The Tumut High School boys year 7/8 netball team have won the TAFE NSW School state cup without dropping a single game at Genea Centre Sydney on Wednesday.
Two teams from Tumut High made the overnight trip to Sydney for the tournament with both the girls and boys 7/8 teams qualifying after dominating the local competition.
The boy’s side cruised into the final with their closest competitor trailing by nine points, and their domination highlighted by an 18-1 victory over Dubbo South College.
The Grand Final was no different as the boys thumped their opponent 18-8 to be crowned undefeated state cup champions.
The girl’s campaign wasn’t as successful, but while competing in a strong competition they were still able to finish fifth in the state and play into the finals series.
Ashton Barker who was a key part in the boy’s successful crusade said he thoroughly enjoyed the tournament despite still learning some of the rules.
“The experience was so much fun,” he said.
“I didn’t even know how to play at the start and I had to learn to the footwork rules really quickly.
“Most of us play basketball and are used to bouncing the ball and it was hard not to.”
Despite the boys not knowing the rules when they first put on a bib, they quickly transferred their skills from other sports under the watchful eye of coach Anna Whyte.
Whyte was responsible for coaching the two teams and said she couldn’t be prouder of both the teams throughout the competition.
“Overall it was a great experience for both the boys and girls,” she said.
“To be able to walk away with the cup for the boys and the girls should be proud of their achievement of coming 5th in the state.
“A huge thanks goes to Brett Beavan who stayed with the boys and supported them on the day, and Kadie and Brie McDonald who made the trek to Sydney to umpire games.”
The girls went home with two wins and two losses next to their names, in a competition which is hotly contested with more experienced players.
And girls center court player Gemma Delaney, was grateful for the opportunity to travel down to Sydney and get the chance to meet some famous netball players.
“We did lots of training before we went to Sydney so our team was ready for the challenge,” she said.
“The two games we lost were really close and I even got the chance to meet Paige Hadley from the Sydney Swifts.”
Also benefiting from the competition was the parents who couldn’t believe how well both the teams performed at the statewide tournament which consisted of 14,500 participants.
Not knowing what to expect with the boys’ background coming from contact sports, they were pleasantly surprised with the outcome, and one parent, Kay Dodds, said it was just reward for effort.
“Playing at this high level is a great experience for the players,” she said.
“Being undefeated on the day is a testimony to the athleticism of our boys and the valuable coaching they received from Ms. Whyte and Mr. Beavan.
“It was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to next year.”
Special mention must also go to Michelle Perry and Emily Ressingtow who gave a lot of time to the girls team, and also Kay Dodds who helped the trip run smoothly.