15 May, 2021
Local school kicking goals at Ballymore cup
Young players from Marist college Emerald performed well at the Ballymore cup.
YOUNG Rugby Union players from a local school competed in a tournament over the school holidays, managing to place well overall.
Marist College Emerald sent a team of 23 young players to the Ballymore Cup at South Pines Sport Complex, Albany Creek over the holidays, where they competed against teams from around the state, securing their place as one of the teams to beat.
The carnival is Queensland’s largest schoolboy rugby competition and was open to schools who are new to rugby or are already established in the sport.
Competing against teams from Sunshine Coast Grammar, Downland College, Rockhampton Grammar School, St Laurence’s, Padua, Somerset College, John Paul College, Emmanuel College, St Edmunds College, A.B Paterson College and St Ignatius Park, Marist College placed third overall in Division Two of the carnival after winning four of their five games.
The carnival took place from April 15 to April 18, with no further games being planned in Emerald.
Team Captain Noah Hartley said he was proud of the team’s efforts.
“The younger boys really stepped up towards the end of the competition,” Hartley said.
“We really persevered in all of our games and we really enjoyed Ballymore.
“It created strong bonds for the future.”
Hartley also played an impressive carnival individually, being named the honorary Team of the Tournament.
College Principal Mark Green was “very impressed” with the efforts of their students, particularly as they were competing with schools whose student body vastly outnumbered theirs “and whose participation in rugby union competitions is more extensive”.
“Our students really represented our college with pride,” Mr Green said.
Students from years 10 through 12 competed admirably after hours of dedicated training and preparation, and, according to the school, preparations for the 2022 cup are already underway.