Tumbulgum Public School’s mixed soccer team has secured an Australia Day award.
Tumbulgum Public School’s mixed soccer team has secured an Australia Day award.

Soccer final unites town

EXCITEMENT grew and spread through Tumbulgum last year with each round the town’s public school progressed through the NSW Small Schools Soccer Knockout Competition.

The run to the event’s grand final brought the school and town’s community closer together in an effort to get the kids down to Sydney to achieve their dreams.

The mixed side suffered defeat in the grand final, but it has earned a Tweed Shire Australia Day award for best team sports achievement of the year.

Tumbulgum Public School principal Sam Rowsell said it was an exciting time for the small school.

“It was certainly a fantastic time, we had never got that far in the competition before. We came second in the state, we are pretty stoked about that, obviously,” Rowsell said.

The team travelled to Sydney for the top four playoff where it beat Fern Bay 1-0, but then lost to Nashdale 2-1 in the grand final.

Support from Tumbulgum Public School’s P&C, plus the Tumbulgum Rangers Sports Club allowed the trip to go ahead.

“It was terribly exciting as we progressed up through the rounds,” Rowsell said. “We found out the last day of term three we had progressed through to the top four. The community got together and helped organise a trip to Sydney in just two weeks.”



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