A new challenge for Scots PGC in Darling Downs union comp
A NEW era started in sport at The Scots PGC College on Sunday with three games of rugby union against Toowoomba Bears at Briggs Oval.
After more than a decade in The Associated Schools (TAS) competition, Scots PGC has withdrawn from the Brisbane-based competition and will play sport in more Darling Downs competitions.
Under-17 coach and former international fly-half Geoff Richardson predicts the rugby competition would be stronger in Darling Downs.
"There were always a couple of hard teams in TAS and some weaker ones," Richardson said.
"I expect nearly every team in the Darling Downs competition will be strong.
"Some teams will include boarders from Toowoomba Grammar and Downlands."
Scots PGC lost the U13 and U15 games on Sunday and played best in the main game, the U17 clash, to lose 22-17.
Captain and number 8 Matt Burke, centre Saul Whiley and replacement centre Tom Sage scored tries and Kieran Bourke landed a goal.
Scots PGC plays Dalby at Dalby on Sunday.
Head of curriculum Andy McGregor-Lowndes said the travel was a major reason for the decision to withdraw from TAS.
"There were a lot of mismatches in TAS, we occasionally received forfeits, even after travelling to Brisbane," he said.
"The decision was made to focus on four sports, rugby, netball, hockey and basketball, in which there are Darling Downs competitions."
The school will compete in knockout competitions in other sports and offer a broader recreational program.