Seven players from The Armidale School’s top football side will now compete at the next representative level after the team were undefeated at the North Coast Independent Schools Sporting Association’s football championships hosted by TAS yesterday (9 March).
The strong outfit did not concede one goal in their four games against school teams from across the North Coast region. Around 280 players from eight independent schools attended the championships, which TAS hosted for the fourth consecutive year. The winners of the junior boys division, Bishop Druitt College from Coffs Harbour, also never let one into the net and were undefeated in their four games. Bishop Druitt also won the senior girls division, whilst Emmanuel Anglican College of Ballina took out the junior girls.
“The competition was great from all schools and everyone played to their best potential – it was a good showcase of football,” TAS captain Alex Boulus said.
“It gave us a lot of opportunity to grow as a team and understand everyone’s thoughts on the pitch.”
Boulus will be joined by teammates Jarrod Bourke, Angus Lloyd, Jim Orr, Cai Spiers, Euan Spiers and Angus Webber in the NCIS team to competed at the Combined Independent Schools championships in Sydney on 24 May.
“We’ll get a bit of opportunity to train before our first matches on the day. The championships will find us playing some of the best schoolboy footballers in the state, so it’s great to be part of that,” he said.
The participating schools were: The Armidale School, Bishop Druitt College Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley Anglican School Grafton, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Tweed Heads, Emmanuel Anglican College Ballina, Kemspey Adventist School, Tweed Valley Adventist College Murwillumbah and Presbyterian Ladies’ College Armidale.