High school footballers play to help drought affected communities

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall checked with Duval's Ben Lawry to see if the ball would actually fit through the hole after a big majority of his passes "went astray".
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall checked with Duval's Ben Lawry to see if the ball would actually fit through the hole after a big majority of his passes "went astray".

As part of their Year 12 celebrations, Armidale Secondary College have accepted a challenge from the four combined central schools of Collarenebri, Goodooga, Boggabilla and Mungindi to play an Open Boys rugby league match at Collarenebri on September 25.

They’re calling it the “Way Out West Tour” and Armidale students got together for a passing passing competition this afternoon to fundraise. One of the tour co-ordinators, Jason Walker said the teams they would be playing against never had a chance to play 13-a-side football.

They have only got 20 or 30 kids in each school.

Jason Walker

“They are going to put out their Open Boy’s Team and we’re taking our Open Boy’s Team out there, and it gives our kids not only the chance to play some football, but to visit inland,” he said.

“They’ll get to see what’s west of us, from Armidale, they’ll get to see the drought first-hand and they’ll get the chance to do some good.

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“Every bit of the money we’ve raised is going to spent in these small towns. In the cafes, in the fish and chip shops, at the local grocery store, at the butcher, so hopefully it puts some cash into the small businesses who’ll be struggling out there.”

It’s what they’re going to gain off the field that is going to matter as much as the game itself.

Adam Marshall

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall attended the fundraiser and said he thought it was a great idea to finish off the term.

“It will give the boys here a real opportunity to see a different side of the drought, to see those communities. A lot of them would never have been out there and they’re actually going to try to immerse themselves in the community and try to help out,” Mr Marshall said

“All the funds that they raise are going to go to trying to help drought affected communities. I reckon it’s a wonderful initiative.”

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