QLD GPS: The complete guide to the 2019 GPS season
The 2019 GPS season looks set to be one of the most tightly contested in recent memory.
While Nudgee, TSS and BBC will rightfully start as favourites, a host of other schools like their chances of causing an upset or two throughout the season.
To kick start our comprehensive coverage of the 2019 GPS season, Rugby News spoke to all the coaches ahead of round one on Saturday and almost all of them agree that the premiership won’t be decided until the final round.
BBC Coach Shane Drahm is confident that 2019 is the year that the College end their 64-year Premiership drought after a successful pre-season.
Drahm has focused on developing his players’ mental resilience as they head into another campaign carrying plenty of expectation as one of the teams to beat.
BGS Coach Paul Warwick will field a team mixed with youth and experience in 2019 as they look to improve upon their one-win season last time around.
But while winning is important for Grammar, Warwick and his squad are focused on remaining competitive as they adopt a different interpretation of success for this season.
After an up and down season in 2018, Brisbane State High boast an experienced squad in 2019, with nine players with first XV experience set to start in round one this weekend.
Coach Pat Byron said he’s expecting one of the tightest GPS seasons we’ve seen but seems confident his side is good enough to be in the mix late in the season.
There’s been a changing of the guard at Churchie, with new coach Dale Roberson set to unleash a youthful squad featuring just four Year 12 players on the 2019 GPS competition.
Robertson, the former Australian Women’s Sevens assistant coach, is excited about the future but also sounds quietly confident that his young side will be able to match it with the best teams this season.
Searching for their first GPS premiership since 2004, an experienced Gregory Terrace side return in 2019 under new coach Ryan Schultz.
Schultz says Gregory Terrace will look to attack this season and seems confident his side will cause an upset or two along the way.
Ipswich Grammar are typically happy to claim the underdog tag heading into each GPS season, but coach Kieran Moffat seems confident that his side will be able to hold their own in 2019.
Just a handful of players will return from the 2018 campaign, but Moffat said he is optimistic with his side’s chances, starting this weekend against Brisbane State High.
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Nudgee in 2018, who remained undefeated on their way to claiming the outright GPS premiership.
But just four regular starters return from that side in 2019 and coach Andrew Scotney said we can expect to see a different Nudgee side this season.
TSS fell one match short of claiming the 2018 GPS Premiership, following a narrow loss to Nudgee in one of the best games of schoolboy rugby you’ll see.
A number of players from that side return in 2019, a fact that has a lot of opposition coaches worried ahead of round one on Saturday.
Toowoomba Grammar kick start their season on Saturday against Gregory Terrace on the back of a promising preseason under coach David Enfantie.