Primary students shine

Circular Head Country Gold hockey players.

Sport. Students from Circular Head combined to take on teams from across the state in the 2014 Country Gold Carnival held in Launceston last week.

Teams were assembled from the region’s state primary schools and matches played over two days, with Circular Head represented in the sports of football, netball and hockey.

The Circular Head Country Gold football team – coached by Peter Brown and Justin Nobes – was faced with a busy schedule, playing six games in total; four on Thursday and two on Friday.

In an impressive effort, the side came close to winning two games on the first day while facing strong opposition in the other two games. In the final day of the tournament, Circular Head worked hard to come away with a gritty 11-point win.

Brown said the attitude of the players was the most impressive aspect. He said regardless of the scoreboard, every Circular Head player tried their best and gave maximum effort all of the time.

Circular Head players Marshall Madden-Evans and Lachie Blakemore were selected in the team of the carnival, with Brown saying both displayed “excellent determination and skill” to earn the achievement.

Circular Head entered two mixed teams into the hockey competition, with the ‘Hockeyroos’ and ‘Hockeyburras’ playing in separate divisions assisted by Leighton Poke (coach) and Joanie Coker (team manager).

The Hockeyroos dominated the Division 1 competition, winning both games on Thursday and Friday. Poke said the team displayed great skills and teamwork in all games, and showed the other competitors how to play structured hockey.

The Hockeyburras also impressed in their division. Poke said all players tried their best at all times, playing in all positions with the scores reflecting how well they combined as a team.

At the completion of the tournament, Elyse Poke was named Most Valuable Player for the Hockeyroos and Max Lester Runner-up, while Fletcher Nicholls (MVP) and Lily Nibbs (Runner-up) were among the Hockeyburras’ best.

Finally in netball, 16 girls represented Circular Head through two separate teams coached by Leanne Porteus and Kate Partridge.

Coaches said players put in tremendous efforts throughout the tournament, with both coming extremely close to notching up a win. They added it was promising to see the improvements in both individuals and teams throughout the two days.

The Country Gold netball competition also selected players to form an All-Stars team, with Circular Head’s Amber-Jane Tuaoi, Jasmin Porteus and Jaz Martin all selected.

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