St Peter Claver emerges on top
WITH Ipswich State High School proving itself in the state's elite schoolboys competition, St Peter Claver College has proven it remains the best of the rest in Ipswich.
SPCC firsts beat Redbank Plains State High firsts 32-12 at Redbank Plains on Wednesday to end the home team's prospects of a Gee Shield semi-final appearance.
With two losses from four games, Redbank Plains are out of the running, leaving SPCC and undefeated Toowoomba school team St Mary's as the probable semi-finalists from their pool.
"We were pretty poor in Opens but our year 10s were okay," Redbank Plains rugby league co-ordinator and firsts coach Michael Armstrong said.
Redbank Plains won the grade 10, De Vere Shield clash 30-24.
However that is little consolation for the firsts, whose season is over after just the four games of the Gee Shield.
"It's definitely disappointing but the distance we've travelled is positive," Armstrong said.
"Things we've put in place, not necessarily on the field, but in terms of bys taking responsibility, has been good.
"Our year 10 team is going well so hopefully next year we can go a bit further."
It was SPCC's first game in the competition, following two forfeits.
But you would not have known it to see the way they started the match.
SPCC led 26-0 at half-time, by which point the match was as good as over.
"They just blew us away early," Armstrong said. "I think we only completed one set in the first half.
"It took us way too long to get into the contest."
Redbank Plains paid the price for letting external maters affect them rather than sticking to the game plan.
"One guy took a big hit early and a few of our guys thought it should have been a penalty for a shoulder charge," Armstrong said.
"It knocked our confidence a bit and we didn't recover.
"If you're giving them that much footy they're going to punish you."
One Redbank Plains player who played up to expectations and has exceeded them this season is been lock Michael Eldridge.
"He's a workhorse who just doesn't stop," Armstrong said.
"He'll tackle and tackle and tackle."
The two schools' second grade sides also played each other in the CISSSA Tornadoes Cup competition, with SPCC winning 14-10.
Meanwhile, Ipswich State High has made it three from four in Queensland's premier schoolboys competition, the Super 6 to move into second spot on the table.
Ipswich beat Marsden State High 20-4 on Wednesday to set up a top of the table clash against unbeaten Keebra Park High in a fortnight.