NOUMEA TOPS ALL SCHOOLS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

NOUMEA Pub­lic School, at Shalvey, is home to some of the best young foot­ballers in the state af­ter tak­ing out the NSW All Schools Cup last week.

Tak­ing on teams from the Cen­tral Coast, Cronulla and ev­ery­one in be­tween, the school’s un­der-10 side showed its dom­i­nance in the round robin event at Wha­lan Re­serve last Mon­day.

Eight teams bat­tled it out for the ti­tle, play­ing six games over the one day.

Noumea Pub­lic School as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Marc Lewis said the boys played four games to qual­ify for the fi­nals.

“The boys came up against strong teams,” he said. “They fin­ished se­cond in their pool and qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nal where they were matched up against Denman Pub­lic School.

“The boys de­feated Denman 22-10, set­ting up a re­match against St Pats, Macksville, in the grand fi­nal at St Marys Leagues Sta­dium.”

De­spite very wet con­di­tions, the boys fought hard to claim a 16-12 vic­tory and to be crowned the All Schools cham­pi­ons.

Adding to the school’s suc­cess, player Ju­nior Fa­galele was voted as the player of the tour­na­ment.

Mr Lewis said the whole team worked re­ally hard and de­served the win.

“We started train­ing for this last term af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the Pan­thers Tro­phy,” he said.

“Most of the boys play out­side of school as well as train­ing at school – they are a re­ally good bunch of kids and were ec­static to win.”

Mr Lewis thanked all the fam­i­lies who sup­ported the team on the day.

Noumea Pub­lic School’s win­ning NSW All Schools Cup squad.

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