STATE CHAMPS: Liam Hair (white cap) helped lead Alstonville to a win in the NSW CHS Knockout Water Polo final.
STATE CHAMPS: Liam Hair (white cap) helped lead Alstonville to a win in the NSW CHS Knockout Water Polo final. Cathy Adams

Alstonville survives penalty shootout to claim state title

ALSTONVILLE High School is back on top after the open boys side triumphed in the final of the NSW Combined High School State Knockout Water Polo tournament in Newcastle.

Alstonville edged out Kirrawee High School in the decider, prevailing 17-16 in extra time.

Scores were locked 10-all at full-time but Alstonville held on through two thrilling periods of penalty shootouts.

"The boys played extremely well, most of the teams at the carnival have National League players in them," coach Chris Hill said.

"We have a pretty strong team and they were thrilled to get the result."

Prolific goal-scorer Zac Galbraith and goalkeeper Felix Margraf were among the standouts for the Alstonville side.

"Zac scored an impressive amount of goals and it was his final school tournament," Hill said.

Other players in the team were Ben Galbraith, Josh Galbraith, Nick Stanek, Sam Stanek, Liam Hair, Tom Fleming, Jono Cusack and Daniel Sawyer while coach Steve McGinty also attended the tournament.

"Liam has been a really good player for a while and all the boys held their own," Hill said.

"Felix was great in goals and really added to the attack when he was in the field.

"Most of these boys play in the Far North Coast competition on Mondays nights and have worked really hard."

Alstonville sealed their place in the final with a dominant 9-4 win over Homebush in their semi-final.

The school's open girls also impressed, finishing fourth in their competition.


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