Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tar­lie Sin­gle­ton, Aaliyah Kennedy, Ry­ley Coble, Coach Lau­ren But­ler, Destiny Suhan, Re­nee Duff, Bena Musubika and Ni­cole Rivera with their bronze medal. Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy@west­ern­

VOL­LEY­BALL: 20 en­thu­si­as­tic vol­ley­ball play­ers from Charleville State High School de­scended on Toowoomba to par­tic­i­pate in the Vol­ley­ball Queens­land In­ter­me­di­ate Schools Cup Tour­na­ment.

This year 52 schools from across the state and more than 2000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment, which is catered for stu­dents in Years 9 and 10.

Charleville SHS sent a bus-load of three teams, ea­ger to show­case and hone their spike, dig and serv­ing skills to teams from all over Queens­land.

The three teams were the Year 9 girls’ di­vi­sion 3, coached by Jenna An­dreatta; Year 9 boys’ di­vi­sion 2, coached by Barry Wastie; and Year 10 girls’ di­vi­sion 3, coached by Lau­ren But­ler.

Miss But­ler said they were ac­com­pa­nied by their num­ber one sup­porter and bus driver, Josh Jensen.

Over the course of the three days, the stu­dents played many games of vol­ley­ball, went out for din­ner at Siz­zler and spent an evening bowl­ing strikes at the bowl­ing al­ley and ar­cade, as well as some qual­ity down-time at the newly-de­vel­oped Grand Cen­tral shop­ping cen­tre in Toowoomba.

“All of the stu­dents rep­re­sented Charleville State High School with pride as they were eas­ily recog­nis­able in their team shirts and hood­ies, which were kindly sub­sidised by the school’s P&C as­so­ci­a­tion,” Miss But­ler said.

“It was warm­ing to hear from a mem­ber of the

Toowoomba com­mu­nity that the stu­dents are a re­spect­ful, friendly and well-man­nered bunch as they played to­gether at Queens Park in be­tween games.”

Miss But­ler said it was also won­der­ful to see the stu­dents have suc­cess on the vol­ley­ball court.

A high­light of the week­end was Miss But­ler’s Year 10 girls’ team win­ning a bronze medal.

“Ry­ley, Destiny, Re­nee, Aaliyah, Tar­lie, Ni­cole and Bena played some nail-bit­ing vol­ley­ball over the course of the week­end and to come away with a medal af­ter their first tour­na­ment is some­thing to be ex­tremely proud of,” Miss But­ler said.

“The boys’ team im­proved with ev­ery game and ended the week­end with a smile on their faces,” she said.

The boys placed 10th out of 14, and while vic­tory es­caped Miss An­dreatta’s year 9 girls’ team on the court, Miss But­ler said their per­sis­tence and good sports­man­ship was bril­liant to wit­ness.

“We look for­ward to watch­ing these stu­dents grow and im­prove their skills and hope­fully get more stu­dents at Charleville State High School to love the game of vol­ley­ball,” Miss But­ler said.


BIG DIGS: The stu­dents who went to Toowoomba. Am­ber Hinz, Cassie Owczarek, Ni­cole Rivera, Heidi Mair, Lo­gan Shep­pard and Ry­ley Coble, Harry Aspinall, Jack Knight, Harry Springall, Sharni Isla, Erin Lands­berg, Aaliyah Kennedy, Tar­lie Sin­gle­ton, Bena Musubika, Re­nee Duff, Destiny Suhan, Nash Kennedy, Mitchell Walker and Brock Campbell.

Nash Kennedy, Brock Campbell, Mitchell Walker, Coach Barry Wastie, Harry Springall, Jack Knight and Harry Aspinall.

Front: Am­ber Hinz, Cassie Owczarek, Heidi Mair, Lo­gan Shep­pard. Back: Coach Jenna An­dreatta, Sharni Isla, Erin Lands­berg, Macken­zie Ross.

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