St Edward’s College vs Patrician Brothers’ College
Travelling to play rugby league at any opposition’s school is daunting, but when the school in question is one of Australia’s premier rugby league nurseries – in Patrician Brothers’ Blacktown – it takes things to a whole new level.

Under 14’s:  St Edward’s College def Patrician Brothers College 26-10

The Under 14’s St Edward’s team were up for the challenge and played some great football to win the match 26-10.

The game started poorly with one of our superstars, Parker Robinson, coming off with a fractured wrist. After regrouping, the Eddies forwards rumbled through the middle before letting the ball fly to the edges, where our wider men took apart the defence. Tries to Jasper Shedden, Ben Dufficy, Ben Taylor and Emmet Nicholls all came through great lead up plays, where the team took advantage of running towards ‘spaces not faces’.

Ben Dufficy was awarded man of the match, however, everyone wearing the black and red of St Edward’s contributed to the victory. After the game, the Blacktown boys put on a BBQ and provided drinks; whilst Mr Beacroft spoke about the great rivalry and friendship that has blossomed between the two schools.

Thank you to the parents and teachers involved on the day who assisted by supporting our boys.

The Rugby League Tournaments start next term…. Bring it on!

Ryan Green, Parker Robinson, Toby Paterson, Jaspar Shedden, Cruz Yarnold, Ben Taylor, Joel Sherub, Ben Dufficy (C), Emmet Nicholls, Tom Peters, Egan Verheyen, Charlie Cartwright, Jackson Ryan, Jack Jamieson (VC), William Drennan, Cooper Zammit, Nicholas Green, Sebastian Plaister, Toby Pymble, Dylan Jackson, Chris Murray

Mr Paul Sullivan

Under 15’s: St Edward’s College def Patrician Brothers College 24-22

On 14 March,  21 Under 15’s Eddie’s players made the journey out West to Blacktown for our Annual game. This game has been played for 15 years and is a testament to the camaraderie between the two Colleges.

When we arrived, the boys were impressed to observe a beautifully manicured oval to play on.  The team also noted what a multi-cultural school Blacktown is compared with our own.

There was a great atmosphere throughout the game especially when the crowd roared. Taking on last year’s State Champions is a tough task but our boys were up for the challenge.

The game began impressively for St Edward’s with great charges from the forwards and slick work from the backs. Prominent in the early exchanges were Dylan Poate, Marlon Guest, Lulu Paea and Daniel Peters. With Fletcher Powell and Owen Flaherty calling the shot’s, Eddies were able to post the first try after a magnificent run from Dylan Poate. This gave our boys plenty of confidence but Blacktown were not going to go away without a fight. They scored shortly after to remind us we were in for a tough battle. The game continued to ebb and flow as each side took turns at dominating the game. The tough tackling from all players and organised attack was a feature of this highly entertaining contest. At full time, St Edward’s were able to claim a well-deserved two-point victory. Both teams need to be congratulated for the spirit in which the game was played.

After the game, a player from each team was named Man of the Match. This year Dylan Poate received the award for St Edward’s. He was a tower of strength in attack and defence. All players were then offered lunch and a drink, which was appreciated after such a tough game.

Tries: Dylan Poate (2), Fletcher Powell, Owen Flaherty

Goals: Fletcher Powell, Luke Osgood, Owen Flaherty

Beau Newlands, Aaron Antonio, Fletcher Powell, Cooper Edmunds, Tyler Moriarty, Marlon Guest, Nicholas Elwin, Daniel Peters, Ethan Myers, Dylan Poate, Hudson Skirka, Luke Osgood, Noah Morris, Jonty Clayton, Owen Flaherty, Max Hong, Lulu Paea, Logan McNeill, Hunter Dixon, Ethan Falconer, Ulysses Fotofila

Mr Anthony Herringe