Harris Fields State School proved too strong for St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, with the team’s strong defence and hard attack proving too hard for the Emerald school to overcome in today’s Under 12 NRL Development Cup final.
Harris Fields started the game on a strong footing, with prop Kywyn Tialata producing a strong tackle in the first minute of the game to set the tone for a competitive match.
He then starred on his way to scoring the first try in the third minute of the match, running straight through, showing his strength to put the ball down.
Emerald were quick to bounce back, with a long pass to five-eighth Clancy Harrison, who found a gap and secured the second try of the game. With an unsuccessful kick, the score at 6-4 in favour of the Logan side.
It was a strong start for both teams, but the defence proved hard to break for either side, with no one able to score any more points in a tight first half.
Both teams were also guilty of errors, which left the scores at 6-4 going into halftime.
Harris Fields started the second half strong, after a knock-on by St Patrick’s. This led to Joe Siku-Masters securing his team’s second try of the day, after he found a clear opening. A successful conversion saw the score at 12-4 on the 23rd minute of the match.
Quick to follow up from scoring his try, Siku-Masters produced a line break and beautiful long pass to fullback Riccardo Marius, which led to another Harris Fields try.
With another successful conversion, Harris Fields had a strong lead of 18-4. They scored once more in impressive fashion, with a beautiful chip by Watson, and a quick pick-up by Marius who sprinted away to extend the lead to 22-4.
St Patrick’s never gave up and knew they needed to continue trying to the end. Captain Tye Comiskey secured their second try for the game, followed shortly by an impressive runaway try from fullback Sam Chick.
Despite showing determination for the full 40 mins of the game, St Patrick’s still fell short of the win against a classy Harris Field side who claimed a 24-16 victory.
Following their win, Harris Fields State School team and staff celebrated by performing a special Haka.
NRL Development Cup (Under 12) Final
Sunday, September 25
HARRIS FIELDS STATE SCHOOL 24 (Riccardo Marius 2, Kywyn Tialata, Joe Siku-Masters, tries; Kulan Watson, Tutanekai Sellars, Lahui Tau, Joe Siku-Masters goals) def ST PATRICKS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL (EMERALD) 16 (Clancy Harrison, Tye Comiskey, Sam Chick tries; Sam Chick, Sam Gilmour goals) at Suncorp Stadium (Halftime: Harris Fields 6-4)
Harris Fields State School
1. Riccardo Marius 2. Derek Wiggins 3. Nazra Ashby 4. Regan Pouesi 5. Malaela Su’a 6. Lexi Tau (c) 7. Kulan Watson 8. Kywyn Tialata 9. Tutanekai Sellars 10. PJ Su’a 11. Tulifau Amosa 12. Beni Allen 13. Lytrell Morrison-White 14. Kelvyn Togia 15. Fatalele Alosio 16. Ezra Tapsell 17. Joe Siku-Masters 18. Damon Hayes 19. Immanuel Setiu
Coach: Leon Panapa / Tamati Elers
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School (Emerald)
1. Sam Chick 2. Brayden Jones 3. Callan Campbell 4. Sam Young 5. Blake Field 6. Clancy Harrison 7. Tye Comiskey (c) 8. Sam Carlyon 9. Diezel Brunker 10. Eli Lohse 11. Sam Karanicolos 12. Mack Nixon 13. Tikaimoa Kaono 14. Ben Pease 15. Sam Gilmour 16. Lewis Palella 17. Jack Heinemann 18. Lachlan Ware 19. Connor Moore
Coach: Max Martin