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Keebra Park aims to become just the third Queensland school to take out the Arrive Alive Cup when it faces Endeavour Sports High at Aussie Stadium this Stadium.
After beating Farrer Memorial Agricultural College 22-0 in the semi-finals a fortnight ago, the Gold Coast school has put itself in a great position to topple the defending champions.
Previously, the only other Queensland teams to win schoolboy rugby league?s most prestigious trophy were Palm Beach Currumbin State High (2001) and Wavell State High (2002).
Keebra Park last made the national final in 1987 when it lost 21-0 to Patrician Brothers Fairfield.
Keebra?s team for the final will be captained by hooker/five-eighth Matt Francis, a try-scorer for Burleigh in last week?s Mixwell Cup grand final.
Endeavour, coached by former St George player Jeff Hardy, will trim its 22-man squad following Friday?s Jersey Flegg semi finals.
Teams for the Arrive Alive Cup Grand Final at Aussie Stadium, Sydney. Kick-off at 4.10pm, Saturday September 24.
KEEBRA PARK: Matt Parata, Shae Mutu, Orlando Wihongia-Seia, Damon Harth, Tim Matenga, Dane McDonald, Jimmy Poland, Herman Retzlaff, Matt Francis, Stu Byrne, Ben Te?o, Bodene Thompson, Time Leary. Interchange: Mark Campbell, Anthony McGill, Brad de Paul, Nathan Sullivan. Coach: Greg Lenton.
ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH: Mitch Brown, Michael McGuirk, Chase Stanley, Brett Lane, Luke Hume, Marc Russell, Mat Seamark, Tohi Leha, Daniel Ezekiel, Tevita Leha, Rhys Lovegrove, Fred Pakatoa, Blake Ayshford. Interchange: Luke Letele, Jade Hooper, Anthony Cherrington, Mat Mundine, Mitch Neylan, Anton Whare, Nim Ngata, Trent Rose, Mohammed Al Haje, Dean Whare (six to be omitted). Coach: Jeff Hardy.
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