St Joseph’s College has claimed its first Golden Triple Crown since the Third XV competition was reinstated to the Athletic Association of Greater Public Schools in 2012.
Despite the sun being out, it was a cold and windy day at Hunter’s Hill, but fortunately those unfavourable conditions didn’t stop running rugby from being played on the day.
Joeys were undefeated in all three grades for the entire 2019 season to become the first school to claim a GTC in the modern era.
In the First XV competition, Joeys had to overcome the previously undefeated The Scots College in the last round 25-5 to clinch their own undefeated championship.
Scots [five], along with Newington College [four], had been the powerhouses of AAGPS rugby of the decade with the most First XV premierships.
St Joseph’s stopped that trend towards the end of the decade with consecutive titles in *2018-19.
In the Second XV Joeys hit the lead early and never looked back to win easily, 41-17.
Joeys led 10-0 in the Third XV encounter before an intercept try by Scots just before half time made it 10-5. The boys in cerise and blue went on with it in the second half adding two more tries to make the scoreline 24-5.
It’s the Marist schools’ 56th premiership in the First XV.
The school’s also won 60 premierships in Seconds and 27 in Thirds after the 2019 season.
It’s Joeys’ fourth GTC with the school winning three previously in the 1909-61 era when there was also an official Third XV competition.
Joeys GTC winning years were 1936-37 and 1957 during that era.
*St Joseph’s College 2018 First XV title was shared with The Kings School.