Brisbane Boys’ College has an enviable reputation of excellence across the academic, cultural and sporting fields of endeavour. The ‘Green-White-Black’ war cry has echoed across many competitive arenas, guiding BBC to GPS Premierships in Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball in recent years, along with Championships in Cross Country, Robotics and Track and Field.
While famously competitive, the BBC First XV has only achieved a single GPS title in Rugby Union – a shared championship in 1954 – and coupled with the rampantly passionate Rugby culture at the College, anticipation of an outright victory reached fever point in 2019.
Thanks to the support of the College, the BBC Rugby Support Group and Rugbypass, the nail-biting highs and lows of the 2019 GPS Rugby Season were captured in a television documentary by Onion TV, producers of the award-winning series, The Season.
The six-episode series follows the BBC First XV throughout the 2019 season as they aim to be the greatest team in the College’s 117-year history. The ebb and flow of the team’s fortunes are experienced through the prism of high school sport, with cameras capturing life on and off the field as the players balance school, work and play as the GPS competition approaches.
Filmed throughout 2019, the main narrative is chronologically driven by the First XV GPS season but the critical human-interest content revolves around BBC’s broad co-curricular offerings including our many sports and activities, the globally recognised Pipe Band and Robotics programs as well as our nationally recognised Music, Theatre and Service Learning opportunities.
The documentary culminates not in Championships or Premierships, but instead in greater life lessons that will prove more valuable than any trophy or title. It is a story of perseverance, resilience, leadership and teamwork that reaches beyond any individual boy into the heart of our College and our mission to produce men with the confidence and capability to change the world.
The Season 6 will air in early 2020 on Rugbypass, Fox Sports, Sky Sport and via the BBC website.