The Wingham High School open girls hockey team travelled to Newcastle to compete in the CHS Girls’ Hockey Knockout Wednesday and Thursday, September 14 and 15.
The competition was between the top eight teams in the state.
Wingham had their first game on Wednesday against Kiama High School with the first half being a closely contested game with Wingham going into half time leading 2 to 1. The girls then increased the intensity in the second half dominating the play to come away with a 4 to 1 win.
The second game was against Lithgow High School who have been very strong over the last five years (winning the entire competition several times).
Wingham managed to get a two-goal advantage early in the first half but Lithgow managed to draw even by the half time break with the score locked at two a piece.
The second half saw both sides starting to feel the pressure of such an intense game as the teams went goal for goal up until the last 10 minutes when Lithgow managed to score a goal from a short corner, then were awarded a penalty stroke right on the whistle which they managed to convert.
The final score was 6 to 4 to Lithgow but the score line was not reflective of the game as it could have gone either way.
That saw us having to play Taree High School for the positions of third and fourth in the state on the Thursday morning.
Once again this game was intense between the two schools as the rivalry between Taree and Wingham always is, with each school wanting "bragging rights".
Taree High School managed to score a goal late in the first half to lead at the break 1-nil.
The second half saw the ball travelling end to end with some impressive attack and defence from both sides. Taree then managed to score another goal in the last five minutes to seal their win and Wingham's loss.
“I am so very proud of all the Wingham players. They gave 110 per cent in every game we played this year and there were quite a few,” teacher and team coach, Lynne Colvin said.
“For a school the size of Wingham High School to contest the top eight in the state is a mighty effort and a credit to the girls 'never say die attitude'. We are looking forward to next year and aiming for the top eight again,” she said.