The Brisbane Lions' Wayde Mills, Ballina High School principal Ros Mayberry and students celebrate the unveiling of the school's first set of AFL goal posts.
The Brisbane Lions' Wayde Mills, Ballina High School principal Ros Mayberry and students celebrate the unveiling of the school's first set of AFL goal posts. The Northern Star

Mills kicks in for Ballina High School

BALLINA High School's former nemesis Wayde Mills became an ally yesterday as the Brisbane Lions player helped the school unveil their first set of permanent AFL goal posts.

When Mills was a student at Southern Cross K-12 School, he used to delight in flogging Ballina in inter-school games.

“We used to smash them by 100 points every time,” Mills boasted while promoting the AFL's Kick Around Australia day.

But student Jacob Roberts got one back for Ballina by defeating the Lions player in a goal-kicking competition.

“I struggled a bit – sprayed a couple. I let him win to build his confidence,” Mills joked after missing two from three shots on goal.

A defender not known for his goal-kicking ability, Mills' missed shots from 30 metres out could have been affected by the deteriorating knee tendon that had him sidelined for 10 games.

But Mills wasn't making any excuses as he welcomed the new posts that will allow Ballina to host games on school grounds rather than travelling across town to Fripp Oval.

“I hope it doesn't (give Ballina High an advantage over Southern Cross),” he said.

“But it's good for footy. It's like an icon. When people drive past they'll see that the school supports AFL.”



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