Toormina on track for state AFL title
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
TOORMINA Public School's AFL team has earned its second North Coast title in three years.
The statewide knockout PSSA competition, known as the Tony Lockett Shield, is up for grabs and Toormina is right in the running now that the school has made it to the last eight teams in NSW.
Last week the Toormina boys claimed the regional title by comfortably defeating Alstonville at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds 8.7 (55) to 2.0 (12).
Coach Dean Burkitt is bursting with pride at how his team plays each match.
"The best thing about this team is that they don't give up, they just battle on," Burkitt said.
"In the last game, their tackling was unbelievable."
There's a culture of success in AFL building at Toormina as two years ago the school's team progressed all the way to the state final.
This year's team is made up of students with a mixture of sporting backgrounds but Burkitt said that some of them have taken to the new code beautifully.
"A lot of them are signing up to play in the juniors next year," he added.
"And the little kids here see them playing and now they're kicking the ball around at school."
Toormina's next challenge will be against Belair from the Hunter region. Also to be played at the Coffs Harbour Showground on September 7, Toormina will have the advantage of playing at home.
Many are hoping this advantage will earn Toormina a spot among the final four teams and a place in the finals at Wyong.