Kelly Cup snatched by Katherine’s Clyde Fenton
The coveted Luke Kelly Cup was seized by a Clyde Fenton Primary School mixed rugby team at a 10 May contest in Katherine.
The home side outclassed their rivals — Katherine High School, Barunga School, and MacFarlane, Casuarina Street and Katherine South primary schools — in a fiercely contested round-robin, scoring highest on the leader board for a record number of wins, broken only by one draw.
Katherine-born Kelly attended Clyde Fenton Primary School before going on to play in the National Rugby League as a South Sydney Rabbitohs halfback and five-eighth.
The rugby superstar — a school icon — has visited Clyde Fenton to instil in students the importance of regular attendance, commitment to their studies, and dedication to teamwork and sportsmanship.
Clyde Fenton student and team captain Kyle Bader said the home side triumphed because of their “teamwork, passion for footy and innate skills”.
“They were prepared and excited to play, and they had the speed, strength and positive attitude to win,” he said.
Clyde Fenton’s mixed boys and girls also won the inaugural rugby league tag competition against local schools, and benefited from sessions developing their tackling, ball passing and handling skills.
Assistant principal Donna Capes said: “At Clyde Fenton, sport is strongly linked to student wellbeing, attendance and behaviour.
“We use the student’s passion for sport to strive for improvement in these three areas, and to reinforce our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Fair Go, Care and Compassion, and Do Your Best.”