Gunnedah High School’s run in the Buckley Shield has come to an end with the team going down to a “well-drilled” Tuggerah Lakes outift.
GHS went down on Thursday to the strong side but before that game they enjoyed a stunning run to see them named North West champions.
The effort shown throughout the competition was just one highlight for coach James Ireland amongst a sea of strong performances shown by the side.
“We had two home games – which are rare to get – and had heaps of community support,” Ireland said.
“The whole town was behind them and even in this last game, they didn’t take a backwards step. They showed heart and guts and we’re all proud of them.”
Ireland said Gunnedah High School had hit the end of the road in the 2018 competition but there was still another chapter for a number of players to come.
“We retain a lot of the same players next year,” Ireland said.
“All the current Year 7 players will be looking to play in the team next year and there’s plenty of hope for them [to go well] as well.”
Ireland said the support for the side was immense. GHS also had the chance to play at home in the North West final against Farrer.
“The help from the whole school, the staff and the community [was great],” he said. “The boys actually said it was a huge contributing factor [in the win over Farrer] to have a home crowd cheering them on.”
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