SHIELD KICKS OFF



TOMORROW night high schools around the Clarence Valley begin a quest for the symbol of schoolboy rugby league supremacy -- The Daily Examiner Shield.

Last year's beaten finalists ?Grafton High School kick off the competition against perennial shield heavyweights Maclean High School at McKittrick Park tomorrow night.

The powerful Grafton team's ambition will be to go that extra step this season after losing 12-14 to McAuley Catholic College last year.

That final, in which McAuley clung to its two-point lead for the final 20 minutes of the game, has been rated one of the finest in the illustrious history of the shield.

This year the Grafton District Services Club has joined the fun, donating $1000 to the prize kitty.

South Grafton Rebels committeeman and shield organiser Robin Smith said there have been some changes to ground arrangements this year.

"We don't want any alcohol at the game, and we (the Rebels) are not selling it at the ground," Smith said.

"We might have to sell it at the final to recoup some money if we don't have the crowd support in the first two games.

In the curtain raiser to tomorrow night's game Grafton and Maclean High's Under-14 teams clash at 5pm. The Opens game kicks off at 6pm.

Entry to the ground at $4 for adults, $2 for children. Anyone wanting to bring a car into the ground needs to contact Janita Cooper on 66428117 or 0432168290.



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