2019 QLD GPS season review: Brisbane Boys’ College
Brisbane Boys’ College ticked some serious boxes this year and they certainly established their status as one of the Queensland GPS competition’s heavyweights, particularly by breaking a 34-year drought with their win over Nudgee at Ross Oval, but even so, coach Shane Drahm admitted their second finish was somewhat hollow.
They finished just one point adrift of TSS on the standings and in the end their three-point loss to the eventual undefeated champions in round six proved the difference between winning and losing that title.
Still, the future looks bright at BBC, with the 2019 season adding to the strong foundation now in place at the school.
OVERVIEW WITH SHANE DRAHM:
“In context of BBC it was a great season. Considering we came into the season not thinking we were the best side I think we achieved some pretty amazing things,” Drahm said.
“It was the first time the first XV has won seven games in a season and we were close to that premiership but there is still a bit of emptiness, a feeling of what could have been.
“From our point of view we thought we were the best side all season but credit to TSS, they got the result on the day and went on to win the competition.
“We scored four tries to two that day though, didn’t convert and made a few crucial errors.
“We were probably the better side for 60 or 70 minutes, but not for the other 10 and that happens in rugby sometimes but it was certainly disappointing.”
WHO IS THE GRADUATING PLAYER TO WATCH?
Our captain, Jacob Blyton, was outstanding and probably a little bit underrated in my opinion,” Drahm said.
“He came from Darwin and was a bit of an unknown quantity but he was fantastic captain and I’d go as far as saying I rate him as a future Wallabies captain.
“He got some recognition with a run-on spot in Queensland’s under 18s and even though he missed out on the Australian side he’s only 17, so has another year there.
“George Gibson is another, he made the Australian side. We had five or six in the Queensland 18s who were outstanding, and an Australian Schoolboy rugby league player in Jack Howarth.
“He’s one of the best I’ve coached, although he’s still got another year so I think there’ll be a few teams slightly worried about the fact he’s coming back.”
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND ROUND ONE NEXT YEAR?
“Just continuing to build that culture I think,” Drahm said.
“I came from Nudgee College where, with 40-odd premierships, it’s pretty much an expectation to win, that winning culture is there.
“It was different coming to BBC but I think we’ve really built that since I’ve been here, it was my fourth year in 2019, and in a way I think we’ve put BBC on the map rugby wise, as one of the power schools.
“So I’d hope that continues and even though most years you get a new bunch of kids, we shouldn’t be starting all over again, I’d hope a lot of it gets passed down.
“We invested a lot into the off-field stuff this season, so hopefully that continues.”
BOLD PREDICTION FOR 2020?
“I wouldn’t say a premiership has become an expectation after this season, but it’s certainly the goal. You don’t invest that much and then not take it seriously the following year,” Drahm said.
“Nudgee and TSS will always be strong though and a few of the other schools had a lot of young talent through their under 15s and under 16s, so it’s probably a bit too far out to say anything for certain.
“The competition’s become such a big thing, GPS, with the exposure it’s getting now. That’s great for schoolboy rugby, but there was still a bit of a divide this season, hopefully that closes a bit next year.”