Toowoomba Grammar School

GPS Round 9: Toowoomba Grammar School v St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

Team Result Score MoM Match Outline
1st XV WIN 27 – 22 Nicholas Simpson The First XV saved their best performance for last. We started the game well, scoring 2 tries in the first half but it was our excellent defence that was the difference. We started the 2nd half really well, running in two quick tries, and there was a real chance of running away with the game right then. To GT’s credit, they never gave in and came back hard. In the end, I felt we always had their measure and we finished with a great victory.
2nd XV WIN 22 – 12 Samuel Hicks An outstanding effort again today from a team that has had a strong season. We knew GT would come out hard early and it was as expected. The storm was weathered and the forwards started to gain ascendancy as planned. Early tries to Bill Perrignon and Ted Vary put us in a good position to go on with it after halftime. The opposition was good at feeding off our turnovers and it took a little while to regain control. Then came the season-defining tries. The first was off the Sweeney move that saw Wil Jauncey cap off a strong game then came the Shotgun move that worked to perfection, with Ben Horsley scoring in the corner. This was great to watch as it was done very quickly with the opposition being left behind as the ball was shifted very quickly for the resulting try. It has been a great season with a tremendous group of players. Your strength lay in how close you all were and that you played for each other, every game. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of your team and look forward to seeing you all in years to come, reminiscing about our season. Well done to a great team of great young men.
3rd XV WIN 38 – 7 Ben Horsley A tough struggle for the 3rd XV to end the season. Training had been disrupted this week with exams but the boys hung in there to finish the season well. We ended up with two yellow cards and consequently played 20 mins with only 14 men so all things considered we played well to win.
4th XV WIN 36 – 24 Juston Free Today’s match held extra significance for a number of the 4ths players, as it would be their last game in the TGS jersey. This provided some extra motivation and with a focused attitude towards training this week, the 4ths were keen for a great game. The 4ths executed their best half of the season controlling the game with strong dominant running and well structured set pieces. The boys were unstoppable in the lineout and executed a fantastic team play to score in the corner. At the end of the first half, we had a commanding lead and control of the game. As is ever the concern in youth rugby, we came into the second half a different team. We couldn’t maintain possession and poor discipline allowed GT to claw their way back into the game. With two minutes to go, an inspired play by Joseph McKee from the kick off regained possession for the team. Ultimately resulting in a try to put the game beyond doubt. I would like to extend my congratulations to the boys for a successful season and their consistent effort each week. Thanks for a great season and well done on the victory over GT.
5th XV LOSS 14 – 27 Luke Radford Boys played well and had some strong periods of play where they showed good intensity and structure. Unfortunately, some lapses in concentration allowed the opposition to score easily at times.

16A WIN 14 – 5 Jack Waugh A great finish to the season. Whilst not the prettiest of games, the boys played tough and were able to overcome the visitors. Jacob Gross was able to slice through the line late in the first half to send the boys into half-time ahead by a converted try. The boys came out after half-time far more composed and set about building pressure. Jack Waugh’s Man of the Match performance was rewarded with a runaway try to seal the match late in the second half. Through injury, illness and promotion to the 1st XV, 24 boys have worn the blue and gold for the 16A team this season – many thanks to them all for all of their hard work and good humour. Good luck next year, men – I look forward to following your successes into the future.
16B WIN 57 – 5 Jack Tranberg A great finish to our season today – the boys put on 50 minutes of solid, structured rugby to end our season together on a high note. With another round of injuries and late changes disrupting our preparation this week, a number of boys from lower grades were called up to step up and all boys did exactly that. Following an inspiring pre-match talk from Mr Morgan, the C’s coach, our team, most of whom had been Cs players throughout the season, took to the field in true TGS spirit and played their hearts out. We couldn’t have asked for more boys. Your efforts got us across the line today. A number of the regular Bs players also stepped up in leadership roles and lead from the front. Your efforts are to be applauded as well. In the end, the scoreline reflects the way you all came together and played as a team. Congratulations gentlemen. Mr Morgan and I are very proud of you and what you did today. It has been a pleasure being your coaches. We look forward to you going on next year to bigger and better things. Thank you all.
16C  BYE

15A WIN 29 – 12 Clancy McPherson After a good start where possession was fleeting, we managed to score two good tries to Clancy McPherson, we went into halftime with a slender lead, by a man advantage after Terrace had a rush of blood. This, and a superior kicking game, saw us dominate field position that resulted in a driving maul try to Charlie Wigan, and a support try to returning hero, Sam Paine. Charlie Wigan had a great day as in addition to his try, he also kicked a penalty and three conversions. A great reward for the lads after a tough season. Thank you to the lads who ran water and supported all season. A special thank you to Rob Johnston for his level-headed advice and skill as a coach.
Enjoy the break, boys. On to bigger and better things next season.
15B WIN 31-7 Benjamin Smith  A great way to finish the season and a well-deserved win. The boys have worked hard and trained hard all season. It all came together for them today. Well done to you all. They scored the initial points and then continued to build pressure throughout the game. Well done.

14A LOSS 12 – 25 Zac Reddan Unfortunately a disappointing result for the last game of the season. The boys started well leading GT at half time 12-5. There was an obvious shift in momentum when the teams took the field for the second half. GT started to send the ball wide and used their quick outside backs to get on the outside of the defence. The poor line speed and missed one-on-one tackles allowed GT to score four unanswered tries and to take the win. However, the team has had a great season of rugby for this team, well-done boys. Good luck next year.
14B LOSS 12 – 19 Sam Schriek Once again the men of 14B were extremely courageous in a closely fought loss to GT. In warm conditions and on a fast track, it was another entertaining affair that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. After classy tries to Sam Raccanello and Sam Schriek, it was 14 all as we approached the dying stages of the contest. TGS defended their tryline for a large proportion of time, however, GT eventually snuck through to score near the posts with two minutes remaining. Final score, GT 19, TGS 12. Thanks to all involved for a thoroughly enjoyable season.
14C WIN 27 – 12 Sam Durdin TGS started well and got two tries on the board early before letting GT slip through some poor defence on our behalf to cross the line for their first try. With a license to thrill the boys played an expansive brand of attacking rugby turning the defence around with little kicks in behind or a series of offloads which increased our errors but was entertaining to watch.  The winger Keegan Sutcliffe notched up his third hat-trick in a row to score nine tries in just three games. Second rower Sam Durdin was a workhorse and ran perfect lines with strong ball carries to break the defence apart as we walked away with a 27-12 victory.
14D LOSS 17 – 22 Gabriel Morse The team played so well today. The game could have gone either way with a try towards the second half going to GT. The team started to play further from the breakdown, with good pod work and pick and drives which created opportunities on the outside. The boys defended with heart and retained control of the ball at every breakdown. GT played a hard game and the feedback from the spectators was that ‘it was a great game to watch’.

13A LOSS 14 – 21 Tully Austin The home side went into the final match of the season confident of a good performance, but our finishing let us down. TGS went try for try with GT and went into the second half 14-14. Prolific try-scorer George Bailey crossed over for the hosts’ first, while Richard Dean scored the team’s second. But the team was unable to finish off some good, structured play, going down by seven points in the end.
13B LOSS 12 – 17 Will Stunden A superficial person would consider our season a failure, given we not only lost our last match, but we lost more than we won. Even today, despite only losing by one try, we had one of our best matches. All season we have seen 15 (or more) boys turn into a polished team, with today’s effort showing we could hold any GPS team to an honest match-up. The boys should all hold their heads high and reflect on how far they have come. All game our boys set the standard in intensity and gameplay. Our perpetual aggressive play (offensively and defensively) had us in continuous scoring opportunities. Well done to Clancy Wright on his double with an Angus Clews conversion.
13C LOSS 39 – 41 Callum Francis and Lachlan Vaughan A great game of rugby where despite dominating the majority of the game we just fell short of the win. We struggled with their size in the first half and gave them too much of a head start. Definitely, the best game we have played and a great way to finish the season, despite the loss. The boys should be proud of their efforts today as they never gave up.
13D LOSS 7 – 67 Fred Hill The result was not a true reflection of the season. This season, we have come a long way in terms of skill level and understanding the basics of the game. On the weekend, we came up against a bigger and faster team and we probably let them get the better of us from the kickoff. I think we need to learn that in future if we do confront similar teams, that we must believe that we are good enough and commit to the whole match. Fred Hill led from the front and was the pick of the players. It has been a pleasure to coach you this season boys – best of luck next year.

12A WIN 45 – 10 Pat Nolan Coming into the last game of the season, the 12As were keen to cement their position as the most dominant team in the U12 competition. The team played their up-tempo running rugby and in unseasonably warm weather, dug deep and quickly put some points on the visitors from GT. Powerful running from Man of the Match Patrick Nolan gave the team some go-forward and allowed the ‘General’ – Harry Pratt to guide the attack around the field. Some missed opportunities to starve the opposition of possession meant GT was able to score two tries and keep things interesting. However, a half-time talk that focused on ball security at the breakdown and quick transfer of the ball across the park meant the boys went into the second half looking to put GT to the sword. Direct running from newly-minted centre Ewald Kruger who swatted away GT defenders like flies, saw him notch up two tries, one of which was a 50m runaway try. The match finished early due to a GT injury and at 45-10 the 12As certainly forged their names in the annals of TGS Rugby history with their dominant season. A great season by each and every player and we wish them the best as they progress through the ranks and it is certain that these talented players will make their mark at a 1st XV level in the years to come.
12B LOSS 21 – 31 Oliver Donaldson For their final round for the 2018 season, a depleted 12B squad was keen to take the game to the visiting Gregory Terrace team. Trailing early just made the boys fight harder and they came through in the second half leading on the scoreboard with eight minutes to play. Tries to Hamish Johnson, Jimmy White (who also slotted all three conversion attempts) and Clancy McCosker, ensured the boys were in high spirits. Unfortunately, some superb running from the guest’s wing saw TGS concede two late tries to end the game. Special mentions today to the boys who stepped up from the Cs to fill spots in the team including Reid Hadfield and Will McDonald. Oliver Donaldson was the stand out forward of the match today making sure he was at every breakdown as quickly as possible.
12C LOSS 26 – 41 Dallas Baker TGS opened the scoring and skipped to an early lead courtesy of two determined tries from Dallas Baker and two conversions from Luke Silver. At 14-0, the momentum started to swing to the opposition as a season’s worth of tackling technique went out the window. Alex Chicalas and Ben Morris were the shining lights for resistance to a flood of possession. By halftime a deficit of 14-24 had materialised but the efforts of last week were a reminder that a road back could be found. Hamish Seng crossed for Luke Silver to convert and close the gap to 21-24. Players from both sides were feeling the pinch and the next side to score would be in the box seat. Despite some match-saving tackles out wide by Reid Hadfield, two quick tries blew the score out to 21-36. A late rally with Ben Morris scoring again lit the embers of hope at 26-36. However, the fairytale finish was not to be as the siren sounded at 26-41. The team’s improvement was readily charted across the season with 0 points scored in the first 4 matches and 66 in the last three. Roll on 2019. Well done boys!

11A LOSS 5 – 50 Bona Roberts and Mackenzie Buckley NA