Matt proves his point
MULLUMBIMBY halfback Matt Mulcahy finally had something to cheer about when his high school open rugby league team pulled off a 28-22 victory over Tamworth’s Farrer Agricultural High School in the Statewide University Shield.
The 18-year-old was thrust into first grade in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League earlier this season and his side has struggled to compete due to injuries.
Mullumbimby teachers Max Binkley and Bill Thompson coach the team and also play first-grade rugby league for the Giants.
“Matt led the team around really well and he was definitely a stand-out,” Thompson said.
“He missed out on making the NSW CHS team and they (Farrer) had a prop and lock who made the team, so I think he went out with a point to prove.
“We were thrilled with the result and the support we got from the school was amazing.
“It was the first game of rugby league to be played at the school ground in six years.
“Farrer led pretty well right from the kick-off, but Max was confident we could win.”
Centre Eden Syme scored a hat-trick, with his third try sealing the win in the dying minutes.
They are now in the final 16 of the University Shield knockout and have progressed further than any previous Mullumbimby High team.
“It was good for guys like Sean Watkins, Aaron Booth, Kurt McDonald and Bill Pyke,” Thompson said.
“They have had to play a full game of Under-18s and back up to help first grade this season.
“That experience definitely helped get us over the line against Farrer.
“They (Farrer) won the University Shield in 2008 and 2010, so it really is a big achievement for a small school.
“I’m not sure who or where we play next, but it will be an away game.”
Meanwhile, St Mary’s Primary School Casino Under-10s and open teams are preparing for the NSW All Schools rugby league carnival.
Both teams won their division at the gala day last term and are busy selling raffle tickets to raise money for the trip.
The Casino RSM Club has donated $1000 and the Cecil Hotel has provided money as well.