On Friday, 9 August, nine very excited volleyballers departed Toowoomba in the early morning to head to the Gold Coast for what became an epic weekend of competition in the Queensland Volleyball Senior Schools Cup.
After a nervous start in our first game against Immanuel Lutheran College, the girls were able to pull together as a team and came away with the win! Another win later that afternoon had the team in a good place in the pool games of the competition heading into day two.
Day two started early with a tough game against Citipointe Christian College. Despite rallying as a team, we lost that game in a well-fought match. A win against St Monica’s College later that day saw us placed second in our pool, with a repêchage match that afternoon to guarantee top-four status. To say our players were pumped for this match would be an understatement! This energy, enthusiasm, and determination saw them win the match against All Saints and put them into medal contention for the semi-final on Sunday morning.
Day three started with a semi-final against Redlands College, who to this point were undefeated and had not lost a set against any other team. Our team did not let this distract them, though, and went in with a growth mindset, ready to give it their all. At 19 - 24 down in the first set, Glennie fought back to win that set, 27 - 25! They unfortunately then lost the second set, but rallied together and found their Glennie Spirit (with the help of our parent support crew on the sideline) to win the third set - and the match - putting us into the gold medal match later that day. With passion and enthusiasm in spades, our girls took the court for their grand final match against the team who had beaten us on day two (Citipointe Christian College). Their determination, resolve, and sportsmanship is something I will forever be proud of. These were the qualities that ultimately lead the team to victory! Georgia Applebee was named Most Valuable Player in our division (12 Girls Division 2, Red) and I’m sure the whole team would agree - she was a very deserving recipient!
This was a culminating event of six years of volleyball for our four Year 12 students - Ella Stone (Captain), Madison Draheim, Georgia Applebee, and Louise Armstrong and I thank them for their passion, commitment, and leadership across all of these years. Our volleyball program will certainly miss them next year. Louise Galvin, Sam Healy, and Jerri Teo have also been valued members of the GS1 team and the tournament would not have been the same without their skills and adventures. A special thanks must go to Kate Godden and Michaela Horn who joined these girls to allow them all to go away for the weekend - I am so grateful they had the opportunity to play with GS1 and thank them both for their huge contributions to the team throughout our games.
A final and very important thank you must go to Mr Hugh Stone (father of Ella) who has been the girls' coach throughout their journey. They would not have gotten to this point and had the successes they have had without his leadership, dedication, and love of the sport. Thank you for all of your work Mr Stone; it has not gone unnoticed!
Mrs Leanne Wisley
Middle and Senior Years Teacher