College out of league Cup

TAKING on rugby league stronghold St Gregory’s Campbelltown proved a bridge too far for John Paul College.

The local team had made it the final eight of the Catholic Colleges Cup rugby league competition but the crucial difference was playing away from home.

“We got pumped,” JPC captain Brandon Lee sent home in a text message, after St Greg’s won the match 58-4.

The score was 26-6 at the break and there was no happy ending.

Many of the JPC players will turn out in club sides this weekend in the second round of Group 2 semi-finals.

Minor premiers Coffs Harbour face Macksville in Sunday’s major semi-final at Coronation Park with the winner progressing to the grand final, while on Saturday, Sawtell play Macleay Valley at Rex Hardaker Oval.

Meanwhile, cases involving both Macleay Valley players and one Nambucca Heads player sent off in a rowdy under-18 elimination semi-final at Macksville last Saturday have been adjourned until September 6 after not guilty pleas were entered.

One of the Nambucca players changed his plea to guilty and his sentence will be delivered as part of the verdict in the major case.

Macksville players Neville Donovan and Craig Smith have also had their cases transferred to September 6 with both pleading not guilty after being charged with directing verbal abuse at referee Nathan Grace following the conclusion of the first-grade clash with Coffs Harbour.

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