SPORT

Sport plays an integral part of College life for students.

The sporting programme at the College offers all students the chance to participate in a wide variety of sports, catering for the elite student athlete in addition to those students participating purely for fun and enjoyment. Our students are prepared by a collection of expert internal and external Coaching and High Performance staff with programs designed to maximise student skill development, individual and team performance and overall enjoyment.

Fourteen different sports are available to all students at the College, ranging from Football through to Esports. Each sport’s program has dedicated Coaching staff with designated pre and post school training commitments across the school year.

“The College’s Sport Statement of Success Through Perseverance embodies the importance of sport at St Monica’s College. Our programs cater for all students, from those participating purely for enjoyment through to elite level junior athletes and are coordinated by qualified professional coaches. In 2019 the College recorded outstanding results, winning multiple junior and senior titles across Football, AFL, Athletics, Swimming, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis and Basketball.”

Mr Matt Sheens – Director of Sport

The College competes in intercollegiate Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country Running, Football, Futsal, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball. In addition, the College is investing time and resource into developing sports, with co-curricular Clubs for Esports, Drone flying and recreational running.

The College competes in competitions coordinated by the Sports Association of Catholic Co-educational Secondary Schools (SACCSS). SACCSS includes fifteen Catholic Colleges competing in regular Premier Leagues across all year levels, major carnivals (Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country) and Gala day tournaments (Golf, Tennis, Badminton, Hockey and Futsal). Students also have the opportunity to compete in higher representative sport under the SACCSS banner whilst also competing across regional and state level All-schools competitions.

The College has a proud history of sporting achievement and has produced multiple national and international level athletes, including:

Simon Colosimo
Former Socceroo (26 appearances) and Perth Glory (Captain), Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart (inaugural Captain) player.

Jayden Short
Richmond Football Club Premiership player, drafted at No.11 in the 2015 AFL Rookie draft

Rachel Alonso
Current W-League forward for Melbourne Victory.

Tyla-Jay Vlajnic
Current Melbourne City W-League defender and Seattle Sounders Women in the United States Women’s National Premier Soccer League.

Thomas Bitmatta
World Champion Drone Pilot, 2017 RIOT-Multi GP International Open

Matthew Theodore
Former Melbourne Victory Youth Captain and Young Socceroo.

Robert Stambolziev
Former Young Socceroo, former professional player for Bristol City, Panathinaikos and Sydney FC.

Frank Brisevac
Current National level Triple Jump athlete, 2010 National and Victorian U18 Triple Jump Champion, 2011 Silver Medallist Australian Junior Athletics Championships.

Reno Piscopo
Former Young Socceroo, Junior Italy representative (U15-17), Inter Milan Youth system player and current Wellington Phoenix A-League contracted player.

Enza Barilla
Former W-League midfielder for Melbourne Victory (65 appearances and 7 goals)

Sam Beninato
Former professional footballer for Pintar FC in Spain.

The College has created a High Performance Sport pathway for high performing student athletes.

The Athlete Development Program (ADP) and Talent Identification and Development (TID) programs are available for students across most year levels. These programs are competitive entry programs for sub elite and elite level student athletes to assist in their preparation for high-level sporting competition.

As a component of the High Performance Pathway, the College currently runs six sport Academy programs, namely:

Each of these Academy programs provide for elite development opportunities for talented student athletes whilst connecting in with professional, state and community sporting clubs and tertiary education providers.

For more information on the College’s High Performance Sport Pathway and its associated programs, click here.