Good morning AIC enthusiasts,
First of all I'd like to congratulate every school on a fantastic season so far, it appears that we have a very competitive schoolboy competition which has its positives over other schoolboy competitions around Queensland and Australia. This is promising as the AIC is only 15 years young! From what I've seen so far, it is clearly obvious that certain schools have stepped up their rugby programs to compete with the stronger traditional rugby schools. We are no longer seeing massive blow outs in games every week and the weaker teams are getting stronger each year. I would like to think that Marist College Ashgrove has set an example for the other schools and hopefully soon we will see Marist College Ashgrove be defeated for the first time in the AIC rugby aggregate!
Secondly, I like to raise the issue of potentially moving the AIC rugby season to term 3 along side the GPS competition to allow for lower ranked teams (D's, E's, 4th's, 5th's etc) to be able to have a game against other schools instead versing another team from their school each week. Or a 14 week based competition running over the course of term 3 and 4. What are everyone's thoughts on this? I personally hate to see when two or three schools tie for a premiership and I believe that a 7 week season is relatively short for the amount of preparation and training that is put in by schools. I know for a fact that some schools will start their First XV preparation and training for the next season not long after the previous season has finished. A potential 14 week competition will allow for teams who have lost a game or two to be able to regroup and rebuild their premiership chances.
Last but not least, I will like to wish every year 12 player all the best for the final 3 rounds and to cherish the days of playing in your school colours with your mates. They are certainly some of the best days of your lives.