Helensvale, Palm Beach Currumbin and Our Lady of Mt.Carmel tested success on a big day of school football grand finals at the Gabba last week.

Monday 8 August 2011

State U18 representative Andrew Boston was best afield as Helensvale posted a thumping win over Palm Beach-Currumbin in the grand final of the Brisbane Lions Cup at the Gabba last week.

Boston (pictured), a well-performed member of the Australia Post Queensland Scorpions and a senior player with the Broadbeach Cats in the NEAFL, was a clear midfield standout as Helensvale took the honors 11-5-71 to 0-6-6.

Also outstanding for the victors were ruckman Angus Watts and forward Michael Abbey.

Curiously, it was a game much closer than the final scores suggest, and PBC in fact won the clearances.

It was more that Helensvale took their opportunities in front of goal to successfully defend their 2010 title and PBC did not.

The Brisbane Lions Cup grand final was the showcase event on a big day of schools football.

Earlier, in the Carol Berry Cup for Years 6-7 girls, Our Lady of Mt.Carmel at Coorparoo went one better than their grand final loss of 2010 when they beat competition newcomers Yeronga 8-3-51 to 3-2-20.

The victors kicked the first goal inside 30 seconds and were never seriously challenged.

Emma Reed from Mt.Carmel was named best afield.

In the middle game, Palm Beach Currumbin gained some joy ahead of the disappointment that was to follow when they beat Mountain Creek State High 15-10-100 to 3-1-19 in the grand final of the Northern States Cup.

It was nothing like the corresponding match between the same sides last year, in which PBC won with a kick after the siren.

This year the Gold Coasters were up and about from the first bounce against their Sunshine Coast opponents in a well-organised and precise team performance.

PBC’s win earns them a trip to Sydney on 16-18 September to represent Queensland in the AFL’s four—team Northern States Cup Grand Final series against the corresponding competition winners from Sydney (two) and the Northern Territory.

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