TEN grade six girls from Corpus Christi Catholic School recently returned from Melbourne after placing fifth in the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup national finals.
The competition has been running for three years with Corpus Christi girls winning right to represent Tasmania in the finals since its inception.
Corpus Christi HPE teacher and coach Justin Brasnja said the girls trained for 25-weeks in preparation for the competition.
“Making the finals is major achievement for the students and fantastic recognition for Corpus Christi as a whole,” he said.
“The girls received an all -expenses paid trip to play at the MCG, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“As part of their training the girls played against the Corpus Christi grade 5/6 boys team which narrowly missed out on joining them at the finals.”
Mr Brasnja said the girls’ team was built on hard work, perseverance and determination.
“The girls narrowly missed out on making the grand final due to percentage, but it was a closely fought battle,” he said.
“It was so close that they actually beat the team that finished second overall in one of the earlier rounds.
“It was a wonderful effort by a great group of girls.”
Mr Bransja said Corpus Christi believed in supporting students to achieve their goals and dreams.
“We believe that sport and cricket teaches us valuable life lessons of working hard to achieve,” he said.
“Our school ethos is ‘respect, believe and achieve’ and this can be seen in the manner in which the team got to the national finals.”
“This achievement is one that gets the whole school community excited and gives the younger students something to aim for as they progress through the upper primary years.
“Thank you to Mia and Simon from Cricket Tasmania and all those who supported the team.”
Caption: Amelia McMahon, left, Maddison Mills, Samantha Mills, Sophie Hallsworth, Amelie Cox, Olivia Read, Sophie Pidgeon, Maddison Brooks, Mary Clingeleffer, Taylor Brooks, represented Corpus Christi Catholic School at the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup national finals in Melbourne. They are pictured with team mascot Summer Brasnja, seated right.