2019 QLD GPS season review: The Southport School

Photo: Stephen Tremain Southport School returned to Queensland GPS’ zenith this year and for the first time in more than a decade they did so alone after sharing their last two titles in 2017 and 2010. TSS’ character in a one-point, 21-20, first-round victory over traditional powerhouse Nudgee set the tone for an undefeated season, which sealed the school’s 11th premiership overall. It wasn’t until the back end of the year they were tested again, first by BBC in round six and then by Ipswich Grammar in the penultimate game of the season, TSS’ last thanks to their final-round bye. They edged out the former 23-20 in round six and then, with a premiership beckoning, drew 29-all with Ipswich to claim the title by a solitary point from BBC. Simply, head coach Mike Wallace couldn’t really have asked for any more. OVERVIEW WITH MIKE WALLACE: “The premiership was certainly a goal at the start of the year so it was pretty cool to set that goal and then achieve