St John's College teenager Gracie Wright is enjoying a strong schoolgirls rugby season. Picture: Supplied.
St John's College teenager Gracie Wright is enjoying a strong schoolgirls rugby season. Picture: Supplied.

Duo shine for St John’s in ‘phenomenal’ schoolgirls rugby

St John's College coach Luke Zeremes says teenagers Greta Gowen and Gracie Wright are proving tenacious talents in what has been a "phenomenal" season of schoolgirls rugby.

For the first time in years both the boys and girls school rugby competitions have been running concurrently, with just two rounds left before the grand final.

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St John's Navy have proven to be a strong undefeated force in the U18 girls campaign, equal leaders with Grammar on the seven-team ladder.

Zeremes, who also coaches Sunshine Coast Fever and Nambour girls teams, was proud to see his side performing in what he labelled as one of the highest quality schoolgirls seasons he'd seen.

"The standard is phenomenal across the board," he said.

"They've (schoolgirls rugby) come a long way particularly over the last five years.

"We've seen a real growth in the standard.

"The quality of the footy they're playing is excellent, both from a attacking perspective and defensive.

"Just the game awareness, knowledge and their work at the break down is really quite enjoyable to watch.

"They're up with the standard of the boys competition."

 

St John's College, Nambour, have won the U16 Division Don Parry Plate for the past three years in a row. Pictured is Luke Zeremes with the 2018 winning side.
St John's College, Nambour, have won the U16 Division Don Parry Plate for the past three years in a row. Pictured is Luke Zeremes with the 2018 winning side.

He was optimistic about the chances of St John's Navy's chances sealing a place in the decider.

"We're confident of making the grand final, based on the way the ladder is going, and at this stage I think we could be meeting Grammar to play them for first time this season (in the final)," he said.

"There are quite a few experienced girls who have been playing for St John's now for four years and we've been building over the last couple of years to put together a strong U18 girls in 2020 and it's come together quite nicely at the moment."

Among those experienced talents enjoying a stellar season are halves Greta Gowen and Gracie Wright.

Wright is the squad's captain.

"They are both experienced players and are quite dangerous," he said.

"Both have been members of the Stingrays girls sevens for the last few years and are playing rugby outside of school where they can.

"They've definitely got individual flair but they're pretty tenacious defenders.

"They're not the biggest girls but they will certainly tackle anything that runs their way.

"They're quick to the feet and pretty good at getting over the ball and pilfering if the opportunity is there to steal the ball from the opposition."

While Wright and Gowen were on fire, he praised the whole outfit for their efforts.

"Across the board it's definitely a team effort," he said.

"I think that our 10 girls on field at any point of time are all very capable of doing a job and playing some excellent footy."

The U18 St John's side is yet to claim a title in the competition, which has been running for about 15 years, while their U16 side has won the past three years in a row.



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