Country Gold challenge

Sport. The Country Gold carnival presents students with an opportunity to play their chosen sport at a higher level against their regional peers.

Circular Head was represented by 52 students, who travelled with three staff and three parents, to the Launceston competition held in mid-September.

Over two days teams of students from local state primary schools – Edith Creek, Stanley, Forest, Redpa and Smithton – competed in hockey, netball and football.

Redpa Primary School principal Sarah Cuthbertson said it was a pleasure to watch the students over the course of the tournament.

“Students competed strongly in all sports with enthusiasm, great teamwork and sportsmanship,” Ms Cuthbertson said.

“Staff and parents were thrilled with how well Circular Head students represented our region both on and off the field.

“It was lovely to see the many parents and grandparents travel to Launceston to watch the competition and support our teams.”

Ms Cuthbertson said the Country Gold competition provides an important sporting pathway that helps them understand the level of commitment and skill required to be a top sportsperson.

“Of equal importance is the opportunity to be involved in different experiences whilst away,” she said, “and critically build and strengthen relationships between students from different schools especially as they head towards high school.”

Ms Cuthbertson said the schools were fortunate to have two keen and knowledgeable hockey coaches in Karlette Perry and Michelle Haywood, “who certainly brought out the best in our teams”.

Circular Head finished second in both divisions of the hockey, both teams only lost one game out of four so they were extremely competitive, says coach Perry.

“Hockey had a few new players and it was great to see those players grow throughout the two days, developing new skills even scoring some goals for the first time. We also discovered a couple of new fabulous defenders!

“The experienced players went above and beyond encouraging their teammates and worked for the benefit of the whole team.

“All players did their community and schools proud, it was a privilege to be a part of such a great competition.”

In Division One, Kiah House and Asha Porteus were nominated as most valuable players and in Div Two it was Joel Porteus and Vaughn Porteus.

Smithton Primary School teacher Kate Partridge coached the Circular Head netball team and her netball expertise, management of the team and organisational skills were invaluable during the tournament.

“Although the girls were unsuccessful at securing a win, the improvement of their understanding and the passion shown for the game across both days was outstanding,” Ms Partridge said.

Of the 16 girls who represented Circular Head in netball, Georgia Brown and Holly van Norden were announced as members of the All Star teams in their respective divisions.

The Circular Head football team was coached by Forest Primary School principal Peter Brown, giving the boys the very best of his expertise.

“The football team battled hard in all of the six games they played over the carnival,” Mr Brown said.

“The team was made up of students from all five public primary schools. While they were quite a short team this year they proved to every other side that when they played Circular Head they were facing a group of boys that never give up, tackle relentlessly and always put in maximum effort.

“A special congratulations to Ky Lee and Riley Lockett for making the All Star team, highlighting the excellent carnival both boys had.”

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