Revamped DEX Shield competition
MACLEAN High School will take solid form into next Wednesday's DEX Shield Rugby League opener to be played at Maclean Showground.
Maclean Under-14s defeated Richmond River 38-nil and Maclean Opens triumphed 48-4 in the third round of their respective state knockouts on Monday.
"Our boys who met Sarah Redfern College in the University Shield quarter-final last year are a year older and wiser," Opens coach Nathan White said.
"Vincent Williams and Caleb Cameron-Clarke are leading the way and were both inspirational against Kyogle and Zac Clarke-Nagle scored three tries."
In 2014 Maclean won the DEX Shield in Under-14s by defeating South Grafton High 44-12 and were runners up to South Grafton in Opens 24-14.
The competition has been revamped in 2015 with the four competing schools to play three rounds hosted by each of the Clarence Valley-based rugby league clubs.
While there will be no final as such, the draw has last year's grand finalists set to clash in the final round at McKittrick Park on Wednesday, June 24.
Next Wednesday Maclean tackles Grafton High in Under-14s at 4.30pm and Opens at 6.30pm, while South Grafton takes on McAuley Catholic College in Under-14s at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in Opens.
Round two will be played at Frank McGuren Field on Monday, June 15.