Mount Ridley Ready To Rumble

Updated: August 10, 2018

In only their third year competing in the tournament, Mount Ridley College, Victoria have earned a spot in the Country Cup Opens Final against St Clare’s High School, Taree in Dubbo on Wednesday.

Mount Ridley College Assistant Principal Helen Casey affirmed the College, established in 2009, is buzzing with excitement and said the team are eager to represent their school as well as their community.

“It’s only our third year of being in the tournament and fourth year ever of having year 12 so were extremely excited,” Casey said.

“The Maori and Pacific Islander community are very significant within our school community so these young boys are very proud of the fact that they’re representing their school for their Rugby League but also for their community and for us as a College.”

The Mount Ridley team has no shortage of talented players, with five boys – Kruz and Felix Niutili-Schmidt, Brandon Pritchard, Haele Finau, Dean Ieremia and Jerry Ieremia representing Combined Affiliated States at the recent ASSRL National Carnival for Under-18’s and playing in the Victoria Thunderbolts Mal Meninga Cup team at the start of the year.

As well, three players – Korneias Akeli, Deveraux Feo and Tui Ieremia represented the Victoria Under-16’s in their tour of Sydney against Harold Matthews representative teams.

Casey believes that winning the final would be the culmination of all the hard work the boys have put in on as well as off the field.

“We have high expectations of our students and we constantly explain to them that if you put the work in you will get the reward so, this is just another milestone for these young boys as they work through their journey.”

Casey doesn’t put the boy’s success down to a single player, but rather the entire team and confirmed their ultimate goal would be to progress to the GIO School Cup Final.

“It has well and truly been a team performance; they wouldn’t have got as far as they have without being a very well-rounded team.

“Fingers crossed they can pull this off and go onto that Championship round, that’s what their goal is.”

St Clare’s High School Coach Matthew Collier believes making the trip to Dubbo and competing in the Final will be a major highlight in the boy’s schooling life.

“The boys are extremely excited; it is a big thing for our school,” Collier said.

“It’s a strong Rugby League town, so for a lot of them it will probably be the highlight of their school career.

“The boys would be ecstatic about winning the final…it would be unreal.”

Collier will be looking for fullback Wade Harry, hooker Mitch Black and forwards Kane Evans and Keiran Fowler to continue their impressive form into the Final.

St Clare’s High School v Mount Ridley College Country Cup Opens Final will kick-off at 10:15am and will take place at Apex Park, Dubbo on Wednesday, 15th August.