While for many Term 2 school holidays meant long relaxing days on the couch or family holidays, for 11 MacKillop girls the time had finally arrived to head north for the 2019 Queensland Netball Competition. Having been selected back in Term 1 and attending training and fitness sessions weekly, the girls were confident they had prepared enough to take it to the best teams from Australia and New Zealand. Leaving a cold and wet Adelaide on the first Sunday of the holidays, it was lovely to arrive to mostly consistent sunshine and warm weather on the Gold Coast.
After settling into the hotel, it was time for the always interesting ‘family shop’. The 2019 team featured seven new girls to the trip. They had no idea that perhaps the most stressful part of the week would be 13 people running around Woolworths attempting to plan for a week of cooking and snacks. The biggest debate as usual seemed to be over ‘smooth’ or ‘crunchy’ peanut butter.
The first Monday was a game day, the girls played five games and by the end of the day were exhausted. It was a tough start to the competition with the team losing their first two games by four goals or less. The rest of the day was played out with two very comfortable wins and one loss, and not to mention, a down pour which made for some very slippery conditions on court. Wednesday was also another game day with a full afternoon and evening of netball. Coming up against a strong local SA team, the girls started the day with a very physical game, losing by just five goals. However, that did not deter the girls. They went on to win two more games against New Zealand teams. The results from the first two days of competition meant the team was placed in the Shield Division of the competition. Over the next two days of competition, the team were on a winning streak, winning all of their minor round games in the Shield Division, resulting in them finishing top of the ladder heading into the semi-final.
Sunday, the final day of competition, was filled with nervous energy and many superstitions. Certain socks were worn, hair tied a certain way and a new addition of a MMC warm up in order to keep the winning streak!
Having beaten all teams, the girls knew they were the team to beat. Unfortunately, the team lost to Indigenous Budgies 25-19, bumping them out of a position to play in the Grand Final. After a few tears and moments of reflection, the girl’s spirits were lifted, as they knew they had one more night on the Gold Coast to enjoy.
The week spent on the Gold Coast was full of laughter, ‘family’ dinners, MasterChef cooking challenges, shopping, day trips to Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild, recovery sessions in the cold pool, the much anticipated quiz night and of course netball. It was nine days that saw 11 students and two staff members create memories and experiences that no doubt they will cherish for a long time.
We congratulate all members of the 2019 Queensland Netball team and thank them for the excellent manner in which they represented the College.