North West boys closing in on semi-finals

NORTH West scored 22 goals and won two of its three games at the CHS boys’ carnival at Albury yesterday to edge closer to a semi-final berth.

Following a win and a loss on Monday to start the week, the boys needed to knock off Sydney South West in game one yesterday.

That proved to be an easy task as North West won 11-3.

“It was pretty convincing,” North West manager Samantha Doust said.

“We played a good attacking game.

“We set it up well and moved the ball around.

“A lot of goals came from that.”

Tamworth High’s Sam Crelley started a fruitful day in front of goal with three in that big win.

Farrer’s Laarn White struck twice, as did Oxley High’s Max Colby, while keeper Ryan Parker from Peel High enjoyed a stint in the field and came up with two of his own.

The other goals went to Farrer’s Josh Nugent and Tamworth High’s Jackson Sharpe.

The toughest game of the day was always going to be against unbeaten leaders Sydney East.

By halftime the Sydney side was up 5-nil but North West had a much better second half and kept the score to 7-2.

“It was 2-nil at quarter-time and 5-nil at the half,” Doust said.

“But at three-quarter time it was 6-1, so we drew that quarter 1-all, and the last quarter was 1-all as well.

“Ryan Parker saved a 5m (penalty) right at the end of the game.

“It was a very fast-paced game and we kept up with them for most of it.

“It was a good effort in defence.

“We stopped a lot of their chances but we actually missed a lot of shots.

“It was a really good game.”

Colby had his own 5m shot and put it away while Sharpe slotted the other goal.

To finish the day, North West took on Sydney West and needed to win.

Crelley came up with another hat-trick and Nugent scored twice as North West ran out 9-1 winners.

White, Colby, Sharpe and Jackson Crelley also found the back of the net.

“They’re playing well as a team,” Doust said.

“The communication has been good, they’re getting the ball down the end of the pool well and setting it up.

“We’re aiming for a top four finish.”

To do that, North West needs to finish the preliminary rounds with wins over Riverina and North Coast today.

Those two sides are also in the mix and that makes both games even more important.

The semi-finals will be played tomorrow.