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Australian Schools Rugby News : October 2010
TheNSWCCCrugbyunionselectioncarnivalwasheldat university of Western Sydney Hawkesbury, richmond on the 25th and 26th of may 2010 with over 300 students attending the campus in an effort to win selection in the NSWCCC representative teams to contest the NSW All schools selections trials held at Knox Grammar. The NSWCCC u16 division was contested over a 2 day format which saw teams vying for the playoffs on day two which would determine overall standings. The metropolitan Catholic Colleges team (led by coach mark Strong – Patrician Brothers Blacktown) proved very strong and ran out eventual winners. The 2010 surprise packets were Bathurst diocese who made the final and pushed mCS every step of the way. However, perhaps the most enduring memory of the 2010 u16 tournament would be CBSA’s reinvention of the driving maul which they used in a most damaging manner to dispose of lismore diocese and maitland/ Newcastle diocese. In the under 18 division Broken Bay diocese proved themselves to be the best team by soundly defeating metropolitan Catholic Schools, Wollongong/South Sydney diocese, and maitland/ Newcastle diocese. However, lismore diocese (led by their vastly experienced coach mick merlino) proved once again that the Country teams can never be under estimated by winning all their three matches and only lose to Broken Bay on a “count back” of points for and against. One of the most encouraging aspects of the 2010 Carnival was the performance of the mCC/Parramatta teams in the u18’s and u16 divisions which saw many boys from our previously unrepresented Catholic Schools in the Western Suburbs attend the carnival. At the end of the two days NSWCCC selected two strong teams to attend the NSW All Schools trials and the under 16’s and under 18’s once again present strong opposition for all comers. Another high point for NSWCCC in 2010 was the Schoolboy International against Fijian Schools played at St marys rugby league Stadium, St marys in September. – chris Hicks, nSwccc rugby video highlightS Click the above link for highlights package of Australia’s recent Test match in New Zealand. aUSTRaLIaN SCHOOLS v NeW ZeaLaND SCHOOLS – Dunedin 2010 8 Marty had a long association with the Cranbrook school as pupil (Prefect and Head of Davidson House), Old Cranbrookian, geography teacher, rugby coach to 1st XV level for both School and CAS, manager of Australian Schoolboys Rugby touring teams, Social Service mentor, explorer, wordsmith, Housemaster of both Chelmsford and Woodward, Senior Master, Deputy Headmaster, Acting Headmaster, first Director of the Foundation, Honorary Secretary of the OCA, Director of Alumni and Braidwood farmer. On top of his thirty five years working at Cranbrook and several years (1969 to 1975) teaching at The Armidale School and Shore, Martin made major contributions to the wider community, as Sub Warden, Acting Warden and Council Member at St Paul’s College, Sydney University, as Board Member of the Boys and Girls Brigade, as Church Warden and Synodsman for the Anglican Parish of Braidwood, as the initiator and driving force behind fundraising activities enabling young country people to afford living in Sydney so that they could undertake university studies, and much else besides. Where he saw a need he acted. And he carried every player with him. With our deepest sympathy to Robin, Angus and Lucinda, and to all who knew and loved Marty. – Editor Continued from page 1 Martin Pitt 1939–2010 play Fijian Schools v NSWCCC