Stan Wickham (3)
Just heard that a coach from Lauries that was overlooked is going to a GPS school to coach.
That would be a loss to Lauries. They were a good side and probably the only team that really challenged Ashgrove this year. But those boys would have to live in West End or Highgate Hill wouldn't they?The talk at Souths is that this is an enormous loss to the school, parents and students are still scratching their head at how this bloke missed out on the 1sts job. There's a big fear he'll take a lot of his red hot 9A players from this year with him to state high.
That is, to go to State High, you have to live in the catchment don't you? Isn't that 14A side at BSHS already very strong?
Good to see a change in the draw. Has been the same for a couple of seasons.For anyone who hasn't seen the new draw for next year, I have a link to it https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AIC-DRAW-2017.pdf
They will need him!True .
High pretty much own the Sunnybank /Logan catchment although Terrace have had a good crack over the last couple of years off the back of Tom Barker's strong relationships in the Polynesian Community
Insofar as this year's Lauries 14A's are concerned I wouldn't be that worried .there have been strong approaches on a number of these boys since the U12 Met East love fest and the ensuing Club season where a few of them ended up playing for the State High Centric Riverside Club Team .
High have lost a couple of forwards to Terrace and a player or two back to more League aligned schools . Their needs to replenish are more forwards based , and respectfully , there really isn't anyone in the Lauries pack that would make them materially better to what they lost . I'm sure High would take whoever for some depth but I'd be sure they'd be looking to do what they usually do insofar as their top line recruitment focus.
St Peter's have just picked up a handy lock in the age group from TGS whose family have just relocated FWIW
Anyone have a predicted Marist or Lauries XV side?
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As a Marist old boy, we need Lauries to be dominant the way the all blacks need the wallabies to be.
I can't fathom how a school with 101 years of tradition and some very very good rugby alumni can sit back and think that re appointing coaches who've won 2 games in 3 years is a good move.
I know with Marist Jon Fitzgerald has been moved on. Now this is a guy who has coached Marist for close to 10 years with an average of 5 wins a season but with only 2 premierships to his name, is considered not good enough. I guess there differentiating outlooks on success says a lot about the schools. Marist have still finished top 3 every year not being deemed enough.
I guess Marist 1st XV now won't have Lauries to worry about.
From memory, Ash has 4 players (?) returning in 2017 from the 2016 1st XV. Three of them are backs so that leaves only 4 backline positions and 7 forward positions to fill. Last year's 16As will fill the majority of the forwards with some very robust, mobile forwards in the mix. There will definitely be a couple of 2018 'investments for the future' from the 15A team in the XV. I expect one will be a loose forward to then play at lock or 8 a season later in the 2018 team and the other will be an outside back to play closer to the action in year 12.
Good to have pressure and competition from year 11 and year 10 boys for spots. There's a good cohort coming through the school - skilled and very fit.
With the first comp game on April 29 v Padua, hopefully the boys will get some decent trials before and during the Easter holidays to prepare. Probably only one trial during Term 2 before Round 1.