Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Students Repel RAAF Outfit; Practice Match a Winner for Both Talented Teams

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Students Repel RAAF Outfit; Practice Match a Winner for Both Talented Teams

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

ONE team is preparing for a national carnival. The other is building for the future.

The end result at St Peter Claver College (SPC) was beneficial for both sides.

The Queensland RAAF football team challenged the St Peter Claver students in a handy practice match on Tuesday.

After trailing the RAAF's best side 3-1 at halftime, SPC overcame the early nerves to triumph 6-3 as RAAF fielded its second side after the break.

For teacher and college football co-ordinator Dallas Murphy, it wasn't the result that made him so proud. It was how his team of primarily Year 11 students responded to the early pressure.

C[pounds sterling]It was a bit daunting for them to start with,C[yen] Murphy said.

C[pounds sterling]They (the RAAF team) are a bit bigger than normal (school) soccer players. That team was very big and very quick.

C[pounds sterling]It was a friendly but it was intense.C[yen]

Although St Peter Claver is better known for its powerhouse rugby league exploits, the college is also making steady progress in futsal.

After SPC finished fifth at last year's futsal nationals, Murphy is excited about the football program in general.

Tuesday's game was the first major hit-out for SPC, who are fielding an open football team in the UHLsport Cup competition for independent schools. That South East Queensland round-robin competition is due to start next month.

C[pounds sterling]We're building up in futsal and driving that because of the success that we've had,C[yen] Murphy said.

C[pounds sterling]It's hard at our school though to get 12 or 13 players in the one age group that we can put a really strong (football) team together.

C[pounds sterling]We think we've got that with our year 11s.

C[pounds sterling]We're more building towards 2012 with them as they are playing in open competition this year. …

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