Broncos help team prepare for Champion Schools Final
Four Broncos players went down to Dartford in Kent recently to help one of the region’s best schools teams create another bit of history.
Last year, the Girls Year 9 side from Leigh Academy became the first girls team from the South to win a national title in Rugby League’s Champion Schools competition.
By making it through to the Year 10 final this year they have become the only team from the South, boys or girls, to make successive appearances in the finals of the sport’s prestigious schools tournament.
But they’re not content with just getting to the final, they want to win again and have enlisted the help of the London Broncos, to help them do just that.
Four of the Broncos first teamers, Nesi Mataitonga, Atelea Vea, Denny Solomona and Mike McMeeken went down to the school this week to put the girls through their paces. It was the idea of Matteo Stamato, Director of Sport at the school and seems to have worked out very well indeed.
“It was a fantastic session, and an inspiration for the girls and myself,” he said. “They’ve learned a lot and the Broncos showed how simple the game could be and what they can learn – these guys really do know their stuff.
“The girls have done us proud and the boys have done London Broncos proud as well. The girls absolutely loved it, they were buzzing afterwards.”
The girls are hoping for some more sessions with the Broncos before their final against Castleford Academy at Richmond on Friday, August 22.