What a weekend of sport for BGS!

The weekend started off with the 1sts Touch Football do or die game against MGS. Win and we would take out the title. Draw or lose and MGS would take it out. After a high-quality match between the two best schools of the season, the whistle blew with the scores tied 8-8.

It was a tough pill to swallow for our boys who fought so hard until the end. Congratulations to Melbourne Grammar School who took out the trophy.

It was then time to head back to home base, where the 1st Tennis boys were taking on Xavier College in the final round of the season. Win and we would be undefeated for the season and take out the title.

After a close first round of doubles, the boys dug deep and executed as they have all season, taking out the fixture 13-3 and more importantly the 2024 APS 1sts Tennis trophy. The first since 2001.

To be undefeated for an entire season is a special feat, especially at firsts level and one the boys should be extremely proud of. A huge congratulations to the boys, coaches and staff involved including Richard Fromberg, Connor Hipwell & Peter Furey.

To conclude the day, it was a trek down the highway to Lake Nagambie for the 156th APS Regatta (Heads of the River) 2024. Our 1st VIII crew came third in their morning heat but were confident of a good performance in the A-Final later in the afternoon.

The atmosphere was palpable with some wonderful racing across the day by competing APS schools.

The time had come for the final race of the day, the A-Final of the boys Open VIII Division 1. Our boys started well although Xavier College got out to good lead. After 1000m Xavier were up by approximately a boat length, BGS was second and MGS in third.

With 500m to go Xavier’s lead was reduced to a canvas as our boys lifted their rating. 250m left and we hit the front, extending our lead with every stroke. We crossed the line winners by over a boat length.

Pandemonium followed! Brighton Grammar’s third ever Heads of the River trophy. A huge congratulations to the crew and staff involved, including Thomas Creber and Mitchell Nelson.

The weekend was topped off on Sunday when our Sailing boys took out the Victorian Schools Team Sailing Championships for 2024. After the 3-day event, the boys won the final against Woodleigh School 3-1. State Champs again. A huge congratulations to the boys and staff involved, particularly TiC Robert Hayward.

Jack Joslin
Director of Sport & APS Delegate