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2009 Wests Leagues Club Grand Final Report

Six different schools claim Wests Leagues Cup titles on a very humid and energy sapping Grand Final day at Campbelltown Showground.
2009 Wests Leagues Club Grand Final Report
by NRL

Six different schools claim Wests Leagues Cup titles on a very humid and energy sapping Grand Final day at Campbelltown Showground.

Eagle Vale HS have claimed the Wests Leagues Cup for season 2009 with a commanding second half display to defeat Elderslie HS by 34-18.

With scores locked at 18 all at halftime, it appeared to be anybody's game. However, outstanding second half performances by fullback Moses Faoagali, centre John Fomai and five- eighth Kurt Daniels, steered Eagle Vale HS to its first U/15 Division 1 WLC title, avenging a heart-breaking last second loss to Ashcroft HS in the 2008 decider. Daniels would receive the prestigious John Skandalis Medal as best on ground. Elderslie HS were by no means disgraced, capably led by tough tackling second rower Brent Nellies and crafty halfback Jake Dooner.

Sarah Redfern HS claimed their inaugural WLC title with a 26-10 victory over Elderslie HS for the U/13 Division 1 premiership. The Minto based school skipped out to a 16-0 lead on the back of some skilful and well drilled attacking plays. Elderslie HS were exceptionally courageous though, fighting back to 16-10 mid-way, especially after cruelly losing their best player early in the game. Lock and captain Christian Tulua would receive the Brett Hodgson Medal for an inspirational performance. He was ably supported by front rower Kevin Nooroa and centre Derek Ah Chong. Fullback Jayden Phillips was outstanding in a valiant Elderslie HS team.

Robert Townson HS lifted the U/15 Division 2 Ezy to Own Cup with a 20-8 victory over Miller THS of Liverpool. Played during the most humid part of the afternoon, Townson was always in command, leading 6-0 at halftime. Having been on the losing side in two previous WLC deciders, the victory was a great reward for WLC Convenor Rod Child who runs an excellent League program at the school. Townson were best served by Bryce Gibbs Medallist Reece Fitzgerald and Tylon Tanuvasa. Miller THS, also operating a strong Rugby League program under Jeff Goodwin and Adam McCoy were gallant in defeat. Fullback Michael Laupola and five- eighth Jed Kohler were tireless for their team.

Picton HS defended their U/13 Division 2 with a 24-18 triumph over Thomas Reddall HS in the Marsdens Law Group Cup. Trailing 18-8 midway through the second half, Picton came home with a wet sail to deny an under-strength Reddall HS team. Picton HS fullback Will Ritchard was awarded the Gordon Fetterplace Medal in a dominant display and was supported by prop Jack Pound and halfback Zac McInness.

Leumeah HS lifted the U/15 Division 3 crown with a nail-biting 32-28 victory over Thomas Reddall HS. Led by man of the match James Ryan at fullback and clever halfback Brad Wiles, Leumeah overcame a halftime deficit to provide a fitting reward for their hard-working coach Simon Flanigan. Appearing in their first WLC deciders, Reddall were exceptionally unlucky not to take a premiership back to Ambarvale. NSW CHS half Shannon Crook was dominant for the Reddall HS team.

Probably the match of the day was the premiership victory of Elizabeth Macarthur HS in the U/13 Division 3 Grand Final over Cecil Hills HS by 26-24. Competing for the NSWRL Western Sydney/ ARLD Cup, both teams played with great desperation and skill. Prop Brian Tierney received the Gary Walden Medal in a losing team, really playing hard throughout the game to keep his school in the match. Tough tackling lock Jarrod Wilmott was strong for the new premiers, as was centre Eddie Vatuvei. Special mention goes to the coach of Elizabeth Macarthur, Donna Wilmott, a parent of the school who coached both of the school's teams, ably supported by teacher Jacqui Wilmott. The loss was Cecil Hills HS third in succession in Wests Leagues Cup deciders, cruel luck for their hard-working coaches Dan Mattias and Brendan Williams.

Wests Leagues Cup President Alex Melville commented, "Once again Wests Leagues Cup Grand Final day has shown the merit of our concept. For five years now, schools have competed desperately to win a WLC title. I'd like to thank the efforts of all involved in this year's season and to Campbelltown Harlequins RFC who provided the GF venue, with the stadium ruled out due to construction work.

"We like to thank our sponsors Wests Leagues Campbelltown, Marsdens Law Group, Ezy to Own Rentals, Ingleburn Washing Machine Repairs, NSWRL WSA and ARLD for their generous support of our competition. With their help, this competition has become a real shining light for the possible structure of comprehensive high school Rugby League in Sydney."

2009 Wests Leagues Cup Grand Final Results
Thursday September 17th @ Campbelltown Showground

U/13 Division 3
Elizabeth Macarthur HS 26 d Cecil Hills HS 24
Gary Walden Medallist- Brian Tierney (Cecil Hills HS)

U/13 Division 2
Picton HS 24 d Thomas Reddall HS 18
Gordon Fetterplace Medallist- Will Ritchard (Picton HS)

U/13 Division 1
Sarah Redfern HS 26 d Elderslie HS 10
Brett Hodgson Medallist- Christian Tulua (Sarah Redfern HS)

U/15 Division 3
Leumeah HS 32 d Thomas Reddall HS 28
Shannon Gallant Medallist- James Ryan (Leumeah HS)

U/15 Division 2
Robert Townson HS 20 d Miller THS 8
Bryce Gibbs Medallist- Reece Fitzgerald (Robert Townson HS)

U/15 Division 1
Eagle Vale HS 34 d Elderslie HS 18
John Skandalis Medallist- Kurt Daniels (Eagle Vale HS)

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