Tin Can boys serve up gold
TIN Can Bay sent a third of the school to a state level volleyball competition and soaked up success recently.
The best result by far was the Year 9 team competing in Division 1 of the Junior Boys Queensland Championships.
Impressing coach Dave Arthur, the team clinched gold sweeping aside Craigslea in straight sets (25-18, 25-12) in the final.
Arthur said the team played well to secure the result.
“Craigslea was a smaller, more skill-based team just like us so the result came down to pure skill,” he said.
“It was a strong performance from the Tin Can Bay boys and the final was actually much easier than some of our earlier games.”
The Year 9 boys’ side opened its account with a straight sets victory over Holland Park.
This victory was consolidated with two more outstanding wins over St Peters and Villinova – also in straight sets.
In total, 16 schools competed in the state competition divided into four pools.
After topping their pool, the Tin Can Bay side played Villinova again in a semi final grudge match.
The semi final became a dog fight for Tin Can Bay after dropping the first set, their first of the tournament, and trailing in the second.
However, some trademark grit saw the side revive its chances, rallying to come back and claim the second and third sets to seal victory.
“It was a mighty comeback and it’s a shame that game wasn’t the final,” Arthur said.
With the dust from competition settled, most valuable player for Tin Can Bay went to Brett Currie.
Meanwhile, a Tin Can Bay youth team of Year 7 girls claimed a bronze medal in Division 2 in a state competition in Chandler, Brisbane.
Most valuable player honours went to Mikaela Faulkner for her outstanding play.
The final result for Tin Can Bay saw its Year 10 Girls team finish fourth in Division 1 in competition at Beenleigh.
“Our players were spread all over the place,” Arthur said.
“The Year 10 Girls had four match points in the second set before being knocked out, so the result could have been very different.”
Tin Can Bay’s status as a volleyball powerhouse continues.