St Josephs Port Macquarie was a step ahead in the first half of its final against Orara High yesterday.
St Josephs Port Macquarie was a step ahead in the first half of its final against Orara High yesterday. Bruce Thomas

Orara High boys make comeback

THE title of the best Australian rules school on the North Coast of New South Wales was up for grabs yesterday at the BCU International Stadium.

Orara High School will be rueing its first half performance against St Joseph’s Port Macquarie in the final of the under 16s Swans Cup.

The Orara boys were well behind the eight ball at the break trailing by 51 points before staging an extraordinary comeback that saw them fall just short of victory in the big game.

The locals kicked six unanswered goals in the second half but the margin proved too great to make up.

One local school that was happy with how they played yesterday were Bellingen Public who won the North Coast final of the Paul Kelly Cup.

Playing against Yamba Public in the final, the Bellingen boys raced out to a sizable lead before holding out their fast finishing opponent to win 4.3 (27) to 3.6 (24).

The reward for yesterday’s victory is a trip to Sydney in September where Bellingen will represent the North Coast in the State finals of the competition.



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