A massive congratulations goes out to the boys and girls who represented St Rita’s at the recent FNQ Championships held in Cairns. Both teams made it to the semi finals which was a massive effort considering we were playing teams with much larger enrolment numbers than us.
The boys started their campaign playing against Freshwater. They went down narrowly, 2-0. This left them in a position where they had to win every game from then on. They went on to defeat Kairi SS 8-0, St Francis Xavier 4-0 and St Andrews 5-1. Our last game against St Gerard Majella decided who made the semi finals. In a close encounter the boys drew 1-1 and they marched on to the semi finals with a better for and against. We were pooled up against the tournament favourites, Holy Cross, who had several Cairns rep players in their squad. The boys put every effort in but were trailing 4-0 at half time. They were set the challenge to try and win the second half. Most teams may have dropped their heads but our boys stood proud and drew the second half 1-1. A brilliant effort!
The girls were buoyed by the success of the boys’ team and were keen to repeat the performance on Thursday. We had to enter the u13 division due to the fact there was no u12 competition. That did not deter the girls even though we were made up of Y6,Y5 and Y3 girls! We started wonderfully defeating St Andrews 4-0. Our next game against St Andrews 2nd team saw us win 3-0. This put us in a great position to reach the semi finals. Our next game against Holy Cross would determine who would top the pool. In a great match our girls narrowly went down 2-1. We then played Yorkey’s Knob in our final pool game. The girls remained patient after drawing 0-0 at half time and eventually ran away 2-0 winners. This placed us in the semi final against a very strong St Therese’s team. After a nail-biting match the girls narrowly went down 3-2.
I can’t express enough how proud I was of both teams. Not only were their performances dedicated and played to the best of their ability but the sportsmanship and behaviour displayed was exemplary.