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QLD GPS Rugby 2020

Lammy

Frank Nicholson (4)
When I worked in London there was the "Sydney Flu" going around and if I'm not mistaken, the Spanish Flu, the Zika Flu, the Ebola Virus were also named after the region where it eminated from. Onya Hillary.

Except the Spanish flu didn't originate in Spain
 

Countryjack

Alfred Walker (16)
Interesting comments above re "The Season". I watched both the Nudgee and the BBC series and I thought they were both outstanding and provided very interesting insights into the two schools. They had very different narratives but I enjoyed them both, particularly the cultural and historical backdrops to each school's rugby programme. I must admit I got goosebumps watching the BBC series during the scene where BBC were heading onto Ross from the changing room to close out a very successful season. As a Nudgee old boy, it was great to see the perspective from another great rugby school coming onto Ross. Well done to BBC and to the producers of the documentary. I would also be very keen to see one done on TSS.
The season ahead.wow.Nudgee and TSS Rd 2 on Ross.this will be a great occasion and I really hope the social distancing measures allow a crowd at this game. Nudgee and BBC at Miskin in the last round could also be a cracking event for Brisbane grass roots rugby depending on how the season plays out. Plenty of other interesting match ups also lined up for the season and i wouldn't mind seeing another school do well such as Churchie or Toowoomba who both had very good teams last year.
I really don't know much about the teams this year but I can't wait for the season to kick off!


Well said - I agree 100%. I liked the way it was a "whole of school documentary."If what I hear is right -and both Steve & Totai Kefu are coaching at BBC this year-then that is a hell of a coaching set up.Wonder if big bad Brad Thorn will help out- as he has some boys there. My money on TSS ( but I have said that 5 years in a row.)
 

Garry Owens

Alan Cameron (40)
^Yeah I am sure the New Star aligned BBC Head Coach who applied for Jim McKay's job as Attack Coach at the Reds and failed to interview a year or so ago would be keen as mustard to get Brad Thorn along to join in the "many hands to build a village" approach. Pffff.

If these clowns were/are too prideful to ask Andy Mac ( from within their existing community) to come down and assist with set piece , and instead , rely on the sagely Yoda-esque scrum doctoring mastery of the prior DOR/Forwards Coach with the "get low" and "push" well......I wouldn't be humming Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero"

Insofar as the Kefs.......meh. Hasn't done BBC any good for the last few years with them both being there ( or sort of in Totai's case )

Just names and a bit of hullabuloo.

If they turned it over to Steve Kef , fully , without him having to defer , all good I guess but until they sort out the dynamics its the same old story.
 
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Aussie Luke

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Except the Spanish flu didn't originate in Spain

I googled this and yes, you're right! Must have been "fake news" at the time, way back in 1918.

Back to rugby...so will this year's First XV matches be played in front of empty stands with no more than 100 people allowed to gather?
 

Confucius Say

Johnnie Wallace (23)
I just back form self iso and watch the Season on BBC on YouTube. It has reach a big audience globally and the comment on YouTube have been very very positive. Well done to all the boy last year on a tough competition. Those TSS and NC game were pure theater and while there could only be one winner, all player and coach deserve to be congratulated.

Hoping 2020 is another tough contest and GT can get them self up each week.
 
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Aussie Luke

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I just back form self iso and watch the Season on BBC on YouTube. It has reach a big audience globally and the comment on YouTube have been very very positive. Well done to all the boy last year on a tough competition. Those TSS and NC game were pure theater and while there could only be one winner, all player and coach deserve to be congratulated.

Hoping 2020 is another tough contest and GT can get them self up each week.

What I liked about the BBC documentary was the school's cultural and ritualistic aspects. This is unique to the school and is what is great about some of the GPS schools. I hope they keep this up and it would be great if all 9 of the GPS schools were also exuding this culture at the rugby. I liked this also about the Nudgee documentary. Terrace are big on their rituals as are Churchie and TSS. I'm looking forward to seeing the next school profiled and what they bring to the table.
 

Rugrat

Alfred Walker (16)
Who are we feeling are the competition darkhorses?
Could be a lottery with such a short preparation time and Fitness combinations and selections will be a big issue. Will be very interesting to see which individuals showed the most disciple to train alone. A few big lads may well struggle to get selected for firsts in the early rounds.
 
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Aussie Luke

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The boarding house at Nudgee has been shut down during the virus issue and the interstate boarders are still not allowed back for awhile yet. Additionally, the international students are not allowed back into the country at all and will not be available during the season, so they will lose a lot of their depth and onsite advantage. I suspect the same for TSS.
 

The Engine Room

Herbert Moran (7)
The boarding house at Nudgee has been shut down during the virus issue and the interstate boarders are still not allowed back for awhile yet. Additionally, the international students are not allowed back into the country at all and will not be available during the season, so they will lose a lot of their depth and onsite advantage. I suspect the same for TSS.


The rumour mills are running hot.....latest being BCC 1st XV squad busted by police for training, TSS 1ST XV caught on camera training via a Police drone. Have to laugh at it all.
 

Garry Owens

Alan Cameron (40)
The boarding house at Nudgee has been shut down during the virus issue and the interstate boarders are still not allowed back for awhile yet. Additionally, the international students are not allowed back into the country at all and will not be available during the season, so they will lose a lot of their depth and onsite advantage. I suspect the same for TSS.
Or any School with a boarding house with a lot of players from somewhere else.

BGS not so much , nor TGS , but even IGS has a few NT boys (think Seamus King-Smith for example)

Churchie would be similarly impacted as would BBC.

I don’t think it really gives anyone a major advantage or disadvantage. Most are in the same boat and then Schools like Terrace or High won’t really challenge this year but are definitely capable of taking down 1 or 2 of the top half of the table (in how it projects)

1. TSS
2. Nudgee
3. BBC
4. Churchie
 

BlueSenator

Frank Row (1)
The boarding house at Nudgee has been shut down during the virus issue and the interstate boarders are still not allowed back for awhile yet. Additionally, the international students are not allowed back into the country at all and will not be available during the season, so they will lose a lot of their depth and onsite advantage. I suspect the same for TSS.

Kind of... current numbers sit at around 60 compared to the somewhat normal figures of 300. No plan or insight on how those figures look in the future.. just saying.
 

Blue & white

Billy Sheehan (19)
Oh my lord. What a problem we have this year and rugby in general.I am in shock..
As you all know:
-rugby,football,basketball & tennis are all to be played term 3.
-some schools want the 1st 3 rounds of rugby cancelled to enable "front row passports " to be obtained ;
-boys had to nominate which sport they will play.

I am in total shock at the number of football teams & the lack of rugby teams.
Some schools have 32 football teams and 9 rugby teams.
Figures came out yesterday.
 

The Engine Room

Herbert Moran (7)
Yes - it's all very intriguing.

I'm backing rugby out this year unfortunately. Particularly with the spectre of ATAR looming in Term 3 for the first time, the delayed season start and impact to the ATAR period after the disruptions of Term 2, I believe will see many headmasters putting the can on GPS Rugby this year. Disappointing for all concerned but you never know. Perhaps a short and sharp carnival type event over 4 weekends would work??

Oh my lord. What a problem we have this year and rugby in general.I am in shock..
As you all know:
-rugby,football,basketball & tennis are all to be played term 3.
-some schools want the 1st 3 rounds of rugby cancelled to enable "front row passports " to be obtained ;
-boys had to nominate which sport they will play.

I am in total shock at the number of football teams & the lack of rugby teams.
Some schools have 32 football teams and 9 rugby teams.
Figures came out yesterday.
 

Garry Owens

Alan Cameron (40)
Oh my lord. What a problem we have this year and rugby in general.I am in shock..
As you all know:
-rugby,football,basketball & tennis are all to be played term 3.
-some schools want the 1st 3 rounds of rugby cancelled to enable "front row passports " to be obtained ;
-boys had to nominate which sport they will play.

I am in total shock at the number of football teams & the lack of rugby teams.
Some schools have 32 football teams and 9 rugby teams.
Figures came out yesterday.

Democracy in action . Sort of speaks volumes across many fronts though eh?

I can sort of understand why some schools are not rushing to prioritise Rugby in the middle of a crammed Sporting offering where the boys are deciding what they want to play , and also where , the delays being referenced make it impossible to have a GPS Rugby season in Term 3. If one was to exist it would have to extend into Term 4 , which has other impacts - especially for the Grade 12 boys that are trying to sit finals and finish school through October / early November.

About the only way you might make it work is ditch the bye round and if there are a couple of schools who want to opt out this year - let them .....and maybe pinch the first weekend of the School Holidays - a compressed 6 week season.

The other issue in all of this is money and resources ....and the cost of running these programs where some schools just don’t have the money, or are , and will continue , to experience issues with their customers being able to pay the cost of schooling.

And if you are a family that is experiencing and will continue to experience difficulty emanating from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 you may well be looking at the real value proposition of education right now and exactly what you are paying for - especially scholastically.

I’m not casting aspersions on any “elite” private school per se .....I’m just saying for a good number of them will not be immune from the significant financial impacts of COVID-19. Their service offerings and their value propositions will be questioned more than ever before as they roll forward.

A really good case in point is a GPS old boy I work with who has 3 kids under 3 and is aghast at the cost as he’s looking at enrollments. He is going to try and re-direct to a Catholic option in the association at a $9k per year per child difference. For him that consideration wouldn’t have even been considered 2 months ago.

It’s a genuine paradigm shift folks but like the GFC everyone is a bit in denial and waiting to “get back to normal” without understanding that there has been a permanent shift in how life has changed.
 
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