State goalball players pull off a medal run

Lois Crowley, Colette Carmichael-Hillian, Chloe Larney, Alex Carmichael-Hillian, Natasha Cugley, Darren Coyle, Murron Coyle.
Lois Crowley, Colette Carmichael-Hillian, Chloe Larney, Alex Carmichael-Hillian, Natasha Cugley, Darren Coyle, Murron Coyle.

Goalball is an international sport for the blind and vision impaired, 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 they played with injuries and against national players.

‘Our women were up against Australian national Goalball players and also suffered due to one of our players pulling out at the last minute, but they performed admirably.’

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

‘Our men beat every team including Queensland (favourites) and reached the final only to do a Fremantle Dockers on it in the final against Queensland and crashed out.

‘The final aside, the WA men impressed many in attendance and will surely be a force to be reckoned with in Adelaide in 2014.’

Several men’s state players have been selected for the Australian team.

WA also won the overall best Les Buchanan shield.