HAPPY TEAM: The Wyrallah Road AFL team prior to their match against Forster yesterday wearing the school?s rugby league jerseys
HAPPY TEAM: The Wyrallah Road AFL team prior to their match against Forster yesterday wearing the school?s rugby league jerseys

Wyrallah Rd sews up semis berth

By STEVE SPINKS

THE work of six women helped propel the Wyrallah Road Public School AFL team into the semi-finals of the State-wide Tony Lockett Shield after their emphatic 5-6-36 victory over Forster 1-1-7 at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, yesterday. It's not often that the off-field support gets the raps for a win, but Carmen McAlister, Janelle Holland, Anne Connors, Alana Reilly, Keron Savins and Bev Smith should take a bow. As reported in The Northern Star on Tuesday, these six women prepared 22 AFL jumpers in two days so that the side could take the field wearing the proper gear. Previously, the AFL team had to don the school's rugby league jerseys. "I think the jumpers made a difference," teacher and coach Max Kite said. "The boys were all impressed with the jumpers and new shorts and it gave them a bit of motivation to play well." The boys were presented with their new home-made jerseys at a school assembly yesterday morning before heading to Mortimer Oval. At half-time Wyrallah was just hanging on 2-3-15 to 0. But straight after the break, Forster kicked the first goal and threatened to take the lead. But the comeback was short-lived as the home side blasted home a further three goals and three behinds. "The boys played really hard and attacked the ball well," Kite said. "They played really well as a team and the other side was a bit bigger." The team now plays their semi-final in Wyong on September 19. Mr Kite thanked all the parents and sponsors who helped with their time and money and the two umpires, Blake Northfield and Sam Ward who, according to both coaches, did a good job. With jumpers now completed, maybe the ladies' next challenge will be a set of tracksuits for the boys?



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