School sporting teams earn places at state finals

By Brayden May

SEVERAL of the twin towns' school sporting teams have booked their place at the Victorian state finals after strong performances at the regional finals in Swan Hill.

St Mary’s girls basketball team booked their trip to Melbourne following a six-point win against their name sake from Swan Hill in the grand final.

The side earned a place in the final four following an undefeated pool stage where they defeated St Liborius Eaglehawk, Candlebark and St Mary’s Swan Hill.

They proved they were the side to beat in the final four, when they stormed to a massive 27-point win over Strathfieldsaye.

Unfortunately, the competition wasn’t so successful for St Mary’s boys team who failed to win a game during the pool stage before losing by two points against Mildura South in the consolation final.

In the boys/mixed hot shot tennis, Echuca PS finished on top of the table with 15 sets following strong performances throughout the day.

They finished just ahead of Swan Hill with 13 sets as Tongala (11 sets), Echuca East (seven sets) and St Mary’s Echuca (five sets) also represented the region strongly.

Meanwhile St Mary’s girls team just missed out on a place in the state finals with 10 sets, after Kyabram took out the division with 12 sets.

Echuca East won six sets and Echuca PS won four.

In the girls softball, St Mary’s produced encouraging signs despite not winning a game while Echuca East won one match in the boys-mixed division.

The basketball state finals will be held on November 18 at MSAC, while the tennis finals will be played on November 25 at Kooyong Tennis Club in Melbourne.