Super interest to expand school cup
PLANS are in place to double the size of the Gold Coast District Rugby Super Schools Cup in 2020 on the back of interest shown in the upcoming inaugural edition.
Six schools will contest the under-15 competition in term one next year, comprising Marymount College, Varsity College, Miami High, Merrimac High, Helensvale High and Ormeau Woods High.
Competition convener Rob Enright confirmed expansion was likely.
“Our plan is to double the size of the competition in 2020,” he said.
“It’s pretty big to grow the competition by 100 per cent but that’s our ambition.
“If not in 2020, definitely the year beyond that.
“We might have a bridging model in between but we definitely think there is enough interest there.
“It’s a really well-structured and funded competition. There has been already a lot of interest, so it should be reasonably easy to convert that to expand in the next year.”
That plan would see 12 teams split into north and south divisions, with a crossover final to determine an overall winner to challenge
for the statewide Ballymore Cup.
The Super Schools Cup has been identified as a critical avenue to reinvigorating
competition in older junior age levels.
Each school will have a link to a Gold Coast club, with Bond Pirates supporting Marymount, Varsity and Miami, Surfers Paradise working with Merrimac, Yatala partnering with Ormeau Woods and the Hogs connecting with Helensvale.
“It’s just a really exciting initiative between clubs and schools, which is unprecedented for the Gold Coast and in my understanding anywhere across the state in our sport,” Enright said.
“I think a model like that
really talks to participation, which is something the game has struggled a bit with in recent times, so hopefully it gets a good uptake from students in schools and we’re able to funnel them through to clubs on the Gold Coast.
“We’re offering every student that participates a $20 discount to their club rugby registration fees, so we will hopefully convert a few students that way as well.”
The cup is being supported by Gilbert Rugby, which will supply footballs, equipment and apparel for the next three years.
IT’S A REALLY WELL-STRUCTURED AND FUNDED COMPETITION
Tommy Beck (Helensvale), Brock Lennox (Merrimac), Jarvis Kaltenbach (Marymount), Harry McNamara (Ormeau) and Ewan Cook (Miami).