Lesson from the stars

A VISIT from Gold Coast Titans players may just have provided the Lindisfarne under-12 boys rugby league team with the motivation they need to win this year's state championship.

Titans winger Jordan Rapana, NYC player Kayne Lawton and%development officer Darren Robb were at the Lindisfarne Anglican school at Terranora yesterday to put the under-12s through training drills, develop their ball skills and pep them up for next week's NSW All-Schools Championship game.

The team will travel to Sydney this weekend for the three-day event, which sees schools from all across the state represent their region in age categories from%under-nines to under-16s.

Lindisfarne advanced to the state finals after taking out the Northern Rivers regional competition, where they defeated schools from Kyogle, Ballina and Banora Point.

It will be the team's third time travelling to Sydney for the event and they are due to play on Monday.

"I'm definitely proud of what they've achieved," coach Rob Webster said.

"They're a very good side and they've proven that. To come third the first year they went to Sydney (in 2006) is a great achievement. They combine well as a team and they are a credit to themselves and their school."

The boys have been put through their paces in the lead-up to the state competition with twice-weekly training sessions. For many of the players that is in addition to their regular club football training.

Lawton said he could see some promising talent from the boys when they took to the field yesterday.

Students from the school made sure they got a chance to meet the Titans players, who were happy to sign autographs and pose for a number of photos.

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