Students compete in Sydney
PUBLIC School students from Jerilderie and Berrigan (Jerry Berry boys) and Finley Public School (girls) will be representing Southern NSW at the Paul Kelly Cup in Sydney today.
With over 15,000 participants across 950 teams, the Paul Kelly Cup is one of the largest primary school competitions in Australia.
All schools have played their way through a number of knockout matches in their state-based region already this year and now the best 24 boys teams and 16 girls teams will battle it out for the coveted title. To make the journey even more special for all budding AFL juniors is the fact they’ll get to meet a legend of the game, former Sydney Swans player Michael O’Loughlin.
O’Loughlin will be on deck to offer advice to the kids and present the winning boys team with the trophy.
This year’s event also marks the second time a girls competition has participated in the Paul Kelly Cup.
AFL NSW/ACT Schools and Universities coordinator Mark Ayers said the two-day event will be a great experience for the kids.
‘‘This is the perfect opportunity for kids from all over the state to come together to share and embrace their common interest in AFL,’’ Ayers said.
‘‘It’s not every day people, let alone kids in grades five and six, get the chance to play at a world class facility and the home of the Greater Western Sydney Giants.’’