In its 101st year, the 2022 Cahill-Henry Cup final saw St Mary's Primary School, Laidley defeat Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School, Gatton 22-14. The
keenly anticipated series deciding match was held at the Cahill Park Sports Complex in Gatton recently.
The St Mary's team of girls and boys from Years 5 and 6 beat their century-long rivals for the second year in a row.
The historic cup is named after two Parish Priests, Jim Cahill from Gatton and Bill Henry from Laidley, who were huge supporters and instigators of the rugby league in the Lockyer Valley with the first match taking place in 1921.
The best and fairest Peter Ryan Medal was jointly awarded to Year 6 St Mary's students, Tate and Cooper.
The Peter Ryan medal was established in honour of the legendary footballer who attended St Mary's during the late 1970's and early 1980's and went on to play for the Brisbane Broncos and the ACT Brumbies in Rugby Union.
The match saw community members flock to the final game of the series which included representatives from the Laidley Lions and the Gatton Hawks.
St Mary's School, Laidley PE Teacher and the team's coach, Mr Andrew Hales said: “In another tough match, St Mary's secured the coveted Cahill-Henry Cup for the second year running with a very dominant and physical display of rugby league between the two proud Catholic primary schools of the Lockyer."
“The games, whilst producing tough and entertaining football, are also renowned for exceptional sportsmanship and school spirit.
“Many players who have played in this series have gone on to play representative rugby league and rugby union in high school and represent Darling Downs and Metropolitan West Regions.
“The games attract crowds from across the community with many past students returning to help out and watch," coach Hales said.