Cathedral best blessed on the day
By AARON KELLY
SCHOOL spirit was out in force as The Cathedral College clinched a heart-stopping Rockhampton and District Secondary Schools Open A schoolboys' rugby league premiership at Browne Park on Saturday night.
Playing in their first Open A grand final, TCC ended the reign of defending champions St Brendan's College 20-18 in a thrilling fashion before a crowd of about 3000 spectators.
Inspirational TCC captain Yoren Major landed a sideline conversion in the dying stages to give his side the lead for the first time in the match.
Minutes later, the fulltime siren sparked wild celebrations with hundreds of screaming supporters flocking Browne Park.
"This is a huge achievement ? it's great for our school spirit'' TCC coach Steve Parle said yesterday.
When St Brendan's second-rower Mitch Reinke and halfback Jake Granville crossed early to take the scores to 12-0, the signs looked ominous for the grand final newcomers.
However, big centre Patrick Flamank launched a TCC fightback when he scored after some good lead-up play from fullback Dan Roberts before St Brendan's fullback Cody Gray extended his team's lead to 18-4 mid-way through the second half.
Roberts and hooker Trent Munns also found the tryline in quick succession and Flamank locked up scores when he crashed over in the corner with eight minutes left on the clock.
Carried home by an army of TCC supporters, Major created history for his school.
TCC second-rower Jak Pearson collected the man of the match award while St Brendan's prop Dave Taylor was his side's best.