Legends loom large in volleyball showdown
GLADSTONE State High School's senior volleyball team has the chance this weekend to achieve what none of its predecessors could ? defeat the Gladstone Legends line-up.
The Legends, consisting mostly of past Gladstone Volleyball School of Excellence players who went on to secure US college scholarships, have not been beaten in the past three years.
The match, to be played tomorrow night at the Gladstone High hall, provides this year's Gladstone High outfit with a hit-out against quality opposition ahead of the upcoming state titles.
Although Gladstone's current crop boasts national open women's representative Rhiannon Tooker in addition to three national and three state junior stars, they face a tough task against a class Legends side.
Returning are past Gladstone players Briony Hammett, Anna Lanyon, Elise McKay, Jackie McEwan, Tania Russell, Chantel Russell, Marette Kiernan and Jasmine Kinslow.
Kiernan qualifies as the latest Legend after being accepted into a college scholarship with the Florida Community College in Jacksonville (FCCJ). She will depart on Tuesday and, although understandably nervous, is looking forward to the experience.
A phone conversation with past FCCJ scholarship holder McKay has helped assure Kiernan she has the talent to be a success in college competition.
Kinslow, who is three years into her four-year stint at Bradley College, Illinois, yesterday said injury and study commitments had prevented her making an impact in her first couple of years but she was now near peak performance.
She was looking forward to linking up with her former Gladstone team-mates in a more relaxed atmosphere, although she warned they would still be out to beat the current Gladstone side.
Gladstone High's side will also play the state under-16 side. Matches get under way at 6.30pm tomorrow.