Tongala Primary perform strongly at state finals

By Brayden May

When Tongala's Primary School cricketers arrived at the state finals, it was glaringly obvious they were one of the smallest teams.

But that wasn't going to stop them from defying the odds.

Despite losing their first game against Gol Gol Primary School, from near Mildura, the underdogs demonstrated why they had earned a place at the tournament in Melbourne.

They immediately bounced back to win their next match against Niddrie Primary School before narrowly defeating Williamstown North.

Although Tongala fell just short of a place in the final four after finishing second in their pool.

But coach Rob Hogan said he couldn't have been prouder of his team.

“To do so well against bigger schools is a tremendous achievement,” Hogan said.

“The boys showed a lot of resilience after being beaten in the first game by an extremely good side.

“I thought all of our team demonstrated great teamwork and played in the spirit of the game all day.

“For our school to have even reached the state finals is something we will certainly remember forever.”

Hogan and his team would also like to thank their support crew that traveled to Melbourne on the day.

Team members: Hudson Kellett, Jessie Johnstone, Harvey Wright, Logan Milnes, Riley Wilkinson, Nathaniel Gee, Benny Smith, Will Brennan, Clayton Rossborough and Jet Jackman.