Doug Tom of Sunshine Coast Rugby Union watches on as Cooloola Christian College and Widgee State Primary School students go through their paces during the recent Walla Rugby Challenge.
Doug Tom of Sunshine Coast Rugby Union watches on as Cooloola Christian College and Widgee State Primary School students go through their paces during the recent Walla Rugby Challenge. Contributed

Union day a big hit

SUNSHINE Coast Stingrays players Ben Radmall and Haydn Hirismaki, grand finalists in this year’s Queensland Premier League rugby union competition, passed on their knowledge to Widgee State School and Cooloola Christian College students recently.

The two stars of the game headed a Walla Rugby Challenge hosted by Cooloola Christian College in conjunction Sunshine Coast Rugby on Friday, October 29.

For students in Grades 2 and 3, the day was geared around participation and learning the basics of the game.

Participants played Walla rugby – a two-handed touch version of rugby union.

A number of skills sessions were held in addition to actual games, allowing the young players to put into practice what they had learnt.

The day was a big hit with Cooloola Christian College’s Abi McAllister.

“I really loved the games in the middle,” he said.

In total, 50 students hit the Cooloola Christian College oval for the special day, excited to learn a few tricks of the game from Radmall and Hirismaki.

“Watching the kids enjoy themselves and having the chance to compete against and meet other people was enjoyable,” Cooloola Christian College teacher Ruth Andrews said.

Also benefiting from the day was Radmall and Hirismaki as two talented union players hoping to continue making a mark for Sunshine Coast Stingrays. Taking on mentoring roles allowed the pair to work on leadership skills.

Meanwhile, the huge success of the Walla Rugby Challenge Day builds on a similar event held earlier this year, prompting organisers to plan for a bigger program next year.

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