There are 600 players in our senior rugby program and a further 200 in our Prep school. We continue to be involved in the one of the toughest schoolboys rugby competitions in the world – the Sydney AAGPS. And, through hard work, we are getting closer to cracking the elusive premiership, which will undoubtedly prove more reflective of our whole program than just one team.
For the first time in the history of the College, the U13 Rugby program could boast 9 teams! 150 students had chosen Rugby as their winter sport in 2012. All teams targeted a great brand of rugby this year, with the U13As adopting a plan that was unsurprisingly and quite deliberately not too dissimilar to the 1stXV.
Seeing boys in the U14s make the clear decision to become more committed and disciplined in their training and gameplay has been one of the highlights of the year. Valuable lessons that teach beyond the rugby field.
To see the current Under 15s return from Glengarry with so much energy and spirit for the game gave the whole coaching team a real boost in the final stretch of the season. The standard that was set pitches the U15As against other A teams in the future.
The Under 16 year group reflects strength in depth, valuably just one small step away from opens rugby. The U16As, always competition, completed the 2012 GPS season undefeated – a special achievement.
The Opens age group have contended with tough opposition in the form of rugby competition and HSC trials and, in both, have represented the college and themselves with pride.
The 1stXV have played a sparkling brand of rugby, scoring 290 points, 80 points ahead of all other schools, and conceding just 111, which was one of the lowest. Whilst the GPS Rugby Premiership evaded the college for another year, for some, the performance of the 1stXV this season, (and for most in the historical victory over Kings in the last game of the season, 71-19), seemed to supersede any silverware.
The rugby program produced 3 Australian Schoolboys in David Hortwitz, Andrew Kellaway and Jim Stewart, and is committed to developing Wallabies of the future.
New targets have been set for 2013, and the future is certainly a bright one for Scots rugby.
Scots to the fore!