St Joseph’s College (Toowoomba) are this year’s Simon Black Cup Open Division premiers after defeating Pittsworth State High School in a close encounter at Rockville Oval on Wednesday.
St Joseph’s went through the entire season undefeated but were pushed all the way in the Grand Final by a dogged Pittsworth who refused to give in.
Joey’s won much of the early possession but inaccuracy kept Pittsworth in touch, with just three points separating the teams at quarter time.
Joey’s kept Pittsworth goalless in the second quarter and added two themselves opening up a handy 16 point lead at half-time.
St Joseph’s lost midfielder Sam Flannery during the second quarter, suffering a sickening head clash that would later require 7 stitches.
Pittsworth came out firing in the third term, storming back into contention and at one point taking a narrow lead.
St Joseph’s were able to compose themselves for the final quarter eventually taking the game by 13 points, 6.11-47 to 5.4-34.
Pittsworth defender Brendan McDonald narrowly edged out St Joseph’s midfielder Jarron Miller for Best on Ground honours.
Not to be outdone though, Miller took out the league Most Valuable Player award while Pittsworth forward Tom O’Sullivan was named the leading goal kicker.
The win was the second in three years for the St Joseph’s group who took out the under 15 flag back in 2009.
Their coach Rodney Spaine praised the efforts of his squad who had worked together as a cohesive unit throughout the last three years.