Bowraville Central School's boys open touch team got off to a slow start with a loss to Coolamon, at the State Central Schools Knockout finals in Dubbo late last month. But they quickly found their feet to win the next two games. Then they only had to win one more game against Woodenbong to force a countback against Boorowa and Coolah.
A nervous wait ended with Bowraville announced as the winners to take home the gold. BCS player Simon Walker was awarded most valuable player for the day. Coach Richard Clarke said he couldn't have been more proud of the boys' efforts.
BCS had five sporting teams qualify to compete at the State Central Schools Knockout finals in Dubbo during the week commencing August 26: boys bowls, the 16 years boys touch, the open boys touch, the 16 years girls netball and the open girls netball.
The 16 years boys touch team only had eight players going in (many of which also played in the opens), so they were up against it from the start. They came third overall and considering the winning teams had up to 12 and 13 available players, it was a fantastic outcome. The side was captained and led beautifully all day by O'Shay Tyerman.
The Bowraville Central bowls boys finished third in their pool for the bowls, then won the play off against the other team that came third to finish fifth overall.
The netballers (who like the boys, were mainly the same players in both sides) put up a hard fight to win one game in the tournament.
Coach, Trish Reinten, was full of praise for the girls' behaviour and sportsmanship and expressed pride at Chenai Jarrett-Duroux' maturity as captain for the under 16s.
Special mention was also give to to all-round sports woman, Year 12 student Wurinda Gill, who shone in her last appearance at Dubbo.