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15yrs Netball National Championships

The 15 Years Queensland Schoolgirls team has arrived back from Sydney with a silver medal. The girls were runners up to Victoria by 3 goals going down to them in the grand final, 39-36. They had a great tournament finishing the round games equal 1st, being placed 2nd for the semi-final due to losing to Victoria in the round game. The semi-final against South Australia was a tight match with the Qld girls finishing the game in front by 11 goals.
It was a very successful and very big learning experience for everyone involved. The hard work started 3 months ago with the girls showing that the hard work they put in during training, at yoga, during match practice and taekwondo certainly prepared them physically for the tournament. During this time the girls gelled as a team nicely and proved this on the court at the championships.
Mia Stower, Sarapheinna Woulf and Nandia Els led the team with enthusiasm and pride during the week and helped every girl to be the best they could be both on and off the court.  The girls learnt a lot about the nationals experience from warming up, getting their names called on court, using the change rooms and having recovery processes in place. This is sure to help them for future state selections.
The girls displayed great attitude both on and off the court and were commended on their behaviour towards other teams and umpires. From their individual performances, Mia Stower and Brianna Gregory-Johnson were selected into the Australian 15 Years Schoolgirls Team to travel to New Zealand in May next year to represent our state and the players that helped them get there. These girls are joined by Rebekah Rounds, Sarapheinna Woulf and Nandia Els who were also successful in making the Australian squad of 18 players. Congratulations to all girls. Mia Stower also received the Amy Safe Best and Fairest player award for Queensland for 2015.
Not only did the girls receive a silver medal, but this was the first Nationals experience for Coach Carynne Robinson and Alex Preston. ‘It’s definitely not an easy task being coach, however we learnt so much from this opportunity and feel as though we did the best that we could to ensure the girls experienced a wonderful Nationals. We hope they can take what they have learnt on the court, off the court, as a bench player and valuable team member to their club and association teams to teach other girls what is expected to make it to the next level of netball. It’s definitely an experience we will never forget and one we hope to do again in the future. Netball in Queensland definitely has some great talent coming through its pathways.’ Carynne said.