Narrandera High School boys shine on court
Narrandera High School’s boys netball team have been crowned as state champions after defeating South Coast Anglican School in a thrilling final.
The grand final was played on September 25 at the Genea Netball Centre at Sydney Olympic Park and saw Narrandera down South Coast 10-6.
Coached by Michelle Donaldson, the team of Year 10 students had taken part in a gala day earlier in the year at Wagga, progressing to the regional finals in August when they were Riverina champions.
Their first game at state was against Lindisfarne Lion Kings, with Jeremy Johnson sinking five quick goals. Strong defence and pace through the centre court resulted in Narrandera running out winners 15-4.
They came under pressure from Broken Hill High School in the next game but Narrandera quickly recovered. The quick hands of Dylan Johnson and Riley Smith paid off through centre court giving the boys their second win of the day at 17-6.
Narrandera met Goulburn High School in the third game, outscoring them in the first half. Jack Sergeant and Connor Smith produced some excellent pressure in the mid court leading to key turn-overs, giving the NHS team a comfortable lead at half time and finishing on a score of 21-5.
In the semi-final in the NSW State Cup, NHS took on St Joseph’s Lochinvar, with Narrandera having a slow start. Half way through the first term, the defence switched on and provided the centre with great passes giving the Narrandera squad a tied score on the leader board. NHS pulled ahead in the final minutes of the game, resulting in a well deserved but close win of 10-8.
Up against South Coast Anglican School in the grand final, NHS went out strongly with the defence of Brad Hutchison and Jamie Paterson Myers shutting down the key shooter from the South Coast team. This put NHS at a two point lead at half time. With a strong pep talk from Coach Donaldson, the boys were confident heading into the last half. The centre court was fast and their passing was efficient when providing to the shooters. The final minutes of the game were dominated by Narrandera shooting to a five point lead. South Coast fired back with a few quick goals but it was not enough to catch Narrandera with the final score at 10-6.
Meanwhile, Narrandera High’s Under 15 boys basketball team played Glenmore Park in the round of the state knockout, going down 68-43.
The team then headed over to Olympic Park where they were treated to a guided tour around Greater Western Sydney’s headquarters by Zac Williams and Matty Flynn. The students got to see the Giants completing their weight training session and speak to some of the players.