History of the O'Callaghan Cup - TGS v Downlands Rugby

The Toowoomba Grammar School-Downlands College rugby connection dates back to 1931 when Downlands College was founded. Since then, the annual Grammar-Downlands rugby contest has been ongoing except for two years (1942-1943) during World War Il when Downlands moved to Dalby, while their school buildings in Toowoomba were used as a Military Hospital.

In early 1950 the five O'Callaghan brothers (Jim, John, Frank, Michael and Bryan) who attended Downlands in the 1930's and early 1940's, instigated the introduction of the O'Callaghan Cup for the two schools' 1st XV teams. They also donated the original cup. The Downlands College 1st XV won this inaugural 1950 encounter 15 to 6.

The Cup was to be awarded to the winning team at an annual match between the two great schools to enhance friendly rivalry and school spirit and most of all for every student to enjoy the great game of Rugby.

The present O'Callaghan Cup is the second cup and was first presented in 1970. It is now permanently housed in a glass case for care and preservation.

2023 Grammar - Downlands Draw

On Saturday, 19 August Toowoomba Grammar School and Downlands College went head-to-head in the 74th annual O'Callaghan Cup held at Toowoomba Grammar School.


2023 Toowoomba Grammar School 1st XV

Historic Highlights

Statistics up to and including 2023

  • Downlands has won 36 matches, and TGS has won 35 matches. There have been 3 draws.
  • For 39 of these games the winning margin has been ten points or less.
  • Overall points scored since the competition started in 1950 – TGS 1,148 & Downlands College 1,114
  • 1951 two games were played. TGS won both matches. The trial game was played due to there being no match against TSS that year. TGS won the trial 18-11. The official match was played later in the year. TGS won that game 6-0.
  • Downlands had six successive wins from 1991-1996
  • TGS had five successive wins from 2014-2018
  • 1997 – TGS defeated Downlands 38-5 after six consecutive losses.
    TGS won the following year, it was the first time since 1983/84 that TGS had won the Cup back-to-back.
  • 2006 was a very controversial year - the third successive victory for TGS, 18-17. With only seconds to go according to the clock on the field, Downlands were 17-15. The Downlands supporters rushed on to the field in celebration only to be informed by the referee that there was still time to go according to his watch. TGS had the ball and through Downlands’ frustration they gave a penalty right in front of the uprights in the last few seconds of the game – a win to TGS.
  • 2014 saw the highest winning margin since the commencement of the O'Callaghan Cup – TGS won 69-0.
  • 2019 TGS was on the way to a sixth consecutive victory when Downlands Captain and fullback, Mac Grealy scored the winning try in the dying minutes of play to snatch a 27-21 victory.
  • 2020 the match was not held at either school for the first time in the history of the game. It was instead held at the Toowoomba Sports Ground and played under lights with restricted crowd numbers – only 100 current students from each school allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions. TGS won 24-10.

Champion Players

  • 1987 - Jason Little captained TGS and Tim Horan was DC’s number 10 player, both went on to play for Australia with the Wallabies. This game was a six all draw.
  • 2012 - TGS fielded a champion team that included Australian Schoolboys’ player, Jonah Placid and a future Reds player, Marcus Vanzati and future Bronco, Jordan Drew. TGS won 40–8.
  • 2014 - Matt Faessler is a current Wallabies and Reds player. Matt played for Downlands in 2014 (TGS won by a record score of 69-nil). In 2015, Matt moved to TGS and TGS won 24-7.
  • 2014 & 2015 - Harry Hoopert played for TGS and is now a Reds player.
  • 2015 - TGS was captained by Hamish Stewart who played a number of seasons for the Reds. He now plays for the Western Force. TGS won 24-7.
  • 2016 - Kye Oates (2012 to 2016) In April 2019, Kye was selected in the Australian Junior Wallabies (Australian Under 20 Rugby Union Team) to compete against Fijo. In November 2022 Kye was selected in the Australian Sevens Rugby Team. While playing his debut game in Hong Kong he scored a try.
  • 2020 - Joseph Currie scored two tries and was named Best and Fairest. TGS won 24-10. Joe was signed by the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team in 2021 on a two-year contract starting 2022.

Match Scores

Year TGS Score Downlands Score Winner
1950
6
15
Downlands
1951
6
0
TGS
1952
12
16
Downlands
1953
11
19
Downlands
1954
6
15
Downlands
1955
26
13
TGS
1956
21
11
TGS
1957
14
3
TGS
1958
8
14
Downlands
1959
6
14
Downlands
1960
8
3
TGS
1961
17
12
TGS
1962
8
21
Downlands
1963
5
11
Downlands
1964
11
3
TGS
1965
11
19
Downlands
1966
11
8
TGS
1967
11
9
TGS
1968
14
3
TGS
1969
6
17
Downlands
1970
5
17
Downlands
1971
8
15
Downlands
1972
7
16
Downlands
1973
21
4
TGS
1974
13
27
Downlands
1975
0
36
Downlands
1976
24
13
TGS
1977
13
13
Draw
1978
12
16
Downlands
1979
15
11
TGS
1980
14
4
TGS
1981
26
0
TGS
1982
6
16
Downlands
1983
7
6
TGS
1984
0
19
Downlands
1985
3
12
Downlands
1986
8
22
Downlands
1987
6
6
Draw
1988
0
26
Downlands
1989
0
9
Downlands
1990
10
4
TGS
1991
6
18
Downlands
1992
6
18
Downlands
1993
6
20
Downlands
1994
0
15
Downlands
1995
3
26
Downlands
1996
8
27
Downlands
1997
38
5
TGS
1998
25
18
TGS
1999
12
27
Downlands
2000
19
32
Downlands
2001
25
25
Draw
2002
29
13
TGS
2003
17
22
Downlands
2004
17
15
TGS
2005
26
20
TGS
2006
18
17
TGS
2007
13
20
Downlands
2008
35
13
TGS
2009
22
10
TGS
2010
23
25
Downlands
2011
14
16
Downlands
2012
40
8
TGS
2013
33
38
Downlands
2014
69
0
TGS
2015
24
7
TGS
2016
33
29
TGS
2017
31
26
TGS
2018
50
16
TGS
2019
21
27
Downlands
2020
24
10
TGS
2021
24
8
TGS
2022
27
21
TGS
2023
38
33
TGS
TOTAL POINTS
1,170
1,143

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