One knockout performance

HASSALL Grove Public School's girls touch football team is in a league of its own.

The players are the toast of the town after becoming the first in the school to win a state title in any sport.

After six successive wins in the state knock-out, the girls progressed to the final eight for the last day of the tournament.

They beat Tamworth 10-2 in the quarter final then a 6-2 win against Ulladulla booked them a spot in the final.

Down 3-2 at half-time against Foster, Hassall Grove hit back to score three unanswered tries to win the game 5-3 — and the state title.

The girls have been training most lunchtimes and several times a week after school since April.

"Had you asked me a year ago, I would have said this team could win the title," coach Peter Langmack said.

"A lot the girls play outside school. They are an exceptional group of players."

Five of the 14 girls were part of the Sydney West PSSA side, also coached by Langmack.

Sydney West finished in the top four at the state titles at Parkes in August.

Eithen Handyside and Madison Ashby were selected for the NSW PSSA side which competed at the national titles in Queensland last week.

Langmack is hopeful of fielding a strong team next year.

It's not the first time Langmack has coached a school team to state success. His resume includes two titles and two state runners-up in softball and a boys touch football state runners-up at Shalvey Public School.

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