Junior rugby league
GRIFFITH East Public School is riding high after securing the coveted Trent Barrett Shield with a golden point victory over Temora in Tuesday’s final at Wagga.
Having qualified by winning Griffith’s gala day last month and already with three wins under their belt for the day, East were pushed to the end by Temora.
But the match turned on its head when star player Jadha took matters into her own hands, cutting Temora’s defence to ribbons with an amazing 40m run through the centre to touch down for the winning score – prompting teammates, parents and supporters to rush onto the field in an “epic” celebration.
“It was like we’d won the lottery,” Griffith East teacher Alex Gilbert said.
“The girls were screaming, the boys on the sidelines got involved and everyone was jumping up and down.
“It was awesome. Jadha’s a very talented little league tagger with a lot of aggression, skill and tenacity and she certainly deserved the moment.”
Griffith East was presented with the trophy by Trent Barrett himself, with the former Australian and NSW Origin star’s attendance adding to what was already an incredible day for the students.
“It meant he valued the shield as well – it’s not just named after him. He cares,” Gilbert said.
“He walked around, watched the kids play, asked them questions.
“We’d like to thank the NRL and Trent for hosting such a fantastic day. It allows kids an opportunity to play and experience a new sport and new skills – some of them might not get that opportunity otherwise.
“These days promote teamwork and just general life skills – children have to sit on the bench, take their turns and ride the highs and lows of winning and losing.”
Gilbert also tipped her cap to coach Jess Kenny, assistant Cherie Williams and the multitudes of parents, supporters and friends who travelled to Wagga for the day.