Assumption College ready for battle in Bundaberg
RUGBY LEAGUE: Teams from Assumption College have arrived in Bundaberg and are preparing to compete in both rugby league and netball at the Confraternity Carnival.
The opening ceremony was held yesterday after the teams arrived.
The Confraternity Carnival is hosted by Shalom College and features 48 school league teams vying for the Confraternity Shield.
Head coach of the Assumption College boys' rugby league team Bob Bell said they were raring to go for their game at 11.40am against Townsville's Ryan Catholic College.
"They were up nice and early this morning, we are confident going in, you have to be,” Mr Bell said.
The team will be working to improve on last year's performance of three wins and three losses.
"We were at the top of the B-Division last year but we are going to try and top that this year,” Mr Bell said.
With six players on the team who also competed last year, Mr Bell is hoping their experience will give them an edge.
"A lot of the boys have been in carnival situations before so they know the atmosphere, which makes it less daunting,” he said.
Girls' netball coach Anna Hardy has been preparing her team for the gauntlet of games they face today as part of the QISSN carnival.
The team will compete against Brisbane's St Thomas More College at 12pm, Hervey Bay's Xavier Catholic College at 2pm and Ryan Catholic College at 4pm.
The battle of endurance does not stop there, as with over 60 teams involved in the carnival the girls will play right through to Friday without the Wednesday rest day the boys receive.
Mrs Hardy said the team was up for the challenge.
"We're all good. We've been playing every night and training every week since last term, I have no concerns,” she said.
As the team gains more carnival experience, Mrs Hardy said she was looking forward to seeing them develop.
"The first game is never the same as the final, they grow as players over the week.”