The Netball Queensland State U/21 team has just returned from the Australian Championships claiming yet another podium finish, tipping out Western Australia for the bronze medal in a hard fought 54-49 win.
And while an impressive achievement for all members of the team, for two of the players it seems returning from a national competition without a medal is unheard of.
Dominique Scott and newest member of The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds Hulita Haukinima have competed in six consecutive under-age national events and amassed 12 medals between them.
They each have four bronze, one silver and a gold, which they won as members of the U/19 side in 2014.
Add to that the medals from three team mates, Kristen Oxenford, Leah Middleton and Bianca Cattelini, who have each claimed five medals over five nationals, and the array of precious metal stockpiling in the Netball Queensland coffers is remarkable.
Between them a total of 27.
But it’s not about the bling said U/21 Coach Christine Voge, rather the cohesion and teamwork that has become a staple of the Queensland outfit.
‘It was a long, exhausting week of tough competition and all of the girls showed great resilience and endurance,” said Voge.
“Our strength is in our teamwork with a lot of the girls playing together over a lot of age group national championships and I was happy for the hard fought and well deserved bronze medal.”
2011 Bronze, 2012 Bronze, 2013 Silver, 2014 Gold, 2015 Bronze and 2016 Bronze and a photo of them both.