The Student Horizons All Schools Ballymore 7s is the final event on the rugby union calendar for St Teresa’s. With preseason beginning in late February, a finish in late September makes for a long, but spectacular year.The Ballymore 7s event is the perfect culmination and reward for the year’s efforts. It is offered only to members of our senior schoolboys and schoolgirls squads. It is a significant step up from the local SCSSRU competition with schools from around Queensland competing for places in the cup finals. Day 1 – Friday - TravelThe young men and women of St Teresa’s 7’s set off for Ballymore on Friday afternoon of Week 3 excited and with full hearts knowing this would be some players last ever representation of St Teresa’s sport. After the team dinner, students kicked back to enjoy the simple things; each others company without technology, and were involved in some team bonding activities before resting up ahead of large weekend of contact sport. Day 2 – Saturday – Pool RoundsThe girls kicked things off in early afternoon against Brigidine College and came away with a 26-21 victory though some fantastic support play. A good start. The boys then doubled down on the girl’s win; a comprehensive shut-out victory over Canterbury College 31-0. Our girls then went 2 for 2 in a very scrappy, hard fought win at the death, 14-12 against North Lakes. With pride on the line in a grudge match against St Johns Nambour, the boys were pure class defeating St Johns 36-5, running riot with an exposé of set plays. The girls last game came against a fiery Calamvale Community College which went back and forth for the full 14 minutes before a 24-20 win to the St Teresa’s She-Eagles. Unfortunately, two girls suffered injuries in the final 2 minutes ruling them out for the finals. The boys final game was heated. In true Teresa’s spirit, cool heads and determination lead to a 26-0 rampage of Michelton SHS. With the final victory at 6:30pm, we had some hungry young people on our hands. Hungry young people who were riding high after both teams progressed onto the final day undefeated and top of their pools. A group meal prepared by the teachers was on offer, and despite initial protests of poison, they consumed batches. Day 3 – Sunday – FinalsThe boys rode into their semi-final against North Lakes full of confidence. Understandably, as they dominated their opposition 36-0. With only 5 points scored against them in the tournament, defence was complimenting a lethal counter-attack. The girls, unfortunately, couldn’t keep pace after losing 3 players the day before. They got pummelled in the early morning heat by Southport SHS 0-33.Confidence took a big hit, but knowing we had a 5 hour break between games we retreated back to the hotel and park area that surrounds Kelvin Grove. Players spent their time hanging out in the park, eating, passing footies, and getting their mindset right for their respective finals. The boys Cup Final against Ormiston College was up first, a seesawing affair with some uncharacteristic mistakes sneaking into the boys game. As time wound down scores were locked at 12-12. However, as are the rules of a tournament of this nature, in the event of a draw; first try-scorer wins. The boys were bitterly disappointed to lose on a technicality, but with the girls game next rallied to cheer them on. The girls Plate Final against North Lakes was going to be tough. Deflated after a drubbing in the semi, knowing they only just scraped through against North Lakes in the pool round, and lastly that they only had 2 substitutes, was going make things tough. Tough it was. Easily one of the most gritty showings of 7s I’ve seen by a girls side. Exhausted, playing hurt, the girls scored a try with 30 seconds left on the clock (15-10 to St Teresa’s). The girls had played the entire second half with no subs due to injuries, and on the last play of the game a breakaway try from North Lakes sealed a disappointing end. The reaction from the boys and girls was beautiful. A full team huddle screaming the College sport prayer. Tears were flowing, and emotions were high after a courageous 2 days of 7s. It was the easiest drive home as our young men and women were shattered and sleeping for the full 2 hours. A big weekend and an even bigger display of College Spirit. Thank you to the students who put in perspective for your teachers just how amazing our young people are. Thank you to Ben Brown, Sharon Lucht, Nicole Ruthven, Phoebe Langbridge, and Hailey O’Brien for your amazing support in this event.
The motivation huddle at Ballymore 7's