Narrabri’s all sports get into the swing of things

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Narrabri Public's Angus Browning swings long during yesterday's regional final win over Tamworth West. Photo: Barry Smith. 230614BSB19

Narrabri Public's Angus Browning swings long during yesterday's regional final win over Tamworth West. Photo: Barry Smith. 230614BSB19

NARRABRI Public produced a powerhouse batting display to claim the State PSSA Boys’ Softball Knockout regional title in Tamworth yesterday.

The 2012 regional champions were too good for Tamworth West winning 24-3.

The score reverted back to the first innings score with the second innings incomplete.

It was a great team effort, Narrabri coach Melissa Hancock said.

“As a team they all batted extremely well,” she said.

That stemmed into the field as well.

“They worked well as a team and were very tidy in the field,” she said.

Softball is still very new to most of the boys. Two were playing their first game yesterday.

For the others it was only their second game, not that you’d know watching them.

Hancock said a lot of their batting skills came from cricket with several of the boys good 

cricketers.

They’ve also got runners, league players, union players and players from other sporting backgrounds.

“They’ve just got that natural skill,” Hancock said.

Tamworth West coach Judy Thomas said Narrabri were the better team on the day, and also remarked on their batting.

“They batted amazingly,” Thomas said.

She said for them Ethan Andrews pitched well, and Harmony Cutmore took a beautiful catch at second base.

Tamworth Public meanwhile produced a powerful display to win through to the fourth round of the PSSA league knockout.

That was played just down the road from the softball at the Minor League fields and saw Tamworth victorious 20-nil over Gunnedah South.

The home side set the win up in the first half going into the break 16-nil up.

“It was really good,” Tamworth Public coach Kevin Squires said.

“There was some brilliant individual attacking efforts.”

He said in the first half they had a lot of attack on Gunnedah’s line.

The second half they found it a bit tougher to get through them.

“Gunnedah’s defence in the second half was brilliant,” Squires said.

Theirs was just as impressive, as reflected by the zero beside Gunnedah.

Squires didn’t want to single anyone out.

It was a whole team effort, he said, adding that they really played as a team.

Gunnedah South coach Gary Humphries said Tamworth Public were too good.

“We started off slowly and lost a lot of ball,” he said.

“We had a very good second half.  We only let one try in and did threaten a bit.”

It’s hard to do that when you’re camped in your half, which they were for a lot of the first half.

o  Tamworth High girls will play Castle Hill in the State CHS Touch Knockout at the school oval at 9.30am today.

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