THE BREAKDOWN

Friends and Family Celebrating Marcellin Rugby for 20 Years

VALE John Cullen

It was with great shock and sadness that we learnt of the passing of John Cullen.

John was President of the Marcellin College Rugby Parent Support Group (PSG) for four years until he stepped down in 2013. John was a true rugby lover and was a real force at the school maintaining the high profile of rugby.
As a PSG we owe a lot to John for setting up the format we use today and instilling the Marcellin rugby ethos. It is a great shame that John did not get to see the VSRU Grand Finals day held at the school on Saturday 8 Aug. He would have been immensely proud and we can only hope that he was watching on from his seat in Heaven.

I wish to pass on our condolences to John's family from all at the Marcellin Rugby PSG.

Rest in Peace.

Andrew Cumming
VP - Marcellin College Rugby PSG

Victoria Schools representatives to tour Tasmania

It is with great pride and pleasure that we can announce the news that several Marcellin College Rugby boys have been picked to represent their respective Victorian year level teams.

Hamish Atkinson has been selected in the Rebels Victorian schools U18 team for 2015 and is heading up to Sydney to compete against other States around Australia in the Australian Schoolboy Championships. Hamish's selection has come through significant perseverance having had to undergo a major knee reconstruction in early 2014 that saw him unable to play sport for 12 months.

Congratulations also go to:
Aidan  Prado, Max Brook, William Cox and Jack O'Shaughnessy who have been selected to represent the U17 Victorian Schools Rugby Union team.
Oliver Collier and Mackenzie Surridge who have been selected to represent the U16 Victorian Schools Rugby Union team.
Matthew Migotto, Mark Ludik, Simon Sotiropoulos, Nicholas Woods and James Iakouidis who have been selected to represent the U14 Victorian Schools Rugby Union team.
Particular note should be made to the selection of these five boys in the U14 team as they represent  nearly 25% of the Victorian team. This is testament to the Marcellin U14 rugby team, support and coaching staff for their amazing efforts this year.
The VSRU teams will be touring Tasmania in August this year and will play 2 matches each.

Congratulations and good luck on tour to all these boys.

Full details of the VSRU selections and touring dates can be found on their website at 
http://www.vsru.rugbynet.com.au/default.asp

VSRU - Round 5 results

First XV - had a bye this week

Second XV - St Kevins 19 def. Marcellin 17
The Second XV played their match away at the prestigious Toorak grounds. Marcellin started very well scoring the first try with a superb run from Weston who scored the try which was converted by Grundy. It didn't take long however for St Kevins to break back and they scored two tries in quick succession with only one converted taking the score to 12-7 to St Kevins. When they scored again one would have forgiven the boys for dropping their heads but this was far from the case. With the score now 19-7 to St Kevins the Marcellin boys started to put some great phases of play together and were rewarded with two tries. They went unconverted and left the game poised at 19-17 going into the final 5 minutes of the match. Marcellin were by now playing the better rugby and had St Kevins camped on their try line. We were rewarded with a couple of penalties which were taken quickly as they played on in the hope of scoring that final try. St Kevins defence was resolute and held us out. The final attack was repelled and the whistle blew. The one that got away....

The Weary Dunlop Shield

U15's - Marcellin College 53 def. Ivanhoe Grammar 0

A very dominant display of rugby as this game was eventually called off by IGS under the mercy rule.

U13's - Marcellin College 24 def. Ivanhoe Grammar 12

This was a very different IGS side to the team that had gone down to Marcellin 65 - 0 at Chelsworth Park a few weeks earlier. The Marcellin boys had to play some good team rugby to win this match. 
Scorers: 
Tries to Kairouz x 2, Maharaj and Licastro
Conv. to Maharaj and McCormack
Best Back: Michael Toniolo
Best Foward: Michael Licastro
Best Team player: Connor Sinclair
Best Player: Zac Vitalos

Marcellin retain the Weary Dunlop on an aggregate score of 77 - 12.

U14's - Marcellin College 45 def. Scotch College 17

The score line doesn't perhaps reflect the ebb and flow of this match. First, Marcellin scored two converted tries, and then Scotch were  let right back in the game with two quick tries from them. With the score at 14 - 12 in Marcellin's favour it was still evenly poised. However, then the boys played a team game scoring freely until letting Scotch cross their line close to to full time.

Best on Ground:
Leo Rusher - 3 points
Andrew Whelan - 2 Points
James Iakovidis - 2 points.