Spirit hoists squad to win
IPSWICH Grammar School athletics co-captains Khaele Bowen and Michael Payne knew the pressure was on at QE2.
With IGS having such a proud record of GPS success, the year 12 students expected rivals like Nudgee to push them all the way.
However, it wasn't only Ipswich Grammar's determination that secured a remarkable 11th GPS triumph in 15 years.
The latest memorable 3.5 point victory last Friday was built on true school spirit.
"This team, we didn't have all the superstars like we did in previous years," Bowen said.
"This team was more like a brotherhood. It all equalled out.
"People were good to get into third place and get points for us. It was more a team effort."
Having shared in previous GPS successes since year 8, Bowen said the school's latest success was one of the most satisfying.
"It was good to win it back for the boys after our loss last year," said Bowen, 17.
In another classic battle with Nudgee, Bowen won the open long jump (6.98), came second in the triple jump and placed in the high jump.
Bowen said being part of a fourth GPS celebration left him a contented athlete as he enters the next stage of his life.
Payne, 17, agreed the IGS achievement - also his fourth at the school - would linger for months to come.
"It was fantastic," Payne said, having competed in the 800m and 1500m.
"We didn't amass as many points as the last few years. We didn't have as many first places as we usually do but we just had a lot of thirds, fourths and fifths and that is what really got us over the line at the end.
"We had to bring it home after last year (finishing second by seven points)."