St Edwards Ecstatic About Finals Day In Dubbo

Updated: August 8, 2018

Photo of the Under-15’s St Edwards team after winning the Northern NSW Country Cup courtesy of — St Edwards College Facebook Page 

Over 400 schools competed in the Country Cup this year and St Edwards College, Gosford has been a standout, with their Under-13’s and Under-15’s teams progressing to the Finals to face Kiama High School and Red Bend College, Forbes respectively in Dubbo next week.

Under-13’s Coach Pat Dell admitted the St Edwards community are excited about the prospect of winning two Finals and is extremely proud of the students for advancing so far into the competition.

“I think it reflects the three T’s for the boys which describes them: talent, team work and tenacity,” Dell said.

“The college is proud of the boys and their efforts but they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them and playing as a team is very important to us.”

Dell acknowledged Rugby League is a significant part of the student’s lives and they look up to former students like Damian Driscoll, Connor Watson and James Maloney.

“Rugby League is a very strong part of life for many of the boys; the College has a rich tradition of producing current NRL and former NRL players and the boys join that heritage; they’re very proud to be part of that.”

38223060_1710941952274493_1341315000890818560_nThe Under-13’s after winning the Northern NSW Country Cup.

Dell believes earning a win would reflect the student’s determination and comradery they have built throughout the tournament.

“I think it would be the culmination of hard work, team work and sticking together during tough games; they’ve won 12 out of 12 games to get there.

“Whether they get beaten it doesn’t matter, it’s about them being the best they can be.

“Kiama High, we expect them to be very strong and the boys will hopefully have the right mentality, frame of mind, be proud of their school and do their best.”

Dell will be looking for students like Will Hodder, Mason Stafford and Tyrone Dorrell at fullback to continue their impressive form into the final.

Under-15’s Coach Tony Herringe affirmed Rugby League is a passion for many of the students and it is not uncommon for them to be playing three games per week in various competitions.

“For the Rugby League players, it is their life; they love it,” Herringe said.

“They love playing for their representative side, their school side, their weekend side…they just love football and talk a lot football.”

Herringe is hoping Dylan Poate, who played in the NSW CCC last month will make an impact against Red Bend; as well as props Marlin Guest and Tymana Henry.

On Wednesday, 15th August the Under-15’s Red Bend College v St Edwards College Country Cup Final will kick-off at 9:00am while the Under-13’s Kiama High School v St Edwards College Final will kick off at 11:40am, with both taking place at Apex Park, Dubbo.