Allen Oxlade (6)
Well said mate the issue is that as any school that does not scholarship Rugby players cannot expect the results to be continually high. There is no doubt they have underperformed over the past decade but that is not the fault of the current administration, coaches or kids.
Lauries have had many good things happen over the past decade in terms of the development at the school but they would not have helped develop on the sports field.
The new carpark giving them a new oval meant that for the best part of two years he boys only had a quad to train on at the site.
The new hall is fantastic however for three years they had no gym so no S and C program. (I still have no idea why you would demolish a pool and not build another but there you go)
Frankly this year they did not have the cattle and have finished about where expected anyone who thinks that they should have gone better has not had a look at this year groups sporting results across all sports.
The difference between AIC to GPS is the widening gap between the top and bottom teams in such a short time. Two fold, one is delivering a rugby program over a small period of years remembering you really only have the kids for 4 or 5 years maximum. secondly of course is when you get a good player it's very hard not to lose him to a GPS scholarship by grade 10. We've seen the attempted poaching of the best OF AIC for 2018 years 12 under different forms of enticement, still a fee paid scheme as recent as December-January 18 admittedly without success. There's nothing wrong with the AIC or GPS collectively as a group, forming a Rugby Program for all years from the initial preseason training and skills, Strength and conditioning, set trial matches and dates, and their season proper. Possibly throwing in a bye weekend where each year a school trying to break into the competition can be measured against each school. AFL & Rugby League will throw a fair bit in the form of the above at the AIC over the next two years and it will pressure the GPS system as well as more kids want to play AFL or Rugby League on weekends. It all starts with a light bulb moment.