St Brendan's U15 touch team of Nat Tuber, Connor Broadhurst, Joseph Fry, Matt Hackett, Ryan Stover, Jack Ramsay, Dan Clarke, Sean Haufe and Sean Lorraway share a joke with captain George Grant and coach Eric Clamp.
St Brendan's U15 touch team of Nat Tuber, Connor Broadhurst, Joseph Fry, Matt Hackett, Ryan Stover, Jack Ramsay, Dan Clarke, Sean Haufe and Sean Lorraway share a joke with captain George Grant and coach Eric Clamp. Sharyn O'Neill

CQ schools have the touch

TWO local schools battled it out for their spot in the finals.

Rockhampton Grammar and St Brendan's College returned home from the gruelling All Schools Touch Championships, held in Brisbane last week.

Both of the local schools played in the five-day tournament, which had about 300 teams competing, from grades eight to 12.

And the competition proved to be fierce, but neither school went down without a fight.

St Brendan's had both their Under 15s and Under 19s boys teams in the competition.

The Under 19s were knocked out, leaving the Under 15s in the top 16 final.

But as St Brendan's stepped onto the fields, they were faced with their first opponents in the finals; Rockhampton Grammar.

The locals battled it out, but it was Grammar who took the game at four points to two.

Rockhampton Grammar then continued their undefeated streak until they were faced with Benowa State School, who not only claimed the game at four points to one, but also claimed the championship in the grand final against Kirwan High.

Sally Etherden, tour organiser of the Rockhampton Grammar team, said they were amazed and excited that their team came in at fourth.

“This is the best we have done so far,” she said.

“We were undefeated the whole way through, until the quarter finals, where we were beaten by the champion team.

“They are very, very happy about their place in the finals.”

For now, Etherden said the boys will continue to play touch in their Wednesday night Open Men's competition, and hope to take that title home in December.

The competition wasn't taken lightly by any schools, with over 46 teams in the Under 15's division alone.

St Brendan's Under 19's coach, Erica Adams said although they didn't take any places home, she was pleased with their result.

“The team played fast and strong, and even though we lost the boys played very well,” she said. “It was a very fierce competition; there were even some international teams.”

Adams said she and the Under 15s coach, Eric Clamp, had worked hard in training the boys over recent years, and each year they improve immensely.

“We wanted to build them up really well, so that when we go away to these types of competitions it isn't a waste of time,” she said.



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