Last updated 9:24 AM on 12 June 2015
Albion Park High School and students from Albion Park High School have been experiencing plenty of success on the footy field this year.
Our highly successful Under 15's team have had a dream run in the Country Cup competition in 2015. Previously, this team has been South Coast All School Champions and South Coast Country Cup Champions and this year hopefully they will go one better. Our Under 15's team won the Southern Illawarra Zone Country Cup, then went on to win the South Coast section of this competition earlier in Term 2. This means they have now progressed to the Southern NSW Finals, which will be held in Cootamundra during Week 2 of Term 3.
The boys have made this stage before and will be hoping to go one better and make the Grand Final for this competition, which means they could be the best team in Country NSW. The team consists of: Dallas Harrison, Liam Pearson, Tristan Brazulaitis, Mitchell Johnston, Jarryd Hodgekiss, Dylan Lucas, Damon Polley, Cole Thompson, Riley Renehan, Declyn Brazulaitis, Liam Jordan, Jack Jordan, Jake Brisbane, Jack Walsh, Kade Lucas, Shaun Tauariki, Scott Franke, Kyle Mounfield, Mitchell Potts and Connor Ruse-Kent.
The Under 15's have also had plenty of success in the school representative arena, with numerous players selected for the Zone, Regional and Greater Regional teams this year. The following boys were selected for the South Coast Under 15's team this year: Dallas Harrison, Dylan Lucas, Jack Walsh, Jake Brisbane and Cole Thompson. Unfortunately, Jack Walsh had to pull out due to injury and Mitchell Johnston was drafted into the squad. All the boys played well against Riverina in Canberra and all the boys were selected to attend the NSW CHS State Trials in Toronto during Week 5 of this term. The boys came up against some larger opposition, including many players from the greater Sydney region, but held their own and all put in solid performances. Unfortunately, we did not have any players selected for the State Under 15's team this year, but it was the highest number of students we have had representing Albion Park High School at a State rugby league carnival. What a fantastic achievement.
Our Under 14's team have also been very successful in the school arena. They played very well in the Steelers Shield this year, but unfortunately didn't quite finish as the number 1 team. They then moved into the next few rounds of the CHS Buckley Shield, which involves most schools around NSW. After a couple of forfeits, they then played strongly in their CHS game against Bomaderry High, running out eventual winners, which has now meant they are in the top 2 schools in the South Coast region. We now move to the final 16 in the CHS Knockout, which is the highest level one of our rugby league teams has progressed to for many years in a CHS Knockout. They will most likely face the winners from Sydney South West early in Term 3, which will be a big step up in terms of quality of opposition.
There have also been several boys from the Albion Park Oak Flats Eagles Under 14's team, who go to our school, who have had a great year in the rep scene outside of school. We have 5 boys from our school who represented the South Coast Group 7 Bulls at the recent Country Championships. They were: Jack Walsh, Jay Henry, Lachlan Davies, Jack Veenstra and Zane Kember. These boys won the Southern NSW Region of the Country Champs and then went onto defeat the Northern Region winners 26-14, meaning Group 7 is the strongest region in Country NSW for 14 year olds. This is only the second ever Country Championships win for the South Coast Region. Well done to the boys and especially to Jack Walsh who was co-captain and named man of the match in the final.
Well done to all these boys in the Under 14's and Under 15's and don't forget we are training every Tuesday at lunchtime on the oval from now on as we move closer to our upcoming games. A big thank you also goes out to all the parents who have helped out and transported students to the various venues we have played at. Your support is crucial to the success of our rugby league program.
Also, good luck to our Under 13's team who are representing Albion Park High School at the South Coast All Schools this year at Figtree this week. I'm sure you will also do Albion Park High School proud.
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