Fin­ley in state fi­nal

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Fin­ley High School’s open net­ball team has won their way to the State Cham­pi­onships after re­cently claim­ing the 2018 Rive­rina Cham­pi­onship.

As part of the in­ter school com­pe­ti­tions, the Rive­rina re­gion con­sisted of 20 schools in­clud­ing from Wagga, Al­bury, Grif­fith and De­niliquin.

Start­ing in the four pool stages, FHS won all their pool games com­fort­ably, al­low­ing them to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals where they de­feated Bil­l­abong by seven goals.

In the grand fi­nal played last month it was FHS de­feat­ing De­niliquin by five goals.

This qual­i­fied Fin­ley to rep­re­sent the Rive­rina re­gion at the State Cham­pi­onship at Wol­lon­gong in Septem­ber.

The last time the open team qual­i­fied for the State Cham­pi­onship was in 2002.

FHS also found luck in the un­der 15s com­pe­ti­tion by storm­ing into the grand fi­nal ear­lier in the year.

Within this com­pe­ti­tion there was 24 teams com­pet­ing for the ti­tle.

The girls com­peted in a tour­na­ment in Wagga and won all of their games on the day, be­fore los­ing to Al­bury High School in the grand fi­nal.

Fin­ley High School net­ball coach Di Sex­ton said it was a huge achieve­ment for a school the size of Fin­ley High.

‘‘For Fin­ley to come first in the open com­pe­ti­tion and sec­ond in the un­der 15s is an amaz­ing ef­fort.

‘‘Net­ball is a dom­i­nant sport within this re­gion and many of the schools that we are com­pet­ing against have sig­nif­i­cantly larger pop­u­la­tions,’’ Sex­ton said.

Fin­ley High School open net­ball team (from left) Piper Hicks, Holly Robin­son, Chelsea Tay­lor, Kee­ley Coates, Abbey Ma­conachie, Lily Sharp, Sa­van­nah Wil­son and Iso­belle Brad­ford.

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