STRENGTH IN DEPTH: While St Peter Claver College’s firsts bowed out of the national schoolboys competition, the schools seconds team (pictured) claimed top seed for this week’s Tornadoes Cup semi-finals with a win over Laidley State High.
STRENGTH IN DEPTH: While St Peter Claver College’s firsts bowed out of the national schoolboys competition, the schools seconds team (pictured) claimed top seed for this week’s Tornadoes Cup semi-finals with a win over Laidley State High. David Nielsen

Coombabah next mission before Gee Shield final against SPCC

A GEE Shield final against rival Ipswich State High is the remaining carrot dangling in front of the St Peter Claver firsts this season.

SPCC was knocked out of GIO National Schoolboys Cup contention last week, beaten 24-22 by Bundaberg's Shalom College in Gympie.

ISHS has earned admission to the big kids' playground (SEQ top eight) after beating Roma 28-14.

Awaiting at Southport tomorrow is Coombabah State High.

Coach Lee Addison knows his team needs to improve from last week's effort to stay alive.

"We were comfortable," he said of the win over Roma.

"But at the same time we didn't perform too well."

Addison put it down to "youthful naivety" with centre Matthew Faitatoa the exception.

"His standards didn't drop," the coach said.

Addison was not happy with his team's 73 percent completion rate and knows it has to be higher to challenge Coombabah.

"They're very attritional," he said.

"For them it's all about completions.

"If they beat us, it will be because they completed better than us. They've got a very nippy half/hooker and are very good in the grind."

Having come further than any ISHS team has before their season is already a success.

But it does not mean their ambition has ended.

"Everything from now is a bonus," Addison said.

"But we are targeting the Gee Shield final.

"We'll be disappointed if we don't win it.

"If we want to get into the top tier, we need to.

"We don't want to stay in the level two comp forever.

"It's no secret I want our academy to be considered among the best in Australia and you have to be near the best in Queensland to get there.

"They don't expect level two teams to get this far in the national schoolboys competition."

Addison knows SPCC will be out to prove ISHS has not moved past them as the premier schoolboys team in Ipswich when they meet in the Gee Shield final.

"They'll be fresh to focus all their energy on it," Addison said.

"For a lot of them it will be their last game for the school and I know how proud they are of their school."



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