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St Patrick's wins five shields in a row at MCG

St Patrick's College Ballarat, led by Tongala's Howard Clark, won its fifth-straight Herald Sun Shield last Friday.

LUKE MCMANUS August 15, 2014 3:04am

St Patrick’s College team captain Liam Duggan and coach Howard Clark with the 2014 Herald Sun Shield. Photo: submitted


St Patrick’s College Ballarat rewrote the history books on Friday after winning a fifth-straight Herald Sun Shield.

Coached by Tongala-raised Howard Clark, St Patrick’s First XVIII oozed class and experience to overpower Box Hill Secondary College by 49 points at the MCG.

St Patrick’s established an early five-goal lead before cruising for the remaining three quarters, never losing control of the contest despite a competitive and spirited Box Hill.

The 12.12(84) to 5.5(35) win was spearheaded by 2014 AFL draft prospect Tom Templeton.

Templeton was superb off half-back to be awarded the best-on-ground gong, while key forwards Jesse Palmer (two goals) and Brenton Payne were influential further up the ground.

Captain Liam Duggan and vice-captain Dan Butler also led from the front to help claim another shield (sixth overall) for the college’s jam-packed trophy cabinet.

Clark, who accepted the shield alongside Duggan post-match, said the team song had never been sung with so much gusto.

‘‘It was amazing,’’ Clark said.

‘‘They sang it when we first got in the rooms and then when the parents came in (the players) wanted to share the win with the parents, which I thought was fantastic.

‘‘It was not only us who celebrated but the school community which was a fitting tribute to those who have supported us.’’

St Patrick’s win, which provided a precursor to the Essendon v Richmond clash, broke Assumption College’s long-standing record of four-straight titles (1987 to 1990).

‘‘I was just excited for the boys in what they’ve achieved,’’ Clark said.

‘‘To break the record after having so much pressure on them, I couldn’t be more prouder and excited for them.

‘‘The legacy they all leave certainly provides some great satisfaction for me.’’

Clark, who has committed to coaching for ‘‘at least two more years’’, was already looking forward to defending St Patrick’s mantle next season.

Luke McManus

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