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Erindale College adding to rich sporting tradition in rugby league's GIO Schoolboy Cup quarter-final

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Nathan Beuman

Former Erindale College student Jarrad McVeigh won an AFL premiership with the Sydney Swans in 2012.

Former Erindale College student Jarrad McVeigh won an AFL premiership with the Sydney Swans in 2012. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

It's the Canberra school that's produced Raiders NRL stars Brett Finch and Jack Wighton, along with Sydney Swans AFL premiership winner Jarrad McVeigh.

And Erindale College will be looking to add to its rich sporting tradition when it takes on Patrician Brothers Blacktown in the quarter-finals of the rugby league GIO Schoolboy Cup at Penrith Stadium on Tuesday.

The success of Erindale’s talented sports program has been on display this year, with the school's rugby league, rugby union and Australian Rules senior squads all progressing through to the play-offs in their respective competitions.

Current young Raiders star Jack Wighton is a former Erindale College student.

Current young Raiders star Jack Wighton is a former Erindale College student. Photo: Jay Cronan

Erindale sports coordinator Mark Armstrong believes the school's success is because of its emphasis on a balance between time spent in the classroom and on the sporting field.

“I think the uniqueness with our program is we are really looking to balance academic success with sporting success, and our sports program allows students to combine the two,” Mr Armstrong said.

“The facilities we have here with the leisure centre, the swimming pool and on top of that, the community partners and partnerships we have with the Raiders, the Vikings and Cricket ACT is a point of difference between ourselves and any other school.''

Ex-Raider Brett Finch, pictured taking on the Sharks in 2002, is another former Erindale College student.

Ex-Raider Brett Finch, pictured taking on the Sharks in 2002, is another former Erindale College student. Photo: Getty Images

Erindale College has been able to attract expert coaching staff across a wide variety of sports since the Talented Sports Program was introduced in 1993.

Matt Adams, head coach of Erindale's rugby league squad, paid tribute to principal Michael Hall for his contribution.

“He is very supportive of sport, but he also draws a fine line with making sure kids are getting their work done,'' Mr Adams said.

“We use the active leisure centre a bit. The facilities are unbelievable in terms of being at school and being able to access things like that.''

Erindale will be looking to turn the tables on Patrician Brothers after suffering a 28-0 loss when the teams met in Canberra earlier this year.

The quarter-final kicks off at 1pm.

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