LEETON Public School has a new crop of champions walking the halls.
The LPS stage two rugby union team took out the Brumbies Primary Schools Championships in Canberra after defeating Marist 10-5 in the final.
In their first game, Leeton took on St Joseph’s from Goulburn, immediately working well as a team and coming away with a 20-0 victory.
Next up was their semi-final game against traditional rivals in Grifith, with Leeton getting away to an early lead.
They continued strong throughout the match, getting a 10-0 win and a berth in the grand final against Marist.
“LPS applied constant early pressure to score the first try of the game and, by half way through after scoring again, we had built up a 10-point lead,” coach Kris Sales said.
“With two minutes left in the match, Marist College broke through our stoic defence to cut the lead in half.
“After one final push by our team, the final hooter rang and LPS emerged the Brumbies Primary Schools Championship winners, 10-5.”
Following their grand final win, LPS were presented with signed flags and asked to remain on the field to form the tunnel for both the Sunwolves and Brumbies to run through before the game.
At half time the team was again taken onto the field and presented with their trophy.
Sales said he knew the side had in it them to win.
“They had already played in Wagga and won the McTaggart Cup, so being the champions of that one, they were invited to participate in the Brumbies championship,” he said.
“There was a lot of skill across the team.
“We knew if the boys played the way they had been training, they would succeed on the day. They were ecstatic to win. They were jubilant and it’s carried on into the week.”
Rugby union is a sport which has enjoyed a resurgence and boost in numbers among the juniors in recent years. Sales was pleased to see the interest at a school level.
“It’s been an initiative of public schools in Leeton to grow rugby union.” he said. “It’s another great way to feed the players into the local club we have here, just like with other sports in town.”
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