NW boys into state PSSA semis

NORTH West’s not-so-secret weapon Margarchot Maluach has helped ensure a semi-final berth at the NSW PSSA basketball championships in Orange this week.

The six foot three inch Armidale City Primary student has been integral to the success of the side that has won five of its six matches to date.

The boys’ only loss came at the hands of Combined Independent Schools (CIS) yesterday, who are the benchmark side, according to coach Jonathan Willis.

The team have guaranteed themselves a top four finish, although a game against Mackillop this morning will decide who they meet in the semi-final this afternoon.

School representative fixtures are occurring around the state with North West’s CHS girls’ football side doing it tough in Armidale.

The PSSA boys’ tennis side in Newcastle is in the mix, but the girls are struggling.

The boys’ and girls’ tennis teams have been meeting some very good opponents, although the boys have managed to notch two victories.

Coach Ryan Griffith said the girls had been unlucky not to win a match, but had gone close a couple of times.

“They have picked up a few sets and only lost to Sydney West by three games,” Griffith said.

Number five player Abbey Newton from Moree has been playing well and won two or three singles 

matches.

Number one Sahra Dennehy from Ben Venue is also in good form.

Boys number one Ben Butler from Ross Hill has been an integral part of their carnival.

The team played Sydney North and Sydney West on Tuesday and went down in both before bouncing back yesterday.

The boys beat Riverina in the morning, before a loss to Mackillop, and another win over North Coast.

The team plays South Coast this morning.

“South Coast girls have also not won a match yet so we are hoping to get a victory before the place play-offs,” Griffith said.

The CHS girls’ football team was beaten by Sydney West 6-0, before Hunter outgunned them 13-1.

Coach Tristan Jones said the scores could have been worse if not for Tenterfield  keeper Elizabeth Hollitt.

Teaghan Barron and Brydie Simpson also played well although it was Walcha’s Rhiannon Moran that had impressed Jones the most.

“She is having a cracking carnival in defence,” Jones said. “The girls are all pretty busted after so much football but have done well to keep their shape and play well all week.”

The girls line up against Western this morning to play for ninth and tenth.

n For photos of the North West CHS girls see page 24

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