Students eye the Don Green cup | Photos

The most sought after games in the world are always the ones with history behind them.

That’s certainly the case for the Don Green Local Derby Cup, which is celebrating its eighth year.

Over the years there have certainly been some historic moments.

Wellington High School took out the inaugural event, and held the cup for the first two years before St Mary’s Catholic School rose to ascendancy in 2012.

St Mary’s went on to dominate the event for four years, until last year when Wellington toppled the reigning champions and took the trophy home.

The 2016 fixture was one for the ages, with the Wellington High boys team winning 12-0.

The girls match was much tighter, with the St Mary’s narrowly getting over the line to win 2-1.

Don Green – a well-known former Wellington High maths teacher and national touch football selector – awarded the cup to Wellington High based on points difference.

But the past counts for nothing when it comes to derby day, with both teams always determined to win the cup. Every year the event lives up to the hype, with fast touch football and a lot of tries.

This year’s games will be held at Wellington High School on Wednesday, September 20 starting at 10am.

Meanwhile the Wellington Touch Association is celebrating 45 years.

To mark this milestone the club is looking to encourage and increase player participation, with a particular focus on juniors, youth and female participation.

This year the Wellington club has established a strategic plan to help make it cheaper and more affordable for everyone to play, form nine-year-old juniors to seniors.

By encouraging all ages the club hopes to have a more supportive environment for players and officials to have fun and enjoy the game of touch football.

The first registration night will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at Rygate Oval.

There will be a second registration night, as well as NSW Touch Football-run clinic for juniors, on Wednesday, September 20.

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