GIO Schoolboy Cup

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GIO Schoolboy Cup
GIO Schoolboys Cup Logo.jpg
Sport Rugby league
Instituted 1975
Country Australia (ARLC)
Holders Kirwan State High School (2015)
Most titles St Gregory's College, Campbelltown (9 titles)
Website GIO Schoolboy Cup website
Broadcast partner Fox Sports, Power Productions

The GIO Schoolboy Cup is the premier secondary schools rugby league competition in Australia, held annually since 1975. Formerly known under such names as the Amco Shield, Nutri-Grain Cup and Arrive Alive Cup, nearly 450 schools from throughout Australia compete in the knock-out competition.[1] The player of the tournament is awarded the Peter Sterling Medal, renamed in 1996 after Peter Sterling, who won the medal in 1978. The competition is televised on Fox Sports.

The competition celebrated its 40th year in 2015.[2]

History[edit]

The competition started in 1975 as the Amco Shield. The inaugural winners were Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield who defeated Blacktown High School in the final, 16-8. The match was played at Leichhardt Oval as a curtain raiser to the 1975 Amco Cup final between Eastern Suburbs and Parramatta.[3]

Originally, the televised matches of the competition were played and recorded as the curtain raisers to mid week Amco Cup games. After the midweek competitions died out, the televised matches were played prior to Friday Night Football and were shown on Channel 9 in the weeks leading up to the NRL Grand Final. The games are currently played and recorded midweek and shown on Fox Sports, with commentary by Andrew Voss.

In 1978, Padua College, Brisbane were the first Queensland school and first school from outside of New South Wales to make the final. They lost 19-3 to Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield.

In 1980, St Gregory's College, Campbelltown became the first school to win back-to-back titles. They later became the first school to win three titles in a row from 1989 to 1991.

Inaugural winners Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield were the first school to play in three consecutive finals, from 1981 to 1983. They lost in 1981 to Holy Cross College, Ryde before winning the next two years.

In 1996, Erindale College, Canberra became the first school from the Australian Capital Territory to reach the final. A year later they became the first school from outside of New South Wales to win the competition. They won the competition again in 1998, beating Parramatta Marist High School in both years.

In 2001, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School became the first Queensland school to win the competition. Brisbane's Wavell State High School became the second a year later in 2002.

Endeavour Sports High School won the competition three years in a row from 2004 to 2006, becoming the first school to do so since 1991. They made the final in 2003, becoming the first school to play in four straight finals.

In 2015, Townsville's Kirwan State High School became the first school from North Queensland to win the competition, defeating Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown, who were in their fourth straight final, losing the last three in a row.

Champions[edit]

Champions by each Season
Season Champions Score Runners-Up
1975 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 16–8 Blacktown High School
1976 Blacktown High School 16–7 Ashcroft High School
1977 Ashcroft High School 16–3 Parramatta Marist High School
1978 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 19–3 Padua College, Brisbane
1979 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 16–14 Holy Cross College, Ryde
1980 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 11–9 Holy Cross College, Ryde
1981 Holy Cross College, Ryde 15–11 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1982 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 18–15 Holy Cross College, Ryde
1983 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 14–2 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
1984 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 16–10 Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham
1985 Ashcroft High School 13–6 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1986 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 26–0 Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham
1987 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 21–0 Keebra Park State High School
1988 Parramatta Marist High School 14–6 Holy Cross College, Ryde
1989 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 12–10 Holy Cross College, Ryde
1990 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 18–4 St John's College, Woodlawn
1991 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 28–12 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1992 Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 17–16 Harristown State High School
1993 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 27–6 Wavell State High School
1994 John Paul II Senior High School, Marayong 34–4 Eagle Vale High School
1995 Parramatta Marist High School 24–0 McCarthy Catholic Senior High School
1996 John Paul II Senior High School, Marayong 12–6 Erindale College, Canberra
1997 Erindale College, Canberra 26–12 Parramatta Marist High School
1998 Erindale College, Canberra 27–14 Parramatta Marist High School
1999 Terra Sancta College 16–14 Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
2000 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 16–0 St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton
2001 Palm Beach Currumbin State High School 16–4 St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
2002 Wavell State High School 22–20 Terra Sancta College
2003 St Dominic's College, Penrith 28–0 Endeavour Sports High School
2004 Endeavour Sports High School 16–7 Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
2005 Endeavour Sports High School 20–10 Keebra Park State High School
2006 Endeavour Sports High School 16–7 Keebra Park State High School
2007 Matraville Sports High School 32–10 Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
2008 Palm Beach Currumbin State High School 24–22 Matraville Sports High School
2009 Keebra Park State High School 18–12 Matraville Sports High School
2010 The Hills Sports High School 18–14 Keebra Park State High School
2011 The Hills Sports High School 22–20 Matraville Sports High School
2012 Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown 32–6 Endeavour Sports High School
2013 Keebra Park State High School 28–4 Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
2014 Endeavour Sports High School 22-12 Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
2015 Kirwan State High School 28–10 Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Titles
School Titles Runners-Up
St Gregory's College, Campbelltown 9 2
Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield 6 3
Endeavour Sports High School 4 2
The Hills Sports High School 2 0
John Paul II Senior High School, Marayong 2 0
Ashcroft High School 2 1
Erindale College, Canberra 2 1
Palm Beach Currumbin State High School 2 1
Parramatta Marist High School 2 1
Keebra Park State High School 2 4
Kirwan State High School 1 0
St Dominic's College, Penrith 1 0
Blacktown High School 1 1
Terra Sancta College 1 1
Wavell State High School 1 1
Matraville Sports High School 1 3
Holy Cross College, Ryde 1 5
Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown 1 5
Eagle Vale High School 0 1
Harristown State High School 0 1
McCarthy Catholic Senior High School 0 1
Padua College, Brisbane 0 1
St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton 0 1
St John's College, Woodlawn 0 1
Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham 0 2

Peter Sterling Medal[edit]

The Peter Sterling Medal is awarded to the most outstanding player in the competition. Sterling, one of rugby league's most decorated players, won the award in 1978 while attending Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield. In 1996, the medal was renamed in his honour.

Season Player School
1976 Steve White Blacktown High School
1977 Alan Emery Ashcroft High School
1978 Peter Sterling Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1979 Ivan Henjak St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
1980 Ben Elias Holy Cross College, Ryde
1981 Ben Elias Holy Cross College, Ryde
1982 Paul Langmack Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1983 Greg Alexander Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1984 Paul Osborne Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham
1985 David Rowles Ashcroft High School
1986 Damien Kenniff St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
1987 David Danes Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
1988 David Bayssari Parramatta Marist High School
1989 Jason Taylor St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
1990 Troy Dicinoski St John's College, Woodlawn
1991 Damien Chapman St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
1992 Andrew Dunemann Harristown State High School
1993 Kris Flint St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
1994 Michael Withers John Paul II Senior High School, Marayong
1995 Nathan Cayless Parramatta Marist High School
1996 Chris Smith John Paul II Senior High School, Marayong
1997 Greg Keary Parramatta Marist High School
1998 Peter Rose Erindale College
1999 Christian Orsini Terra Sancta College
2000 Riley Mullins St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
2001 Mat Brown Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
2002 Aaron Lewis Wavell State High School
2003 Michael Carl St Dominic's College, Penrith
2004 Beau Champion Endeavour Sports High School
2005 Ben Te'o Keebra Park State High School
2006 Matthew Mundine Endeavour Sports High School
2007 Adam Reynolds Matraville Sports High School
2008 Ryan James Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
2009 Jordan Kahu Keebra Park State High School
2010 Gerard McCallum The Hills Sports High School
2011 Kem Seru Matraville Sports High School
2012 Jaden Clarke Endeavour Sports High School
2013 Marion Seve Keebra Park State High School
2014 Joey Tramontana Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
2015 Julian Christian Kirwan State High School

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