St Brendan’s College players get down to celebrations after the under-14s, 16s and 18s won their grades at Emerald.
St Brendan’s College players get down to celebrations after the under-14s, 16s and 18s won their grades at Emerald. Supplied

A triple treat for college

TEAMS from St Brendan’s College have the reputation of being tough to beat when it comes to rugby league but at Emerald recently the college showed it could also gain results in the other rugby discipline.

The fifth annual Central Highlands Western 7s School Carnival turned out to be a benefit for the St Brendan’s players as the college went on the rampage, taking home the trophies for the under-14, -16, and -18 year age groups.

Fifteen schools and 330 competitors travelled to Emerald but it was St Brendan’s that went away with the majority of the accolades.

Hopes of a win on home turf evaporated for Emerald High School as St Brendan’s powered through to a 29-0 victory in the under-18 division.

The win earned the St Brendan’s team a place in the Queensland Schools Sevens championship at Ballymore.

In the under-16 boys’ final St Brendan’s faced rivals Rockhampton Grammar School and while the winning margin was a lot closer, the Yeppoon-based college was still too powerful, winning 22-10.

The under-14 final was similar to the under-18s with St Brendan’s facing Emerald State High and again keeping the home school scoreless in a 25-0 victory.

Rockhampton Grammar did take home some silverware, winning the under-14 Plate competition 15-0 against Whitsunday Anglican.

The competition continues to expand and while St Brendan’s was the recipient of all the major awards, the trophies were spread around in the lower grades.

St Patrick’s of Emerald had both of its teams in the final of the under-12 competition with the St Patrick’s 2 causing a minor surprise when defeating the school’s number 1 team 17-7.

There were also Plate and Bowl finals played in this age group with Springsure District the Plate winner and Blackwater the Bowl.

In the under-14s there was also a Bowl competition with Blackwater Red running away to a big win against Blackwater Blue.

The under-16 competition also provided a couple of different schools with the opportunity to collect some prizes.

In the Plate, Burdekin Catholic had a big win, claiming a 32-12 victory over Mackay Christian College.

Emerald Marist College was the winner of the Bowl, defeating Whitsunday Anglican College.

It was not just a tournament for boys.

In the under-16 age bracket the girl held a competition and the final provided the closest winning margin with Emerald State High School beating a combined team of Emerald Marist College and Blackwater 12-10.

Apart from team prizes, St Brendan’s also gained individual honours with Cooper Bambling the best in the under-14 boys, George Grant in the under-16s and Corey Oates named the Player of the Carnival for the second successive year.

Blackwater player Tayla Martin was named the top player in the girls’ division.



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