College footballers endure Rocky time
THE year 11 and 12 rugby league boys from St Peter Claver College returned home reflecting on a tough time at their latest week-long competition in Rockhampton.
With a combination of younger and older players, the SPCC Firsts took on 40 other schools in the Queensland School Rugby League Confraternity Cup.
SPCC have enjoyed great success at the annual tournament in the past. However, this year was not to be as the side slipped to three straight defeats in the pool stages.
Despite the early losses, the boys from SPCC showed what they were capable of with two convincing wins over Emmaus Rockhampton and St Edmund's.
SPCC rugby league coach Toddd Riggs praised the boys' attitude. He said the experience would put the school in good stead for next year.
"Whilst our on field results and final position weren't as high as previous years, we could not fault the effort, commitment and behaviour of the 20 boys throughout the week,'' Riggs said.
"The boys were respectful and professional to all matters during the week and were continuously praised by the Rockhampton Grammar staff for the way they conducted themselves. The boys' attitude made it virtually a stress-free week."
Injury had disrupted SPCC's Broncos Cup campaign which saw them miss out on the finals.
With a rare chance to have his whole contingent together and on the field, Riggs said his support staff stepped up and did their best to help manage the players' performance and recovery.
"I have to thank Chris Ash, Glen Parkes, Dallas McDougall, Saraya Jackson, Dan Luck and Marcus Richardson for their tireless efforts throughout the week," Riggs said.
"Through their collective efforts we were able to provide an environment where the boys had every possible creature comfort to aid in the performance and recovery.
"It's the first time I can remember that we were able to get all 20 boys on the paddock for the final game and the boys showed they were willing to put in the effort."
As well as the students representing SPCC, 11 more combined with St Augustine's Springfield allowing the school to field a full squad.
State of play
Pool Game 1: Marymount 6 def SPCC 0.
Game 2: St Patrick's Shorncliffe 26 def SPCC 6.
Game 3: Rockhampton Grammar 14 def SPCC 4.
Playoff 1: St Patrick's Mackay 16 def SPCC 4.
Playoff 2: SPCC 32 def Emmaus Rockhampton 16.
Playoff 3: SPCC 36 def St Edmund's 4.