Bowral High School are the 2018 Smith Cup Champions, after beating Goulburn High School by 13.5 points to 9.5 points on Friday.
The level of participation we had was exceptionalGoulburn High Principal Paul Hogan
It is one of the state’s oldest inter- school sporting competitions, the Smith Cup, hosted year about by each of the two schools, since 1928. This year was Goulburn High School’s turn to host the multi contest event.
It was a fun day of sports and activities including; basketball, soccer, netball, hockey, touch, frisbee, softball, computer games and robotics, board games and a Masterchef style, bake-off. The visiting students from the Southern Highlands came up trumps.
Nearly 300 students from Goulburn High participated in the activities. Many didn’t regularly play the sports they nominated to participate in and had only minimal training before the competition. In most events, there were junior and senior teams and one point gained by winning a game. There were 24 points available in the 87th edition of the competition.
“We put a sign-up sheet for students to join,” stand-in Smith Cup coordinator Andrew Strode said.
“They then go through trials before the teams the selected.”
Besides competing, students also get a chance to be social.
“It’s a day of competition and a chance for students from both schools to meet each other,” he said.
“Both schools have had periods of domination, with Bowral High winning from 2005 to 2009 and Goulburn High winning from 2010 to 2013.
“It has been pretty close in the past few years, including a draw last year, but with the win today, Bowral High overtook Goulburn High overall.”
Bowral High sports captain Kaleb Bell and school captain Lydia Kirby lifted the trophy in delight.
In each event, there are junior and senior teams and a point is gained by winning a game. There were a total of 24 points available in the 87th edition of the competition.
Although Goulburn High lost, principal Paul Hogan was still in good spirits.
“The weather was fantastic and the day went really well,” Mr Hogan said.
“The level of participation we had was exceptional.”
PDHPE head teacher Kara Stephenson said the staff and students of both schools were grateful for the help of numerous volunteers including, parents, and people from some of the local sporting organisations who helped in conduct the competitions and with other jobs.
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