Debating News

Debating Association of Victoria (DAV) Playoff and Octo‐final Results

After both Year 9 and Year 11 debating teams made it through the first round of finals with polished victories, unfortunately our Year 9 team exited in the second round, going down valiantly by two points. Supervising teacher, Ms Kate McIlroy stated that the boys performed the best she had seen yet – a promising end to the series, suggesting great things to come from these students next year.

Our Year 11 team competed against St Paul’s College from Warragul in the second final. After being given quite a complex secret topic, both teams impressively prepared and delivered strong cases. De La Salle, however, were able to provide a more coherent argument, grounded in solid evidence. From this success, we went onto the octo‐finals and competed against Scotch College. Each team’s style being clearly distinct from the other, led to a very interesting debate. Both teams presented with confidence and assertiveness, however, De La Salle were unfortunately defeated by three points. There was no doubt at the end of the night that despite the loss, the boys were extremely keen to pick up their cue cards again in 2016 to form a Year 12 team.

On behalf of the boys, I’d just like to thanks the staff that have been working behind the scenes to assist in preparing the DAV Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12 teams this year:

Year 9: Ms Kate McIlroy and Mr Tim Brodrick

Year 11: Mrs Georgina Dwyer and Mrs Christine Thompson

Year 12: Miss Olivia Wenczel

Second Round Playoff Final

Year 9

That we should eject sporting teams from international competition if their teams are found to have committed offensive acts during matches.

(De La Salle – Negative Team)

Team 1: Daniel Papalia, Jacob Ellul, Panos Menidis LOSS

Year 11

That we should ban any treatment, service or ritual from claiming a physical healing effect until it is tested and proven more effective than a placebo by a national regulator.

(De La Salle – Negative Team)

Team 1: Thomas Ponissi, Xavier‐Joseph de La Masse‐Homsy, Liam Ramirez WIN

Octo‐Final (Third Round of Finals – top 16 schools)

Year 11

That patients with a terminal illness should be given the right to access treatment that have not yet completed medical testing.

(De La Salle – Affirmative Team)

Team 1: Thomas Ponissi, Sri Kumar, Liam Ramirez LOSS

Olivia Wenczel
LATL English

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