Nudgee Cup have won the 2011 Gold Coast Suns Cup in a thrilling grand final at Metricon Stadium.
Monday 8 August 2011
Nudgee Junior College, a traditional homeland of rugby union, have won the inaugural Gold Coast Suns Cup.
Based at Indooroopilly in Brisbane, they beat Sunshine Coast school Stella Maris in a thrilling grand final at Metricon Stadium at Carrara last Thursday.
There was not more than a kick in it any change as Nudgee Junior triumphed 6-5-41 to 4-5-29 in what was the first game of school football played at the new home of the Gold Coast Suns outside AFL match days.
Jye Larkin, a standout in the beaten Stella Maris side, was best afield.
Nudgee were presented with the Cup immediately after the game, and will receive a signed Suns jumper at a school presentation shortly.
Earlier, Nudgee had qualified for the grand final with a comprehensive win over Narangba Valley State School in the first of two semi-finals, while Stella
Maris had a similarly comfortable win over St. Francis Xavier School from Cairns.
To cap off a huge day for a competition formerly known as the Future Stars Cup, the consolation final between Narangba Valley and St.Francis finished in a draw.
Suns player Charlie Dixon, originally from Cairns, got right into the spirit of the day when he served as a goal umpire in the play-off for third place.
A large slice of the Suns playing list got involved in the day, which began with a thrill for the school teams – Suns’ captain Gary Ablett was running laps of the oval when they arrived.
Suns players, too, were involved in the presentation and mixed freely with the schoolboy players before taking them on a tour of Metricon Stadium to finish the day.