During the school holidays the sunny Gold Coast was invaded by more than 60 netball teams from Australia and New Zealand all with the aim to win the title in their division and attack it out in the spirit of netball.
A tough Saints team of Year 8’s and 9’s came together after rigorous trials at the beginning of Term 2. The team members included: Charlotte White, Brooke Elliot, Sarah Matheson, Eve Habel, Ruby Bouhamdan, Tahlia Towers, Isabella Bernardi, Amelia Wood, Nicolette Miller and Sivani Sivasuthan. We had a fantastic start to the competition, winning nine out of ten games over day one and two. We advanced to the highest Intermediate division, competing against the best of the best for the second half of the week.
Day three was tough. We rectified our only loss, beating the Indigenous Budgies by 1 before being narrowly defeated in the following games. While we did not advance to the finals on day four, team spirit was buoyant thanks to the ‘Wally Award’. This award was presented each day to the team member who did the silliest/funniest thing the day before. The Wally Award was presented for things such as wearing two right-footed thongs to the beach and blowing on a tomato in a cold salad to cool it down. This caused many laughs throughout the week!
The Carnival’s host, Southport Carrara Netball Association, ideally situated around the corner from Wet and Wild, Dream, Movie and Sea World, ensured our ‘rest’ days were not so restful. In our other free time, we went shopping at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, went to the movies and practiced our body percussion performance that we performed at the Competition Dinner on the Friday night.
The tour was a week of bonding, laughter, team work, tired limbs, theme parks, shopping and sun. Thank you to Neil Fuller for making the tour possible and our coaches Alice Johnswood and Vanessa Brooks for bringing out the best in each of us. Congratulations to Tahlia Towers, awarded most consistent carnival player by our Coaches. Most importantly, thanks to our parents for paying and providing us with the necessities to make this trip possible.
By Brooke Elliott and Charlotte White