TROPHY TIME: Kruger State School students Andre Soe, Jahpri Parata, Moses Majok, Waylon Fiaii and Ainsley Tofaeono celebrate their recent tournament success.
TROPHY TIME: Kruger State School students Andre Soe, Jahpri Parata, Moses Majok, Waylon Fiaii and Ainsley Tofaeono celebrate their recent tournament success. Sarah Harvey

Kruger develops top footy program

THE Kruger State School rugby league program has continued its remarkable run of recent success.

Kruger's senior boys, senior girls and 11 years boys teams claimed the Met West Development Cup at the Met West Gala Day at Wacol last Wednesday.

Kruger's senior boys went through undefeated, beating Raceview, Yugumbir, Sacred Heart and Grand Avenue Primary School teams along the way.

Kruger's hooker Mapa Fifita won the player-of-the-day award.

"We're really excited about the next stage," coach William Pei said.

"If we get through that we're into the grand final of the top two teams in the state."

For Pei, this season's success has come as a bit of a surprise.

Not only have the open boys stepped it up, the senior girls went through their competition undefeated.

The under 11 boys lost to Woodcrest College in the opening round but won every game after that, coming back to defeat Woodcrest in the grand final 22-4.

All three teams advanced to the next stage of the Development Cup, featuring the top six teams in south east Queensland.

The winner will go into the Development Cup final against the best from the rest of Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

Pei didn't think the school could possibly do better than it had in 2012.

Last year Kruger were also crowned Met West Champions in the senior boys and girls competitions and the school's four teams won 75 of the 80 matches they played.

"I didn't think we'd repeat what we were able to achieve last year," he said. "We're well ahead of what we expected at the start of the year.

"Last year we (senior boys) only lost one game at the Development Cup, Met West region.

"The experience has done them the world of good."

Two days after their Development Cup Success, the senior boys also took out the Central Districts competition, beating Woodcrest College 36-10 last Friday, also at Wacol.

"The boys listen very well," Pei said.

"Both days (Wednesday and Friday) were awful days so we played smart footy.

"We restricted our natural game plan and played one-out stuff."



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