By Ashleigh Fielding
AN EXHILARATING week of sports saw Albany Senior High School take second place overall in the 2017 Senior High Schools Country Week in Perth last week.
A mere four points separated notorious rivals Bunbury Senior High School and ASHS for first place. GSG placed third, 31 points behind ASHS.
Coordinated by School Sport WA, Great Southern secondary students from ASHS, NASHS, Great Southern Grammar, Mount Barker Community College, Katanning SHS and Denmark High School joined regional students from across Western Australia at Country Week.
Students participated in basketball, dance, football, hockey, netball, soccer, speech and debating, touch rugby and volleyball.
ASHS Principal Jenny Firth said she was proud of the ASHS students and community efforts over the week.
“Our strength is definitely in utilising community coaches whose skills and
expertise have allowed our students to develop great techniques,” Ms Firth said.
“We are very appreciative of the Albany community.”
Ms Firth said that ASHS students again proved they were not a team of champions, but a champion team.
“A dramatic final from the girls AFL and impressive performances from our dance team were some of the highlights of the week; however, our strengths in soccer and hockey shone through,” she said.
Wins for Albany Senior High School included boys and girls AFL, boys soccer, mixed touch rug- by, girls basketball and boys volleyball.
Boys soccer captain Scott Fielding said students proved their worth with persistence and stamina.
“Everyone gave 100 percent every day in every game,” Scott said.
“They embraced the ASHS Country Week spirit and pushed through the fatigue and pain to do our school proud.”
Results from other Great Southern teams included medals for North Albany Senior High School across sports, with gold in boys B division soccer, girls C division soccer and girls D division basketball.
GSG brought home medals for boys A divi- sion basketball and were the champion school for speech and debating.
Mount Barker Community College was represented by a small squad and were awarded second in boys D division soccer and third in boys D division volleyball.