St Brendan's College forward Dawson Mau hits it up during yesterday's Shield decider.
St Brendan's College forward Dawson Mau hits it up during yesterday's Shield decider.

Brendan's fail to make three-peat



RUGBY LEAGUE: JUST two days after Queensland celebrated a hat-trick of State of Origin wins, St Brendan's College could not complete a "three-peat" of their own at this week's Confraternity Shield.

The Yeppoon rugby league powerhouse tasted defeat in yesterday's Shield final at Rockhampton's Victoria Park, a 34-14 loss at the hands of Ignatius Park.

St Brendan's has beaten their Townsville arch-rivals in the Shield decider the past two years.

In front of a massive home crowd yesterday, St Brendan's raced to an early 10-0 lead courtesy of tries to centre Aaron Fairweather and lock Barry Blackman.

However, Ignatius Park hit back to take a 16-10 lead into the break before overpowering the defending champions in the second half.

"We got out of the blocks and went to sleep," St Brendan's coach Terry Hansen said after the match.

"They're a good side and they made us pay.

"We tried hard and gave it our best shot but weren't good enough on the day."

Despite their only defeat this week in yesterday's final, St Brendan's were rewarded with four players named in the Queensland Independent Schools honorary team.

Fairweather, Blackman, centre Lyndon Law and fullback Maipele Morseau gained selection while Emmaus College's Sam Hoare was also picked.

Ignatius Park hooker Jay Lobwein was named player of the Shield final and player of the carnival.

Winners: Confraternity Shield: Ignatius Park.

Bob Lindner Trophy: Padua College.

Plate: St Columban's Caboolture.

Bowl: St Patrick's Shorncliffe.

Cup: Southern Cross.



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