St Patrick’s netball team went to the Challenge Cup Carnival and came back with big smiles and the gold medal.
St Patrick’s netball team went to the Challenge Cup Carnival and came back with big smiles and the gold medal.

St Pats students return as champs

ST PATRICK'S is a school of champions as its netball and rugby league teams both took gold in the Challenge Cup Carnival and also the Champion School Award.

St Patrick's School principal Max Martin attended the carnival, which was open to all Catholic schools within the Rockhampton Diocese with teams travelling from Bundaberg, Mackay and Longreach to compete.

"Both teams did exceptionally well at the Challenge Cup," Martin said. "The girl's final was very exciting.

"The boys were particularly dominant, winning their final against St Francis Xavier, Mackay 42-4.

"For the entire carnival, they scored 344 and only had four points scored against them."

Coach of the netball team Anna Young said about 26 rugby league and 30 netball teams attended with most of the participants competing at the carnival for the first time.

Young said this was the second time the school had taken gold in both competitions after they did the same three years ago.

Plus, St Patrick's has been the only school to have won both competitions and take out the champion school award.

The three-day carnival was held in Yeppoon with the girls' team playing five games and the boys playing seven to eight intensive games.

"It was raining the whole time so we were limited in the amount we played," Young said.

"It's our biggest event - for the girls this is our major carnival."

While the boy's team played together "all the time", Anna said only a few netballers had played together before.

"It's a mixture of grade 5, 6 and 7 and it's the first time they have played together for two months or maybe not even that long," she said.

Mickeali Walker in goal defence was named player of the carnival and Young praised her hard work throughout the carnival.

"She was ball hungry and never gave up," she said.

"Tori Rouse and Mackenzie Reid changed from defence to shoot - we needed to change it and they took it in their stride.

"They shot the whole grand final. If they hadn't been able to swap over in shooting we wouldn't have been able to make the grand final, let alone win it.

"They were fantastic."

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