Winner’s frame of mind

Coolum Netball has enjoyed a win, win, win, win situation over the last few months, with its young players taking out four first places across two state events.

Coolum won first places in the under-15 and under-16 divisions in June at the state titles in Ipswich, and the under-13 and under-14 teams won another two titles in the Country State Titles in Rockhampton last month.

Coolum Netball’s Judy Davis is justifiably proud.

“Coolum is the only association in Queensland to take out four first places across the two state events – a remarkable feat for such a small, young association,” she said.

In Rockhampton, after the first day of competition, the under-13 and under-14 teams had only lost one game against some very tough competition.

The next day they got up early and got on the bus at 7am to start all over again.

At the end of play, the under-13s, coached by Michelle Coleman and managed by Cathy Barnett, were equal first with Underwood Park, while, the under-14s, coached by Bernie Patterson and managed by Alison O’Brien, were in a three-way tie with Toowoomba and the South Coast.

The final results were determined by goals for and against, with Coolum winning both divisions.

Ms Davis said the joy on the players’ faces made the trip to Rockhampton all worthwhile.

“As we all boarded the plane to return home from Rockhampton that Sunday night I could not help but reflect back on what a year it was, with all four teams taking out a title” she said.

“We should be known as the Awesome Foursome of netball but I believe each player would be proud to be known as the Coolum District Netball representative team of 2009.”

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