St Michael’s Primary School has once again shown its strength on the football field.
After winning the prestigious Knights Cup in July, the Nelson Bay school’s rugby league team travelled to Sydney for the NSW Rugby League All Schools Carnival.
St Michael’s played five games, one was abandoned after a Nelson Bay player was injured, and made it through to the Open Primary B Division final.
They faced Noumea Public School in the final, winning in golden time.
The team consisted of Cooper Woodward, Mitchell Balzer, Jett Doherty, Cal Paix, Xavier Stewart, Aiden Tyacke, Cooper Keegan, Cooper Read, Nate Elkin McDonald, Lucas Kirin, Harry Read, Daniel Barry, Aidan Coward, Jarred Williams, Bradley Heggie, Jackson McGrath and Darcy Brown.
St Michael’s travelled to Kingsway Fields at Werrington on Monday, July 31 for the All Schools championship.
They faced Granville South Public School in game one, coming away with a 24-0 win.
Game two was against Kurnell Public School. St Michael’s won 26-10.
Game three against Claymore Public School was abandoned after a St Michael’s player was injured and taken to hospital with a suspected spinal injury.
Principal Helen Bourne, who travelled with the team, said the player is okay.
When the game was abandoned, St Michael’s was down 6-4.
The Bay boys came out strong in the fourth game against Noumea Public School to win 16-10.
The semi-final was played against St Mary-St Joseph Catholic Primary School from Maroubra. St Michael’s claimed the win to moved into the final.
St Michael’s and Noumea were locked in an 8-all draw at full time.
The game went into a golden point decider, with the first team to score a try the winner.
St Michael’s took the kick off and were able to gain possession leading to the first try.
Jarred Williams was named player of the final.
“All boys played well as a team,” Bourne said.
“Thanks to Craig Read who coached the team.
“Thank you also to the many parents who transported to students to Penrith and supported them throughout the day.”
The NSW Rugby League carnival, now in its 73rd year, is an opportunity for the best school teams from each district to compete at a state championship.
About 3500 junior rugby league players and 150 teams from across NSW took part in the 2017 carnival, which ran July 31 to August 2.