NORTH West teams have challenging days at State Carnivals in Unanderra, Camden and Coffs Harbour today.
The North West CHS boys’ hockey side tackles top-ranked South Coast and North Coast in matches today that will determine its State CHS Carnival hopes after a win and a loss yesterday.
Kirstie Fuller’s North West girls’ netball side has a busy four-game day with matches against Sydney East, North Coast, Sydney West and Hunter to follow after a first- day win against West Darling (50-24) and losses to Sydney South West and Sydney North.
Leonie MacGregor is managing the North West boys’ primary football (soccer) side and she said they remain in high spirits despite a couple of big losses.
A 6-1 loss to Polding began its carnival yesterday with Tamworth’s Chris Taggart the lone goalscorer.
A 7-nil loss to Hunter followed before Riverina beat North West 4-3 in a thriller.
“Jeremiah Barbara scored two good goals in that,” MacGregor said.
“But our standout today was our goalkeeper Lachlan Maher (Tamworth South).
“We would have had a lot more goals scored against us but for some great saves from Lachlan.
“While we have been beaten, they are a great little team and are in high spirits.
“Tomorrow is going to be a very tough day.”
NW plays Sydney North, Mackillop and CIS today.
North West boys’ hockey manager Peter Yeo has a new- look side campaigning on the South Coast.
“We had a very slow start (against Sydney West),” he said yesterday.
“We struggled for much of the first half and were down 2-1 the majority of the first half.
“Harry Lewin got the first goal and then Josh Worpel scored just before half time.
“Josh ended up with three while Blake Turner and Alex Brown also scored goals in a 6-2 win.
“That was good but then we lost 2-1 to Sydney South West in the afternoon game.
“That hurt us big-time because North Coast and South Coast are top in our pool. South Coast have won both their games.”
Lewin scored the goal against Sydney South West and the Year 10 student was one of the side’s best, along with Worpel and Tim Mitchell.
North West girls’ netball coach Kirstie Fuller said her side had a “shocker” in its first game against Sydney North before beating West Darling and then losing 41-17 to Sydney South West.
Baradine’s Olivia Eastburn and Oxley’s Rachel James were best for NW, Fuller said.