TWO North West sides have found it tough against Sydney sides at carnivals this week, despite some solid performances.
Seven girls from the North West region have been in Bathurst this week competing in the CHS Secondary Girls’ Tennis tournament.
Gabby O’Gorman from Gunnedah High has been acing the opposition, recording wins in both singles and doubles against Riverina and North Coast yesterday.
Kira Carlyon, also from Gunnedah High, has also been performing well, with two wins against North Coast and a close win in a tie-break against Riverina before that.
The three-day tournament consists of 10 regions divided into two pools for a round robin.
On Tuesday, the North West team met powerhouse Sydney South West, who won 10 sets 65 games to 2 sets 22 games.
That afternoon the team once again played a strong outfit in South Coast who will play in the final tomorrow.
North West went down in that rubber 11 sets 67 games to 1 set 15 games.
Yesterday the team started off with a round game against Riverina, which it lost 9-3, followed by a match against North Coast, which it once again lost 9-3.
The tournament finishes up today, with the girls playing Western Region for ninth place.
In Sylvania, the Primary Boys’ Rugby carnival is on, with North West improving every day.
The boys had a tough start when they drew heavyweights Hunter and then Sydney East for the opening games on Tuesday.
They put up a good fight and were competitive in both, going down 21-5 to Hunter and 21-7 to Sydney East.
Coach Tim Bartlett-Taylor said the boys struggled with the breakdowns on Tuesday and were not setting platforms or recycling the ball fast enough.
On Wednesday the side put on a much better display against South Coast but could not capitalise, going down 26-12.
“We had 90 per cent of the ball but couldn’t pull the trigger. The other team just beat us with counter attacks,” Bartlett-Taylor said.
North West regrouped and put on a clinic against Western Region, running away with a big win 35-0.
“We dominated at the breakdown and our backline was excellent,” Bartlett Taylor said.
“We did everything correctly, setting platforms, getting repeat phases – the boys really deserved it.”
The team is out of finals contention and is aiming for tenth place today.
“We have done well to match it with the big city sides that play together every week,” Bartlett-Taylor said.
“The players are keen to learn and are improving.”