Eye on prize after Broncos Cup won last year damaged in fire

SCHOOL SPORT: Winning back the Broncos Cup netball trophy will be the aim of Warwick East State School students Piper Atkinson and Mikayla O'Neill when they head to the Scots PGC College courts on Friday.

The pair are two of the four regular netballers in the Warwick East team for Friday.

Last year they won from runners-up St Patrick's Allora but this year they tipped St Mary's would be the hardest to beat.

"They will have more regular netballers in their team than we will have but we are going to give it a go," Piper said.

Mikayla said it was good to help schoolmates in the team "who don't play club netball".

Warwick East are serious about retaining the cup, they have been training three times a week under coaches Amelia Sutton and Jill Hume.

Plus there is an even greater incentive for Warwick East to win.

The cup they won last year was in the fire last month that destroyed some classrooms and the administration area at Warwick East.

The cup has been sent away for restoration and won't be back in time for this year's competition.

The Broncos Cup will be played in four sports on Friday in Warwick.

The Brisbane Broncos have sponsored a gala day for primary school students each year since the early 2000s.

The Broncos' involvement is a follow-up from the Years 7-10 rugby league and netball competitions that have been played since 1998.

Allora State School PE teacher Roy Nott received a phone call from Peter Nolan at the Broncos in the early 2000s asking what happened with rugby league competitions for primary school students.

"A rugby league competition was started but in the second or third year netball was added," Nott said.

Hockey and football have been added by school representatives in more recent years to give children opportunities in a wider range on sports.

On Friday, rugby league will be played at St Mark's Oval and netball at Scots PGC College.

Hockey and football will be played at Queens Park.

Four rugby league teams will play in the gala day, some schools have combined teams.

The league will be organised by Mick Gaffney (Glennie Heights) and NRL development officer Jason Fairleigh.

Prizes for the rugby league and netball have been donated by the Broncos.



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