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Australian Schools Rugby News : July 2009
SOUTH COAST DOMINATES THE QUEENSLAND 18YRS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR BACK TO BACK STATE PREMIERSHIPS P layers from the championship winning South Coast schools side had a lucky escape when a set of stairs collapsed underneath them as they were having victory photos taken. Three players were taken to hospital as a precaution but there were no serious injuries. The accident marred a triumphant carnival for South Coast, who had looked the form team throughout the QRFSU Under 18 State Championships in Rockhampton and who were celebrating an emphatic 36-7 win over Metropolitan East in the Shield fi nal. The 2009 QRFSU 18yrs State Regional Championships, sponsored by Sunnybank Community and Sports Club, was held in the Central Queensland town of Rockhampton recently. (Thurs. June 3 – Sun. June 6) Despite the tropical temperature of a humid 27 degrees, the Championship produced games characterised by fast paced attack countered by some very willing defence. Ten Educational Regions from throughout Queensland compete every year in these Championships, which also serve as selection trials for the Qld. Combined Secondary Schools Teams. The two CSS teams then trial against representative teams from the Brisbane G.P.S. and A.I.C. organisations in the Qld. Schoolboy Trials (June 25–28 at Ballymore – proudly sponsored by Sunnybank Community and Sports Club). South Coast, the 2008 State Champions continued their dominance at this level with an undefeated run through the day 1 and 2 pool games, and comfortably accounting for Met North in their semi-fi nal 30–7. The Shield aus SchRugbyNews_july_09.indd 9 austSchRugbyNews_july_09.inddt Line out in the fi nal – South Coast (maroon) v’s Met East (navy & white) Final allowed the Gold Coast based team to claim the State Premiership once again with a convincing 36–7 defeat of Met East. Despite the dominance of the South Coast, two other Regions managed to fi nish the Championships in much improved positions from 2008. The host Region, Capricornia, in their fi rst semi-fi nal appearance in a decade, fi nished a very creditable 3rd overall – up from 7th last year. The most improved tag, though, would have to go to Met North, who, fi nished 4th overall (not far behind Capricornia on points for and against) – up 6 places from last years wooden spoon! One important aspect of the Championships is the Player of the Match awards given to one member of each team in every pool game, the semis and the Final. This year the players received top quality embroided caps sponsored by OneRugby. Congratulations to Jake Nash from the South Coast team, who was named by the CSS selectors as the 2009 Player of the Championships. Congratulations must also be extended to the host Region personnel who conducted a problem free and well organised Championships. The fi nal placings for 2009 are: 1st South Coast; 2nd Met East; 3rd Capricornia; 4th Met North; 5th Sunshine Coast; 6th Darling Downs; 7th Northern; 8th Peninsula; 9th. Met West; 10th Wide Bay – Darren Kayrooz For more information and pictures visit www.qrfsu.rugbynet.com.au Semi-fi nals: Capricornia 13 Met East 26; South Coast 30 Met North 7. Shield Final: Met East 7 South Coast 36 Possibles 15 Probables 10 8 The Combined Secondary Schools Squad was announced following the Championships. Chris Vacic, Trinity Lutheran College; Nick Turner, Emmanuel College; Alex Holmes, St Andrews Lutheran College; Dean Cockin, St Stephens College; Robert Harley, Mountain Creek SHS; Tim Lollback, St John’s College; Chris Palmer, Coombabah SHS; Chris Fuiava, St Francis College; Jake Nash, Australian Technical College; Dion Taumata, Keebra Park SHS; Angus Durham, Nambour Christian College; Ayden Harawira, Keebra Park SHS; Deakin Rangi, Keebra Park SHS; Zac Santo, Blackheath Thornburgh College; Ty Grout, Pacifi c Pines SHS; Maile Ngauamo, Chisholm Catholic College; James Gough, Downlands College; Ryan Howes, Goondiwindi SHS; Chris Dowling, Faith Lutheran College; Alex Matschoss, St Brendan’s College; Jan de Villiers, Shalom College; Jacob Lafetele, Woodridge SHS; Phil Brown, North Rockhampton SHS; Kyle Galloway, St Lukes Anglican School; Grant Davies, Coombabah SHS; William McInnes, Matthew Flinders College; Jade Gage, Keebra Park SHS; Lachlan James, Rockhampton Grammar School; Ernest Suavai, Cairns SHS; Troy Ngatai, Hervey Bay SHS; Alex Bewsey, Mountain Creek SHS; Alex Ticknell, John Paul College; Fatai Latu, St Francis College; Bill McKillop, Downlands College; Ellis Jensen, Concordia College; Bryson Rukawai, Coombabah SHS; Jamie Webb, Siena College; Greg Hendley, Bowen SHS. 30/6/09 3:28:08 PM 30/6/09 3:28:08 PM