Epic finale for an Extraordinary Centenary Rugby Season
An extraordinary Centenary season saw almost 4,500 students participate in GPS Rugby. The season was decided by a classic Premiership final, with Nudgee College coming out victorious in a nail-biting 34 -29 win over The Southport School.
A crowd of well-over 7000 watched the action on Ross Oval, and thousands more tuned in to see the game live-streamed, in what was dubbed a ‘schoolboy grand final’. The first outright Premiership in six years was claimed by Nudgee College undefeated, after an incredible fight back by The Southport School was thwarted in the last seven minutes of the game.
The game delighted spectators and was a fitting finale to a Centenary season that has seen a very high standard of competition from teams across the GPS schools.
The Southport School took second position and Brisbane Boys’ College and Churchie shared third place in an outstanding Centenary Premiership competition.
As well as competition, the season has been characterised by an incredible sense of compassion and a spirit of fellowship that has united the GPS schools in support of the players who were injured during the season. This compassion has played out in very practical ways with fundraisers, hospital visits, preparation of meals, and a whole host of welcome support for the injured students and their families.
Nudgee College Director of Sport, Greg Thorne summed it up. “For me, the over-riding theme of the season has been that boys from across the GPS have lived the values of humility, respect, resilience and courage and have carried themselves in a way that has made us all truly proud.”