Plenty to smile about for the Blakebrook Public School football team. The mixed side is one match away from reaching the final stages of the statewide PSSA small schools’ competition.
Plenty to smile about for the Blakebrook Public School football team. The mixed side is one match away from reaching the final stages of the statewide PSSA small schools’ competition. Stuart Turner

Blakebrook Public School kids playing for a trip to Sydney

LACHLAN Crawford has never been to Sydney - but the budding soccer star might get a chance now.

The 12-year-old is in the Blakebrook Public School squad for today's New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association Small Schools Knockout contest against Repton Public School.

Victory over their North Coast opponents would see the team qualify for the statewide tournament's final stages, which take place next month in the Big Smoke.

Lachlan, who is one of 92 pupils at the school and plays for the side alongside twin brother Jesse, said he couldn't wait for a shot at the finals.

"I'm really excited," he said.

"I like playing soccer. I like how you can do tricks, although I'm not that good.

"I like this team. They are my friends and I know them all.

"I can't wait to play."

The mixed team side, which has pupils from years four-six, has already seen off three opponents to book its place in today's clash.

School principal and team coach Al Duroux said there was a simple reason for the team's success.

"I think it's just teamwork," he said. "We have no single stars. They just play together well.

"Soccer has always been popular at the school and most of the kids play together at the weekends.

"If they play their best game then the world is their oyster."

Duroux also said the run through to today's contest, which takes place in Grafton, had benefited the players enormously.

"I love seeing kids do well in whatever they do. I hope this has been a huge learning experience for them as well.

"Will we win? Of course we will," he said.

Duroux thanked parents and everyone assisting the team.



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