On 1st May all students from Coonabarabran High assembled at the Racecourse to take part in the Annual Cross Country. The cool conditions looked good for some fast times as the uncharacteristic warm days of the past few weeks had mellowed slightly leaving a slightly overcast day for the run. It is always a surprise to see how fast the first runners make it around the track and their training in PE classes last term helped them tackle the course with ease. The following were the age champions;
The top 4 students in each age group along with these winners are eligible to represent Coonabarabran High at the North West Regional Cross Country at Mullaley on 14th June. The house points were Tibuc 214, Mopra 188, Timor 185 and Nandi 179.
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Bailey Milford, Matilda Chapman, Keely and Harrison Milford
On the last day of term one Bailey Milford, Matilda Chapman, Keely Milford and Harrison Milford travelled over to Tamworth to play in the North West Golf Trials. It has been a few years since Coonabarabran High has had such a strong presence at the trials which is great for the sport in Coonabarabran. The students were all paired off and took to the course to do their best and at the end of the day all four students were selected to represent North West at the Combined High Schools Golf Championships. This is a fantastic result especially as Harrison is only in year 7 and we wish them well in Yamba on 24th to 28th June at the State titles.
On Wednesday 2nd April, 45 students who had made Castlereagh Zone teams in Open and U/15 Rugby League, Open Boys and Girls Football and Open Netball, travelled to Armidale to seek selection in their respective North West teams. It was a long and gruelling day with the students going through games in front of the selectors before possible and probable teams were picked. Quite a few Coonabarabran High students made it through to this level, which is a great achievement and at the end of the day, Brad Fuller U/15 Rugby League and Niamh Whittall Open Girls Football were chosen in their respective North West Teams. We congratulate these students and wish them luck representing North West at the state carnivals.
Lawn Bowls Team: Sam Bowman and Tom Bowman
The Coonabarabran High Bowls’ team consisting of Thomas Bowman, Sam Bowman and Tyson Heywood have made a consistent start to this year’s North West Knockout. The first round the boys played away to Narrabri, coming away with a 20-18 win, in a game where Coonabarabran would have a booming end, going 6 or so shots up, only for Narrabri to claw it back. In the second round Coonabarabran came up against Quirindi, who knocked them out last year, in a see-sawing nail biter. Both teams were well served by solid skips, however, the game kept turning on who of the other bowlers currently held sway. In the end Coonabarabran took the honours 22-19 which puts them in the semi-finals against an, as yet, un-named team.
The Open Girls’ Basketball team started with a great win in the first round against Narrabri. It wasn’t a high scoring game but it was super intense and the girls were able to rebound their way to a win. The second round game didn’t lack in intensity either. Quirindi were expecting this game to be a push over but it was far from it. The Coona girls out rebounded this team of representative players and really put it to them down the court. Unfortunately the score didn’t reflect the effort and passion displayed by Coona. Stand out players were Matilda, Niamh and Wilmie. Surprise packets were Aleah and Finlay.
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Congratulations to Hanna Meier and Maddy Heywood for their amazing efforts representing North West and Coonabarabran High School in the Combined High Schools Open Girls Softball Tournament held in Wagga Wagga last week.
It was a daunting task for the girls facing against teams from Sydney full of NSW softball representative players but Hannah and Maddy took on the challenge with determination, pride and beautiful sportsmanship. The amount of improvement in the girls was phenomenal; by the end of the gruelling week they were bunting, sliding, taking catches and calling the plays.
Great work girls you can be very proud of yourselves!