Boambee?s Cup mission
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THERE'S a well worn phrase used by old time footballers that 'If you can't be a good footballer, you might as well try and look like one'.
Boambee Public School seem to have taken notice of this credo and their AFL team will be decked out in the full playing kit today when they tackle the best in the state during the Paul Kelly Cup State Final.
The school's colours of blue and gold made West Coast Eagles jumpers the natural choice for the team to wear next week and the jumpers were presented to the players on Wednesday afternoon at the school's assembly.
Thanks to many sponsors in the area offering their support, the cost of travel to Sydney as well as the jumpers has been eased greatly.
The group of 12 boys who will be representing the school can't wait for the opportunity to play at Telstra Stadium.
"It was sort of unexpected reaching the final but now they're really pumped," said Boambee teacher and coach of the team Ray Babbage.
This group of boys are a pretty tight group and apparently do almost everything together. Normally their sporting traits are best displayed as a soccer team and the unexpected qualification for the State Final has had the staff likening this teams performance to that of the Jamaican Bobsled team from the movie 'Cool Runnings'.
"They've had plenty of offers of coaching and the boys have been practising a lot," Babbage said.
"They're going to face some stiff competition but they'll give it a good go."
Most of the team travelled down with their families on Saturday after being given free passes by the local AFL Development team to attend Telstra Stadium on Saturday night to watch the Sydney Swans tackle Collingwood.
Today though the Boambee Eagles will be playing against other schools such as Temora and Baulkham Hills in the round robin stage of the biggest gala day the AFL run for Primary school children in this state.
If they start winning and prove that they are in fact good footballers, maybe then the boys can leave their jumpers untucked and play with their socks down.