High School rugby league returns today.
High School rugby league returns today. BRUCE THOMAS

Players get test at zone level

SCHOOLBOY footballers will congregate at Advocate Park today for the Coffs Harbour zone rounds of Country Rugby League’s North Coast Country Cup.

Participating schools in the round robin open grade series are Bishop Druitt and John Paul colleges and high schools from Coffs Jetty, Macksville and Nambucca Heads.

Organiser Pat Preston said the matches would allow local rugby league players to participate in a state-wide competition not dominated by high-profile city-based schools.

“This is more appropriate to their needs, as the Country Cup is not open to schools of sporting excellence or those deemed to be Tier A competition schools,” he said.

“We are well aware of the importance of having high school students playing rugby league and introducing new players to this great game.”

The opening game at 9.50am will feature Coffs High and John Paul College, with a further nine matches scheduled, leading up to the presentations about 2pm.

Each match runs for 20 minutes, meaning players will have little room for error if they are to progress.

Today’s winning school heads to the North Coast final in Port Macquarie on June 22, with the winner of that tournament challenging for Northern New South Wales supremacy on July 28.

A State grand final will be fought out between the top two teams in Dubbo later in the year.



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