Snort, it's obvious to everyone that this is not an easy fix as there are many variables.
Firstly to answer a previous question, Newington has at least 6 13s teams, we played them last week.
Barker, and any school with just 2 or 3 in the 13s is a real concern, as often schools start with 5-6+ and then later in life the teams reduce a bit.
Maybe there should be a minimum number of teams, so that matching schools can co-ordinate their respective teams with some ease, but I am not sure what the right number is, eg Waverley currently has 23 teams, typically all of whom are quite competitive. So if the threshold of teams numbers was higher than 23, then Waves would be in a lower grade. Barker would probably be in the same boat.
I suspect the GPS schools, and maybe Knox would be in a higher grade, and yet Waves teams often defeat most grades in these schools, the exception would be joeys, but these games are often very close.
Another, but probably more difficult method, may be to have a promotion/relegation or tiered comp across each age group so that teams of similar ability are in the same grade. The complexities of which do appear to be much higher for each school though, and schools probably wouldn't entertain the thought, unless they organized a governing school body whose responsibility it was to run this program. (Think I'm dreaming here!)
Very quickly re scholarships, all/most schools have done it at some time, but an agreed and more structured common approach between the schools could be the year 10 cut off, unless there is a special circumstance like coming from Melbourne etc. It is NOT a good look, it is NOT fair on long term attendees, and it KILLS schoolboy rugby culture within a school and association. Finally, and this is what does my head in, if a school buys a premiership - then everyone says "well you should have won it" and if you import and don't win, the school looks stupid!
End Result = You can't win either way!!!!
Why don't they get it!
Noticed that the conversation yesterdaay regarding Scholarships etc has now dissapeared from this thread. Is that common here when people are having a discussion?
Joker - What is the split in year 7?
I can understand that the school culture and drawing power of the 1st XV attracts kids to rugby as they move through the school years towards opens. Interested to know if or how Joeys manages to get the majority of year 7 kids playing rugby.
Presumably the reputation of the school means that many year 7's arrive either with a rugby background or knowing about the school's rugby program and hence want to play?
Ever so often the word that shall never be used is uttered by some frustrated soul and hence a debate ensures. This then dies down, (gets deleted on occasion) and we behave ourselves again. There is a THREAD in which you can vent to your hearts content.
I am unsure if you can post there anymore. I myself spent time in the sin-bin and I am still blocked. Have a read through and enjoy the insanity of those days.
Cranbrook Senior School
Anyone have a predicted Knox 15? I'm sure we will see the return of stellar fullback Luke Tucker and flanker Charlie Herdman. I think Knox might surprise a few, but hard to go against a Waverley team that has never lost in this age group..