Kororo gallant in defeat
By AIDEN BURGESS
FOR a school with a great basketball pedigree, success in soccer would be an added bonus to its already outstanding sporting achievements.
And that's just what happened when the Kororo Public School's soccer team finished runners-up in the NSW Public Schools boys soccer knockout competition.
Having won three local games and then three more games to become the North Coast regional champions, the team travelled to Sydney to take on their semi final opponents Ben Venue Primary School from Armidale.
After an extremely tense and evenly played encounter in wet conditions, the Kororo boys prevailed, winning in extra time after the score was locked 1-1.
Their grand final opponents would be the Sydney based Kings Park Primary.
With very little possession and against a team with a number of exceptionally skilled State level players, Kororo lost 8-0 and finished State runners up.
Despite their loss in the final, assistant coach Louis Fredericks was glad that the team had achieved the same sort of success its basketball teams had recorded.
"We'd already taken out State titles in basketball, but this was the highest we've gone in soccer," he said.
The school had shown good form previously in the tournament, having been runner up in the North Coast district in 1998, but this year they went to another level, as indicated by Fredericks.
"We had been up there, but this time we went past that in making the final," he said.
Even having a number of representative players, Fredericks believes that their ability to play as a team was the key to their success.
"They play well together, and play regularly for the Korora local team," he said.
While losing a soccer final 8-0 could be seen as a negative, Fredericks views the game as a positive experience.
"It was a great experience for the boys, as they saw and competed against a higher level of competition," he said.
The team members will be recognised by the school at the end of year assembly, during which they will receive ribbons awarding their achievements.
Fredericks has great admiration for the team he helped to coach.
"It's great for the school, great for the boys themselves, and we'll aim for the top again," he said.