So close for Monaro

MONARO High came close to taking out the 2014 Brumbies Shield recently, going down in the final by just two conversions.

The school's year 7/8 rugby team competed in the tournament in Canberra against teams from across Canberra and the South Coast.

The boys got their campaign off to a flying start defeating John Paul College 46-0. Tries: D. Corby, C. Sewell, L. Rankin 2, A. Allen, W. Moore, J. Harding, B. Zammit. Conversions: W. Moore 2, L. Rankin.

In their next game they played Lyneham High who had narrowly beaten them in the 7s final earlier this year. It was a slow start but Monaro confidently took control of the game winning 28-14. Tries: J. Harding 2, B. Zammit 2. Conversions: L. Rankin 3, W. Moore. Best and Fairest points for the day were: 3 Bill Zammit, 2 James Harding, 1 Will Moore with Players' Player Kayne Johnson-Smith.

The side later travelled to Canberra to finish off the pool games and play the finals. With injuries to James Harding and Jesse Williams it was good to have Josh Bruce fit and James Hill available. Their last pool game was against Mary Mackillop but ball security was an issue.

Too many turnovers saw Monaro's first loss 22-7 with the only try scored and converted by Will Moore.

Despite this loss Monaro still finished top of the pool and played Canberra High in the Grand Final.

Canberra High only had 12 players so Monaro matched them in numbers. This caused some confusion initially as players were forced out of position and the game became more of a 10-a-side style match. In the end Monaro lost by just two conversions with both sides finishing with four tries. Tries: W. Moore 2, J. Hill, B. Zammit. Conversions: L. Rankin. Best and Fairest on the day went to: 3 Will Moore, 2 Bill Zammit and 1 Callum Sewell. Player's Player was Callum Sewell.

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