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Lockdown brings Confraternity Carnival to early end

Lockdown brings Confraternity Carnival to early end Photo : Academy Photography )
Lockdown brings Confraternity Carnival to early end Photo : Academy Photography )

Lockdown brings Confraternity Carnival to early end

Author : QISSRL Media Release

COVID impacted on Confraternity Carnival for the second successive year, but only after two days of superb schools action at Iona College.

Organisers made the decision to cancel the 41st annual Carnival just before finals matches began after the Queensland Premier announced a three-day lockdown would begin at 6pm tonight.

That announcement came as the final pool matches for the boys were underway while the inaugural girls’ competition had reached its last pool matches.

“Confro”, sponsored by CQ University, brought together more than 1230 players, mostly from Catholic schools across Queensland.

There was an audible groan around Iona College on Brisbane’s bayside as the decision to call off the remainder of the carnival was announced.

Iona delivered an outstanding carnival, overcoming the disappointment of last year’s full cancellation with first-class facilities and volunteers.

However, the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League was left without a choice but to end the carnival as the lockdown impacted on each of the 50 schools that had travelled from all parts of the state to compete.

“The health and safety of our participants is our priority at all times,” QISSRL President Peter Elmore said.

“We thank everyone who has worked so hard for this carnival. We have enjoyed an outstanding three days, beginning with Sunday’s opening mass and ceremony.

“Iona College has been a brilliant host. It’s been a wonderful carnival. The spirit of play across the last two days has been excellent. The spirit of confraternity was upheld.

“We didn’t have the chance to gather last year and, while we couldn’t play out this week, we can focus on the many positives that the first three days gave us.

“While we are unable to play finals matches, more than 1230 students had the opportunity to become Confro players.

“They are now part of the Confro community and will always be part of that community.”

The Confro community runs deep across Australia’s rugby league scene with the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Wendell Sailor, Anthony Milford, Ben Hunt, Matt Bowen, Matt Scott, Nate Myles, Daly Cherry-Evans and Xavier Coates among its many graduates.

The 2021 records will show multiple unbeaten teams during the last two days.

Across the girls’ and boys’ competitions, Marymount College, Burleigh Waters, St Patrick’s College, Mackay and The Cathedral College, Rockhampton, were unbeaten in all of their qualifying matches.

The cancellation prevented an exciting afternoon of quarter-finals. Ignatius Park College, Townsville – the defending champions in the boys’ Confraternity Shield chase – were scheduled to meet heavyweights St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon.

Ignatius Park did not concede a point in two matches yesterday, but they started slowly today as Marist College, Ashgrove raced to a 14-0 lead in their pool clash.

But Ignatius Park then rattled off 40 unanswered points to cruise towards the quarter-finals.

The top eight teams for the Confraternity Shield included teams from Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gold Coast and two Brisbane teams – hosts Iona College and St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe which both qualified with two wins each.

In Division 2, Holy Spirit College, Mackay, St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, St Michael’s College, Merrimac and All Souls St Gabriel’s School, Charters Towers were all unbeaten in their three matches.

In Division 3, Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay, Chanel College, Gladstone, and Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby, were undefeated.

Next year’s Confraternity Carnival is scheduled for Mackay. It will be the first time since 1996 that Mackay has hosted the Carnival.

All matches were livestreamed on

Day 2 results – Boys

Division 1

Pool A

Marist College, Ashgrove 32 – 4 Shalom College
Ignatius Park College 18 – 0 St Augustine’s College, Cairns
Ignatius Park College 44 – 0 Shalom College
St Augustine’s College, Cairns 24 – 16 Marist College, Ashgrove

Pool B

Iona College 32 – 12 Aquinas College
The Cathedral College 26 – 6 St Mary’s College, Toowoomba
Iona College 18 – 6 St Mary’s, Toowoomba
Cathedral College 46 – 6 Aquinas College

Pool C

St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe 12 – 4 Rockhampton Grammar
Marymount College 32 – 4 St Peter Claver
Marymount College 20 – 14 St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe
Rockhampton Grammar 22 – 10 St Peter Claver College

Pool D

St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon 44 – 8 Emmaus College, Rockhampton
St Patrick’s College, Mackay 26 – 6 Padua College
St Patrick’s, Mackay 26 – 20 St Brendan’s College
Padua College 28 – 0 Emmaus College, Rockhampton

Division 2

Pool A

Clairvaux MacKillop College 22 – 0 Assumption College
Holy Spirit College 22 – 8 Blackheath and Thornburgh College
Assumption College 20 – 4 Blackheath and Thornburgh
Holy Spirit College 12 – 10 Clairvaux MacKillop

Pool B

St Laurences College 22 – 12 St Edmund’s College
St Mary’s, Woree 20 – 6 St Thomas More College
St Laurence’s College 30 – 4 St Mary’s, Woree
St Edmund’s College 50 – 0 St Thomas More College

Pool C

Columba Catholic College 26 – 0 St Columban’s College
St Michael’s College 48 – 0 Faith Lutheran College
St Columban’s College 20 – 12 Faith Lutheran College
St Michael’s College 12 – 8 Columba Catholic College

Pool D

All Souls St Gabriel’s 8 – 0 St Joseph’s College
St Teresa’s College 32 – 14 Marist College, Emerald
Marist College, Emerald 24 – 10 St Joseph’s College
All Souls St Gabriel’s 22 – 8 St Teresa’s College

Division 3

Pool A

Ryan Catholic College 18 – 4 Emmaus College, Jimboomba
St Anthony’s College 26 – 8 St James/Chisholm College
St Anthony’s College 12 – 12 Emmaus College, Jimboomba
Ryan Catholic College 38 – 0 St James / Chisholm College

Pool B

Xavier Catholic College 22 – 6 Unity College
St Augustine’s College, Augustine Heights 16 – 8 Ambrose Treacy College
Unity College 32 – 0 Ambrose Treacy College
Xavier Catholic College 28 – 6 St Augustine’s, Augustine Heights

Pool C

Chanel College 26 – 12 Trinity College
St John’s, Roma 18 – 6 Good Shepherd College
Good Shepherd College 20 – 10 Trinity College
Chanel College 24 – 8 St John’s, Roma

Pool D

Gilroy Santa Maria College 18 – 18 St Patrick’s College, Gympie
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Dalby 20 – 6 Mt Maria College
Mt Maria College 26 – 20 Gilroy Santa Maria College
Our Lady of the Southern Cross 36 – 6 St Patrick’s, Gympie

Day 2 results – Girls

Pool A

Marymount College 32 – 0 Southern Cross Catholic College
Emmaus College, Rockhampton 30 – 10 Southern Cross Catholic College
Marymount College 32 – 6 Emmaus College, Rockhampton

Pool B

St Patrick’s College, Mackay 34 – 0 Trinity College
Shalom College 18 – 14 Trinity College
St Patrick’s College, Mackay 16 – 4 Shalom College

Pool C

The Cathedral College 24 – 0 St Joseph’s College
The Cathedral College 40 – 16 Clairvaux MacKillop College
St Joseph’s College 12 – 6 Clairvaux MacKillop College

Day 1 results – Old favourites surge in absorbing start to Confraternity Carnival

Main image courtesy of Academy Photography

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