THE St John's College Woodlawn-Marist netball team can now lay claim to breaking new ground.
The team finished runner-up at the 11th Australian Marist Netball Carnival at Alice Springs.
The carnival plays host to Marist school teams from all corners of the nation.
Woodlawn needed to defeat a total of 17 teams to finish second at what amounts to a national championship.
The competition started out in pools of four teams, the top two qualifying through to the Championship Division.
Woodlawn finished first in their pool and second in the championship division, on percentages.
Not bad for a team containing three 14-year-olds (Georgia Urquhart, Marnie Sironen and Rachael Elmslie), three 15-year-olds (Lauren Youngberry, Erika Campbell and Kate Woods), three aged 16 (Kristy Durheim, Jacinta Walsh and Kathryn Riordan) and the 17-year-old Lucy Burke.
Most of their opposing teams were made up of mainly 16 to 18-year-olds.
In the grand final, Woodlawn went down to Lavalla Catholic College (Victoria), 29-25.
Team captain Kristy Durheim was named the Woodlawn Players' Player at the end of the Carnival, the Player of the Day on the Monday, and named in the Australian Marist team for the third year in succession.
She will be joined this year by vice-captain Lucy Burke. Also on the honours list are Kathryn Riordan and Georgia Urquhart, who received high commendations for up-and-coming talent.
A spokesperson for the team said congratulations also were due to the coach, Miss Danielle Warnock, manager, Mrs Debbie Melino, Mrs Fiona Fennamore and parents (Mrs Youngberry, Mrs Campbell and her mother Lynn), who travelled with the group, as well as Father Paul Pidcock for his presence and involvement in the opening Mass.
An enormous fund-raising effort preceded the team's trip to Alice Springs.