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On Wednesday 21 August 10 students from Governor Philip King Primary School, representing Parramatta, did themselves very proud, winning the NRL Legends of League Shield, a state wide competition for 7 a side rugby league.

The team played 7 games in the day to be crowned state champions. They defeated Narrabeen North PS, Swansea PS and Taree West PS, drew with St Therese Mascot to win their pool.

In the quarter final they defeated Christian Brothers Lewisham and knocked out St Bernards Batemans Bay in the semi final. In a game appropriate for a grand final the boys were up against Tregear PS (Penrith).

They were a very good side who played the game in the right spirit, hard but with fairness and sportsmanship. At half time GPKPS led 12-10. Treagar PS capitalised on a mistake straight after half time to take the lead 14-12. GPKPS scored again but failed to convert the try and led 16-14.

Tregear hit back with a converted try to make it 20-16 with 3 minutes left. GPKPS marched up the field and late in the tackle count, scored out wide to level the scores.

Knowing that he needed to convert the try for GPKPS to go to the lead, our kicker, under pressure, coolly converted the try to give his team a 22-20 lead.

Tregear had 2 minutes to reclaim the lead and threw everything at the blue and gold side of GPKPS. With a minute seven on the clock GPKPS dived on a loose ball and held on for another 4 tackles before the siren blew.

The boys were very happy to win but as they have done all year were very humble in victory. They played all games in the right spirit and their behaviour on the day was exemplary.

The boys also appreciated seeing Parramatta legend Nathan Hindmarsh at the day and having their photo taken with him.

Congratulations to the GPKPS team, this is a fantastic result! We wish them all teh best when they travel to Young next week to play in the State Knockout competition.
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