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The Term 1 rugby union season
has wrapped up with some strong
showings from RGS teams. At the
annual Ballymore Cup, the RGS
U15s produced a strong undefeated
run to win their division while the
First XV placed fourth overall after
qualifying in the top division of finals.
At the inaugural Regional Rugby
Championships, the RGS First XV
celebrated an impressive win at RGS
Rugby Park (below). RGS defeated
Towoomba’s Downlands College in
the final. Other teams competing
were Ignatius Park (Townsville),
Matthew Flinders College (Sunshine
Coastj), Marist College (Emerald)
and St Brendan’s College. Walter
Wilson, RGS captain, was named
player of the championship and
Joe Callanan was named the
RGS player of the championship.
The girls rugby sevens
competition also proved a hit with
the crowd with a combined TCC
team narrowly defeating RGS.
In the Rockhampton District
Secondary Schools rugby, the
RGS First XV, U15s andGirls
U13s Sevens all won titles.
Sean McDonald (Year 12) was
selected in the Queensland 18
years boys water polo team. Jardine
won the Inter- House Water Polo
competition in Term 1, topping the
points ahead of Wheatcroft, Wheatly
and Jardine. Students from Year 7
to Year 12 were invited to compete.
Pictured is Jardine’s Jock Menzies
competing in the Junior Division.
RGS netballers toured New
Zealand’s South Island over the
holidays. Two teams played five
games each and also enjoyed
spectacular sightseeing and
adventure activities. RNAfixtures
continue in Term 2 and the
Rockhampton District Schoolgirls
Netball also hits the Jardine Park
courts on a Thursday afternoon.
RGS rowers’ medal haul at nationals
RGS rowers are now focusing
on the season ahead after
a successful medal haul at
the national championships
in Sydney during March.
The squad won six medals: one
gold, two silver and three bronze.
It was the School’s highest medal
total at nationals in decades.
The 2007 performance of three
gold and 1 bronze remains the
School’s strongest result.
The Rowing achievements,
however, are shared widely by
the community, including parents
and sponsors who contribute
time, energy and resources to
the students’ preparations.
“We allfeel asense of
accomplishment and ‘family’ in
the lead-up to nationals or any
event,” said a Rowing parent.
“T here is something about rowing
that’s deeper than the water the
kids are on. It ’s the relationships
and camaraderie they develop in
gym, around the barbecue and
on the road bet ween regattas.”
“It ’s not just an achievement for
these winning rowers. It ’s for the
whole club, the parent support
group, right down to the incoming
group offirst-time rowers.”
All eight rowers – Grace Sypher,
Keeley Dunne, Nick Storey,
Brad Burr, Reece Byrne, Jack
Koerner, Riley Godwin and
Laura Sypher – made A-finals
in their respective events and
RGS proved themselves among
the best regional school rowing
programme’s in the country.
Grace Sypher, in the Year
12 student’s final nationals
appearance for the School, led
the medal charge, winning gold
in the under-19 women’s four
(combined crew) and silver in the
schoolgirls single scull and the
under-21 women’s lightweight scull.
The bronze medals went to
the RGS crew of Storey, Burr,
Byrne and Godwin in the under-19
four, Laura Sypher in the
under-17 coxed quad (combined
crew) and Godwin, Byrne
and Koerner in the under-17
coxed quad (combined crew).
It was a credit to the RGS
rowers’ professionalism and
dedication to their sport when
they combined with new crews
to place among the medals.
Grace Sypher and fellow Year 12
student Bradley Burr returned to
the Penrith course in April to row in
Queensland Eight boats along with
Keeley Dunne and Nick Storey. The
crews were vying for Australian team
selection for the Junior World Titles.
The four students qualified for the
Queensland boats after attending
a Pathways selection camp in
Brisbane earlier this year. That was
in addition to their intensive RGS
Summer Training Camp held over
the Christmas school holidays.
The nationals rowers will now
row alongside all RGS rowers in
several regattas starting in Term 2.
RGS will be strongly represented
in local schools regattas along
with competing in the Central
Queensland, North Queensland and
South Queensland Championships.
They will then aim for more
medals at the Queensland School
Rowing Championships at Lake
Wyaralong later this year.
Pictured below are RGS nationals squad
members: (from left) Rob Fay (coach),
Laura Sypher, Grace Sypher, Jack
Koerner, Reece Byrne, Nick Storey,
Riley Godwin, Keeley Dunne, Brad
Burr, Jack Barwick (coach) and John
Smyth (coach, RGS TIC of Rowing).
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