Fair comment. Played BGS last year without Vic Metro reps - all 3 drafted and were the leadership group.. Also had Langford and Drummond drafted. 5 in a year not bad. Merrett, Roberts, Langdon , May all recent MGS boys. 4 Vic metro players this year weakens team but still beat Hailebury. Big game this weekI think the advantage has been for Brighton not having any VM reps this year (Matera left the school)& they only had Clayton miss 2 games last yr when they won the premiership, meaning they have the same balance squads, where as others who have 4-5 VM/VC players, struggle with massive changes every second week and possibly relying too much on the stars.
It also depends on who you play during those carnival rounds, those schools who lose 4-5 would rather play Carey than play a St Kevins/Scotch for example.
I think the coach has a bit part in how well sides do, no doubt Melbourne Grammar have been strong for the last 5-6 years, but really should have won more premierships.
without rep players against St Kevins. Shaun Edwards might debut for Essendon this week.