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On Wednesday 10 August, St. Patrick's College will hold the annual Sportsman’s Lunch at the Eaton’s Hill Hotel. Come along and enjoy EKKA Wednesday with a 2 course meal and a four hour drinks package for the inclusive price of $130. The College community are encouraged to organise a table of ten to support St Patrick's College. For more details and ticket sales please visit the St Patrick's College website or contact Mr Ryan Schultz rschultz@stpatricks.qld.edu.au

During the recent school holidays, various St Patrick's College athletes, coaches and support staff participated in numerous competitions and training activities.

Our Confraternity Rugby League team competed at Rockhampton in the very competitive division one pool. They were successful in winning a number of games and placing twelfth in a 48 team strong tournament. A huge thank you to Mr John Tucker, Mr Brian Polich, Mr Steve Lawrence and Mr Rob Yeo for their tireless coordination and coaching. Special thanks to one of our coaches and sponsors, Mr Chris Essex, for his support of the team. Students reported that they had a wonderful time and will have lifelong memories from this experience. One student made comment that “the food was excellent”, making it a successful trip!

The 1st V Basketball squad competed against local colleges in an informal basketball tournament. Mr Geoff Whiting, Mr Steve Copping and Mr Lincoln Hill coached and managed the squad and were pleased with the preseason competition in readiness for 20 August, the start of the AIC season.

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Brother Chris Pritchard and Mr Brad Harbottle (professional tennis coach) have been working with our Tennis squads throughout the holidays. The students have enjoyed the opportunity to receive specialist coaching and improve their skills in preparation for the upcoming season.

The Cross Country team, coordinated by Mr Paul Toohey and Head Coach Jackson Alves, comprises 42 eager runners plus several staff. The team travelled to the Sunshine Coast on the first weekend of the holidays. A change of venue was a master stroke with the ensuing heavy rain, wind and wild weather causing the campers no problem. Camping at Straddie, as is the usual venue, would have been interesting. The students enjoyed a great time with lots of hard training and some rain. The highlight runs of the camp were around the Noosa National Park area and also the famous 3km Noosa Hill, which is used in the triathlon every year. The squad compete at Curlew Park this Saturday morning as St Patrick's College host a cross country meet against the other members of AIC. All students are welcome to race even if students haven’t been attending training. Mr Alves would like to see our Football, Rugby and club AFL players attend to help our existing athletes form a strong team. This meet will also act as a selection race for Saturday 6 August Championships. Further enquiries should be directed to Mr Paul Toohey or Mr Jackson Alves.

At this week's Assembly, students were reminded to constantly check emails, sport specific Connect pages and the St Patrick's College App for trial and training information for Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis and Basketball. Students have been instructed to be proactive in communicating with coordinators and coaches for the upcoming trials and competitive seasons. Coaches always appreciate advance notice of student absentee from training sessions or games.

On Friday 22 July, the Year 5 and 6 Basketball season will begin. The College will select four teams for both year levels. A free bus will transport students to and from St Patrick's College when teams are required to travel away for the competition.

On Saturday 30 July, a full Years7-12 Basketball and Years 5-12 Tennis trial will be held against Iona College. The trials allow players an opportunity to be selected into appropriate teams which reflects their current ability and fitness levels. Parents and players are reminded that player movement within graded teams will occur throughout the season should player performance improve or stagnate. Please support the coach’s decision on player selection and encourage your son to enjoy and participate for their team and school to the best of their ability.

Year 5 and 6 Track and Field athletes trialled today for the Bramble Bay Championships. Ms Kate Colahan is coordinating the athletes in 2016. Please direct any training and competition enquires to Mr Ryan Schultz rschultz@stpatricks.qld.edu.au

During the Basketball season the Sport Support Group would like to have the canteen in operation at both the Christian Brothers Building and the Callan Centre. Sport Support are looking for individuals to volunteer their services to assist with the running of the canteen for home games. All stock, ordering of food/drink, money float etc will be provided, we just require volunteers. If you would like more information please contact Mr Matt Grinlaubs, Chair of Sport Support Group for further information on 0434 957 638.

Upcoming Assemblies

  • Sports Awards - Tuesday 26 July
  • Cross Country Spirit Assembly - 2 August
  • Basketball and Tennis Spirit Assembly - 2 August

It was with great sadness last Friday that we bid farewell to Mr Corey Meehan, a valued member of the Sport staff. He has embarked on a career change. Corey, as a St Patrick's College old boy, has given many years of service in assisting the students of St Patrick's College with gym, coordinating and coaching sports, participating in camps and tours, strength and conditioning coach and Sports Administration. He will be missed. Corey will return to the College at a future date to allow the students to say thanks and goodbye.

The Shorncliffe Shufflers 6.30am Sunday run remains ever popular. A number of our ‘senior’ runners competed at the recent Gold Coast running festival, completing the marathon. A lifelong box ticked for some. All community runners are welcome. Please meet in the Plaza area at 6.25am ready to run/walk.


Contacts for Trimester 3 Sport


Outstanding Student Achievements

Congratulations to Matthew Munday, Jeral Skelton and Justin Sikimeti on their selection in the Queensland Schoolboys rugby teams. Special congratulations to Justin Sikimeti for his subsequent selection in the Australian Schoolboy rugby team. Justin is only the third student in St Patrick's College history to have been selected in this team. He will tour New Zealand and Samoa in September.

Craig Gilpin is presently in Hawaii competing for Australia in the Junior Olympics in the Sport of Inline Hockey. Craig has now been selected in State and National teams for both Ice and Inline hockey.

Bertrum Spiers has been selected in the Queensland Under 14 Football squad for the 2016 National Youth Championships. Well done Bertrum.


Our sports climber Liam Botting has been very quietly accumulating climbing achievements. For the first half of the year he has been rock climbing. He placed 3rd in Queensland, 2nd in VIC and 4th in NSW Championships. During the recent school holidays he competed in the National Lead Rock Climbing in Sydney and placed 10th in Australia. Liam now travels to Tasmania to begin the Bouldering season. Well done Liam

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Good luck to Heath Morris on his upcoming trip to Orlando, Florida to participate in the World Futsal Championships as part of the Redcliffe based Peninsula Club.


Mr Doug Locke - Head of Sport