Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Rising Stars On The Court

Mackay's Talented Trio Impresses At QISSN Carnival

Netball and natural talent go hand in hand for talented Mackay prospects Shaylah Pershouse, Rebecca Symons and Jayden Samson.

The emerging trio underlined their potential with top performances for St Patrick’s College at the recent CQ University Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Championships in Brisbane.

Goal shooter Symons was named St Patrick’s Most Valuable Player after helping her school finish 16th overall from 48 teams across six divisions.

Outstanding 15-year-old goalkeeper Pershouse showed a maturity that far belied her years with inspirational defensive displays throughout the tournament to earn a spot in the 2023 QISSN Carnival Rising Stars Girls Team.

It was a deserved honour for young Shaylah who will represent Queensland Schoolgirls at the SchoolSport Australia 15 years and under National Netball Championships in Jolimont, Western Australia from July 29 to August 4.

With coaches Di Bailey and Sally Redfern at the helm, the St Patrick’s combination held their own against some of the best senior netball schoolgirl outfits in the State.

Just as impressive in the Boys Division 2 ranks was the spring-heeled Samson, who spearheaded the St Patrick’s attack with his crisp passing and vision and turn of speed in mid court.

With the athletic Jayden leading the way, St Patrick’s finished a creditable fifth in their second Carnival appearance under the guidance of Nina Gaviglio and Phil Dreghorn.

As a just reward, Samson was later named in the QISSN Carnival Rising Stars Boys Team at the conclusion of the championships.

By Chris Karas

Netball trump cards Rebecca Symons, Jayden Samson and Shaylah Pershouse shone at this year’s QISSN Carnival in Brisbane. Rebecca was named St Patrick’s College MVP while Jayden and Shaylah were named in the Rising Stars Boys and Girls Merit teams

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