Girls help Wide Bay snare final at state championships
WIDE Bay failed to win a game during the pool stages, but came to life during the finals series to take out the girls' plate final and finish seventh in the Queensland School Sport 18 Years Touch Football State Championships in Cairns.
With Hervey Bay girls Meg Moore, Tayla Houliston and Lucy Freshwater in the line up, Wide Bay turned around its form to beat Northern and Met West to book a spot in the plate final, which they won 6-2 against Met North.
Their accomplishment was more remarkable given they lost Lucy's older sister Kate, a Queensland representative, on the first day due to illness.
"After losing all our pool games we didn't think we would play as well as we did," Lucy, 15, said.
"We surprised ourselves with the end result, but we definitely deserved it by the way we played in the final."
Lucy believed the team's slow start to the campaign was due to a lack of preparation.
But the Xavier Catholic College student said she was glad to see the team improving as they edged closer to the final and end the tournament on a strong note.
"We hadn't played too many games together so I guess the first game on the Friday was the first time we had played together as a team," she said.
"We had to work out each other's games as we went along, but we started working a lot better as a team.
"After we won that game against Northern our confidence was right up there and we went into the rest of the competition a lot stronger."