What does the Cordner–Eggleston Cup mean to a student? It's hard to know where to begin. The Cordner–Eggleston itself is a game of football where twenty-one young men represent Melbourne Grammar School, striving to beat a long-standing foe, Scotch College. But those four quarters are just one aspect that makes the game so special.
Even the build-up to the game is special. The players are treated like gladiators readying themselves to go into battle. The Quad buzzes with talk of the game, who to look out for from both schools, and who may or may not be playing. Since that first game in 1858, the Cordner–Eggleston Cup has gathered together Melbourne Grammar boys, both present and past, to support the players and their School.
When I was in Year 9, I couldn't tell you one thing about the Cordner–Eggleston Cup, aside from the unfortunate fact that we lost that year. I barely watched the game. I was star-struck watching the older boys chanting battle cries with their broken, manly voices – and there I was, a young boy wedged in the sea of Melbourne Grammar School men. I was in awe of the power of the united Grammar Army. Being a part of that is something I will forever cherish; the feeling is unbelievable. The passion is exuberant, overwhelming. It's amazing that a game of football can create such a sense of connection with your school and schoolmates.
The rivalry and tradition of this year's game seemed bigger than any other I've witnessed. The winner of the game would be in pole position to take the APS premiership. Players, coaches and the entire School understood the importance of this long-standing battle.
The game itself was awesome. The Grammar Army was fantastically led by "Sudo", or Captain, Charlie Hodge (Year 12), who led chants that supported and motivated the players, as well as stirring the Army. Both teams threw everything they had at each other but, in the pivotal moments towards the end of the game, Melbourne Grammar players stood up when they needed to, giving the boys in dark blue a narrow four-point win. It was truly special to watch – every student took great pride in the efforts of the players and the hard work they put in throughout the game. The final score was Melbourne Grammar School 10.12.72 against Scotch 9.14.68. The Peter Beaumont Medal, recognising Melbourne Grammar School's best on ground, was awarded to JD Hayes (Year 12).
The Cordner–Eggleston is so much more than a game to students. It creates a brotherhood between schoolmates, connects boys to their school and gives students pride in this fine institution. May the tradition continue!