Xavier High School prevails in entertaining Bill Taylor Cup final under lights against Scots

Xavier High School has won the football bragging rights for another year. 

The Bill Taylor Cup has been returned to Fallon Street after an excellent display in challenging conditions against Scots.

Xavier led from start to finish to claim a 9.8 (62) to 5.9 (39) victory under lights at Lavington Oval on Wednesday night. 

After failing to capatalise in the first quarter with five behinds, Xavier booted five goals straight in the second term, two off the boot of Jaara Moran, to race to a 27-point lead at the main break.

Scots rallied in the third quarter thanks to goals from brothers Jamieson and Henry Bouffler, cutting the margin to 16, with Xavier leading 6.6 (42) to 4.2 (26) at the final change.

Henry Bouffler slotted the first of the final term to get Scots within two goals, but that would be as close as they came.

Xavier’s Tom Boyle and Corben Rawlings put the margin beyond doubt. 

Jake Elias put another through for Xavier to hand his side victory and reverse the result of last year’s grand final.

Xavier coach Mark Sanson was very proud of the effort of his players.

“They played a terrific brand of footy, I thought our skills were very clean in slippery conditions and we used the ball really well.

“Keep it simple, do the basics well and get the ball moving nice and quickly was the message I had for them at half-time.

“I thought we did that really well in the second half and it brought us out on top, which was terrific.

“The kicking for goal was first class, we had some set shots and just went back and nailed them.

“We played in four finals and we won all four, so we’re very proud of the fact we run a great football program at Xavier and our kids love representing our school.”

Xavier now progress through to the Giants Cup with the best schools from around the state in Wagga later in the year.

Scots claimed their only victory of the day in the senior girls grand final, finishing 5.8 (38) to Murray High School’s 2.3 (15).

St Pats were crowned champions of the primary school arena in a brilliant display against Holy Spirit to win the Paul Kelly Cup, leading at every change to come away with a 13.6 (84) to 4.3 (27) triumph.

The earlier games were all dominated by Xavier.

Xavier was too good for Albury High School in the under 16s boys, winning 11.6 (72) to 6.10 (46).

The school’s under 15s girls team also comfortably accounted for Scots, 7.6 (48) to 2.0 (12).

Meanwhile, in the opening match of the day, Xavier, 11.7 (73), took care of Billabong High School, 7.3 (45).