Students compete in state carnival to break holiday boredom
WINTER school holidays can be the most boring time of a student's year - short days followed by cold nights are made worse by having a Pacific Ocean that is too cold to swim in.
Thousands of Bundaberg students will be searching for things to do and it's guaranteed the Playstation will get a work out.
There will be a group of about 30 kids from Shalom who will have no trouble keeping entertained because they will be competing at the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball (QISSN) Carnival and the Confraternity Cup from June 29-July 3.
Shalom is sending its best netball and rugby league players to Brisbane and Ipswich for a week for their shot at glory.
The netball team is one of 48 from across Queensland in the competition at Boondall Entertainment Centre and will be led by Laura O'Sullivan and Dayna Hammermeister.
This year will mark the 15th year Shalom has been in the QISSN and it's aiming to repeat the performances that took out the Division 1 title in 2008-2009.
The team of Taleigha Batt, Abbie Floyd, Rebecca Gavin, Emma O'Beirne, Erin O'Beirne, Emily Pettis, Ashley Sheppard and Grace Whaleboat have trialled together against Xavier College from Hervey Bay and Alloway's Div 1 netball teams.
Shalom is strong across the court and under coaches Craig Hammermeister and Liz Watson have developed a strong playing style that will serve it well in Pool A over the tough week.
Players like Jake Egan and Sahlie Komndi-Diggins will be at St Peter Claver College, Ipswich, and after a tough few months training will be trying to claim the Plate trophy it won in 2014.
The Confraternity Shield is in its 35th year, starting in 1980 in Bundaberg it had six teams contesting and quickly grew. It now has 48 teams playing 128 games during the week.
Current players like Jake and Sahlie are following the footsteps of NRL stars Wendall Sailor, Ben Barba and Matt Bowen, who were judged to be the best player in the year they competed, and the Shalom team has the chance to make its own memories at one of the biggest league carnivals in the state.