On the back of a successful day where three Sutherland Shire primary schools won NSWRL All Schools championships, De La Salle College have taken out the under 15’s title with a convincing victory in the final.
Fielding a team with seven players currently in the Sharks Academy system, the De La Salle boys beat Bass Hill Sports High 16-0 in the final played at St Mary’s Stadium, backing up four pool wins and a semi-final victory over St Paul’s Greystanes earlier in the day.
Lachlan Smith with two tries and Jaemon Salmon kicking two conversions and a couple of penalty goals were the De La Salle scorers in the final.
As the day progressed the De La Salle side stamped themselves as contenders, with wins over Kingswood High (16-6), St Joseph’s Lochinvar (16-0), Pagewood College (14-4) and St Pius Adamstown (18-0) setting them up for a semi-final match up with the highly rated St Paul’s from the Parramatta district.
A solid defensive display saw them get the better of St Paul’s by 12-6, before the dominant win over Bass Hill in the final.
In addition to Smith and Salmon, the other young players currently in the Sharks Academy system included Jackson Stewart, Tom Caughlan and Conor McDonald as well as under 14’s Isaac Longmuir and Max Wiseman.
In the other age divisions Aquinas College represented Sutherland Shire schools in the 13’s and 16’s, while De La Salle competed in the under 14’s.
While competitive, none of the three progressed past the pool stage of the competition.
In the 16’s reigning age group champions Aquinas relinquished their title after a win and two losses from their three pool games.
The NSWRL All Schools carnival brought together 70 secondary schools and over 1,200 participants, with the Elite Sports Schools competing today on the third and final day of the event.