40 years of GIO Cup celebrated

Forty years of schoolboy Rugby League competitions will be celebrated tomorrow when Patrician Brothers Blacktown and Townsville’s Kirwan State High meet in this year’s GIO Cup Final.

This year’s decider will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 September) at Pepper Stadium, Penrith, at 12.45pm.

It will be 40 years since the first schoolboy Rugby League Grand Final, which featured Fairfield Patrician Brothers and Blacktown Boys High School in the then-named AMCO Shield.

“This will be another wonderful display of schoolboy rugby league but will be even more special given it is 40 years since the first competition,” NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said.

“We have seen some of the game’s best players develop at this level and no doubt we will see a number of players with big futures on display.”

In tomorrow’s match, Patrician Brothers will feature in their fourth consecutive Grand Final appearance, while Kirwan State High will make history, becoming the first North Queensland-based school to reach the main stage.

In the semi finals Kirwan State High convincing won 44-12 over Erindale College, while Patrician Brothers scraped through by a point against Hills Sports High.

Both sides feature a number of up-and-coming Holden Cup stars, which should result in an exciting brand of schoolboy footy.