High Road to Sydney
By STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org WYRALLAH Road Public School has won through to the NSW PSSA Softball finals after flogging Chittaway Bay Public School 20-4 at Albert Park, Lismore, last week.
Despite the huge scoreline, the amazing story about the team is that only two players had previously played softball prior to the competition starting. The team also continues to play in their normal sports uniforms as they don't have a softball kit like most of the other schools they have been playing.
It was a nervous start at Albert Park with the score locked at 2-all after the first innings.
But that was as close as Chittaway Bay would get. The strong pitching of Sam Osborne and Hayden Watt's catching kept the opposition scoreless for the rest of the game and there was also some great defensive fielding by Daniel Flynn and Reid Brewer-Charles. The Wyrallah Road boys then slipped into gear with the bat with hits by Sam Osborne, Dane Pickford and Jake Youngberry.
The coach from Chittaway Bay was most impressed with the way the locals played and said they would be a serious threat for the title.
The final will be held on December 10 at the Blacktown Olympic Stadium and Wyrallah is the only non-Sydney school contesting the final four.
So it will be little Wyrallah Road versus the might of three Sydney schools. A round-robin is played to determine the State champion. A trip to Sydney to compete involves considerable costs.
Casual days and raffles have been organised through the school to alleviate the costs and anyone interested in helping out further should contact Dave McLean at the school on 6621 3363.