Volleyballers finish in third place

CAPRICORNIA'S 15-and-under girls volleyball side won five matches and dropped two on their way to a third-place finish at their recent state secondary schools championship in Toowoomba.

Counted among Capricornia's scalps were the Northern, Wide Bay, Peninsula, Sunshine Coast and South Coast sides. Their only losses came against finalists Met East and Met West, with the former going on to claim the title.

Of the Capricornia outfit, Gladstone High pair Michelle Bridges and Nicole Just were named in the Queensland side to compete in Trans-Tasman competition against the other Australian states and the north and south islands of New Zealand at the Gold Coast.

Also named in the side, which will contest a lead-in tournament in Brisbane prior to the Gold Coast event, was fellow Gladstone High student Rhiannon Tooker.

Tooker did not compete in Toowoomba, missing the state championship due to her commitments with the Australian team at the Asian Youth Championships in the Philippines.

Unlucky not to be joining the three, at this stage, were team-mates Elise Hackett and Rhianna Byrne, whose equally good form resulted in their shadow selection for the state side.

Gladstone High's Volleyball School of Excellence head coach Brian van der Weide said the program was continuing to have strong results as reflected by the number of representative players it was producing.

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