ORANGE High School and Canobolas Rural Technology High will be represented on an international stage when they send teams to the final eight series of the Western Combined High Schools touch championships today in Mudgee.
The Western Schools Sports Association series will be played in conjunction with the Trans-Tasman Series at the multi-million dollar Glen Willow Sporting Complex.
The best players Australia and New Zealand have to offer will play at the conclusion of the WSSA tournament, giving “generation next” the opportunity to see the world’s best touch footy players in action.
The Western CHS final eight series sees boys’ teams coming from Cobar, Dunedoo, Wellington, Mudgee, Bathurst and Parkes to take on both Orange High and Canobolas.
The Orange girls are competing against sides from Cobar, Dubbo, Wellington, Mudgee, Kelso, Parkes and Forbes High Schools.
The teams will play a round robin series, after being placed in their respective pools, starting from 9am today.
The semi-finals will be played at 12.50pm while the girls’ final will kick-off at 2.15pm followed by the boys’ final at 2.40pm.
As well as playing off to see who the champion school will be in the girls’ and boys’ competitions, places in the WSSA boys’ and girls’ representative teams are up for grabs.
The teams will contest the CHS Touch Championships in June, with the girls competing at St Mary’s, Penrith, and the boys at Milperra.
Australia will take on New Zealand from 4pm.