The Aldridge SHS team that won gold in the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup under-15 honours competition in Brisbane.
The Aldridge SHS team that won gold in the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup under-15 honours competition in Brisbane.

Aldridge boys serve up gold

ALDRIDGE State High School students are proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

Well, when it comes to playing volleyball they certainly are.

The school has struck gold for the third consecutive year in the finals of the annual Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup competition in Brisbane.

More than 250 private and state schools from throughout the state contested the competition which is regarded as the premier event on the volleyball calendar for schools.

Aldridge spiked its way to winning gold in the honours division, the highest level in the competition, after the under-15 boys proved unbeatable.

The team of Lachlan Houston, Alek Calleja, Matthew Brain, Bo Lewis, James Ethell, Mitchell Seefus, Shaun Brake, Kyle McGrath and Alex Beatty combined to go through the competition undefeated.

So well did they play, they only dropped one-set throughout the finals.

They also beat volleyball schools of excellence including Brisbane Boys Grammar, Craigs-lea State High School and Browns Plains State High School.

In the final, Aldridge overpowered Craigslea State High School 3-0.

For one Aldridge student, Alex Beatty, the vice-captain of the Queensland schoolboy’s team, the tournament was a memorable one.

He was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Six boys were also selected in the state squad.

Aldridge also had another four teams in action in the finals.

The under-14 boy’s finished sixth in honours, the under-13 boy’s fifth in honours, the under-13 girl’s second in Division II and under-14 girl’s fourth in honours.

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

“To have a team ranked the best in the state and others in the top-six is an outstanding effort,” he said.

“Our teams beat some highly fancied schools to do it as well.

“There is no doubt that we are now a force to be reckoned with.”



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