Ashcroft High School excel on the footy field

On the up: Ashcroft High School scholarship recipients Tyrone Tsalgais, Jesse Sergi, Chase Hepi, Kennedy Toale, Adelaja Mulitalo, Joel Wilson and Junior Tuliepa (centre). The school trains three mornings a week.
On the up: Ashcroft High School scholarship recipients Tyrone Tsalgais, Jesse Sergi, Chase Hepi, Kennedy Toale, Adelaja Mulitalo, Joel Wilson and Junior Tuliepa (centre). The school trains three mornings a week.

Ashcroft High School had a big year on the rugby league field in 2018. How big?

Not quite as big as 127-kilogram human wrecking ball Junior Paulo  - the ex-Ashcroft boy who will line-up back at Parramatta in 2019.

But still it was quite impressive. In fact it was their most successful year in almost a decade.

The open University Shield team reached the final eight and the under-14 Buckley Shield team reached the top 16.

The under-13s team finished third at the NSW All Schools carnival and also won the West League Cup Division One trophy.

This year promises to be even better. A new addition to the program is the link the school has created with the Liverpool PCYC who run a program in conjunction with coaching staff at Ashcroft named the FIT4LIFE program. The program is run each Wednesday morning at the PCYC and focuses on fitness and youth community action in the Liverpool region.

Junior league coach Lukas Marsden, who runs the program alongside rugby league coordinator Kellie Hodsdon, said students involved in the  program are mentored through on-site school training and classroom learning is interconnected to participation and success in rugby league participation.

"Our program has seen a large improvement in community morale and involvement," Mr Marsden said.