Spartans Take to Netball Courts

Bonnie Riha, Eh Ka Paw, Emily Lee, Tia Jackson and Mia Grogan from the MSHS Netball team. Photo Courtesy of Mitchelton State High School

The young Spartans of Mitchelton State High School (MSHS) are firing up, competing in an exciting and recently established Netball Club to develop skills on and off the court. 

Established in Term 3 of 2019, the now popular Netball Club began with 10 girls forming a junior team competing in one carnival. Since then, the netball club has increased to one social and three competitive teams comprising of 45 members. This is a huge achievement for a school with only 500 students! 

While the 2020 season was temporarily delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is now back up and running, projected to finish at the end of the school year with all games and carnivals pushed back. All 3 competitive teams are set to play against local schools in the Super 7’s Carnival on August 28 at Pine Rivers Netball Association. 

The development of the MSHS Netball Club has encouraged a great relationship between Mitchelton State High School and Northside Christian College. The schools have organised for friendly training and gameplay meets to give the opportunity to learn from different coaches and players and form new friendships. 

The MSHS Netball Club was introduced by Physical Education teacher, Taylor Arnell, who joined the teaching staff in 2019. ‘I wanted to give the girls at MSHS the chance to be a part of something special: a team,’ said Miss Arnell. 

Miss Arnell believes team sports are invaluable to boosting confidence in young women. ‘Team sport can make students feel better about themselves physically, mentally and socially. When one player drops their head, the girls are instantly feeding them with encouragement and positive comments,’ she said. ‘Their behaviour and effort in classrooms has significantly improved. The self-growth of the girls has been incredible.’

‘Sporting teams also allow students to develop important life skills to help them in the real world. From learning how to deal with success and failures to taking on constructive feedback to improve performance,’ said Miss Arnell. 

MSHS Head of Department for Sport, Peter Roberts noted the last extra-curricular sports club for girls at MSHS was from 2008 to 2010. ‘We had a very successful girls’ cricket team driven by a young female teacher who was passionate about getting young girls into sport,’ he said. ‘All extra-curricular activities need an enthusiastic person to drive them – whether it be sport, musicals, dance or debating.’

In addition to the 2020 season, the MSHS Netball Club is looking to begin fundraising efforts. Money raised will be used to fund a clinic with professional coaches, transport and carnival costs and excitingly, a visit from netball royalty, Vicki Wilson! 

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