Volleyball girls run a close second

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

CLOSE, but not close enough was the story for the Gladstone players competing at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships held in Adelaide.

The Queensland Maroon under19 side featuring Emily Tooker and Marette Kiernan had to settle for second placing after their final loss to South Australia.

Queensland tried hard, but were no match for the Croweaters who won in four sets ? 25-21, 17-25, 25-13, 29-27.

Even with the grand final loss the Maroons could be proud of their performances winning six of their nine matches. Christie Naumann's state White under-19 team didn't fare as well finishing sixth with two wins from eight games.

South Australia also rained on parade in the under-17 division, relegating Rhiannon Tooker's Maroons team to second place.

Tooker was a star across the week in her role as captain, but couldn't get the Maroons to glory in the four-set loss. While final Gladstone pair Rhianna Byrne and Michelle Bridges were fine performers for third-placed Queensland White.

The pair played crucial roles for the second Queensland team who were beaten by their sunshine state counterparts in the semi-finals.

All five could be proud of their performances, even though they left Adelaide without the grand prize. In more news, Gladstone is to play host to this weekend's Central Queensland Schools Cup.

Four schools from the region are set to battle it out for ultimate glory at the Gladstone Multi-purpose Sports Centre. This event is being supported by annual Gladstone State High School Legends match on Saturday night.

A number of the schools former pupils are returning to take on the current school team.

They include Briony Hammett, Elise McKay, Jasmine Kinslow and Anna Lanyon who play in USA colleges.

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