After a Year 9 IAS exam, 10 boys (Lachie Mckinnon, Lachie Mathieson, Eason Wang, Jed Collofello, Ethan Grocott, Raiden Kyaw, Mason Richards, Hamish Kennedy, Jackson Dong, and Elijah Hill) raced for the bus in which they stayed in for the adrenaline-filled two-hour trip. As we arrived at Toowoomba’s Sports Stadium, the boys all prepared themselves for the first match of many. 

Up first we were playing against Kelvin Grove a volleyball school. From the first few points the boys were nervous, which quickly changed as they managed to take the win 3-nil in sets. After this, the boys were exhilarated, taking their first win easily. The boys then had to play Stretton, which was one of the hardest games they would play. With a neck-to-neck game Somerset and Stretton played until time ran out with the set score at 1 all. Eventually Somerset lost with an overall point difference to Stretton by 1 point!


With the boys all rested up and ready to face the new day, they had breakfast and headed back to the stadium. In the freezing morning, the boys had to face their next opponent, King's Christian College. Their APS rivals ended in an easy 3 set win to Somerset. This match was then followed by Citipointe Christian College. This team had an inhuman reaction with many amazing ups. This was eventually won, putting the boys in the semi-finals. The semi-finals match brought an easy win from Somerset with a 3-nil set score against Ambrose Treacy College, completely blowing them out of the park putting the boys into the finals against the only team to have beaten Somerset.


Finally, the day all the boys have been dreaming of for the past week. Everyone woke up early to have an early breakfast even though our game wasn’t until 2.00pm. All were anxious about the game ahead. Again, Somerset had to play the team that beat them earlier on in the tournament, Stretton. The game was very close coming down the very last serve with Somerset taking the cake and winning the Gold Medal! 

We would love to say a very huge thank you to all the parents who were committed to helping with the programme and a special thank you to Mr Grocott who without him, this whole trip would not have been possible. 

Again, thank you to everyone who made this trip possible because without their support we would not have won the gold.

On behalf of all the boys in the team.

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