Volleyball sisters rock Taiwan
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
NOT even an earthquake which registered 5.8 on the richter scale could shake the good time had by talented local volleyball sisters Emily and Rhiannon Tooker at the recent International Youth Tournament in Taiwan.
The Gladstone State High School pair were on their second overseas trip with the Australian team and played key roles in the round-robin tournament.
But unfortunately the green and golds lost all four matches against tough Asian opponents including Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Thailand.
Even so, the dynamic sisters represented Australia with distinction and were proud of their performances.
Rhiannon said the Australians were well-beaten, but added their opposition was better than anyone they had played before.
'Really we were outclassed, but the teams we played against were very classy and well drilled,' she said.
'It was a lot faster than what we have both been used to.' Emily said the Asian teams' athleticism stood out.
'The girls we played against were so athletic and even though we were taller, they jumped so high it was unbelievable,' she said.
Emily and Rhiannon were a bit hesitant to talk about the earthquake ? a frequent event in Taiwan.
Emily said she was sleeping and thought one of her teammates was jumping on her bed when the earthquake hit.
'I was like 'stop jumping on my bed', but when we looked out the hall our coach was panicking and saying get out of the hotel,' Emily said.
Even so, both girls said they really enjoyed the sporting and cultural experience.
They were, however, keen to get home for an Australian meal.
'Just about every day we had rice' Emily said.
'The food was always rice or chicken based so I was glad to get home and have a steak.'