Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s Rugby Academy Program is one of the most successful rugby programs in regional Queensland, having enormous success over the past decade.
The Rugby Club has continued to dominate the local field by winning the Garth Hunt Trophy for the fifth consecutive year in the prestigious Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Rugby Union (SCSSRU) competition.
The Club’s first XV team has won the Premiership 10 times in the last 11 years, which is more than any other school in the history of the competition, which dates back to 1988.
Grammar’s Rugby teams performed incredibly well in the 2022 SCSSRU competition season with four teams making it through to the finals. The second XV team also dominated this year’s competition to win the Jim Lucey Shield.
Coaches, Troy Atkins, Harry Masters and former All Blacks players, Hosea Gear were more than proud of the performances of all teams and praised all players for their commitment to the Grammar Rugby Academy Program, which ultimately had the players primed and prepared for the Grand Final game.
“For me, it’s about focusing on development and challenging them to ensure they’re continuing to grow not only as players but as young men”, said Hosea.
The Academy is built on strong foundations, supporting the development and growth of all players and coaches to deliver success, achievement and participation.
The Academy has supported many of its players to go on to represent higher levels in the code, including Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels, ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies.
For some of the school’s senior players, the Grand Final was the last time that they will represent Grammar in rugby, with many taking with them a lifetime of memories.
“The final match was a bittersweet moment for the Year 12 seniors, our last ever 15’s Rugby Grand Final running out in the Grammar jersey we have such respect for,” said Grammar Rugby Academy Captain Connor Dick.