As many of you may be aware the Confraternity Rugby League Carnival is pegged as one of the biggest school sporting events of the year, for the senior boys of Charters Towers. This year I was lucky enough to travel down to Rockhampton for the week with the Columba Catholic College first XIII.
The week started with a good old fashioned bus trip, the boys and support staff ready to go for a big week ahead. The boys in particular, were excited for the week ahead, and were ready to try improve on their 3rd place last year in Ipswich. We made our way inland, in convoy with the CCC Netball girls passing through Belyando Crossing, Clermont, and Emerald with our arrival into Rockhampton just in time to watch a Q-Cup Rugby League game.
Day one saw us playing two games against (Holy Spirit, Mackay and Faith Lutheran, Redlands) with Columba being victorious in both of those games. At this point on time the boys were pretty reluctant at the idea of seeking some help (taping, massages etc.) and despised the idea of a post-game swim in hotels ‘artic pool’.
Throughout the week another two victories were added to the tally with Columba defeating St Thomas More, Sunnybank and St Michael’s College, Merrimac placing them in the Plate Final against Marist College, Ashgrove. It was also quite pleasing to see all the participating Charters Towers Schools (All Souls St Gabriel’s and Blackheath Thornburgh) finishing within the Top 5 teams following the pool matches. Just goes to show the strength and talent of the schools in the region and that we can match it with the bigger schools.
The much needed rest day rolled around, and gave the boys time to rest and recuperate with a day trip to Yeppoon and saw a few battered and bruised bodies come in and out of the treatment room and recovery pool for some much needed TLC, in preparation for the final.
With a few injuries and tough games under our belts I slowly felt like I was becoming the most popular person on tour and soon had to teach others massage/strapping to keep up with the demand! The boys fought valiantly in their final game to place 2nd in their Division and Plate runners up for 2016.
The final nights saw the boys and girls let their hair (not that the boys had much after their traditional pre-carnival cuts) down a little with in-house awards being presented to the students.
I would again like to thank Columba Catholic College for the opportunity to travel away with the team. It was a wonderful experience supporting the CCC first XIII over the week managing their aches/pains, bumps and bruises and just being there for a laugh.