Ipswich Grammar keeps pace with best in GPS

A VALUABLE draw secured Ipswich Grammar School's 1st XI football team third position on the GPS ladder.

In the final game of the GPS season, Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) held IGS to a 1-1 draw at Grammar's home field last weekend.

IGS was playing for the possibility of finishing anywhere between second and fourth.

Churchie were playing to finish between fourth and seventh.

Churchie started the game the better but it was IGS who put their names on the scoresheet first.

It was a great counter- attacking move that used the pass of the dangerous Carlton Fritz to set up Aaron Montoro inside the 18 yard box.

Aaron showed great composure to put the ball over the Churchie keeper.

"We have scored at least one goal every game from Carlton Fritz using his pass and size out wide," said IGS coach Jamie Morgan.

"He has been a massive asset and a constant danger to the opposition this season."

IGS went to the half time break 1-0 up.

In what could only be described as a day were neither team failed to dominate the match and take the chances, Churchie scored the equalising goal in injury time.

"It was a tough day for us,'' Morgan said.

"We were probably lucky to get away with a draw.

"We didn't start the game as well as I would have liked.

"Had Churchie been able to finish the chances they had early in the game it would have been tough for us to come back."

The draw secured IGS equal third with Toowoomba Grammar School. The Southport School and Nudgee College shared the premiership.

Morgan said the GPS football competition was getting tougher each year, with many schools developing programs and better players.

"If you had told me at the start of the season that we would finish third and have a shot at the title I would have taken it," Morgan said.

"I am so proud of the effort of all my players throughout the season.

"I wish the year 12s all the best as they have now played their last GPS game for the Red and White."