Friday, 3rd May, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
Coomealla outmuscled local school football teams in the first round of the Swan Shield competition at the Jubilee Oval yesterday.
Students under 15 years from Broken Hill High School and Willyama faced off against the visiting team but were soundly beaten in both contests.
BHHS went down by 37 points, while Willyama were defeated by 63 points.
Willyama fared better in a clash between the two local teams, defeating BHHS by nine points.
"The Coomealla boys were probably just a bit too big for both the local teams and won their games by a good margin," said event organiser, Wally Johnson.
"Both Broken Hill teams had a handful of kids who were around that size, and they all worked hard, but we probably had a few too many smaller players.
"But the day was very good, and all the games were played fairly and in a good spirit."
The competition also gave West Darling selectors a look at the talent available in the Broken Hill/Coomealla region.
The best players will be selected to represent West Darling in the State Schools Under 15 Carnival which will be held in the city later in the term.
Mr Johnson said it would be the first time the carnival had been held in the city for around 10 years.