St Peter Claver College set standard with top four finish
ST PETER Claver College's run in the Confraternity carnival has fallen short of glory.
But the team has set the bar for future squads by finishing in the top four, for the second year in succession.
Hopes were high after SPCC came through the first two days and four games undefeated at the annual carnival, held this year at Townsville.
But the big guns were lying in wait and eventual winners and home team Ignatius Park College beat SPCC in the semi-final on Thursday, 26-4.
SPCC then lost its third placed play-off yesterday to Cathedral College 22-8.
"The semi-final was disappointing but (yesterday) was more of a frustration," SPCC coach Todd Riggs said.
"It was the first time our performance had been below par.
"We're one of the smallest sides and Cathedral are a big side.
"They didn't make any mistakes and on the fifth day, in our sixth game, we started to drop off tackles."
It didn't change the fact the team had done their coach, school and region proud.
"It was a great week," Riggs said. "What we've done now is set the bar.
"St Peter Claver has got to be in the top four."
Riggs lauded the efforts of fullback Fili Ioane, who was named in the Queensland Confraternity team, and captain and second rower Fagalele Laulu, who was named his team's Player of the Carnival.