TCC scores win in grand final to claim first QISSN title
THE Cathedral College has scored a piece of sporting history, winning its first Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival.
TCC was on song in the grand final against Matthew Flinders Anglican College yesterday, running out 51-32 winners in front of a parochial 600-strong crowd at CQUniversity.
There were jubilant scenes after the final hooter as the players and coaching staff embraced. They were swamped on court by TCC's rugby league players who made the dash from playing in the Confraternity Carnival to witness the milestone.
"This feeling is unbelievable. We've never done this before - this is TCC history," an elated captain Lily Bartlem said.
"It was a really tough game but I knew the girls could do it."
Bartlem had extra reason to celebrate, being named both player of the final and player of the carnival.
TCC's victory was made even more significant given it was the host school for the QISSN Carnival, which involved 48 netball teams from across the state.
It also comes just weeks after the team won the Rockhampton and district secondary schoolgirls' title for the first time in the school's 25-year history.
Coach Renee Williams said yesterday's victory was due reward for her players' hard work and dedication.
"It feels amazing. I'm just really happy that the girls were able to achieve the win because they've worked so hard for the last year and really developed themselves as a team," she said. "They believed in themselves from the start so it was good to see them come through and take the win."
Williams said she was surprised at the final scoreline in the game given Matthew Flinders was such a strong team but said it was a complete team performance from her girls.
"We don't have a weak link in our team. We've worked really hard on that area to make sure that everybody trusts each other and believes in each other," she said. "Right the way down the court our shooters were so accurate today, our mid-court were doing their job feeding the circle and driving and our defence were taking the rebounds when they had some missed shots as well and bringing it back down the court."
Williams said the team's comeback in Thursday's semi-final, when they trailed by eight goals against Somerset College but got up to win by one, exemplified their courage.
"That really showed what these girls are made of; that was something extraordinary," she said.
"I just had a feeling after the pool games that they were going to go all the way; I saw the hunger in their eyes.
"They never gave up in any of their games, even in the one they lost, they just wanted it.
"When you play a side as good as Matthew Flinders who are so physically strong and able it comes down to who wants it the most and that was us today."