Real Aussie cap will go to school’s top player

Aussie rules rugby West Coast Eagles signed cap given to Aussie rules team at Rastrick High School'Pictured are Alec Williams, Matthew Bojar, PE teacher Jason Battye,  Macaulay Turner and Thomas Wilson
Aussie rules rugby West Coast Eagles signed cap given to Aussie rules team at Rastrick High School'Pictured are Alec Williams, Matthew Bojar, PE teacher Jason Battye, Macaulay Turner and Thomas Wilson
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RASTRICK High School’s Aussie Rules football team has a new prize for its trophy cabinet – from prestigious Perth club the West Coast Eagles.

An official cap signed by coach John Worsfold and star player Darren Glass has winged its way from Down Under thanks to fan and Calderdale ex-pat Nick Fawcett.

Nick, who has lived in Australia for three years, read about the young players taking up the sport in the Courier and got in touch with the club about it.

“They thought it was really interesting that it was being spread to other parts of the world,” he said.

The 45-year-old, whose sons Cameron, nine, and Joshua, 11, are big Eagles fans, then brought the signed cap over when he visited family in Brighouse over summer.

The school plans to award it to the player of the season.

“I hope that whoever wins will be proud to display the cap,” said Nick.

Jason Battye, deputy subject leader for PE at Rastrick High School, said everyone was very pleased with the gift.

“We will probably give it to the player of the season, like a cup, and keep it in our trophy cabinet,” he said.

The Huddersfield Rams player, who represents England and Great Britain in the sport, added: “We want to spread the word about Aussie Rules as a sport so it gets bigger and bigger.

“It has grown in England over the last few years, massively, and the West Coast Eagles sending over this cap is building those links between Australia and England even stronger.”