Stu­dents com­pete in Syd­ney

Southern Riverina news - - Sports -

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.’’

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