2014 Robbie Kearns Shield
The 2014 Year 7 and 8 Robbie Kearns Shield State Finals were held at Elwood Park on Thursday.
The top 10 boys tackle and top 10 girls tag teams from across Victoria were in attendance with a high standard of rugby league on show. After a very tight preliminary section, the top two teams in each pool progressed to the semi-finals.
In the first of the Boys Tackle semi-finals, Victoria University S.C defeated Mount Ridley College 16-4 in a hard fought game. In the 2nd Semi-Final, Lyndhurst S.C overcame Hume Central S.C in golden point extra time after scores were locked at 20-20.
The first of the Girls Tag semi-finals was a low scoring affair with Cranbourne East S.C scoring the only try of the game to defeat Braybrook College. The 2nd Semi-Final was completely different with Hume Central S.C defeating South Oakleigh S.C 28-0 to progress to the State Final.
The Girls Tag State Final showcased some tremendous skill with Hume Central S.C defeating Cranbourne East S.C 8-0. Hume Central's Jaylan Bricknell was awarded the Player of the Final for her outstanding performance.
The Boys Tackle State Final was one of the best school Rugby League games witnessed in 2014. Both teams were impressive in both attack and defence, leaving the full-time scores locked at 12-12. During the early stages of golden point extra time Victoria University S.C crossed in the corner to defeat Lyndhurst S.C 16-12. Lyndhurst's Ivor Cook was awarded the Player of the Final for his brilliant individual performance in the final.
Melbourne Storm legend Robbie Kearns attended the afternoon, presenting the awards at the official presentation after both finals.
The finals capped of a big week for rugby league in Victoria with the Billy Slater Shield played two days earlier.