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St Brendan’s in Aaron Payne Cup and Cowboys Challenge finals

Owen Pattie - St. Brendans College (Photo : The Bulletin)

St Brendan’s in Aaron Payne Cup and Cowboys Challenge finals

Author : Pam McKay The Bulletin

Livestream: Catch the action from Qld’s premier schoolboys deciders on this website on Wednesday.

St Brendan’s College open team after their Aaron Payne Cup semi-final win over Ignatius Park.

St Brendan’s College will forge its own piece of rugby league history on Wednesday.

For the first time, their teams will feature in the grand finals of both the Aaron Payne Cup and Cowboys Challenge in the same year.

St Brendan’s play Mercy College Mackay in the CC final at 10am and Kirwan State High in the APC final at 11am, with both games livestreamed on this website.

The First XIII booked their place in the APC decider by beating Ignatius Park 22-16 last week. Watch the replay here.

The CC team advanced with a 20-10 win over Emmaus College. Watch the replay here.

First XIII coach Scott Minto said it was a great achievement, one which was testament to the rugby league program at the school and the people involved in it.

St Brendan’s will play Mercy College Mackay in the Cowboys Challenge final on Wednesday.

He said his players were excited for their chance to claim the APC crown.

“I said to the boys last night that we’re not going up there to come second,” he said.

“We’ll go in with the same attitude that we did last week and really work hard.

“The first 10 to 15 minutes will set the tone, and we want to show plenty of intent and let them know we’re there to play.”

Kirwan took the honours 31-12 in their pool game, and Minto said it was that meeting that helped steel St Brendan’s defence.

“We know what to expect – big bodies running hard, especially early in the game,” he said.

“Our forward pack will do a good job with Tane Kiriona and Brock Hinds leading the way.

“Our edges are really strong, and we’ll get some opportunities late in the game with our centres and wingers.

“We’ve got to stick tight and stay connected. If we do that, we will go a long way towards winning.”

Matthew Hill.

Matthew Hill. St. Brendans College

St Brendan’s First XIII squad

Matthew Hill:

Broncos contracted and improving with every outing in the fullback role. In his first full year at the back, he’s a genuine strike player on any play the ball and will catch any lazy defender napping with his speed, balance and skill.

Kongasau Nona:

Hailing from Thursday Island, he has electric speed and a high level of skill to match. Look for him taking on tired forwards out of dummy half on every set.

Blayden Dodd:

Blayden is athletically gifted and has the uncanny ability to beat his defender one on one. With a fend to rival ‘GI’, Doddy (as the boys call him) will be looking for some early ball to test the opposition in this one.

Blake Anders:

With NRL clubs starting to circle, Blake has been a real eye catcher in 2021. With his tall build and strong carries, he is a handful to contain with his ability to slip the pass to his winger in space becoming his stock play.

Mackenzie Nixon:

Recently crowned Queensland Country under-17 representative, Mack has improved his game 100 per cent in 2021. Strong carries out of the back field and good finishing has him stationed at the top of the try scoring list in the APC 2021.

Jackson Miller:

The Barcaldine junior brings a cool head and a sharp passing and kicking game to the team. His ability to show and go and beat opposition was a real feature at Confro 2021 and has continued deep into the APC in Term 3.

Owen Pattie.

Owen Pattie. St Brendan’s College First XIII squad

Owen Pattie:

Captain of the side in 2021, Owen is a constant threat to teams by mixing up his game and testing defense lines out every set. A half who plays with tempo and good game management, he will be a key figure if Brendan’s are to go on and win the APC this year.

Tane Kiriona:

Fresh after inking a new deal with the Canberra Raiders, Tane has been a revelation in 2021. Tall, aggressive with unbelievable leg speed for a middle forward, he ticks almost every box and will be rising up the ranks in years to come.

Quinn Stover. St Brendan’s College First XIII squad

Quinn Stover. St Brendan’s College First XIII squad

Quinn Stover:

He started the season on the bench and when starting hooker Will Lasker did his shoulder prior to Confro, not many knew what Quinn was fully capable of. He’s grown immensely in the past 10 weeks and has stamped his mark on this team moving into the penultimate game Wednesday.

Brock Hinds:

Another who has gained a contract in the NRL system in 2022, Brock has taken his game to the next level with his hard runs, strong defence and work off the ball impressing the Broncos High Performance staff. He will need to match the big forwards from Kirwan if Brendan’s are to get home.

Ben Charles:

Has been in the top three for Brendan’s consistently every week this year. With his work rate off the charts and his line running and defence clean-up unfailing, Ben has helped a great deal with getting the team through to this game. Look for his influence to be huge.

Kealhan O’Brien:

The Blackwater product is fast, agile and tough. He takes the hard carries and is always sniffing around, looking for the ball. Look for his combination with Miller on the right to fire in the grand final.

Noah Corcoran: A skilful, rangy lock who can pass like the best halves and hit like the best middles. A great link man to the halves, Noah is doing a great job of steering the middles around in 2021.

St Brendan's celebrate their win in the Aaron Payne Cup semi-final. Picture: Matthew Forrest

St Brendan’s celebrate their win in the Aaron Payne Cup semi-final. Picture: Matthew Forrest

Hoani Harris:

The youngest of the bunch at 16 – although you wouldn’t know it. Tough in both attack and defence, Hoani is renowned for his effort all round. He will play a big part in making sure the pressure stays on Kirwan throughout.

Filipe Buli:

Another up and comer in Year 11. Has grown in leaps and bounds this season. At 190cm and 98kg, he is the younger brother of 2019 First XIII player Ilami. Watch him tear into them when he’s unleashed after 15 minutes of this match-up.

Harrison Gray:

A member of the 2020 outfit, Harrison takes on a new role this year, coming off the bench and moving Owen Pattie up to nine during the half, which has paid dividends. His experience when it matters most will be drawn upon this Wednesday.

Sebastian Nona:

Another 16-year-old who has impressed the coaching staff with his natural game and power runs. He will feature plenty in the First XIII kit in the coming 12 months as he, too, is in Year 11 this year.

Kendrick Treadwell-Kendrick:

A wing/fullback who can cover other positions at a pinch. With a want to get the ball in his hands, Kendrick will be a positive influence wherever he is injected in this one.

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