Coach GrahamWilkins (left) and Coach John Roberts with the Open Boys NSW Football PSSA Knockout team Coach GrahamWilkins (left) and Coach John Roberts with the Open Boys NSW Football PSSA Knockout team
DUBBO or the bush . . . well, Dubbo is the bush but the theme is right.
It all goes on the line when east meets west to see who’s best.
Hambledon Public School will play Clement Park Public School in the NSW PSSA state soccer knockout.
Dubbo isn’t noted for its touristy postcards and nobody’s ever said, “All roads lead to Dubbo.”
But the road out to the central west is paved with gold for the young Hambledon hombres.
Should they beat Clement Park, Hambledon will play Dubbo South Public School in a knockout quarter-final.
Quakers Hill’s Hambledon are already the champions among the 180 schools that form the Western Sydney region.
Their closest game was against Kellyville Ridge, a win on a corner count after it was 2-2 after extra time.
Hambledon have also won the Blacktown PSSA competition, and the successes have been founded on teamwork, determination and versatility.
Players such as Jarrod Laughton, Jordan Parry and Jarrod Myers can play at the front as well as at the back, and goalkeeper Blake Mottram has been excellent.
Success has also been founded on democracy, with players sharing the captaincy in turns.
One more good turn deserves a trip to Dubbo.