Gold Coast Netball Carnival
During the last week of the school holidays, a group of nine enthusiastic Netball players participated in the World Sport Gold Coast Netball Carnival held in Queensland.
During Term 2 in the lead up to the Gold Coast Netball Carnival, the team worked extremely hard preparing for the trip, training for the experience and building friendships. They participated in an Activity Unit where each session they developed systems and skills to help them, to perform at the best of their ability. The girls were also very committed to playing together in the Friday night netball Year 9/10 Division 2 at Jubilee Park as part of their preparation. They remained undefeated in Term 2 which was a great effort given that five out of the nine girls were Year 8s.
The hard work and commitment to their preparation was outstanding and this has resulted in significant improvement across the board. Every girl on the team has lifted and improved not only their netball skills but their ability to work as a team. The team played a mixture of day and night time matches across four match days on the Gold Coast. The first two days of netball were qualifying rounds, where on the first day (Sunday) they won four out of five games, the only loss coming to an impressive New Zealand Revelations team. The second day (Tuesday) they were really tested by some strong teams, and despite playing more impressive netball the quality of the opposition proved too strong. We ended up making it through to a Semi Final against the Indigenous Budgies. We gave it our all but were outmatched on this occasion. All in all, we played 17 matches, finishing with 8 wins, 8 losses and a draw. We had the privilege of playing against teams from New Zealand, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and also Indigenous teams selected from around Australia. Our girls displayed exceptional sportsmanship, competed fiercely, shared tears and moments of jubilation. They gave their all and felt a sense of accomplishment in knowing that. Special mention to our team leaders Darcy Close and Sophie Denham who worked tirelessly to motivate, prepare and develop all players in the team. After each day, players and coaches voted for our best teammate of the day. Haylee Nash was our winner of this award in a very tight contest and was presented with a shirt by tournament organisers to acknowledge this.
The girls had a wonderful week and got to share an incredible experience! Now it’s back to Friday nights where we hope to showcase our improvement. Congratulations to Darcy Close (Captain), Sophie Denham (Vice Captain), Haylee Nash, Lucy Holder, Pippin Seagren-Hughes, Tealia Holmes, Nia Charlesworth, Ayah Gillespie-McCallum, Sassy Taylor and Billie McCarthy (Team Manager).