Respect and admiration for the spirit, loyalty and humility of Churchie Old Boys extends well beyond the Churchie community. Furthermore, the motivation for so many Old Boys to give back to the blue and grey through the co-curricular program is no doubt borne out of the instilling of at least two of the school’s four tenets whilst they were students, Personal Growth and Community Service. Personal growth not only for themselves but for the boys they are coaching and community service by gaining value in serving those around them. Old Boys returning to the school to offer their time and talents to coach is evident across all sports in the co-curricular program. In particular, with 17 Old Boy coaches across 22 teams in volleyball and 24 Old Boy coaches across 34 crews in rowing, the level of contribution and success of Churchie’s Rowing and Volleyball programs this term are proof of this.
At the recent Head of the River, held on Saturday 10 March, Churchie placed second in overall points for the Old Boys Cup, narrowly missing first place by two points behind Nudgee College. After a solid season with a string of wins, the First VIII finished in a courageous third place. The Year 11 age group clearly dominated by winning each of their three divisions. Many Old Boys could be seen taking to the water each week to coach and inspire our young men to be the best they can be.
The final round of the GPS Volleyball season for 2018 was contested last Saturday 24 March. All Churchie teams finished hard with 18 wins from 22 games against a very well prepared and athletic Brisbane Boys’ College. Across the season, Churchie finished with 103 wins from 133 GPS games, with 18 of the 22 teams placing in the top three. This includes nine premierships, eight of them undefeated. A further measure of the strength of the Churchie Volleyball program is the First VI securing a third straight undefeated premiership, which is a remarkable effort. A special mention must go to the Year 10 age group in which all four teams secured premierships, losing only three sets collectively throughout the entire season.
The rowing results are testament to an outstanding coaching team, under the direction of Old Boy Peter Shakespear (1964). So too, the tremendous success enjoyed across the volleyball program, falls under the direction of Old Boy Shaun McLean (1998).
If you are interested in getting back to Oaklands Parade to coach one of the mighty blue and grey teams, whatever their endeavour, then please click here to email the OBA office for more information.
Featured Image (L-R): Darcy Cox (2014), Liam Norris (2012), Adam Sas (2015), Shaun McLean (1998) – Director of Volleyball, Will Mercer (2008), Oliver Crofts (2016), Ashton Murphy (2011)