St Brendan's takes down Rocky Grammar in tough RDSSRL final
OPEN A FINAL SCORE: ST BRENDAN'S College has clinched the crown as Open A champions in the 2020 Rockhampton and District Secondary School Rugby League competition with a strong 26-10 win over Rockhampton Grammar School at Browne Park.
The Yeppoon side led the game from the get-go, getting two over the line in the opening minutes.
Rocky Grammar fought back and by half time the score was 16-4 in St Brendan's favour.
St Brendan's came out strong in the second half and continued to extend their lead, and it was only in the final moments of the encounter that RGS broke through the defending line to score their second try of the night.
RGS converted the try after the buzzer, with the final score 26-10 in St Brendan's favour.
OPEN B FINAL SCORE: THE HAWKS have swooped to victory against The Cathedral College in a nail-biting grand final in the Open B division at Browne Park.
The North Rockhampton SHS side ran onto the field leading 6-4 after the break, but within minutes were forced to claw back their lead after TCC crossed the try line early on in the second half.
TCC failed to convert their try and the two teams were locked in battle until North Rockhampton fought back to score with nine minutes left on the clock.
The Hawks side followed it up with a conversion to lead 12-8.
While the TCC team put in a superb effort for the remainder of the game, they could not break through the Hawks' defence.
The final moments of the game came down to the wire when a penalty was awarded in TCCs favour, but North Rocky held onto their lead to clinch victory.
OPEN B SCORE UPDATE: NORTH Rockhampton State High School has secured an early lead in the Open B grand final, up 6-4 in their match against The Cathedral College at the half time break.
OPEN C SCORE: MOUNT Morgan have been crowned victors in the Open C division after taking down Yeppoon SHS 28-18 at Browne Park this afternoon.
Lachlan Mackay, who scored four tries in the encounter, was named Man of the Match for Mount Morgan after a show-stopping performance while Alex Lawton was named Yeppoon's Man of the Match.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Rockhampton Grammar School and St Brendan's Gold will do battle for Rockhampton's coveted secondary schools rugby league crown tonight.
They will face off in the Open A grand final at Browne Park at 7.30pm, with that game as well as the Open B and Open C finals to be livestreamed on this website.
The Rockhampton District Secondary Schools Rugby League season was shortened due to COVID-19 but the competition has certainly not been short on quality football.
Six schools are represented in the three grand finals, with North Rockhampton High and The Cathedral College in the Open B decider and Mount Morgan State High and Yeppoon State High in Open C.
This story will be updated with a link to the livestream closer to the kick-off of the first final.
The Open A final promises to be a cracker, after the teams played out a 12-all draw in their round game.
Grammar co-coach Grant Broadhurst said his players were bracing for another tough game.
He is all too familiar with the quality in St Brendan's ranks, having been part of their football program for three years before moving to Grammar last year.
"It will definitely be a competitive game," Broadhurst said.
"Our boys have been going really well. They're obviously excited to play football, especially the Year 12 boys. There was a moment there where they thought they might not get to play any rugby league so to now be playing in a grand final they're over the moon."
Broadhurst said Grammar needed to stay focused for the full 50 minutes tonight.
"We need to complete and play simple footy," he said.
"Brendan's have attacking flair, with very good middle players. They've got some very exciting young players with plenty of speed.
"Our defence has been getting better and better every week and we'll definitely need to continue to build on that to be a chance of beating St Brendan's.
"We've got to keep our concentration for the full game, from start to finish. If we do that, we'll give it a red-hot crack."
But standing in Grammar's way is a talented young St Brendan's outfit with plenty to prove.
SBC director of rugby league Nathan Doyle said they booked their finals berth with a hard-fought win over a determined Yeppoon State High side on Tuesday night.
"This Friday they come up against Rockhampton Grammar School who narrowly missed qualifying for the Aaron Payne Cup," he said.
"The St Brendan's Gold team is solely made up of Year 11 students looking to impress to ensure they are part of the 2021 Confraternity Shield and Aaron Payne Cup teams."
Three players - Matt Hill, Marley Wosomo and Blayden Dodd - got a taste of the Aaron Payne competition this year and are sure to have a big bearing on tonight's result.
St Brendan's key three
Matt Hill: Forced his way into the last two Aaron Payne Cup sides due to strong performances with SBC Gold. Matt is a gifted athlete who excels at athletics, AFL and rugby league. In his two appearances for St Brendan's First XIII, he was arguably the best player against Kirwan SHS and TCC. Whether he is flying high to diffuse a kick or scoring tries, Matt can always be seen doing it with a smile on his face.
Brock Hinds: A mountain of a young man who carries the ball into contact strongly every time. Brock came across from Yeppoon SHS and has gone ahead leaps and bounds in terms of his rugby league knowledge. He has been a forward leader in the SBC Gold side and someone coach Phil Mitchell can count on when he needs his team lifted. Brock is not afraid to roll his sleeves up and do what is needed for his team time and time again.
Blayden Dodd: A dynamic ball runner who arrived at St Brendan's this year. Blayden can cover almost every position in the backline but his preferred position is in the halves. He has been likened to Steve Renouf the way he floats across the football field. Blayden has had a taste of playing Aaron Payne Cup this year and will be keen to cement his spot in the First XIII next year.
Rockhampton Grammar's key three
Taine Wedel (captain and front rower): A player with a high work rate who always leads by example.
Jaiden Green (lock): Directs the forwards around the park well and is a good communicator in defence.
Luke Callanan (halfback): A Queensland under-15 fullback whose switch to halfback has been a great success. He will look to add the polish to the end of Grammar's sets and get the team to the their attacking points on the field.
RDSSRL grand final schedule today (Friday)
4.30pm: Open C, Mount Morgan State High v Yeppoon State High
6pm: Open B, North Rockhampton State High v The Cathedral College
7.30pm: Open A, St Brendan's College v Rockhampton Grammar School