Frank Row (1)
We love a good win !! Over and out for tonight
Excellent summary. View probably slight favourites but the comp game is at HH, so…..prob a slight leaning to Joeys. Would expect Kings to finish ahead of Shore and think the 5/6 places could go either way.Hi all, Tap and Go here.
Long time follower of the forum, first time poster. Hope you don't mind if I throw my two cents in.
After seeing many of the trial games and the first round myself, as well as all results, it's exciting to see what the boys have in stall for us for the rest of the season.
First Newington. Although they have some definite skill in their team, with the likes of Hugh Bell and a few others like Siteni Taukamo, they are lacking strength and depth that they have had in previous years. I don't see them doing much this season but may pull off a win or two against some of the weaker teams.
Now onto Kings. Players such as Ed Arnott (very surprised he didn't make the GPS 1st team!!), Will Johnston and Riley Hemsworth all have the ability to play very high quality rugby. However, without the players to provide some support to them during games I feel as though they will struggle this year. They will have to put in top performances to be able to compete with the top few teams (they did quite well against Scots in Round 1 to my surprise). They also competed well against View in the trials, however I have heard that it wasn't Views greatest performance.
Shore. A definite dark horse this year. They don't really have any standout GPS players, but they seem to work fantastically as a team. Hearing about their first half performance against View only reinforced my opinion on this. If they can work hard over this break between terms they can definitely pull off an upset or two, but it will require a whole team performance.
The boys from Bellevue Hill now. Some serious strength in this team with six players in the 1st and 2nd GPS teams. They have had to face a lot of strong teams in their trial games, and competed well, but were just not good enough. In my opinion one of the better teams in this GPS comp but i don't see them winning against Joeys or View later this season.
Joeys this year a looking strong as always. The pack is undeniably one of the strongest in the GPS, with the front row all representing GPS 1sts. The backline has both class and size with the likes of Ned Dalton, Jonny Chan and Max Jorgensen. I think they will run over all teams except for View, which will be a tight one and could go either way. With very tight losses to Barker and View, it will be very interesting to see how they can finish the rest of the season after a first round win over Newington.
View, in my opinion, are the team to beat this year. The backline doesn't have a single weakness. Even with O'Donnell out, his spot was filled excellently by the 2s inside, Conners, and with O'Donnell expected to return for the last few rounds it gives them every opportunity to win the comp. The class of the inside backs will be too much to handle for many teams, and the forward pack is full or workhorses and power runners that are very strong through the middle. The biggest challenge will be Joeys, and being in the final round I'd say it will be a premiership game.
Let me hear your thoughts.
Can't help but comment on the volume of the CAS contingent in front of the camera on the stream. Not only have they without fail not stopped abusing the players of the GPS2, but have also slandered the 14, 10 and 15 of the GPS2 side. Disappointing that without supervision this occurs.
Over and out,
Wonder if you could say the same about the GPS old boys of Riverview and Joeys against Barker. From a neutral perspective this really lets the image of the school down.
Glad to see GPS get the win, little bit disappointed it wasn't in better conditions though, the wet weather really made it a battle of the forwards and left many of the outside backs wanting as the ball hit the floor more times than it should've in better conditions. Despite this, I thought Jorgensen (15) was fantastic, as were Chan (12) and Burns (2) despite the difficult conditions. Dalrymple (4), Hemsworth (11) and Granger (14) also impressed with Granger scoring a lovely try with a big left foot step off the back of work from the ever-present Allsopp (8) who continues to push his case for NSW selection over Barker's Slacksmith, who both have impressed in every single opportunity and have given the selectors such a tough decision to make. The Riverview and Joeys boys impressed me the most overall in both the 1s and the 2s, although the boys from Scots weren't far behind which is perhaps unsurprising given they're the 3 favourites for the GPS premiership by all accounts. McMullen (10) played a solid game, although still felt that Bowen's performance in the 2's showed that he deserved the higher honours. In saying that, there really wasn't much to split the two other than Bowen playing a slightly more expansive game but once again, it may just have been the way McMullen was instructed to play against a strong CAS side in the wet and cold conditions. His game management showed experience beyond his years, and may have been why he was selected. Let's look forward to the GPS season with all the excitement in the air. The injury cloud of Riverview's O'Donnell definitely allows Scots and Joeys to get their hopes up, yet at the same time I have no doubt that this View side is the strongest we've seen in years and will match up strongly against Scots and Joeys, with or without their star number 12. Anyways, with the final game being played in HH, Joeys are slight favourites to take out the silverware with a nail biter on the final weekend. Perhaps someone has news on O'Donnell's return date, it could be the make or break for this view side??
Not sure the exact length of his recovery and rehab, but with the long weekend and school holidays around the corner, hopefully he will be fit and healthy towards the back end of the season.
That sounds good TME, for View's sake I hope he's fit and firing come Scots in Rd 3 and finding his form by Joeys away at HH in Rd 5 which may well be the competition decider, but Connors showed against Shore and again tonight that he's more than a reliable replacement back, he can match it with the best in the GPS. Any chance someone has more info? It would be really disappointing for such a talent to miss out on the majority of his final season in year 12 when the mighty Joeys, led by Burns, Jorgensen and Chan, have a great opportunity to snatch the premiership from under their noses with the final game at HH.
Not to discount Joeys at all, but View played them without Bowen (10) and O’Donnell went off after about 25 minutes injured. Those two are certainly standout players, but the fact that view still managed to get up, albeit in a very close fashion, is a testament to the depth and skill in the view side which is certainly not limited to the 10/12 combo.