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Hat-trick scorer Kahi Addis (on the ball) helped Byron Bay take a 3–0 win over Duval High. Photo Dacre King

Byron Bay High School has progressed to the round of 16 in the Bill Turner Cup after beating Armidale’s Duval High 3–0 at home last week

The national knockout competition for U/15 students 1includes teams from Cairns to Melbourne and most in between with 450 schools entering the 40th running of the annual competition.

Byron Bay missed an opportunity to forge ahead  when Kahi Addis slammed the ball into the crossbar from the penalty spot two minutes before the break.

The Byron Bay lads fought their way into the second half with Kahi taking his opportunities and quickly becoming the hero.

He made a vow to repay his teammates for his first half miss and did so in fine style netting a hat-trick.

Team effort

The win secured Byron Bay’s progression to the next stage of the competition when they will take on St John Paul College (Coffs Harbour) in the round of 16.

‘We played really well today as a unit,’ said Byron Bay coach Harley Schmidt.

‘The whole team played really well together. The back four were really solid and the way we played with width, especially in the second half, we were able to put three (goals) away.

‘I expect another challenging game,’ said Schmidt of the match against St John Paul College.

‘Duval made us work really hard for our win today and I expect nothing less from St John Paul.

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