Marist makes history
MARIST College Emerald's First XV coach Jim Fabish likened the structured play he witnessed of his side at the weekend to that of a Super Rugby team.
That play saw his troops win the Ballymore Cup at the weekend, in a weekend where they hit new heights in playing ability.
He said he had never seen them play better, putting their hands on the illustrious trophy for the first time.
"They were just brilliant, to go down there and take on the big schools and show them up is just awesome," Fabish said.
"I've re-watched it three times and I've never seen the boys play so well, it was like watching Super Rugby, it was that fast and structured. And the level of play was so high.
"We were up against some huge boys and we would just smash them, the whole team played like flankers in defence, stealing the ball and cleaning out."
Marist began their campaign strongly, just as they did in the under-15s equivalent last year.
They handled North Lakes and St Edmunds with ease in day one of competition before going down in the final stages to Helensvale State High. They were the better side despite defeat and lost to a runaway try late in the game. Rather than be deflated, they spurred on for their grand final qualifier. Matthew Flinders were the favourites for the tournament but that did not deter Marist, who edged it 6-3 with a Tristan Brown penalty goal with five minutes to go.
From there, the rest was history as Marist lifted their game again to overcome Helensvale 26-10.
"Even though we lost that one game, we were all smiling on the inside, we knew we could do it," Fabish said.
"The boys all came together as we had all carnival, we had a motto, 'Respect all, fear none' and the boys bought into it."
Marist grand final team
Bradley Piscioneri, Tom Mills, Byron Gilmour, Braden Turner, Will Mohr, Tane Costar, Tristan Brown, Harry Hooper, Willie Venter, Joseph Fabish, James Ross, Travis Hindmarsh, John Finau, Mitchell Moriarty, Michael Franke, Chaise Tisdell, Cameron Corkill, Will Dinsdale, Calin Shrader, Luke Abraham, Mitch Holzwart, Jack Phelan, Isaac Dowling, Josh Salta, Reef Johnson