Toormina touch double
TOORMINA Public School have proven themselves the undisputed champs of the Touch Football world after winning both the boy's and girl's sections of Tuesday's PSSA knockout day.
The Toormina teams now progress to the North Coast final in three weeks when they will be playing for a spot at the State finals against a school from either Kempsey or Port Macquarie.
The girls were the first team to gain a title when they defeated Sandy Beach in the final 2-0.
Keeping their opposition scoreless in the final was a great effort but the defence of the Toormina girls was a standout all day.
Led by their captain Sharon McGrady, the champs didn't let their opponents score a try for the entire day.
In attack, Stevie Wickins was a strong performer throughout the day using her speed to advantage to score many tries.
The boys team were outstanding in their final defeating a speedy Grafton team 4-1.
A tense opening to the final didn't give an indication that the Toormina boys were about to blow the final apart with some entertaining football.
Ashley Patterson was setting up plays to make easy yards for the team while team captain Mitchell Cordner was stoic in defence.
Coach of the girls team, Sue Buckley said that the students were amazed at their achievements.
"It was fantastic they just couldn't believe it," Buckley said.
"Now they're really forward to the next match."
Michael Hepi, convenor of the event on Tuesday believes that a change in format served the school's well on the day.
"It's a knockout competition but we changed it to a gala day so the teams could play more than one game," he explained.
"If it was just a knockout, all the training and effort put in could be over in one bad day.
"With the gala day format, you only need to look at Bellingen who lost both their first round matches but ended up playing three or four games, so it's a win-win situation for everybody."
Everyone may have had a win on the day but the biggest winner was obviously Toormina as they marched towards further honours.