College claims NSW CCC rugby league honours

Red Bend Catholic College's outstanding league representative side has taken out the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Cup.

The Cup is a Catholic schools competition for open schoolboy teams, and the College began their campaign with the western region competition.

Red Bend defeated James Sheahan (Orange) and St Johns (Dubbo) to qualify through to the final 16 schools in the State.

Heading to Sydney for the next level of competition, the Forbes college was placed in the top eight to contest the Cup, with the second eight teams playing for the Plate.

Red Bend won their pool games in convincing fashion, defeating: Aquinas College, Menai 12-6; Champagnat College, Pagewood 18-6; and All Saints College St Marys, Maitland 6-0.

This set them up for a grand final meeting with St Johns Woodlawn, and there was no doubting their dominance with a 24-nil victory.

In a thrill for the team, College graduate Billy Burns dropped in to cheer them on in the grand final. Burns is preparing for his NRL debut with Penrith Panthers.

College players featured in the event's individual honours as well.

Tom Phillips was named Player of the Final Series and to put that in perspective, the previous winner Luke Brooks from Holy Cross College Ryde is now playing for WestTigers.

Benji Glasheen was named Player of the Match, the previous holder of that title was Adam Elliott from St Gregs who is now playing for Canterbury Bulldogs.

Jack Hartwig and Cody Crisp were awarded the West Tigers best forward and best back.