Patrician Brothers’ Fairfield celebrate. (Photo: Jonathan Ng)

Two schools have ended long droughts in today’s NRL Schoolboy Cup state finals, with Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield winning the Peter Mulholland Cup and Ipswich State High taking out the Phil Hall Cup.

The schools will now meet in the National Final in two weeks time.

Patrician Brothers’ Fairfield, once a powerhouse in the competition, will return to the National Final after a stunning comeback win to defeat Hills Sports High at Leichhardt Oval.

The boys from Fairfield trailed 16-0 in the second half to a red hot Hills side before making their comeback, scoring four tries in the final 15 minutes.

Patrician Brothers’ backrower Joshua Alhazim was the hero of the day, charging down a kick and scoring with just minutes to play to put his side in front for good.

For Patrician Brothers, it’s their first major trophy since winning the competition all the way back in 1992.

Patrician Brothers’ Fairfield 20 (J Alhazim, Y Ayache, N Funa, J Miller tries; T Colquhoun 2 goals) def. Hills Sports High 16 (J Ibrahim, A Lababidi, B Metcalfe tries; B Metcalfe 2 goals) at Leichhardt Oval.

(Photo: Jerad Williams)

Ipswich State High made history on the Gold Coast by defeating Ignatius Park College and qualifying for their first ever National Final.

Ipswich have had a stellar run in 2022, having yet to lose a game.

After a tense first half in which the scores were lock at 4-all, Ipswich ran away with it the second, scoring 26-points.

Recent Sharks signee Tre Fotu crossed twice for Ipswich, while Australian Schoolboy hooker Gabriel Satrick was dangerous throughout.

Ipswich State High 30 (T Fotu 2, R Bagon, G Satrick, J Shaw tries; J Frazer 5 goals) def. Ignatius Park College 10 (R Pearson, J Prior tries; B Dinnenn goal) at Cbus Super Stadium.


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