St Mary's students celebrate year of memorable efforts
ST Mary's College completed its successful school sport season with more fine performances recently.
College teams impressed in hockey and basketball, adding to earlier outstanding achievements in volleyball, softball, Australian Football and tennis.
St Mary's sent two teams to the Queensland All Schools Hockey Championships in Toowoomba.
With such a rich history of hockey representation and close links with the Ipswich Hockey Association, the College was determined to provide more school tournament opportunities for girls.
The state competition boasted 19 teams from Cairns, Townsville, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Toowoomba and Brisbane regions.
With St Mary's involved for the first time, the Ipswich- based number one side reached the grand final, losing an epic battle 2-1 against Moreton Bay College.
St Mary's beat Aldridge State High, Harristown State High, Maryborough, Toowoomba State High and Clayfield College on their way to the final.
The team was guided by experienced coach Louise McNamara, co-captained by school and club representative players Layla Eleison and Jade Emblem.
"The Maroon, Blue and White was proudly worn by the St Mary's College girls who demonstrated outstanding commitment, effort and attitude in their representation of St Mary's College and our Ipswich community,'' College Sport Leader Glenn Carpenter said.
Australian Schoolgirls representative Eleison was the top goal scorer of the tournament with nine.
St Mary's second team, predominantly featuring year seven and eight students, held their heads high challenging more established teams from across the state.
In basketball, St Mary's College teams also finished the year with distinction, with two teams claiming their respective titles.
Both teams were undefeated throughout their season with victories over Loreto College, Lourdes Hill, All Hallows, Mt St Michael's, Brigidine and St Rita's College.
The Intermediate team beat All Hallows School 41-32 in the final.
St Mary's Junior team accounted for Mt St Michael's College 35-18 in their final.
At the recent St Mary's award evening, Brooklyn Betham was named MVP for the Intermediates.
Selma Togia was recognised as MVP for the Junior team.
Carpenter was proud of what all the teams achieved during 2015.
"St Mary's College Sports took a step towards supporting and challenging our top level sporting performers by competing in strong Brisbane competitions,'' he said.
"These results are further evidence of the sporting talent at St Mary's College who are grasping all the amazing opportunities that they are being provided.''
St Mary's sporting year concluded with 19 championship-winning teams and 20 sides finishing runners up.
- St Mary's hockey number one side (state runners-up): Jade Emblem, Layla Eleison, Kelly McNamara, Abby Eleison, Courtney Robertson, Rebecca Ball, Kayley Armstrong, Sarina Butta, Emily Toole, Madeline Nelson, Tiffeni Follett, Elise Muller.
- St Mary's Intermediate basketball team: Jordan Harton, Paige Harton, Jerisha Atkins, Brooklyn Betham, Holly Port, Emily Buckley, Sarah Earnshaw.
- St Mary's Junior basketball team: Selma Togia, Aimee Johnson, Alison Earnshaw, Lauren Reberger, Alisha Djemal-Mawer, Abigail Kaczmarek.