Students’ rivalry deepens

MANY things are learned, fought and ingrained in the school yard.
Nanjing Night Net

TUG OF WAR: St Patrick’s Primary School captain Lucas Blazko, 12, battles it out with St Michael’s captain Gemma O’Neil while principal Michael Kennedy watches on.

At a country school oval, kids learn to play footy, get covered in mud and fierce rivalries are started. None greater than that at St Michael’s, Springbank and St Patrick’s, Gordon.

On Friday’s the schools participate in joined classes –but when it comes to grand final day –the students will be divided.

Springbank and Gordon will face it out on the football field at this Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League grand final.

Principal of both schools Michael Kennedyhas been inundated with people asking who he will support.

Diplomatic –his answer has been the same.

“I’m impartial,” Mr Kennedy said.

The keen footballer, who played for Carlton in the 1987 grand final, even donned both jerseys at a football day on Thursday.

The schools have plenty of connections to both teams.

St Patrick’s deputy principal Jamie Lamb played and coached at Springbank, before playing for St Kilda and Geelong.

The St Patrick’s secretary barracks for Springbank, while the St Michael’s secretary is a keen Gordon support.

St Michael’s teacher Kathy Ludbrook will watch her son Adam put on the jersey for Gordon, as will St Patrick’s teacher aide Margaret Winter.

St Michael’s school captain Gemma O’Neil will furiously support Springbank, who she plays netball for on Saturday.

“The rivalry is pretty fun,” Gemma said.

St Patrick’s school captain Lucas Blazko was equally enthusiastic and keen to see the rivalry fought out on Saturday.

Mr Kennedy said football culture was strong among pupils, parents and staff.

“It’s incredible, we have classes together on Friday, but when it comes to football (the two schools) are tribal,” Mr Kennedy said.

“We take football very seriously.”

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