10 things you didn’t know about the 1st XVIII

You probably know that the BGS 1st XVIII team has now won the premiership three times in a row (Go Tonners!), but here are 10 things you probably don’t know about our footy champs.

  1. They were slow starters. It took six seasons from when we joined the APS to register our first win in 1964. The Headmaster of day called a special assembly to commemorate the victory!
  2. They’re not just good at footy. The 2016 team included the Athletics Captain, Rowing Captain, Cricket Captain, Lawn Bowls Captain, and Water Polo Captain.
  3. They never leave anyone out. There are 32 guys in the 2016 squad, of whom 26 played during the season – but all members of the squad get the glory of a Premiership pocket.
  4. They don’t believe in overdoing the down time. Pre-season training starts after the Melbourne Cup weekend; once a week at 6.45am every Tuesday.
  5. They’re no flash in the pan. Blake Hayes and Andrew McGrath have played in all three premiership teams.
  6. They’re not afraid of a splash of colour. The 1st XVIII wear white shorts playing away and red at home. No other BGS footy team wears red shorts.
  7. They believe a good work ethic is best learned early. The youngest boys clean up the gear after training. By Year 12 you’ve earned the right to leave it to the others.
  8. They’re numbers people. The number 1 jumper is always worn by the captain and number 17 is worn by the most courageous player in memory of the late Ben Furzer (OB 2001).
  9. They’re superstitious. Nathan Murphy (Year 11) insists on always being the last player to leave the rooms before the game.
  10. They believe in the long and the short of it. The three coaches are superstitious when it comes to who among them wears pants and who wears shorts in particular rounds. They have stuck to it religiously for the last three years. It seems to be working!