St Mary’s College 120 Year Old Boys Dinner
Old Boys are invited to celebrate this major milestone with us. Tickets are $50, which includes a 3-course meal, and an interview conducted by James O’Shea (1999) with winning Premiership (NRL) and World Cup Challenge, Queensland and South Sydney Rabbitohs player, Ethan Lowe (2008). A major auction of sports memorabilia will be held together with the opportunity to buy our new history book, celebrating 120 years. Drinks will be sold at the venue.
We encourage Old Boys to contact their former classmates and get together at their old stomping ground for this fantastic event.
Guests are invited to arrive at St Mary’s College from 5pm, with the event proceedings commencing at 7pm.
Special Guest – Ethan Lowe
Since graduating Year 12 at St Mary’s College in 2008, Ethan Lowe has certainly thrived in his Rugby League career.
In 2008, Lowe was selected for the Australian Schoolboys side but was ruled out due to a wrist injury. That year he represented the Queensland Under 18 Maroons in a match against NSW Country.
After graduating St Mary’s College, Lowe signed with the Sydney Roosters for the 2009 season. That year he played for the Newtown Jets SG Ball side and made his debut for the Roosters NYC team. Between 2009 and 2011, Lowe played 61 games and scored 19 tries for the Roosters under 20s team. In 2009, Lowe played for the Queensland Under 18s. In 2010, he was a member of the Junior Kangaroos squad, but did not play a game. In 2011, Lowe represented the Junior Kangaroos in a game against the Junior Kiwis.
In 2012, Lowe returned to Queensland to play with the Northern Pride RLFC. That season, Lowe was named the Intrust Super Cup Rookie of the Year.
In August 2012, Lowe signed a one-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2013 season.
Ethan Lowe was a member of the North Queensland Cowboys 2015 NRL premiership and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides.
In 2019, Lowe was granted an immediate release from the final year of his contract by the Cowboys to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a one-year deal. In round 3, he scored his first try for the Rabbitohs in their 28-20 win over the Gold Coast Titans. On June 26 2019, Ethan Lowe re-signed for the South Sydney Rabbitohs until the end of the 2021 NRL season.
On July 11th, Lowe made his debut for Queensland in Game 3 of the 2019 State of Origin series in place of the injured Matt Gillett. Although Queensland lost the series, Lowe impressed on debut, kicking four goals from four attempts and charging down a kick that led to a try to Josh Papalii.
We are very excited to share that Ethan Lowe will be our special guest, and will be involved in a Q & A session during the night with Old Boy and event MC, James O’Shea at the 120 Years Old Boys Dinner.
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Master of Ceremonies – James O’Shea
James O’Shea will be our Master of Ceremonies at the 120 Years Old Boys Dinner.
James O’Shea was born and bred in Toowoomba, and is a proud St Mary’s College Old Boy, graduating in 1999. His father, Pat, was also a born and bred local while his mother Cecile is from the Philippines and moved to the Garden City in 1981. Pat O’Shea is certainly a household name, with an incredible Toowoomba media career spanning 44 years.
James O’Shea spent 13 years working at WIN Television Toowoomba, 5 of those as Chief of Staff. James also has a media background working on radio and in newspapers.
James also owns and operates his own small business, KOMM, which is a media and marketing consultancy company, in conjunction with his wife, Erin.
James is a chairman of the Toowoomba Mountaineers, member of the Brothers Rugby League Board of Directors, ambassador of Hope Horizons Inc, executive board member of Sports Darling Downs and the vice-president of The Great White Campaign to bring a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba.
James is a presenter on the popular FM Radio show, The Semi-Pros, which covers Toowoomba local sport, racing and special events every Saturday morning.
James is now a councillor with the Toowoomba Regional Council, working as the Infrastructure Committee portfolio leader.
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Good Old Boys: Conversations with Dan
At the 120 Years Old Boys Dinner, St Mary’s College will proudly launch the new history book, “Good Old Boys: Conversations with Dan”.
The St Mary’s College Vision Statement aims to inspire all members of the community ‘To strive for excellence, so as to reach one’s full potential, making a difference to the world.’ This historical reflection, “Good Old Boys: Conversations with Dan” is written with flair and elegance by Felicity McArdle. Selected stories are placed side by side, and together they make a striking portrayal of past Old Boys, who once graced the grounds of St Mary’s College. Each has subsequently radiated this Vision Statement through their acts of service and accomplishments in many different walks of life. Whether famous or quietly ‘under the radar’, publicly adulated or privately admired, many an Old Boy has achieved excellence in his field, reaching his full potential and making an authentic difference to our world.
The author, Felicity McArdle, has cleverly woven together a variety of stories about particular Old Boys, reflected through the eyes of Dan McErlean. Dan is responsible for faithfully writing and editing the Old Boys newsletter since the beginning of 2001 for the College. Dan has been enthusiastically assisted by a wide network of Old Boys through the years, and this work provides the encouragement and links necessary to unite the Old Boys. The St Mary’s College family is forever grateful to Dan for his kindness, generosity and gentlemanly grace in managing this publication. Now Dan’s generosity has extended to sharing his reflections on a very small number of stories of Old Boys. They are tales he has been fortunate to locate, and had the foresight to recognise their value, and record and preserve them.