The Chronicle

LOCKYER’S TITLE HUNT

Lockyer District SHS chasing history in schoolboys grand final

- SEAN TEUMA

THEY mightn’t boast the rugby league pedigree of other schools in the region, but the heart and determinat­ion of Lockyer District SHS has carried them to an amazing feat.

The Gatton school will compete in today’s NRL Schoolboys Trophy Queensland grand final at Redcliffe, looking to knock off powerful Cairns school St Augustine’s on their way to a state title.

It would truly be a fairytale run if Lockyer District SHS can take out the Queensland title, and you can watch the huge encounter on our livestream at thechronic­le.com.au.

RUGBY LEAGUE: The young men at Lockyer District High School have taken down all before them so far.

Now they’re looking to claim their biggest scalp to date, and earn the title of state champions.

The Gatton school has worked its way to the NRL Schoolboy Trophy Queensland grand final at Redcliffe today.

The amazing feat comes after advancing past all opposition in the Darling Downs.

They then went on to edge past Xavier College 10-8 in the southeast Queensland semi final, before accounting for Bray Park SHS 54-6 in the final.

It will mark the first statewide final for the open boys, and coach Matt Schulze said it was the result of years of dedication.

“It’s a first for our opens and it’s a great achievemen­t,” Schulze said.

“They’ve been working hard for the last four or five years and it’s really starting to pay off.

“A lot of these boys started playing in grade 8 and have been together for a few years.”

Schulze said there is a good mix of experience and freshness in the side, with a number of players forming connection­s at club level.

“A lot of them play in the U18s for Gatton,” he said.

“It has been a bit of a balancing act with two lots of training sessions and games each week.

“We’ve been trying not to burn them out.

“We’re fortunate in that most of the team is playing club footy together, so we’re trying to build on what’s happening at club land and the school. That’s one of the things that has helped us succeed in the competitio­n.”

The Lockyer District side knows they have a difficult task ahead as they come up against a tough St Augustine’s squad.

The Cairns school came through the north Queensland division, and gave a sight in the Confratern­ity Carnival earlier in the year.

Schulze said his team would look to continue their developmen­t in the run up to the final match.

“They have been good and the most pleasing thing is they’ve improved throughout the year,” he said.

“We never set out to make the final, but have just been taking things one week at a time.

“We’re under no illusions that the team we’re playing is really strong.

“But we’re in the final, so we have a chance. We’ve already succeeded above anything we’ve done before.

“But this is the grand final and there is belief. I give us every opportunit­y to win.

“Kaden Buhse plays in the halves and gives us a good running game. Our two front rowers Connor Page and Clayton Andrew are good workers, while our captain Noah Jackson gets us rolling.”

The NRL Schoolboy Trophy Queensland grand final between Lockyer District and St Augustine’s takes place in Redcliffe on Wednesday from 1pm.

The Chronicle will be livestream­ing the match.

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