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CCGS OBA AssemblyPosted: Thursday, 6 November 2014
CCGS OBA AssemblyPosted: Thursday, 6 November 2014Lessons in sport, lessons in life
More than 60 former captains of sport were honoured at a special Old Boys’ Assembly held on 6 November. Our President Adam Collins (1987) said this year’s assembly theme highlighted the importance of sport throughout Christ Church’s history and acknowledged the OBA gift to the school this year of Captains of Sport Honour Boards now hung in the gymnasium foyer.
The former captains represented every sport, from athletics through to surfing, and covered the PSA years 1957 through to 2013. Five old boys, who captained their respective teams to PSA victory, were asked to stand in their place while School Prefects read aloud excerpts from The Mitre reports. Cliff Watkins, coach of the 1971, 1974 and 1977 Alcock Cup winning teams and Christ Church’s only football premierships, was also recognised.
Guest speaker for the assembly was Fremantle Docker Luke McPharlin (1999). Luke said while considering the impact of leadership for his address, he regretted not aspiring to be a captain in his school days.
Luke has been a member of Fremantle’s leadership group since the club’s inception and he spoke about watching the emergence of the group’s importance and impact on team culture over the years. He said true leadership was not autocratic; it was about working together as a team.
The assembly included photographic slideshows, one of sporting highlights and one of the PSA premiership winning teams from 1958 to 2014. There were also musical performances by old boy Sam Rocchi (2013) and the Middle School Rock Workshop Band.
To view the photo gallery click here
To read President, Adam Collin's speech click here
To read speech by guest speaker, Luke McPharlin click here
Kettle Cup – An Initiative of Class of 1986Posted: Saturday, 1 November 2014
Kettle Cup – An Initiative of Class of 1986Posted: Saturday, 1 November 2014Kettle Cup – An Initiative of Class of 1986
The leavers of 1986 commenced an annual cricket competition against their friends / foes from Scotch College year on 1986 in 1995 called the ‘Kettle Cup’. Pictured is the trophy which explains the name. The game is usually played in February at alternating home grounds. The current score tally is CCGS 10 and Scotch 9.
The players have been known to substitute their children in recent years due to the ravages of age and the loss of skills.
There is a “David Goldberg Memorial Trophy” for the Catch of the Day, a “Jeremy Towner Memorial Trophy” for the best bowler of the day, a Man of the Match trophy (BOG) and a nurses outfit to be worn at the end of each game for the after match festivities for the Worst on Ground (WOG) that has all past years winners written on the back……….
Andy McGlew (pictured – father of Nick McGlew)) has umpired every year
A curious tradition of the ‘Kettle Cup’ is at the completion of the game the two teams line up against each other and the winning team slaps each member of the losing team in the face with an Ox tongue which has been suitably warmed in the sun. Oh… the curiosities of the western suburbs’ PSA schools.
View a slideshow of the first game click here
To view the gallery of photos click here
OBA AGMPosted: Thursday, 23 October 2014
OBA AGMPosted: Thursday, 23 October 2014The Annual General Meeting saw Adam Collins re-elected as President and the rest of the executive also re-elected unchanged for the next 12 months. Two changes on committee were made with Peter Stransky (1973) and Mark MacLeod (1973) not renominating and James Balfour (2002) and Christian Landels (2006) elected in their place.
Dr John F Harriott was elected a ‘Fellow’ of the Old Boys’ Association and Samuel R L Elliott (dec’d) was elected an Honorary Life Member. An impressive attendance of 40 members was achieved and fellowship was enjoyed after the meeting.
To read President's report click here
Businessmen's LunchPosted: Friday, 3 October 2014
Businessmen's LunchPosted: Friday, 3 October 2014
Chris Webster’s (1999) inspiration for the 2014 Businessmen’s Lunch was to bring an unknown old boy from London, ask him to entertain the gathering while cooking a veritable feast of four courses at the same time. And so Paul Salmeri (1999) rose to the challenge and did just that. The historically named Businessmen’s Lunch has morphed into something quite different from the suit and tie event held in St George’s Terrace for many years.
Paul had not lived in Perth since he left school at the end of 1999 and joined the Navy. So commenced his experiences around the world culminating in him cooking at the famous River Café in London, a two Michelin star restaurant.
The lunch, held on a perfect spring day overlooking the river in the St Hilda’s Dining Room, was in the style of a rustic Italian village scene, created by Tony Salom (1982). It ended with appetites sated and digestives (limoncello and amaro) passed down the tables as the sun set.
• Joel Pember (1997) and his father Michael for providing fresh produce from The Boatshed
• Blair Hill (former staff member), Aravina Wines
• Rob Towner (1986), Flametree wines
• Roland Smith (1978) for photography
• David (1978) and Jono Payne (2009) for assistance in the kitchen
• Adrian (1993) and Damian Pelliccia (1996) for linen
• Chris Webster (1999) for inspiration
• Paul Salmeri (1999), the Master
Brisbane SundownerPosted: Saturday, 20 September 2014
Brisbane SundownerPosted: Saturday, 20 September 2014On Saturday 20 September, a small group of Queensland-based old boys gathered for a sundowner at the heritage-listed Norman Hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, just down the road from the Gabba. For the cricket buffs, it would seem that the Gabba is appropriately located, as the Aboriginal meaning of the name Woolloongabba is ‘fight talk place’! The assembled old boys crossed over three decades of Christ Church, from 1960 to 1982, and included Peter Bennett (1962), Peter Lewis (1964), Digby Yeoward (1980), Rohan Whittington (1981) and Scott Moller (1982). As memories were reflected on, with the help of browsing through the School History book, A School with a View, Rohan revealed that during his time as a McClemans boarder, he operated the film projector on Saturday nights in the old Memorial Hall. Many a boarder would still remember the days when intermission was required for changing the reels!
Old boy Trevor Matthews (1959) was at the Sundowner in spirit, having missed a bus halfway on his journey to the Norman Hotel! In a separate conversation, Trevor recalled the time in 1958 when Akos Kovacs was hit in the back of the head by a shot put. The injury was serious enough to require an operation and spending two weeks in hospital.
Old boys making the move to sunny Queensland are advised to update Andrew Baird at Christ Church so you can be invited to Queensland-based functions.
Scott Moller (1982)
Captains' Dinner - Class of 1977Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014
Captains' Dinner - Class of 1977Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014Like all good events the initial idea germinates over a cold beer, a glass of wine and a feed… and so it was with the 1977 Captains’ Dinner, a night with a dual purpose.
To bring together ‘elite’ past students … some have weathered better than others… to bask in the glory that was 1977 when this band of exceptional students achieved many notable successes: the Darlot Cup for cricket; the Alcock Cup for football; with further joy in athletics; gymnastics; swimming; rowing; debating; chess… you name it, the Class of ’77 achieved it.
And from a more sombre perspective it was to reflect on the contribution of one of our fellows, Luke Holland (dec), who lost his life in a car accident late in our final year at school. To many of us Luke exemplified all that was good in a human being. He was a top student, an outstanding competitor in sport, he held a strong faith, but most importantly he cared for others, always prepared to spare a moment or two.
A great theme then for a great night that followed...
Thirty-two old boys from the Class of ’77 gathered for drinks and a feed at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Ten lads were apologies so after 37 years since we left CCGS, it was an excellent turnout. Richard McNeil (Adelaide) and Ian Wood (Melbourne) made the trip across the Nullabor whilst a few others headed in from their bush settings.
The evening kicked off with some great banter, followed by a moving talk by Headmaster Garth Wynne who talked about how Luke’s legacy had been embraced in the School’s message to Year 12s. This was a most sombre 15 minutes, with all the lads in a reflective space, contemplating how we had all continued our own journeys and yet Luke had lost his so early in his life.
As the dinner progressed and the ‘social’ lubricant flowed speeches were shared by Joe Fisher, Clayton Lewis and Richard McNeil… reflections on how we won the cricket and football in ’77 and Luke’s contribution to these successes. During these tales the ‘rogue’ of our years, ‘Camel’ Gary Watkins jumped to his feet and shared the most significant impact that Luke had played in his life at school… it was really a touching observation.
This was a night that was fondly enjoyed by all who attended… and not surprisingly a small group of ‘stayers’ were asked to move on at 12.30am by the yacht club staff… we just love havin’ a good time… laughs a plenty!!
So for the class that is 77 it is all about carpe diem… we continue to ‘seize the day’!
Thank you Luke Holland for the inspiration and leadership and fellowship that you shared in abundance.
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