St John?s College Woodlawn fullback Luke Saltmarsh scores one of his three tries in the Under-14 team?s 38-0 Cochrane Cup semi-
St John?s College Woodlawn fullback Luke Saltmarsh scores one of his three tries in the Under-14 team?s 38-0 Cochrane Cup semi-

Woodlawn bid for successive Cup titles

By Ian Monaghan

Woodlawn's St John's College is just one match away from defending their Statewide Under-14 rugby league title.

Yesterday, the Lismore-based team easily defeated John Thierry College (Campbelltown) 38-0 in the 2005 Cochrane Cup semi-final.

They will now make the trip to Sydney's Leichardt Oval for next Tuesday's final, where their opponents will be either St Patrick's (Sutherland) or Clare College (Penrith).

Woodlawn took out the Cochrane Cup, symbol of Under-14 league supremacy among the State's Catholic and Independent Schools, last year. In the 2004 final they defeated Clare College.

In yesterday's semi-final, Woodlawn led 12-0 at half-time and went on to score an emphatic eight tries, with fullback Luke Saltmarsh and centre Pat Dawson each notching three. Dawson's centre partner Chris Binge finished with 14 points from the match ? two tries and three goals.

Coach Brian Battese praised the work of his two front-rowers, Tom Sandral and Cody Buck, who earned the home side plenty of metres and enabled the backline to click into gear.

The Woodlawn team will hit the road for Sydney on Monday, with the final scheduled for about midday on the Tuesday.



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