This year’s St Joseph’s Confraternity campaign was positive from the start. Winning five out of six games in the Darling Downs Open school boy’s competition in the lead up to the carnival, the combined team from St Joseph’s and Assumption College were focused on success from the beginning of their term long campaign. The form displayed during the DD competition would prove to be great preparation for the carnival held in Rockhampton in June. The team, set on taking home silverware which had eluded them since winning Spirit of Confraternity in 2006, got straight into training after a 10 hour bus trip and quick ocean swim in preparation for their first game Monday morning.
Monday was a forecast of rain and the predictions were correct with the game against St John's Roma played in a heavy downpour which didn’t hinder them with the boys playing well enough to win the game 16 - 6. The 2nd game, played against Marist Ashgrove (eventual Confraternity Plate winners) was unfortunately not as successful with the team beaten convincingly 0 - 36.
Tuesday the team played well with a hard fought win 8-0 St Michaels Merrimac, followed by the quarter final of the confraternity bowl division against St Laurence's South Brisbane (Dr McCarthy’s High School), in a clinical display the self-proclaimed "Warriors" won 44 - 12.
Wednesday players got a well-deserved rest day and after another fantastic meal provided by Mr and Mrs Collins, travelled to Great Keppel Island for some much needed rest, which included, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding.
Thursday the boys showed outstanding defensive efforts against Marist Emerald defeating the team 22- 4 putting the boys from St Joseph's/Assumption in the final of the Confraternity bowl.
Friday was a typical final against St Columban’s College Caboolture. The team, once again showing spectacular defensive efforts and holding out up to four consecutive sets, stayed in the grind and led 6-0 at half time. Full time saw the St Joseph’s/Assumption team win the Confraternity Bowl 12-4.
Well done to the boys on their efforts on and off the field.
“They deserved the final. They were focused and dedicated in doing their best. They have been playing as a team (not individuals) since Easter and continued this into camp,” said David Fleming, Assistant Coach
The logistics for events such as this are massive and the hard working team of Coach Bob Bell, Assistant Coaches David Fleming and Jack Breen, managers Mick Mahoney and Regan Sullivan along with our catering crew of Des and Kerri Collins are to be thanked for their time and dedication to ensuring that each carnival attended is successful.
Congratulations to Jacob Adams who was awarded a Tourist of the Carnival Award at the team presentation.