Parkview's boys and girls touch football teams have produced four outstanding efforts on the way to qualifying for the finals in both sections of the 2014 LNPSSA Touch Football Knockout.
Playing at a windswept LHS Ovals, Parkview's boys team opened their campaign with a hard fought 8-2 victory over a determined Small Schools outfit. After a tight first half, some quality ball from dummy half and some incisive runs from the likes of Nicholas Santos and Reece Keech gave Parkview improved field position with which they were able to gain the ascendency. Doubles to Brock Halls and Dylan Browne highlighted the scoresheet while some great defence from Jai Patten and Tyson Tyrrell saw Parkview through to the final.
Final Scores: Parkview PS 8 (Brock Halls 2, Dylan Browne 2, Tyler O'Connell 1, Nicholas Santos 1, Reece Keech 1, Bryce Pearce 1) defeated Small Schools 2
The final saw Parkview meet a talented Leeton PS team for the right to progress to the third round of the NSWPSSA Knockout. Parkview's squad again acquitted themselves extremely well, holding excellent field position but failing to convert this into scoreboard pressure. A 4-0 half time deficit was eroded in the second half thanks to tries from Nicholas Santos and Reece Keech, however the gap proved insumountable, Parkview losing an entertaining fixture 5-2.
Final Scores: Parkview PS 2 (Nicholas Santos 1, Reece Keech 1) Leeton PS 5
Parkview's girls also acquitted themselves with distinction throughout the knockout competition. In the first round of the day, Parkview produced some excellent attacking football on the back of brilliant ball use from Kiana Wortley, Tayah Preston and Zoe Locke, complemented by probing runs from Shakira O'Connell and attacking flair from Portia Marks (4 tries) and Kelsey Bandy (3 tries) to run out 8-2 victors over Small Schools. The performance was a real team effort with Samara McMillan and Katelyn Mills impressive in defence and helped Parkview qualify for the final.
Final Scores: Parkview 8 (Portia Marks 4, Kelsey bandy 3, Shakira O'Connell 1) defeated Small Schools 2.
The decider against Leeton PS was a thrilling affair, with Parkview scoring first through Portia Marks before allowing three late first half tries to trail by two at the break. The second half saw some renewed enthusiam from the girls in green, Kiana Wortley, Bree McKellar, Emily Wright and Hannah Pianca all displaying excellent application in defence as Parkview again scored first in the half to close the margin to 3-2. Another Leeton try despite the best efforts of Kelsey Bandy restored a 2 try buffer, before one final assault from the gallant Parkview girls yielded a run away try again to Portia Marks, who crossed again minutes later only to have the try disallowed, the final result a thrilling 1 try defeat.
Final Scores: Parkview PS 3 (Portia Marks 3) Leeton PS 4
There was more great news for the Parkview teams at the conclusion of the day with seven students selected in the LNPSSA representative teams to contest the Riverina Championships later in the term. From the girls squad, Portia Marks, Shakira O'Connell and Emily Wright earned selection while Nicholas Santos, Brock Halls, Jack Quinlivan and Reece Keech all earned representative honours in the boys squad.