ORANGE High School has finished the 2013 NSW Combined High Schools open girls’ netball knockout in sixth place after narrowly going down to Hills Sports High yesterday.
Finishing day one with four wins from six matches, the High A outfit progressed through to the knockout’s top eight before going down 23-21 against Hills.
It’s the same result Tegan Dray’s side picked up last season.
And the coach couldn’t be more proud.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get to that top four but the girls can hold their heads high,” she said.
“We really pushed a lot of the sports high schools. All of the teams are getting really close.
“We’re very proud.”
In the play-off for fifth and sixth, High A defeated Macksville High School 42-24 before going down to Cherrybrook High School 37-34.
Defending champions Westfield Sports High School was the eventual winner, defeating Northern Beaches College to claim back-to-back CHS crowns.
The tournament was a swansong of sorts for a number of High A girls, with year 12 students Sidonie Robertson, Tash Rudd and Shannen Downer all wrapping up their school netball careers at the knockout.
“They’ve played very well all year,” Dray said, with High A losing their Orange Netball Association minor semi-final clash by one goal against Royal Hawks last Saturday.
“In our local comp and then at both Western Region and CHS, the girls can definitely hold their heads up high.”