Casino West Public School has been crowned the 2013 Netball NSW Schools Cup State Champions after defeating Jerrabomberra Public School, 19-16, in the Grand Final.
In front of a vocal touring party of parents, grandparents and siblings, Casino West from the Northern Rivers area of NSW, withheld a resurgent Jerrabomberra with the two sides both sitting on 15 goals each with two minutes left in the game. Casino West finished the decider strongly, scoring four goals while keeping their opponents to one, to take out the inaugural title.
Casino West’s Head Coach Leanne Collison said she was so proud of her players being crowned State Champions.
“We’re so excited – it’s the first time Casino West Public School has won a major tournament in any sporting event so it’s very exciting,” Collison said.
“They’ve been a great group of girls to coach; they’ve tried their best all the time and that’s all I can ask.”
Netball NSW General Manager Sport Development, Nikki Horton could not have been happier with how well the inaugural Schools Cup was received, and the success of today’s Finals Day capped off a wonderful competition.
“It has been a fantastic day here at the Anne Clark Centre. This is what has culminated from a year of fantastic work, we have had nearly 2,500 participants play across the state and all eight regions were represented in the Finals,” Horton said.
“It was absolutely amazing to see the teams that had travelled great distances to be here today and there were a lot of people in the stands cheering on the teams so it was a lot of fun.”
St Patrick’s Primary School (Albury) finished in third place after defeating St Mary’s Primary School (Orange) in Extra Time for the 3v4 Playoff. The teams both finished on 18 goals, forcing the decider into extra minutes. After playing two halves of seven minutes each, St Patrick’s were able to finish just ahead, 27-24, to take out third place.
Grand Final: Casino West 19 def Jerrabomberra 16
3v4 Playoff: St Patricks 27 def St Marys 24 (Extra Time)
Belair Public 17 def Tacking Point 11;
St Pauls 35 def Wee Waa Public 0
Semi Final 1: Jerrabomberra 18 def St Marys 13
Semi Final 2: Casino West 19 def St Patricks 12
Read a full report outlining the results of the morning’s round robin pool matches.
2013 Schools Cup State Finalists
Schools Cup Shield – Metropolitan Regional Winners: St Pauls Primary School – Camden
Schools Cup Shield – Hunter Regional Winners: Belair Public School – Adamstown
Schools Cup Shield – West/Central West regional Winners: St Mary’s Primary School – Orange
Schools Cup Shield – Far North Coast Regional Winner: Casino West Public School – Casino
Schools Cup Shield – South Coast Regional Winner: Jerrabomberra Public School – Jerrabomberra
Schools Cup Shield – Northern Inland Regional Winner: Wee Waa Public School – Wee Waa
Schools Cup Shield – North Coast Regional Winner: Tacking Point Public School – Port Macquarie
Schools Cup Shield – Riverina Regional Winner: St Patricks Primary School – Albury