Julian Torrens with the ball for Maclean Public School in the Public Schools Westlawn Finance Cup final against St Mary's Grafton. MPS won 24-18.
Julian Torrens with the ball for Maclean Public School in the Public Schools Westlawn Finance Cup final against St Mary's Grafton. MPS won 24-18. Matthew McInerney

Davids beat their Goliath in Primary Schools league final

A DAZZLING first-half display helped Maclean Public School to the Primary Schools Westlawn Finance Cup.

Maclean faced the undefeated and much bigger St Mary's Grafton in Wednesday night's final at McKittrick Park.

The Lower Clarence team proved size does not matter, as they ran out 24-18 winners in a truly David and Goliath battle.

Fullback Julian Torrens starred for Maclean, channelling his inner Justin Hodges to step, slice and speed his way through the St Mary's defence.

"Julian was like a little Justin Hodges wasn't he?" Maclean coach Mick Morris said.

"Cooper Many was our player's player. He scored two tries and was great in defence all night. His tackle on Hamish Ellem was brilliant - stopped him in his tracks."

Morris played down St Mary's size advantage, but said his team stepped up when it mattered.

"Our call was to be fearless and that's what they did," Morris said.

"The boys and girls in the team all did really well."

St Mary's were led on field by Hamish Ellem, who led the scoresheet with three tries and left a path of destruction from his first run.

The Maclean team adapted well to stop the towering youngster, who was one of the majority in being new to rugby league.

"That was the second game for most of those players," St Mary's coach Peter Tonkin said.

"We could've pulled a winner out at the end there but couldn't quite get there."

Tonkin, who plies his coaching trade with Grafton Redmen's first grade team, said one of the best aspects of coaching junior sport was the amount of fun the kids have.

"The enjoyment the kids get out of it and their pride in representing their school are probably the best parts," Tonkin said.



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