Team commended for school spirit on display
RUGBY LEAGUE/NETBALL: The moment Our Lady of the Southern Cross College rugby captain Sam Gillespie lifted the Spirit of Confraternity trophy is one he isn't going to forget any time soon.
Our Lady's top netballers and rugby league players banded together for an intense week of sport when they headed to Bundaberg for the Confraternity Cup competition.
While they didn't come out on top at the end of competition, the rugby league boys took home the Spirit of Confraternity trophy - an award for the team that showed outstanding sportsmanship, enthusiasm for the game, and maintained high spirits even when the score didn't go their way.
Gillespie maintains that out of all the great moments from the competition, winning the award was the highlight.
"The best moment off the field was winning the Spirit of Confraternity,” Gillespie said. "It's probably the most prestigious award there so it was a pretty big deal for our school to win that.”
Our Lady's success in the Confraternity Cup was preceeded by plenty of training and determination.
School principal and team manager Peter Cuskelly couldn't hide his pride at how well his students performed during the competition, and their efforts to take home the Spirit of Confraternity trophy.
Cuskelly said the competition was much more than just a tally of points and a collection of wins.
"It's about instilling those values in kids and teaching them how to be respectful and reverent, and look after their fellow man,” he said.
"And it's a great family atmosphere.
"That's a huge benefit we get from Confraternity, is learning how to be a good person.”
The rugby league team finished in sixth place in their division at the end of the competition.
The netball team also experienced all the highs and lows of the intensive competition.
Player Gabrielle Parker said the competition only reinforced her love for the sport in its athletic and social aspects.
"It's a really, really good team sport,” Gabrielle said.
"It gives you some good values to go through with life.
"It's mostly just about representing your school and coming together with different groups of girls who you don't usually hang out with at school.
"It was nice to get to know these girls really personally.”