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NSW AAGPS 2022

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Cyril Towers (30)
Brave man tipping View. Good on you! I agree Newington at home will be too strong for the brave Shoremen
If the rumors are true that sjc 1,12,15 are being replaced I think view will have a strong chance at winning.
 

Joker

Greg Davis (50)
If the rumors are true that sjc 1,12,15 are being replaced I think view will have a strong chance at winning.
This game each year has plenty of False Flags being put up.
Even I heard yesterday that Joeys #15 broke his toe.
Last week many (including me) got sucked in by the news that Scots #12 was out for the season.
 

Doublecut

Frank Nicholson (4)
Can’t help but feel for the TAS kids. It’s got to be close to a 20 hour round trip by bus to get to their games in Sydney (or 16 hours by car). Must make studying for their HSC a lot harder.
I get the prestige of playing in the GPS competition is important for the school but I’m not so sure how beneficial it is for the kids.
 

Joker

Greg Davis (50)
Can’t help but feel for the TAS kids. It’s got to be close to a 20 hour round trip by bus to get to their games in Sydney (or 16 hours by car). Must make studying for their HSC a lot harder.
I get the prestige of playing in the GPS competition is important for the school but I’m not so sure how beneficial it is for the kids.
TAS will always be a AAGPS school and its willingness to continue acting as one is so admirable.

In my day, we never saw TAS, only at the athletics, the only occasions when all 9 schools are present. They became your second choice in a race if your school did not have a runner.

The TAS students value this association and feel being a part of this is worth the bus ride down and back. Sydney schools look after them with accommodation and meals which leads to good camaraderie between the host and TAS.

My father was a TAS boy and he raced in the 110y and 220y in 1957 against the greatest schoolboy athlete of all time, Jim McCann. Doug Bursill from Scots was also racing and the two of them finished 1, 2 in both races with McCann setting a world schoolboy record in the 110y and long jump. At the end of each race (which he came last!) he had his hand shaken by Jim McCann, who, my father was in awe of. He has told me that those moments running on the SCG agaisnt all other AAGPS schools was worth the 13 hour train ride to Sydney.

Here is my father, at the back (far right), loving the chance to run against the other schools.

McCann.jpg
 

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Frank Nicholson (4)
TAS will always be a AAGPS school and its willingness to continue acting as one is so admirable.

In my day, we never saw TAS, only at the athletics, the only occasions when all 9 schools are present. They became your second choice in a race if your school did not have a runner.

The TAS students value this association and feel being a part of this is worth the bus ride down and back. Sydney schools look after them with accommodation and meals which leads to good camaraderie between the host and TAS.

My father was a TAS boy and he raced in the 110y and 220y in 1957 against the greatest schoolboy athlete of all time, Jim McCann. Doug Bursill from Scots was also racing and the two of them finished 1, 2 in both races with McCann setting a world schoolboy record in the 110y and long jump. At the end of each race (which he came last!) he had his hand shaken by Jim McCann, who, my father was in awe of. He has told me that those moments running on the SCG agaisnt all other AAGPS schools was worth the 13 hour train ride to Sydney.

Here is my father, at the back (far right), loving the chance to run against the other schools.

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I do get the historical aspect and appreciate that your father would have loved competing against the best athletes of the day but in rugby they don’t get the chance to test themselves against the best and I just feel for the kids in year 12 spending time on highways that could be better spent studying.
Having said that I have absolute respect for their commitment and have no doubt they will rightfully remain a part of the AAGPS.
 

ScrumHalf69420

Frank Row (1)
I do get the historical aspect and appreciate that your father would have loved competing against the best athletes of the day but in rugby they don’t get the chance to test themselves against the best and I just feel for the kids in year 12 spending time on highways that could be better spent studying.
Having said that I have absolute respect for their commitment and have no doubt they will rightfully remain a part of the AAGPS.
Amen
 

ballsoverball

Bob McCowan (2)
17 000 signed up to leichhardt as of this morning - give a few for those attending who havnt signed up, and take a few for the families where multiple members signed up the whole family. if there are still tickets remaining on saturday, their will be QR codes available at the entrance to quickly grab a ticket before you enter, but with tickets already at 17000 out of a 20000 capacity, and it only being wednesday, there may be none left by this point.
 

TheRuckOver

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TAS will always be a AAGPS school and its willingness to continue acting as one is so admirable.

In my day, we never saw TAS, only at the athletics, the only occasions when all 9 schools are present. They became your second choice in a race if your school did not have a runner.

The TAS students value this association and feel being a part of this is worth the bus ride down and back. Sydney schools look after them with accommodation and meals which leads to good camaraderie between the host and TAS.

My father was a TAS boy and he raced in the 110y and 220y in 1957 against the greatest schoolboy athlete of all time, Jim McCann. Doug Bursill from Scots was also racing and the two of them finished 1, 2 in both races with McCann setting a world schoolboy record in the 110y and long jump. At the end of each race (which he came last!) he had his hand shaken by Jim McCann, who, my father was in awe of. He has told me that those moments running on the SCG agaisnt all other AAGPS schools was worth the 13 hour train ride to Sydney.

Here is my father, at the back (far right), loving the chance to run against the other schools.

View attachment 14372
The fact that they are in the 3rds competition and giving it a red hot Aussie go really makes me a proud AAGPS supporter.

If I will be honest I think that the fact that us as a community, we are too soft to all make the trip up to Armidale and support our respected schools. It’d also make an awesome holiday as Armidale is a very popular and highly rated tourist destination for foreigners.

Joker also that photo of your dad in the race is impeccable, although he isn’t doing too well in that race he’s giving it a red hot Aussie go. Like a true TAS boy. Much love to the boys up in the Dale.

Cheers,

TRO
 

RugbyDynamics22

Frank Row (1)
Some sad news out of joeys today:

From what l have i heard from Greg (Joeys 1st XV head coach) Hwi Sharples (Scrum Half) has ruptured his achilles’ tendon and will be out until the next season of rugby. Sharples is also a member of the First XI cricket team and as of now will be unlikely to be fit enough to even play. Many rumours are escalating on who will fill the #9 position with year 11 boy Oliver Portilli looking to fill in his spot.

Cheers,

RD
 

TheSwindleKicker

Frank Nicholson (4)
While the game this weekend is being held at Leichardt, not much discussion is being made about this change.

As an older bastard, I have always enjoyed visiting the grassy splendor of "The Swamp" or "Wolf den" as named by the students. There is something quaint about the old wooden grandstand that the visiting students occupy and the more modern (It has been there since the 1970's I think) stand the view boys use. It is rare in this day to see two schools side by side at a match. Newington is the only other I can recall that has the two student groups close to one another. Riverview provides this opportunity which in turn creates spectacle and atmosphere.

This is what AAGPS schools do very well. With the enormous tunnels of Scots and their screeching bagpipes, to the drum beaters of Riverview, the swordsmen at Kings and the banner wavers of Newington, this adds so much to the day. This is why many people enjoy the game, not just the rugby but the whole occasion. This weekend will Riverview be allowed to do their tunnel? This (while annoying) adds so much. The opportunity wont be there.

I find it such a shame that Riverview felt they needed to move it away from their grounds. In 1996? I was living on the other side of the Lane Cove river when the big game was on, I was unable to make it but I could easily hear the cheering as it wafted across the water. I knew when it was full time as the Riverview noise was immense. Will this be the same at Leichardt? Will this now be the norm for schools who feel they cannot control their grounds and crowds? If Kings with their 125 hectares and many, many entry points can do it, then why can't Riverview do it?

Joeys horde at View, 2018.

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Have to agree with you J, the moving of the game to Leichardt will be magnificent but a step in the wrong direction i think. Having a full Leichardt hill will be a spectacular sight, but for me and the year 12 cohort (from what i've heard) would much rather see 'The swamps" hill be filled instead. It just doesn't feel right i think, and takes away from the strong rivalry that the schools posses.
 

Eyes and Ears

Bob Davidson (42)
I do get the historical aspect and appreciate that your father would have loved competing against the best athletes of the day but in rugby they don’t get the chance to test themselves against the best and I just feel for the kids in year 12 spending time on highways that could be better spent studying.
Having said that I have absolute respect for their commitment and have no doubt they will rightfully remain a part of the AAGPS.
The past 10 years has shown that they would struggle against the big school 1st XVs. They travel to Sydney on about 4 Saturdays. Is it really such a big imposition on their studies? If the students are that keen, they could study on the bus and they would probably get more done than most rugby boys do on a Saturday.
 

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Frank Nicholson (4)
The past 10 years has shown that they would struggle against the big school 1st XVs. They travel to Sydney on about 4 Saturdays. Is it really such a big imposition on their studies? If the students are that keen, they could study on the bus and they would probably get more done than most rugby boys do on a Saturday.
TAS has a lot of boarders and kids that board typically travel enormous distances at the start and end of every term, long weekends etc.
So to add another 70-80 odd hours highway travel to that load to play 3rd XV rugby must be tough and not as rewarding as it was in the past. That’s why I said I feel for them, especially the year 12’s with study/rehab after games/socialising with friends.
 

DaSchmooze

Johnnie Wallace (23)
As an insider at SBHS I can advise that the intake is solely based on State Government guidelines. There is no way to vary this whatsoever. They have to accept any boy that applies and is successful in the selective exams. Each boy and parent is told upon entry that they must play sport on Saturday however getting them to do this is almost impossible. Excuses are aplenty. There are only 180 boys entering in year 7 and usually there is only one or two boys that have previously played rugby. It is very tough to convince parents to allow their boys to play rugby.
On a brighter note the current crop of 1st XV players are mostly year 11 boys. The captain (no.10 and year 11 boy) did not play last week (injured) and has been in the 1st XV since Year 10. The other main player who is in the forwards is out for the rest of the year. They started with only around 22 players in total and one player is in his first year at rugby. These two boys mentioned would in my opinion make most 1st or 2nd XV teams.
The school has recruited some very capable coaches and expectations are that next year these boys will be much better physically and more competitive.
This really makes my blood boil.

Make no mistake, this was a deliberate act on behalf of the DET to undermine the GPS by wrecking one of it's members from within. They wasted an utter shit tonne of cash setting up sports high schools that have little to any tangible affect on the outcomes of sports kids (Westfields the exception), yet - the one school that did stand a chance of making a difference to the sports careers of it's students - was ruined because of it's history and association to something other than DET head office.

I have nothing but contempt for the DET for what they've done.
 

Rudderless

Ron Walden (29)
For any $cots supporters heading to Kings this Saturday...it is 'Back to Kings' day. '

The Old Boys Union is expecting a huge gathering - one of the largest series of School Reunions in their history. Extra food vans will be onsite.

Map for parking etc is attached.
 

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