Palm Beach Currumbin High School have taken out the 2016 Titans Cup with an impressive victory over a competitive Marymount College 20-4.
The main event of the night was another great display of schoolboy rugby league on the Gold Coast with the Titans Challenge grand final being equally as impressive with St Michael's College taking the victory over Robina State High School 26-12 to be crowned this year's champions.
Southport Tigers hosted the finals where the two top teams of each division arrived to battle it out for the title of best schoolboy team on the Gold Coast for their respective competitions. All grand finals teams had been in great form playing through competition rounds with previous clashes between each team proving to be close affairs.
The grand finals continued to deliver a high level of competitive schoolboy rugby league with the first match seeing Robina skipped out to an early lead over their rivals 12-6 before St Michaels levelled the scores at 12-12 going into the half-time break.
It was a tight contest throughout the majority of the second half before St Michael's broke the deadlock in scoring another converted try. Robina pushed to break through the opposition's try-line on several occasions but St Michael's' defensive wall held tight and were rewarded with further points through a penalty try and converted try to take out the final 26-12.
In the second final of the night, both Palm Beach Currumbin and Marymount defeated their respective semi-final rivals comfortably to set themselves up for a grand final replay of the 2015 Titans Cup grand final.
Last year it was Marymount who proved too strong for their counterparts but this time the roles were reversed as Palm Beach Currumbin won convincingly in what was a hard-fought match.
Much of the first half was levelled at 4-all with Palm Beach Currumbin taking an advantage going into the break with a converted try to make the score 10-4. It was a dominant second half against a gallant Marymount side that led to Palm Beach Currumbin to take the final out 20-4.
Players of the competitions were not featured on the night but were considered by match officials as the best in each division. For the second year running Lachlan Douglas from Aquinas College took out the Titans Cup player of the competition and Josh Bledishop winning the Titans Challenge player of the competition.
The Aquis Titans would like to thank the following supporters for being able to make this competition possible:
NRL, HART Sport, Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League, Gold Coast and Brisbane Rugby League Referees Associations, Graeme Stark and club sports trainers and hosting junior rugby league clubs.
Last night Dan Mortimer and Matt Robinson heading down to the Titans Cup and Challenge to present the winning teams with their trophies.
The Titans Cup and Challenge was first held in 2006, one year before the Titans began in the NRL Telstra Premiership. The competition has provided local Gold Coast schools with the opportunity to compete in a regular interschool competition which had been lacking in the area.
The competition allows schools that are not capable of competing in the elite GIO Cup schoolboy competition a fun and safe environment to still enjoy rugby league.