Intense, fast-paced action in new college cup

SUPERB START: De La Salle Cronulla captain Zac Wedesweiller looks for a way through a swarming Marist Kogarah defensive line. The inaugural NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Cup rugby league competition has kicked off across the State with the new format producing some intense, fast-paced action.

In Sydney, Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown, and Holy Cross College, Ryde, played host to 22 teams split into pools, playing three 30-minute matches in one day. In the games played at Ryde, De La Salle College, Cronulla, St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, and St Paul’s College, Manly, shared the spoils in their pool with two wins apiece. The Cronulla boys made a superb start to their campaign by beating Marist College, Kogarah, 20-0.

Coach Dave Callandar was impressed with the performance considering it was the first time they had played together as a team. “The recent passing of our team patron, Br Stan Carmody, gave the boys some extra fire as they really hit hard in defence,” said Dave. “The boys gelled really well together and enjoyed the new format which encourages attacking football.”

De La Salle continued their impressive form, scoring five tries in a comfortable 26-0 win over St Mary’s Cathedral College. The boys appeared set to remain undefeated, leading 8-0 with four minutes remaining against St Paul’s. But the Manly side stunned De La Salle with two quick tries to win 10-8.

Cronulla captain Zac Wedesweiler said: “A couple of injuries and two games in the middle of a hot day took their toll on us, but full credit to St Paul’s for a memorable come-back. “They gave us a good lesson about not clocking off and playing right to the final whistle. We will be the wiser for it. “The boys enjoyed playing in this new format and playing three games in the one day helped build combinations for the games ahead.” The second round of matches will be on June 1

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