Sport at St Mary’s College offers our students the opportunity to engage in physical activity at their level. It also allows the student to excel in his favourite activity and thus, gain recognition that may otherwise escape him. The sporting curriculum continues to offer a large variety of sporting pursuits – both competitive and social. The sporting philosophy at St Mary’s has always been to offer our students the largest range of opportunities; challenging those that enjoy competitive sport to excel and ensuring a range of social sports that encourage physical pursuits for our remaining students.
Our students continue to gain recognition for their sporting abilities with many students gaining Toowoomba, Zone and Darling Downs’ selection. A number of these students go on to gain selection in Queensland sides while a few select students gain the opportunity to represent Australia in their chosen sport. In recent years, we have averaged around one hundred students per year making Darling Downs teams.
The interschool sporting program is a very busy one, which commences in Week 1 of Term 1 and often continues until schools end in Term 4. There continues to be a proliferation of state-wide competitions in a variety of sports. These competitions see St Mary’s compete in the sports of:
- Football (soccer)
- Rugby League
St Mary’s College continues to make the finals of the local division in the majority of these sports and performs strongly in the more competitive South East Queensland, state and nationally based competitions.
St Mary’s has a long and proud tradition in Rugby League, boasting many championships at local, regional and state level competitions. Currently, the College enters our ‘A’ teams into the elite Broncos competitions with our ‘B’ teams playing in the regional competitions. The competition structure for our Rugby League students is:
|Year 7||Broncos Old Boys Cup (4 Gala Days) + Darling Downs regional competition|
|Year 8||Renouf Shield – elite 8 South East Queensland competition|
|Year 9||Hancock Cup – elite 8 South East Queensland competition|
|Year 10||Walters Cup – elite 8 South East Queensland competition|
|Seconds||Langer Reserve Grade Trophy|
|Firsts||Langer Cup and Foxtel National Schoolboys competition|
Regionally based competitions
Under 13B, 14B, 15B – Darling Downs schools challenge
The Confraternity Rugby League Carnival is a highlight of the Firsts Rugby League team’s season with St Mary’s winning the shield for the 4th time in 2018. Being the largest schoolboys carnival in Australia, it attracts 48 independent and Catholic schools from across Queensland for the week long tournament each June/July holidays. Traditionally, St Mary’s always puts in a strong performance each year at this carnival with many students over the years named in the QISSRL Merit Team. While team and individual accolades are celebrated, the greatest outcome of this carnival is the personal growth each boy achieves from being part of the team and carnival for the week.
Training for ‘A’ teams begins in Term 4 and continues in Term 1 with competition traditionally throughout terms 2 and 3.
Cricket at St Mary’s is played in the T20 format through the Brisbane Heat State T20 competition for the secondary students in Under 14 and Open age groups. In recent years St Mary’s has been a dominant force in this competition, regularly making the regional final or progressing to the state quarter final stage as regional champions. Coaching for these competitions begins in Term 4 with competition beginning in Term 1 and progressing into Terms 2 and 3.
Football at St Mary’s is a popular sporting pursuit with representation available across all year levels. History shows that we are always a force across our many and varied competitions with regular representation in regional finals.
Competitions and age groups are as follows:
|TSSSA Sport||Year 7/8, Year 9/10|
|ISSA Cup||Under 14|
|Bill Turner Cup||Under 15|
|Uhlsport Cup||Under 19|
|SSI Red Lion Cup||Under 19|
International tours to Europe have begun in recent years with students being exposed to EPL development coaches and facilities together with international matches.
Training begins in Term 1 with competition phases throughout Terms 2 and 3 depending on the success of teams.
Basketball is a hugely popular sporting choice at St Mary’s with the College entering many competitions across all year levels.
The secondary competitions we participate in are:
|Year 7/8||St Mary’s Old Boys Friday Night (Term 1), AAG Challenge (Term 4) and TSSSA sport (Term 2)|
|Year 9/10||St Mary’s Old Boys Friday Night (Term 1), AAG Challenge (Term 3), State Sweet 16 (Term 4) and TSSSA sport (Term 2)|
|Open||St Mary’s Old Boys Friday Night (Term 1), AAG Challenge (Term 2), CBSQ (Term 3) and TSSSA sport (Term 2)|
St Mary’s teams regularly finishes in the top 10 in division two CBSQ competition has a strong history of success in the Friday night basketball competitions and AAG Challenge with many students selected in the annual All Star team.
International sporting tours to the USA for Basketball are currently being investigated for the future.
Touch football at St Mary’s is played across all year levels in local, regional and state based competitions. Boys at St Mary’s thoroughly enjoy the sport of Touch and many go on to represent at district, regional and state level.
Age groups and competitions for Touch are:
|Under 13||South West (Term 3) and Queensland All Schools (Term 4) carnivals|
|Under 15||South West (Term 3) and Queensland All Schools (Term 4) carnivals|
|Under 18||South West (Term 3) and Queensland All Schools (Term 4) carnivals|
|Year 7/8, 9/10||TSSSA sport (Term 1)|
Trials for the All Schools teams occurs in Term 2 with training after school on the oval until the completion of the Queensland All Schools carnival.
Hockey is a hugely popular sport in the Toowoomba area and this flows over into the school sport arena. Hockey is played at a gala day and carnival format in schools across the region with St Mary’s having a rich recent history at the Darling Downs and Queensland All School carnivals where we were regional and state champions in 2015 and 2016.
Currently we enter teams in the following competitions:
|Darling Downs All Schools||Secondary open age competition|
|Queensland All Schools||Secondary open age competition|
|Darling Downs Schools Cup||Year 5/6 and Year 7/8|
Our primary students enjoy a wide variety of sporting choices across the school year. Interschool sport is the highlight of many students week at St Mary’s during Terms 1, 3 and 4. Term 2 is generally dedicated to Athletics practice and trials in preparation for the College, district and regional carnivals.
The Interschool sports currently on offer are:
|Term 1||AFL and Softball|
|Term 3||Rugby League and Soccer|
|Term 4||Cricket, Touch and Basketball|
In conjunction with this, our primary students participate in a variety of local, South East Queensland and Queensland wide competitions. These competitions may take the form of structured competitions over an extended period of time or in a shorter, gala day based format. Sports that St Mary’s participates in across these competitions include Rugby League, Football (soccer), AFL, Touch and Basketball.
Students that do not make an interschool sporting team are offered a place in our development program which varies from term to term. Activities in this program include game skills, gymnastics, futsal and/or social games.
Our successes in these competitions highlight the depth and strength of the sport program at the College and the benefit the boys gain from the strength and conditioning program delivered out of the onsite College gym by Michael Krog from Elite Performance Unit.
Sport at St Mary’s expects and encourages involvement. To participate and prepare to the best of one’s ability is not only encouraged but expected as part of the college values. Each and every student has the opportunity to express himself in the sporting program of the school at the level of his ability. Sport offers and teaches students valuable life lessons including grit, determination and resilience. The successes of any sporting program are measured not by premierships but by participation and the development of characteristics such as strong leadership, commitment, sportsmanship, loyalty, and dedication within the participants. With these as our yardsticks, we are pleased to announce that sport at St Mary’s is alive and well.