Woodlawn's Zac on attack in Catholic Colleges Cup
HOOKER Zac Beecher played a starring role when St John's College Woodlawn beat Holy Cross Ryde 18-12 in the quarter-final of the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Cup in Lismore yesterday.
Beecher scored a 60m individual try in the first half and proved a handful for the opposition defence throughout the game.
"Without Zac, we wouldn't have won that game," coach Simon Andrews said.
"I moved him into lock and he ended up playing like a front-rower, taking two hit-ups every set.
"It was a really scrappy game but he was the difference.
"We dropped plenty of ball and they came back at us."
The nucleus of the side was Sam Elliott, Kyle Kennedy, Nick Meaney and Beecher who had all been playing first grade in the local Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
Meaney was among the try scorers while Elliott and Kennedy led the way in the front row.
Andrews made special mention of some of the younger players including centre Justin Bleakley, halfback Kel Sheather and replacement hooker Dane Pratt.
Bleakley made a big impact with his defence and scored the match-winning try.
"There is plenty of belief in this team," Andrews said.
"We're still alive in three different competitions and I reckon we can do pretty well."
Woodlawn will likely play St Gregory's College Campbelltown in the semi-final in Sydney next month.
They were beaten by St Gregory's in extra-time two years ago in the same competition.
St Gregory's have won the national schoolboys' competition multiple times and have had several players go on to the NRL over the years.
Woodlawn is still contesting the GIO Schoolboy Cup and Country Cup.