Big effort from a small school
ROUS Public School has finished third in the NSW State Small Schools soccer finals knockout in Sydney.
Principal Drew Green said the team travelled to Sydney after winning its local pool against The Pocket, Durrumbul and Glenreagh.
"Our first finals game was against Annangrove (Sydney) who defeated us 3-1," he said.
"Annangrove had us 1-0 down at half-time.
"We equalised early in the second half and held that until about five minutes before full-time, when they scored two quick goals, putting us into a play-off for third spot.
"We then played Nashdale (Orange) for third place and they had us nil-all at half-time.
"In the second half, we scored two quick goals, with that 2-0 win placingus third in the State.
"For a school with a population of 65, we are the third best in the State.
"I'm extremely proud of the team; they behaved and performed to their best.
"We appreciate the help of our P and C, the SRC and the parents who came along to help."
Goalkeeper Henk Breugem said the games were 'a bit hard'.
"In the first game, our goal was pretty exciting," he said.
"Our player had four players running on to him but he persisted and put away the ball.
"It was a great goal.
"I'm pleased we made it to the finals and pretty happy with third place."
The competition is for schools with between 50 and 100 pupils, and Rous was one of the smaller schools in the finals.