Narooma Public School takes out the Paul Kelly Cup

Narooma Public School rules the Aussie rules roost on the South Coast after both its boys’ and girls’ sides won the Paul Kelly Cup last week.

The boys, who were coached by Dean Friskin, played Milton and Nowra, before beating Merimbula in the grand final after extra time.

The girls, coached by Henry George, played St Peters, Milton, and Nowra, before beating Milton again by four goals in the grand final.

The two sides will now travel to the Sydney Cricket Ground to play in the state titles on Monday, August 13.

Girls’ coach Henry George said his side’s efforts were particularly impressive considering their lack of experience.

“We’ve got two girls who play AFL, and the rest have never really played before,” he said. “We’ve just been training for the past few weeks, and learning about the rules.

“They’re pretty switched on kids though, and they’re all pretty athletic.”

Mr George said the highlight of the day came after the girls’ win in the grand final.

“After the girls won, they thought the boys had won too,” he said. “They came sprinting over cheering because they didn’t expect to win, and the boys were still in the huddle for extra time.

“The boys were all saying ‘well done girls, but we still have to get through here yet’.”

The school now has a week to organise the trip to Sydney.

“I think we’ll mention to the kids how important it is to play on the SCG,” Mr George said. “There are a few Swans fans around that will be pretty excited.

“I went last year with Bermagui, and Buddy Franklin turned up to give the kids a wave, so hopefully he’ll be there again this year.”

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