Kororo create history

KORORO Public School has found a place in basketball history. They are the first school from Northern New South Wales to have a boys and a girls team qualify for the final play-offs in the State Championships. As two of the State's top eight teams, Kororo travelled to Penrith last week for a day of exhilarating top-rate basketball, competing against the best of the regions. Each team has different strengths and different talents, and without the height of the opposition, they play with all heart. It was gratifying that the draw allowed the teams to support each other while catching their breath between games. In fact, their Principal Will Randall, was one of the most enthusiastic sideline supporters at the competition. Commencing in the quarter-finals, the girls won convincingly against Franklin, a team from the Riverina area, 27-13 and the boys took control of Griffith East winning 46-37. The semi-finals saw Kororo girls win against New Lambton from the Hunter 33-25 and the Korora boys executed brilliance against Inverell to win 55-40. Exhausted from travelling and two games already under their belt, the teams rallied in readiness for their final match. They had now reached another historical moment. In a competition that had commenced with 400 teams, the two basketball teams from Korora Primary School were in the top four teams in the State Championships for 2004. Excitement and enthusiasm fuelled the teams and gave them inspiration to take the court yet again, the girls against Cambewarra from the South and the boys against Bangor from the metropolitan. The coaching staff of Shane Dunlop, Denise Challinor, Greg Moore and Sandy Town, were confident that the kids would perform their best and were extremely proud of their teams' efforts and determination. With smiles and happy faces, the Kororo teams brought home the runners-up ribbons and this was the richest reward for the coaching staff and team supporters.

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