Lennox schoolboys to compete in rugby state finals at Sydney
A SQUAD of 15 Lennox Head schoolboys will head to Sydney in August to compete in the state finals of the Catholic Primary Schools rugby 10s series.
The Holy Family Catholic School rugby union 10s squad comprises Joseph Hunt-Medley (captain), Rowan Allsopp, Jeremy Fox, Jack McDermott, Darcy Kelly, Solomon Power, Kurt Orlanno, Harry Venn, Jared Lofts, Finn Mantel, Charlie Scotcher, Will Radburn, Joe Rutledge, Flynn Gibbs and Jack Breen.
Part of the two-day carnival will involve an exclusive training session with the NSW Waratahs rugby team.
The senior boys from Years 5 and 6 at Holy Family Catholic Primary School won their place at the finals by winning the Lismore diocese primary rugby championships at a recent carnival in Coffs Harbour. They won all five games on that occasion against teams from Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Sawtell and Port Macquarie regions.
A party of more than 30 boys, coaches and parents will travel to Sydney from the Gold Coast airport and stay at St Joseph's for the duration of the carnival.
"I am immensely proud of this achievement by our senior boys, especially since some of them had never played rugby union before this competition," school principal Murray Deeps said
"The school has not won this competition since 2009 so it's an honour to get this opportunity now.
"Accolades such as these do not come without hard work, determination and passion - and this group of boys certainly has bucket loads of those attributes.
They have trained twice a week before school for many months and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead.
"The boys' passion and determination can largely be attributed to their fabulous volunteer coach Aaron Matenga... and the coaching and managing support of Year 6 teacher Peter Cassidy."