Kids have a ball at Leeds Rhinos game thanks to your YEP

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The kids were alright as they played starring roles at the Leeds Rhinos versus New Zealand game – with a little help from the Yorkshire Evening Post.

We teamed up with the Rhinos to run a competition giving youngsters the chance to tackle some important jobs at Friday night’s fixture at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Joshua Astley helps toss the coin before the big match.

Joshua Astley helps toss the coin before the big match.

Winners included seven-year-old Kieran O’Keefe, from Cookridge, who carried the match ball out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off.

Proud mum Hayley Lyne told the YEP: “He wasn’t nervous at all, it was water off a duck’s back for him.

“Seeing him walk out with the ball was just fantastic – and we recorded it on TV, so we’ve watched it back a few times as well!

“Thanks to the Rhinos and the YEP, it was a night we’ll never forget.”

Other winners included Kieran’s pal Joshua Astley, 10, from Stanningley, who was given the honour of handling the evening’s coin-tossing duties.

There was competition success, too, for Harry Forster, 10, of Halifax, and Ellie Swann, eight, from Cookridge, who walked out with the Rhinos and New Zealand teams respectively.

Friday’s game came as the Rhinos continue to bask in the golden glow of their treble winning season, the most successful campaign in their proud history.

New Zealand won the fixture 34-16 in front of a season’s best Headingley crowd of 20,158.