Our team consisted of: Jonah Wright, Zane Smith, Sean Bullen, Byron Marks, Zac Stracker, Josh Brown, Calan Tucker, Sam Flakus, Luke Shereb, Blade Marquart, Oscar McCoombe-Lopez and Cooper Jones.
We were met with a mix of sunshine and rain, which continued throughout the day. The boys played pool games against St Paul’s Catholic College, losing a close one 4-3. The slow start would come back to ‘bite them’ in the cross-over match. We also played St Leo’s Catholic College, winning 7-1 and St Peter’s Catholic College, winning 9-0. While we started slowly in Game 1, in the corresponding games the team found their rhythm and scored some fantastic tries.
The loss earlier in the pool games, meant we came up against our usual rival in St Augustine’s Catholic College in the cross-over game. The team was very aware of the step-up needed in this game and they responded accordingly. We got out to an early lead and the change in enthusiasm and talk was evident. Each time we would go ahead, St Augustine’s would not go away. In the final set of the game, St Augustine’s scored after some frantic scrambling from the boys. The game was tied and this saw us go into a sudden-death, 4 v 4 drop-off format. Unfortunately for us St Augustine’s scored to win the game 4-3 and move onto the final. While the result did not go our way, the team are to be congratulated on the fighting spirit they showed throughout the day.
At the completion of this game, we had seven boys (Jonah, Sean, Zane, Zac, Josh, Sam and Oscar) selected in the possible v probable’s game. Jonah, Sean, Zane and Josh gained selection in the Broken Bay team and will now contest the NSWCCC selection trials later this term in Wagga Wagga.