TOP EFFORT: St Joseph's Stanthorpe's QISSN team were awarded the Spirit Award of the tournament.
TOP EFFORT: St Joseph's Stanthorpe's QISSN team were awarded the Spirit Award of the tournament. Contributed

Players walk away winners despite results

SCHOOL SPORT: There were mixed results on the footy field and netball court for St Joseph's Stanthorpe representatives but despite not winning the competition, there was plenty to cheer about.

The St Joseph's School QISSN (Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball) team picked up a top award at the Bundaberg carnival.

The team was awarded the ADF sponsored Captain Vivian Bullwinkel Perpetual Trophy - awarded to the team of the carnival which best embodied the Australian Army values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork.

"This was an exceptional achievement for a small school made up of Year 8s to 12s competing in a 64 team tournament where players in most teams are Year 11s and 12s,” St Joseph's principal Andrew Kendall said.

"Well done to all the girls on their exceptional teamwork and spirit, especially after two players had to go home early due to a tummy bug.

"Congratulations to school and team captain, Hannah Debnam, on being awarded player of the carnival for the St Joseph's team and to school vice-captain, Lara-Jane Biggin, who was competing in her fourth carnival in a row.”

The others players in the team were Lara Beckett, Caitlin Ellis, Bridgette Kay, Isabel Kay, Danielle Musumeci, Kira St John, Lindsey Swan and Hannah Widderick.

"This was an outstanding achievement for the players, coaches, support staff and supporters. Coaches, Mary Roberts and Bernadette Brunckhorst, in particular, are to be congratulated on their efforts with the team.”

Lachlan Mahoney, who was representing Assumption College Warwick, made it all the way to the semi-final of the competition. They lost out to St Columban's College.

His father, Mick Mahoney, who was on Assumption's coaching team, was also honoured.

Mr Mahoney was appointed as the honorary manager of the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League team which was selected at the end of the carnival.

"All round it was a wonderful week for St Joseph's and all of the Joey's community is very proud of our students, staff and parents,” Mr Kendall said.