Welcome to MCA - Old Boys Association

Marist College Ashgrove Oldboys Association was formed with two main objectives. The first is to facilitate a continuing relationship with the College and former classmates once students complete their education at Marist College Ashgrove.  This is achieved by coordinating a number of functions throughout the year that all Oldboys are invited to attend. The second objective is to provide a number of bursaries for students to attend the College that otherwise would not be able to attend. While the Oldboys Association is financially responsible for these bursaries, selection is at the discretion of the Headmaster. For more information regarding bursaries, please contact the College Headmaster.  

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The College Foundation has a few T-shirts

 

The College Foundation has a few T-shirts still available from this year’s graduation day and would like to offer them to our Old Boys. They have three (3) sizes M, L, XL. Cost is 1 for $25, or 2 for $40, pickup from the College or if you wanted mailed,  it is $5.00 extra. If interested please either email Peter Casey Foundation Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring on 3858.4584.

 


 

THIRD GENERATION BRING TRADITION TO 2017 GRADUATION

The family tradition at Ashgrove has long been established. 2017 sees three third generation grandsons of legendary Old Boys making the final call. Oscar Mead, son of Bart (1982) and grandson of Bernie (1948) will graduate as will Sam Melit, son of Brogan (1982) and grandson of Frank (1950)(RIP).They will be joined by Seamus Treston, son of Brendan (1977) and grandson of Tom (1947). My word, did you have hair like that Tom and Brendan ?

Congratulations are also passed on to our other very proud Old Boys and, in particular, their graduating sons: Andrew (1983) and Oliver Donaldson; Andrew (1985) and Callum Ross; Tony (1982) and Matthew Stower; Anthony (1974) and Jesse Ashburn; Bryan (1975) and Oliver Griffin; Chris (1983) and Benjamin Bathersby; Craig (1983) and Joshua Greber; Craig (1978) and Marcus Eaton; David (1980) and Joshua Casey; David (1992) and Thomas Shaw-Miles; Gerard (1987) and William Ryan; Iain (1984) and Luke McLean; John (1980) and Harry Ryan; John (1978) and Joshua Rolfe; Kevin (1980) and Jamie Ryan; Luke (1986) and William Garske; Marlon (1989) and Jakob Webb-Blakemore; Matthew (1987) and Jack Franzmann; Nigel (1988) and Joshua Horswill; Peter (1983) and Shaun Anderson; Phillip (1978) and Matthew Richards; Sean (1987) and Matthew Bobbermien; Shane (1975) and Patrick Mead; and Stephen (1988) and Samuel Kelly.

A special Old Boys welcome also goes to Sebas Dos Santos, a valued member of the Mead family and the Marist community. We have heard great things about you young man. The OBA also welcomes all of the 2017 graduating class as our newest members. Much more about them in their first Ashgrovian presented to them with their OBA ties by the President at graduation.


 

GARSKE HOUSEHOLD NOW SPEAKS DOUBLE DUX

Old Boys, we all know this was the big one. The most prestigious of all.

While there was the Captain of this, and the Cup for that, they all eventually pass into the mists of time. But every single Old Boy still remembers their year’s “Dux of the College”. We were in awe of his talents and respected the fact the award could never be gifted or dependent on popularity – it was only ever achieved quietly, through year round dedication and the uncompromising pursuit of excellence. The Marist Way.

In 1986, the Dux was Luke (now Doctor) Garske. Next Thursday, Luke’s son, William, a humble young man, will also be handed the College’s Jewel in the Crown – the “Father G Daly Memorial Cup for Dux of the College”.

The OBA sends its congratulations to the entire Garske Family on this famous and unique double. Never been done before. Probably never again. Brilliant stuff. 


SAVE THE DATE - CHAMPAGNAT TRUST - SPORTS LUNCH 2018

FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2018

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TWO MORE GREATS SET TO BRING THE CURTAIN DOWN

RICK MORROW and PAUL KEARNEY BID FAREWELL

Old Boys, it was probably only when some teaching legends departed in recent years that there was a true realisation of the depth of talent which made Ashgrove great.

Another dynamic duo will take their final bow this month to complete their stellar careers – we suspect to head off to the Masters golf circuit where the real money is.

There will be thousands of OB’s and parents out there who have had the benefit of the wisdom and sheer dedication of Rick Morrow (1989 -1993 and 2000 to 2017) and Old Boy (1970) Paul Kearney (1998 -2017). Their love of the College and sheer determination to bring out the very best in young Ashgrovians will be their legacy. The pursuit of excellence !

The OBA sends our best wishes to Rick and Paul on their retirement from the noblest of professions. As we say here at Ashgrove when we get emotional – Thanks. Old Boys please post your tributes which Rick and Paul can read one day when someone tells them about Facebook.

 


ASHGROVE IS ON ITS WAY TO THE ISA AND THE CURRY

FUNCTION FOR OLD BOYS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ON SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Attention all Old Boys and Ashgrove families in the Mt Isa/Cloncurry region. It is time to catch up and replenish our Northern stocks for the future.

Ashgrove’s big kahunas are on their way and, much more importantly, they want to buy you a beer.

The Headmaster, Mr Peter McLoughlin, and the Head of Boarding, Mr James Metzeling, will be at Frog and Toad Bistro at the Buffs Club at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 15th October, 2017

They love sharing stories with Ashgrove OBs, families and friends and, in particular, to meet some potential Ashgrove families to be.

If you are one – or know one – or would like to be one - please share and invite them along to meet Peter and James. Please RSVP for numbers.


ASHGROVE MAGIC SET TO DESCEND UPON MCG THIS SATURDAY

CHARLIE CAMERON (2011) BECOMES FIRST OLD BOY TO PLAY IN AFL GRAND FINAL

We just knew this historic day would come Old Boys.  Ever since the early 2000’s when someone snuck up those eight mismatched toothpicks on the Flats in the dead of night.

It all started with the 2008 under 15 Marist Ashgrove Eagles Aussie Rules team. It featured a wispy but cheerful young boarder, a gifted athlete from Mornington Island named Charles W. Cameron. Ironically, he had been introduced by this famous rugby stronghold to what was the post season novelty of Aussie Rules. Over the following years, he became a permanent feature in the Ashgrove Eagles.

After graduating in 2011, Charlie moved to W.A to be closer to his family, developed his skills and was ultimately picked up in the AFL draft by the Adelaide Crows. An Ashgrove Eagle to an Adelaide Crow. The rest, as they say, is history. The AFL has been set alight, an indigenous hero was born and now glory awaits.

After watching his five goal demolition of Geelong last Saturday, every single Old Boy, but particularly that chirpy 2011 cohort, will ride alongside Charlie against Richmond this weekend in the biggest event on the Australian Sporting Calendar.

The influence of Charlie’s four years at Ashgrove is obvious. It is not just his magnificent skills but the love of his Family and the dignified and humble way he goes about his business. Pure Ashgrove ! A brilliant role model ! Best wishes to no 23 for the Marist Ashgrove Eagles.. sorry..that should be Crows .. Viriliter Age.

 


OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION SALUTES PETER DARWIN R.I.P.  (1965)

The Old Boys Association expresses its condolences to Kathleen and the entire Darwin family upon the passing of Peter Darwin (1965), youngest brother of Barry (1951) (RIP), Terry Darwin (1963) and Bernie (RIP).

A leading barrister on the Gold Coast for many years, Peter was forever an Ashgrove man. He revelled in the memories upon his return to the College on Champagnat Day 2015 to celebrate alongside his 1965 comrades from one of the greatest First XV’s the College ever produced.

Peter’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. this Thursday 21st September at Crossfire Baptist Church, 170 Nerang Street, Southport. The burial will follow at the Southport Lawn Cemetery. May perpetual light shine upon him. Virliter age !

 


HEENAN, DONALDSON, KASSULKE AND LEAL !

OLD BOY COACHES DOMINATE BRISBANE RUGBY GRAND FINALS

The Old Boys Association sends it congratulations to Michael Heenan (1990) -University - Premier Grade, Mark Donaldson (2003) – GPS - Premier Reserve, Craig Kassulke (1981) – Souths - Second Grade and Billy Leal (2005) - Brothers - Fourth Grade on successfully coaching their respective teams to Brisbane grade premierships. Anthony Mathison (1998) also coached GPS to runners up in Premier Grade.

Ashgrove’s coaching pedigree continues with Mick Heenan being appointed coach of Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship to start 2nd September. Follow Mick’s success closely Old Boys – we just know bigger things are to come.

 


OLD BOYS - ARE YOU RECEIVING YOUR ASHGROVIAN?
 
The OBA is making sure that all of its Life Members are receiving what Brother Roger describes as simply the finest Old Boys publication in Australia.
 
If you are a Life Member and NOT receiving a copy of the Ashgrovian, please email Vice President Peter Casey on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your details so we can get the next edition out to you.

 


MATHO’S ASHGROVE MAGIC BRINGS GPS A SHOT AT FIRST PREMIER GRADE TITLE IN 21 YEARS

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SEES TITANIC OLD BOYS’ COACHING BATTLE WITH MICHAEL HEENAN’S RED HEAVIES

 

After a season of free flowing footy, Coach Anthony Mathison (1998), Captain Dan Gorman (2005) and a host of other Ashgrove OBs have brought the GPS Gallopers a shot at their first Hospital Cup since 1996. To add some extra cream, Jeeps Premier Reserve Grade, coached by OB Mark Donaldson (2003) and captained by OB Sam Tewson (2006), have also made their way through to the Reggies GF against Sunnybank.

You don’t get to the Big Dance unless you have squad depth and loyalty. The Coaches have been blessed with an unwavering tribe of Ashgrove Old Boys spread throughout the two teams. Dan and Sam have inspirationally led Nick Frisby (2009), Michael Richards (2010), Dylan Lindsay (2008), Jono Ellis (2006), Pat Nicholson (2012), Jono Kent (2011), Cameron King (2003), Michael Shallcross (2009),  Mitch Treleaven (2013), James Herbert (2008), Nick Richards (2012) and two kids not even born the last time Jeeps won Premier Grade, Dan Byrne (2014) and Conor Cowhig (2014)  -- all glued together - in body by OB’s Kieran Maguire (S&C-2011) - and spirit by the ageless Terry Donovan (1964) .  

Despite all that Ashgrove know how, Jeeps will still start underdogs. Why ? Because in the other coaching bunker sits Matho’s old comrade and fellow OB, the genius of Mick Heenan (1990). Mick had University smashing all before them this year for a record breaking minor premiership only to be sensationally knocked off twice by Jeeps including the major semi final. Vengeance this Sunday for Heeno ?  Ash v Ash. We suspect it might be just as ferocious as those legendary 4ths  v 5ths bloodbaths when someone let the boarders out. Old Boys -- for an afternoon of running rugby, get out to Ballymore on Sunday for the Reggies kick off at 1.05 p.m. followed by the Mathison/Heenan showdown at 3.15 p.m.                                      .   

And if that is not enough, no one thought OB rugby legend, Craig Kassulke (1981), could possibly get Souths second grade anywhere near a GF. But he did exactly that. Kick off Saturday at 5.20 p.m. Best to all our Old Boys across the grades.  

Best of luck to all our Old Boys – on the field and on the sidelines.  But all this coaching brilliance really only leads to just one question – Are you watching QRU ?

 


OLD BOY SLEUTHS NEEDED !!

PLEASE HELP US FIND SOME LOST OLD BOYS IN TIME FOR THEIR 50 YEAR REUNION

The 1967 Senior year (and Junior 1965) are returning to the College for the first time in 50 years on Friday 18th August for a HUGE lunch.

Most are packed and ready for the trip home ----- but there are still a few we just can’t find.

If you know of, or can find, any of those on the list below please ask them to contact Phil Newman URGENTLY on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0430 084 451

There will be a reward for the Old Boy who locates the most lost souls.


Please join us to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the first community of Marist Brothers at LaValla France 1817 by St Marcellin Champagnat.
 
Saturday, 12 August 2017 - 11am at the Cathedral of St Stephen, 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. Please arrive early to be seated by 10.45 am.
 
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Friday 18 August - Vintage Blue & Gold Invitation - Class of Senior 1967

Join us for the “VINTAGE BLUE & GOLD” OLD BOYS LUNCH FOR CLASSES 1940 – 1977.  CYPRIAN PAVILION - FRIDAY 18 August 2017.
12 noon for lunch and conclusion at 3.00 pm.  For those who would like to do so, there will be a Mass in the College Chapel at 10.30am
Partners Welcome!
  COST: $40 (lunch, beer, wine and soft drink)

For more information and bookings, please download our invitation:

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THE TOWER APPEAL 2017


The Tower has been an iconic landmark in Ashgrove since 1931. It is a place of immense historical, religious and community significance. It is now time for us to restore The Tower so that it will once again hold its rightful place of being near the heart of Marist College Ashgrove.
 
Once restored The Tower will greet visitors to the College, the main reception will be located at the entrance of the building on the ground floor. There will also be a reflection and parents room and a function room for the use of our Marist family and friends. Within the function room there will be a long needed College museum to house and display our extensive historical collection.
 
The restored Tower will also be a significant place for teaching and learning. Upstairs there will be two multi-purpose classrooms. These classrooms will provide an innovative and vibrant learning hub, supporting the 21st century learning needs for our students and teachers, and will include writable walls, comfortable furniture, Wi-Fi and usb ports.
 
The Tower is a legacy of our proud Marist history. It has served the Marist College Ashgrove community for over 77 years. The responsibility now falls to us to preserve this historical building for those who will follow in our footsteps.
 
Please give generously to The Tower Appeal. Without your support the dream to return The Tower to its former glory may remain just that .... a Dream.
 
How You Can Help The Tower
Assistance can be provided in a number of forms, including by;

  • Making a personal contribution
  • Making a corporate contribution
  • Making a bequest to the restoration appeal
  • Organising a fundraising event
  • Donations to the appeal are tax-deductible

 

For more information please visit, www.thetowerappeal.com


OB BEN TOOLIS (2009) JOINS ROHAN HOFFMAN AND DES CONNOR IN ELITE ASHGROVE CLUB

He went to a foreign land seeking fame and fortune. He had to leave behind Pickle, his old mate and the other international from that star studded 2009 First XV.

He has done it tough – playing for four (4) years in sludge in a country where no one speaks English, lunch consists of haggis and black pudding, and the only time the winger sees the ball is when putting it back in the kit bag after training.

But Ashgrove is all about the never ending pursuit of excellence. Meeno and Byrnsie taught him that. In a just reward,  OB Ben Toolis (2009) has now joined Rohan Hoffman (Portugal) and Des Connor (All Blacks) as the only Old Boys to start in a full Rugby International for a nation other than Australia. Last weekend, Ben was the unofficial man of the match in Scotland’s demolition of Italy in Singapore. But there is more to prove. Old Boys will be watching eagerly this Saturday afternoon as Ben, for the first time, brings to Australia at international level his considerable skills to take on the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

How is he coping with it all  ? In a bit of the old Toolis razzle dazzle,  Ben recently told the British press - "I am clearly acclimatised to Scotland and Europe - I am definitely a Scot now."

Obviously adept at keeping the coach happy. But fear not son – we all know that Ashgrove never leaves the boy. Your secret is safe with us.

The OBA wishes Ben a great match against the Wallabies and looks forward to seeing him both in the Six Nations next year and in Japan in 2019.


DANGERFIELDS BRING CURTAIN DOWN ON 21 YEAR ERA OF DOMINANCE WITH YET ANOTHER PREMIERSHIP

CALLS GO OUT FOR A NEW SCOREBOARD (POSSIBLY ONE THAT WORKS)

Those fortunate enough to watch Robbo’s and Cookie’s scintillating, undefeated teams of 2004, 2005 and 2006 will never forget the half time entertainment. Not Wardy’s modern day Sumo Suits but the four year old Dangerfield twins who each week wrestled one another in front of a packed grandstand while their older brothers led Ash to victory on the field. That Dangerfield entertainment often stretched right through the second half as those pesky boarders took sides and egged the little fellas on. The odd person even took some time out to watch the game.

What ever happened to those funny little guys who brought us so much joy ?

Well, it just so happens the twins decided to wrestle the opposition instead and picked up more silverware on Saturday to add to the overflowing Dangerfield mantlepiece. Nick (2004), Jack (2005/2006 captain) and now Matt and Tom (2017) all have UNDEFEATED PREMIERSHIPS to savour after the First XV were truly magnificent with a thumping victory over Villanova. Great stuff boys !

Now its time for a rest for poor old Stephen and Liz Dangerfield (a nurse on the sidelines for countless matches) who (but for a few years break) have endured 21 years of school fees, sport, excursions, school fees, sports tours, mud, school fees, broken bodies and not to mention - school fees. And still provided free entertainment at half time for the masses. Outstanding ! The rugby contribution of the Dangerfields and also the McWhirters (5 boys in the Firsts until 2014) has also led to calls for a new scoreboard in their honour.  It might even be time to retire those poor, exhausted Maths C students and replace them with an electronic version that actually works – but then again what would those guys do for their Term 2 assignment ?

The Old Boys acknowledge the sensational contribution of the Dangerfield Family not only to Rugby but to all facets of College life over the decades. Their generosity is always without fanfare. We congratulate the First XV on achieving the first premiership since 2011 and the first undefeated premiership in a decade. But always in the Ashgrove spirit.


NOW ONLY THE GREAT KASSULKE (1981) STANDS BETWEEN ASHGROVE AND AN UNDEFEATED PREMIERSHIP !
THE CLASH OF TWO 1980’s ‘SPECIAL K’ OLD BOYS BRINGS EXTRA EDGE TO SEASON ENDING BLOCKBUSTER

We only knew he was there because we could hear the 30 pieces of silver jingling in his pocket as he walked slowly down those very same steps on to No1 that he used to glide over all those years ago. Some reconnaissance perhaps ? He is much humbler than his legendary Uncle Brian (5 years in the F...irsts) and older brother and Wallaby Nigel (1978) - but to those in the know, there is simply no more astute rugby brain. And it has been plotting away all season for this weekend’s decider.

Designated by super coach Barry Honan as the safest hands Ashgrove ever produced (not one dropped ball - ever), OB Craig Kassulke, at no 10, stood behind Ashgrove’s most versatile of all forward packs to guide that magnificent 1981 team to the title.

The CV is impressive. Souths Rugby Life Member, Brisbane club rugby legend, successful grade coach -- And now VILLANOVA First XV coach. Yep, you read it correctly Old Boys. VILL-A-NOVA ! Our hearts break. This Saturday, Craig clashes head on with another star of the 1980’s, Brendan Kiernan (1983/84), who now coaches Ashgrove alongside fellow OB David Miles (1992). Brendan told the OBA “Back then, I used to sit in awe watching Kassulke control that phenomenal 1981 side like he was conducting a symphony. I don’t think there has been a team like them since. Craig is not only a tactical genius but was a ferocious competitor for 25 years on the club scene. We just know he is saving something special for Ashgrove - but David and I are ready for him. We have told the boys there is nothing to fear. Probably.”

We hear they have even mown the grass out Tingalpa way as Saturday sees the ultimate test for both legendary Old Boys when the 2017 First XV face their last hurdle in the quest for the first UNDEFEATED PREMIERSHIP in a decade. We wish all three of our OB coaches a great match – but forgiveness ? That will have to await the result. Above all - good luck from all Old Boys to Ashgrove’s young men of 2017 in their final game for the College. Viriliter Age !

 

 


OLD BOYS SCOOP THE POOL AT ANNUAL CHAMPAGNAT AWARDS

 

The most prestigious honour the College can bestow is the annual Champagnat Award – presented each year on Champagnat Day, 6th June, to those who have provided outstanding service in the Marist tradition.

There are only ever three awarded annually - one to a student, one to a staff member and one to a parent/member of the College community.

The Old Boys have yet again featured heavily this year. Two of the recipients are the soon retiring Mrs Kay Wells, one of only two honorary female life members of the OBA and, of course, our own living legend, the boarders’ choice of dentist and Past President,  John O’Hare.

Apparently, young John, a humble man who totally shuns publicity, had to be tricked into appearing at the presentation. John was told he was attending on behalf of the OBA to present Kay with her award. And then finds himself getting the equivalent of a knighthood in front of 2000 people ! Probably the next week or so is not such a good time to get the teeth worked on punters given all those tears of joy may impair John’s vision.

Of course, even the student winner, the inspirational Jacob O’Brien (12 Slattery) can look forward to the fact that by this time next year he also will be an Old Boy.

Congratulations from the OBA to each of the recipients – thoroughly deserved. Virilter Age !


WALLABY AND SUPERCOACH BARRY HONAN STEPS IN TO PROP UP EMOSI FOR PREMIERSHIP BLOCKBUSTER

A champagne performance on Saturday, undoubtedly inspired by the presence of so many Old Boy legends, saw the First XV blow away St Edmunds to just leave a powerful Villanova this weekend in the pursuit of  Ash’s first UNDEFEATED season in a decade.

It will be a nerve wracking week for the boys with so much history and expectation. However, Old Boy, Wallaby and one of Ashgrove’s most successful ever coaches, Barry Honan, took some time out from catching up with his talented 1977 team to provide some guidance to captain, Emosi Tuqiri, and vice captain, Jaz Day. Barry, who coached some of Ash’s immortal sides, was impressed with what he saw and joined with the OBA in wishing them the very best this Saturday at Tingalpa.


 


OLD BOYS SPORTS DAY BRINGS THE PROSPECT OF FIRST UNDEFEATED PREMIERSHIP IN 10 YEARS

2007 PREMIERSHIP CAPTAIN PASSES ON THE BEST WISHES OF ALL OLD BOYS TO 2017 LEADER

This Saturday, the last home game of the season and the Old Boys Sports Day, sees Ashgrove line up for (fingers crossed) the last two steps on the road to the first UNDEFEATED First XV Premiership since that magnificent 2007 try scoring machine. They were simply magnificent to watch. Credit always to our superb 2009 and 2011 Co Premiers and, never forgotten, that courageous 2012 side who had an undefeated season snatched away in the last seconds by an amazingly talented St Peters. The good grace of the 2012 side stands testament always to the very ethos of Ashgrove. A premiership can only be earnt - never bought.

But 10 years is a long time at Ashgrove and there is something very special about a First XV UNDEFEATED premiership. In the true Ashgrove spirit, 2007 Captain Michael Lynagh took the time to catch up with a very nervous Emosi Tuqiri who will proudly lead the College in its last two brutal games against a determined St Edmonds (at home this weekend) and then Villanova (at some place called Tingalpa)

The OBA passes on its best wishes to the 2017 side and invites all Old Boys to come along at 2.15 for the special presentation followed by the Big Match. Viriliter Age !

 



GREETINGS CLASS OF 1967

Class reunion will be held this year on Friday 18 August.

Mass at 10.30am in the Chapel followed by tour of the College prior to lunch.

Lunch 12noon – 3pm. 

Invitation and booking sheet available soon.

For details contact Phil Newman 0430 084 451


OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE MARTIN MOYNIHAN.
FUNERAL THIS FRIDAY 2.00 P.M. AT ST BRIDGETS CATHOLIC CHURCH RED HILL

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It is with great sadness the Old Boys Association announces the passing of one of our legendary Old Boys, Martin Moynihan QC.

As a preeminent Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1984 to 2007, he was a giant of the legal world. No one has done more to improve the Queensland Legal system for the ultimate benefit of the public.

Justice Moynihan was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia on 10 June 2002.

However, for all of the magnificent achievements, Martin was first and foremost an Ashgrove man. Simplicity, Modesty, Humility. He was most at home sharing a laugh with his mates from all those years ago.

The Old Boys passes on its condolences to Martin’s wife, Margaret, and to his children Nicholas, Catherine and Elizabeth.

The funeral service will be held at St Bridgets Catholic Church, 78 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, on Friday 7 April 2017, at 2.00pm.

The family have requested donations in lieu of flowers to Community Paddington and Centacare Enoggera.

 


1980 (U/D), 1982, 1983, 1985, 2004 (U/D), 2007 (U/D), 2009 (U/D), 2010 (U/D) AND 2017 --- UNDEFEATED PREMIERS !!

KNIGHT SHINES A BRAND NEW DAY IN ASH VOLLEYBALL HISTORY!

In the end, with history watching, we suspected nothing was going to stop them. Saving multiple set points to win the third 29-27 against a dogged Villa (we were told the 1980 spirit was there!), the 2017 First VI achieved only our 6th undefeated premiership since the introduction of Volleyball in 1975. Bravo Coach Adam Knight. Take a bow !! The supercoaches of the past, Austin Skinner, Darko Savavich and Aaron Alsop welcome you to that very exclusive club.

Old Boys around the world will be proud to hear it is still done in the traditional Ashgrove way. Not a single import or sporting scholarship in sight. Every single boy had to earn his spot, represent the College with dignity and contribute from the ground up. If you want to know what makes Ashgrove special and binds its Old Boys for life – that’s one of the answers.

But all the accolades today lie with our young men of 2017. Viriliter Age! Championship point below Old Boys. Enjoy !

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2017 VOLLEYBALL SET TO BLEND 1980 SPIRIT AND 2004 MAGIC FOR THE GRAND FINALE !!

37 YEARS ON - ANOTHER CASEY IS JOINED IN THE BEAR PIT BY 3 SONS OF OLD BOYS

Mr Kearney tells the OBA the 2004 Volleyballers, brilliantly led by Keith Coombs and Joao Caldeira - Santos (he even sounds like an Olympic volleyballer), should also be considered up there with the greats because of their exceptional talent and, like the Wooldridge led 2009 immortals, they lost just the one set all season.

In contrast to the silky skills of 2004, the toughest of all Ash teams remains that famous inaugural premiership side of 1980. Allowed just 2 reserves, the 1980 First VI spilt blood every single week – outdoors - in oppressive heat - on the rock hard bitumen. Coach Skinner and captain Donaldson were tirelessly supported by Casey, McMahon, Ryan, McConnell, Buckley, Den Elzen and Schmider  – the hard men of Ashgrove in the toughest of eras. Massive, massive underdogs. Look up ‘Ash Spirit’ in the record books and you will see the 1980 team in their ill-fitting T shirts.

But come 2017, Coach Adam Knight tells us he has magically blended the spirit from 1980 with the faultless set ups of 2004. And why not ! In a very rare piece of Ashgrove sporting history, young Josh Casey will step out on Saturday (midday) in front of a monstrous crowd to chase the holy grail. Josh does so 37 long years after Dad, David’s, famous 1980 victory in front of 6 boarders who skipped lunch. Alongside Josh will be a Mead (3rd generation), a Heinke and a Shaw - Miles - all very proud sons of Old Boys. But just as it was 37 years ago, no matter how brilliant Villa are, the OBA knows the Ash Boys will only give of their very best !!  Stay posted Old boys.

 


2017 FIRST VI VOLLEYBALL SET TO JOIN THE 2007 AND 2009 IMMORTALS 

OLD BOY SUPPORTERS ASKED TO BE AT THE GYM MIDDAY THIS SATURDAY

In over 40 years of competition, Ash has only ever had two great eras of Volleyball dominance: 1980 to 1985 and 2004 to 2010. 8 premierships. But only 5 undefeated.

Mr Kearney still comes close to tears in the staff room when talking about the ‘2007 immortals’ he helped guide into Ashgrove sporting legend. Led by an inspirational Ben Wood and Christiaan Ramsay, and thought by many to be the greatest Ashgrove sporting side ever, ‘the team that Kearns built’ went the entire season without losing a set. 21- zip!! Breathtaking stuff. Two years later, the legends of 2009 (led by Nick Wooldridge and Jordan Matters) went within a whisker of a repeat by only losing the solitary set.

Only 1980, 2004 and 2010 sit alongside them on that ‘’undefeated’’ pedestal.

Enter 2017. Awesome team spirit combined with unlimited spiking power. Beautifully bred with sons of Old Boys sprinkled throughout – this weekend they take on a powerhouse Villa team, at home in the Gym at midday, for that rarest of gems – the undefeated First VI Volleyball premiership.

The Old Boys Association wishes our young lads all the very best as they seek to join our Volleyball greats. Old Ash Volleyballers are asked to share and post their support. Younger OB’s are asked to be in attendance on Saturday to cheer on the little brothers.


MARIST ANZAC DINNER - SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017

Alll Old Boys, partners, families and friends are invited to the Marist ANZAC Dinner on 22nd April 2017 at the College. Book now via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 



230 NEW LIFE MEMBERS BECOME PART OF A TRULY GREAT ASSOCIATION

Friday Evening saw 230 young men receive their Three Violets, their revered Old Boys tie and their first ever Ashgrovian.

The transition was complete. All brand new members of an Association where “Life Membership” means what it says. From January 1940 to November 2016. It will be with them forever.

The OBA wishes them safe passage on their journey. Welcome.  Viriliter Age.


SONS OF OLD BOYS SET TO GRADUATE IN HUGE NUMBERS

LEGENDS FROM THE 1980’S TO RETURN FOR ONE MEMORABLE DAY

This Friday sees another 25 Sons of Old Boys make their final appearance at the College  - and watching on will be some pretty proud OB Dads.

There will be a Midgley, an Enright and a Melit (all 3rd generation) and some other iconic names from yesteryear like a Stower, a Geraghty, a Buzzo, an O’Connor, a Mee, two Gardiners. They will be joined by an endless cavalcade of memorable Ashgrove names. Bigger, taller, and certainly better looking – but still with all those years of accumulating wisdom yet to come.

That hallmark of Ashgrove Old Boys - lifelong friendships – has been cemented for yet another generation. The OBA extends its welcome to this special group of young men as they join their fathers in the Association and, indeed, to all our graduating Seniors of 2016. Friday evening’s graduation will see the boys awarded their magnificent Old Boys tie and three violets. They may even show up in their first edition of the Ashgrovian. Viriliter Age !

Back Rows:

Steven (1985) and Carter Kendall; Damian (1972) and Thomas Meggitt; David (1986) and Max Pyne; Scott (1988) and Declan Brice; Tony (1980) and Jack O’Connor; Mauro (1985) and Jay Buzzo; Jimmy (1982) and James Mee; Damien (1983) and Elijah Cole; Stephen (1979) and Matthew Geraghty

Middle Rows:

Paul (1986) and James Downs; Simon (1987) and Charles Best; David (1981) and Jacob Stower; Jim (1980) and Michael and Ben Gardiner; Gerard (1990) and Max Midgley; Michael (1985) and Patrick O’Connor; Tim (1988) and Harrison Condon; Peter (1989) and Alex Readman; David (1988) and Daniel Goodwin

Front Rows:

Brendan (1984) and Lachlan Kiernan; Brogan (1983) and Maxwell Melit

Absent but there in spirit:

Russell (1982) and William Eaton; Tom (1981) and Lawson Enright; Trevor (1976) and James Graham; Derrick (1983) and Jarrad Pon

 


OB GABRIEL PERRY (2008) – SUPERB PERFORMANCE TO BE AWARDED THE UQ GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

The University of Queensland pumps out thousands of graduates a year. But only one, just one, can stand at the very top and be recognised as the UQ Graduate of the Year (2016) for the entire University.

This year it is Ashgrovian, Gabriel Perry (2008). GPA 7.0. First class Honours in Arts and in Law. University Medallist (2015).

Faculty Graduate of the Year (2016). Australian students Prize in Senior 2008. UQ Excellence scholarship (2009). Numerous Dean’s commendations for high achievement and academic excellence.  

Brilliant, brilliant stuff. But what we really love is the Ashgrove in the boy. Humble. Generous. Volunteering in numerous capacities helping others and tutoring indigenous students.

Take a bow young man. Ashgrove is very proud. Congratulations from all Old Boys on your outstanding performance.  The OBA can feel a Rhodes Scholarship coming on. Viriliter Age !

 


Military Service by Old Boys of MCA & Marist College Rosalie - ASSISTANCE REQUIRED

Marist College Ashgrove and the Old Boys’ Association are currently undertaking the lengthy process of collecting the names of all Old Boys from both Colleges who have served in the Armed Forces. That period extends from 1940 until the present. Ashgrove and Rosalie are considered part of the same Marist family. The College and the OBA not only wish to produce a comprehensive list for the archives but to also give appropriate recognition to our distinguished Old Boys.

We are very much in need of assistance from the Marist College Ashgrove community to identify, with accuracy, those Old Boys who, over the last 75 years, have served their country with honour. If you, your son, husband, a relative or friend, or someone you know, is an Old Boy of Marist College Ashgrove or Marist College Rosalie and has served, or is currently serving, in the Armed Forces, would you kindly provide details of your/his name, years at either College, rank, branch in which you/he served together with any other significant information about your/his military career (e.g military campaigns/awards) by sending that information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your assistance with this important project.

Mr Peter McLoughlin
HEADMASTER

Mr Dominick Melrose
PRESIDENT- OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION

 


1975, 1981, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000 AND…2016. THEY DID IT!!

2016 JOIN THE 1981 INVINCIBLES IN ASHGROVE BASKETBALL’S SPORTING HALL OF FAME

Up by only 4 points at the final break, the boys were forced to dig deep one more time. Home by 56 – 51.  The burden all week had been huge. The superb Ashgrove 2016 First V machine went on to the court not only confronting an SLC team determined to halt their unbeaten run  but also carrying with them all the tradition and expectation of the other unbeaten teams of 1975, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000; and hoping to be recognised alongside the greatest of them all,  Peter Spensley’s  1981 Invincibles.

But all the accolades today  lie with our young men of 2016 and the manner in which they have conducted themselves throughout the season. The fightbacks and the sportsmanship. Old Boys can be very, very proud the 2016 team played according to the Ashgrove traditions.

Whatever the generation,  the OBA  can state two things with certainty –  Firstly, all basketballers owe eternal gratitude to Peter Spensley who dedicated himself to the cause during the hard years of the 1970’s and 80’s. His perseverance and love of the game is the foundation for the Marist Carnival and the brilliant program the College enjoys today. Secondly,  for all their achievements, the Ash teams have one thing in common – every player had to earn his spot and spill his blood along the way on those old, course bitumen courts – Not a single sporting scholarship in sight.  Brilliantly done Undefeated Champions of 2016. Viriliter Age.


ASHGROVE SALUTES THE PASSING OF THE GREAT TERRY CURLEY (1938 - 2016)

A Joeys Old Boy and GPS Schools premiership winning captain (1955), Terry Curley debuted as a Wallaby against the All Blacks at age 18. He then toured the British Isles and played in all tests. A great career lay ahead of him. 

He gave it all up after 11 tests, at only age 20, to become a Marist Brother. After completing his training, his first posting was to Ashgrove in 1965. He revolutionised the College while he was here in those 6 wonderful years. Terry's sacrifice was to the benefit of a generation of young men who were fortunate enough to attend Ashgrove during that period. 

He coached the greatest rugby and cricket teams Ashgrove ever produced. His methods were tough but visionary. Four rugby premierships in those six years from teams which themselves produced endless Wallabies and representative players.  

Above all, his powerful character shaped the very essence of Ashgrove. Simplicity, Modesty, Humility. After a successful life of sacrifice and dedication, Terry eventually left the Marist Brothers because of health issues and qualified as a lawyer.

His students never forgot him. Terry returned on several occasions to the College he loved just to be part of the atmosphere. 

Terry passed away aged 78 on 17th October 2016. A Memorial Service will be held next week in Sydney. Details in the Sydney Morning Herald. The OBA passes on its condolences to his beautiful wife, Libby, who accompanied him back to Ashgrove in those latter years. Vale to the great man.   


 

OLD BOYS TO PROVIDE STRONG SUPPORT FOR 2016 SONY CAMP

Now an entrenched part of the calendar for over a decade, the annual Sony Camp held at the College in late September each year provides a powerful reminder of the Champagnat spirit. Parents of children with a disability take a break while the College community, led by some of the Seniors, host some precious visitors for a few days on site. The new pool will get an absolute work out.

Despite the thousands of hours provided by volunteers, the College still  needs support by way of money and the donations of gifts. The Old Boys Association is exceptionally proud to be a major supporter of this brilliant event and has donated generously on behalf of members. But there is always room for more. Put bluntly, Ashgrove likes to spoil its special guests and their families. They deserve it.

All Old Boys are encouraged to contribute but the OBA would particularly encourage those younger Old Boys (and their families) who have benefited from this fantastic experience to put their hands in their pockets to see if the tuckshop money is still there. No amount is too small.   

Mr Luke McMahon, Head of Mission at the College, will be waiting for an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a call (07) 3858 4581

 


THE ASHGROVE COMMUNITY SALUTES THE GREAT CHARLES ‘CHILLA’ WILSON (1931 – 2016)

Despite all the accolades, the professional and humanitarian achievements, the captaining of the Wallabies and being the legendary manager of the victorious 1984 Grand Slam and 1986 Bledisloe Cup tours, Dr Charles “Chilla” Wilson was first and foremost an Ashgrove man. One of the Foundation students in March 1940 with his brother Fergus, they also spent the happiest of days at the Eagle Heights campus during the War years.

Born in 1931 and growing up within site of the Tower, Chilla died peacefully last Friday. His service will be held at the Great Hall at BGS at 11 a.m. on Thursday 8th September 2016.

One of three Old Boys to have captained the Wallabies, Chilla’s love and support of the College remained until the end. He cherished Ashgrove and everything it stood for.

When reading the following quote from Mark Ella, Old Boys will easily recognise the essence of Ashgrove in the man:

He was quiet, unobtrusive and didn't make a lot of noise. In fact, you wouldn't know Chilla was the manager until the time came for somebody to get up and say the right thing. The biggest thing Chilla had in his favour was that everybody loved him. We gave him a hard time, but nobody wanted to be the one that let him down. He was the perfect player's manager.

The entire Ashgrove community has Chilla and his family in our thoughts.

 


Judge Kevin Rowe receives Arthur Apelt Memorial Service Award

On August 12th another outstanding Vintage Blue and Gold Lunch was capped off by the presentation of the OBA's most prestigious award, the Arthur Apelt Memorial Service Award for dedication to the College and the Old Boys. The recipient was none other than Judge Kevin Rowe (1946) (2nd from left) whose many contributions includes his superb stewardship of the Golden Anniversary celebrations in 1990 and bringing the Canvass of Dreams to life. Tom Treston provided an intriguing history of Kev's decades of service to the College and the OBA before the presentation of the Award was made by Arthur's brother, Colin. Current Headmaster Peter McLoughlin and OBA President, Dom Melrose (1992) were on hand to witness the proceedings. A standing ovation from a packed house. The OBA extends its heartfelt congratulations to Kevin. We are forever in your debt. 


OB RYAN FISHER (2008) SET TO ELECTRIFY RIO IN OLYMPIC TRIATHLON

Old Boys are invited to stay up late on 18th August to swim (1.5 km), ride (40km) and run (10km) alongside Ashgrove’s latest Olympian, triathlete Ryan Fisher (2008). Ryan will hit the water on the famous Copacabana Beach at midnight (our time) to take on 54 of the most elite athletes in the world. All of Ashgrove will be right there with him.

Ryan’s sensational accomplishment, after years of sacrifice, is thoroughly deserved. You just don’t get anywhere near Olympic selection without sheer dedication.

All Old Boys wish our man the very best. OB Twitter people can follow Ryan on @RyanFisher20


MEEHAN TO BRING ASHGROVE MAGIC TO BARCELONA !

OB Steve Meehan (1983) is to add yet another jewel to the coaching crown when Toulon meets the Dan Carter led Racing 92 in the French Top 14 Grand Final early this Saturday morning in Barcelona. That's right - the famous FC Barcelona stadium is absolutely sold out with a club world record 98,000 fans rolling up. Old Boys should be able to catch the game Eurosport in the early hours.
 
Old Boys enquire how Steve, as the backs and attacking coach, copes with all the crazies of French Rugby. The answer is simple -- once you've experienced coaching the 15A's at Ashgrove (which he did in 2012),  everything else is like shelling peas. The OBA wishes Steve all the best. Rumour has it a frenchman may even take the field in the second half.
 


OLD BOY BROTHER DANIEL HOLLAMBY AM (1969) –

MEMBER IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA !

Do you get tired of reading about people who get a major award for basically doing their job, painting or even for just giving a speech someone else wrote ? --  Particularly when there are real people out there who actually make enormous sacrifices and quietly go about serving others.

The Old Boys Association congratulates Brother Daniel Hollamby AM (1969) on his long overdue recognition for service to primary education, particularly in Indigenous communities, through senior teaching and leadership positions

Not only was Brother on staff at the College in the 70's, he was the Headmaster of Ashgrove's primary school from 1983 - 88. However, his most outstanding efforts came in running the Marist indigenous communities at Bourke, Murgon and now at Santa Theresa in the Territory. No bright lights or shiny badges out there. No cocktail parties where you can talk yourself up. Just dust, hard work, and educating and caring for the most underprivileged in Australia.

The OBA recognises your generosity and humility but would just like to say --- GOOD ON YOU, BROTHER !!!  All Old Boys are very, very proud. If we still had Knighthoods, you’d have one of them too.

 


SPECIAL CALL FOR HELP TO THE OLD BOY FAMILY

One of the most insidious of all diseases is mesothelioma. Asbestos lung cancer. Painful, slow and frequently lethal. It is often associated with those who are somewhat older but it has struck down one of our young old boys, David Fry, at age 37. A father of two little ones, the Fry/Moore families connection with the College goes back to Day 1, 1940 when David's grandfather, Kevin Moore, attended before serving his country in WW II.... Kevin's name has a special place on our Memorial Gates. David's father, Anthony Fry and Uncle Terrence and three maternal uncles Brian, Gavin and Michael Moore are all old boys. The roots are as deep as they go. The access to the life saving drugs is an expensive battle. The costs are prohibitive. Government assistance is negligible. David's wife, Renee, has set up a fund for the battle at https://www.gofundme.com/mesosucks.

With wife Renee's blessing, the Old Boys Association has decided to make a public call on all Old Boys who can help financially to visit the site and assist. Please keep David in your prayers.

 


FRISBY BECOMES WALLABY NO 22 AS HE WEARS THE GOLD ON TO LANG PARK

It’s only a 4 km drive from Ashgrove's famous No 1 Oval to Lang Park -- but it represents an incredible journey for Nick Frisby (2009) son of Denis (1979) and Jacqui and younger brother of Emma and Sam (2007). 

On Saturday, Nick came off the bench, if only for a few minutes, for his first Wallaby cap against Six Nations Grand Slam Champions England. Just a few short minutes to start – but the first of many more to come.

Nick becomes Ashgrove's 22nd Wallaby. Like all Ashgrove Wallabies, ‘Pickle’ is the product of a rugby nursery in the true sense -- born and bred on the Flats and who had to earn his spot in every Ashgrove team he played. He carries with him a tradition that can't be imported, sponsored or purchased. 

The Old Boys Association congratulates Nick and his family, and the coaches who played such an important role in his development. We look forward to the years ahead.   



Marist College Ashgrove presents, “Jazz under the Stars”

Join us for an entertaining evening of jazz with Andrew Butt & Friends

Ticket price includes Jazz, Wood Fired Pizza, Gourmet Deli Baskets, and Wallabies v England on the big screen. Tickets are $50 per person. Drinks are extra and can be purchased on the night. Tickets also available for pre-ordered bucket of drinks. Cash Bar Available.  Bookings - www.trybooking.com/ldeb



2015 SENIORS RETURN ‘THE GUNGALORA’ TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE

Having its genesis at Eagle Heights, Mt Tamborine during WW II, ‘The Gungalora’ was the pre-eminent Ashgrove war cry from the 1940’s to the mid 70’s. The powerful chant was steeped in a beautiful combination of Marist and Indigenous culture. But for a short rebirth in the late 80’s, it had all but disappeared and was feared by many Old Boys to be lost to the winds of time. Over the last 40 years newer, trendier chants and songs had made their way to the forefront.

The visionary Seniors of 2013 and 2014 lit the flame by returning ‘The Gungalora’ as a war cry during rugby matches, but it was their 2015 younger brothers who finally cemented its long awaited return as an inseparable part of life at Ashgrove. Having initially respected the history of the College by chanting it as a ‘welcome home’ to the returning First XVs of 1955, 1965 and 1975 at the Old Boys Sports Day in June, a special moment was created when the entire 2015 Senior cohort chose to bind together and roar ‘The Gungalora’ at their farewell on 20th November 2015. (see video link)

An emotional OBA President, John O’Hare, said of the impromptu moment: “Bravo to our young men of 2015. Brilliantly done ! I can hear the spirit of Brother Herbert Jones cheering from Mount Tamborine. Long may this new tradition continue.”


 

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