Tweed girls’ ti­tle over three decades in the mak­ing

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A Na­tional Rugby League grand fi­nal ri­valry has spurred Tweed River High School on to a first Com­bined High Schools girls’ touch foot­ball state ti­tle.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ners-up last year, a grand fi­nal re­play awaited the Open Girls side, who were hell-bent on win­ning af­ter more than three decades of try­ing.

Revving the side up be­fore the fi­nal in Bateau Bay in Au­gust, coach Chris Swad­dle used Manly’s 40-nil de­mo­li­tion of Melbourne in the 2008 NRL grand fi­nal af­ter go­ing down 34-8 the year be­fore for in­spi­ra­tion against To­ma­ree High School, who were vic­tors last year.

Swad­dle said the pre-game pep talk had the side switched on from the open­ing whis­tle.

“We came out fir­ing and ready this year and went up 3-nil in 15 min­utes, so we got the jump on them,” he said.

Af­ter los­ing only two play­ers from last year’s side, Swad­dle said the team had gone to an­other level and wanted to avenge last year’s loss.

“We should have won last year, but they got the jump on us, so com­ing back and show­ing that we are bet­ter was good,” Swad­dle said.

“We wanted to match up against them again and show that we could beat them.”

Cap­tain and NSW state rep­re­sen­ta­tive Olivia At­ten­bor­ough-doyle said a ma­jor­ity of the side played club and rep­re­sen­ta­tive touch to­gether which cre­ated a strong core.

“When the go­ing gets tough, we just show some mon­grel and come out on top,” the Year 12 stu­dent said. “Be­ing in a tight group, we know what each other is go­ing to do and we work to our strengths and weak­nesses.”

The land­mark ti­tle comes just a year af­ter Tweed River claimed their first boys’ ti­tle.


TOP TEAM: Mem­bers of Tweed River High school’s touch foot­ball state cham­pi­ons.

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