Volleyballers dominate at schools trials
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE State High School players figure prominently in Capricornia teams after their success at the Capricornia Schools Volleyball trials at the PCYC on Tuesday.
With University of Oregon head coach Jim Moore looking on, the Port Curtis Open girls team dominated their division to win the title easily.
So it was no surprise that eight of the ten players selected for the Capricornia Open girls team came from Gladstone State High School.
They included the two Tooker sisters, Emily and Rhiannon, Christie Naumann, Rhianna Byrne, Lexie Armitage and Elise Hackett.
It is an impressive looking line-up and should represent the region strongly at next month's state championships to be held in Gladstone.
Port Curtis also enjoyed title-winning successes in the Open boys and under-15 girls.
Gladstone High duo Shaun O'Neill and Mark Powers were standouts for the Port Curtis Open boys team and were duelly rewarded with their Capricornia selection.
Team-mate Mitchell Just may also take part after he was picked as a shadow player.
The Port Curtis under-15 girls were just as impressive with a strong win in their division.
Elise Hackett and Rhianna Byrne will be busy backing up their Open team selection after being picked in the under-15 team. Their Gladstone High teammates Patrice Armitage, Chanel Holzheimer, Michelle Bridges and Nicole Just also were picked in the Capricornia team.
The under-15 boys competition was taken out by Mackay who dominated the Capricornia team selection, with Michael Ryan the only Gladstone player picked. The State Secondary Schools Championships will be held for the first time next month in Gladstone. Full teams in Sports Details, page 27.