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A quick kick followed by a smart offload from Fellows put Little away under the posts to hand his team a lead at half-time. Coach Brent Merritt was thrilled by how his team responded following a loss to Kildare Catholic College on Tuesday. Scores were locked at all when with five seconds left in the game Liam Delahunty scored to down Mount Austin High School. Jarod Ladbury scored a hat-trick to give his team a chance of a comeback win, but in the end goal kicking proved to be the difference.

Last year's grand finalists could be without captain Tom Hallam for the entire competition due to a hand injury. Hallam underwent surgery on Wednesday and how long he'll miss is unknown.

Despite the uncertainty, coach Daryl Lawrence is confident of filling the void against Wagga High on Thursday. Hardy Shield opening nightSome of the action from the first fixtures of the season. Around eight players from last year aren't in the side and Lawrence isn't sure just what to expect. Lawrence missed the game but still expects to come up against a tough team.

Lawrence is looking for his team to control the ball and keep their errors down. The clash starts at 5. Hardy Shield round two. Hardy Shield title holders Kildare had to dig deep before powering through the opening match of the schoolboys' competition, defeating Wagga High at Parramore Park on Tuesday.

Wagga High playmaker Jordan Little scored the first try and Jack Flood converted, but the public school boys defended for the next 18 minutes, under continual pressure from Kildare. Kildare five-eighth Jake Mascini made a break from halfway to score before one of just three returning players, Sam Heffernan, starred in their next try, and captain Austin Hay exploited the left wing, offloading to Liam Moon who scored in the corner.

Wagga High coach Brent Merritt urged the boys to play to the referee's rules after giving away a series of penalties. Our attack's good, but there's only been tiny bursts of it.

Little made ground at fullback, and Matt Fellows lifted the team's spirits as he scored between the posts, setting up Flood for the conversion. Morton praised the efforts of Sam Heffernan, Matt Knagge and Jake Mascini on his return after a two-year spell, as well as young half back Liam Fitzsimmons. Earlier on Tuesday, in Mount Austin's comeback, the underdogs staged a thrilling performance in the second half to rival Kooringal High.

Kildare Catholic Catholic is determined to hold onto its mantle as the best schoolboy rugby league team in Wagga. Mount Austin have returned to the fold this season as Kildare are looking to make it three wins in a row in the competition. However the defending champions have a new look team, with only three players backing up from last year's success. Despite losing the majority of last season's winning team, co-captain Sam Heffernan is confident of another big year.

After failing to make last year's decider, Wagga High captain Matt Fellows is looking before better start to the competition from his team. After failing to have a team last season, Mount Austin captain Maleke Morris said the team were excited about the prospect being involved once more.

The team also has some high quality mentors with Southcity captain-coach Nick Skinner, Country representative Nathan Rose and Jermaine Packer helping out with training.

The school is celebrating its first Hardy Shield title following a thrilling victory over perennial competition powerhouse Kildare at Equex Centre last night.

Like anything worth having, last night's grand final victory didn't come easy for TRAC who was forced to hold Kildare out until the dying seconds of the game.

It was a battle of defence all night and it showed on the scoreboard, which was yet to tick over on either side when the half time siren blew. It only took Kildare two minutes into the second half to open the scoring when Derek Hay stretched an arm out and slammed the ball down for a try, which went unconverted. Ansell had the toughest of conversions from the sideline, but a roar went up as the ball sailed through the uprights to put TRAC in front. The intensity lifted as both schools fought for the game but Kildare couldn't cross again as TRAC won TRAC captain and lock Luke Murray was almost lost for words when asked to describe the feeling among the players.

The tight win capped off a perfect series for TRAC, which won all four games on its way to the shield. The Hardy Shield will now join the Carroll Cup and Byrnes Shield in the trophy cabinet, which Stubbs says is looking better every year.

Vatubuli was sent-off following a brawl in a Hardy Shield semi-final last week and has been selected for the tonight's final subject to the result of the judiciary meeting. The principals of Kildare College and The Riverina Anglican College, or their representatives, will confer with a "community representative" at 3.

Stubbs yesterday described McCauley as a "standout" in each of Kildare College's three previous games in the Hardy Shield series over the past fortnight.

Quick and elusive, McCauley has been in blistering touch for Kildare College in three earlier shield games, including victories over Mt Austin High in the preliminary rounds and Mater Dei Catholic College in a semi-final. For Stubbs, TRAC only needs to reproduce its effort to topple Kildare College in the first week of the competition to succeed in its quest.

Searching for an advantage, Stubbs has earmarked one particular area in which TRAC had to have the ascendancy. Significantly, Murray's brother Josh, a crackerjack halfback, has been drafted into the TRAC coaching staff for the final.

Mater Dei College and Wagga High, meantime, will clash in the playoff for the third and fourth at 5. Kildare ended up winning thanks to a clinical performance from the reigning Hardy Shield holder. Mater Dei hardly looked like scoring and Kildare coach Geoff McNamara praised the effort of his players. The game was virtually won midway through the second half, however, and that's when things got ugly. Players rushed from all over the ground to get involved in a fight which began over a seemingly minor incident between a player from each team.

Kildare winger Tim Vatubuli was the only player sent off following the incident, and his part in next week's grand final could come down to CRL guidelines. Five minutes later, Mater Dei forward Liam Dedini was sin binned for attempting to instigate another fracas. Despite taking great heart from the 11 tries to one avalanche, Stubbs later admitted not all was going smoothly for TRAC ahead of the Hardy Shield semi-finals tomorrow night. On the back of two impressive victories in the preliminary rounds, TRAC is right in the mix to score an historic breakthrough success in the Hardy Shield.

Stubbs, however, knows injuries to key personnel, including second rower Blake Jorgensen, halfback Jack Stubbs and hooker Aaron Kimball, have clouded the team's build-up to a semi-final clash with Wagga High tomorrow night.

Jorgensen, Stubbs, Tom Van De Rijt and Zac Barry were all forced to miss last night's romp with existing injuries, while Kimball was a casualty from the victory. In a setback for TRAC, Kimball suffered an ankle problem in the fourth minute and had to be assisted from the ground. By the time Daniel Downes waltzed over for a try in the 21st minute, TRAC was out to a lead and showing no signs of stopping the rampage. Taking stock of the performance, Stubbs said TRAC's attack was excellent, but the defensive effort was even more pleasing.

As much as Jolliffe and McNamara led the way up the centre, fullback Ed Ansell had a blinder, while halfback Daniel Downes and Murray were also outstanding. After bombing several chances on the way to a loss to Mater Dei Catholic College in a first round rubber a week ago, Wagga High barely made a mistake in thrashing Kooringal High last night.

Four tries in the opening 13 minutes rushed Wagga High out to a lead, but the points tried up before half-time. Given a fresh start, however, Wagga High turned up the heat in second half, running in three tries in eight minutes to stretch the advantage to Along the way, Foster produced two of the best plays of the night to set up a try for speedster Campbell Lovell and score one himself.

Later, Lovell and Foster were at it again as Wagga High finished off with two tries in the dying minutes, including a slick effort to Mick Mattingly right near the end. The bulking front rower says confidence in the camp is high as TRAC aims to qualify for its first competition decider. Jolliffe, taking a break from year 12 exams yesterday, wasn't afraid to label this year's outfit the best he's seen. Jolliffe knows TRAC has the ability to win through to the school's first Hardy Shield grand final and even pocket the silverware.

TRAC has hardly put a foot wrong so far this campaign, brushing aside Kildare and then Mt Austin during the round stages. Wagga High lost its opening game to Mater Dei but bounced back to post a big victory over Kooringal on Monday night.

Second rower Blake Jorgensen has been named in the team but is "feeling pretty sore", and is a chance of joining the likes of Zac Barry, Tom Van Der Rijt and Aaron Kimball on the sideline. As defending Hardy Shield champion, Kildare College was stung by the first round failure — and took out its frustration on Mount Austin High two nights later. With the players obviously relishing the chance to make up for their misdemeanours of the earlier game, Kildare College turned on a near-faultless performance to smash hapless Mount Austin High Amid the wreckage of the landslide result, McNamara unearthed more than a few promising signs for Kildare College's title defence.

Like Mater Dei College, Kildare College has had a week between games, although several players fulfilled representative duty at the weekend. McNamara admits the break has allowed the team to freshen up since playing its opening two games in three days last week. Searching for an edge in tonight's Hardy Shield grand final qualifier, McNamara put the team through a training session late yesterday.

McNamara is adamant there is little between any of the four teams in the semi-finals and is anticipating tight results. Significantly, however, the Kildare College coach says the forwards must first set the foundation. TRAC, in fact, can claim top spot on the Hardy Shield table by handing Mt Austin another heavy loss - and that seems almost a formality.

Two days later Kildare College smashed Mt Austin in another Shield tie to allow Kildare to clinch a spot in the semi-finals on Wednesday. With Mt Austin High appearing to be set to be out of its depth tonight, Stubbs and Kennedy were expected to take the opportunity to stand down several star players, including fullback Ed Ansell, prop Jamin Jolliffe and second rower Blake Jorgensen. Stubbs, however, is adamant the prospect of playing Mt Austin High with a second-string team was never on the agenda.

In contrast, Mt Austin High is on the ropes after a horror loss to Kildare College last week, and is doomed to finish last on the ladder. At the other end of the football spectrum, Wagga High and Kooringal High will be duelling tonight for a place in the Hardy Shield finals. Wagga High and Kooringal High were both first round losers, but the victor tonight will qualify for the finals.

After losing to Mater Dei Catholic College in a first round game a week ago, Wagga High will be a desperate to make amends against Kooringal High, a team coming of a loss to Mater Dei College last week. With a semi-final position on the line, it hard to image Wagga high letting slip tonight's result. Significantly, donations will be taken at the gate tonight for an appeal for Ganmain youngster Jake Underwood, who is fighting leukaemia.

McNamara expects to go up against competition powerhouse Mater Dei and wants his troops fully rested for the big game. Winger Tim Vatubuli opened the scoring in the second minute of play and Kildare didn't look back as eight individual players shared in the nine tries. McNamara says he won't be making any changes as he prepares for the semi-final meet with Mater Dei.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for Mt Austin, as the likes of playmakers Jerome Saffy and Tristan Dickson showed plenty of fight during the battle. An injury in the second half to centre Aiden Vickers, however, was salt in the wounds for the losing team. Wykes yesterday made admitted he was impressed by the passion of the Mater Dei players as they defied powerful Wagga High in a tight Hardy Shield clash on Monday night. Despite Wagga High having a high percentage of possession, Mater Dei College defied the odds to clinch a memorable victory.

With the teams locked at eight-all at half-time, Mater Dei College broke the deadlock early in the second half when outstanding second rower Isaac McKenzie created a try for fullback Sam Bramich. Stepping into the clear in midfield, McKenzie produced a magic chip-and-chase manoeuvre before sending Bramich over for the winning try. The skill and daring showcased McKenzie's potent potential, but it was the determined defence of all the Mater Dei College players that really carried the team home.

Often pinned deep in their own territory, Mater Dei College continually rebuffed Wagga High attackers, restricting the losers to only two tries from a mountain of possession.

Amid his admiration of Mater Dei College's opening success of the Hardy Shield competition, Wykes is "confident" Kooringal High can score a first-up win. For Kooringal High, halfback Liam Carey, five-eighth Cody Hodge and hooker Sam Humphries will have the key roles of giving the team "direction" in attack. Wykes is also sure to rely heavily on the Kooringal High pack to give the playmakers room to perform against the relentless Mater Dei College defenders.

Mater Dei last night made it two wins from two outings by brushing aside a persistent Kooringal High outfit to win Mater Dei had a handful of outstanding players but it was hard to look past barnstorming second-rower Isaac McKenzie. The vice-captain made countless metres with the ball in hand and was just as busy in defence for the winning team. Centre Matt Collins also ran the ball efficiently while fullback Sam Bramich was brilliant bringing the ball up from fullback.

For Kooringal, speedy halfback Cody Hodge was impressive and almost bagged himself a try in the second half. See your ad here. Nine months after the school recorded a breakthrough success in the Carroll Cup final, TRAC created another significant milestone by overthrowing Kildare College Given a perfect start when hooker Aaron Kimball dived over for a try from dummy half in the third minute, TRAC led at half-time before falling behind in the opening minutes of the second half.

Down midway through the second half, TRAC rallied again to snatch back the lead as stylish fullback Ed Ansell steamed over for a try from a set-play in the 14th minute. By the time centre Steve Dawson booted the conversion, TRAC was up and part of the way to a memorable victory over last year's Hardy Shield champions.

This time around, however, TRAC did not fall into any traps and maintained the pressure on the defending Shield holders. Stubbs said later TRAC had set a foundation for its Hardy Shield campaign last night, but would not be complacent about its prospects.

Ansell's try in the 39th minute was the game-breaker and was orchestrated brilliantly by five-eighth Daniel Downes. From a scrum win, Downes drifted right to link with Ansell who zoomed over for a try with a minimum of fuss. Kildare College has its stars, with none better than halfback Cameron Hands or hooker Conoe Macauley, who scored the team's only try. A day of mixed emotions for many.. I pay my respects to the traditional custodians of this land. This is what makes our country great.

We acknowledge the first people of this land who have had connection to this country for thousands of years have shared their history and culture and we celebrate their remarkable and ongoing contribution to the story of Australia. We also recognise the pioneers who built our nation and the servicemen and women who fought and sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the rights and liberties so many of us take for granted today.

Always remember, in this great land of ours the things that unite us are far greater than those which divide us as a people. While historically Australia Day marks the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, the national story has evolved since then and we recognise the contribution that so many have, as our National Anthem proudly states, come across the seas, to create the welcoming, multicultural and inclusive society we are today.

I offer my congratulations to all those who are bestowed an award in the Australia Day honours, including the nominees and those announced as citizens of the year and welcome all those who pledge their loyalty to Australia and become citizens on this special day.

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Junee young sports person of the year Australiaday in the riverina and junee. Happy Australia Day to everyone! We celebrated at our 6am session by doing all things Aussie!!

Ain't she a beauty! When markanthonyschembri goes "wanna come down to Wagga and have a sing? This country is just a bit stunning. Fantastic Australia day celebration with 7. Safe to say we should all sleep well tonight. Best aus day with my favs tea.

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Sister-in-law of Pam, Graham and Bob and their families. Thank you to the staff at Acacia Court Hendon for all their care in her final days. Rest in Peace Sis. Our heartfelt condolences to Isabella, Rose, Rina, Mark and families. You will be sadly missed, you were like a brother to me. You are in God s care. Your cousin Margaret, Frank and family Tridente. Impossible to ever forget!

Wayne Maidment Payneham Dad, You left me 5 years ago today. Forever in my heart. Your loving son, Alan. Remembering a kind, loving father who is now at peace. Always in our hearts. The cortege will then proceed to graveside for the committal. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army. Envelopes will be available at the Service.

In loving memory of our special mother. Passed away one year today. Forever in our hearts. Loved and remembered always. From your loving family. Friends and family are all welcome. Our best friend, great fun, kind and caring. The Three Amigos back together again. Our deepest sympathy to Angela and family on the loss of your husband and father. Arthur Kontopoulos and family. As part of a year commitment to local government, Steve served six years as Lord Mayor and later served as the State Member for Colton.

He was incredibly active as a patron and supporter of numerous community and sporting clubs, and always gave generously of his time. Steve Condous will be remembered as a true man of the people who had a great love for the community of the City of Adelaide. Loving memories of a much loved husband, father and grandfather. Unforgettable in every way. Please enter the Chapel car park via Prosser Avenue. Envelopes will be available at the service. Loving Gran of Bec and Penny.

Loved and respected mother-in-law of Andrew, Ricky and Craig. Precious Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Marcia please do so at Dementia Australia. Victor Harbor Born on March 14, in Kapunda.

Passed away peacefully on June 23, in Victor Harbor. Thank you to the staff of McCracken Views Residential Care for all their care and kindness over the past 4 years. A private service was held. Dear friend for over 50 years. Loved and missed by Janice Lindner and Don deceased. Miss you Barbie - Jan.

Passed away on the 24th of June Beloved wife of Michael. Loving Mother of Brenton and David, and mother-in-law of Sandra. In the Care of Plympton Australian Owned. Passed away on June 20, Dearly loved wife of Geoff deceased. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Roger and Gavin, John and Kirsten. Loved Gran of Bella and Lucy.

Loved daughter of Leo and Elsie both deceased ; sister of Lee and Graham. Loved by their families. A life of service and commitment. Barker Accredited Member A. Passed away peacefully June 21, You were such an inspiration to so many. Loving mother of Bill and Lynne. Nanna of Ryan, Rachel and Brandon. Great-Nanna of William, Matilda and Scarlett. At peace in your eternal home. Brian was a much respected Grower of the South Australian Produce Market community who grew and marketed a quality Adelaide Hills product with much pride and care.

Condolences to Craig and families. Beloved and precious grandson of Marlene and Greg. Loved nephew of Jason and Damien. To the world you were but one to us you were the world Rest in Peace. Wayne Wucsko Much loved nephew of Gary and Cathy. Adored cousin of Jessica, Alex and Liam. So dearly loved, so sadly missed. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Cheryl, Chris and Karen. Beloved wife of the late Len. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Michael and Louise, Tim and Ingrid.

Now in God s care. Hall of Fame Inductee. Our sympathies and thoughts are with the extended Lancaster family at this time. Dearly loved wife of Ralph. Sadly missed by all. Please refer to the Funeral Notice of Saturday s Advertiser. Loved and loving wife of Allen deceased.

Loving mother and mother-in-law of Graham and Monica, Phyllip and Elizabeth. Adored Nana to five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Condolences will be received at the Church following Funeral Mass. Please enter the Chapel car park via Gould Street. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Envelopes will be available at the Church. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again. Love from your sister Luisa deceased and brother-in-law Luigi D Ambrosio. Beautiful memories are silently kept, Of an aunt we loved dearly, And will never forget, You were more than an aunt, Blessed with your love, As a second mum.

We watched you suffer, We heard you sigh. But all we could do, Was just stand by. We lived in hope and prayed in vain, For God to make you well again. But He decided we must part, We watched you go with broken hearts.

Gone are the happy days we shared together, But not the memories, they last forever. When thoughts go back as they always do, We treasure the memories we have of you. Dear Zia, You are with our mother and brother, Your mother and father, Your sisters and brother too, We are happy you are at peace, And forever in our hearts, And memories of you.

To my beautiful and dearest friend Angela, God Bless you Darling. Will miss you with all my heart. Wagga High ensured a tense finish when Zach Delaney crossed after receiving a brilliant offload from Ethan Perry. Matt Knagge was a standout at full-back for the winners, while Perry was constantly threatening for Wagga High. Hardy Shield — round three.

After ending their drought in the competition with a two-point win over Kildare Catholic College in last year's thrilling grand final, Wagga High has seen a big turnover of players this time around. After just falling short of making it three wins on the trot, captain Matt Knagge wants to reclaim the mantle as Wagga's premier schoolboys team.

This year's competition kicks off at 4. Despite missing out on last year's finals, Mount Austin are heading into this year's competition full of confidence. All eyes were on Ryan Mascini as he lined up a sideline conversion which would have levelled things for Kildare after the siren. However, his valiant attempt to convert Austin Hay's late try hit the post and bounced back in field to hand Wagga High a victory at Parramore Park.

Kildare had won the last two schoolboy rugby league titles and defeated their rivals in the pool stage, but couldn't contain the forward strength of Wagga High as they surged to their first title since With captain Matt Fellows, Rhys Jolliffe and crafty hooker Luke Herman making plenty of inroads in the middle, Wagga High started to get on top in the second half.

Coming from a deficit at the break, two quick tries put Wagga High in front with 10 minutes to play. In the end it was former Kildare player Lachlan Jolliffe who took home the Rick Keast Medal after being named man of the match. Jolliffe was part of the last two Kildare titles before making the switch and got through a power of work in the forwards.

Matt Fellows led from the front to help his team take a drought-breaking win over their close rivals. Wagga High opened the scoring courtesy of man of the match Jolliffe after four minutes, however Kildare were quick to respond with Ned Sainsbury diving over from dummy-half five minutes later. Kildare took a lead into the break, after Jack Schubert scored right on half-time, but from there Wagga High really upped the tempo. However they could only look in hope after Austin Hay scored to give his team a chance in the dying moments.

Ryan Mascini, who was the standout for Kildare, had the chance to send the game into extra-time with his sideline conversion attempt. As Kildare Catholic College eyes another undefeated season in the Hardy Shield, Wagga High is looking to end a long run of outs in the schoolboys rugby league competition.

The two rivals will face off at Parramore Park on Tuesday and Wagga High is looking to get their hands on the trophy for the first time since Captain Matt Fellows is confident they can turn the tables, end the drought and come home with the shield.

Wagga High failed to make the final last year, but Fellows believe a more concerted effort on the training paddock has led to more success. Standing in their way is the two-time defending champions who also scored a win when the two teams faced off in the pool stage. In an ominous sign, co-captain Sam Heffernan believes Kildare has improved throughout the competition after a large player turnover from last season.

The final will be held at 7pm but the big evening of action kicks off at 4. It was a one-sided affair as the two Catholic schools faced off for a place in the grand final at Parramore Park on Tuesday. Courtesy of a mistake from the kick-off, Kildare opened the scoring after three minutes and were never headed in the victory. Sam Heffernan scored the first try when he was able to capitilaised on some nice work from five-eighth Ryan Mascini.

A strong offload from Tomasi Baravilala then put Liam Moon over before Heffernan scored off a nice short ball from Mascini to give his team a lead at half-time. Mater Dei struggled to make inroads into the Kildare defence and were put further on the back foot when Jack Schubert scored six minutes after the break.

A double to Austin MacDougall, including a metre intercept effort, sealed the win for the defending champions. The fullback came off with a suspected fractured wrist and Morton admitted he will be hard to replace for the final against Wagga High. Fellows made a big impact as his team set up a grand final showdown with Kildare Catholic College next week.

Wagga High got off to a perfect start when Luke Herman scored from dummy half after three minutes before Kooringal High hit back as captain Tyson Hodge crashed over. Wagga High coach Brent Merritt is looking to his team to bring a more polished effort in the final. While undefeated, the team has come through the lower ranked Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals.

After taking a narrow win over Mount Austin High to start the schoolboys rugby league competition, Kooringal burst into the semis with a demolition of The Riverina Anglican College last Tuesday.

Wagga High hasn't played in 12 days and coach Brent Merritt hopes it is long enough to fix some niggling injuries picked up in the win over Mater Dei. In the second of the semi-finals, Kildare and Mater Dei will face-off in another rematch of last year's grand final. The two teams met last week with the defending champions scoring a win to continue their unbeaten streak.

The final will be held on March 28 along with the play-offs for the the remaining four positions. In a battle to determine the winner of Pool B — from which only one team qualifies for finals — Kooringal was first on the scoreboard through backrower Zac Carl.

TRAC drew level through a converted try to Liam Delahunty but when Kooringal skipper Tyson Hodge powered over for a half-time lead, it was ominous. As Kooringal forced errors, they capitalised on their chances with Kendall and then replacement winger Kyle Schmetzer scoring. A rampaging run from fullback Dylan Arragon continued the onslaught, as he crossed in the corner. And sharp-shooting Leon Carmichael's conversion in the wind made it They looked like bringing up the big 40 when Deacon Smith streaked away, only to be called back after putting a foot into touch.

Setting the tone early, Wagga High opening the scoring after five minutes when captain Matt Fellows crossed and never looked like getting headed. Fullback Jordan Little completed a dominant first half as he capped off a brilliant team try for Wagga High. A quick kick followed by a smart offload from Fellows put Little away under the posts to hand his team a lead at half-time. Coach Brent Merritt was thrilled by how his team responded following a loss to Kildare Catholic College on Tuesday.

Scores were locked at all when with five seconds left in the game Liam Delahunty scored to down Mount Austin High School. Jarod Ladbury scored a hat-trick to give his team a chance of a comeback win, but in the end goal kicking proved to be the difference.

Last year's grand finalists could be without captain Tom Hallam for the entire competition due to a hand injury. Hallam underwent surgery on Wednesday and how long he'll miss is unknown.

Despite the uncertainty, coach Daryl Lawrence is confident of filling the void against Wagga High on Thursday. Hardy Shield opening nightSome of the action from the first fixtures of the season. Around eight players from last year aren't in the side and Lawrence isn't sure just what to expect. Lawrence missed the game but still expects to come up against a tough team. Lawrence is looking for his team to control the ball and keep their errors down.

The clash starts at 5. Hardy Shield round two. Hardy Shield title holders Kildare had to dig deep before powering through the opening match of the schoolboys' competition, defeating Wagga High at Parramore Park on Tuesday. Wagga High playmaker Jordan Little scored the first try and Jack Flood converted, but the public school boys defended for the next 18 minutes, under continual pressure from Kildare. Kildare five-eighth Jake Mascini made a break from halfway to score before one of just three returning players, Sam Heffernan, starred in their next try, and captain Austin Hay exploited the left wing, offloading to Liam Moon who scored in the corner.

Wagga High coach Brent Merritt urged the boys to play to the referee's rules after giving away a series of penalties. Our attack's good, but there's only been tiny bursts of it.

Little made ground at fullback, and Matt Fellows lifted the team's spirits as he scored between the posts, setting up Flood for the conversion. Morton praised the efforts of Sam Heffernan, Matt Knagge and Jake Mascini on his return after a two-year spell, as well as young half back Liam Fitzsimmons. Earlier on Tuesday, in Mount Austin's comeback, the underdogs staged a thrilling performance in the second half to rival Kooringal High.

Kildare Catholic Catholic is determined to hold onto its mantle as the best schoolboy rugby league team in Wagga. Mount Austin have returned to the fold this season as Kildare are looking to make it three wins in a row in the competition.

However the defending champions have a new look team, with only three players backing up from last year's success. Despite losing the majority of last season's winning team, co-captain Sam Heffernan is confident of another big year. After failing to make last year's decider, Wagga High captain Matt Fellows is looking before better start to the competition from his team. After failing to have a team last season, Mount Austin captain Maleke Morris said the team were excited about the prospect being involved once more.

The team also has some high quality mentors with Southcity captain-coach Nick Skinner, Country representative Nathan Rose and Jermaine Packer helping out with training. The school is celebrating its first Hardy Shield title following a thrilling victory over perennial competition powerhouse Kildare at Equex Centre last night.

Like anything worth having, last night's grand final victory didn't come easy for TRAC who was forced to hold Kildare out until the dying seconds of the game. It was a battle of defence all night and it showed on the scoreboard, which was yet to tick over on either side when the half time siren blew. It only took Kildare two minutes into the second half to open the scoring when Derek Hay stretched an arm out and slammed the ball down for a try, which went unconverted. Ansell had the toughest of conversions from the sideline, but a roar went up as the ball sailed through the uprights to put TRAC in front.

The intensity lifted as both schools fought for the game but Kildare couldn't cross again as TRAC won TRAC captain and lock Luke Murray was almost lost for words when asked to describe the feeling among the players.

The tight win capped off a perfect series for TRAC, which won all four games on its way to the shield. The Hardy Shield will now join the Carroll Cup and Byrnes Shield in the trophy cabinet, which Stubbs says is looking better every year.

Vatubuli was sent-off following a brawl in a Hardy Shield semi-final last week and has been selected for the tonight's final subject to the result of the judiciary meeting.

The principals of Kildare College and The Riverina Anglican College, or their representatives, will confer with a "community representative" at 3. Stubbs yesterday described McCauley as a "standout" in each of Kildare College's three previous games in the Hardy Shield series over the past fortnight. Quick and elusive, McCauley has been in blistering touch for Kildare College in three earlier shield games, including victories over Mt Austin High in the preliminary rounds and Mater Dei Catholic College in a semi-final.

For Stubbs, TRAC only needs to reproduce its effort to topple Kildare College in the first week of the competition to succeed in its quest. Searching for an advantage, Stubbs has earmarked one particular area in which TRAC had to have the ascendancy.

Significantly, Murray's brother Josh, a crackerjack halfback, has been drafted into the TRAC coaching staff for the final. Mater Dei College and Wagga High, meantime, will clash in the playoff for the third and fourth at 5.

Kildare ended up winning thanks to a clinical performance from the reigning Hardy Shield holder. Mater Dei hardly looked like scoring and Kildare coach Geoff McNamara praised the effort of his players. The game was virtually won midway through the second half, however, and that's when things got ugly.

Players rushed from all over the ground to get involved in a fight which began over a seemingly minor incident between a player from each team.

Kildare winger Tim Vatubuli was the only player sent off following the incident, and his part in next week's grand final could come down to CRL guidelines. Five minutes later, Mater Dei forward Liam Dedini was sin binned for attempting to instigate another fracas. Despite taking great heart from the 11 tries to one avalanche, Stubbs later admitted not all was going smoothly for TRAC ahead of the Hardy Shield semi-finals tomorrow night.

On the back of two impressive victories in the preliminary rounds, TRAC is right in the mix to score an historic breakthrough success in the Hardy Shield. Stubbs, however, knows injuries to key personnel, including second rower Blake Jorgensen, halfback Jack Stubbs and hooker Aaron Kimball, have clouded the team's build-up to a semi-final clash with Wagga High tomorrow night. Jorgensen, Stubbs, Tom Van De Rijt and Zac Barry were all forced to miss last night's romp with existing injuries, while Kimball was a casualty from the victory.

In a setback for TRAC, Kimball suffered an ankle problem in the fourth minute and had to be assisted from the ground. By the time Daniel Downes waltzed over for a try in the 21st minute, TRAC was out to a lead and showing no signs of stopping the rampage. Taking stock of the performance, Stubbs said TRAC's attack was excellent, but the defensive effort was even more pleasing.

As much as Jolliffe and McNamara led the way up the centre, fullback Ed Ansell had a blinder, while halfback Daniel Downes and Murray were also outstanding. After bombing several chances on the way to a loss to Mater Dei Catholic College in a first round rubber a week ago, Wagga High barely made a mistake in thrashing Kooringal High last night.

Four tries in the opening 13 minutes rushed Wagga High out to a lead, but the points tried up before half-time. Given a fresh start, however, Wagga High turned up the heat in second half, running in three tries in eight minutes to stretch the advantage to Along the way, Foster produced two of the best plays of the night to set up a try for speedster Campbell Lovell and score one himself.

Later, Lovell and Foster were at it again as Wagga High finished off with two tries in the dying minutes, including a slick effort to Mick Mattingly right near the end. The bulking front rower says confidence in the camp is high as TRAC aims to qualify for its first competition decider.

Jolliffe, taking a break from year 12 exams yesterday, wasn't afraid to label this year's outfit the best he's seen. Jolliffe knows TRAC has the ability to win through to the school's first Hardy Shield grand final and even pocket the silverware.

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