Macksville High School’s open boys rugby union team had a remarkable season last year – a fact recognised in 2013 when it was named Champion Junior Sports team in the Nambucca Valley Australia Day awards.
In front of a packed auditorium at the Nambucca Heads Ex-Services Club, players Jordan Sheather, Chris Buckley and Daneil Donovan and coaches Mick Baines and Josh Webb accepted the awards on behalf of the team.
The boys thoroughly deserved the accolades after a stellar 2012 where they dominated schoolboy rugby on the North Coast.
Their first hitout of 2012 saw them complete a cleansweep of the Coffs Rugby 7s involving government and private schools from Port Macquarie to Ballina.
The boys were undefeated, earning the right to represent the region in Newcastle in the quarter-finals against the other regional winners.
The Macksville lads played wonderful running rugby to win their first two games but were defeated on the bell in their third to miss out on the final and a chance to play in the curtain raiser to the Wallabies/Scotland match (the Macksville open girls emulated the feats of their Swampie brothers by also winning their respective comp and playing in Newcastle, winning two of their four matches).
Next up was the the CHS Waratah Cup competition, which for the first time was played as a carnival day in Coffs Harbour rather than the traditional round robin format.
The Macksville boys easily morphed into the 15-a-side game, again beating the cream of North Coast rugby talent to emerge victorious and undefeated on the day.
Their success meant a divisional finals battle against Francis Xavier Newcastle for bragging rights for the entire Northern Region of the State.
From the outset the boys dominated Francis Xavier to post a healthy lead at half time.
The opposition came back strongly in the second half, dominating possession, but the Swampies eventually ran out 27-12, making the State semis for the first time.
The State semis were played at the home of the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club at Woollahra and involved St Paul’s Manly, St Dominic’s Kingswood and St John’s College, Dubbo.
Macksville was well beaten by St Paul’s in the first match but bounced back strongly to defeat St Dominic’s in the second.
Despite missing the final the boys acquitted themselves well playing with skill, passion and spirit. They did themselves, coaches, school, parents and community proud and were worthy recipients of the Australia Day honours.
Macksville High School Open Boys Rugby Union Squad 2012: Captains Tim Worthing and Jackson Wells. Joel Brunsdon, Joe Borg, Brad Doolan, Aaron Argent, Jimi Allan, Beau Saville, Mitch Liebe, Kyle Crumpton, Max Hennessey, Brayden Johnson, Chris Buckley, Jordan Sheather, Lachlan Hook, Cody Langley Ryan, Keith Donovan, Daneil Donovan, Kade Spear, Beau Tape, Jordan McEwen, Damien Carriage, Jacob Simpson, Jake Capell and Ryan Gallop. Coaches Mick Baines and Josh Webb
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