Claver prepared for mental test
AS A Brothers junior, St Peter Claver College five-eighth Anthony Murray is familiar with a lot of the players in the St Edmund's team.
Murray and his school team will be up against them on Monday morning to kick off the Queensland Confraternity rugby league tournament, at Brothers, Raceview.
"I'm pretty pumped for the first game against St Eddies," Murray said.
SPCC coach Todd Riggs is more concerned about how his team is faring by Tuesday afternoon, when they back up for their fourth game in two days.
"They've got to get past St Eddies and St Pats, Shorncliffe first," he said.
"They'll be good because they went okay in AIC rugby.
"Our boys set a target at the start of the year that they'd like to play in a Confro final at home, in front of all their family and friends.
"We've got the crew there that can do it.
"It's just a matter of, on Tuesday afternoon, after their third game, it's going to be tough.
"Confro is completely mental.
"It's who wants it the most.
"On Tuesday afternoon they'll be playing their fourth game in two days.
"We'll have blokes carrying niggles and probably a couple gone already.
"But we've got a squad of 20, with seven blokes on the bench who want to be starting."
An example to them all is back rower Fred Doulis, who began the season on the fringes of the firsts squad.
Now he is described by Riggs as "one of our form back rowers" and an automatic selection.
"He just flicked the switch on how committed he was and the way he conducted himself off the field."
Riggs just hopes there is a good turnout to support the team.
"Hopefully people come out," he said.
"It's definitely the biggest schoolboys rugby league carnival in Australia.
"It's going to be a massive week.
"The school has worked for the last 18 months to make it a reality.
"We're very grateful for the work Brothers have done.
"We held off hosting until we had a venue with five fields we could use."