By Katy Rutter
IN the last week of the school term Denmark Senior High School took eight teams to the ninetyfirst Country Week competition in Perth.
Forty-nine schools attended and more than 3000 children participated.
Denmark is considered a Tier-2 school, participating in five to nine sports, which this year included two boys’ basketball teams, two girls’ basketball teams, a girls’ netball team, a boys’ soccer team, a girls’ soccer team, and a volleyball team.
I was lucky enough to attend the competition to watch my son play in the boys’ soccer.
It was the first year that Denmark fielded both a girls’ and a boys’ team in the soccer competition – previously, a mixed team was entered in the boys’ competition.
Last year Denmark entered a girls-only team and took out the competition.
The girls followed up this year with another gold medal win in ‘A’ division.
Being their first year, the boys’ team was in ‘C’ division and finished top of the table undefeated, with three convincing wins and two draws.
They were narrowly defeated in the finals by an unlucky goal, in harrowing conditions of mud, puddles and heavy rain.
With halves being shortened due to the conditions there was just not enough time for them to come back, despite their valiant efforts and many near misses.
The camaraderie and effort put in by one and all made onlookers proud, despite their disappointment at the result.
In other results the boys’ basketball came first in ‘A’ division and the volleyball team second in ‘D’ division.
It was a great week for Denmark, with staff going over and above to make for a very enjoyable time for all who participated.