With only two weeks of SECA to go, it has been an eventful season for Chisholm’s Senior Boys’ Volleyball teams. With just one loss per team, in A & B divisions, the young men who take the courts each week to represent the college are in a good position to finish among the top in their respective competitions. Many have been the hard fought battles at Logan Metro on any given Thursday, though there are a couple that stand out above others…
The B-Boys have enjoyed a lively rivalry against our sister-school, STMC, and have faced off against them three times this season. Like any good Origin series, it came down to a best-of-three decider, with the premiership title and a deeply embedded sense of pride at stake. With a one-all draw going into the decider, the boys knew they would have to bring their best game to clench the win… and that’s exactly what they did! With a first set loss and a second in the bank, they raced against the clock to hit the seemingly elusive 15 point mark of the third set. The boys displayed the staunch determination of a seasoned squad to first establish, and then maintain, a comfortable lead that would see them through to the hooter and associated success. STMC always bring a high level game and are very worthy opponents; they force us to play at the next level. The relief felt at the final whistle was palpable – it was a nice accompaniment to the taste of victory.
The A-Team have enjoyed many satisfying victories, but none more hard-won that the last game of Term Two, against STAC, who brought an incredibly tough game to the court. With a convincing first set win behind us, the boys took the court with the firm intention to wrap it up in two sets and not allow the chance of a third. But a tenacious STAC team would have none of it. Sitting at 23-16 down, and looking defeat in the eye, the Chisholm A-Team maintained the psychological strength of professional athletes, pulling together and coming back with an eight-point reply that would keep them in the game. The score now? 24-23 up. With a two-point lead required to seal the win at 25 points, neither team was prepared to give quarter, nor did they. What followed was some of the most amazing schoolboy volleyball one is ever likely to see. Both teams fought tooth and nail, scrambling to keep the ball alive, looking for any chance to put points on the board and declare the win. Climbing neck and neck on the scoreboard, the two opposing forces went point-for-point until the Chisholm team sealed the deal with a final, devastating spike that heralded a hard-earned cheer. The final score: 33-31.
Both teams now wait in anticipation for their chance to compete in the Volleyball QLD All Schools Cup, in less than a fortnight’s time. Considering what I’ve seen from these two teams recently… so am I.
- Mr. Andrew Ryan.