A-grade effort from Gulmarrad students on sports fields
IT IS not often that all the students from a school can be accommodated on a few buses.
That was the reality for Gulmarrad Public School students yesterday when the large majority of the school's 190 students travelled to Maclean for the girls' PSSA State Football round of 16 game.
Gulmarrad hosted South West Rocks at Maclean's Wherritt Park with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals as North Coast champions.
Both teams produced some determined play in the opening exchanges to ensure a goalless first half.
The heat and South West Rocks' relentless attack took a toll on the tiny Clarence Valley school in the second stanza with the visitors running out 2-0 winners.
Gulmarrad Public School assistant principal Greg Speirs said the football team's success was great for school spirit.
Football is not the school's only sporting success with the softball team a strong chance to mirror the football team and be crowned Far North Coast champions.
"The softball team is playing in the Far North Coast final today as well," Speirs said.
"That will be on the school oval and will include most of the same girls that were playing here today."
Gulmarrad punched well above their weight to make the round of 16, defeating schools including Yamba, Iluka and Pottsville.
ROAD TO THE FINAL 16
Pottsville 0-0 (6-5 on corners)