St Gregory’s College & Illawarra Sports to Kick-Off GIO Schoolboy Cup

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Saint Gregory’s College, Campbelltown will take on Illawarra Sports High at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday 13 May) in the round one clash of the GIO Schoolboy Cup at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

After having won all pool Matches in the Cup in 2013, Illawarra Sports High will prove to be a tough opponent.

Although Illawarra have lost key players in 2012 graduates, Sam Clune, Euan Aitken and Thomas Freebairn, Coach Brett Kelly is still confident his team can build off last year’s promising results.

“We still have a pretty strong team with eight or nine students from last year backing up,” Kelly said.

“We need to get off to a good start though so it’s important winning the first game in order to make the semis.”

The GIO Schoolboy’s Cup consists of only three pool games for each school, so the results of opening matches including points for and against will play an integral part in the finals make up.

Kelly believes “if we stick to our game plan and complete our sets we should be a good chance.”

Similarly, Saint Gregory’s College head coach Pat Newell is also anticipating a close round one clash.

Although, having not played Illawarra Sports High in a number of years, Newell said, “it’s hard to say where both teams are likely to win.”

In outstanding form at the moment, Saint Gregory’s College is undefeated three rounds into the MCS competition.

This being said, Newell still focuses on “keeping the basics in check” to avoid exposure when facing a foreign side.

“It’s hard not knowing the opposition but it’s a matter of sticking to our structures and gaining field position.

Our goal is to give ourselves the best opportunity to win the game,” said Newell.

Saint Gregory’s will play without centre, Joel Stregas, who injured his jaw last Thursday against Trinity College Auburn in the round three MCS clash, though “the boys are ready and looking forward to it,” said Newell.

The two sides last met in 2008 with Illawarra edging out the victory 20-16. Kick-off is at 4:00pm.       For further queries, please contact:

Name Anna Wallin  Lars Roy
Phone 0408 832 999  0433 281 626
Email awallin@nrl.com.au