St. Mary's Dubbo

STOP THE PRESS - State champions again for St. Mary’s - Dubbo

Another state title for St. Mary’s School, Dubbo with a recent win in the NSW Independent & Catholic Primary Schools 13-a-side Rugby League (RL) Challenge. This follows their finals win in NSW Catholic Primary Schools Rugby 10’s State Finals two weeks ago, making history being the first St. Mary’s School team to win this state wide competition.

The team qualified for this competition after winning the David Peachey Shield in June. The 16 winning school teams represented each RL region from NSW, competed in the State Championships. The St. Mary’s team represented the Western Region.

The St. Mary’s team beat St. Patrick’s, Gundagai (Riverina region) in the preliminary round 34-0. In the quarter finals they played the strong team from the St. George Region, Christian Brothers, Lewisham winning 31-10. The semi-finals and final took place on Thursday 27th August at St. Mary’s Stadium, St. Mary’s. The Dubbo St. Mary’s team played the highly organized and professional outfit from St. Columbkille’s Catholic School, Corrimal (Illawarra). This was a very tough game with some big tackles and fast and solid breaks from both sides. The teams were evenly matched in the first half but the skillful St. Mary’s team were leading 12-0 at half time after scoring two tries. In the second half they dominated in attack and won the game 28-10.

The final against St. Joseph’s School, Taree was another exciting and competitive game but the highly rehearsed Dubbo team dominated in both attack and defence. Half time score 18-4 to St. Mary’s. In the second half the St. Mary’s stuck to their game plan playing aggressive but professional football tight in defence and dangerous in attack. Final score 34-4.  

Credit goes to all players for their team work and never give up attitude. Their success is also attributed to their experienced and passionate coach Paul Yeo, who gently but firmly prepared the boys, gave individual advice to each player and enabled them to achieve greatness.  The players, their coach and their success will long be remembered and spoken about for many years to come in the school, Dubbo region, the Diocese of Bathurst and rugby league circles.

The team included Joe Yeo, Jack Pay, Felix Connors, Fletcher Haycock, Will Johnston, Lachlan Townsend, Jye Wilson, Deakin Wilson, Latrell Fing, Braye Porter, Cameron Longhurst, Mitchell Martin, Connor Lindley, Harry Stimpson, Patrick Duffus, Austin Grey, Hugh Sienkiewicz & William Malloy. All who could be rugby league or union legends of the future.  

John Wagner

St. Mary’s, Dubbo victorious at NSWCPS Rugby 10-a-side State Knockout

On Monday 10th August 2015, St. Mary’s senior Rugby team was successful in winning the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Rugby 10’s State Finals and were presented with the Chris Gangemi Shield. The finals took place at the excellent playing fields of St. Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill.

The team qualified for the finals after winning the Bathurst Diocesan 10-a-side Rugby Union Finals that took place in June. The nine winning school teams representing the various dioceses from throughout NSW competed on the day. These included Broken Bay, Armidale, Lismore, Wilcannia/Forbes, Canberra/Goulburn, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle/Maitland and Bathurst.

The St. Mary’s team were placed in Pool A and won their four games in the preliminary. In the semi-finals St. Mary’s played a combined team of St. Augustine’s, Narromine/St. John’s, Trangie from Wilcannia/Forbes and won that game 24-0.

In the finals, St. Mary’s came up against a strong team from the Newcastle/Maitland Diocese, St. Catherine’s Singleton. Singleton had won their semi-final against an unbeaten Holy Trinity team from Inverell. The St. Mary’s team played extremely well in the final winning 36-0. The players represented their school and the Diocese of Bathurst with pride and courage on the day.

The players made history, being the first St. Mary’s School team to win this state wide competition under the direction of their passionate and experienced coach, Mr John Nugent. 

Once again, well done to all the boys!

John Wagner


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