GIRLS GO SO CLOSE TO THE STATE FI­NALS

TIME FOR A VIC­TORY DANCE

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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.’’

Photo:Bruce Povey

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.

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