Single Cup 2018

Single Cup was held in Coonamble on Wednesday 8 August with close to 100 of our students on duty to defend our title. The cup has a history that dates back to 1971 when two teachers from Coonamble High (one of whom was our ex principal Mr McEntyre) and a local businessman (Mr Ken Single) were lamenting the lack of sporting opportunities for the local school students. They contacted Coonabarabran and Gilgandra High Schools with a suggestion of a three way competition that provided competition across a range of sports. Mr Single donated the trophy and Single Cup was born.

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In the early days competition between two of the schools was held over two days, students were billeted out and a social was held at night. There were three rounds where each school played each other eg Coonabarabran and Coonamble would play one week in Coonabarabran and then Coonabarabran would play Gilgandra the next week in Gilgandra and then Gilgandra would play Coonamble in Coonamble in the following  week. This format lasted until the mid seventies when it was decided to play all games (reduced time) on one day with all three schools meeting at a central venue. This format has continued until now, however, the sports played have changed as has the scoring system which was much more complex in the first 15 years of the competition. Since 1971 the cup has been contested every year except 1985 and 1989 when a phenomenon known as ‘wet weather’ prevented play and an alternative date couldn’t be found.

Games this year were as keenly contested as they have ever been with morning and afternoon sessions allowing students to play multiple sports. A school scores four points for a win two points for a draw and 1 point for a loss. Coonabarabran scored two wins in girls soccer, 15s and open netball, golf, tennis and bowls. The 14s League were defeated by Coonamble but recovered to defeat Gilgandra whilst the open league team defeated Gilgandra in their only game. Over at the basketball the boys scored a win and a loss whilst the girls had a win and a draw. Our very young open soccer team played well but couldn’t gain the upper hand at any stage.

At the end of the day Coonabarabran had successfully defended the Single Cup with a total of 68 points to Gilgandra’s 49 and Coonamble’s 37. Overall it was a great day and we look forward to next year at Gilgandra.

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