RETURNING home to watch the final of a competition named after him, Gold Coast Titans winger Kevin Gordon admits he's honoured to have his name on a trophy for a competition he used to play in himself.
Gordon was part of a strong Jetty High rugby league team not that long ago and he was at Advocate Park today to watch the finals of the high school competitions organised by the ARL Development team.
The trophy for the under-16s competition bears Gordon's name and the Sawtell Panthers junior said he was thrilled when he found out he'd been bestowed with such an honour.
"It's very humbling," Gordon said.
"I only heard about it a couple of weeks ago and it was a surprise when I was told."
The under-14s trophy is named after another Sawtell junior who has shone at the elite level in Clint Greenshields.
After playing for St George/Illawarra Greenshields has been playing for the past six years in the English Super League with Catalans Dragons.
Greenshields went to Toormina High School who unfortunately lost both the under-16s and under-14s finals this afternoon.
ARL Development officer Paul Chambers said this year's competition involved six schools from the local area playing in the three competitions which means 240 kids have been playing a game of rugby league every Wednesday for the past six weeks.
"This competition has been going for about five or six years and has evolved into what it is now after starting with only two schools," Chambers said.
"We offer an incentive of a small amount of prizemoney to the winning team but the kids play for other reasons, mostly that it runs perfectly into sport time at school.
"Woolgoolga High have to travel the 30km every week to play only a couple of games but they wish it ran for longer."
- Kevin Gordon Trophy (Under-16s)
- Woolgoolga HS bt Toormina HS 11-6
- Clint Greenshields Trophy (Under-14s)
- John Paul College bt Toormina HS 8-4
- Kylie Hilder Trophy (Girls)
Woolgoolga HS bt Orara HS 8-all (Woolgoolga named winer as it scored first).
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