The last time MacKillop College progressed this deep into the Cochrane Cup coincided with a time when the team had players such as Mitch Wilbow and Sam McIntyre running around.
MacKillop progressed to the North Coast finals of the under-14 boys rugby league competition after registering three wins on June 24.
While they kept their opponents scoreless in 24-0 and 42-0 triumphs it was a 14-12 win over cross-town rivals St Joseph's Regional College in the middle of the day that satisfied coach Warren Lorger the most.
"It's always good to get the wood on those guys," Lorger said.
"The boys in that team play in the local competition together for either the Sharks or Breakers so they play against them at school which is good and it was a quality game of football."
A win over St John's College Woodlawn in a few weeks will see MacKillop play in the North Coast final where another win would see them crowned North Coast regional champions.
"The last time we did any good as a school was back when blokes like Mitch Wilbow and Sam McIntyre were running around which is a few years ago now ... probably eight to 10 years," Lorger said.
Five-eighth Lucas Scott was awarded player of the tournament while Jack Randall and Beau Chegwidden were strong up front.
Lorger said a commitment to training was the key to the team's success.
"We've been training the last four Wednesday mornings and getting the boys up at 7.30am in cold, wet and windy conditions before school and the training has been awesome," he said.
"What we've done is all the league and union boys have come together and there's no weak links.
"Normally with school footy you can get one or two or more kids who are playing for fun to be with their mates.
"All these kids play footy of the weekend so there's a real vibe about the boys being able to play with the union guys and the union guys with the league boys."
The North Coast regional finals day will be held on July 22 in Coffs Harbour.
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