By Steve Spinks
Oh, to be a schoolboy again.
The sun was beaming (with a few scattered showers), the pies were hot, the soft drinks were cold and the rugby league was fun at The Northern Star Group One Under-16 secondary schools competition at Mullumbimby yesterday.
As everyone else went about their working week, the rugby league schoolboys were hanging out with their mates and playing sport.
At the fourth and final gala day of the competition it was Mullumbimby High that progressed to join Trinity Catholic College, South Grafton High and Kyogle High in the semi-finals.
Kyogle reached the semi-finals after remaining undefeated through their round-robin draw at the Kyogle gala day on Wednesday.
According to Group One development officer Graham Boland, Kyogle were very impressive and look like the team to beat in the semi-finals.
However, he singled out Woodenbong Central School for a special mention after their whole-hearted efforts in Kyogle.
At Mullumbimby, it was the league-seasoned locals who reigned.
Schoolboy league is always fun, as you often find players on the field who don't usually play in a regular league competition.
Teams are invariably filled with soccer, rugby, hockey or basketball players.
But most of Mullum's side play regularly with the Mullumbimby Giants in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
The semi-finals look like being contested at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, in the week preceding the City v Country match in Lismore on May 6.
It is hoped that some of the rep players may make the effort to watch the schoolboys semi-finals.