I congratulate Narraweena Public School, which has won its first ever State championship in rugby union, winning the prestigious Bryan Palmer Shield. Many Wallabies players have called themselves State champions.
The shield is named after a famous Wallaby player and coach, who also fought for his country in World War I. The school's rugby coach, Boyd Killingworth, won the shield as a player, but as a teacher and coach he is even more proud of his students. Only several of the children had any previous rugby experience. Training twice a week, their union skills started to develop and a formidable team was created. The team were the victors of the grand final, winning 66-0. I particularly congratulate two girls from the team who were selected for the Sydney North Girls Rugby Sevens team. The school and community are very proud of all the boys and girls' efforts. Look out for some of these students in the coming years on the sporting field.