Girls at Moss Vale High have kicked, hit, passed and scored their way to success on several different sports fields this term.
Girls sports teams at Moss Vale High have shone on the field with the introduction of new players, teams and sports this year.
The Open soccer team achieved pleasing results in the Girls knockout competition recently.
The team played their first round against Goulburn and won 4-2.
Opens player Lily Wallbridge said they didn’t expect to make it past round one.
“We hadn’t trained or played together so we were really surprised that we won,” she said.
The team won their second match to Mulwaree 4-2 but unfortunately fell to Crookwell in round three 5-0.
Lily said the team was impressed with how far they progressed in the competition.
“I don’t think we expected it and we all worked well as a team,” she said.
The team also entered a team in the under-15s competition.
The under-15s were knocked out in round one but still enjoyed the opportunity to play.
League tag is another sport that has become popular among the teenage girls.
Every Wednesday morning more than 20 girls attend football club with teachers Tenille Leet and Adam Dubois.
Girls learn different skills and drills and will eventually start playing games, both competitively and against each other.
Students from Years 7 to 12 are in league tag and will play their first competition on May 23.
The cirls will play in the Country Cup and Ms Leet said the girls were well prepared for their first contest.
“The girls are looking really good, the participation is massive at the moment,” she said.
Ms Leet said she was pleased to see so many girls involved with a traditionally male-based game.
“The girls are beating the boys attendance wise which is awesome,” she said.
“I have been really impressed, usually it’s just the boys turning up for rugby league so it’s great that the girls are really keen.”
For the first time in five years, Moss Vale High also has a girls hockey team.
The girls are currently competing in the NSW CHS Girls Hockey Knock Out competition.
The team is coached by teacher Matt Nash, who said it was great to finally have a team.
“In the past couple of years we have really struggled to get a girls hockey team, the boys have done amazingly well that last five years and have made top eight in the state,” he said.
The girls are set to play the 2016 state premiers, Mulwaree, in round three which will be a tough task for the new team.
“They’ve done well to make it this far,” Mr Nash said.
He said the aim was to develop the team into strong players over the next couple of years.
“We’ve got a core group of five or six players [from Years 7 and 8] so the aim of the team is to build and hopefully try and do what the boys have done.”
Interest in girls netball and basketball has also increased at Moss Vale High.
The school has both an under-15s team and an opens team in both codes.
The netballers will participate at the Zone Carnival in June while the under-15s basketballers will compete next term.
Coach Suzanne Rossi said a good number of girls were getting involved with the sports each year.
“Players are steadily coming through, we’ve always got a lot of junior players coming through,” she said.