Last weekend, three teams competed in the Volleyball Queensland’s Beach Schools Cup at Coolangatta. This was the largest schools Beach Volleyball event ever held in Queensland, with a record 241 teams from 36 schools competing in the annual competition.
Most of our students hadn’t played Beach Volleyball before, so the competition was a major learning curve for them. However, the worthwhile experience will allow them to transfer the skills they gained to their indoor games.
Playing in typical summer beach conditions meant the students not only had to battle their opposition but the elements as well. It was hot and the wind intensified after midday; teams who could control the ball during these conditions won.
Our teams struggled in these conditions, which saw the Open Boy’s Fours losing out on a countback to play in the medal matches. Overall, they played well and gained valuable lessons around teamwork and the game of Beach Volleyball.
The Senior Girl’s Fours had similar problems, but they managed to get through on a countback. The quarter and semi-finals saw some controlled and aggressive play–but once the wind picked-up, the girls struggled in the conditions and lost the final on a golden point (one rally to decide the whole match, which was drawn until then).
Our Intermediate Girls went into the tournament nervous, but ready for a challenge. Despite their lack of Beach Volleyball experience as a team, they worked hard in the conditions and grew immensely as a team and individually. The girls showed control and endurance to win four of their six games, only losing to the eventual gold and silver medallists.
I know the students enjoyed the event and gained valuable skills from the experience. It was a great tournament, and I am sure more students would love to compete in this event in the future.
A big thank you to all the parents and families who attended– you braved the conditions, and your support is really appreciated. What a great weekend!