Poster boy of Shield challenge

JARED SMITH
Last updated 05:00 31/08/2012

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If the back of the bus is the prized place on a rugby trip, then 7-year-old Normanby Primary School pupil Reeve Nelley has earned the right to sit there.

Reeve's poster of the Tenderlink Taranaki rugby team was judged the best in the McKinlay Surveyors Take a School to Footy competition. He won 152 tickets to tomorrow's Ranfurly Shield clash against Tasman at Yarrow Stadium. The tickets are for all his schoolmates, their parents and teachers.

Even better, players Waisake Naholo, Blade Thomson, Jayden Hayward, James Marshall and Jackson Ormond took time out from their preparations to present the prize.

"We heard everyone's coming to the game, is that true?" asked a grinning Hayward as the school assembly erupted into a massive cheer yesterday.

The players took the four classes of the small school out for a round of games and drills.

Normanby principal Linda Jefferies said she was pleased with the prize because she only put the information about the competition in a school newsletter.

A dozen children took up the challenge, and Reeve's poster was the best.

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