Patrician Brothers Blacktown has created a winning rugby league culture and, with 13 years since their last loss at the school, this years’ squad are eager to maintain the record.
A well-known breeding ground for NRL players, Patrican Brothers Blacktown has made a name for itself after playing in four of the past five Schoolboy Cup national finals, including its win in 2012.
The school’s head of coaching Peter Ross said the top field was “hallowed turf” for staff and students.
“We’ve had some really memorable wins here and this field holds a lot of tradition for myself, other staff and players,” he said.
“We’re really happy with how things are progressing and looking for a big season to come.”
Patrician Brothers Blacktown has established a strong culture at the school with students playing for clubs including Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs.
The school has also had great success in the Metropolitan Catholic School Sports Association competition with “eight or nine” championships since 2004, according to Mr Ross.
What has bred this winning culture to Mr Ross was the players’ attitude.
“Their attitude towards their study and the way they interact with students and staff is more important to us than on-field results,” he said.
“We’ve found in the past that kids that don’t get it right off the field don’t get it right on the field and we’ve really worked hard to make sure that education is the key.
“If we can get good young men out the gate at 18, then we feel like we’ve done our job. What they take of their opportunities from there is up to them.”
Year 11 front-rower Spencer Leniu said 13 years undefeated at home was a meaningful record for players
“I’ve been playing here since year 7 and I just want to get out there and do the best I can for the school,” he said.
“It means a lot, especially for the year 12 boys I reckon with this being their last year.”
Spencer, who plays SG Ball for Penrith, is in his second year in the side, having made the team as a junior.
Patrician Brothers Blacktown starts its 2017 GIO Schoolboy Cup campaign against Erindale College at Campbelltown Stadium on May 31.