Local Students Take the Spotlight
Saturday 15 June 2013 6:39 PM
Bulldogs players were out in force on Friday, June 14 supporting a fantastic day of grassroots sport in the Canterbury-Bankstown district, with the annual primary All Schools Carnival and the graduation of the NRL’s ‘In League in Harmony’ Program for secondary students, seeing the talent of hundreds of local students playing rugby league.
In League in Harmony
Harlan Alaalatoa joined Bulldogs great Hazem El Masri at Lidcombe Oval to celebrate the graduation of 150 newly arrived migrants and humanitarian refugee students from Samoan, Lebanese, Spanish, Sudanese, Indonesian and Indian heritage, who have been taking part in the seven week NRL ‘In League In Harmony’ program.
The students from Evan HS, Granville Boys HS, Homebush Boys HS, Condell Park HS and Merrylands Youth off the street had a fantastic day where they were able to showcase their newly discovered rugby league skills in a non-competitive gala setting.
The students many of whom have faced challenges of homelessness, exclusion or social and economic upheaval have been participating in the games ‘In League in Harmony’ Program which includes activities in the classroom and on the football field.
Primary All Schools Carnival
Held at The Crest in Bass Hill, the annual carnival is the biggest of its kind in the district.
David Klemmer, Drury Low, Leilani Latu and Corey Thompson were flocked by young fans as they signed autographs, posed for photos and watched the teams battle it out from the sidelines.
Campsie and Punchbowl reignited a traditional local rivalry in a close final. After a highly competitive and skilful game, Campsie took out the victory, 12-10.
Both teams enjoyed a post-match presentation with each captain receiving a special plaque from David Klemmer in honour of their efforts. The captains showed impressive leadership as they both made speeches thanking those who made the day possible, as well as congratulating their fellow competitors.
After presentation, each player from the Campsie and Punchbowl squads lined up to shake all of the Bulldogs players’ hands and collect a Bulldogs pack as reward for making the finals.
The Bulldogs would like to thank Ryan Borg and Kasey Badger and the rest of the team from NRL’s Game Development for their hard work in setting up and running the carnival. Together with the tremendous support from the schools, teachers, parents and coaches, the future of rugby league in the Canterbury-Bankstown area is in great hands.