Glennie Grit

18 August 2017

Last Sunday, approximately 50 students in four teams competed in the South West Queensland All Schools Touch Football tournament held in Toowoomba.

The Glennie School was proud to enter two 13 years teams, a 15 years and an Open team in this year’s regional event.  Always hotly contested, the tournament drew squads from Ipswich and Chinchilla, as well Dalby and the local Toowoomba and Highfields School communities.

Throughout the day, players tested their skills, developed tactics and wowed the spectators with some outstanding touchdowns, and strong defence. Teamwork was the key ingredient to each of our teams’ successes, as they all experienced some conclusive wins in their respective pool games.

Our 2017 results have reflected the continued development of the Touch Football program within the School. The 15 years girls finished a convincing fifth, in their play-off game. Similar to last year, one game’s results was the difference between being in a semi-final and in a play-off. The 13B team were also highly competitive winning two and drawing one of their five games for the day.  Well done to both teams.

It was a day of celebration for the Open and 13A girls.  Both teams were convincing winners in their pools, with both teams securing Semi-Final wins to play in the Grand Final. The 13As repeated their successful form from last year, with a decisive win. Congratulations to all of the players and to coach, Miss Abbie Prendergast in Miss Lauren Potter’s absence. The Open girls secured a 1-1 draw at full time but unfortunately could not secure the win after a 4 on 4 drop-off scenario.  Both games showed grit and determination until the final whistle. Congratulations girls, what a wonderful achievement!!

A big thank you to our committed coaching staff, who without a doubt make these opportunities possible. The players and I acknowledge Miss Abbie Prendergast, Miss Elizabeth Campbell, Miss Shenae Ciesiolka, Mrs Kelly Dyson, Mr Brad Griffiths and Ms Lisa Cooper for their efforts not only on this day but in preparation.  We also thank Miss Lauren Potter, who, while absent for this event has been integral in the training of both 13 years teams.

Finally, a special thank you to the wonderful parent group who, not only support their daughters in this sport but continue to show the greatest respect and support for the coaching staff. Your cheers, applause and words of encouragement were appreciated by the players.

We look forward to the selection of the Queensland All Schools teams and the preparations for this state-wide tournament held in Brisbane in October.

Contributed by Mrs Kaye Broadfoot

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