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Grammar Prepares for O’Callaghan Cup

Toowoomba Grammar School’s 1st XV Rugby team is preparing for one of its biggest games to date, the time-honoured Grammar – Downlands match.

This will be the 88th year that the arch rivals play for the prestigious O’Callaghan Cup, which was first held in 1931 and has grown to be much greater than school-boy rugby; it is now one Toowoomba’s biggest sporting events, attracting over 6,000 spectators annually and steeped in tradition.

In 1987, the Captain of the TGS team, Jason Little and the DC Number 10, Tim Horan later both played for Australia with the Wallabies. The match that year was a six all draw!

This year, Toowoomba Grammar School will have the home ground advantage and has been training hard since last October in the hope of retaining the O’Callaghan Cup for the sixth consecutive year.

The blue and gold boys are expecting their toughest encounter yet, with this year’s Downlands team rated as exceptional.

The game will be played on Old Boys’ Memorial Oval, kicking off at 2:30pm on Saturday, 27 July. It’s the highlight of a huge day of rugby, with eleven games scheduled between the rival schools covering divisions from U13 up.