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Qld GPS Rugby 2022

GPS schools won't change their rugby season to term 2 as it would clash with their other sports. Rugby is just one of many sports they have to consider amongst their extra curricular activities. Additionally they don't see it as their job to promote rugby. They are there to win titles for their school, to build their profile and attract more enrolments.

The junior pathway via club is getting better. Clubs from U13 to U16 are improving in quality each year. The junior colts series has been a great concept and there are a number of open age school boys playing senior colts from both public and private schools. Club also provides more games over a longer season than school, which runs for a single term. Club also provides the only pathway for girls.
as a coach of a division 1 team in the BJRU and coaching at a GPS school i could comfortably say the BJRU comp is far superior in quality than both the GPS and AIC competition until we reach the u16s. At my club we have kids playing in the A's across both GPS & AIC teams that cant make the division 1 team at our club. The sooner we make the club comp the premier rugby comp nationwide the better
 
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as a coach of a division 1 team in the BJRU and coaching at a GPS school i could comfortably say the BJRU comp is far superior in quality than both the GPS and AIC competition until we reach the u16s. At my club we have kids playing in the A's across both GPS & AIC teams that cant make the division 1 team at our club. The sooner we make the club comp the premier rugby comp nationwide the better

So why the change at U16 level?

What is happening with the players that causes the turn around?
 
So why the change at U16 level?

What is happening with the players that causes the turn around?
they get told by schools that they cant play club. For instance we had one kid at our club who stopped playing club rugby this year when he was invited to do a pre season with the 1stXV squad essentially he was told he would be holding the pads but if he wanted to be considered to play 1stXV in subsequent years he needed to stop playing for club. The other reason is a number of the kids who are in League programs at your Marsdens and Keebra etc... give up rugby all together and stick with League.
 

Oldschoolpete

Frank Row (1)
as a coach of a division 1 team in the BJRU and coaching at a GPS school i could comfortably say the BJRU comp is far superior in quality than both the GPS and AIC competition until we reach the u16s. At my club we have kids playing in the A's across both GPS & AIC teams that cant make the division 1 team at our club. The sooner we make the club comp the premier rugby comp nationwide the better
although not a club coach any more. I agree. Kids playing club start at U/6 and after one club season have played 2 to 3 times the games as the kids playing for school. the more you get to know about the rugby 'pathway' system in this country the more you shake your head at the dysfunction caused by the battle for power and control.

if this was a pre-school playground and we saw our kids carrying on in this manner we would pull them aside and have a word on how to behave. sadly, the adults in the room who are running the game or are the senior ranks, cannot seem to let the ego go for the betterment of the game.
 

The Engine Room

Chris McKivat (8)
It might be an interesting fact that TSS again failed to win a game all day against Nudgee but I think the more interesting fact is some of the scores in the A teams where TSS were rarely scoring a point and Nudgee were rarely below 50 and some A Teams were knocking up just below 70 points to nil. This might be the first season in history when every team at Nudgee wins every game every weekend. I’m hoping Churchie or BBC can notch at least a couple of games against Nudgee as otherwise the sport will really start to die here, particularly after the Wallabies debacle later on in the evening.
You have to wonder if this sort of "designed dominance" is going to be the undoing of the rugby program in time. Nudgee certainly don't figure as strongly academically.
 

Rugby Man

Allen Oxlade (6)
Nudgee actually achieve stronger academic results than TSS if you research the topic but, regardless, this is a rugby discussion page and it worries me that so many of the GPS schools are no longer competing nor fielding many teams.
 

The Nomad

Dick Tooth (41)
Who cares ,they win premierships …
People in charge of recruitment and future employment opportunities that don’t give a toss about rugby yet alone whether you played in a dominant First XV. ( I’m assuming that was a question? )

Even though this is a GPS Rugby thread , the GPS Association is more than just rugby. What you don’t want is a copy of what’s happened in Sydney where a few schools have just stopped competing when it comes to First XV rugby. The GPS system down there still carries on graduating students, but the First XV comp consists of about five games. Might surprise you , but the parents coughing up the big bucks to send their offspring to Sydney Grammar couldn’t give a shit about how the rugby program is going , they care about their kids getting into the Uni course they want and their future career opportunities.

I’m a rugby tragic and like many very impressed with Nudgee’s rugby program and success, but their dominance could end up shrinking the competition as it has in Sydney and as a result the relevance of rugby within the GPS system.
 

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Bob McCowan (2)
they get told by schools that they cant play club. For instance we had one kid at our club who stopped playing club rugby this year when he was invited to do a pre season with the 1stXV squad essentially he was told he would be holding the pads but if he wanted to be considered to play 1stXV in subsequent years he needed to stop playing for club. The other reason is a number of the kids who are in League programs at your Marsdens and Keebra etc... give up rugby all together and stick with League.
Yep this is sadly true. I know of another case of a boy who last season wanted to trial for BJRU to play in the state championships. As he was already in his schools 1st XV squad, he was told to quit club rugby and concentrate on 1sts, thus preventing him from being able to trial for BJRU. He ended up getting cut from the 1sts and played 5 pointless games (season shortened because of COVID) in his schools U16s. A wasted year in terms of his rugby development. This boy had always played both club and school in his previous years.
 

The Engine Room

Chris McKivat (8)
People in charge of recruitment and future employment opportunities that don’t give a toss about rugby yet alone whether you played in a dominant First XV. ( I’m assuming that was a question? )

Even though this is a GPS Rugby thread , the GPS Association is more than just rugby. What you don’t want is a copy of what’s happened in Sydney where a few schools have just stopped competing when it comes to First XV rugby. The GPS system down there still carries on graduating students, but the First XV comp consists of about five games. Might surprise you , but the parents coughing up the big bucks to send their offspring to Sydney Grammar couldn’t give a shit about how the rugby program is going , they care about their kids getting into the Uni course they want and their future career opportunities.

I’m a rugby tragic and like many very impressed with Nudgee’s rugby program and success, but their dominance could end up shrinking the competition as it has in Sydney and as a result the relevance of rugby within the GPS system.
The "divided" competition was an agenda item on the GPS Headmasters forum a few years back when the "arms race" of GPS had Nudgee, TSS and BCC in the race at full throttle . It would be a tragedy if Qld went down the path of Sydney GPS rugby.
 

Dcarter

Frank Nicholson (4)
People in charge of recruitment and future employment opportunities that don’t give a toss about rugby yet alone whether you played in a dominant First XV. ( I’m assuming that was a question? )

Even though this is a GPS Rugby thread , the GPS Association is more than just rugby. What you don’t want is a copy of what’s happened in Sydney where a few schools have just stopped competing when it comes to First XV rugby. The GPS system down there still carries on graduating students, but the First XV comp consists of about five games. Might surprise you , but the parents coughing up the big bucks to send their offspring to Sydney Grammar couldn’t give a shit about how the rugby program is going , they care about their kids getting into the Uni course they want and their future career opportunities.

I’m a rugby tragic and like many very impressed with Nudgee’s rugby program and success, but their dominance could end up shrinking the competition as it has in Sydney and as a result the relevance of rugby within the GPS system.
Thats not nudgees fault but that of the other GPS schools. Nudgee also won the soccer as well, so is that an issue as well? Or are we apart of the PC brigade that everyone should win a prize. Nudgee has dominated at schoolboy level for 100 years, and its across all age groups. They do it because there programme is second to none. The ARU and rugby in general should celebrate that Nudgee keep the sport somewhat relevant, as the other GPS schools and the ARU sure do a great job of doing the opposite.
 

Dcarter

Frank Nicholson (4)
You have to wonder if this sort of "designed dominance" is going to be the undoing of the rugby program in time. Nudgee certainly don't figure as strongly academically.
Here we go again, the bitter child or middle aged dad who hates his life using the old default about nudges academic record. Chris this is a rugby forum mate, so keep your childish, petty comments to the family dinner table. Nudgee dominate across all age groups from 11A to 16D this my friend is based on its programme and hard work, maybe other schools could take a lead.Also champ if you want to talk about your knowledge of academia I can guarantee that the average wealth of Nudgee families is the highest of all QLD gps schools, as the school is made up of a lot farmers whose properties alone are valued in the hundreds of millions, so are you calling them dumb? stick to engineering mate and also soccer, oh thats right Nudgee won that too, must be all those imports. GFY
 
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Hey guys, just wanted to get some thoughts around the BGS team this week considering they haven't played an official fixture this year following their bye last week. I know this might seem a little left field considering their loss against Downlands last week, but I've heard some chat and personally, I've got them pinned in to win the premiership this year, knocking off Nudgee. Rumour out of the preseason camp is that Charlie McCauley has added an extra few kegs and skills to his bow, an impressive feat coming off his rookie of the year performance in 2021. Fresh off his Qld reds u18 selection which encompassed a dominant display of speed and aggression, I'm expecting nothing less of him being awarded GPS player of the year after leading the BGS lads to a premiership. Coming off the back of his GPS first XI premiership earlier in the year, outside-centre William Sheedy has already tasted victory this year and is competing in his first flagship game after a long three year wait after undergoing rehab. His creativity matched with his monstrous size, many have referred to him as the brick wall on wheels. I've had some inside access to drone footage of the BGS camp and Will Sheedy is going to eat up this Toia bloke for breakfast!!! Round 5 will be a bloodbath for Nudgee as Grammar humiliate them on Ross. My prediction - The Normanby Blues by 30. Anyways, those are my opinions, would love to hear your opinions.
dont put any extra pressure on the kids now - hahahaha
 

OldBack

Frank Row (1)
they get told by schools that they cant play club. For instance we had one kid at our club who stopped playing club rugby this year when he was invited to do a pre season with the 1stXV squad essentially he was told he would be holding the pads but if he wanted to be considered to play 1stXV in subsequent years he needed to stop playing for club. The other reason is a number of the kids who are in League programs at your Marsdens and Keebra etc... give up rugby all together and stick with League.
Would it be a solution for the GPS schools to enter a team(s) in the local club comp(s) on the understanding that they will withdraw from the comp when GPS games start (or schedule games so that players could play both if they wish)? That way they could support both competitions, the players could have access to both rep pathways, they get plenty of game time before GPS, keeps them away from League, etc. Not sure how/if this would drain club stocks when GPS starts up, but I suspect not - would be less disruptive than having half your team leave halfway through the club season to go and play GPS rugby, the competition would just shrink by a team or two toward the end of the season. Some schools (GPS and non-GPS) already play junior teams in the local club comps before U11s. One school team got together, joined a club and played as a unit for that club and arranged for their games to be played at different times to allow them to continue playing while GPS rugby is on. This may not be allowed by most schools/clubs but it may be viable to allow school team to enter the competition until school competitions start.
 
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Hey guys, just wanted to get some thoughts around the BGS team this week considering they haven't played an official fixture this year following their bye last week. I know this might seem a little left field considering their loss against Downlands last week, but I've heard some chat and personally, I've got them pinned in to win the premiership this year, knocking off Nudgee. Rumour out of the preseason camp is that Charlie McCauley has added an extra few kegs and skills to his bow, an impressive feat coming off his rookie of the year performance in 2021. Fresh off his Qld reds u18 selection which encompassed a dominant display of speed and aggression, I'm expecting nothing less of him being awarded GPS player of the year after leading the BGS lads to a premiership. Coming off the back of his GPS first XI premiership earlier in the year, outside-centre William Sheedy has already tasted victory this year and is competing in his first flagship game after a long three year wait after undergoing rehab. His creativity matched with his monstrous size, many have referred to him as the brick wall on wheels. I've had some inside access to drone footage of the BGS camp and Will Sheedy is going to eat up this Toia bloke for breakfast!!! Round 5 will be a bloodbath for Nudgee as Grammar humiliate them on Ross. My prediction - The Normanby Blues by 30. Anyways, those are my opinions, would love to hear your opinions.
Even though Rob "Razor" Toia is off to a slow start after round 1, He will 100% be the MVP of this year 2022 GPS rugby season. After his 150m plus running meters in this years u19 Origin game (playing 3 years up) for Queensland (most in the QLD team) despite they lost something 6-30 as a centre, the thought of "Will Sheedy is going to eat up this Toia bloke for breakfast" is an absolute joke. Rob Toia will make BGS look like a joke and every other GPS side this year, leading them to victory for Nudgee's 43rd GPS premierships. Not only do Nudgee have Rob Toia but they also have u18 QLD League Player Tory Bath playing outside him having already scoring 3 tries in the first game. As well as Storm signed player Jake House adds a very nimble and creative side to Nudgee. Inigo Lawrence #9 and Wil Rogers #2 having a very good game in the first round, are my player to watch for this season and many more years to come. With that Nudgee will Undoubtably win this years GPS Rugby premiership Undefeated !!!
 

MrRugbyGuy

Frank Row (1)
Score Predicitions this weekend!!!!! (Exciting) #IloveRUGBY
NC 52 - TGS 12
GT 19 - BBC 29
BGS 14 - BSHS 35
ACGS 27 - IGS 21

Stay safe guys, make sure to play for your mates and ofcourse chop low.
 

blueandgoldrugby

Frank Row (1)
The clash at ross oval was predicted to be a big opener to the GPS season for both the schools. After a hard day out for TSS not winning a single game all day (I think). I believe the early yellow card to TSS tight-head (Dechlan Faulkner) was a fair call that effected TSS in the opening minutes of the game. A mixup in the TSS wide defence saw Maddox Maclean over the line in the first 5 minutes of the game (Maclean put on a kicking display). Tory Bath (NC fullback) proved to be the standout player of the day, scoring two tries. The names of Robert Toia and Jye Gray both seems very quite on the day, with Gray not being given a hint of space to showcase his exceptional running skills. A penalty to TSS 10, Spencer Alcock put TSS on the scoreboard with a rolling maul penalty try coming soon after. Tory Bath was soon over the line beating Alcock around the outside shoulder. Bringing the halftime score to 14-10 NC. The TSS scrum half (Fraser Cowan) seemed to have a very off game, making silly decisions and 2 or 3 charged down box-kicks that may have effected the scoreboard. Many other players has a quite game - maybe this is a hint of no depth throughout the TSS and NC bench as no impacts were made during the clash.Two quick tried to Toia and Bath early in the second half merely wrapped the game for NC. Until TSS open side, Billy Wellard got over the line (This kid looks extremely handy in the back-row and will be one to keep an eye on). Although the game went Nudgee's way, another day out may result in a different scoreline. Keen to see these young talents play for the rest of the GPS and rep season.
 
Hey guys, just wanted to get some thoughts around the BGS team this week considering they haven't played an official fixture this year following their bye last week. I know this might seem a little left field considering their loss against Downlands last week, but I've heard some chat and personally, I've got them pinned in to win the premiership this year, knocking off Nudgee. Rumour out of the preseason camp is that Charlie McCauley has added an extra few kegs and skills to his bow, an impressive feat coming off his rookie of the year performance in 2021. Fresh off his Qld reds u18 selection which encompassed a dominant display of speed and aggression, I'm expecting nothing less of him being awarded GPS player of the year after leading the BGS lads to a premiership. Coming off the back of his GPS first XI premiership earlier in the year, outside-centre William Sheedy has already tasted victory this year and is competing in his first flagship game after a long three year wait after undergoing rehab. His creativity matched with his monstrous size, many have referred to him as the brick wall on wheels. I've had some inside access to drone footage of the BGS camp and Will Sheedy is going to eat up this Toia bloke for breakfast!!! Round 5 will be a bloodbath for Nudgee as Grammar humiliate them on Ross. My prediction - The Normanby Blues by 30. Anyways, those are my opinions, would love to hear your opinions.
As a proud nudgee dad and old boy, I am actually quite nervous for this round 5 clash against bgs. Just phoned my youngin and he got me bugging and “paranoid about the boys in blue”. I’ve heard that bgs have a quick and agile back row which has moved charlie mccauley into lock. Not only this but they have some absolute star power coming off the bench. Anyways, just keen to watch a bit of good school boy footy and may the best team win bgs!!
 
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