Coffs up for Zone titles
COFFS Harbour BjP Physie ladies and seniors were determined to prove their worth when the Far North Coast Zone championships were held in the city recently.
After the juniors had achieved impressive results, the seniors and ladies were inspired, wanting to make sure they weren’t left behind.
The highly-regarded Coffs Harbour ladies open team competed against eight rival outfits with the under-33s walking away with second place.
Just as welcome was the fourth-place finish achieved by the over-33 years opens.
But of all the local representative squads, the 15-year/first year senior team had the toughest job, performing against an impressive Tamworth team that has established a formidable reputation for success.
Undaunted by the challenge, the Coffs girls performed better and better as they worked through their syllabus.
Their classy teamwork and polished displays eventually got the nod from the judges and they were awarded the top prize.
Meanwhile in the individual champion lady competition, Casey Coulton, who returned to physie this year after last competing as a youngster, placed third in the first year ladies with an impressive performance.
Casey will now head to Sydney to contest the national finals along with Simone Evans, who worked beautifully to earn third place in the over-33 ladies.
Lee Hill added another blue medal to her expanding collection after taking out the combined over-43 and 53 sections.
Both Tracey Willis (second year) and Sue James (open over-43) showed their club spirit by competing individually.
On the final day of the championships the senior girls showed their style.
In the 15 years, Jessica Barnes, who is relatively new to physie, showed just how much she has improved in 2010 by making her first final.
Brittany Warncken won the first year senior section while Stacey Robotham danced her way to third.
Jessica, Brittany and Stacey will now travel to Homebush where, if selected, they will earn the right to compete in the final at the Opera House on November 22.
The month ahead shapes as a busy one for Coffs Physie starting with the ladies finals.
Following that the 13-14 year team are heading to compete in Sydney after their section at zone was cancelled when the other teams pulled out.
The seniors are hoping to make it to the Opera House finals and 15 juniors will make their way to Homebush on November 28 to contest the junior national finals.
Their classy teamwork and polished displays got the nod from the judges and they were awarded the top prize.