Magnificent seven for young stars

Published 4:00pm 22 April 2024

Magnificent seven for young stars
Words by Nick Crockford

Five young Redcliffe water polo players came home with seven medals and state development honours from the Queensland Championships in Brisbane.

Amelie and Mara Hoefel, Eden Weir, Abbie McDonald and Mia Doyle won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals earlier this month.

Mara, who goes to Redcliffe State High School and Clontarf Beach State High student Eden, are also both in the state 13 and under development program.

It follows Mara’s gold with Mermaids 12pink in the top 12 and Under Maroon Division, scoring the final goal in a 3-1 victory over All Hallows.

Gallery of the medal winners

Eden collected bronze playing for North Brisbane Polo Bears, based at Albany Creek, in the 12 and Under White Division.

The bronze medal play-off went to a penalty shootout where Eden scored the winner in a 10-8 victory over Gold Coast/Buderim.

Amelie, also at Redcliffe State High, won gold with Mermaids Pink scoring twice in their 9-5 victory over Brisbane Vikings Red to win the women’s Open Division.

She also collected a silver medal with Mermaids Pink in the 18 and Under Maroon Division, scoring in the final, but going down to Polo Bears.

Eden Weir at the Queensland Championships. Picture: Lilian Lazarus photography

Amelie won a second silver with Mermaids Pink in the 16 and Under Maroon Division, going down 8-6 to UQ Purple.

Grace Lutheran College student Abbie McDonald was victorious with the St Ritas/Polo Bears team winning gold in the 18 and Under Maroon Division.

They beat Mermaids Pink 10-7 in the final to go through the entire competition undefeated.

Mia Doyle in action at the Queensland Championships earlier this month.

Mia Doyle, who at Grace Lutheran, won a bronze medal with St Ritas/Polo Bears 16 and Under Maroon team beating All Hallows Blue 15-5 in the play-off.

The 2024 Queensland State Titles attracted more than 120 teams from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Amelie, Abbie and Mia are now preparing to represent the Sunshine Coast at the Queensland Schools Championships in May.

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