We were drawn in Pool C and set to play five 20 min games in the pool rounds. The format saw the boy’s alternate games with the girls, with only 25 mins between games.
We played St Joseph’s Regional College (winning 4-1), Young High School (winning 5-1), Narrabeen Sports High (drawing 1 all), Patrician Brothers Blacktown (winning 3-1) and Elizabeth Macarthur High School (winning 6-1). The team had looked very comfortable throughout the day but the legs of many of them were starting to struggle. These results meant we finished second based on for and against, moving into the quarter finals.
This time we faced Hunter Sports High. In a very tight match, we both traded tries early but Hunter got the advantage and led 2-1 for much of the game. With four minutes remaining we finally cracked a very resilient Hunter to score and level the scores. Some fantastic on-line defence saw us get the ball back with one minute remaining. A timely penalty got us into good field position before Ben Dufficy and Owen Flaherty created space for Wiremu Tibbutt to score the winner. The result meant we were now into the semi finals but also that the boys had qualified for the National School Cup in QLD.
Tired and leg weary, the long day seemed to catch up with the team in the semi-final against St Dominic’s from Penrith. The game didn’t hit any great heights and while our boys fought hard – they just couldn’t get into the game, eventually going down 5-4.
While it wasn’t the result, they are capable of, they get the chance to improve on this 3rd placing at the National Schools Cup in QLD (September 18-20).
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