THE students at Parklands High School had a tough choice to make this week, and it had nothing to do with how they spent their lunch money.
With four of their teachers involved in today’s WHK NTFL preliminary finals, the students had to decide whether they were Cats or Two Blues.
In one corner was Wynyard reserves captain Chris Bryan and team-mate Steven Blizzard.
In the other was Penguin senior assistant coach Shannon Wolarczuk and midfielder- forward Callum Mills.
As the two clubs meet each other in both grades today, Blizzard said it made for an interesting week in the staff room.
“There was a bit of banter but it was all harmless fun,” Blizzard said.
“Wolly (Wolarczuk) was instigating it mostly.”
While Wolarczuk downplayed his role as the antagonist, he said the situation had created some friendly rivalry around the school.
“It all started last Sunday when both of the Penguin sides got in,” Wolarczuk said.
“We have tried to get the kids on side and hopefully a few come over for a look.
“It’s all a bit of a laugh.”
The fun and games will stop at 11.50am today, when the reserves run out.
Having finished the season on top of the ladder, only to lose to Latrobe in last weekend’s semi- final, Blizzard said the Cats had a point to prove.
“We definitely want redemption this weekend,” he said.
“We want to prove we didn’t finish on top for nothing.
“Penguin are a good team but Wynyard has been waiting 13 or 14 years to have three teams in the finals and we are really desperate to do something about it.”
Wolarczuk said a similar feeling had caught on at Pirtek Park, with both Penguin’s seniors and reserves keen to square off against Latrobe in the grand final for the second year running.
“With the seniors and the reserves through to the preliminary finals we have a good squad to pick from,” he said.
“They should both be absolutely fantastic games and whoever wins will take it right up to Latrobe.”
Parklands High School teachers (from left) Chris Bryan (Wynyard reserves captain), Steven Blizzard (Wynyard player), Shannon Wolarczuk (Penguin assistant coach) and Callum Mills (Penguin player). Picture: Meg Windram.
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