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True grit turns losing blues into victory

ENDEAVOUR Sports High overcame their disappointment in losing the national schoolboys competition to bounce back and win the University Shield against Matraville Sports High at Toyota Stadium last week.
Nanjing Night Net

The open-aged competition comprises of all the state sport schools who have a rugby league program plus Bass High School.

Player of the final: Alex Johnston. Picture: John Veage

Endeavour went through the seven-team round robin tournament, losing just their opening game to Westfield Sports High before beating Matraville 30-22 in the final.

Coach Dave Howlett said the side showed plenty of resolve, having lost 32-6 against Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown, in the prestigious schoolboys cup at the same ground just weeks earlier.

“It was an extremely successful season,” Howlett said. “It was very draining and difficult to handle losing following the GIO Schoolboys Cup final but it was a good opportunity to get something out of the season.

“The boys played really well and deserved the win.”

Endeavour led 18-12 at half-time scoring four tries to two. Matraville scored first in the second half before back-to-back tries handed Endeavour the win.

Fullback Alex Johnston was named player of the series and Cronulla Sharks contracted-prop Kurt Dillon was rewarded for playing 65 of the 70 minute clash by being named player of the final.

“He was enormous,” Howlett said.

It was the first time Endeavour had won the tournament since 2004, having lost in the final in their past three seasons.

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