Victorian Presence in this years GIO Cup
By Tate Spiteri
For the first ever time two Victorian schools will this year take part in Australia’s biggest schoolboy Rugby League competition, the GIO Schoolboys Cup.
The nation-wide competition features the best Rugby League schools across the country and culminates with a Fox Sports televised final. The elite schools competition started in 1975 and has featured legends such as South Sydney’s Greg Inglis.
To be eligible to compete in the tournament students must be between the ages of 16 and 18 and have a school attendance of at least 85%.
Hallam Secondary College, who are now entering their 3rd season in Australia’s top schoolboys competition will be joined for the first time by Victoria University Secondary College.
Following being accepted into the Tier 1 Competition VUSC travelled to Wagga Wagga to begin their preparation for the elite level tournament and will this week play Canberra school, Erindale College at Bruce Comben Reserve.
“This is the highest level for school Rugby League and demonstrates how capable our senior boys are and the depth of their skills and talents,” VUSC wrote on their official website.
Both Hallam and VUSC will be in the same pool this year, joined by last years premiers Westfields Sports High School and fellow NSW outfit Illawarra Sports High School.
Hallam Secondary College, who boast a Rugby League academy will kick off their third GIO Cup campaign this Tuesday when they meet Illawarra SHS at Casey Fields.
VUSC, however will have to wait until May 17 when they face Westfields in Guildford.
The two Victorian teams will meet each other in the GIO Cup for the first time on the 2nd of June in a curtain raiser for the Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights match at AAMI Park in what promises to be a landmark day for schoolboys Rugby League in Victoria and will also air on Fox Sports.
Hallam’s opening round fixture kicks off Tuesday at 10:30am.