Ex­pe­ri­ence is a hit

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

SIX hours on a bus per­fect­ing their team cheer was a good way to pre­pare for the State Schools Cup in Toowoomba.

And while the Year 12 Monto State High School girls vol­ley­ballers didn’t come home vic­to­ri­ous, they fin­ished with a nail-bit­ing quar­ter-fi­nal. Af­ter claim­ing the first set, the girls went down 2–1 af­ter los­ing the third by just two points.

It was the only game the team lost the whole tour­na­ment, but they fin­ished 5th in their di­vi­sion. “The girls won their pool, and they won the 5th and 6th play­off,” coach Danielle Sin­clair said.

“All the top five teams were re­ally well matched. Un­for­tu­nately that quar­ter fi­nal was just the wrong one to lose.”

Danielle Sin­clair All the top five teams were re­ally well matched.

Year 12 play­ers Cassie Stephan and Sammi-Jo Poin­ton co-cap­tained the team for their last year play­ing with the Monto team.

“I stopped play­ing net­ball a cou­ple of weeks be­fore the tour­na­ment, I didn’t want to get in­jured and not be able to play,” Sammi-Jo said.

“We spent the bus trip down com­ing up with a good cheer, they are re­ally im­por­tant when you go to th­ese tour­na­ments,” Cassie said. Mrs Sin­clair said the girls had a blast. “They had a few friends they made at the tour­na­ment last year, so they all caught up,” she said. “En­e­mies on the court, friends off the court was the rule they stuck to.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

PLAYED WELL: Vol­ley­ball fa­nat­ics Si­mone King, Cassie Stephan and Tay­lor Ste­ger com­peted with their Monto State High School team in the Se­nior Schools Cup at Toowoomba.

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