St Francis take home Dave Sheldrick Cup and Shield

St Francis have retained the Dave Sheldrick Shield after seeing off a determined Leeton High School side in game two.

The college knew going into the game they only had to win to retain the shield after seeing off Yanco Ag in the first week of competition.

Leeton were quicker out of the blocks however and showed they would be no push overs.

St Francis boys take shield

St Francis boys take shield

Kody Collins found his way over the line to get it down next to the post and then stepped up to convert his try to give the high a 6-0 lead.

St Francis were quick to hit back through Braxton Wallace who spun his way out of tackles from Leeton’s defence to dive over the line. He missed his conversion which would set the tone for the night for the college and it saw Leeton take a surprise 6-4 lead into half time.

Leeton was again the quicker side out of the box with Collins continuing his good performance at dummy half again using his strength to push aside the college defence.

From there, however, the momentum swung in favour of St Francis as both sides started to struggle to complete sets.

Harry Rudd scored for St Francis even despite the suggestions from the Leeton defence who were adamant they were able to prevent the ball from touching the ground.

A try from Bailey Stanmore in the corner saw St Francis draw level with the high and if the conversion from Jordan Demarzo was more accurate, they would have taken the lead there.

In the dying embers of the game when it looked as if it would end level St Francis’ took full advantage of a Leeton High defender being down in the defensive line to with Rudd scoring his second of the game to win the match.

The game finished at 18-12 which is closer than it should have been however St Francis were unable to convert their tries missing on three out of four occasions.

The League Tag was a much more one-sided game thanks to St Francis’ Tess Staines who score four tries in the match.

The Leeton side was just unable to match the skill level coming from Staines and the rest of the team as they moved out quickly to an 18-0 lead.

Staines had a hat trick before half time with the side going into the halftime break with a 22-0 lead.

St Francis girls claim cup

St Francis girls claim cup

The second half was much the same and thanks to tries from Staines, Georgia Hogan and Kiara Bloomfield St Francis finished their dominant performance with a 38-0 victory.

The win means it is four League Tag titles in a row while the boys have now won back-to-back Dave Sheldrick Shields.