Captain Lily Bartlem, pictured in the schoolgirls grand final, has been a stand-out for TCC in the first two days at QISSN.
Captain Lily Bartlem, pictured in the schoolgirls grand final, has been a stand-out for TCC in the first two days at QISSN. RACHAEL MCDONALD

TCC's title defence on track at QISSN Carnival

NETBALL: The Cathedral College is on target for a two top finish in its pool at the QISSN Carnival being played in Brisbane.

The defending champions have lost just one of the seven games they have played in the first two days of the prestigious carnival, which this year involves 60 teams from across the state.

Coach Renee Williams said the players had not missed a beat since they dropped their opening game 20-19 to carnival newcomers Sunshine Coast Grammar on Monday morning.

"They've had convincing wins in every game since, especially today when they've doubled the score of the other teams in every match,” she said yesterday.

"I'm absolutely stoked. They're putting everything we've done at training into practice.

"They're getting better and better game by game and it's just beautiful to watch.”

READ: TCC scores win in grand final to claim first QISSN title

TCC will play Aquinas College and Toowoomba's St Ursula's College in its last two round matches today before the finals start on Thursday.

"We're feeling pretty confident about those two games and we're expecting to hold second spot behind Sunshine Coast Grammar who will finish first if they win both of their games tomorrow,” Williams said.

"We have really been working on our consistency - starting at 100% and trying to maintain that throughout each half.”

Williams said inspirational captain Lily Bartlem had been a stand-out, leading the team from the front.

Netball: TCC's  Zeckeisha Oakley.
Netball: TCC's Zeckeisha Oakley. Allan Reinikka ROK090617anetball

"The combination of Jane Childes and Zeckeisha Oakley through the mid-court has been working really well and Liezel Vijoen at goal keeper has worked non-stop and is really thriving on the competition.

"Tori Rouse has recovered well really from injury and has come out firing and put in solid performances in the GD position. Her height is a real asset when we come up against some of the giants of the south-east corner.”

Emmaus College could also be in the finals mix, currently sitting third behind TCC in Pool A with five wins from its seven games.

The Rockhampton Grammar School, Yeppoon's St Ursula College and Emerald's Marist College have had mixed results in their games.