Southerners trounce Top End teams

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Katherine South Primary students scored upset victories over Darwin and Palmerston teams at a 23 October rugby league tournament.

The Darwin and Top End Schools Primary League Gala Day was dominated by seasoned players from the school’s Rugby Academy.

During the day of spirited competition, the triumphant 15 member side outclassed challengers from government and non-government schools.

Rugby Academy facilitator Tim East said: “At this contest — and the All Schools Touch Tournament in August — we fielded up to six teams in each competition, and came away undefeated in all formats.

“After the events were postponed earlier in the year we had two weeks of rigorous training this term, ensuring we were thoroughly prepared.

“Our teams outshone their rivals because they were strong in all the basics, such as passing and tackling techniques.

“Our league team maintained a strong structure throughout the day’s play, creating strong attacking movements and a brick-wall defence.

“As overall winner we’ve brought the tournament flag back down the Stuart Highway to add to the two flags we won from the touch challenges in August.

“It affirms the hard work and dedication of our players, and the success of the five-year-old Rugby Academy.

“The academy continues to help students develop physically, socially and emotionally.  Our motto is Play Hard, Have Fun!”

Students who commit to good behaviour, regular school attendance, and weekly training sessions are inducted into the academy.

Katherine South Primary students scored upset victories over Darwin and Palmerston

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