THE talent of Scone’s junior rugby league will be front and centre this week with three local schools competing at state knockouts in Sydney’s west.
Scone Grammar School, Scone Public School and St Mary’s primary rugby league teams are all bound for the NSW Rugby League All Schools Carnival after claiming their respective titles at the Knights Knockout last month.
Scone Grammar School’s Primary Rugby League team, who received their jerseys on Friday, were undefeated 4-2 in the final against Rosemary Park Public School from Branxton, coming away regional champions for the Open B Division.
They will now clash with the best primary school talent from across the state on Wednesday at St Mary’s Stadium.
Coach and junior league president Jason Croucher says it’s great to have such a strong representation from Scone.
“Of all the schools we were nearly successful in all four divisions at the Knights Knockout,” he said.
“That’s on top of what St Joseph’s Aberdeen done in the 13s and 16s as well – they were in every final too.”
“The Scone Grammar School boys haven’t been to the state titles for a few years.
“But they’re looking forward to it.”
Scone Thoroughbreds president Tom Hagan was on hand to present the team with their jerseys and share in some motivational chat with the boys.
“We thought we would get Tom to come up because he’s been really proactive with junior league as well,” Croucher said.
“We’ve been trying to really bring junior league and senior league together, put the emphasis back on junior development and trying to keep those pushing into senior league.
“Tom and the first grade boys have been really accommodating with everything they’ve done for us this year.
“He’s heavily involved with what we’ve been doing at the Yellow Cottage as well – coming in and teaching kids fundamental movement skills.”
While they may be going away to the state championships, it’s important to make the most of it and whatever happens come out with a smile on their face, Hagan added.
“Today was mainly just to wish them good luck and let them know they’ve done all the hard yards now so go down there and enjoy it.”