After a solid campaign in the lead up to Confraternity it was a confident St Joseph’s / Assumption Rugby Team that travelled to Padua College, Brisbane, hosts of Confraternity 2017, on Sunday 25th June. The team and its entourage settled into their new surroundings for the week at St Laurence’s College and accompanied by 47 competing teams, attended the opening ceremony/liturgy which focused the young players on how to play the game, how to take a win and how to accept a loss.
Kicking off the carnival with a grudge match against St Columban's Caboolture, a team that St Josephs/ Assumption beat in last year’s bowl final, the team again took the game, 8-0, and showcased their ability to turn up and support each other defensively. The second game played on Monday was against a notoriously tough team, St Thomas More, Sunnybank and after a series of lead changes had the teams draw 18 – 18.
Tuesday saw the team play Faith Lutheran, Redlands in a game that was in balance until the final hooter when the boys lost 12-16. “Our goal kicking was proving to be costly, 0 from 2 in the first game, 1 from 4 in game two and then 0 from 3 in the third match,” said team coach David Fleming.
Tuesday afternoon’s quarter final had the team once again play St Thomas More Sunnybank. In a very strong defensive and attacking effort the boys won 24-8, placing them into the semi-final Thursday morning against St Columban's Caboolture again!
The boys were up to it, defeating St Columban’s 28-6 with the St Joseph’s players Lachlan Swan scoring three tries and Jacob Adams two, putting the team from St Joseph's/Assumption in the final of the confraternity bowl for the second year in a row.
Friday’s final against All Souls Charters Towers had our team in control at half time, up 18 – 4 but All Souls came back after half time much hungrier for the win and with 10 minutes to go were ahead 22 - 18. In a nail biting final 10 minutes St Joseph’s / Assumption proved just why they deserved their place in the final with Jacob Adams scoring a try from a Jack McIvor chip kick. With two minutes to go the scores were locked at 22 all with a kick to come from just inside the sideline. Considering the team kicked six from 23 attempts all week (26% strike rate), confidence was low. Cool as a cucumber Cody Byrne didn’t disappoint and converted to win the game 24-22.
Well-done to all the St Joseph’s and Assumption players on the massive effort required to not only win the Confraternity Bowl but also the Spirit of Confraternity Award. Out of 47 other teams this a massive award and deserves celebration. The Spirit of Confraternity Award is given to the team who displays the confraternity spirit. It is a team that is well mannered, well behaved, knows how to win and also knows how to lose, they respect their opposition and play with the right spirit.
A big thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Frattini for being part of the Confro campaign (especially as late call ups to the catering role!). Thanks Robert Bell, David Fleming, Mick Mahoney and Craig Frattini for your continual support and commitment to this concept, it couldn’t be done without you. Thank you to team managers Thomas Smith and Regan Eastwell, we could not have asked for better people in the job. Thanks also to Mrs. Mary McLucas and Mrs. Susan Fleming for all your meal preparation. Thank you to St Laurence’s for your wonderful hospitality and facilities and a big thank you to Deputy Principal, Mr. John Butterworth. Thanks also to all the parents for your support at the games and the cooking of slices, cupcakes, biscuits etc..
A special thank you to our Sponsors for their financial support:
- Tru-flow services
- Tom Costanza
- Green Homes
- Lever Business Accountants
- Peter Sullivan building
- Austasia animal products
- Zin Met
- Tullin Tulla Beef
- Ryanie for tyres
- MALY Engineering
- Wattles JRL
- Collegians JRL
- Stanthorpe JRL
- Crisps Coaches Stanthorpe
Confraternity in Charters Towers next year will be here before you know it and planning is already in place for the 2018 campaign where we will be looking for a threepeat!