A stunning 28-4 win by Keebra Park State High School over Patrician Brothers Blacktown at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah has drawn the 2013 GIO Schoolboy Cup to a close for another year.
In the state of origin style clash, 2012 champions Patrician Brothers were no match for the Queenslanders from Keebra Park on the Gold Coast.
“We worked so hard all year for just 60 minutes of footy,” Keebra Park captain Lamar Manuel-Liolevave said.
“I’m just happy we came out with the result in the end.”
The win topped off Keebra Park’s successful year, with the schoolboy’s rugby league side winning all four Queensland schoolboy titles and a national championship.
A brilliant performance by five-eight Te-Marie Martin, scoring one try and setting up several others, saw him awarded with the GIO Most Trusted Player of the grand final match alongside teammate and centre Marion Seve who was awarded the Peter Sterling Player of the Year medal.
Patrician Brother’s Blacktown dug deep in front of a large supportive home crowd but were just unable to break the defensive line of their opponents.
Sione Tonga, Co-Captain of the Patrician Brother’s side said today just wasn’t their day.
“I’m pretty disappointed”, Tonga said.
“We know we put a lot effort out there, we done our best so that’s all we can ask for”
“They just wanted it more than us.”
With both teams losing many of their players in year 12, both captains, Manuel-Liolevave and Tonga, agreed that today wasn’t all about winning but giving the younger players valuable football experience for next year and beyond.
“As naming rights partner of the GIO Schoolboy Cup, GIO congratulates Keebra Park on taking out the premier Schoolboy rugby league competition in Australia,” Marketing Advisor – GIO Agents & Sponsorship’s, Mark Condon said.
“GIO is a proud partner of NSW Rugby League and our association stretches from the Schoolboy Cup, to the City Origin side and the NSW Blues. We look forward to seeing some of the players here today following that pathway.”
KEEBRA PARK SH 28 (Watson Heleta 2 tries, Talor Walters, Marion Seve and Te-Marie Martin; Jamiam Iroa 4/5 goals) def PATRICIAN BROTHER’S BLACKTOWN 4 (Robert Jennings).
GIO Most Trusted Player of the Match: Te-Marie Martin – Keebra Park No# 6
Peter Sterling Player of the Year Medal: Marion Seve – Keebra Park No# 3