Western rallies at state carnival

BIG DAY: Western will line-up in the minor play offs at the State Carnival at Camden.

BIG DAY: Western will line-up in the minor play offs at the State Carnival at Camden.

THE Orange-dominated Western girls’ side competing at this week’s NSW Primary Schools Sports Association state finals is on the up after a slow start on day one.

Nine of the 12 players in the Julie Cox managed Western side are from Orange-based schools.

Bletchington Public School’s Emelia Riley, Jessie Neville, Hayley Frost and Montana Griffith, Calare Public School’s Ineke Keed and Sophie Goodall and Orange Public School trio Isabella Dodds, Maddison Dittmar and Alana Tracey have traveled to Camden to take part in the state carnival, taking on some of NSW’s best young softballers.

Mudgee’s Maddie Smiuth, Gulgong’s Jasmine Lane and Wellington’s Kharni Chatfield make up the remaining spots in the Western side.

The girls recorded tough losses on Tuesday’s opening day, with 17-3, 12-1 and 12-9 defeats against Sydney South West, Sydney West and then Riverina respectively during the opening fixtures.

Wednesday, the Western girls tried hard, suffering losses against MacKillop (26-0), Riverina (21-11) and then, late in the day, against North West (16-9). The side was looking for its first win of the tournament against South Coast Wednesday afternoon.

The finals for the state carnival are being played on Thursday at Camden.

As well as the sides Western has played, the competition included teams from Polding, CIS, North Coast, Hunter and Sydney East and Sydney North – the metro outfits proving particularly strong.

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