On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Week 3 GCC had an inspirational team of 20 keen mountain bike riders make their way to Nerang on the Gold Coast for the National Schools Championships.
Our riders put in some exceptional efforts over three days. Friday’s riders took part in the Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE). This event ran over a course of between 800m and 1.5km within the Nerang State Forest Trails. Congratulations to Holly Lubcke and Jaiden Ward for finishing in first place to win the gold.
Saturday involved the Cross-Country Olympic (XCO & O/T) involving an endurance race with a course of 4-6km in length. In the second stage riders tested their skills over sections of obstacles in a format called “Observed Trials”. Sections got progressively more difficult. Riders were required to complete each section without touching the ground (dabbing). Three dabs in a section will result in an incomplete section. Holly Lubcke was unbeatable over the longer distance finishing several minutes ahead of second place.
Sunday was our biggest day. The Cross-Country Team Enduro (XCEN) was a four-hour cross-country race. We had five relay teams competing. Unfortunately there were several mishaps with Connor Lubcke taking a fall and Shane Charlesworth having to hike his way out of the forest after shredding his tyre. All in all, there were plenty of smiles, proud parents and our students had a fantastic time. Incredibly, overall as a school, we finished in 6th place out of a total of 66 competing schools. A special thanks goes out to the support of our parents in attendance over the course of the weekend and Craig Quinn for coaching our riders.
All Schools competition – Touch Football Report
GCC participated in the All Schools Touch competition on Sunday 29 July at the Glasshouse Sports Complex. Four teams were entered across four divisions – U13 girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls and Opens Mixed. There were more than 30 schools from all over the coast participating in this event and it was the first year GCC had entered teams into this competition.
Being one of the smaller schools on the coast, it was a big ask for our students to compete against schools who are almost double our size and play touch as their main sport! All of our teams were competitive and fought hard with many sore bodies at the end of the day. Each team had some wins or draws which is a great effort! Many schools are now starting to notice GCC as a fierce competitor in touch football and we now look forward to being competitive in SCISSA touch this term.
Vicky Wilson Netball Competition
During Week 3, GCC had two teams compete at the Vicky Wilson Netball competition. Both teams won one game. The senior team ‘Eagles’ played five games and the junior team ‘Hawks’ played six, so it was a very busy day. Both teams played really well and we saw the Hawks really improve their skill level as they were in the younger end of their division.
SCISSA Touch Football
Junior Boys A
GCC Defeated Pacific LC 20-1. Best player Daemon Cruise.
Junior Boys B
GCC Defeated St Andrews AC 6-2. Best players Codie Hall, Jaiden Ward.
Junior Girls A
GCC Lost to Matthew Flinders AC 1-2. Best player Hayley Dellaway.
GCC Defeated Pacific LC 9-0. Best player Madison Newsome.
Junior Girls B
GCC Lost to St Andrews AC 0-2. Best player Sarah Wirth.
Intermediate Boys A
GCC Lost to St Andrews AC 2-8. Best player Damian Tomokino.
Intermediate Boys B
GCC Defeated St Andrews AC by Forfeit.
Intermediate Girls A
GCC Lost to St Andrews AC 0-11. Best player Cassidy Ferris.
Senior Boys A
GCC Lost to MFAC 2-14. Best player Harry Fullerton.
GCC Lost to Pacific LC 2-9. Best player Reuben Tidy.
Senior Girls A
GCC Lost to St Andrews AC 0-10. Best player Sophie Trevan.
Sunshine Coast Secondary Basketball Competition
Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball has kicked off in Term 3. There are 177 teams from Years 7-12 competing across the coast with approximately 1200 students playing. As you can see, no GCC teams are in “A” division and some teams (with many new players to basketball) being challenged in B division this year – the higher the division, the harder the competition!