Students from Booleroo Centre District School recently competed in the state finals of the Open Girls Volleyball in Adelaide.
After convincing wins during the minor rounds in August, the finals brought about an exciting opportunity for students to compete against some of the best volleyball players in the state.
During the minor rounds, BCDS competed against a combination of city and rural schools.
However, the finals were against Adelaide based schools such as Immanuel College, Saint Peters and Blackwood, all of which have large cohorts of students available for selection.
This level of competition was something the students of BCDS had never experienced.
It gave them the opportunity to play against schools that have volleyball programs, specialist coaches and in some cases state players.
Arriving at Unley High School, the girls were excited and a little nervous of what lay ahead. After a bye in the first round, BCDS fronted up against Immanuel College who took the first set 25-14 and snatched the second set 28-26. The girls gained so much confidence from their first match, which held them in good stead for the remainder of the day.
The girls rallied in their next two matches, coming out firing with vicious serves and enthusiastic gameplay, leaving their opposition shell shocked.
BCDS defeated both Windsor Gardens and Blackwood High School to progress to the playoff match for the state championship.
The final was a rematch against the favourites, Immanuel College. The country girls came out with a vengeance in the first set, winning it 25-22. However; Immanuel were determined to hit back, taking the second set 25-18. The final set was riddled with errors by both teams, as nerves began to take over. It was tough going with Immanuel up 11-7 before Booleroo hit back to be just one point down before Immanuel went on to seal the final set 15-12 and take out the state championship.
The students of Booleroo Centre District School are to be acknowledged for their exceptional effort in finishing 2nd out of 27 teams, being the only country school to make the state final to playoff for the championship.
Whilst they haven’t been exposed to special volleyball programs and coaching, they have been fortunate to learn the skills of volleyball under the guidance of Physical Education Teacher, Alby Nicholls, during PE lessons and lunchtimes at school. On the day volunteer Chloe Grantham provided some excellent tutelage. It is evident that team work, fundamentals and focus have all led to this amazing success.
Students have since been approached by a range of Volleyball Clubs in Adelaide as they try and recruit these talented players.