School footy is back in full swing for this year, with the Broncos Challenge kicking off in the South East earlier this month and the boys 15 years state championships held this past weekend.
This year’s challenge began on Tuesday (April 17) with Wavell State High School hosting a massive day of rugby league that doubled as the annual LIVIN Positive Mental Health Round with games played between Wavell and Marsden.
There were seven grades that were involved for the round – including a Girls game – while elsewhere, Ipswich faced off against Keebra and Palm Beach Currumbin took on St Marys in their matches.
In this year’s Broncos Challenge – all competitions will be played after school during Term 2 (except for the Year 7 Brisbane Broncos Old Boys Trophy gala days).
The finals for the Renouf Shield (Year 8), Hancock Cup (Year 9), Walters Cup (Year 10), Devere Cup (Year 10 Pool B competition), Gee Shield (Level 2 Open), Langer Trophy (Elite ‘Big 6’ competition) and Langer Reserve Grade (Langer schools second Open team) will be played over the first six weeks of Term 3.
In northern Queensland, the Aaron Payne Cup for Cup (Year 10 and Open) and Under 15 Cowboys Challenge began in March in Mackay, with April hosting a number of game in Rockhampton.
Both the SEQ and NQ / CQ competitions will be a good introduction to another busy year of school football for boys and girls.
The boys State Championships were held in May 3-6 in Townsville for Under 15 and Opens will run from May 24-27 in Toowoomba.
August will be the turn for the girls, with Under 15 playing August 17-19 at Maroochydore and Opens playing August 24-26 in Brisbane. The National 15s will be in Mackay from July 1-6.
The top schools in the Aaron Payne Cup and Broncos Challenges will be vying for finals places in this year’s National Schoolboy’ Cup finals series with the National Schoolboy Cup Queensland final and the National Schoolboy Cup National Final both being held in late September.
Schools on the Gold Coast will also take part in the Titans Challenge across both boys and girls divisions, with the opportunity for the winning school to enter the National Schools Competition.
>>> Keep an eye on QRL.com.au for more news – while the Queensland School Sport 13-18 years Rugby League Facebook page will keep you up-to-date with results from the competitions.
Main Photo: The male and female captains of Marsden and Wavell with former students Kodi Nikorima (Wavell) and Jaydn Su'A (Marsden) joined by Wavell principal Jeff Major and Marsden principal Andrew Peach.