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St Patrick's College is recognised as one of the leading sporting schools in Australia.

While proud of this record the College acknowledges that this is the outcome of sound coaching and development programmes that encourage, recognise and reward participation and fair play.

Opportunities for participation and development are afforded to all students. In adhering to best practice coaching processes all students will have the opportunity to achieve their personal best, whether it is being drafted by an AFL club or mastering a handstand dismount in gymnastics!

St Patrick’s College offers an extensive sporting program to encourage boys to adopt healthy living principles and as a way of engaging students in the life of the College.

The College promotes participation and celebrates excellence. The College has been the educational home for more than 110 AFL players, including Brownlow medallists John James and Brian Gleeson, as well as Olympic representatives such as Steve Moneghetti, Christian Ryan, James Marburg and Anthony Edwards. The College offers opportunities for boys to participate in sports as diverse as lawn bowls, rowing and golf and is a member of the Ballarat Association of Schools (BAS), whilst also participating in a wide range of competitions sanctioned by state and national sporting bodies.

Opportunities abound and are all supported by highly credentialled and committed coaches to ensure boys and their teams have fun while achieving their full potential. Our focus is foremost upon enjoyment and participation – we believe that if we ensure educational processes are adhered to, the scoreboard will look after itself.

Sport Uniform
All students should be aware that the standard sports uniform will consist of navy blue polo top and navy blue shorts and white SPC socks available from the College Shop. House coloured shirts are not to be worn for after school sports activities. The Rugby top, tracksuit and wet weather jacket are available for cooler weather. In essence all teams in any sport except for the Senior team will be required to wear the standard sports uniform. Where possible in accordance with the traditions and requirements of the sport the Senior sports teams will be fitted with the appropriate sports apparel for their sport. For example, the First XVIII Jumper.

Please see below, a list of all sports on offer here at St Patrick's College.

TERM 1

 

Junior Baseball

Wednesday

Intermediate Tennis SPC Blue (A) SPC White (B) (Yr 9)

Tuesday

Intermediate Tennis SPC Green (A) SPC Gold (B) (Yr 10)

Tuesday

1st  IV Tennis x 2

Friday

2nd IV Tennis x1

Friday

Senior Volleyball Blue

Wednesday

Senior Volleyball Green

Wednesday

Senior Golf

Wednesday

1st XI Cricket

Fri/Wed

2nd XI Cricket SPC Blue

Thursday

2nd XI Cricket SPC Green

Thursday

2nd XI Cricket SPC White

Thursday

Junior Cricket (Yr 8) Dual pitch

Wednesday

SPC Junior House Cricket

Tue/Wed

SPC House Tennis

Thursday

SPC House Lawn Bowls

Wednesday

SPC House Soccer

Wednesday

Lawn Bowls

Monday

Cycling - Valodrome

Tuesday

Cycling - BRCC Cycle Challenge

Varies

Rowing

Varies

Weights Room

Varies

Swimming Squad

Varies

Gymnastics Squad

Varies

 

TERM 2

 

1st XVIII Football

Wednesday

1st XVIII Football (Strength & Conditioning/Trainer)

Wednesday

1st XVIII Football (Team Manager/Property)

Wednesday

1st XVIII Football (Property)

Wednesday

1st XVIII Football (Physio)

Wednesday

Senior Football SPC White

Wednesday

Senior Football SPC Green

Wednesday

Senior Football SPC Blue

Wednesday

Senior Football SPC Gold

Wednesday

Inter Football - SPC Green Year 10

Tuesday

Inter Football - SPC  Blue Year 9

Tuesday

Inter Football - SPC White (Yr 9 and 10)

Tuesday

Junior Football Umpires Coordinator

Tuesday

Junior Football  - SPC Blue (Keniry Yr 7-8)

Tuesday

Junior Football - SPC Green (Galvin Yr 7-8)

Tuesday

Junior Football  - SPC White (Ryan Yr 7-8)

Tuesday

Junior Football  - SPC Gold (Nunan Yr 7-8)

Tuesday

Junior Football Yr 7 House Football

Friday

1st XI Soccer 

Wednesday

2nd XI Soccer Blue

Wednesday

Intermediate Soccer Green Yr 9

Wednesday

Soccer Referee's Coordinator

Tue/Thur

1st XV Rugby

Saturday

1st XV Rugby Manager

Saturday

Rugby Specialist Coaches

Saturday

Intermediate Rugby - U/16

Saturday

Intermediate Rugby - U/16 Manager

Saturday

Intermediate Rugby - U/15

Saturday

Intermediate Rugby - U/15 Manager

Saturday

Junior Rugby - U/14

Saturday

Junior Rugby - U/14 Manager

Saturday

Junior Rugby U/13

Saturday

Junior Rugby U/13 Manager

Saturday

Rugby Training Coordintor (Tue/Thur night)

Tuesday

Rugby Conditioning Coach

Tue/Thur

Rugby Trainer (Home games)

Saturday

Junior Hockey. Yr 7,8,9

Thursday

Badminton A, B, C Grade

Tuesday

Badminton D Grade

Tuesday

Badminton D Grade Facilities Manager

Tuesday

Badminton D Grade Competition Manager

Tuesday

BAS Athletics

Varies

Weights Room

Varies

Gymnastics Squad

Varies

   

TERM 3

 

1st XI Hockey

Thursday

Basketball Facilities/Comp Manager

Tue/Wed

First V Basketball SPC (White)

Wednesday

Senior Basketball Blue

Wednesday

Senior Basketball Green

Wednesday

Intermediate Basketball (Yr 10) SPC Blue 

Wednesday

Intermediate Basketball (Yr 10) SPC Green

Wednesday

Intermediate Basketball (Yr 9) SPC Blue

Wednesday

Intermediate Basketball (Yr 9) SPC Green

Wednesday

Intermediate Basketball (Yr 9) SPC

Wednesday

Junior Basketball SPC White (Yr 8)

Tuesday

Junior Basketball SPC Blue (Yr 8)

Tuesday

Junior Basketball SPC Green (Yr 8)

Tuesday

Junior Basketball SPC Green (Yr 7)

Tuesday

Junior Basketball SPC White (Yr 7)

Tuesday

Junior Basketball SPC Blue (Yr 7)

Tuesday

Table Tennis

Tuesday

Squash/Racquetball

Thursday

Weights Room

Varies

BAS Cross Country

Varies

Rowing

Varies

Swimming Squad

Varies

Gymnastics Squad

Varies

Shooting

Varies

   

TERM 4

 

Cycling

Varies

Junior Golf (Individual entry)

Wednesday

Croquet SPC Blue, Green.

Wednesday

Intermediate Volleyball SPC Blue  (Yr 10)

Thursday

Intermediate Volleyball SPC Green (Yr 9)

Thursday

Junior Volleyball SPC Blue (Yr 8)

Wednesday

Junior Volleyball SPC Green (Yr 7)

Wednesday

1st XI Cricket

Friday

2nd XI Cricket SPC Blue

Thursday

2nd XI Cricket SPC Green

Thursday

2nd XI Cricket SPC White

Thursday

Junior Cricket Dev Sq

Monday

Junior Tennis SPC Blue (A Gr) and White (B Gr) (Yr 8)

Tuesday

Junior Tennis SPC Green (A Gr) and Gold (B Gr) (Yr 7)

Tuesday

Rugby 7's House competition

Varies

Rowing

Varies

Weights Room

Varies

Swimming Squad

Varies

Gymnastics Squad

Varies

Junior Soccer  - SPC Blue Yr 8 

Wednesday

Junior Soccer -  SPC White Yr 7

Wednesday

Mountain Bike Riding (at Mt. Clear)

Tuesday

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 13

15 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 13 author: Julia Petrov

Lord’s, Tower of London & West End

We made the most of our last day in London. Walking through the gates of Lord’s, we were ready for an extensive tour of the home of cricket. The view of the pitch from the Long Room, the Players’ Change Rooms with their detailed honour boards and the actual Ashes were of great interest to the boys but the highlight was the pod shaped Media Centre.

Day 12 – London sightseeing

14 Apr

Day 12 – London sightseeing author: Julia Petrov

After a cracking breakfast in the beautiful Radisson Blu Vanderbilt, we all set off for Palm Sunday Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Funnily enough we bumped into the Loreto girls after Mass and exchanged travel stories. The boys then divided into groups and armed with maps and underground passes became serious sightseers in London. The Changing of t

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 11

13 Apr

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 11 author: Julia Petrov

Belfast - London - Craven Cottage

A very early breakfast set us up for a busy day. We were on the bus at 6.00 heading for the airport to fly out of Belfast. We farewelled our talented bus driver, Peter Byrne, who has enlightened us with local history, entertained us with Irish humour and got us safely 1000 kms around the country. Following our arrival in London we came to truly ap

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 10

12 Apr

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 10 author: Julia Petrov

Giant’s Causeway & Belfast

After an early breakfast, where the highlight on the menu was fried soda bread, we set off for the Giant’s Causeway. The boys were in awe of this magnificent, natural wonder. Armed with audio tours, they had the opportunity to listen to a blend of well-informed history, geology and fable surrounding the battle of the giants.  The challenge of climb

11 Apr

Day 9 - Maghera author: Julia Petrov

Day 9 – Maghera We awoke to a frosty but sunny morning and the day only got better. We were told that it snowed this time last week but the day was still and mild. After a huge breakfast the boys prepared their kit for the match against St Patrick’s College, Maghera. The first game kicked off at 10.30 with our boys playing three 20 minute thirds.

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 8

10 Apr

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 8 author: Julia Petrov

Derry and Maghera

On the bus early, we travelled for an hour before we descended on a roadside inn for breakfast. The proprietors had never served so much breakfast to so many in such a short time. They did a marvellous job and congratulated themselves by clapping and cheering after the final service. Hunger sated, we drove north past the majestic Benbulbin, part of

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 7 - Cork to Galway

9 Apr

2019 SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 7 - Cork to Galway author: Julia Petrov

Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Following breakfast at the Imperial Hotel we reluctantly checked out of Cork and commenced a full day of sightseeing and bus travel. Our first stop being the picturesque village of Adare. Thatch cottages, manicured gardens and a group of singing nursery students made our visit unique. Whilst at the Heritage Centre many of the boys explored their Ir

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 6 - Cobh & Blarney

8 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 6 - Cobh & Blarney author: Julia Petrov

A breakfast fit for kings - after three days of cereal and toast, to be availed of a buffet where they were spoilt for choice left many boys thinking they had died and gone to heaven! Our first destination was the Port of Cobh where we visited the Cobh Heritage Centre. Students were each provided with the identity of a passenger and a ship and enjo

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 5 - Waterford and Cork

7 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 5 - Waterford and Cork author: Julia Petrov

Blue skies and sunshine streamed over the city this morning. The River Liffey glistened and light bounced off the grey buildings of Dublin as we left the city on our way to Waterford. Hometown of our school’s founding father, Blessed Edmund, the trip to Waterford gave us a chance to see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside. We were welcomed to

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 4 - Dublin

6 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 4 - Dublin author: Julia Petrov

Match 1 - National Sports Complex

Today our plan of attack was to divide and conquer. This morning we split into two groups, one going to the Kilmainham Gaol and the other to the Little Museum of Dublin. Both were exposed to the history of Dublin from very different perspectives. One on the social impact and crime which arose from the 1916 Easter Uprising, the other the impact of p

SPC Tour of Ireland - Days 1 & 2

4 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Days 1 & 2 author: Julia Petrov

After traveling for 30 hours the boys fully embraced the Dublin experience today.

After traveling for 30 hours the boys fully embraced the Dublin experience today. The shock of 10 degrees and a brisk wind was mostly welcomed after being cooped up in cabins for so long. Following our check in at Jacob’s Inn, the boys embarked on a walk past Trinity to Grafton St. Armed with their 10 Euros they were ready to barter for the best ba

Director of Sport Report - April 4, 2019

3 Apr

Director of Sport Report - April 4, 2019 author: Gavin Webb

Please click on this link for a Sports Report from the Director of Sport, Mr Gavin Webb.  

Director of Sport Report - March 21, 2019

20 Mar

Director of Sport Report - March 21, 2019 author: Gavin Webb

Please click on this link for a Sports Report from the Director of Sport, Mr Gavin Webb.    

End of an era in SPC football

3 Dec

End of an era in SPC football author: Paul Nolan

A remarkable chapter in the history of the St Patrick’s College football program has come to a close with iconic 1st XVIII coach Howard Clark stepping down from the role after an incredible 18-year reign. Mr Clark is widely regarded as the driving force behind the resurrection of the College as a powerful football force since he took over the role

Sport Report - September 21, 2018

19 Sep

Sport Report - September 21, 2018 author: Gavin Webb

SPC Sport Report – Term 3, Week 10 Term three sport has now concluded, a huge thank you to all the students and staff who have played, coached, managed, supervised, supported, umpired or volunteered their time over the past 10 weeks. We have had many highlights, the latest being the exciting win our 1st XI Soccer boys had in the BAS Grand Final an

2018 BAS Soccer Grand Final

12 Sep

2018 BAS Soccer Grand Final author: Tony Beggs

St Patrick Senior’s 3 defeated Ballarat Clarendon College 1 BEST: Jordan Armstrong, Mitch Ralston, Jude Jeandet, Alex Baker, Leighton Lauton, Darby Gaffney, Jayden Ashmore GOALS: Alex Baker, Darby Gaffney, Lachlan Wright ASSIST:  Connor Ascough Words cannot do justice when writing a report on the drama and outcome of this particular game of socce

Christian Ryan launches new boat

20 Feb

Christian Ryan launches new boat author: Paul Nolan

The College was delighted to welcome back former College Captain and Olympic silver medallist Christian Ryan (SPC 1992-95) to be guest speaker at our annual Boat Race Assembly and to officially launch our new racer boat named in his honour. Christian, a two-time Head of the Lake winner in 1994 and 95, shed tears in front of our full school assembl

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi

9 Aug

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi author: Xavier Carey

2015 Herald Sun Shield Grand Final St Patrick’s College 10.12 (72) d Essendon Keilor College 6.7 (43) Goal Kickers: Jackson Carrick 2, Jacob Wheelahan 2, Jacob Hopper 1, Hamish Coulton 1, Daniel Rioli 1, Leigh Spiteri 1, Tanner Blackney-Noter 1, Bailey Veale Best Players: Joel Cowan, Ben Hurley, Jacob Hopper, Ben Simpson, Ben Lusby, Hasker Dawbo