Prep Sports Update Week 4

Sport Support

If you have any questions regarding either School Sport, House Sport or Co-Curricular options then please don’t hesitate to contact Marisa Schroder on .


Term 3 GPS Sport – Basketball or Rugby

Sign on for GPS Basketball and Rugby is open. Please go to prepbook for details on how to access the sign on. (Year 5 and 6 only)

  • GPS Basketball Skills program starts Wednesday 17 May and 24 May
  • GPS Basketball Trials start Wednesday 30 May, 7 June and 14 June

If you have further questions, regarding GPS Basketball and Rugby please don’t hesitate to contact the Prep co-ordinators on:

Basketball Prep co-ordinator: Mrs Marisa Schroder

Rugby Prep co-ordinator: Mr Remy Melia

Private Cricket Coaching – 1st XI Coach Ross Wallace

While it may seem weird that Cricket coaching is being promoted out of season, the reality is that 2018 GPS Cricket coaching begins late Term 3 – 17 school weeks away! The off-season is the perfect opportunity to make great gains in your skills.

Private cricket coaching is now available at the TSS Prep School by current TSS First XI coach Ross Wallace.

During the past ten years, TSS has won four (4) GPS First Eleven premierships with Ross’ guidance.

Both the beginner & the accomplished player will be catered for in an attempt to develop cricketers to become better players & hopefully eventual First Eleven players.

All facets of the game shall be covered, batting, bowling, wicket keeping & of course fielding.

Some sessions are still available in the mornings before school at the TSS Prep nets.

Please address any inquiries to Ross on 0407759560.


GPS Football report by GPS Prep Captain Finn Allman

Week 4 started with an early bus up to the BGS grounds. The teams BGS had were all really strong from the 5D’s to the 6A’s. All teams put out their best effort and were very supportive of one another. In summary the 5D’s lost 4-1, the 5C’s won 3-2, the 5B’s 1-3, the 5A’s unfortunately couldn’t find the net and lost 3-1, the 6C’s lost 2-5 on their debut, the 6B’s lost 7-0 and the 6A’s lost 5-1. MOTM performances went to Danny Maurice, Finn Lewis, Freddy Goss, Ethan Faber, Zavier Walker, Baden Kruger, Alex Hill, Callum O’Connor and Hugh MacLeod.

Check Prepbook for all the times and fields for our home game this week against BBC.


GPS Tennis

Year 5 & 6 had their work cut out for them against a strong Brisbane Grammar side. Our 6A team gave an enormous effort to come away with the win! The boys are becoming more cohesive as a team and it is showing with good communication and decision-making. Our captain Sean Sturgess has been impressive with his leadership skills. Congratulations to the team Samson Fancutt, Ned Hanrahan, Sean Sturgess and Harry Goffman on a great performance on and off court.

Junior Rugby

The season draw is on the website below – please note that changes are made to the draw every week.


 This past weekend saw another picturesque home game.  Granted, the excavators and earthmovers in the background of the Prep Ovals didn’t quite match the vista provided by the main river in the background of the River Ovals at the senior school the previous week, but nonetheless, it was a pleasure enjoying another home game; this time against the second Gold Coast Eagles team.  Or so we thought… As it turns out, the Eagles were ravaged by some combination of injury or apathy and, as a result, we ended up trading a number of players to their team in order to make up the numbers and produce a meaningful game out of it.  Admittedly, it hurt a little at first that my son, Bennett “Punchy” Hill, immediately put his hand up to play for Eagles (instead of my TSS team).  It hurt a lot more though when he scored a try against us…  With that said, it was a great game played between two teams who came in focussed on enjoying the game of rugby. Player of the Day honours went to William “Wallace” Jenkins, who was tireless in his defence all day long; chasing down attackers who got into space and saving a couple of certain tries (“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR TRY LINE!!!”).   This weekend sees the boys tackle the challenge of the longest road trip in the competition, with an away game against the Casuarina Beach Barbarians at 8:20am.  For those unsure where to go, you follow the signs to the Tweed Coast resorts and turn right at the Coles Supermarket (unless you stop to get a coffee from the bakery in the complex).  Again, please aim to arrive 30 minutes early for warm-ups.





The Under 7 Whites all played very well this week, and there has been a noticeable improvement by all players since the competition started. Once again, after a slow start to the game, the boys finished very strong against the PBC Alleygators who they had played against 2 weeks ago. The player of the day was Campbell Brown for his consistent try scoring and his display of great sportsmanship, after stopping to help up a another player who had fallen down.




I hope you enjoyed the one on Saturday as much as Harley and I did!

The boys played great, ran hard, ran fast, tackled and mauled very competitively.

Tries came in regularly and they (Palm Beach) did not.  Thank you to Ivan Winters for being our official score keeper! Everyone contributed to a good win. Eli Snell was our player of the game.

Training is Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning (from 0730) if the boys are available. Any additional training is purely there to develop some skills, we are not the Wallabies and creating a playbook of moves here! And of course, optional – we are not trying to win the World Cup here.

I have noticed that we can get some specific moves going now, but will keep them under wraps until needed. If you watch the games, you will see some things that work and some that do not.




The mighty U8 Whites returned to the rugby field, fresh from the previous week’s bye, and “cherry ripe” to tackle the Bond Pirates.  The boys tried their hearts out for the entire game but were outclassed by a team that was a little more polished at the breakdown and far more willing to strip the ball and steal possession.  That said, for their second game of tackle rugby, we were very proud of the boys’ efforts (not that that will save them on the training paddock this Wednesday, where the boys will be practicing clean-outs, clean-outs and more clean-outs…) In a game of many highlights, “Ol’ Taco Socks” Coach Gerard Brierley continued with the Mexican theme, this week assuming the persona of “Ol’ Cactus Socks” (I can’t help but think those socks were indicative of our defensive efforts at the breakdown).  Player of the Day Honours went to “Slammin'” Sam Drew, for a monstrous first half which included a number of promising attacking raids (including a try) as well as a concerted effort in defence (including one of the greatest try savers you’ll ever see). This weekend sees the boys on the road, tackling an away game against Palm Beach Alleygators.  The fixture admittedly doesn’t look quite complete, given it shows every game at every venue at 8:20am.  That said, I’ll send an email later in the week confirming the time of game once I receive word from GCDRU.  Regardless of the game time, as always, please arrive 30 minutes early for warm ups.


What a fantastic game against a quality side Palm Beach Alleygators. We had been focusing on rucks, mauls and ball retention at training, and the boys executed everything they had learned during the week on the field. Just 3 weeks in, we are noticing some really good improvements from them all. The score was tied at 3 tries each at half time, and although we managed to get 2 tries up in the second half, Palm Beach caught us at the end to finish the game 35-35. Player Of The Day was awarded to Lachlan Evans, with special mention to Bodhi Dobson and James Lynton. Great effort boys! We’re looking forward to seeing what the team can do by the end of the season



Queensland State Cross Country Championships

This event is very much parent initiated and it was great to see them make this opportunity happen. All parents and the TSS Cross Country director – Mr Andrew Stalling, Head Coach, Mr Jackson Elliot could not have been prouder of the Prep athletes for giving maximal effort to achieve personal best performances against the top runners from across the State.

There were some fine performances and top results.

The highlight of the day was in the 10 years boys’ race with Angus James taking out a top 10 place. Our top 3 runners in this age group Angus James, Max Gallie and Jack Gallie winning the State Team Championships against some strong running schools including Churchie, Emmanuel College, BBC, Nudgee and Brookfield State Primary School.

TSS Prep Qld State Cross Country Championship RESULTS

9 Years Boys 1500m Charlie Ell    41st 10 Years Boys 2000m

Angus James  8th
Max Gallie    15th
Jack Gallie    28th
Nate Wilson    80th

Overall State Team Champions – (based on the results of top 3 runners)

11 Years Boys 2000m

Johnnie Ell    31st
Jed Gallie     46th
Joe Ray        51st

2nd overall in 11 Year old teams race

12 Years Boys 3000m

Hayden Wilson    55th







Cross Country

Chariots of Fire – School Championship Race Wednesday 24 May

Year 3 – 6 boys can participate in the ‘Chariots of Fire’ 2.75km race during lunch on Wednesday 24 May. This race crowns the overall School Champion.

GPS Cross Country Team

The top 15 Year 5 and 6 boys in the following age groups will be selected for the GPS Championships:

  • U10 born 2007
  • U11 born 2006
  • U12 born 2005.


District (Hinterland) Sport Trials – Term 2

TSS is part of Hinterland ‘Green’ District. This pathway provides an opportunity to compete in sport at a higher level.

Trials are for top athletes from each school (Hinterland official directive) – normally Year 6 & younger Year 7 students

Any player wishing to trial must send an expression of interest to Mrs Schroder by email (include DOB, preferred playing positions, club or representative teams)

If you are unsure whether your son would be at an appropriate level please contact the Sportsmaster or Mrs Schroder.

Term 2 District trials:

 NEW DATE U12 Tennis – Monday 15 May 4pm – 7pm at TSS

Cross Country – Wednesday 17 May (selected students only at Runaway Bay SS)

U12 Rugby Union – Tuesday 30 May (nominations to Mrs Schroder)

Please email Mrs Schroder your nominations


The Red Ball Development Tennis Competition

Well done to Archie Moore-Wilton…

I am pleased to report that Archer (Archie) Moore-Wilton in Year 1C won the Red Ball Development Tennis Competition champion’s trophy at the Gold Coast Tennis Centre on 31 March.

Archie spoke to me on the way to the competition and said, “Dad, I don’t really think I have the skills yet to win a game of tennis.” How he was surprised when he not only won one game but four games to receive the champion’s trophy.

Archie and Elle getting ready to contest the final…










Queensland State Sailing Championships

Two of our year, three boys performed really well in Sailing at the Queensland International Optimist State Championships.This major regatta was held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with both Leonardo Hughes and Harry Hogan (from class 3B) competing in the Green Fleet.The boys took away a number of awards, those being:

  1. Leonardo Hughes – Encouragement Award
  2. Harry Hogan – Good Sportsmanship Award
  3. Harry Hogan – Under Nine State Champion!

It was really impressive to see the boys leading the fleet for their age and representing Southport Yacht Club for junior Optimist Sailing.


Please check prepbook for further information regarding the sporting program at TSS.

 Please keep me informed of your child’s achievements in sports from outside of the school. Depending on the achievement, it gives me the opportunity to either include the achievement in the newsletter or follow up personally to congratulate the student concerned. If you are unsure, whether your child’s achievement qualifies then please send me an e-mail anyway and I will determine how to celebrate the success. Please send e-mails to

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