A bye week in GPS was anything but a rest week at TSS. A very successful Sydney Sports Tour, saw 33 boys from Year 5 & 6 spend Wednesday to Sunday playing Scots, Newington and Barker College in Football and Rugby matches (Tour Blog Below). Our Junior Rugby wrapped up their season on Saturday, whilst several of our GPS teams added in an extra practice match or training session. This week we are back to GPS Rugby, Basketball and Chess against Nudgee College.
Again all fixtures and results on www.tsssportqld.com.
Athletics Carnival and Sport Tour galleries will appear on prepbook by the end of this week.
Father’s Day Sports Event – Thursday 31st August.
Additional 5A and 6A Basketball Fixture vs Hillcrest – Monday 4th September. Please check prepbook for further information
Athletics Carnival R to 2 @ TSS Prep Oval – Wednesday, 13th September.
A brief update as we land/arrive on tour
We had a very smooth journey down to Sydney arriving on time and straight onto the bus at the airport. The boys have been complemented at every turn for their polite manners and attitude. We have brought the Gold Coast weather with us to Sydney, greeted with a nice 23degree, sunny afternoon. The boys have been collected by their billets, with hugs and handshakes all around, ready for their first evening away. A big Thursday to look forward to, filled with activities and our first fixture against Barker College.
Alarm clocks went off around 6.30am with the boys waking up to their new surrounding in Scots billet homes. A hearty breakfast saw the boys off to school to meet the bus for the day ahead. Tales of the billets family history’s followed, as we jumped on the bus heading towards the famous Sydney harbour to see the Opera house, Sydney harbour bridge and the almighty power boats.
A lot of nervous excitements from the staff, was laid to rest by the boys and their eagerness to get the ponchos and life jackets on and to get out on the water.
3, 2, 1 in two groups, we headed out on the water, taking in the sites between tail whips and turbo breaks. All the boys got their early morning shower in full voice and cheer. Back to the harbour, they dried off before a first class lunch at Portobello Cafe on the quay.
Back on the bus and off to Barker College.
TSS started slowly with a limited warm up and allowed Barker College to score two early tries. However through some dominant tackles and tighter ruck defence, TSS held Barker out for the remainder of the match. In the second half, TSS put some good phases together in attack and had better field position but were unable to capitalise and score a couple of tries with the Barker side defending their line well. Man of the match was awarded to Sidney Bradnam. A good first game for the tour and the team is looking forward to taking on a strong Newington College team tomorrow.
After a tough start, the boys fought hard against a very talented opposition. Playing on a challenging pitch posed a few problems for the boys but they persevered and created many more opportunities as the game went on. Darcy Young had a terrific game and his defence limited the result. A very tough first game and the boys are looking to bounce back tomorrow against Newington.
We are up and running for day 3 of the tour. The bus arrived at Scots to collect the boys at 7.45am, heading for Olympic park. A swift transition on and off the bus, the boys are really settling into their tour routines, becoming seasoned pro’s at travelling between venues.
A swift bus ride out to Parramatta was filled with stories of the night before, as we edged ever close to the ANZ stadium. It wasn’t long until we pulled in to the Olympic park.
Kim, our tour guide, spent a few hours showing us around all the exciting celebratory placards and statues from the Sydney Olympic Games, including the Forrest of Olympians, Olympic Torch, Medal Winners Fountain and the Olympic Mascot Status.
A quick brunch, was followed by the pièce de résistance for the morning, the ANZ stadium tour. The boys got to experience the stadium arena from several vantage points, including the press box, media room, trophy area and exec suits, before heading down and experiencing the players dressing rooms. Exploring all aspects of being a player on game day, the boys went through their paces in the warm up room, explored every inch of the changing rooms, briefing room and ice baths, before experiencing what it’s like to run out into a 80,000 place stadium.
Swiftly onto the bus, we made the 15 minute journey over to Newington College. Game time.
The best performance I’ve seen from a team. Not only did the boys defend as a whole unit and set up multiple chances but they showed more heart than ever before. So many great performances from all boys it would not be fair to leave anyone out. Darcy Young was again outstanding in goal. Ty Rossiter and Tom McClintock were terrific in defence along with Cooper Lygo, Joe Ray and Best and Fairest Oliver Jackson. Griffen Poole and Jakeob Webster scored two outstanding goals and were unlucky not to score more. Patrick Tones and Tom Webster showed much improvement and made some great passes. Aidan Arthur and Callum O’Connor worked well together and made many good defensive and attacking efforts. Despite being short in stature, Finn Allman lead from the front and was a huge presence on the field. I could not be more proud of boys efforts today. Bring on Scots.
TSS can hold their heads high after playing well above their weight against a much bigger Newington College opponent. TSS started well trading blows with Newington and did grab an early lead after a good kick chase from Daniel Maurice resulted in a try under the posts which Daniel Statham converted. From there, Newington used their size and speed to score a few long range tries which proved the difference on the scoreboard. However, TSS played extremely well, tackled low until the final whistle and found space in the Newington defense multiple times. Daniel Maurice finished with a second try and man of the match honours.
An early start for our final fixture on tour. Straight to The University of NSW Sports Fields to prepare for Scots College.
The boys were fired up, game faces on from arrival. A quick team meeting, followed swiftly by a thorough warm up, where the boys tour experience showed through. Our football team created a grand entrance for our rugby boys, with a players tunnel on to the pitch. A true sign of how much the boys have bonded and come together as a group over the past few days.
Really enjoyable game of football for the boys. A very clinical Scots provided a tough contest for our boys. Griffen Poole and Finn Allman had an outstanding game and set the platform across the park. Despite the loss the boys were all but positive in their comments on their experiences and tour memories.
TSS rugby finished their tour with a tough match against Scots College. After a tight contest early, TSS found themselves behind on the scoreboard at half time through some great attack from Scots College. The second half saw multiple tries from both teams which finished in favour of Scots College but TSS again played well and can be proud of their efforts.
As the fixtures draw to a close, it’s great to see the boys so excited about their last few days activities. The presentations concluded with a rousing rendition of happy birthday for Xavier Grasso, with all the boys finish off the fixture full of voice and in unison.
A morning filled with packing and travel. We said good bye to Billets and Scots College for the finial time. We are all aboard the plane and taking off on time. The boys are busy reminiscing about the last few days and are looking forward to the flight.
Adrian Blundell | Director of Rugby
August 26, 2017
The U11s were greeted with a tunnel and war cry by the Senior students as they ran on to the Village Green. The youngest of our GPS players definitely enjoyed the extra space on the larger field and the extra fitness required when playing 7s.
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