Alstonville team finish runners-up
ALSTONVILLE Public School’s rugby union team has finished runner-up in the NSW PSSA State knockout, the Bryan Palmer Shield.
Gerard Piper, a parent of one of the players, said the team comprised players from rugby union, rugby league and soccer.
“They came together to give it their best shot, defeating Evans River, Tacking Point and Tamworth on the way,” Mr Piper said.
“They boys took us to Eastwood in Sydney for the finals series also involving Dubbo South, Illaroo Road (Nowra) and Newport.”
Alstonville defeated Dubbo South 8-0 in their semi-final.
In the other semi, Newport defeated Illaroo Road 27-3.
“The bigger, stronger Newport side was matched by Alstonville’s skilled running up the sideline,” Mr Piper said.
“Indi Bonlan made some great breaks up the side but, in the last play of the first half, Newport scored in the corner.
“They went to the break 5-0 ahead but Alstonville never gave up. It was quality rugby against a formidable opponent.
“In the second half, Newport scored two consecutive tries, taking the lead to 15-0.
“Our Ali Bradshaw then inter-changed into the forward pack and that helped bring Alstonville back to 15-10.
“The outstanding player was captain Conar Thompson.”
The play-offs convenor commended Alstonville, saying the boys had a great rugby attitude.