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Schoolboy TV coverage

Discussion in 'Schoolboy Rugby' started by rugby eye, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. nomis Herbert Moran (7)

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    Re how (some) schools would react: perhaps not so well unfortunately p.Tah.

    I can imagine some schools (at least at first) simply accepting they won't be picked for rep honour. I can also imagine them combining their voice and having a fair bit of bargaining power to allow them to be picked or else allow the AUS school boys to be weaker as a result.

    But other traditional schools might just get on board, which starts to swings the balance of power back in the other direction.

    I just think something needs to be tried to entice/enable the traditionally strong rugby schools to open up to other schools so that other schools can taste their love for forged traditions, rivalries and strong competition in rugby. I think this would inspire other schools to put more of a focus on rugby.

    I understand that the aim of traditional rugby schools is not to benefit AUS rugby, and nor can people expect it to be so. Schools have their own aims, and so be it.

    But extra mid-week games are not necessarily a disadvantage to the traditional rugby schools. Kids are able to play a couple of games a week and bounce right back. It would also give them more game time, which could only benefit them in their traditional comps on the weekend.
  2. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    This weekend we have two live schoolboy rugby on TV. Paarl Gim vs Paul Roos and Grey Bloem vs Affies. Great stuff.
  3. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    More live coverage for SA schoolboy rugby, thanks to a x Wallaby Tiaan Strauss
    Rugby365
  4. Nusadan Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Don't the Saffie boys have a break at all in the season? (August 25th being the latest date shown in the above article). It's tough enough playing 20 or so rounds on a weekly basis for a club in a season without a drop in form, it's a lot harder for schoolboys if it's like a club season.but I take my hat off to those who play 2 or 3 games each weekend playing for school and various clubs and rep teams year after year.
  5. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    Our school season runs from term 2 (april -june) to 3 (july-sep). 3 weeks school holiday when its Craven Week tournament. You wont find any kid in our top 20 playing for a club and our top schools have about 7 teams in the U18 age group. Lot of depth.
  6. International Badboy Ted Fahey (11)

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    Our top teams have about 12
  7. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    in total? and which school?
  8. International Badboy Ted Fahey (11)

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    Joeys, Riverview and Kings most years all go to the 12s in the opens age group, thats just Sydney GPS
  9. Joe Mac Arch Winning (36)

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    Here is a link to the Riverview schoolboy team last season who were GPS premiers (http://www.youtube.com/user/joeyriverrocks1?feature=results_main). Joey's and Riverview have the highest participation in rugby often going past ten teams in the opens. They also have the biggest crowd for their fixture against each other in the opens.
  10. barbarian Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    I remember a few years ago Shore were claiming they were the biggest rugby club in the world. 42 teams.

    Think they have dropped away a bit since then, but they were going down to Hs and Is in 13s and Gs and Hs in all other years. 11ths and 12ths in Opens.
  11. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    I think Maties (University of Stellenbosch) is the biggest club in the world
    http://www.matiesrugby.co.za/about-us
    Thats only student teams from U19 and up. If you take into account their feeder schools (Paarl Gym, Paarl Boishaai, Paul Roos) have 20+ teams per school from U14 to U18 age group and their feeder prymary schools like KleinGim, Eikestad and Klein Boishaai who have around 14 teams per school from U7 to U13 age group per school you more or less gets to the sum why I am living in the biggest rugby talent pool in the world.

    Anyway some interesting stuff. So opens is our version of U19s at school level.

    @JoeMac how big is that crowds?
  12. Joe Mac Arch Winning (36)

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    Crowds vary depending on the quality of the two schools. The biggest recorded was Joey's vs View @ View, in 1996. I believe with either 22,000 or 24,000 people (there is a photo in the dressing room there and I cant remember which is correct). Most years it would be 5000-12 000. Last year would have been 10-12k I would say.

    Just found this video on youtube of it:

    Unfortunately it is filmed from the hill which means you cant see where most of the crowd are but if you skip to about 1:15 you catch a glance at the huge amount of people there.
  13. Tight head Lion Guest

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    someone told me joeys have 47 rugby teams and 20 soccer teams cause everyone must play sport there
  14. Joe Mac Arch Winning (36)

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    It's true, compulsory Summer and Winter sports right up until the HSC. Same as View.
  15. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    SA matches in the top 20 rugby schools always draw 10,000 minimum. We do all winter sports (rugby, boys and rgirls hockey, netball) starting on the friday and all ended with the main rugby match on the saturday. Last week as example between Paul Roos(boys)/Bloemhof(girls) and Paarl Gym (they are 30 kms from each other) it started on the wednesday. All the players from both schools and supporters end up at the main game on saturday @ 12h00. Teams participating are hockey boys 6 x11, hockey girls 10x11, netball girls,26 x 7, rugby 20 x 15 = 632 players. Add their parents and supporters and you'll get the weekly support base at games.
  16. AusBoyRugby Stan Wickham (3)

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    I think that if they did decide to broadcast Schoolboy rugby, they would most likely focus on the GPS in both NSW and QLD.
    However, I doubt they would want to broadcast most of the games, so I think that they would only broadcast the major games and games for the premierships. I see that Club games are broadcasted on various channels from time to time so I guess it would be quite good to see schoolboys on tv, however I think that It would defeat the purpose of the massive crowds for the First 15 Games and the whole vibe of GPS sport would be taken away because of it being on the air each weekend.
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