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GPS First XV Wrap – Churchie and Southport join Nudgee as joint Premiers

The GPS celebrated their first ‘Fellowship of GPS Round’ this week, encouraging the GPS community to think about the mental health and wellbeing of themselves as well as those around them, all First XV’s wore matching GPS socks to commemorate the round.

The Southport School managed a 36-31 win over Ipswich Grammar School to secure the schools 12th rugby premiership in their history.

Playing without their captain and main attacking threat Jye Gray, TSS had to shuffle their settled backline for this game.

Ipswich stunned the Gold Coasters early when Stanley Huen broke through and found his centre partner Israel Leota on the outside to go 80-metres to score the first try in the second minute.

TSS responded with hooker Blaze Moana scoring their next two tries with both coming from mauls, the first from a rolling maul and the second a set piece move.

TSS number-eight Nick Hilton scored another try in the 28th minute, however Ipswich responded immediately with Huen once again breaking the line to find his fullback Kohen Briggs for a try to make the score 19-12.

Both teams went back and forth in the second half with TSS scoring first only for Ipswich to score minutes later.

TSS would score again in the 50th minute, only for Ipswich to score another five minutes later.

Centre pairing Stanley Huen and Israel Leota were standouts in a losing side for Ipswich, both were dominant in the midfield and caused trouble for the TSS backline all game.

Anglican Church Grammar School beat Brisbane State High School 57-5 to win their first rugby premiership since 2015.

Brisbane State High were celebrating their Old Boys at home this round and were looking to upset Churchie and put an end to their premiership hopes.

Churchie scored the game’s first try in the tenth-minute through centre Dre Pakeho, with his speed and footwork beating defenders after being denied only moments earlier.

Churchie scored their next in the 15th minute with lock Alex Kerr diving over to give Churchie a 12-0 lead.

State High scored their only try of the game in the 21st minute through inside centre Netani Lesimaikimatuku after a period of possession near the Churchie line.

Flyhalf Charlie Johnstone finished off a great team try for Churchie in the 26th minute to put the scores out to 19-5 at half-time.

The Churchie forward pack played exceptionally well in the second-half, with forwards scoring four of the six tries Churchie scored in the second half.

Prop Emil-Willie Jawai and lock Hugh Lumber both scored one each, while hooker Toby Kennedy scored a double off the back of rolling mauls.

Dre Pakeho and winger Connor Simpson scored the other two tries for Churchie in their final game of the season to secure the joint premiership. 

Gregory Terrace beat Toowoomba Grammar School 15-14 in a close fought game in Toowoomba.

Toowoomba fullback Richard Dean scored in the 10th minute to give his team the early lead.

Terrace scored their first try through hooker Cody Harkins from a rolling maul in the 20th minute before winger Maika Poese scored an acrobatic try on the stroke of halftime to give terrace a 12-7 lead at the break.

Toowoomba centre Bud Smith scored the only try in the second half to give Toowoomba a 14-12 lead, however a penalty kicked by Terrace flyhallf Nicholas Dunstan in the final minutes stole the win for Terrace.

Brisbane Boys College beat Brisbane Grammar School 45-28 to bounce back in their final game of the season.

BBC centre Xavier Rubens was a standout scoring two tries in the victory, BBC’s second of 2022.

GPS First XV - Round 9 Results

The Southport School 36 def Ipswich Grammar School 31

Churchie 57 def Brisbane State High 5

Gregory Terrace 15 def Toowoomba Grammar 14

Brisbane Boys College 45 def Brisbane Grammar School 28