Tom Bell and Jayden Lippi played in the Assumption College rugby league team in the final this afternoon in Toowoomba.
Tom Bell and Jayden Lippi played in the Assumption College rugby league team in the final this afternoon in Toowoomba. Bob Bell

SCHOOL FOOTY COVERAGE: Coach rues missed chances in final

RUGBY LEAGUE: Assumption College coach Bob Bell was left to rue some missed opportunities in the second half in his side's 22-18 loss to Dalby State High School in the regional final of the Johnathan Thurston Cup at Glenholme Park on Wednesday afternoon.

"Our best footy was in the first 10 minutes of the second half, we had the chance to put Dalby away and didn't,” he said.

"There is more footy in this team and we can do better in the Confraternity Shield in Bundaberg next week.”

Bell said the difference between the two sides was Dalby High halfback Josh Chappell who scored all the Dalby points.

Assumption prop Nathaniel Ryan was high in praise of the play of the younger players in the Assumption team.

"All of our year 11 students and a couple of year 10s stepped up to the mark,” he said.

"We should be proud of how far we got in the competition,” he said

Ryan played his first game since a knee operation and was happy to come through the game.

"The knee held up all right for my first game back,” he said.

Despite missed all the earlier cup games due to his injury, Ryan watched most of the games and listed Tom Spence, Ben Fischer and Nick Carrie as three who improved during the school season.

MATCH REPORT: After leading at halftime, Assumption College went down 22-18 to Dalby State High School in the final of the Johnathan Thurston Cup in Toowoomba on Wednesday afternoon.

Ben Fischer, Sam Ogden, Nick Carrie and Morgan Byrne scored tries for Assumption and Ogden landed one goal.

Coach Bob Bell rated Zack Beckwith, Tom Spence and Jacob Meddleton as his best.

Spence was particularly strong in defence.

Assumption led 10-6 at halftime after tries to Carrie and Ogden and an Ogden goal.

In the second half, Dalby High went ahead 12-10 before Assumption scored through Byrne.

The conversion was missed and Assumption led 14-10.

Dalby High scored midway through the second half and converted for a 16-14 lead.

Ben Fischer scored in the corner, the conversion was missed and Assumption was back in front 18-16.

Dalby High scored with three minutes to go after pushing Assumption into touch and getting the feed in the scrum.

In the next four tackles, Dalby High took the ball downfield and scored near the posts on the fourth tackle for a 22-18 win.

The hooter went soon after Assumption kicked off.

The Assumption College team includes Lachlan Mahoney from St Joseph's in Stanthorpe for the school football competition.

MATCH PREVIEW: Lock Tom Bell has one theory for how Assumption College can get on top in today's Johnathan Thurston Cup regional final in Toowoomba.

"We have a good side and I am pretty confident of a win. We have speed in the centres with Zack Bethwith and Sam Ogden,” Bell said.

The Assumption team will play Dalby State High School on Wednesday at 3.30pm at Glenholme Park in Toowoomba.

Keep an eye on this story for game updates this afternoon.

Bell is a lock and is aiming to win his first regional trophy in rugby league.

"We will be boosted by the return of Nick Carrie to half which allows Morgan Byrne to play wider,” he said.

Nathaniel Ryan is first game back from a knee injury and adds some size to the Assumption pack.

"Nat can carve up the metres off the bench,” Bell said.

Jayden Lippi will play fullback for Assumption and is one of the younger players in the team.

"I won a Broncos Cup trophy with Assumption but this is my first open final,” he said.

"I expect to combine a bit in attack with Tom Bell in today's game.”

Lippi said Thurston was his favourite player so it would be exciting to win the JT trophy.

Six of the players are in Year 11 while the others are Year 12 students at Assumption College.



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