The flagship sport of the College is the Australian Football program.
Our director of Football, Mr Howard Clark, oversees the program and coaches the 1st XVIII.
The program has successfully toured Ireland, Darwin and offers an insightful week long camp in Melbourne.
The football program has produced many outstanding young players who have since played AFL football.
Each winter season, around 16 football teams take to the fields of Ballarat representing the College at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels.
The bulk of these matches are played during Term 2, with the College also offering an in-house junior competition.
The College is also recognised as having one of the leading programs in the nation, having been the educated home of 111 Senior VFL/AFL players including Brownlow medallists John James and Brian Gleeson and modern day players Matt Rosa (Gold Coast), Liam Duggan (West Coast Eagles), Drew Petrie (Kangaroos), Nathan Brown (Magpies), Mitchell Brown (West Coast Eagles), Shaun Grigg (Richmond), Nicholas Suban (Fremantle), Jake Neade (Port Adelaide), Jacob Hopper (Greater Western Sydney) and Brad and Matthew Crouch (Adelaide).
In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 the College won the Herald Sun Shield, the state's premier football competition as well as the Ballarat Association Schools competition. It was a record-breaking performance as no school had previously ever won six consecutive Herald Sun Shields.
Comprehensive coverage of the 2016 SPC Football Season can be found here .
St Patrick's College Greatest Team of 120 Years can be found here .
2017 BAS 2nd XVIII Grand Final
SPC Green 9 – 8 - 62 Defeated SPC White 7 – 6 – 48 Best Players SPC Green: Robbie Emerson-Jones, Rylan Porter, Sam Bowen, Tom O’Keane Goals SPC Green: R. Emerson-Jones 2, M. McGrath, R. Porter, T. O’Keane, J. Learmonth, S. Bowen, M. Judd, D. O’Brien 1 Best Players SPC White: Cooper Craig-Peters, Zac Grant, Mitch Phillips, Ben Dodd, Jai Dodema
2017 Herald Sun Shield semi match report
Football Report 1st XVIII St Pat’s 15 - 11- 101 Defeated Essendon and Keilor College 1 -2 - 8 Goal Kickers: Izaac Johnson 4, Josh Chatfield 3, Jordan Johnston 2, Joel O’Connell 1, Nick Canny 1, Lochie Dawson 1, Keegan Grey 1, Joe Dodd 1 Best Players: Jordan Johnston, Nick Stuhldreier, Jordan Grant, Izaac Johnson, Joe Dodd (Until Injured), Ai
Today firstly we headed off to the Territory Wildlife park and we encountered some of the native wildlife from northern Australia at the wildlife park we when and watched a Native Bird Show, where we were shown how different types of birds hunt, live and protect themselves. We then got back on the buses and headed to the royal flying doctor service
Another full day with over 200kms Traveled. With an 8am start we headed to the jumping croc’s to get an up close look at Australia’s top food chain predator up close. Then a short drive to Adelaide River for lunch at the famous 303 bar for lunch. A short trip around the corner to the Adelaide river war Cemetery to honor those that were killed in th
Today the boys played a game against St Mary’s FC. Another win for St Pat’s. The day was extremely hot and humid and all the boys enjoyed a refreshing drink and BBQ at the club rooms after the game and an informative talk from Peter McFarlane the St Mary’s Captain. Great thanks to the parents that came with us for cooking the food. With a short st
Day 4 Student post
Written by: Charlie Perks Steve Fitzgibbon Callum Bowden Today we started the day quite early getting on a bus at 7am heading to a ferry for the Tiwi Islands. After a tiring and exhausting 2 and a half hour ride, we arrived in one of the most amazing places we have ever encountered. We toured the island for an hour after arrival meeting a loca
Written by Josh canny Cooper Craig-Peters Liam Philips On the 6th of April half of us had to wake up at 5:00 am to go fishing, while the lucky ones got to sleep in till 9:30 am. The first group got split into three boats and cruised an hour out of Cullen Bay. There we were told how to bait, cast out our fishing lines and the techniques on
After a challenging & exhausting day at the army barracks yesterday, we had a relaxing & well-earned rest day to re-cooperate and freshen up. A sleep in & easy morning was in store for the boys & woke up & went for a refreshing dip followed by breakfast. At 2pm the non-playing group attended a training session in the harsh &
Day 1 Student Posts
Nick Stuhldreier: today was a very eventful and challenging day. We travelled out to the Robertson’s army barracks to be put through the paces of some army training. First of all, we were kitted out in our camo gear and then off to the obstacles where we worked together as teams to get the fastest time. Then we got to do some shooting and night vis
Darwin Tour 2017
4 Days to Go.
The 2017 Darwin tour Departs on Monday. For all photos from the tour make sure you like the SPC-OCA Facebook page at this link
1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi
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