Bumper crowds and the spirit of sport has shone through the latest edition of the Ken Eggleton Cup.
Dubbo College retained the silverware, winning six sports to three this year, but there was much more to the annual sporting contest against St John’s College than that.
Started in 2002, the Ken Eggleton Cup has grown in prominence and while it has a long way to go to reach the kind of fanatical levels of the Astley Cup, students from both schools were out in force.
It was the Dubbo College supporters who were cheering the loudest after victories in the boys’ soccer, the mixed touch football, the boys’ and girls’ tennis, the girls’ league tag, and the netball.
St John’s took out the rugby league, girls’ soccer and boys’ basketball.
“It’s a friendly rivalry,” Dubbo College sports coordinator Craig May said.
It’s played in a really good spirit and it’s starting to build a tradition.Craig May on the Ken Eggleton Cup
“Not that the Astley Cup isn’t, but these kids all know each other and play together on weekends so it was good and it was played at a high level.
“It’s been going since 2002 and it’s all been really positive. It’s played in a really good spirit and it’s starting to build a tradition.
“The crowd for the footy and at Sportsworld for the netball and basketball was really big. People and some ex-students are getting involved and interested.”
Most contests this year were tight, but the one blow-out was in the girls’ league tag.
The Dubbo College side, the bulk of which plays in the Group 11 league tag competition, ran out emphatic 52-0 winners.
Maddi Chapman, Taneka Todhunter and Jacana Powell all starred in the win while the College players also impressed in the 8-3 win in the mixed touch football.
Matt Burton produced one of the individual performances of the competition when guiding St John’s to a 20-10 win in the rugby league.
That proved not enough.
“The league tag was very impressive. They won the all schools western competition as well,” May said.
“Tennis was great. We’ve traditionally struggled there and St John’s had a really skillful, young team in the basketball and that was a good game.”
One of the other highlights of the competition was the fact Ken Eggleton’s grandson, Harry, played in the competition for St John’s.