Wellington students set to compete in All Schools State competition

Competitors: The St Mary's Catholic school girls looking to compete in Sydney at the All Schools State competition. Photo: Contributed.
Competitors: The St Mary's Catholic school girls looking to compete in Sydney at the All Schools State competition. Photo: Contributed.

St Mary’s Catholic School will send its Girls’ Touch Football team off to Sydney this coming Thursday to compete in the All Schools State Championships on Friday November 16.

The year 7/8 All Schools Finals will be held at The Kingsway Playing Fields, St Mary’s in Werrington.

St Mary’s Sports coordinator Alistaire Thompson has applauded the girls for their success throughout the year, which he puts down to their hard work ethic and dedication to the sport.

“It has been a huge year for this group of girls that can be defined by dedication, pride and hard work. The group has developed a culture at St Mary’s that has been built on earning their right to wear the capital ‘W’ on their chest and make the blue and gold stand for school and town pride,” Mr Thompson said.

Going forward, the team plans to use all of their players to their utmost abilities, including stars Lilly Clarke and Demi Owens who recently represented NSW in the Under 12s girls championships in Hobart. 

“The team will rely on the go forward of their hard working middles Lilly Clarke, Sophie Whiteman, Emily Smith and Bonni Sheridan. Setting up moves and running holes at Link will be Claudia Whiteman, Demi Owens, Natayah Misepo-Kelly and Ella James. Finishing at the end of the backline will be our try scoring machines Chloe Chandler and Charlotte Ivey that will not only Wing but utility roles over all positions if needed,” Mr Thompson said. 

More than their skills, though, Mr Thompson thinks that the bond the girls have forged and strengthened in their preparation and competition throughout the year is what will serve them best going forward. 

“The team is a very tight group that can only be described as family. All students understand their role in this team and also how vital each player is to it. They have been through so much together over the years and worked so hard that this is really icing on the cake,” Mr Thompson said.

“We cannot thank our school and town community enough for all the help we have received to get us to Sydney. We cannot thank our school and town community enough for all the help we have received.​”