Ex­cit­ing world cup as­sign­ment

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - LIU CHEN

With the Rugby League World Cup 2017 now un­der way, stu­dents of Our Lady Star of the Sea School in How­ick are watch­ing the com­pe­ti­tion closely.

Six­teen Year 5-6 pupils are go­ing to walk out with some of the world’s top play­ers at the tour­na­ment semi-fi­nal at Mt Smart Sta­dium on Novem­ber 25.

They’re one of 14 pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate schools from around the coun­try that have been cho­sen for the unique op­por­tu­nity, and the only one from East Auck­land.

Karen No­ble-Camp­bell, the school’s des­ig­nated teacher for the group of chil­dren, says she’s sur­prised at how many stu­dents are in­ter­ested.

There were more than 60 en­tries and the teach­ers picked out the 16 by lucky draws.

When Year 6 boy Caelis Sa­muel and his younger brother Ly­onidas learnt that both of them have the op­por­tu­nity to walk out with a na­tional team, they couldn’t help but dance to cel­e­brate, as the two play rugby league.

‘‘That’s like one of my dreams - to walk out with some of the best play­ers in the world,’’ Caelis says, adding that he’ll take the chance to ask the play­ers how to do the steps and watch them play­ing in­tently to learn.

‘‘The [Bris­bane] Bron­cos is my favourite team. My dream is to be in the Bron­cos.’’

Year 6 Kay­lah Matano’s fam­ily is a big fan of the game and she’ll watch the com­pe­ti­tion with them on TV.

‘‘I feel so happy, and I ex­pect a lot of ex­cite­ment.’’

Year 5 Os­car Ste­wart says he feels ‘‘joy­ful’’ to be picked out.

‘‘I ex­pect all the sig­na­tures, [meet­ing] the play­ers and run­ning out with them.’’

Kee­lan Mor­ris, of Year 6, says he fol­lows rugby league and rugby union games, and hopes to go into the chang­ing rooms with the play­ers.

‘‘I was a bit ner­vous at first, be­cause we’ll walk out in front of so many peo­ple.’’

Be­ing cho­sen is an hon­our for the school, No­ble-Camp­bell says. She’s thank­ful to Maria Al­lan, a teacher aid who helped en­ter the school for se­lec­tion.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for them to fol­low their dream, and to walk out with the best, and be part of a sce­nario that is ac­tu­ally quite scary for a lot of peo­ple.’’

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 is played in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Pa­pua New Guinea un­til De­cem­ber 2. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit rlwc2017.com.

LIU CHEN

Our Lady Star of the Sea School stu­dents are go­ing to walk out with play­ers at the Rugby League World Cup.

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