The John Paul College team who will contest the finals of the 10-a-side competition.
The John Paul College team who will contest the finals of the 10-a-side competition.

JPC Rugby in finals



THE John Paul College Open Rugby side regained the coveted trophy for the annual term one Friday night 10-a-side competition last Friday night in a hard fought win over arch rivals Bishop Druitt College.

In the eight team competition badly affected by the wet weather this term, four sides met for the semi finals last Friday night.

The John Paul College side ran out eventual winners over Dorrigo in their semi final after trailing for most of the match.

A late try to Nathan Smith sealed a three point win 17 - 14 after the side was down 12-14 at half time.

Meanwhile in the other semi-final BDC were having their own tight match with last year's winners Coffs High School.

Their match was tied up with four minutes to play when an intercept try to BDC sealed the match, so the scene was set for local rivals JPC and BDC to meet in the final.

The match began with a try to JPC fullback Julian May in the corner after an impressive build up.

From this point the BDC side lifted and were able to score two tries and go to the break in front by 12- 5.

This remained the score for the early part of the second half before JPC came back with a converted try to Aaron Freeman to tie up the match.

With three minutes remaining BDC scored a length of the field runaway try after being under continual pressure on their line.

The score was 17-12 with less than a minute to play when JPC were rewarded for their sustained pressure with a try under the posts to Nathan Smith.

He duly converted and took JPC two points in front to win the match.

JPC were best served by Smith, fly half Brendan Ralph, fullback Julian May and forwards Brad Madden, Justin Sharp and inspirational captain Chris McDonough.

As a result of their success in reaching the final, both sides are now travelling to Port Macquarie to represent Coffs Harbour in the Mid North Coast Final of the competition.

The matches to be played today (Wednesday) will be involve a play off with Wauchope and Chatham High Schools who were successful in winning the Taree and Port Macquarie competitions respectively.

Prizes to the value of $7000 have been kindly donated by the competition sponsors ODS, Office Data Systems.



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