Gutsy trio puts in top-11 effort at state boccia comp
THE Southern Cross K-12 School Ballina Support Unit Boccia team has returned from Sydney, not with a trophy, but a lot of satisfaction and pride.
The special needs students, Anthony Pitt, Jayden Watson and Liam Hourigan, took part in the State Championships at Olympic Park Stadium.
They lost to Heathcote (2-3); defeated Pt Macquarie (5-1); lost to Bossley Park (3-4); and edged Dubbo (3-2).
"We're so proud of their efforts; I would have loved them to have tasted victory," support teacher Rod Farrelly said.
"They came up against Heathcote High, who boasted a national representative in its side in the first round.
"That game was within a whisker of becoming a sudden-death playoff too."
There were 16 teams that contested the championships and were divided in two pools of eight.
When a team loses in the first round it's automatically relegated to the second draw.
"The boys gave it everything, they were focussed. At the end of the competition, they finished 11th, but that placing is 11th in the state," Farrelly said.