Bellingen High School attended the Mid North Coast Volleyball knockouts and trials at Sportz Central on February 4, with the girls team coming away as Mid North Coast Champions and the boys team making runners-up for the Mid North Coast.
The girls had a bye in the first round and came up against Coffs Harbour HS in round 2 of the NSW state knockout.
Consistently good technical play saw the girls take the game convincingly 2 sets to 0. They then had to play CHEC in the third round, which was the Zone Final. Again the girls proved far too strong winning easily 2 sets to 0. This will put them in to round 4 and they will have to play the winner of Lower North Coast Zone, which will probably be Wauchope HS later this term.
From their games all were selected in possibles/ probables to trial for the zone team. Six girls – Willow Neal, Emily Ruming, Ashley Sticker, Sophie Keough, Shellby Osland and Sophie Boyd – were all selected in the Mid North Coast Zone team. This team will travel to Port Macquarie to participate in the North Coast trials on Tuesday February 12. Great start for the year for these girls.
The boys team found going a little harder. Their first game against Coffs Harbour HS saw them start slowly to narrowly lose the first set. With improved communication and confidence they won the next two sets to win the game.
This put them in the Zone Final against Orara HS who were North Coast Champions in 2018. The boys started strongly and were matching Orara well until a couple of gun servers came to the line. They struggled to get the ball back into play and lost some confidence and Orara HS were victors 2 sets to 0. A number of boys were selected for possibles/ probables and two boys, Hudson Brown and Lachy Auld were selected for the Zone team to also play in Port Macquarie. It’s great watching these high flyers.