TENTERFIELD’S rugby players will be in the spotlight this weekend when they play in a curtain raiser game for the State of Origin Legends of League, at the Armidale Sports Ground on Saturday.
The boys, from Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School, will play a game against the under-12 Armidale side, before ex-rugby league players from Queensland and NSW take to the field for the main event.
Over 1000 people are expected to attend the games and coach Simon Maher said the boys were very excited.
“It will be a great experience for them. They will be playing in front of a huge crowd and will be able to rub shoulders with some of the best ex-league players from Queensland and NSW,” Mr Maher said.
The team, made up of boys aged from nine to 12-years-old, has been training most lunch times over the last few weeks in preparation.
Mr Maher said they were taking “classic tactics” into the game.
“We’ve got a pretty strong team. We have some players who were in a team last year as well as some new ones,” he said.
“Armidale will bring a strong team that’s for sure, but I think if the boys play as a team and keep to the basics, get them right then we will give them a good run for their money.”
This is the first time a school team from Tenterfield has been invited to the event.
The Tenterfield Tigers will also be playing in another of the curtain-raiser games later in the day.
Gates open at 2pm.