Beating the chill at the 2024 Old Boys’ Winter Warmers Lunch

June 26, 2024

Damian Goss (SPC 1962, PY1963) chats with former College Principal Peter Casey AM and Peter Rix.

There was plenty of chatter and good times at our Old Boys’ Winter Warmers Lunch last Friday at the Golden City Hotel in Ballarat.

Nearly 40 Old Boys beat the winter chill and enjoyed a delicious meal in the good company of SPC friends.

Steve Moneghetti (SPC 1975-80) chats about all things Olympics.

Michael Dowd (SPC 1964-69) and Noel Sheehan (SPC 1964-70) chat about their popular Emerald Lunches.

Hosted by the Old Collegians’ Association, the crowd heard from our very own four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti (SPC 1975-80), who spoke about the fast-approaching 2024 Paris Olympics as well as his own personal experiences.

Steve’s insights were definitely a highlight of the day and we thank Steve for supporting our lunch.

College Principal Steven O’Connor gave an update of the many exciting events, news and happenings from the College over the first two terms of 2024.

We also welcomed Old Collegians Noel Sheehan (SPC 1964-70) and Michael Dowd (SPC 1964-69) who host the popular Paddies Emerald Lunches in Melbourne.

Noel and Michael spoke of their joy in hosting the Emerald Lunches, and their excitement at recently hosting their 50th lunch!

College Principal Steven O’Connor gave an update on the College news for the first six months of 2024.

For those who don’t know, the Emerald Lunches are held on the first Friday of every season at the Emerald Hotel in south Melbourne and are an open invitation to all Old Collegians.

It was great to welcome former Principal Dr Peter Casey AM to our lunch along with a number of Old Boys attending the lunch for the first time, and those travelling distances, including Warrnambool and Melbourne and surrounds.

Marcus Coppock (SPC 1967-71, PY1972) with his student trophy, which he donated to our College archives.

Thank you also to Marcus Coppock (SPC 1967-71, PY1972) who, while attending the lunch, took the opportunity to donate his prized student trophy back to the College archives.

Thank you to OCA president Charlie Flynn (SPC 1971-72) for representing the OCA at the lunch and Michael Kearney (SPC 1962-67) for excelling, as always, in the role of master of ceremonies.

Thank you also to Dennis Foley (SPC 1967-72) and John Moroney (SPC 1962-67) for their help in planning and hosting the lunch.

Our next lunch will be held later in the year as a Christmas lunch and more details will follow closer to the date. We hope to see you there!

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the OCA Lunches, please email Alumni and Foundation Officer Lorrie Liston at

Dennis Foley (SPC 1967-72) chats with Steve Moneghetti (SPC 1975-80).

Ernie Cribbes (SPC 1966-69), far left, and wife Stork, far right, chat with John (SPC 1965-69) and Judi Coffey.

John Moroney (SPC 1962-67) and Denis Costigan (SPC 1961-66).

Ted Vaughan (SPC 1952-56, PY1957) and Jack Keating (SPC 1955-57).

College Legend Michael Kearney (SPC 1962-67) chats with Michael Walsh (SPC 1963-66, PY1969) and Ray Walsh (SPC 1969-72, PY1974).

Peter Harney (SPC 1964-65, PY1966) chats with Brian Costigan (SPC 1952-55, PY1957).

OCA president Charlie Flynn welcomes Old Boys to the lunch.

Master of ceremonies, College Legend Michael Kearney (SPC 1962-67) keeps everyone entertained at the lunch.

College Principal Steven O’Connor chats to the crowd at this year’s Old Boys’ Winter Warmers Lunch.