Mountain Bike National All Schools Championship:
Recently a team of mountain bikers represented GCC at the national schools championship. It certainly was an exciting event with over 360 students from 98 schools competing across the three days of competition. There were some outstanding performances and of course sportsmanship displayed throughout the event.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and a 6th place national result is very impressive for our school. Thanks to Craig Quinn for his professional coaching advice in the lead up to the event and over the course of the weekend. Congratulations to all GCC competitors. Thanks to Craig for the following race report.
“In real terms it’s a tale of two stories. The usual Elite Crew and their quest for results and individual glory and the GCC School Team and what I think will be lifelong memories for those brave enough to put their hand up. The opportunity to rub shoulders, in some cases literally, with the top 10 in Australia is an amazing experience. To race 120 other boys is just manic. Make no bones about it, this is a National event and the Elite kids are there to win. For a short while, I went to a prestigious boarding school in Sydney, failed miserably, however, if you were in the “Firsts” for anything you wore a different blazer and were respected. But if you were National School Boy Champion in anything and there were a few, they were revered. This event will gain that status.
Holly Lubcke is the Australian School Girl Champion and she can wear the Crown proudly.
Glasshouse Christian College finished 6th Outright in the School Title. This part of the whole National All School process is the bit I look forward to the most. I have developed an obsession over the outright school title and I will one day add that to the collection, but the real story is the individual growth of each of the students that put their hand up and had a go.
I remember the first piece of really good advice I was given, just after I had blown through the back of a corner and ended up on my head in the kitty litter at Lakeside. “Learn how to stop the thing, anyone can pull it on, the trick is stopping them”. Armed with that and the catchphrase, “ride what you can, walk what you can’t”, I pat them on the back and wish them luck. Over the weekend I watched them all individually deal with the pressure of racing, the pressure that the track brings and the fact some of them are racing 120 other likeminded individuals. Then when I get back to a school session and I catch up with them at a ride, my oh my, how much confidence do they now have. They are running the ride, dishing out tips by the dozen.
Through my eyes we did a great job, each and every one of them coped with the tracks and each and every one of them finished what they started, no band aids required. Great job from the few who rode last year as well, your leadership and guidance to the real new faces was duly noted. 6th in Australia again this year; that in itself sounds pretty sweet. Thanks to the College and the PE Department“.
By Craig Quinn, 11hills Racecraft
Volleyball State Schools Cup
This past weekend we sent two Year 11 teams down to the Gold Coast to compete in the Queensland Senior Schools Cup Volleyball Tournament. It was a mixed event for our two teams: The Year 11 boys included some of our star players: Patrick McKenzie, Bakani Kombanie, JD Theron and Aiden McKellar who have represented the Sunshine Coast and Qld in Volleyball had a tough tournament in Division two to finish 7th overall.
The boys won three of six games, all losses coming from close three-setters. These boys have been representing GCC at Schools Cup since Year 7 and have Gold in division 2 and a Silver in division 1 from previous appearances. They will be disappointed with this result, but will no doubt come back stronger next year.
Our Year 11 girls’ team achieved their first medal in four schools cup appearances winning Gold in division 2. They won five from seven games, eventually beating the team in the final that beat them in the pool matches… sweet, sweet revenge! Notable scalps for the girls’ team were powerhouses Mountain Creek and Craigslea.
The girls now have their eyes set on winning the trifecta of SCISSA, Trish Buckley and Division 1 Schools Cup next year in their final school year for GCC.
Congratulations to Sophie Trevan, Odette Tredoux, Madeleine Roulston, Steffinie Twidale, Amy Trevan, Ellie Thompson, Nicole Theunissen and Chloe Dunford.
“The team played four pool matches and three finals matches over the course of the weekend.
They started very well on Friday with a win against Canterbury College in two sets with everybody playing well. The second game was a lot harder and we lost that game 2-1 but managed to outscore James Nash (Gympie) in the total points won, but unfortunately not the total sets won. James Nash recognised the girls’ efforts and started to follow our team around and support them from the sideline. It was terrific to see the sportsmanship shown to our girls; we also supported and befriended them for the weekend.
Saturday brought a whole new day and challenges to the team with one player having to head home for a prior commitment and a few of the other feeling the bruises from the Friday matches. We played Kelvin Grove and won the first set but got a bit overconfident and lost the game plan and let them back into the match, they beat us by a very small margin in the next two sets. This effort disappointed the girls but fired them up to do better in the next game. Citipointe Christian College was the next challenge and was a do or die match for us as we had to finish in the top three in our pool to stay in contention for the finals. With the return of Maddie, the girls seemed more determined. They defended the court brilliantly but lacked the attack that was needed to be contenders for the cup however, with pure determination and teamwork we still managed to grind out a win.
It was then up to James Nash to beat Kelvin Grove convincingly to put us in second place in the pool, (with our support) they did us a favour and put us in second place for a repechage match against third in the other pool. We played Mountain Creek and even though we were improving we were still lacking that punch that was needed, but we ground out a tough win with great defence and a will to do well.
Sunday was new ground for the girls. They had not been in this position in previous years; a chance to play for a spot in the final. Craigslea was the winner of the other pool and was our next challenge, but this is the game that it started to click for the girls, with Sophie and Ellie still throwing themselves around in defence and our attackers starting to hit winners from some great setup work from Steff and Chloe we moved on to the final against our mates and rivals James Nash. Even though they were not cheering us on we still managed to stay friends and have GREAT respect for each other before, during and after the match. The team played awesomely, with everybody contributing to a solid win over James Nash in two sets, Odette, Sophie and Maddie hit some terrific winners from the net and service line, Nicole chimed in with some frontcourt winners, Chloe and Steff played a big part with some great play and setting while Sophie and Ellie kept up the awesome defensive scrambling.
I could not have been prouder of all the girls on the weekend. They showed guts, determination, skill, compassion, a will to win and also showed that strong TEAMWORK is worth the effort“.
“A disappointing start on Day One for senior boys. However, on Day Two the boys played exceptionally well and showed they could have beaten anyone in their division. Riley, Mason and Lincoln slotted into the team very well with Riley and Lincoln in Middle positions and Mason as alternate setter.
Bakani set very well off some accurate passing on Day Two and as a consequence, JD, Patrick and Aiden were able to do their job, hitting some very impressive hits. Bray was also busy in the Libero position with some great passing and covering of the frontcourt positions”.
Olivia McKenzie to represent QLD
Olivia McKenzie has had an injury-interrupted year that has held her back from Volleyball however after recently getting an all-clear on her troublesome knee she attended three trials for the AJVC Under 14 Queensland team. As a result, Olivia was named in the team to travel to Canberra to compete in the National Championships. Recently the QLD girls had a competition against visiting USA teams down on the Gold Coast. This was a great experience for them. Olivia now looks forward to competing in the national competition at the AIS from 29 September to 6 October.
District Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to Dominic Ruhle. On Monday Dominic competed in the 3000m district event at the University track and finished 3rd with a time of 10:46.
All remaining events will take place at the district athletics carnival taking place this week on Thursday and Friday 15 and 16 August. Students who have qualified to compete in this event have been notified by email. GCC will run one bus on Thursday 15 departing school at 1pm. This bus will return to school by 7pm. On Friday 16, two buses will depart from school in the morning at 7:15am for the early events. The second bus will depart from school at 8:30am. One bus will return students to school in time for normal after school arrangements at 2:55pm.
Regional Athletics Carnival
For those who qualify at the district athletics carnival, the regional event will be taking place on Thursday 29 August and Friday 30 August.
Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball
This competition has been taking place on Friday nights this term. We have seven teams competing. Results for rounds 3 and 4 are as follows:
Intermediate Boys A lost to Mt Creek 20-43.
Intermediate Boys B lost to Grammar 15-26.
Intermediate Girls C defeated Grammar 45-18.
Junior Boys C defeated St Andrews 37-21.
Junior Girls B lost to PLC.
Senior Girls D lost to Sienna 6-18.
Term 3 – SCISSA Touch Football
Week 3 Results:
Junior Girls A – Defeated by Good Shepherd 0-4. Best Ruby Ciantar.
Junior Boys A – Defeated by Good Shepherd 3-8. Best Arno Mens.
Intermediate Girls A – Defeated Immanuel Lutheran College 4-3. Best Maddie Newsome.
Intermediate Boys A – Defeated by Good Shepherd 1-3. Best Daniel Fielding.
Intermediate Boys B – Defeated Matthew Flinders 6-1. Best Daemon Cruise.
Senior Girls A – Defeated by Good Shepherd 1-6.
Senior Boys A – Defeated by Suncoast CC 2-7. Best Brodie Marshall.
Week 4 Results:
Junior Girls A – Defeated by St Andrews 0-9. Best Jessi James.
Junior Boys A – Defeated by St Andrews 0-10. Best Bryce Sambrook.
Intermediate Girls A – Defeated St Andrews 3-2. Best Kiara Newsome and Defeated Matthew Flinders 6-0. Best Jorja Goddard.
Intermediate Boys A – Draw against Matthew Flinders 4-4. Best Jacob Barbeler.
Intermediate Boys B – Draw against St Andrews 5-5. Best Liam Brown.
Senior Girls A – Defeated by Immanuel Lutheran College 1-9. Best Sophie Trevan Senior Boys A – Draw against St Andrews 6-6. Best Ronan Martin.
Glasshouse Country Bowls Club Schools Challenge Cup
Glasshouse bowls will be running a schools tournament to take place on Fridays after school in Term 4. If you would like to nominate to play, please complete the nomination form here. Players from Beerwah SHS and Maleny SHS will also be involved in this tournament.
- Three bowl pairs – 2 games of 7 ends.
- The GCC team will consist of 14 players.
- Term 4 competition takes place on Fridays from 6pm, 6 and 13 September and 11, 18 and 25 October.
- Prizes: A perpetual trophy to be retained by the winning school for the next 12 months. Weekly prizes: The winners and runners up get $10 each plus two draws from the remainder of cards, plus two spider prizes each night.
- Cost: $10 per player which includes a sausage sizzle.
- Transport to and from this event will be the responsibility of the player.
GCC Sports Awards night
This year’s sports awards evening will be held on Monday 28 October from 6pm in the church. I am sure our families have enjoyed watching our last two guest speakers from 2017 and 2018; Simon Black and Steven Bradbury battle it out on Australian Survivor.
This year we are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be one of Australia’s most decorated lifesavers and former world champion ironwoman Kristy Ellis (nee Munroe). Kristy will be with us on the night to present awards and speak to us about her journey as a professional sportswoman.
Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Festival
The Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Festival was held at Ewen Maddock Dam at the beginning of this term. Flynn Ward came second in his age group which was a great effort considering it was his first-ever race.
Moss brothers jump on the Lions bandwagon
Congratulations to Jared and Noah Moss on their selection into the Brisbane Lions academy.
Abstract taken from the Lions website:
After much deliberation, it is with great pleasure that we can announce the participants that have been invited to join the Academy program for 2020!
A number of factors were taken into consideration when selecting the players including skill level, game knowledge, decision making in footy activities and mini-games, fitness levels, attitude and willingness to learn that caught the eye of the Academy staff and coaches.
Matthew Beattie, Head of PE and Sport