The 2014 Suzette Harnden Challenge/Trial was held on Friday, 9th of May, at the TDJRL field at Kern Brothers Drive. Three Bwgcolman CS students travelled to Townsville to participate in the selection trial.
The girls didn’t have much time to prepare, only a week, but they remained after school for 1-2 hours, leading up to the selection trial, practising the correct tackle techniques, ball security, line speed in defence, running line patterns and kicking options.
Racine James-Baira and Kathleen Haines were able to attend every training session with Lynette Kim Sing. The girls were reminded that when attending a selection trial, they needed to outperform their opposition player and dominate in defence.
Kirwan SHS, St.Pats and Shalom College played against each other to display their skill level in front of the selectors. The Palm Island girls played in the Shalom College team.
Kathleen, who had learnt to tackle, a week before the trial, showed great focus on the field and tackled girls, twice her size. Racine, put up a ‘chip and chase’ and scored a try, as well as showing that she was a tackling machine (three tackles in a row, at one stage).
The whole community is proud of their selection in the Townsville team.
The Townsville Team will play at the NQ Trials on 7th & 8th of June, at the TDJRL Fields.