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Magic combination on netball court
The Rockhampton Grammar School 1st
VII netball team, Magic, has continued its
impressive form in the 2013 season.
Magic (pictured below with coach Stacey
Doherty) were once again crowned
Rockhampton and District Secondary
Schoolgirls Open Division Champions
at Rockhampton’s Jardine Park on 13
September after scoring a 33-18 win over
Emmaus College in the grand final.
RGS circle defender Emma Walsh was
named player of the grand final. Emma was
also the Rockhampton Netball Association’s
most promising junior player in A grade.
RGS schoolgirls premiership teams were
Meteors, Raiders (pictured below right
with coach David Taylor) and Giants.
Runner- up teams were Warriors, Mets,
Mystics, Thunder, Storm and Liberty.
In other competitions this term, RGS Stars
won the Primary School Netball Junior
A premiership while the RGS Suns won
the Rockhampton Netball Association
Junior H Division premiership.
The local competitions followed Magic’s
strong showing at the annual Queensland
Independent Secondary Schools Netball
(QISSN) Carnival in Townsville over the
previous school holidays. Magic finished
runners-up to the Sunshine Coast ’s
Matthew Flinders College with a 36-
30 loss in the final. Emma Walsh was
named in the QISSN honourary team
and named player of the grand final.
Magic will now prepare for one final challenge
this year when the team represents the
Capricornia Region at the Vicki Wilson Cup
State Finals in Brisbane on 12-13 October.
Magic qualified for the finals after a 64-25
win over Emerald State High School and a
49-30 victory against Mackay North State
High School in the regional final in Mackay.
Sri Lankan tour puts RGS cricketers in a spin
Harry Fordyce (Year 10) and Lachlan
Knuth (Year 10) joined the Darren Lehmann
Cricket Academy’s Murali Cup team in July
in Sri Lanka – a tour which involved not only
playing cricket on some testing wickets
but also soaking up Sri Lankan culture.
Wins were hard to come by as the players
had to adjust to the spinners pitches.
“It taught me how to play spin a bit
better, like trying to sweep the ball, and
where I could get my singles when I was
batting. It also taught me to have a plan for
every ball I bowled. The pitches crumbled
easily and were very dry,’’ Harry said.
“ The most memorable moment of the
carnival was when I scored my highest
score for the carnival (76 runs) – it felt really
good and I had fun while I was at it.’’
Some of the cricket fields were located
next to schools and during the children’s
lunch break they would talk to the Australian
visitors and ask for their cricket hats.
A tour highlight for Harry was meeting
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara
at his restaurant the Ministry of Crab.
Sangakkara, a wicketkeeper/batsman, has
played over 100 Test matches and over
350 one day matches for Sri Lanka.
“That was the best bread I have
ever tasted,’’ Harry said.
Harry and Lachlan will now prepare for
the local cricket season with upcoming
Central Queensland and Rockhampton trials
as well as the RGS First XI cricket tour to
Sydney from 29 September to 4 October.
Picture: Harry Fordyce (back row, 5th from right),
Lachlan Knuth (back row, 4th from right)
Kate jumps to new
Baralaba’s Kate Kirk (Year 10 boarder) made
her debut at the Queensland State Interschool
Equestrian Championships in Maryborough
last school holidays, where she represented
RGS. Busy juggling her first year of boarding,
schoolwork and sports commitments Kate
and her horse Connor produced outstanding
results against some high level competition,
placing 4th in show horse hack, 8th in
show horse rider and 14th in showman
(consisting of dressage, rider, jumping
and led). Earlier this year Kate and Connor
also gained first placings at the Interschool
Central Queensland Regional Championships,
Capella and Clermont shows. They also
had impressive placings at The Caves,
Baralaba, Theodore and Springsure shows.
Kate and Connor have already
qualified to represent RGS at the 2014
Queensland Interschool State Eventing
Championships in Burpengary.
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