(Left to right) PJ Sleeman, Jesse Harris, Nicholas Taylor, Leyf Wingfield, Nikki Corrigan and Teena Cumming.
(Left to right) PJ Sleeman, Jesse Harris, Nicholas Taylor, Leyf Wingfield, Nikki Corrigan and Teena Cumming. Adam Hourigan

St Andrew's is a touch above

ST ANDREW’S Christian School continues to punch above its weight with six representatives to compete in the State Touch Football competition in Tamworth.

Students PJ Sleeman, Jesse Harris, Nicholas Taylor (senior boys), Leyf Wingfield (junior boys), Nikki Corrigan and Teena Cumming (junior girls) were chosen after standout displays in the North Coast Christian Schools Touch Football Competition at Lismore on March 11.

At that level the junior girls’ team remained undefeated and the open boys’ and junior boys’ teams finished second.

The six will now compete for North Coast against the state’s finest and continue the school’s proud tradition of touch football representatives.

All of the current crop also took part in the competition last year.

St Andrew’s assistant principal Dale Adams says his school – with a population of around 105 – holds it’s own against the region’s big boys.

“For a school of our size we do very well,” he said.

“Some of the North Coast schools are quite small but places like Lismore have about 600 students.

“When you think of ratios per player we are very strong.”

The six players range in age from 14 to 16, but they are just a sample of the fresh crop of talent the school is producing.

“It’s quite an achievement because the schools range from Tamworth, Casino, Lismore and Ballina so it’s quite strong,” Adams said.

“For them to get selected in the North Coast team they have got to do well.

“We try to make it a bit of a focus at the school.

“We have entered a few competitions and they have helped them improve their skills.”

A NSW squad for each age will be chosen from the Tamworth event.

“All of them have got a chance to make it (to the state side),” Adams said.

“In the past Jesse Harris has been very strong and has been a state rep.”

The squad leaves for the event today.

“When you think of ratios per player we are very strong.”



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