Seven members of the impressive Queensland Country under-17 volleyball team. They are (back row, from left), Alex Beatty (ASHS), Alec Calleja (ASHS), Josh Schonberger (Townsville), Scott Barry (Kingaroy) and Matt Brain (ASHS). Front row (from left) Kieran Lancini (Gympie) and Mitchell Seefus (ASHS).
Seven members of the impressive Queensland Country under-17 volleyball team. They are (back row, from left), Alex Beatty (ASHS), Alec Calleja (ASHS), Josh Schonberger (Townsville), Scott Barry (Kingaroy) and Matt Brain (ASHS). Front row (from left) Kieran Lancini (Gympie) and Mitchell Seefus (ASHS). Richard Harvey

Aldridge boys are a big hit

FOUR Aldridge State School students are the best by a country mile and that’s official when it comes to playing volleyball.

Alex Beatty, Matthew Brain, Alec Calleja and Mitchell Seefus are all members of the 10-strong Queensland Country under-17 team.

They are part of a talented line-up – you only have to look at their results to see that.

The team competed for the first time together in the State Bash on the Sunshine Coast but the players showed no signs of nervousness in it.

They beat the other two state under-17 teams.

Not long after that good start, the team took to the court to contest the premier men’s tournament in Queensland, the Flaming Chalice in Brisbane.

They finished an impressive eighth and ahead of the other metropolitan under-17 state teams in 12th and 16th.

Not surprisingly, ASHS teacher and volleyball coach, Rob Thiele, said everyone involved with the team should be proud of their achievements.

“To have four players in the team is an outstanding effort,” he said.

“They are certainly deserving of their selection – they are so dedicated (they train four times a week) and that dedication has paid off.

“I mean, getting up for a 7am training session in winter is not easy – I know I struggle,” he laughed.

“They even train during their lunch break.

“They want success and they are prepared to work hard for it.”

As for the performances of the Queensland Country team to date, Thiele said it had been nothing short of outstanding.

“The team has beaten some highly fancied teams and done it well,” he said.

“There is no doubt the Aldridge boys are helping the team be a force to be reckoned with.”

The boys’ next challenge will be the Australian Championships in South Australia next month.

They will take on teams from throughout the nation as well as invitational teams from New Zealand.



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