Schools clash for Cup ti­tle

Kids face off in mas­sive con­test

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

MORE than 500 as­pir­ing foot­ball stars de­scended on Wha­lan Re­serve for the West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers Schools Cup last week.

Now in its third year, the com­pe­ti­tion sees schools from across West­ern Syd­ney bat­tle it out to be the “best in the west”.

The girls from Rooty Hill Pub­lic School put up a good fight, beat­ing St Agnes Catholic School (Rooty Hill) 1-0 to head to the fi­nal round of com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately the girls just missed out, los­ing to St Colum­bas Catholic School (Spring­wood) on points dif­fer­ence.

Lo­cal primary schools Black­well Pub­lic School and Our Lady of the Rosary also com­peted, but were un­able to se­cure a spot in the fi­nals.

In the boys’ divi­sion Plumpton, Rooty Hill and St Clair pub­lic schools all fought strongly but failed to se­cure a spot in the fi­nals.

Wan­der­ers com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Josh Hunter said the day was a huge suc­cess.

“We’re very happy with the Black­town qual­i­fy­ing round of the Wan­der­ers

We re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back and ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves Josh Hunter

Schools Cup,” Hunter said.

“The day saw al­most 500 kids play­ing, with six fields in con­stant use through­out the day, in­clud­ing 12 schools who hadn’t par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion be­fore.

“We re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back and ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves: from the play­ers and teaches to the coaches and ref­er­ees.”

Pic­ture: David Swift

Rooty Hill Pub­lic School cel­e­brates its win over St Agnes Catholic School.

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