour and use Uni SA’s state of the art facilities and meet other students from all over Adelaide who were just as passionate about footy as me. The highlight for me was listening to current Crows player Marijana Rajcic talk about her journey in elite sport, including how she transitioned from being a professional soccer player for Adelaide United to an AFLW player and premiership winner. Listening to MJ speak was very inspiring, as she offered great advice on how to achieve your goals both on and off the sporting field.  

Olivia Cameron

Year 12 Student