AFTER two years of schoolboy dominance there will be no fairytale third straight Confraternity Shield win for St Brendan's Yeppoon.
Terry Hansen's side went down 28-4 to Townsville's Ignatius Park - they had been the two standout sides in the 2016 competition.
It was an even opening half before an inch perfect attacking play executed by Ignatius Park had the visitors up 18-0 at the break, which proved a nail in the coffin.
In Hansen's half-time post-mortem he urged his side to hang in and that they weren't out of the contest. But Ignatius Park's determination was too strong at the end.
"It was a tough game, we probably shot ourselves in the foot there in the first half and got into a good position and didn't play to our process or strengths. If it was 12 at half time we were still in it but 18 made it very hard.
"Maybe the occasion got to us a bit.
"But they played a very good game of football and deserved the win.
"When we had good opportunities we struggled to convert."
St Brendan's captain Tyler Szepanowski couldn't hide his disappointment and revealed no player in his side had a chance next year.
"We are all a bit devastated," the skipper said.
"It feels a bit bad but they were just the better side on the day. We shot ourselves in the foot, penalties, mistakes but that's footy.
"We did have a bit of pressure on us to win a third in a row, it's not an excuse, we just didn't rock up on the day.
"It is good having the carnival here, we have never had a home crowd like it.
"All of our games have been very tough, nothing easy. It has been a really big week."
Hansen said his centre Hayden Walker and prop forward Blake Pyle were his two best performers in the defeat.
"It's been a good week, and good to have it here. To get to a grand final is a great effort."