DAVE Sheldrick still gets tingles down his spine when he watches the shire’s young footballers run out to play for the cup named in his honour.
The Dave Sheldrick Cup kicks off on Wednesday night with Yanco Agricultural High School taking on Leeton High School at Yanco Sportsground.
League tag will get underway first, followed by the boys match.
The round-robin series will then continue on for the following two Wednesdays after that.
Sheldrick said he tried to get to as many as the games as possible each year.
“I love going down to watch … I still get a tingle down by spine when they run out onto the field,” he said.
“It’s an honour to have a cup named after me. I worked with Country Rugby League for a long time, but there were definitely other deserving people worthy of the recognition.
“School rugby league is great to watch. The players are representing their schools and they have no other vested interest. They are in it to win it for their school.”
Reigning champions in both the boys and girls competitions is St Francis College, who will be out once again to defend their titles.
National Rugby League development officer Andrew Lavaka said this year’s cup was shaping up to be a solid display of skills across the park.
“I’m hoping it’s going to be an even competition … it’s always hard to pick who you think is going to win,” he said.
“It’s always a fantastic competition in both the boys and the girls because there’s a lot of friendly rivalry between the schools.
“I think as long as they are out there enjoying the sport and having a go, then that’s the main thing.”
Sheldrick was hopeful the cup would live on for many more years to come.
“Hopefully rugby league continues to grow stronger and these young kids still want to play … they are the future,” he said.
“I just love watching it and I hope they enjoy playing in it.”
Spectators are welcome at all of the matches.
March 14: St Francis College v Leeton High School
March 21: Yanco Agricultural High School v St Francis College