SHOOTING STARS: All 29 girls who participated in the Catholic Schools Week netball competition walked away with a lot more than a few wins and some points scored.
SHOOTING STARS: All 29 girls who participated in the Catholic Schools Week netball competition walked away with a lot more than a few wins and some points scored. Meg Gannon

Not just about winning for OLSCC netballers

NETBALL: It's no easy task taking care of three netball teams and 29 young, budding netballers.

But Melinda Crow's job is made a little easier by the fact that her little netballers are already on the way to stardom.

At the Catholic Schools Week netball competition, three teams from Our Lady of the Southern Cross College pulled out some enviable results.

The Year 5 and 6 non-competitive team managed three wins and two losses, while the Year 6 team finished second, winning five out of six games.

But most notably, the Year 5 team went undefeated, taking out the championship and conceding only one point out of five games against two teams from Mater Dei, as well as teams from Lourdes, St Thomas More and St Saviour's.

A lot of hard work from Crow and the girls went in to facilitate the great results.

"They were training every week since the end of last term and training two to three times a week,” Crow said.

"I really focus on skills and getting the small things right.

"So making sure we're passing, catching correctly and getting all those little things right so all the big things can come together.”

But the focus is not just on pulling out win after win.

"The main thing we focus on is teamwork, skills and enjoying it while we're there,” Crow said.

"I was very proud of them throughout the whole carnival.

"All three teams showed great teamwork, they were great sports.

"I never had any issues if they did lose a game, and they helped each other out and enjoyed netball.”

Crow said for her girls, it was all about the lessons they could take away from each game.

"Winning is great but by working hard and being a part of the team, you learn so much more,” she said.

"They were there for Catholic Education Week and that's what it was about.”

The toughest competition was in our own backyard, Crow conceded.

"The Toowoomba teams are always hard,” she said.

"But Pittsworth in the Year 6 competition took it out with St Thomas More.”


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