|KEEBRA PARK SEASON SO FAR
Well we are well under way in 2014 and so far there have been some mixed results across the board.
The Open A team are beginning to gel and came off a 6 point loss to Wavell to post a 25-18 win over rival Gold Coast school Palm Beach Currumbin.
The boys have been training hard and the win is a testament to this.
10 of the side are 16 and have been in the system since grade 8 and this further dispels the misconception that the boys are all bought together in grade 12 with the reality being that they train hard, are well disciplined and that they strive to maintain the tradition of the Keebra Park jersey.
Program contractual commitments also ensure that players not gaining a pass mark for effort and behaviour do not play at all and while some programs may be willing to sacrifice this aspect of the wholistic program in favour of results on the field it is a corner stone of the program here, regardless of the cost as far as results go and not something that is compromised on.
PBC went into the game with 3 QLD players and a reputation built largely on the combinations built up in the Meninga competition and many of the large crowd gathered to see Keebra put to the sword as it were with further hearsay and speculations regarding the Keebra Program permeating through the stands.
Kick off saw Keebra more than a match with PBC through the middle and this lead to dominant field position and two quick try scoring opportunities that were duly taken.
A third was added before PBC replied off the back of a magnificent solo effort from QLD lock Keegan Hipgrave and this set the scene for a mini PBC revival that saw them head into the sheds 14-12 in front.
To their credit this revival came through the PBC ability to disrupt Keebra’s momentum and capitalise on any chance they got but the second half saw Keebra regain their composure and mount sustained pressure that lead to two more tries in quick succession.
PBC replied with a try of their own but smart play by half Braydon Mcmahon put the result out of contention when he slotted a field goal.
While the result was pleasing there was plenty of room for improvement in both sides and the rematch is sure to be highly anticipated with PBC welcoming back one QLD player and Keebra welcoming back its three Tongan boys on national duty.
In the Gee competition coach Peter Norman has his boys playing a fine style of running football built of the back of a solid forward platform. The grubber kick and subsequent try to flying winger Wisdom Edwards in the PBC was one to behold.
The 15’s coached by Peter Stevens continued to gain momentum despite missing a number of key players and wins against Coombabah and PBC highlight the level of skill and development that these boys are receiving as they head into the finals.
The 14’s Coached by Mr Cambell have continued their fine form and are playing some quality structured football usually reserved for boys of a more mature level and this patient, calculated approach will set them in good stead for the finals.
Wins over PBC 50-0 and Ipswich SHS 72-0 have seen some stellar performances and two man of the match displays by David Fifita.
The latter win being particularly well received considering the reputation Ipswich SHS’s football program has built in its local area.
The thirteens are struggling a little at the stage of the competition but are capable of beating anyone on their day and the stars are beginning to align.
In the local competition the 14 and 13 B’s side are through to the crossover finals and are a possibility of joining their respective A teams in the Broncos Competitions.
Pleasing selections include:
Jordan Scott, Braydon Mcmahon and JJ Felise in the QLD Open schoolboys team.
Old boy, Brent Woolf and grade 11 students Kobe Tararo and Ethan Paikea in the QLD Under 16s
Old Boys Riva Pati and George Fai in the Under 18 Club Team
Kenny Edwards and Kurtis Rowe forging NRL careers at the EELS and Tigers.
Corey Norman, Greg Eastwood, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Issac Lui , Sam Moa, Ben Teo, Jordan Kahu, Bodene Thompson and Rangi Chase and Ben Murdoch continuing their careers at various clubs.
Well done boys good luck to all schoolboy footballers as we head into the finals.