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by Justin Abbott - Thursday, 29 April 2021, 8:08 AM

Melbourne Rebels Visit Marcellin

The flagship team of Victorian Rugby, the Rabo Direct Melbourne Rebels,  visited Marcellin College last Thursday at the venue for the ‘Captain’s Run” before their home game against the Wellington Hurricanes. The entire squad were on site for a pre-training meeting, warm up and then the session followed by a meet and greet with students and staff.

Head coach Tony McGahan was full of praise for the school and the facilities, promising that the team would return in the future as they connect with the wider Victorian community.

The Captain, Scott Higginbotham presented the Principal Mr Mark Murphy, Captain of Rugby Ben, Captain and Vice Captain's of the 1stXV, Evander and Tom with a signed Rebels jersey to commemorate their visit.

Students flocked to Gartner field at lunchtime to witness these professional athletes go through their paces in what was a very slick and efficient session.

Many thanks to Leon Moore and the ground staff for having the field in excellent condition and all the staff who assisted with the supervision of the students. We will certainly welcome the Rebels back to Marcellin again.

Marcellin takes out Cross Country Title at Jell’s Park

Having won the Jells Park event in 2013 and then representing Australia at Worlds in 2014, there was always going to be some expectation to take the title again this year. Typically speaking Marcellin starts the day behind on points having less teams entered. This year we certainly stood up to the challenge and more. So used to it coming down to a point or two in recent years, left us still uncertain leaving Jells Park this weekend.

Marcellin took the day by approximately 8 points. Which is a significant win. This can be put down to many individual and team achievements. The two most important however were the fact that we filled 12 relay teams and had great support from our parents ensuring that we scored in every case.

Some highlights:

  • Let us start with the Captain and Vice. Coops ran despite being sick and having to recruit from the Intermediates to fill the U20A Team. Not only did they start, but picked up a points position. Andy had sprained his ankle a week previously, but walked the track to ensure we had another team of four taking an extra point.
  • You cannot overlook the impact of the Worlds Team both on those who travelled, those who are motivated by these boys in our team and those who desire to share this experience in 2016. Our U16A Team took Gold as did our U18A Team.
  • Ben Cox is in super form. He started the final leg 20 seconds behind and had halved that within the first kilometre.  He continued through the next three kilometers to move from bronze to silver to gold.
  • The U16B Team regardless of who might normally fill it are never expected to score with the strength of competition at a state event. Somehow our team pulled 5th place and were in the mix for a medal position throughout. This was a bonus 4 points to Marcellin's total.
  • Big thanks to all the boys who do not normally run Cross Country and were critical to us completing teams. Each of you were worth a point: Luke RossSmith, Tom Sanderson, Daniel Dastoli, Oscar Richards. You are welcome to join our team anytime.
  • U14's were very unlucky not to get in the medals. They were very consistent and definitely earned fourth. They came up against some individual superstars in the other teams.
  • Fielding eight teams at U14 and U16 plus some boys running up age groups, this can only mean great things for the future of Marcellin Cross Country.

The relay event really defines the spirit of Cross Country. It is a team sport and not made up of individuals. The core strength of this team is the commitment of a group of young men to train with and for each other. This commitment is no more evident than in our coach John Meagher, supported by the Captain and Vice.




Last Friday afternoon the Marcellin 1st XI Soccer Team defeated Trinity Grammar in great style. A combination of discipline and skill together with a five goal haul from Stefan Cardamone enabled an emphatic victory which led to securing the “Bulleen Cup” back from Trinity Grammar.

On the Bray Oval many supporters were witness to one of the best games of schoolboy football in recent history. The lead changed a number of times during the match with neither side willing to concede. A totally committed effort by all players, often under great pressure from Trinity Grammar sealed victory. Reece McKenzie was a powerhouse up forward with another five goals. Matt Perry and Cameron Simpson were equally dangerous around the goals and Jason Castagna took many running bounces to break the game open.  Marcellin’s hardness at the ball was a common feature throughout the day and was typified in the latter stages of the game by Zac Beadle and Jake Maher.

(Edited by Edmund Best - original submission Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 2:48 PM)