Schools combine to win carnival
GIRLS from Emerald North and Denison state schools combined their skills to take second place in the Central Queensland Regional Shield.
Emerald North manager Shannon Harris said the girls trained weekly since Term 1 after being successfully picked from the tryouts held earlier this year.
"The two schools combined as each school did not have enough participants to enter independently," Harris said.
"The original competition was supposed to be held at the end of Term 1 but then the roads were flooded and it was cancelled.
"They combined very well as a team from two schools. We even went out for a team dinner at Sizzler (in Rockhampton) on the Friday night."
The girls played six matches during the two-day competition that was held on July 13-14 at the Rockhampton Indoor Sports Arena due to weather conditions and teams from around central Queensland attended.
"They defeated Moranbah East 20-0, Norville #2 13-5, Cresent Lagoon 10-8, and Emu Park 13-7, making them first in their pool," Harris said.
"From there, the girls won the semi-final against Taranganba 14-6, putting them in the grand final.
"They versed Norville in the grand final going down 2-17, making them runners-up for the whole competition consisting of 30 teams.
"The girls did extremely well, only going down to a team from a school of 800."
Courtney Moana was given the coaches' award. Harris said Courtney was chosen because she stood out with her shooting skills and was excellent in defence.
"Well done girls. I'm so proud of your achievements, but also the sportsmanship you displayed throughout the competition," Harris said.
"A special mention to Christina Moana, super coach, thank you for all the time and effort you invested.
"Congratulations girls on an extremely impressive achievement. We are looking forward to the competition again next year."