Ignatius Park College claims Confraternity Shield
Author ; QISSRL Media Release
Ignatius Park College claims Confraternity Shield
Townsville’s Ignatius Park College stamped itself as the modern powerhouse of the Confraternity Shield as it stormed to victory over host school St Patrick’s College, Mackay, today in the first final since 2019.
Ignatius Park’s 32-0 win, in front of a crowd of 5000 people at BB Print Stadium, was its sixth Confraternity Shield victory in the last 10 years and just reward for a dominant week by the north Queenslanders.
The alma mater of the likes of Valentine Holmes, Michael Morgan, Coen Hess and Aidan Guerra became the first school to defend the Shield title since St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon won in 2015.
And they did it with the words of Morgan and Hess spurring them on.
Both players sent video messages to the Ignatius Park team telling them that the week of Confraternity Carnival was among the most special in their lives because they played with their mates in a carnival unlike any other in Australian rugby league.
“Those messages were really important for our players because it reinforced to them the opportunity that a week of Confro brings,” Ignatius Park coach Steven Lansley said.
“Our college really enjoys playing in this carnival. The players buy into camp here and they don’t want to let each other down. Almost all of these players have been together at the college for many years so they are genuine mates.
“We are very open with the fact that Confraternity Carnival is our biggest target of the year.
We start planning in January so it’s satisfying to see it all come together for the boys today.”
This 42nd Confraternity Carnival, sponsored by CQ University and staged by Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League, brings together 48 boys’ teams and nine girls’ teams from Catholic and Independent schools across Queensland.
A host of Queensland’s greatest players have emerged from the event and there were plenty of comparisons this week to the last full carnival in Bundaberg three years ago before the COVID pandemic ruined the events in 2020 and 2021.
In 2019, Ignatius Park conceded only two tries across the six games during the week before rolling The Cathedral College 34-0 in the decider.
This week, the blue-and-white wall of Ignatius Park again conceded only two tries while rattling up 196 points in its three pool matches and three finals.
Today’s decider was much anticipated after St Patrick’s College won through to its first final since 2003 with a quality team featuring 10 players with links to NRL clubs.
But they could not handle the size, speed and defensive mettle of Ignatius Park as coach Lansley’s six months of planning yielded a treasured win.
“Defensively, these players just didn’t want to give in today,” Lansley said.
“We know that St Pat’s are a very good team and they had this huge crowd here so it wasn’t going to be easy. But we started well and we probably took the crowd out of it.”
Ignatius Park opened the scoring with a try in the seventh minute to Jack Prior before the power of prop Jamaine Stanley in the 23rd minute for a 14-0 lead. St Patrick’s threw plenty at the Ignatius Park defence, but it held firm.
In the play-off for third place, St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon defeated Rockhampton’s The Cathedral College 38-6 while the Bob Linder Trophy, for the second half of the Division 1 teams, was claimed by Shalom College over Padua College.
The Neil Bloxsidge Plate – the highest prize for the Division 2 teams – was won by Dalby’s Our Lady of the Southern Cross College in a 28-10 win over St Edmund’s College, Ipswich.
Only two weeks ago, the Dalby school was entered for Division 3, yet it accepted a request to move into the higher division when a team asked to push back.
The other three trophies awarded today went to Clairvaux MacKillop College, Mt Gravatt (Confraternity Bowl), Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay (Confraternity Cup) and St Anthony’s College, Townsville (Men of League Challenge).
Four players each from Ignatius Park College and St Patrick’s College, Mackay, were selected in the QISSRL Merit team including player of the carnival Jamal Shibasaki.
The 43rd Confraternity Carnival will be held in June next year in Brisbane, hosted by St Laurence’s College.
(Listed in order of rankings of divisions from top-down)
Confraternity Shield final
Ignatius Park College, Townsville 32 – 0 St Patrick’s College, Mackay
St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon 38 – 6 The Cathedral College, Rockhampton
Iona College, Lindum 10 – 4 Marymount College, Burleigh Waters
St Mary’s College, Toowoomba 16 – 6 St Augustine’s College, Cairns
Bob Lindner Trophy final
Shalom College, Bundaberg 18 – 16 Padua College, Kedron
St Peter Claver College, Riverview 16 – 16 Marist College, Ashgrove
Emmaus College, Rockhampton 32 d- 10 St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe
Rockhampton Grammar School 22 – 6 Aquinas College, Ashmore
Neil Bloxsidge Plate final
Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby 28 – 10 St Edmund’s College, Ipswich
Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers 36 – 10 St Michael’s College, Merrimac
St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane 34 – 6 Holy Spirit College, Mackay 6
Assumption College, Warwick 16 – 12 Marist College, Emerald
Confraternity Bowl final
Clairvaux MacKillop College, Mt Gravatt 30 – 12 St Columban’s College, Caboolture
All Souls St Gabriel’s College, Charters Towers 36 – 10 St Thomas More College, Sunnybank
St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie 36 – 6 Blackheath & Thornburgh College, Charters Towers
St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba 28 d Faith Lutheran College, Plainland 4
Confraternity Cup final
Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay 30 – 0 Mt Maria College, Mitchelton
Chanel College, Gladstone 20 – 8 Good Shepherd College, Mount Isa
Unity College, Caloundra West 34 – 12 St Patrick’s College, Gympie
St John’s School, Roma 26 – 6 St Mary’s College, Woree
Men of League Challenge final
St Anthony’s College, Townsville 24 d- 10 Gilroy Santa Maria College, Ingham
Emmaus College, Jimboomba 20 – 8 Trinity College, Beenleigh 8
Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia 16 – 14 Ryan Catholic College, Townsville
St Augustine’s College, Augustine Heights 28 – 4 St James’ College, Spring Hill
ROUND 2 SCHEDULE
Wednesday, June 22
12pm: St Dominic’s College v Hunter Sports High (Action Photo’s SOON)
1.30pm: Hills Sports v Endeavour Sports High
Wednesday, June 29
11am: Farrer MAHS v All Saints Maitland
Illawarra Sports High v Hallam College
Erindale College v The Grange P-12 School
Patrician Brothers Fairfield v Holy Cross College, Ryde
Bass High v St Gregory’s College
*Games expected to be scheduled for start of Term 3
RE-WATCH THE ROUND 1 ACTION
Tuesday, May 31
ROUND 1 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, May 31
Wednesday, June 1
12pm: Endeavour Sports High 20 – 14 Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Action Photo’s Monday 13 June)
Wednesday, June 8
12pm: St Dominic’s v Bass High
11am: The Grange P-12 College v Hallam College
Thursday, June 9
Westfields Sports High v Hills Sports High
Ipswich SHS 24 – 16 Keebra Park SHS
Aaron Payne Cup
Mackay State High School 0 – 32 St Patrick’s College
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