Bathurst High in line for twin titles

SOCCER
Nanjing Night Net

THE fairytale run of the Bathurst High School boys and girls soccer sides continued on Wednesday as both progressed through to the grand final of the NSW CHS knock-out competition.

The boys team defeated Turramurra 3-1 in a dominant performance although they owed a lot to goalkeeper Jack Sargent. The girls side produced one of their best efforts of the entire campaign to defeat Gosford High 2-0.

In the first match the boys were on top for the majority and coach Matt Baillie would have been delighted with the form shown by Damien Booth, who found the back of the net twice along with a goal from Jayden Colbert.

“Damien got a couple and Jayden added another, it was a really good performance in terms of our attack,” Baillie said.

“It is a great feeling to make it to the grand final.

“There was some great keeping from Jack Sargent too, he kept us in the game at times and we can certainly thank him a lot for getting us as far as we have.”

In the girls match, Bathurst showed far more convincing form than they had in their quarter-final, where by their own admission it was only the saves of Kandy Kennedy that helped them beat a more dominant opponent.

This time the shoe was on the other foot as the Gosford custodian made countless impressive stops to deny an in-form Bathurst attack.

“Their ’keeper was excellent, we would have put a heap on them if it wasn’t for her,” Bathurst captain Hailee Provest said.

“We were really dominant in the middle and had about 85 per cent of the ball, we just couldn’t turn it into as many goals as we’d have liked.

“Annabelle Meadley in the midfield was outstanding, she got fairly badly injured at one stage but played on and did a sensational job.”

Provest herself had a hand in both goals, crossing to Haley Cheney for the first and finding Blair Rankin for the second.

Both teams now go on to the final to be played in two weeks, with the girls facing Kirrawee and the boys taking on Homebush.

Each of those sides were in action at Cronulla on Wednesday, giving each of the grand finalists a look at each other.

“It is going to be a scary proposition, they looked very good and well structured and they have a huge ’keeper who’s head just about reaches the bar,” Provest said. “I’m very excited about it though and very proud that we have made it this far.”

STAR: Damien Booth (left) booted two of his side’s three goals as Bathurst High progressed to the final of the state CHS Knock-out on Wednesday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 040311pfooty7

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