North Coast’s Jonathan Cusack prepares to shoot for goal during the NSW Combined High Schools water polo championship at the Alstonville pool.
North Coast’s Jonathan Cusack prepares to shoot for goal during the NSW Combined High Schools water polo championship at the Alstonville pool. Cathy Adams

Fourth will have to do

CONSECUTIVE losses on the final day meant North Coast finished fourth in the NSW Combined High Schools open water polo championships at Alstonville.

The young side yesterday went down 18-6 to a well-drilled Sydney East in their semi-final and 2-1 to Sydney North in the play-off for third. Sydney East went on to edge out Hunter 11-10 in the final.

"It was an entertaining final and they were definitely the two best teams this week," North Coast coach Mark Edwards said.

Edwards was proud of his team's efforts despite the lop-sided score against Hunter.

"Once I knew we were gone I put the subs on and gave everyone a go," he said.

Edwards nominated Liam Hair, Jordan McHugh and goalkeeper Frankie Calgulay as his best players yesterday.

He is confident of a better result next year with most of the team eligible to play again.

"I'm definitely proud of the boys and we'll build towards next year," Edwards said.

"Jono Cusack is only 15 and he was a stand-out all week."



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