Chanel College dominates schools volleyball
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CHANEL College is fast becoming one of Central Queensland's top volleyball schools, taking out last weekend's CQ Schools Cup double at the Gladstone PCYC.
Chanel easily accounted for Gladstone State High School in the boys' decider, while the Chanel Demons proved too good for Ziegfried in the girls' final.
Ziegfried is the nickname of the Gladstone State High year 8 volleyball team who played well against a number of more seasoned opponents.
But it was Chanel who impressed in both divisions as they fine-tuned preparations for next month's state titles
Queensland Volleyball regional development officer Kevin Howard praised the level of competition and added that Chanel deserved to take home the title double.
'The weekend was fantastic, all the sides played very well, but there was no doubt Chanel were the best side,' Howard said.
'The level of play was excellent and shows the level of volleyball is getting better in CQ.'
Howard is pleased with how the sport is growing and pointed to Moura High School's performance as an example of their growth and improvement.
'Moura are only in their second year at this competition and played well,' he said.
"Their girls in particular were unlucky not to qualify for the final, missing out by just 0.1 per cent." And Howard gave a wrap to Faith Baptist giant Bevan Webb who was one of the tournament's stars.
It was a big weekend of volleyball in the harbour city, with Gladstone State High School the venue for a current Sharks versus Legends match played on Saturday night.
The Legends, made up of former GSHS students, won the match over the current school team in a five-set thriller.
In a two-hour marathon, it was the experience of the Legends which proved crucial, winning a top-class exhibition of volleyball.
Gladstone State High School of Excellence volleyball coach Brian van der Weide described the match as the finest he had seen in Gladstone.
'This was the best game I have seen in Gladstone, both sides played very well,' van der Weide said.
'I have never seen the Sharks play better.'
Even though the Sharks were beaten, the match served as fine preparation for next month's state titles.
Gladstone also hosted the state schools under-16 team who were easily defeated by the Sharks four sets to nothing in a match played on Saturday.