STANDOUT: orth Queensland Cowboys under-20s star Cooper Bambling put on a clinic for his side.
STANDOUT: orth Queensland Cowboys under-20s star Cooper Bambling put on a clinic for his side. Contributed

Old Boys teach St Brendan's schoolboys a lesson

RUGBY LEAGUE: Lacing up the boots for another run out with the St Brendan's College Old Boys was a little different this time for Pat Busby.

This time, he got to run out alongside his son Jacob.

It was a battle of youthful exuberance against the cool, experienced heads and it delivered.

Hundreds gathered to watch the current First XIII take on the Old Boys in their 12th annual charity match.

What the Old Boys lacked in sharpness, they made up for in flair and attacking prowess, running away 16-4 victors.

"Thank god it was only a short game or they would have given us a touch up,” a buggered Busby said at fulltime.

"That's all we are good for and luckily that's all we needed.

"It was great to play with Jacob. He went really well considering he'd been at the races all day. I've wanted to play alongside him for ages so it was great.

"He is better than me now and better than I was in my prime.”

Father and son Pat and Jacob Busby after the game.
Father and son Pat and Jacob Busby after the game. Contributed

Making his Old Boys debut was Queensland under-20s half Cooper Bambling who said he desperately wanted to win.

"When I was back playing for St Brendan's you never wanted to lose to the Old Boys, and now you don't want to get beat by the Firsts,” the North Queensland Cowboys half said.

"I remember going up against the majority of these blokes, the year I played we won 31-30 in a great game. Since then I've always wanted to come back and I finally got my chance today.

"I had 10 days in Bali just before these and five minutes in I was sucking in the big ones. Glad we got the chocolates.”

Bambling, who returns to the Cowboys this week was impressed by the work of hooker Jack Pattie and prop Blake Pyle.

Hooker Jack Pattie was one player who stood out for Cooper Bambling.
Hooker Jack Pattie was one player who stood out for Cooper Bambling. Allan Reinikka ROK100916ashoolle

Brainchild behind the annual match Cameron Wright said it was great to square the ledger.

"This tradition has been going for 12 years now and at the start they used to really pound us,” Wright said.

"But I think the amount of players who wanted to come back and play has grown. We like this to be able to show that there is still that culture and camaraderie here.

"The Old Boys make sure they stick together. A lot of us were boarders from the bush and it is just a great opportunity to catch up and play some footy.”

The night was marred by a nasty injury to St Brendan's star centre Carwyn Moon who was hurt in a tackle in the opening minutes.

Play was delayed almost an hour as the ambulance was called. It can be revealed thankfully that Moon sustained a dislocated tibia/fibia injury, not the suspected compound fracture.



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