AFTER asking some serious questions of Westfields Sports High School in their David versus Goliath clash on Wednesday morning, Orange High School went on to finish fifth in the New South Wales Combined High Schools girls’ netball knockout.
The OHS girls recovered from the 30-10 loss to Westfields, completing a clinical 10-goal defeat of Elderslie High School in their second play-off game.
In the fifth place play-off Orange continued its good run of form, finishing with a strong performance to defeat Warners Bay High 27-24 and secure fifth place.
Incredibly, OHS went through the competition with just eight players - defenders Abby Tilburg and Isabel McLeod, centre-courters Alex Kennedy, Cheynoah Merchant, Maddy Tufuga and Helena Griffith, and shooters Sophie Kloosterman and Maddie Hales.
“They’re ecstatic, they’re very happy with the result. We’ve had injuries all week and I’ve only played with eight players,” Orange High coach Tegan Dray said.
“We really put in a number of solid performances and backed each other, which was pleasing.”
Dray went on to reflect on her side’s performance against perennial powerhouse Westfield, which has dominated the competition for the past decade and went on to secure the 2014 championship as well.
“We like to think we kept them on their toes a bit in that first quarter because we were only a few goals behind,” Dray said.
“But they’re a very well drilled side.
“We came together and tried a few things and made them try a few different things. And that’s a compliment to any side, when the opposition changes their combinations.”
The Hills Sports High finished second, Northern Beaches Secondary College finished third and Kirawee High School came in fourth.