St Luke's grind out Cup victory
ST LUKE'S Anglican School's First XV has emerged at the top of the heap in division two of the prestigious Ballymore Cup competition.
It is the first time St Luke's has won the two-month statewide competition in the school's history.
Coach and head of physical education Mick Parsons said while there were no standout talents on his team, players compensated with gritty teamwork to achieve their victory.
“It was a whole lot of little individual contributions which won us the competition,” Parsons said this week.
“They were up against some pretty big opponents and notable football schools, but they got over the line by showing more enthusiasm.”
St Luke's claimed the cup in dramatic fashion, stealing victory from metropolitan schoolboys' rugby powerhouse Marsden State High in the final minute of the grand final.
After a scoreless first half St Luke's inside centre cut through the tension with 15 minutes remaining in the second half to land a precious penalty goal from 35 metres out.
Winger Elisha Kiddie answered a late Marsden try scooping up the loose ball near the St Luke's try line and running the length of the field to score in the corner, leaving the scoreboard set at 8-7.
St Luke's assured itself a spot in the main event with a hard-fought 14-12 victory over Chancellor State College in the semi-final last Friday night.
Parsons said his team got a special thrill from sharing the field and change rooms of Reds stars John Eales, Wendell Sailor and Quade Cooper at the famed Ballymore Stadium.
“It was a bit of a thrill for the guys,” he said.
“I've never quite seen a team celebrate like they did when the full-time siren sounded.”