Teams defy the odds to clinch medals

Lois Crowley (manager), Colette Carmichael-Hillian (coach), Chloe Larney, Alex Carmichael-Hillian, Natasha Cugley (assistant coach) and in front Darren Coyle and Murron Coyle.
Lois Crowley (manager), Colette Carmichael-Hillian (coach), Chloe Larney, Alex Carmichael-Hillian, Natasha Cugley (assistant coach) and in front Darren Coyle and Murron Coyle.

Goalball is an international sport for blind and vision-impaired people where two teams with six players (three on, three subs) attempt to get a ball containing bells into the opposing side’s goal.

Mercy College hosted the State’s first national championships with the junior, youth, women’s and men’s WA teams winning gold, silver, bronze and silver respectively.

Head coach Gerry Crowley said the teams did better than expected, playing with injuries and against national players.

Alkimos junior players Darren (10) and sister Murron Coyle (8) joined the team at the last minute ” with only two months of previous goalball experience ” and helped their team to victory.

WA also won the Les Buchanan Shield ” an overall prize for the club that performs best across all categories.

‘Not bad for a club that was just formed towards the end of 2010 ” whereas teams from the eastern states have been around since the ’80s,’ Mr Crowley said.