COMPETITIVE spirit was alive and kicking at the annual Chris Hoare Cup Rugby League clash between Bulahdelah Central School and Gloucester High last week.
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Spurred on by a convincing 54-0 win by the Bulahdelah junior boys captained by Angus Devon, the open team came out fiery and determined to claim back the coveted Cup lost to Gloucester in 2017.
Taking to the field at the Jack Ireland Sporting Complex, Gloucester were quick out of the blocks and busted over the line within minutes of the kick-off to score the first points of the match.
Bulahdelah dug deep and put up a strong fight but were overwhelmed by the brute strength of the Gloucester attack.
With injuries to key players in the second half leaving Bulahdelah short on the field, Gloucester continually smashed over the line and easily claimed the Cup.
Despite the 56-0 defeat, Captain Caleb Grimshaw praised the efforts of his team.
“Jreaytaine Davis and Kobi Watt had good all-round games and 2nd rower Matt Barry defended well,” he said.
Bulahdelah Coach Bob McCann said the team gave their all.
“They tried hard, but the Gloucester side were bigger, stronger and faster, and outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” he said.
“Going into next year’s competition we will be focusing on some intensive coaching including some off-season training to help bring the Cup back.”
The annual contest celebrates the sporting talents of former Bulahdelah Central School student Chris Hoare whose life was tragically taken in 1996.
Chris’s parents Jenny and Stephen said they were very proud to see the high level of sportsmanship displayed on the day.
“Being here to support the teams is a great experience and they should all be commended for their participation and effort,” Jenny said.
The contest, first played in 2004, has expanded to also include soccer and touch football matches with more than 160 students taking part each year.