Ju­nior jet-set­ters’ jour­ney for the An­zacs

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT - Steve Vi­vian steve.vi­vian@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Tweed’s gun footy ju­niors will travel to Europe next year to play matches against teams from Eng­land, France and Spain be­fore com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary of the end of the Great War.

Lo­cal Group 18 JRL Un­der-15 play­ers from across the Tweed have been se­lected to play in the Bat­tle­field Chal­lenge, France, in what the Group 18 JRL has la­belled the “op­por­tu­nity of a life­time” for the youngsters.

Ju­nior play­ers will re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tion on the An­zac his­tory in France and, through the prism of sport, be drawn closer to their com­pa­tri­ots who served.

“To com­mem­o­rate 100 years of World War I in the bat­tle­fields of the north of France, teams from the south of France, Paris, Eng­land and Aus­tralia will con­verge on the north to com­pete in bat­tle like our ances­tors and those amaz­ing men who sac­ri­ficed their lives 100 years ago,” Damien Quinn, a teacher at Banora Point who teaches some of the play­ers that will be on the trip, said.

“I felt we had a team that would be in­ter­ested and would com­pete well and up­hold the val­ues of Aus­tralian mate­ship, ca­ma­raderie and char­ac­ter and would be great am­bas­sadors for our area.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time to travel and com­pete overseas and rep­re­sent not only our­selves and fam­i­lies but our lo­cal clubs and re­gion on an in­ter­na­tional level as well as pay­ing our re­spects to those who sac­ri­ficed so much be­fore us.”

Be­fore any show­down with the Euro­peans, the boys’ first chal­lenge will be to raise funds for the trip, sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets, fry­ing up at Bun­nings’ bar­be­cues and search­ing for in­di­vid­ual spon­sors. If busi­nesses are in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the trip they can con­tact their lo­cal Group 18 JRL club.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

EUROPE BOUND: Lo­cal Group 18 JRL play­ers are set to take the jour­ney of a life­time.

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