Ig­natius Park fall short in finale

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

IG­NATIUS Park Col­lege have fallen short of de­fend­ing their Con­fra­ter­nity Shield ti­tle af­ter los­ing to first- time win­ners Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar 18- 10 in yes­ter­day’s grand fi­nal.

A fight­back ap­peared on the cards when Iggy Park trailed 14- 10 mid­way through the sec­ond half, but Rock­hamp­ton held on with a strong de­fen­sive ef­fort be­fore scor­ing the win­ner near full- time.

Iggy Park were among the pre- tour­na­ment favourites and en­tered yes­ter­day’s de­cider at Bris­bane’s Padua Col­lege in omi­nous form af­ter down­ing St Pa­trick’s Col­lege, Shorn­cliffe 40- 0 in the Wed­nes­day’s semi­fi­nals, but Rock­hamp­ton were not in­tim­i­dated by the tra­di­tional big guns.

“The boys are sore and sorry af­ter a week of footy and ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed, but they made the school proud,” Iggy Park coach Chris­tian Quabba said.

“Rocky were chas­ing some his­tory, they came out of the blocks fir­ing and they de­served to win. We made er­rors at cru­cial times, but credit to Rocky for turn­ing up for each other and run­ning hard.

“It’s that type of ef­fort which wins big games.”

Rock­hamp­ton wasted no time get­ting their first try by scor­ing in the right cor­ner less than five min­utes af­ter kick- off, and they scored down the same side a hand­ful of sets later to make it 8- 0. All the run­ning was with Rock­hamp­ton, but Iggy Park worked hard in de­fence and even­tu­ally got their re­ward when Adam Cook crossed to make it 8- 4.

Iggy Park started to find their rhythm and worked back into ter­ri­tory, only for un­forced er­rors to deny them a late chance at grab­bing a lead.

Iggy Park were then handed a fur­ther blow when Lo­gan Bayliss- Brown was sin- binned for 10 min­utes for a pro­fes­sional foul, and Rock­hamp­ton took ad­van­tage by cross­ing the try­line with less than two min­utes be­fore the break to make it 14- 4.

An in­jury to a Rock­hamp­ton player led to a lengthy de­lay early in the sec­ond stanza as an am­bu­lance was called, and it seemed to work in Iggy Park’s favour when Sean Mul­lany scored near the posts to make it 14- 10 with full- time ap­proach­ing. But Rock­hamp­ton re­sumed their hard- hit­ting ways to se­cure the late win­ner and get the his­toric win. RE­SULTS Shield fi­nal: The Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar School 18 d Ig­natius Park Col­lege 10. Tro­phy fi­nal: Mary­mount Col­lege 10 d Em­maus Col­lege 7

Plate fi­nal: Marist Col­lege, 20 d Clair­vaux Mackil­lop Col­lege 18

Bowl Fi­nal: St Joseph’s Col­lege/ As­sump­tion Col­lege 24 d All Souls St Gabriel’s School, 22. Cup fi­nal: Ryan Catholic Col­lege 30 d Trin­ity Col­lege 6

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