Plains trio strike volleyball gold
THREE Redbank Plains students shared in a Met West under-18 volleyball gold medal win at the recent state championships.
Redbank Plains State High School students Joabin Ahchong, Hinckley Savea and Arthur Patelesio were part of the Met West combination which won gold at the Queensland School Sport Volleyball State Championships in Bundaberg.
After losing to Met North in the group stages, the Met West representative side stormed back into contention and stole the title with a dominant display in the grand final.
Redbank Plains State High School teachers Greg Collins and Gavin Chant led the Met West campaign as coach and manager of the title-winning under-19 boys squad.
Collins was the team manager last year before taking on the role of coach in 2016.
He said the sport of volleyball was growing every year in Ipswich.
“There’s always been the talent but it’s just about developing it the right way,” Collins said.
“I have been here three years now but it’s definitely gotten bigger and our results have improved every year.
“We are certainly getting more numbers and people involved here at Redbank Plains.”
The Met West boys’ gold medal was a crowning achievement for Arthur after joining the school’s volleyball program in grade nine.
Fellow students Lauren Kerr and Kelera Robertson also travelled to Bundaberg with the Met West under-19 girls’ team.
Following their success at the state championships last month, the Redbank Plains boys’ and girls’ school volleyball teams travelled to Toowoomba to compete in the Intermediate Volleyball School Cup.
Against teams from across Queensland, Redbank Plains finished 12th out of the 72 schools which competed in the Overall Champion School rankings.
This was the school’s best result since Collins joined Redbank Plains three years ago.
“We’ve gone from 40th last year to 12th this year which is a great result,” Collins said.
“It’s a great result for the school and the students who participated.
“We use the tournament as a sounding board for where the program is at and it was great to see the improvement in our results.
“The students are always here wanting to train, whether that be in class or before and after school.”