Trophies raise the stakes: New silverware up for grabs in league comp

THERE will be brand new silverware on offer for the winners of two deciding Griffith All-Schools rugby league matches tomorrow.

Wade High School has already sewn up the girls' league tag competition after winning the first two of three rounds, but the opens and under 16s competitions will be fought out between Griffith Public School and Marian Catholic College.

In a move to boost recognition of the competition, the trophies for the winning teams and best opens player will be named after influential Griffith rugby league personalities.

The Andrew Fifita Cup will be awarded to the winner of the open competition and the best player will receive the Ray Brown Medal.

The under 16s will be playing for the Bonetti Family Shield and the best under 16 player will be striving for the Simon Bonetti Medal.

NRL game development officer for south-west NSW Tim Del Guzzo said the all-schools competition didn't receive the recognition it deserved and hoped the newly named trophies and medals would boost its profile.

"We've had good crowds and good footy this year, proving it's a comp deserving of more recognition in the community than it currently gets and hopefully this move will get it the profile it deserves," Mr Del Guzzo said.

"The people we've named the trophies after are very worthy Andrew Fifita represented Australia after attending Griffith High and he played in the all-schools, Ray Brown was the only other Griffith boy to represent Australia and Simon Bonetti played for the Roosters after playing for the Black and Whites juniors."

In the first round Griffith defeated Wade in the two football grades and Wade defeated Griffith in the league tag.

In last week's second round Wade defeated Marian in all three grades.

When Griffith and Marian face off tomorrow night, both schools will have tired legs as they will compete in the Yanco sevens knockout earlier in the day.

Griffith High coach Andre Boon said his sides will be boosted by the newly named silverware.

"Marian also has to play three games of sevens at the Yanco comp so both teams will be pretty tired, which will make for a close encounter," Boon said.

"The new trophies will give them a lot more to fight for, especially in the opens as Fifita was a Griffith High student and he's very popular with the boys."

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