IT came down to the wire and a draw in the senior boys basketball allowed Goulburn High School to retain the Smith Cup. Bowral won the senior girls soccer, junior and senior netball, masterchef, computing and board games but could not bring back the trophy, going down 10-9.
The Goulburnians did enough in the remaining disciplines – soccer, hockey, basketball, softball and tennis – to retain the silverware. A draw in the senior boys touch was also crucial to the result.
It’s a sweet victory for the Goldsmith Street School. Many teachers and some students at the High School remember what it’s like to fall on the other end of the score sheet.
Between 2000 and 2009, Bowral recorded nine consecutive wins. That streak was broken last year. Those in the know at Goulburn High School hope to create a dynasty of their own.
Bowral High School's Matt Langdon said it was disappointing to lose the Smith Cup for the second year in a row, but credited Goulburn with a good performance.
"They enjoyed themselves and the competition," he said.
"The fact it was so close made it more interesting for both schools. It was a good achievement by Goulburn to defend it and it gives us some work to do to win it back."
Langdon thanked the teachers involved on the day and those who helped the students prepare for the event. He said a special thanks to Kara Stevenson and Andrew Strode from Goulburn High School for their efforts in organising the Smith Cup, and Coffee Culture for providing lunch for the staff on the day.
In the meantime, the Smith Cup will remain a prized possession in the school’s trophy cabinet. For the next 12 months, at least, its theirs for the keeping.