KIAMA High School Open Girls touch football team has finished third in the state after competing in the state finals of the NSWCHS knockout last week in Gosford.
This is a terrific achievement, as more than 200 government high schools compete in this event each year.
The team qualified for the finals by winning the Shoalhaven Zone Championship (defeating Bomaderry, Vincentia, Ulladulla, Nowra and Shoalhaven High Schools); winning the South Coast Championship (defeating Goulburn and Warilla High Schools); and then downing Sydney North team Mackellar Girls High School 8-4 in the inter-regional game to qualify for the finals.
The final-10 format features two pools of five, the top two teams from each pool playing off in the semi-finals.
In rainy conditions, Kiama defeated Orange High 7-0, Castle Hill High 10-1 and Wagga Wagga High 2-0.
But a tough 3-2 loss to Tweed River High resulted in Kiama finishing second in their pool to set up a semi-final against the state champions for the past two years, The Hills Sports High School.
The Hills proved too good, Kiama putting up a good fight before losing 6-2.
Kiama then gained revenge on Tweed River High in the play-off for third place, winning 4-3 in an exciting game that finished with a drop-off.
The Hills Sports High defeated Narrabeen Sports High for the NSW title, with Kiama High the best non-Sports High School team in the state.