GIRLS GO SO CLOSE TO THE STATE FINALS
TIME FOR A VICTORY DANCE
ROCHESTER Primary School’s girls continued on with their amazing sporting year, with the senior students producing another incredible effort in their recent campaign to make the state finals.
A team made up of eight of the school’s grade five and six girls produced a standout performance en route to the final of the regional tournament in Mooroopna.
The girls qualified for the major tournament by winning their local division.
The boys also went close to qualifying for the regional playoffs, losing their final by just 13 runs.
But the girls produced some brilliant bowling and batting throughout the day.
Their first round resulted in a 29-run win against Myrtleford, followed by a 22-run win against Mansfield.
And saved their best for last when in the final game of the day they faced their tightest contest, with a fantastic last over by Maddie Pearse helping them to win by 12 runs.
After all the results of the day were collated, Rochester Primary School were placed in the final.
A win in this game meant the team would be the regional cricket champions and that would take them to the hallowed turf of the MCG for the state finals.
Teacher Steve Rasmussen, who coaches the team, said the girls played some terrific cricket, but went down in a tight match.
‘‘To go this close was a brilliant effort by all the girls involved,’’ Steve said.
‘‘The school is extremely proud of the sporting achievement of the children in the school throughout this school year, with the performance adding to a long list of accomplishments for 2018,’’ he said.
‘‘Already this year the boys’ football team won their division premiership, the boys’ soccer team came runners up, our mixed grade five netball team won their division and the boys’ basketball team made it to the regional finals in Swan Hill.
‘‘But more impressive than their achievements is their attitude — they are supportive, encouraging and determined.
‘‘Their willingness to get in and compete and try new things is a credit to them all.’’
Rochester’s cricketers had a sniff of victory in their game against Cooma at the weekend and started celebrating with the fall of Brad Power’s wicket.
CRICKET QUEENS — Rochester Primary School’s star cricketers (back from left) Jasmin Moroney, Mackenzie Edwards, Charlize Weeks, Brooklyn Sparkes, Miranda Crawford (front) Maddie Pearse, Pepper Bannon and Mercedes Watts. The team got within one game of going to the state finals at the MCG.