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Local schools get into NRL spirit

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Year 5 students Baylin McKay and Lochie Evans can barely contain their excitement this week as they ready themselves to be official Ball Boys at this Sunday's inaugural NRL Bundaberg game. Photo: St Luke's Bundaberg

St Luke's Anglican School's Lochie Evans and Baylin McKay have a very special part to play in this weekend's NRL Bulldogs v Cowboys clash, with the Year 5 students chosen as the official ball boys for the game.

PE teacher Jim Geiger said they were the perfect pair for the role, with both students living and breathing rugby league.

“Because of this enthusiasm for the game, their names were mentioned when discussions about the ball boys started to take place,” he said.

“To have two of our students out there in the middle of it all is so exciting.

“At the moment we have a great group of enthusiastic rugby league players in our school and I am sure that each moment of Sunday's game will be retold and probably replayed a thousand times over on the back oval at lunch times for a long time to come.”

Mr Geiger said the NRL clash was a fantastic opportunity for the whole region, especially up-and-coming junior players.

“For a Bundy kid to see the very competition that they aspire to be a part of, they would normally have to travel to Brisbane or even Townsville to watch a game,” he said.

“Having the game here in Bundaberg brings the top competition with the top players to our doorstep, lighting the fire in our junior players as they see so many of their idols in the flesh.

“Maybe we will see more local juniors play in the NRL over the next 10 years because of games like this.

“It also shows not only the NRL, but other national sporting bodies, that Bundy is well and truly a sporting town capable of hosting and promoting major events.”

St Luke's isn't the only school celebrating the NRL clash, with Norville State Primary School and Bundaberg State High School students also getting the opportunity to meet players this week.

Each school participated in drills and Q and A sessions with Bulldogs players including Billy Tsikrikas and Corey Allan.

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Bulldogs player Billy Tsikrikas with Bundaberg State High School students.

Meet the Bulldogs

You can catch the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs before they take on the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys at their Captain's Run this Saturday 6 August from 11 am at Salter Oval.

  • See the players ahead of Sunday's game
  • Meet the team for pics and autographs
  • Sausage sizzle (gold coin donation)
  • Merchandise available for purchase and signing

You can also catch former players on the Taste Farmers Market stage tomorrow in a mystery box cooking challenge.

The markets will be held at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct from 7 am to 2 pm.

For more game day information click here.

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