Sport Report – September 21, 2018

September 19, 2018

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 and also our Senior Basketballers in their Grand Final last Thursday, but the most important thing has been the way the boys have represented the College. Getting beaten is a part of life and sport and helps build resilience. The Soccer Presentation Dinner was held last night with only the Basketball Dinner to come in Term 4.


2018 BAS Grand Final

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

Written by Tony Beggs

Words cannot do justice when writing a report on the drama and outcome of this particular game of soccer -“ the Beautiful Game.

College did a great job of physically putting us off our game and making the most of their opportunities and led for all but the last 15 minutes or less and yet they lost 3-1. They will be very disappointed with the result but we can doubly be enthused with how we fought back and took the BAS Championship from them.

Congratulations to you the 2018 St Patrick’s College Senior Soccer Team!

Alex Baker found Lachlan Wright on the right side and he put a dangerous ball across our goals in the early minutes of the match, but generally our delivery wasn’t neat enough early on as College were attacking our players who gained possession in the middle of the ground. We couldn’t sight up our forwards and their two centre backs were dominant in the air. They used a strong physicality in all quarters of the pitch and we were relying on Jude Jeandet, Bailey Burgess and our two left and right backs Connor O’Callaghan and Patrick Heagney to keep us out of trouble. Jude provided a crucial save when we were under extreme pressure as their forwards put together passes and Bailey got us out of another tight situation when he became last man against a menacing attack.

However, worse was to come as College drove through on our left flank and their smart forward went deep and outplayed our defenders before shooting a great strike against the far post from a tight position 0-1. We could make little progress against their continued harassment across the centre. Henry North coming on for the latter part of the half and gaining possessions, caused their defenders to question their self-belief which could well have been telling in the end.

A re-evaluation of the situation at half time saw Leighton Lauton bolster the centre presence and his clean touch and passing had an immediate effect in releasing some of the pressure on Alex Baker and Mitch Ralston. Mitch was able to find Neill Nilwiset on the wing and on receiving the ball back 30 meters out from goals, he was dealt with unmercifully by their player and received a free kick. Alex Baker hit the drive powerfully and it cracked into the horizontal bar but came out. In a play of déjà vu shortly afterwards Mitch was brought down for the sixth time -“ this time 25 meters out. Alex this time got the ricochet off the bar perfectly and it bounced over the line -“ Jordan Armstrong heading it back in just in case.

It was Jordan again shortly after who broke through off the right wing and centered the ball to Connor Ascough. He controlled the ball and faced the goals with three defenders between him and the prize. He feigned to his left and as they surged that way, he calmly flicked the ball out to a waiting Darby Gaffney who was left with the ball inside the 18 yards and only the keeper to beat -“ he made no mistake and put away the winner. It was a sublime piece of theatre to watch.

Jordan again cut through off our right side and was fouled with judgement inside the 18 yards and Lachlan Wright took the kick from the spot to gain our third goal inside 10 minutes to complete the turn around. Jordan finished off with two more shots that went over after doing all the good work.

Photos from the grand final can be seen at this link:

Melbourne City Premier Schools Soccer -“ Friday Sep 7

The boys were given a tough draw but played some great soccer only missing pout on the final via number of goals scored.

Round 1 -“ SPC drew with Over Newton 0-0

Round 2 -“ SPC 1 defeated Emmaus 0

Round 3 -“ SPC drew with St Monica’s Epping 1-1

Jude Jeandet captain and our centre back gave his best all day and took their best strikers and negated them with clearances via headers and by foot. Never looked to be on the wrong side of the ball and snuffed out their best strikers with intelligent positioning. Came forward only once for the day in that last desperate minutes trying to set up the goal to put us into the final.

Mitch Ralston ran himself into the ground countering the oppositions’ best players in the centre of the pitch. Made regular turn overs with close checking and shielding from their goals. Played many diagonal balls to set us up on forward moves.

Patrick Heagney was a consummate and classy defender at right back. Scrapped with fast strikers and generally halted their progress and continually won back the ball or found the line for safety.

Jayden Ashmore was a sure handed keeper who kept us safe with us conceding only one goal for the tournament and that one being a lucky header from a scrap in the 18 yard box that hit the bar and ricocheted in. Added powerful and accurate kicking to his usual throws which suited this style of game.

Connor O’Callaghan was ever reliable at left back and after a few early scares, he tightened up control and closed any attacks from his side of the pitch. His cutting in onto his left foot threw many of his opponents and his classy delivery down the line was spot on.

Bailey Burgess played alongside Jude and he was a dominant player in the air with purposeful headers to hold possession for the team. He made some crucial steals off opponents and sent us forward and was a real thorn to attacking opponents.

Lachlan Wright was recognized early by opposition sides as a danger man and was often manned up by numbers of the defense. He continued to use his strength and poise on the ball to give us attacks on goal despite the attention he received. Lachlan was unlucky to miss a few of the chances that presented.

Connor Ascough played his role in the attacking area to give off passes to our players streaming forward. He hassled keepers and defense causing turn overs and his close inside passing gave us possession in dangerous positions.

Jordan Armstrong was a dangerous forward for us and used his great pace to pounce on balls coming out of the centre. He went very close to scoring in two of the games and was a continual danger to their defenses.

Alex Baker was undoubtedly the star player of the tournament who set us alight with his strong breaks out of the centre. He was given a strange yellow card for a minimalist offence in the first game and had to be sent to the bench. He rebounded in the final two games to dominate opposition teams out of the centre. His crafting of delivery of the ball turned their best centers and his angled runs across the pitch set up numerous forward attacks. He scored when he was shown little of the goals but he angled the ball left to right to into the top corner from 25 meters in a superb strike. This turned out to be the winner against Emmaus College. Then again in the deciding match to make the final, he was all over the park bobbing up in defense if required as well as delivering forward pressure. After an even first half between the teams, Alex received in the centre of the park and ran the ball deep into the right of the 18 yards. He turned his run and fired off a great strike, spearing the ball through the tightest of angles in front of the hapless keeper for a classic goal. He managed to keep the pressure on all their centers and it was unfortunate that St Monica’s scored an opportune goal off a high header shortly after his goal, which left us out of the final due to goal difference.

St Patrick’s had 1 win and 2 draws and the latter were against Melbourne City Academy colleges, so it says much about the tremendous effort of the team in this Premier Schools tournament.


The 2018 SPC Football season officially concluded last week with the annual John James Medal and Best and Fairest presentation night in the OCA Pavilion. We were privileged to have Old Collegian and 1957 Brownlow Medallist Brian Gleeson (SPC 1947-52) attend as guest speaker along with former Brisbane Lions player Michael Close (SPC 2011-12). The night was also a great opportunity for the College to formally thank outgoing 1st XVIII coach Howard Clark for his 18 years of incredible service. Congratulations to all the winners, particularly Scott Carlin who was named 1st XVIII Best and Fairest for the second year running, Matthew Lloyd who won the John James Medal for being best on ground in the BAS Grand Final and Joshua Chatfield who won the Brian Gleeson Trophy for being best on ground in the Herald Sun Shield Grand Final. Photos from the night can be seen at this link:

2018 John James Medal Presentation Evening Awards


Br W.T. O’Malley Best & Fairest

Scott Carlin

2018 John James Medal:

Best on Ground BAS Grand Final

Matthew Lloyd

2018 Brian Gleeson Medal:

Best on Ground Herald Shield Grand Final

Joshua Chatfield

Year 10 Most Promising Player

Nicholas Stevens

SPC Rebels Most Valuable Player

Elliott Lamb

2nd XVIII SPC Blue

Rylan Porter

2nd XVIII SPC Green

Lou White

2nd XVIII SPC White

George Simpson

Year 10 Intermediate White Best & Fairest

Regan King

Year 9 Intermediate Blue Best & Fairest

Jack Sheehan

Year 9 Intermediate Green Best & Fairest

Jack Sampi

Junior Green Best & Fairest

James Clark

Junior Gold Best & Fairest

Riley Rees

Junior Blue Best & Fairest

Thomas Mitchell

Junior White Best & Fairest

Will Quinlan


Congratulations to Mitchell Scobie (Year 10), who won the U/17 B Grade Badminton Final this week.

Lawn Bowls

Gary Fitzsimons and Mitch Tuddenham took our Lawn Bowls team down to the Victorian Schools Super Series on Friday, September 7. Our boys competed very well against strong opposition and finished 4th on the day after being defeated in the semi-final. Well done to Oscar Jones, James Molloy, Joshua Chandler, Adam Hollingworth, and Ethan Kennedy on their efforts.

Table Tennis

Thank you to Jenny Willis and Laura Fazzalari who have supervised our table tennis players on a Tuesday night this term, lots of fun has been had by all the boys.

BAS Sport -“ Term 4

Sport -“ Term 3


Start week


Junior House Rugby 7’s



Leigh McKee/Mike Silcock

Jun. Cricket Squad



Luke Corden/Peter Brady

Mountain Bike Riding



Matt Taylor

Junior Golf



John Davey




Eamon Nolan

Junior Volleyball



Dan Sutton

2nd‘s Cricket



Michael Busscher/Stuart Harridge




Mark Emmerson

Inter Volleyball



Dan Sutton

Junior Tennis



Nic Joosten/Dan Wiley

1st’s Cricket T20



Luke Corden

Western Highway Late Bus

The College will continue to offer a late bus service, leaving at 6:00pm, for students who participate in after school co-curricular activities here at the college, not just sport. Application forms are available from Student Services in the ERC. Once registered students need to place their name on the late bus register no later than recess on the day of travel. All inquiries please contact Glenis in the ERC. This service will not be offered in the first and last week of term.

SPC Sport Uniform

All sport uniforms can be purchased at the College Shop. Students need to ensure they are in the correct uniform to participate. The general sport uniform is the navy blue polo top, navy shorts and white socks. Certain sports will require very specific clothing e.g. 1st XI Cricketers require SPC Whites, SPC cricket shirt and SPC cricket cap. Students should check with their coach as to what is required. Also remember to wear sunscreen at all times.

I wish all students and coaches the best in 2018. Always play the game in the right spirit, wear the correct uniform and respect the facilities, home and away. St. Patrick’s College is steeped in sporting tradition and you are encouraged to add more chapters to our past endeavours.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself ( or Sports Administrator Ms Tina Benoit ( at the College with any questions.