There’s Jarome Luai, the electric five-eighth note, who sang in the corridors of the Patrician Brothers College in Blacktown.
In fact, the school’s rugby league coordinator can spot alumni in most NRL games these days.
« Since I’ve been on the job for nine years, I can turn on the TV and pretty much every NRL game will have several boys from our school on, » said Beacroft.
« We have a player or two in every NRL club right now, including the Warriors and the Broncos.
« It’s good for the boys in school to strive to be like them. It’s a great thrill. »
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Patties has produced a long list of NRL stars – from legends like Luke Lewis to hot young talents DaineLaurie, Luai and Crichton.
« Work starts in the seventh year. We want them to realize that it’s not just football, » said Beacroft.
« If we tell every kid that they’ll be an NRL player, you’re doing them wrong because not all of them will make it. »
« We want them to be good people, have great opportunities and be prepared for the rest of their lives. »
When children arrive in their seventh year, they can join the U13 program coached by Joseph Tramontana, a member of the Penrith reserve squad.
For most students, the ultimate goal is to represent Patties in the NRL Schoolboy Cup. The rugby powerhouse has won the national title once and was runner-up six times.
« In the NRL Schoolboy Cup, winning a game is a great achievement. Seeing dreams that seventh year boys had when they were 12 is great, » said Beacroft.
« When we play the grand finals, the whole school watches. Even the children and teachers who are not interested in football love these days. »
The reigning NRL Schoolboy Cup NSW Champion will begin his title defense in two weeks with a first-round showdown against Endeavor Sports High School.
Noah Meares, first grade coach – Harold Matt’s Penrith assistant coach – said the 2021 roster is young and enthusiastic.
One player to watch is Ethan Sanders, the levelheaded halfback who led Parramatta to the Harold Matts grand finale.
« When he saw him at the Harold Matts this year, he really found his lead there, » said Meares.
« He’s a very patient player with versatile skills, he seems to be doing the right things at the right time. We look forward to seeing him take over where Jake (Arthur) left last year. »
« He was a big part of our strikers’ package last year and he will be leading the strikers this year, » said Meares.
« He’s currently training with Jersey Flegg for Penrith so he’s probably one step ahead, hopefully he can pass on some knowledge. He’s a very dynamic center forward, he has skills that others his age don’t seem to have. »
The 2021 NRL Schoolboy Cup starts next Wednesday when All Saints College Maitland competes against Holy Cross College at 12 noon.
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