SCHOOL footballers from across Warrnambool will attempt to keep their state title hopes alive in Ballarat this week.
The coastal city will be represented at primary, year 7, year 8 and intermediate levels at the School Sport Victoria quarter-finals.
The fixtures start with Warrnambool College taking on Maribyrnong Sports Academy at year 7 boys’ level today.
St Joseph’s Primary School will carry the flag in the primary mixed and primary girls’ matches tomorrow.
The Joeys meet Clairvaux Catholic in the mixed clash, the latest step in their bid to claim back-to-back state crowns.
The girls take on Ballarat Grammar and should they win, Christian College Geelong. Fielding a girls’ side is a first for the school.
Emmanuel College’s year 8 boys and intermediate boys are also in action tomorrow.
The year 8s take on Essendon Keilor College while the intermediate boys play Maribyrnong Sports Academy.
St Joseph’s PS sports co-ordinator Mark Gercovich said the mixed side booked its spot by winning at greater western region level on Friday.
The school defeated Ararat West PS, Pleasant Street PS and St Francis Xavier PS.
“They’re a good team. They’re quite capable of matching it with last year’s team (which won the state title),” he said.
“I know we’ve got a couple of injuries and absentees which might not help but I’m sure they’ll give a good account of themselves.”