St Brendan’s College player Dan CLarke.
St Brendan’s College player Dan CLarke. Allan Reinikka

St Brendan's favourites for final

RED-HOT favourites St Brendan’s College stormed into today’s Confraternity Shield final on the back of a scintillating semi-final win over Rockhampton Grammar School.

Reigning champions St Brendan’s meet last year’s grand finals Ignatius Park in today’s Shield final after their come-from-behind 16-14 win over St Theresa’s Abergowrie in the other semi-final.

In front of nearly 2000 people, Rockhampton Grammar School put it to their more favoured couterparts, starting the better of the two sides but couldn’t match it with the reigning champions St Brendan’s running out 40-10 winners.

Dion Geesu starred for St Brendan’s with the powerful fullback making the most of any half opportunity that presented itself.

Both sides entered the match with a handful of players carrying injuries, notably rangy second rower Corey Oates, who was noticeably in pain with a thigh injury.

Halfback Angus Dorante steered St Brendan’s College around the park despite carrying a groin injury and helped combat the relentless Grammar side.

something St Brendan’s College coach Terry Hansen said is part and parcel of Confraternity rugby league.

“The carnival is about that. You’ve got to be able to physically and mentally tough enough to go through with a bit of pain,” Hansen said.



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