When the Fairholme Senior Vicki Wilson team came up against Helensvale State High on Sunday, desperate to win, they decided to change their game plan.
‘We play somewhat unorthodox, free flowing, loose game,’ explains Coach, Bonnie McCarthy. ‘We tried to change it up to a short sharp game against Helensvale, and it didn’t work for us. So we threw caution to the wind and reverted back to our natural game. And it worked beautifully.’
So well, in fact, that when they came up against Helensvale again they won.
Because of the earlier loss though, the girls had to win every game in their pool – and in the last game of the day they had to win by at least 34 points to be in the top of their pool.
‘We went in against Mercy College from Mackay, and we won by 54 points – which put us at the top and against Moreton Bay College,’ said Ms McCarthy.
‘Moreton Bay is a team heavily stacked with State Reps – actually over half the team are Queensland players. But the girls fought to the end, in a very physical game.’
Captain of the team, and Year 12 student, Lucy Mantova says it was a fairy tale finish for her fellow Senior players.
‘Being in our final year, we just wanted to finish well again this year. We were happy with 7th last year, but we definitely hoped to move up higher this year. To go from 7th to 2nd is incredible. We just stepped up this year – I can’t pinpoint what it was, we just worked hard and played really well.’
Ms McCarthy says she wasn’t surprised given the team she was coaching.
‘I think our strength is teamwork. They all just play for each other, and at that level of netball you can’t afford to have even one player who doesn’t pull their weight. Even our bench was strong, so I had nine girls all playing at equal strength.’
Pictured above is (left to right front row) Year 12 girls; Claudia Ott, Lucy Mantova (Captain), Maggie Grigg, Rosemary Smolenski, (left to right back row) Hayley Wright (Year 10), Paige Carpenter (Year 11), Emily Dickenson (Year 11), Mackenzie Rohde (Year 10), Bonnie McCarthy (coach) and Emily Saal (Year 11).