13 October 2017
On Thursday 6 October, 38 students and six staff headed off to compete in the Queensland All Schools touch football tournament, that was held over five days in Brisbane. The 13 years, 15 years and Open teams, played a minimum of six games each over three days of competition. Each team demonstrated some outstanding teamwork, inspiring touch football skills and as a result, achieved some satisfying results.
This tournament is considered the largest Schools Touch Football event in Australia. This year established a record of 415 teams playing across the seven divisions. This is a total of 220 Schools participating from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, New Zealand and Singapore. In the 15 Years Girls division alone, there were 74 teams. The achievements of the Glennie 15 Years team is quite significant.
The Open (18 years) and 13 Years teams played each game with commitment and determination. The girls continued to improve with each game and established some valuable and inspiring combinations by the end of the tournament. The 18s finished a successful third in their pool, with a draw preventing them from achieving a higher placement.
The 15 years team finished second in their pool. However, even with only one loss in their six games, the team still missed the top 16 (quarter finals) and were placed 19th. A commendable result, nonetheless. Attention though must be drawn to the players’ capacity to compete with direction and composure and their desire to take to the field with a positive and determined attitude. Congratulations girls on your successes this tournament, you should be very proud of your achievements as a team.
A successful tour cannot go ahead without the dedication and support of coaching and managerial staff and parents. Special mention must be forwarded to Ms Lisa Cooper, who behind the scenes and at the tournament has spent many hours booking, planning, organising, negotiating and basically doing everything, thank you.
It is also the coaching staff who have given tireless hours to train and prepare the girls. This season we have competed in a total of four tournaments and it is the work of our coaching staff who have kept the players motivated as well as further developing their skills. Considerable thanks and acknowledgement is given to:
- 13s: Ms Lauren Potter and Miss Abbie Prendergast
- 15s: Miss Shenae Ciesiolka and Mrs Kelly Dyson
- 18s: Miss Elizabeth Campbell and Ms Lisa Cooper
Having three Australian and State Level players guiding our girls is an immense privilege and a very humbling experience. Not to mention, something very memorable to take away as a student.
Thank you to all of our supportive parents for enabling your daughters to be a part of this campaign; for your willingness to drive them to training, games and for giving your time and money to allow them to attend; thank you. Special mention must made of the Willmington family who has given so very generously to the girls a discount voucher to Rockwear. These will be handed to each player after each assembly next week.
Finally, I need to recognise the support of our Head of Sport, Mr Brad Griffiths. The staff and players are grateful for your belief and for enabling our program to rise to yet another level in 2017.
What a wonderful way to end the Middle and Senior Year season of representative Touch Football, and a final congratulations to the girls who were awarded the Player’s Player in each team. The future of touch football at The Glennie School continues to shine, and I am humbled to be a part of its journey.
Mrs Kaye Broadfoot