Girls step onto big stage

NOT many people from the Central West get the chance to step out on to the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground, particularly on the 50th anniversary of a sporting moment immortalised through time.

But last month 35 girls from the Canobolas Rural Technology High School did just that.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Western Suburbs Magpies versus St George Dragons grand final, a match that captured the famous Arthur Summons-Norm Provan gladiators moment, the group got the chance to dance at half-time of the Wests Tigers and St George NRL match at the SCG.

The girls performed alongside 1700 other kids from across the state as part of the Wests Tigers dance spectacular on April 14, strutting their stuff to the tune of 1960s music.

“I just think it was a great chance for the girls to go to Sydney and experience what’s it’s like to dance with 1700 other dancers on the day,” Canobolas teacher Amanda Rouse said.

“It was a great opportunity for the girls.”

It was a big day for the group, leaving Orange on a bus at 5am, performing at the SCG at 4pm then arriving back home at 10pm.

Rouse said it was all worth it though.

“Definitely. Kimberly Roebuck, who organised it all, actually wrote to us saying the girls were absolutely outstanding, behaved well and they’re a talented bunch of girls. Hands down, we were the best school there,” Rouse enthused.

“We’ll definitely be doing it next year.”

READY, OK: Canobolas Rural Technology High School students (front, left) Maddy Leonard, Sophie Lamers, Hannah Shepherd, Mikaela Priest, Jada Murphy, Chloe Carr, Mikayla Leahey, Samantha Coppock, Jess Davis, (middle, left) Shayleigh Wilkins, Paige Wicks, Aisling O’Connor, Taneisha Burns, Samantha Clifford, Sarah Smith, Grace Khattar, Karthiha Kaye, Ayla Frost, (back, left) Rebecca Barber, Emily Campbell, Kyrra Charman, Charmain O’Malverney, Maddison Hurst, Maddy Alexander, Emily Cole, Shinniah Wright and Hannah Miles. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0507nmcheer

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