ST PATRICK’S Primary proved they were the superior school when it came to touch footy after their clean sweep at the Cactus Moran Community Cup Challenge on Friday.
St Pat’s took out the top prize in the Years 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 groups with an all-school finals affair.
With Macksville High the only school in the senior division, the students split along age lines and played a round robin event.
The juniors (Years 7, 8 and 9) proved to be too good for their senior counterparts (Years 10, 11 and 12).
St George Illawarra great and One Community Ambassador, Shaun Timmins, was present on Friday, giving the students some pointers and tips on the importance of participating in sports.
He said it’s a great way to build confidence and help with social skills.
“It is so important for kids to keep active and be involved in team sports,” Shaun told the Guardian. “It’s important for the community to see the impact days like these have on the lives of the younger generations.”
Twenty-two teams from around the Valley took part in the event and organisers said it was a great display of sportsmanship and community togetherness.
“The event has drawn a large cross-section of the community and it’s evident in their faces how much fun the kids are having,” event co-organiser Mark Russell said.
“The event pays tribute to the contribution Michael ‘Cactus’ Moran and Louis Ballangarry made to the sporting community … and since its beginning the community has embraced the work and legacy these two guys left.
“You get such a cross-section of the community out to support the day which is exactly what the organisers wanted.
Friday night saw the Club of Origin match played between two sides of players between the ages of 12 and 60.
“Captains Maurie ‘Moz’ Lonergan and Danny ‘Doot’ Doolan were very happy with their players performances despite the wet conditions,” Mark said. “They have indicated there will be a re-match to sort out a winner.”
Best and fairest for the game went to the young ones in each team.
* Although numbers were down on previous years at Sunday’s bowls and golf event, it was still a major success with 157 turning out to compete.
“Overall the weekend went well,” president of the Louis Ballangarry and Cactus Moran committee Jeneane Donohoe said. “Congratulations to the 220 school kids and adults for playing in any kind of weather – it shows the sportsmanship they have. It’s credit to all of them.
“Also a big thanks to Macksville Touch Association, Graham Eadie, Steve Martin, Phil Sigsworth and Shaun Timmins, and Mark and Lisa Russell from Aussie Gateways.”
Money raised from the weekend will be donated to the Macksville Touch Association and Eungai Public School.
Amelia Gadsby, Ulysses Roberts, Nathan Fitzgerald, Charlie Dent, former St George Dragons player Shaun Timmins, Annabelle Craven, Hunter Flanders, Ritchie Donovan, Tayla Donovan, Hamish Seccombe, Jessica Davis, (front) Angus Johnson, Aash Pope, Kade Scarth, Jayda Rixon, Ruby Moore, Caldyn Powlesland, Kooper Woods and Koneisha Bula
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