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TigerCraig
13-07-15, 15:07
Apparently are touring oz soon and look like playing a fixture against my sons team

Lee Lifeson-Peart
13-07-15, 16:07
Apparently are touring oz soon and look like playing a fixture against my sons team

Public school. Mark Bailey the ex England Winger used to be Head although he is not a teacher. Bailey's PhD was about rabbit warrens in medieval England - really useful!

Mr Bisto played against them when they were about 13 years old and got whacked! 40 odd to 3 in the Yorkshire Post schools cup.

Don't expect anyone to talk like Jamie Peacock! If any of the kids actually live in Leeds they'll be from the more salubrious Northern suburbs - Adel, Alwoodley, Bramhope, Collingham etc. rather than Beeston,Chapeltown and Middleton.

Mill owners rather than mill workers.

crossref
13-07-15, 19:07
Don't you just love us English, he asks about rugby and you tell him about class :-)

Lee Lifeson-Peart
13-07-15, 20:07
Don't you just love us English, he asks about rugby and you tell him about class :-)

Tigercraig asked about what I knew about LGS. That's what I know.

Any question about any public school will eventually lead me to talking about the kids/parents having more money/bigger houses than their comprehensive school counterparts.:biggrin:

LGS is a public school and are better at Rugby than most schools in Yorkshire. Without looking at their fixtures I suspect they'll get beaten by Prince Henry's at Otley and a few others - maybe.

crossref
13-07-15, 21:07
well, whatever, there's lot's more information about them here
http://www.gsal.org.uk/

you might be surprised/ pleased to know that, like many independent schools -

The financial support offered through our means-tested bursary scheme helps pupils who have the potential to succeed at GSAL but would be prevented from taking up a place by their financial circumstances. We currently invest over 1m per annum in providing financial support to over 200 of our senior school pupils.
so not all in big cars,then

one thing I'd say is VERY unusual is that there seems to be nothing at all about sport on their website. Or I couldn't see anything, anyway.

Dickie E
13-07-15, 23:07
TC, I am reffing them next Tuesday night against a local Melbourne club. I'll post a report on Wednesday morning. What position is your son playing? I'll let you know what he's in for :)

TigerCraig
14-07-15, 02:07
TC, I am reffing them next Tuesday night against a local Melbourne club. I'll post a report on Wednesday morning. What position is your son playing? I'll let you know what he's in for :)

Cheers Dickie.

I'm not sure if GSAL are sending multiple sides. My boy plays in the Under 18's. He's either a hooker or flanker depending on who turns up.

TigerCraig
14-07-15, 02:07
one thing I'd say is VERY unusual is that there seems to be nothing at all about sport on their website. Or I couldn't see anything, anyway.

Thats what I thought. Most private schools I know have pictures of boys playing rugby, cricket, rowing and athletics and somewhere a brief mention that the occasional academic class is run. :biggrin:

Dickie E
14-07-15, 04:07
He's either a hooker or flanker depending on who turns up.

Bad news, I'm afraid. This is passport photo of THEIR hooker:

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TigerCraig
14-07-15, 05:07
Bad news, I'm afraid. This is passport photo of THEIR hooker:

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Ppffft

Thats nothing you should have seen the West Harbour pack we played earlier this year !!!

Lee Lifeson-Peart
14-07-15, 07:07
Leeds lost two games last year.

One against Woodhouse Grove (Bradford) and once against Millfield at Twickenham. They stuck 60 odd on Ampleforth - 100 Hail Marys for the games teacher that day. They were quite good last year.

Simon Thomas
15-07-15, 13:07
Public school. Mark Bailey the ex England Winger used to be Head although he is not a teacher. Bailey's PhD was about rabbit warrens in medieval England - really useful!

Mark is now High Master of my Alma Mater St Paul's London. He has done a very good job there by all accounts.

SimonSmith
15-07-15, 14:07
Nice guy. Ran a rugby camp at Cambridge in 1985 (I think) - him, Ian Peck, Huw Davies turned up, as well as Rob Andrew.

My introduction to underage drinking.

ctrainor
15-07-15, 20:07
Now that beats any school trip I had when I went To Barrow Grammar School for Boys in the 70's!!
Oh how my parents would have loved to have come up with the pocket money to send me on a trip like that!!

Rushforth
15-07-15, 20:07
Now that beats any school trip I had when I went To Barrow Grammar School for Boys in the 70's!!
Oh how my parents would have loved to have come up with the pocket money to send me on a trip like that!!

Paris in the mid 80's was a good school trip. I was not one, but some players stayed at the British Embassy, and the luckier ones with Charlotte Rampling.

ChrisR
16-07-15, 00:07
On my school trip we went to Birmingham and got drunk.

SimonSmith
16-07-15, 01:07
On my school trip we went to Birmingham and got drunk.

the best way to see Birmingham

Dickie E
16-07-15, 03:07
the best way to see Birmingham

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qwerty

Dickie E
21-07-15, 13:07
Just got home from the game. Local club colts (Powerhouse) vs. Leeds 1st XV.

Absolutely pleasurable event. Finsihed the night with a "sing off" - Leeds chants vs. local hakas. Great stuff.

On the field, both teams played fast, physical and high skilled rugby with very little foul play. The Leeds team a little surprised by the physicality of the primarily Islander opposition.

Final score 19-5 to local team.

Leeds have some wheels in the backline - watch out.

Leeds have a solid scrum, an excellent lineout and a good kicking game. Very well drilled at the breakdown.

They have brought 3 teams - 1st and 2nd XV and an U16 team.

TigerCraig
21-07-15, 13:07
Just got home from the game. Local club colts (Powerhouse) vs. Leeds 1st XV.

Absolutely pleasurable event. Finsihed the night with a "sing off" - Leeds chants vs. local hakas. Great stuff.

On the field, both teams played fast, physical and high skilled rugby with very little foul play. The Leeds team a little surprised by the physicality of the primarily Islander opposition.

Final score 19-5 to local team.

Leeds have some wheels in the backline - watch out.

Leeds have a solid scrum, an excellent lineout and a good kicking game. Very well drilled at the breakdown.

They have brought 3 teams - 1st and 2nd XV and an U16 team.

Cheers. We are due to play them on August 3. Apparently the 1st XV were supposed to play a combined Sydney team but it fell through so my sons club (Forest) are playing all. We are currently running 3rd in the Sydney under 18 comp, but all but 2 of our boys are actually under 17's. We will probably bring in a couple of boys from the clubs Colts who are still 18 to help out. I've nominated to referee one of the games so we shall see.

Lee Lifeson-Peart
21-07-15, 16:07
Just got home from the game. Local club colts (Powerhouse) vs. Leeds 1st XV.

Absolutely pleasurable event. Finsihed the night with a "sing off" - Leeds chants vs. local hakas. Great stuff.

On the field, both teams played fast, physical and high skilled rugby with very little foul play. The Leeds team a little surprised by the physicality of the primarily Islander opposition.

Final score 19-5 to local team.

Leeds have some wheels in the backline - watch out.

Leeds have a solid scrum, an excellent lineout and a good kicking game. Very well drilled at the breakdown.

They have brought 3 teams - 1st and 2nd XV and an U16 team.

Any Jamie Peacock soundalikes? No? I thought not! :biggrin:

Well played by the way. Up Scumbag! Up Scumbag!

SimonSmith
21-07-15, 18:07
"We're going to thrash the Oiks! We're going to thrash the Oiks"

TigerCraig
31-07-15, 08:07
Just got the appointment - I'm doing the 1st XV

Son will likely be playing in the 2nd XV which will work well

Should be interesting. These will be the first games on our brand new artificial grass pitch.

(As its a dual use pitch I just need to remember that the yellow lines are for rugby and the white are for soccer !!)

crossref
31-07-15, 09:07
good luck -- but why you ? isn't it a bit odd for your Society to appoint a ref whose son attends and plays for the school ?
we would normally avoid that.

TigerCraig
31-07-15, 09:07
good luck -- but why you ? isn't it a bit odd for your Society to appoint a ref whose son attends and plays for the school ?
we would normally avoid that.

We arent a school, we are a club, and I'm not doing his game (plus it is not my club). I get appointed to his club (not his team) reasonably regularly, as the appointments officer knows its not feasible for me to get between 2 different grounds on a Sunday afternoon, especially to find games that fit my "tiering".

In any case, all 3 games (1st XV, 2nd XV and Under 16's) are classed as "Tier 1" games by Sydney Junior RU and there are only a small number of Tier 1 referees in Sydney, an even smaller number available on a Monday night, and a yet smaller number who want to travel to the northern side of Sydney for a game.

Dickie E
31-07-15, 13:07
And I guess it's only a friendly

SimonSmith
31-07-15, 13:07
Leeds dinna play friendlies son

Dickie E
16-09-15, 03:09
TigerCraig,

how did the Leeds games & tour finish up?

TigerCraig
18-09-15, 05:09
TigerCraig,

how did the Leeds games & tour finish up?

Very well. Unfortunately we ended up not using the artifical pitch but stayed on the grass one.

My son played in the 2nd XV game which was a very interesting contrast in styles. Leeds scored in the first few minutes with a driving maul from a lineout and wanted to play the whole game in the forwards. Forest kept either kicking long to the corners with very good chasing by the wings, or throwing the ball out the backline at every chance - almost no structured forward play. Forest ended up winning 22-12 or so.

First XV was pretty much one way traffic for Leeds, as the Forest team was really a thrown together barbarian team so lacked cohesion. Forest tried hard but it finished 30-something to nil. No great controversies. One yellow card to Forest for repeated infringements - I probably let it go one too many before I went to the pocket than I would in a regular competition match.

My advantages probably went a little longer than Leeds were used to at first - they wanted penalties so they could use their dominant lineout (but we got a try from one of my advantages which led to a smile between me and their skipper). I penalised ball carriers for not rolling away following a counter ruck a couple of times which they didn't seem to undertstand at first. Also I missed an early sack on a lineout jumper - although it wasn't dangerous it upset the Leeds boys at first.