Rugby league team from Tenterfield High will contest smalls schools Country Cup final

SUPER EFFORT: Tenterfield High School's under 16 and under 13 Country Cup small schools teams. The 13s will play the final next Wednesday in Dubbo.
SUPER EFFORT: Tenterfield High School's under 16 and under 13 Country Cup small schools teams. The 13s will play the final next Wednesday in Dubbo.

Tenterfield High School’s under 13 rugby league team will battle for the Country Cup small schools title after a convincing win over Trangie-Gulargambone. 

The Tenterfield side defeated their opponents 48-28 to book their spot to face Cootamundra’s Sacred Heart Central School next week in Dubbo. 

The school’s under 16 team made it to the semi-final but were beaten by Oberon High School. 

Phil Jones was at the helm of both teams and said it was a special effort by the 13s to come away with the win and decider spot in Coonabarabran last week. 

“They had a huge couple of days, they were away on a school excursion so they drove back from Brisbane on the Wednesday and we got to Tamworth on the Thursday night and then we drove from there to Coonabarabran on the day of the game,” he said. 

“There are some terrific little footballers in there.

“They really played well as a team but there were a couple of standouts in there.

“Will Holley, Braith Clark and Fletcher Koch had very good games.”

Jones said they called on a few outside players to put a team on the park but the rest of have been together for a number of years through junior levels. 

“They have achieved a fair bit in the last couple of years, at primary school level, they had a pretty good side there,” he said. 

“We have only got one reserve, we have got a couple of Ashford boys as well because we don't have a lot of them.

“It is full of really handy little footballers.

“That Braith Clark played combined primary schools last year and he is a proper little footballer, he can read the game pretty well.

“It will be interesting to see how they travel and how they go.”

More than 400 schools compete in both the bigger schools’ Country Cup and small schools division. 

All finals will be played at Dubbo’s Apex Park next Wednesday, August 15.