Pupils put to test
By TONY WHITE
KICK off to a new and exciting Daily Examiner Shield, showcasing the best schoolboy rugby league talent in the Clarence Valley, commences next week.
The annual event at McKittrick Oval, South Grafton, in it's 24th year featuring open and Under-14s, has been bolstered in 2006 with the addition of six primary school teams who will battle for supremacy in the inaugural Westlawn Cup.
Former Grafton Ghosts first grade coach and school teacher Matt McKee has been instrumental in organising junior schools to join the parade of talent.
And an exciting goal kicking competition has been added to the agenda with $450 in cash up for grabs.
Tickets costing 50 cents will be sold during the three night's of The Daily Examiner Shield -- June 13, June 21 and finals night, June 30 -- with three lucky ticket holders drawn on each night to take part in the competition.
Successful goal kickers will receive $50 each. The cash will jackpot each night if not won.
The open division should be a crackerjack series with defending champions Grafton High boasting another strong line up.
Last year perennial title holders Grafton High avenged the previous year's loss to McAuley College, by beating South Grafton High 18-16 in a thriller.
Grafton, South Grafton, Maclean High and McAuley will field teams in the open and Under-14s section.
The winning school in the open final will receive a check for $1000 courtesy of the South Grafton (Rebels) Football Club.
Maclean defeated South Grafton 30-4 in last year's Under-14 final.
Grafton, South Grafton, Maclean, Westlawn and two combined teams ? Upper Clarence United and Lower Clarence United ? will contest the Westlawn Cup.
Westlawn Finance have donated $500 which will go to the winning school.