A touch of class gets Nemingha kids home in gala day knockout

NEMINGHA Public celebrated double State PSSA Touch Knockout Gala Day success at Gipps St yesterday, but was made to work for it.

The boys had to tough it out when they went into drop-off extra-time in their final against Manilla .

Both sides were down to three players on the field when Mitchell Henderson snuck over in the left hand corner to seal a 5-4 win for Nemingha.

He’d earlier scored with a few minutes remaining to level at 4-all after Manilla had led 3-1 at half-time.

In a pulsating final few minutes Manilla looked to be over but were called back for the touch. Henderson then looked to be away but was just chased down, leaving the score 4-all and sending the game into extra-time. Next door, the girls had an easier time of it beating Oxley Vale 6-4.

Oxley Vale had had to go through extra-time to reach the final after they and Manilla were locked up at 5-all at full-time.

They also got down to three a side and played for about six minutes before Oxley Vale came up with the match-winner.

Manilla turned the tables in the boys getting up 5-2, while Nemingha accounted for Kootingal 12-nil in the boys and 4-2 in the girls.

About 120 kids were involved in the day, which saw each side play each other once, but only Nemingha advance to the next round.

That will be the regional semi-final and against one of the bigger Tamworth schools.

Boys coach Grahame Wise said it was a great comeback from his side and felt their defence was what got them back into it.

Nemingha's (L-R) Grace Darling, Sophie Corbett, Braith Petty, Maya Olrich, Thomas Haling and Jayden Wise cheer their double touch wins yesterday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 070814GGB01

Nemingha's (L-R) Grace Darling, Sophie Corbett, Braith Petty, Maya Olrich, Thomas Haling and Jayden Wise cheer their double touch wins yesterday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 070814GGB01

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