HERALD SUN SHIELD SEMI FINAL
Wednesday 29th July
SJC 5.10 (40) def by St Patrick's Ballarat 10.3 (63)
GOALS: Patrick Dowling 2, Jack Blood 1, Raven Marika 1, Jack Henry 1
BEST: Tom Doedee, Jack Buckley, Ben McNamara, Jack Quinn, Harry Walker, Nick Connors, Sam Simpson
FIRST XVIII ACC GRAND FINAL
Wednesday 17th June
SJC 10.4 (64) def Whitefriars 9.7 (61)
GOALS: Max Hungerford 3, Jonathan Arcoraci 2, Sam Bucovaz 1, Mitch Diamond 1, David McNeel 1, Patrick Dowling 1, Jack Blood 1
BEST: Ben McNamara, Harry Walker, Joel Hogan, Jack Blood, Mitch Diamond, Patrick Dowling, Sam Simpson
SEMI FINAL - Wednesday 3rd June
SJC 17.7 (109) def St Bernard’s 4.6 (30)
GOALS: Raven Marika 6, Liam Cogan 4, Darby Schilder 1, Sam Bucovaz 1, Mitch Diamond 1, David McNeel 1, Guy Hardiman 1, Ned Harris 1, Patrick Kelleher 1
BEST: Jack Blood, Raven Marika, Jack Henry, Spiro Alesios, Liam Cogan, Patrick Kelleher
Round 6 - Wednesday 27th May
St Bernard’s 3.5 (23) def by SJC 19.11 (125)
GOALS: David McNeel 5, Guy Hardiman 5, Raven Marika 2, Jack Blood 2, Max Hungerford 1, Darby Schilder 1, Jack Buckley 1, Sam Bucovaz 1, Mitch Diamond 1
BEST: David McNeel, Harry Walker, Joel Hogan, Jack Blood, Mitch Diamond, Ben McNamara
Round 5 – Wednesday 20th May
De La Salle 5.3 (33) def by SJC 16.3 (99)
GOALS: Max Hungerford 6, Darby Schilder 5, Raven Marika 2, Patrick Dowling 1, David McNeel 1, Liam Cogan 1
BEST: Patrick Dowling, Darby Schilder, Max Hungerford, Jack Buckley, David McNeel, Aadyn Sleep-Dalton
Round 4 – Wednesday 13th May
SJC 20.9 (129) def Parade 5.4 (34)
GOALS: Guy Hardiman 10, Raven Marika 3, Patrick Dowling 2, Sam Bucovaz 2, Patrick Kelleher 1, David McNeel 1,
Jack Walters 1
BEST: Guy Hardiman, Patrick Kelleher, Spiro Alesios, Ben McNamara, David McNeel, Nick Connors
Round 3 – Wednesday 29th April
SJC 14.20 (104) def Mazenod 1.4 (10)
GOALS: Darby Schilder 4, Raven Marika 4, Sam Bucovaz 3, Liam Cogan 1, Peterson Kol 1, Keegan Robertson 1
BEST: Jack Blood, Patrick Kelleher, Sam Simpson, Ben McNamara, Darcy Bennett, Darby Schilder
Round 2 - Wednesday 22nd April
Whitefriars 17.4 (106) def SJC 7.6 (48)
GOALS: Raven Marika 2, Jackson McLachlan 1, Darby Schilder 1, Patrick Dowling 1, Guy Hardiman 1, Jack Henry 1
BEST: Ben McNamara, Peterson Kol, Darcy Bennett, Nicholas Connors, Patrick Kelleher, Chris Mihicinac
Round 1 - Wednesday 15th April
SJC 21.13 (139) def St. Bede’s 6.1 (37)
GOALS: Darby Schilder 6, Jackson McLachlan 3, Raven Marika 2, Patrick Dowling 2, Nicholas Connors 2, Jonathan Arcoraci 1, Darcy Bennett 1, Jack Buckley 1, Ned Harris 1, Jack Henry 1, David McNeel 1
BEST: Darby Schilder, Jackson McLachlan, Nicholas Connors, David McNeel, Jack Blood, Jack Quinn, Guy Hardiman
For the St Joseph’s First XVIII, the dream of an ACC premiership shaped their entire 2015 season and made for a fascinating year full of highlights.
Taking on St. Bede’s in round one with the Year 11’s and 12’s playing together for the first time, coaches Jono Holt and Chris Lynch were impressed with their side’s 102-point victory. Darby Schilder starred with a six goal haul whilst Jackson Mclachlan was unstoppable. Unfortunately the strong form shown in round one was not enough to overcome Whitefriars on the road the following week. Joeys were given a lesson by their rivals and despite eventual team Best and Fairest Ben McNamara’s inspiring efforts in the backline, they suffered a 58-point loss. Back at Elderslie Reserve the following week, St. Joseph’s completely outclassed a hapless Mazenod outfit with 34 scoring shots to five. Inaccuracy may have softened the blow but Joeys were back on the winners list, Jack Blood claiming best afield honours.
Coming off the bye, Joeys faced a tough challenge at home against an in-form Parade College in round five. Needing a win to almost lock in a home-final, Guy Hardiman put on an astonishing display with 10 goals as the home side claimed a 95-point victory. The momentum flowed into the following week as Joeys travelled to De La Salle’s swamp-like oval and despite a depleted line-up, were barely challenged. Max Hungerford was prolific in the match with six majors and Patrick Dowling was at his dangerous best.
In the final round of the season, Joeys took on St. Bernard’s in the annual Reconciliation Match. After locking up second spot on the ladder the week prior, the boys put on a show in Essendon with Hardiman and Captain David McNeel finishing the match with five goals each. The 102-point thumping of St. Bernard’s was ideal preparation for their Semi Final against the same outfit one week later. Raven Marika stepped up on the big stage with six goals but the day was soured by injuries to key players with the Grand Final only two weeks away.
The ACC Grand Final proved to be a great test for Joeys and despite a combination of injuries and the task of taking down a previously undefeated Whitefriars, they came out with a thrilling three-point victory in front of what seemed like 90,000 fans at Elsternwick Park. Regardless of the Herald Sun Shield Semi Final loss to St. Patrick’s College weeks later, the year will be remembered as a successful one on the back of one of the most unforgettable premiership campaigns in St. Joseph’s footballing history.
Many thanks must be given to the supporting staff and coaches for what was a seamless year of football. Acknowledgement of the tireless efforts of tandem coaches Mr Holt and Mr Lynch must be given, as their constant dedication and commitment to the program has reaped the benefits of their first ACC Premiership as a duo. Without the help of devoted helpers in Shane Dawson and Lenny Alford (trainers), Greg Vaughn (manager) and Mr. Milverton the successes had wouldn’t have been achieved. Many thanks also extend to the assistance of Ian Durran and Mr Clohesy, who helped the team in any way they could. Finally, to the departing Mick Hinds, we thank you for the many years of service to the SJC sporting program, your constant enthusiasm shown over the journey has made for plenty of joyful moments.
The desired goal of achieving our breakthrough ACC premiership was made even more enjoyable by the comradery shown from all involved in the football program. I would like to thank all who helped made the year possible, and wish the future years luck in the hope of going to the next step of achieving the Herald Sun Shield, which I strongly believe can be achieved with the program established.
Angus Kramer and David McNeel
2015 Leading goal kicker - raven marika (22)
YEAR 10 GRAND FINAL
Tuesday 2nd June
St Bede’s 7.15 (57) def SJC 6.6 (42)
GOALS: Fraser Toohey 3, David Handley 2, Zack Mongelli 1
BEST: Jack Hodgson, Aaron Stone, Tom O’Callaghan, Zac Walter, Jack Purcell, David Handley
Round 6 – Tuesday 26th May
St Bernard’s 3.8 (26) def by SJC 11.13 (79)
GOALS: David Handley 3, Jack Hodgson 2, Brayden Ham 2, Ayden Gras 1, Zac Walter 1, Jack Stanton 1, Harrison Ling 1
BEST: Jack Purcell, Tom O’Callaghan, Harrison Ling, Jack Hodgson, David Handley, Andrew McNeel
Round 5 – Tuesday 19th May
St Bede’s 9.9 (63) def SJC 8.6 (54)
GOALS: David Handley 2, Ben Arcoraci 2, Fraser Toohey 1, Matthew Ling 1, Jack Hodgson 1, Harry McMahon 1.
BEST: Jack Purcell, David Handley, Andrew McNeel, Harrison Ling, Aaron Stone, Jack Hodgson
Round 4 – Tuesday 12th May
Whitefriars 6.5 (41) def by SJC 17.16 (118)
GOALS: Fraser Toohey 4, Ayden Gras 4, David Handley 3, Xander Harrison 1, Zac Mongelli 1, Harrison Ling 1, Jack Stanton 1, Ollie Monteith 1, Mason Fraser 1
BEST: Jack Brogden, Matthew Ling, David Handley, Ayden Gras, Harrison Ling, Jack Purcell
Round 3 – Tuesday 28th April
SJC 5.7 (37) def by Parade 14.14 (98)
GOALS: Fraser Toohey 2, Jacob Bakker 1, Harrison Ling 1, Jack Brogden 1
BEST: Fraser Toohey, Jye McEwan, Jack Purcell, Ayden Gras, Jack Brogden, Zac Walter
Round 2 - Tuesday 21st April
SJC 15.7 (97) def De La Salle 7.6 (48)
GOALS: David Handley 4, Fraser Toohey 2, Xander Harrison 2, Jacob Bakker 2, Matthew Wrigley 2, Brayden Ham 1, Aaron Stone 1, Zack Mongelli 1
BEST: Jack Brogden, Aaron Stone, David Handley, Brayden Ham, Jack Hodgson, Zac Walter
Round 1 - Tuesday 14th April
SJC 25.14 (164) def Mazenod 2.2 (14)
GOALS: Ben Thomas 7, Fraser Toohey 3, Zac Walter 3, Brayden Ham 2, Xander Harrison 2, Jacob Bakker 2, Logan Mitchell 2, Jack Brogden 1, Aiden Sweeney 1, Zack Mongelli 1, Jack Purcell 1
BEST: Fraser Toohey, David Handley, Ben Thomas, Harrison Ling, Jack Brogden, Zac Walter, Tom O’Callahan
Hello all St Joey's faithful,
I’d first like to thank our co-coaches this year in Mr Lynch and Mr Holt. They put in an enormous amount of time and effort and the entire squad are very appreciative. I’d also like to thank Lenny and Mick for their efforts this year with the strapping and great encouragement from the boundary.
Now the season recap, the first match resulted in a 150 point belting to the hands of the eventual cellar dwellers in Mazenod and our midfield dominated hitting up big boy Ben Thomas who went on to kick the equal year 10 goal kicking record of 7. De La Salle was a good 42 point win with Jack Brogden a stand out having said to be incredibly close to the perfect 10 by coach Holt.
The Parade game was a great wakeup call for the boys going down by 61 points and which was a turning point for the season.
Whitefriars away was never an easy journey but the boys stood up to the challenge even with the MCG like cheering and booing from the Whitefriars fateful. The team spirits were up and about, with the game highlighted by the goal of the year from Dave Handley who gave the Whitefriars boys nightmares with a candy selling goal.
Round 5 saw us up against undefeated St Bede’s and the boys started like a house on fire with a strong lead early. But to St Bede’s credit they finished well to beat us by the post by 9 points.
The final home and away match was against St Bernard’s with the stars aligning to make the winner of the game play against Bede’s who had already locked in the home grand final. To add fuel to the fire Mr Holt overheard a few St Bernard lads say “these country fellas are no chance against Metro schools” which I gladly told the troops to get us up and about, which followed with a 53 point win in fine fashion.
We went into the grand final as the underdogs against St Bede’s, and it was a hard fought match from siren to siren with a the little things just not going our way. Rumours have it Harry McMahon had to go to the local Police station to after being robbed of his clutch goal in the last two minutes which would have given us the lead.
Anyway… the year was a lot of fun and the boys had a blast! Special mention to the award winners; Best and Fairest David Handley; Runner Up Best and Fairest Jack Brogden, Harrison Ling and Aaron Stone; and Coaches Award Jack Purcell.
Congratulations to all the boys who made their debut for the school. The future of St Joseph’s first XVIII is in safe hands.
Year 10 Football Captain 2015