A special moment
KARANGI Public School soccer coach Alan Scott knew he had a special team on his hands from the first match of the NSW small schools knockout competition.
Last Friday the Karangi lads proved how special they were, claiming the State title for schools with under 100 students, after a 5-3 defeat of Curlewis in the final at Bathurst.
"Once we won our first game, I knew it was going to take a very good team to beat us," he said.
"They are a sensational bunch of kids and a really good team.
"They all listened and paid attention, they're very easy to coach."
Scott predicts the school will be a force to be reckoned with in for years to come.
"We will lose some Year six kids, but a lot of this year's side is in Year three and there are some good Year two kids who will step up," Scott says.
"Hopefully we will do pretty well for at least the next few years."
Karangi breezed into the final courtesy of a 3-nil demolition of Condong with Ben Gentle hammering home a hat trick.
Gentle was outstanding and was only beaten to man-of-the-match honours by one of the side's young guns, Cameron Kelleher.
Karangi made a flying start to the final against Curlewis, skipping out to a 5-nil lead.
Karangi led 3-nil at the break after an early goal from captain Geordie Scott and a brace from Ryan Scott.
Goals to Ben Gentle and a second to Geordie after the break sealed the result before Curlewis struck back with three late goals.
Goal keeper Sammy Frantz, Cameron Kelleher and Geordie Scott were among a galaxy of stars for Karangi, although the whole side performed superbly.
Karangi teacher and co-coach of the side, Sue Musgrave, said the achievement ranks among the school's best on the sporting field.
"A couple of our students have made it to the State cross country titles, but never a whole team," she said.
"We would like to thank everyone who donated prizes for our raffles and North State Finance who donated money to help travel down to Bathurst."