For the second year running, the Year 7 Marsden Mako Pups have taken out the Tonie Carroll Cup, overcoming a courageous Alex Hills SHS side in the grand final today 10 points to 6.
The GF win, in front of a colourful crowd of parents, family members and friends at Beenleigh’s Bill Norris Oval, capped off a remarkable effort by the young Mako sharks who’d been the dominant team throughout the day long carnival.
Earlier the 19-strong player squad had knocked off League Development schools Woodridge, Beenleigh, Ipswich and Redcliffe, holding all teams to nil on the scoreboard.
Indeed, this strong defensive performance held the team in good stead for the grand final decider against an Alex Hills team overflowing with attacking flair.
Two tries to talented fullback Touzen Ludgater and a solid defensive effort right across the field, however, saw the powerful Pups finish on top at full time with a gutsy 4-point win.
Player of the carnival was Mako Pup lock and captain Will Semu (See pictured below) who was a menace with the ball in hand and aggressive in defence as well.
Other standout performers, according to coach Darren Johnston, were damaging ball runner Ivan Arokapiti, speedy outside back Compton Tafengatoto, classy backrower Te Ariki Kowhai, scheming half-back Brandon Burgess and reliable fullback Touzen Ludgater.
Congratulations to all players who represented the Mako Pups today on their GF win, and also for the way you carried yourselves off the field over the day.
You did your school and jersey proud!