Hi fellow ISA Rugby supporters, I really would like to know your views on season 2019! Who will reign supreme, Auggies, Stannies, St Greg's or will Oakhill push for contention?
Personally, I'll be quite interested in the performance of Pat's at Strathfield in the upcoming ISA season.
After a very disappointing, though not surprising, season last year I can only hope that the boys from Breen return to this season well drilled, disciplined and optimistic. Using past performance as an indicator, I'll be honest in saying I'm not expecting too much from the 1's this year. Despite this, I'm very happy for them to prove me wrong; in fact, I'm sure they might be able to.
With the combined experience of the 2018 year 11 students who played 1's last year (expecting these same students will play 1's in what is now their final year at the college) and the much needed injection of players from the 2018 16 A's squad (arguably one of the strongest teams in the ISA last year) hopefully St Pat's can field some quality players capable of some quality rugby in 2019.
I can testify to the fact that the boys from Breen have been working hard in the gym to build their strength, and on the field to nail the fundamental skills that underpin rugby that they were missing last year. Despite this, I have no real point of reference to their progression as compared to the likes of other schools who have strong and thriving rugby programs and so these marked improvements to the boys from Pats might be nothing compared the likes of players from other ISA schools. However, I'm optimistic that their pre-season training has helped them refine and strengthen their skills.
Pats should start the season strong with a trial against Sydney Grammar at home on April 6. An almost guaranteed win in the first round should give the boys a much needed boost in their confidence, however they must be wary of any complacency or hubris that seeps through the cracks of their humility. This is because in the ensuing weeks the boys will face tough competition from the likes of Knox (Away April 27), Trinity (Away May 4), SHORE (Away May 11), Aloys (Home May 18), Riverview (Venue TBE May 25).
The ISA season will kick off for Pats against Auggies (Away June 1).
The ISA season for the Pat's boys will continue into round 2, for whom their competition and venue is TBC. Round 3 will see Pats playing Oakhill (Home June 22).
The Pat's 1's and 2's as well as the 16 A's will also have a trial against Barker in the school hols (Away July 20), and then face off against Kinross for Round 4 (Home July 27), Gregs (Away August 3), Pius (Home August 10) and finally Stannies (Away August 17).
I'm also quite excited to see how Pius 1's perform this year after a pleasantly surprising performance in the 16 A's competition last year. Will be great to see the lads from Pius and the lads from Pats face-off on Breen. It should be a great game to remember as traditional rivals go head to head in tough contest.
Looking forward to the season ahead, should be a lot of fun for everyone.
After further analysis of the past 16A’s season and also last years teams, St Pius and Augustine’s are looking strong throughout the ranks. Although Stannies are always a force to be reckoned with. Anyone else have any predictions?Who's your tip for this season Bob?
I don’t think Kinross will be too strong this year like they were last year. A lot of depth has left the sideI know boys have little interest in Pats rugby this year but they are looking like underdogs. With the 16A's almost coming for the premiership last year, the 1st XV could have a good chance with ranking better than last year, or even ranking in the top four. Being optimistic Pats could give quite a shock to the big teams like stannies, auggies, kinross. Thoughts?