FOR a small school, Nambucca High performs well above expectations in rugby league.
The school's 1st XIII yesterday survived a bus breakdown, late change of venue and oppressive humidity, to end the day on the springboard to 2009 representative honours.
They went to Park Beach Plaza Rugby Park in Toormina to face a bunch of North Coast regional opponents and came away with victory in the CRL Country Cup and a berth in the next stage of the blue-ribbon event of schoolboy football, the Arrive Alive Cup.
Country Rugby League Development officer Patrick Preston said the team had faced up to all their obstacles and still managed to play great footy.
“The maturity from last year's great season was evident,” he said.
“Down the track they're going to come up against far harder opponents but if they keep their heads and push hard to make themselves better, anything is possible.”
Nambucca downed arch-rivals Macksville High 14-4 in the main event with Matt Archer working through a mountain of defence and tall prop forward Jordan Hollis outstanding in attack.
Nambucca now head to Port Macquarie on June 24 to contest the North Coast final of the Country Cup.
In the Arrive Alive Cup, they'll play the victor of the Orara High-John Paul College clash in hope of progressing to the regional stage.