By Shane Jones
For the four Bundaberg girls that played at home it was the perfect way to end their netball school sports career.
Kaylah Parker, Evette Land, Charlotte Boge and Kendall Dodd competed for Wide Bay in the Queensland School Sports netball titles for 16-19-year-old’s held last week in Bundaberg at the Multiplex.
It was their last tournament together in school sports.
The team finished tenth after winning a few matches during the round-robin competition.
But in the final for ninth and tenth the team lost to South West 26-23.
In a close contest, Wide Bay just wasn’t able to get enough goals late to get the result.
“I think we were really frazzled on the court,” Boge said.
“It felt a lot messier than the last time we played them.
“We were just giving silly passes away.”
Dodd said the opposition just looked calmer than them and the girls struggled to get enough energy to perform after playing for four days straight.
All Bundy girls were suffering with injuries or niggles heading into the final game.
But the feeling of playing at home made up for it.
For Land it was the best thing about the tournament.
For the others, it was the peace of mind of having creature comforts while playing in the tournament.
“Even just sleeping in your own bed at night was nice,” Boge said.
“To see our family and friends supporting us was really nice.
“Being on home soil gives you a lift, going away playing in Brisbane you are bit intimidated,” Dodd added.
“It feels so familiar when people you see on the sideline are your family.
“It makes it more magical, more special.”
The only disappointment for the team was not getting more time together to better prepare for the event.
“I think the combinations have a big impact in our game, it might have been maybe the downfall for us,” Dodd said.
“We’re a Wide Bay team so we don’t get as much time as the Brisbane team to get our connections going.
“The last day, because we’ve had three days together, we’re used to each other.
“It would have been good if the carnival started now.”
Boge, Dodd and Land will now prepare to play for Shalom College at the upcoming Queensland Independent School Sports Netball event.
For Parker, she is aiming to compete at the Vicki Wilson Cup.
“It’s not to this level, but it’s good to get match fit for it,” the Bundaberg State High School student said.
The QISSN tournament will be held next month.