St Patrickís College Ballarat

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

2014 was a historic year in the boys Herald Sun Shield competition with St Patrickís College Ballarat winning their fifth consecutive Herald Sun Shield. A dominant first term saw St Patís sprint to a five goal lead and while they never quite broke the shackles, their class in the end proved too much for a gallant Box Hill SC. The 12.12 (84) to 5.5 (35) victory was built largely on St Patís drive off half back. The streak puts St Patís clear of Assumption College, who won four straight titles from 1987-90 and according to captain Liam Duggan was a very special achievement. ďTo win the Schoolís fifth straight title is really special and to do it with your best mates is just a dream come true,Ē he said. ďItís hard to put into words but we knew the whole School was behind us and we were really keen to do them all proud.Ē The numbers in the St Patís rooms after the game certainly pointed to one very united and very proud school.

After the win in the Herald Sun shield and for many St Patrickís players finishing their Year 12 VCE lead into another pivotal milestone, the AFL Draft. St Patrickís College Ballarat had three players from the 2014 premiership side drafted in St Patís team captain Liam Duggan with pick 11 to the West Coast Eagles, Daniel Butler with pick 67 to Richmond and Jesse Palmer with pick 78 to Port Adelaide. Whilst 2013 St Patís premiership player Oscar McDonald was drafted with pick 53 to Melbourne to join his brother Tom.

School Football has been integral to many players development into the AFL, VFL, VWFL and community football teams. We look forward to seeing the continuing of a successful school football program in 2015 in a range of different competitions throughout Victoria.

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