Alstonville wins water polo title
THE Alstonville High School boys 15 years water polo team won the Combined High Schools 15 years and under State water polo title on December 10.
This is the second year in a row the team has won the title, and it is now the 13th time the school has been State champions. The school's open team won the State championship back in April.
The 15 years team captain, Bryce Woollett, won the Player of the Final shield.
This trophy is for the first time called the Ian Ford Shield in honour of Alstonville's coach, for his years of dedication to water polo.
The boys won their quarter-finals easily. They defeated arch-rivals Kirrawee in the final 11-8.
The game was well and truly in their keeping at three-quarter time, when they led 9-4. With many of Alstonville's substitute players in for the final quarter, Kirrawee narrowed the gap.
Meanwhile, the Alstonville girls team came third at the meet.
The girls team performed brilliantly, winning two of three quarter-final matches against Picnic Point 8-0 and the Hills Sports High 11-1, and losing Kirrawee High, the eventual winners, 9-1.
In the semi-final, the Alstonville girls were defeated by Mackellar Girls High 7-4.
Stand-out players were Issy Malcolm, Kate Bracey and Hannah Sheehan.