Korora's State Champs
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT'S not often that a small public school from the country gets to the top of the state tree in school sport.
It's even rarer that the same school can claim the same state title three times in nine years.
Facing a battle against the odds hasn't stopped the girls basketball team from Kororo Public School though.
After romping their way through the state finals on Monday, the current crop of Kororo's basketball stars have now been added to the honour roll of state champions that the school boasts.
The perpetual trophy now has 'Kororo' proudly engraved on it for 1999, 2002 and 2007.
Is there something in the water supply at the school that helps it produce quality basketballers or is there a simpler explanation for this school's success?
"There's been a long time interest in the school in basketball," Deputy Principal Narelle Twigg said.
"Now we're the only school to have our names on the shield three times."
And the third time was the sweetest.
Advancing to the quarter-finals courtesy of a tight eight point win, there was no indication at all about just how easily the group of girls would sweep past the rest of their opposition on their way to glory.
Gorokan were swept aside in the quarter-finals 66-21 while Oakhill Drive proved even lesser opposition in the semi's as the 87-23 score line showed.
The final against Cooerwull was expected to be close but Kororo's hot streak of form continued to the tune of a massive 87-29 thumping.
"The margins were a surprise," teacher and team manager Leanne Bourke commented.
"We thought that the girls had a good chance but we certainly didn't think that we'd definitely win. I thought that they'd be closer scores than that."