Volleyball teams do Gladstone proud
GLADSTONE State High School teams returned from last weekend’s Queensland State Volleyball competition in Brisbane’s South with two second places and a fourth.
The Year 9 and 10 sides both suffered five set losses in their respective finals against Craigslea and Browns Plain, while the Year 8 team lost the bronze-medal game against Brisbane Girls Grammar.
Each Gladstone side played in the honours division which is the highest level of competition in the state.
In the wake of a successful USA tour, the girls performed to an extremely high standard according to coach Brian van der Weide.
“We were very pleased, obviously we were going for gold but coming second and the way we did it, going through tight five-set matches, was great,” he said.
“We played the best we could on the day. They all worked well as a team and there were no real standouts.” Van der Weide was particularly pleased with the success of the Year 8 squad in its first taste of top-level volleyball.
“We were pleased with the way they played in that they played very mature volleyball and their coach Rebecca Huth did a really good job.”
All teams have qualified for the top division of the National Championships in Melbourne in December.
“We obviously strive to play in the top 10 schools in Australia and New Zealand so we’re pleased to be in that mix,” van der Weide said.
13 Gladstone players were talent identified during the carnival for the future stars camp from which the Queensland under-15 and under-17 teams are selected.
They are: Emily Missenger, Emma Owbridge, Georgia Armitage, Kaitlin Morrison, Katie Connolly, Monique McDiarmid, Rebekah Pearse, Samantha Prider, Rachel Donovan, Kaitlin Evans, Melissa Hall, Emma Job and Pheobe Wells.