There is plenty of talk in football circles about what St Patrick’s College might achieve against St Bernard’s College at the MCG tomorrow.
Three consecutive MCC-Herald Sun Shield titles from a fourth-straight final.
St Pat’s remain undefeated this season, having obliterated the Ballarat Associated Schools’ competition, made light work of Assumption College (Kilmore) and St Joseph’s College (Geelong) in friendlies, then moving past Sunbury’s Salesian College in a semi-final 10 days ago.
This St Pat’s line-up has a reputation for being formidable.
St Pat’s football captain David Morris said the team’s depth was the key, evident in a strong partnership and overlap with North Ballarat Rebels’ TAC Cup under-18 program.
But Morris said his team was very much focused on its final mission this season.
“As a group we haven’t put pressure on ourselves,” Morris said.
“There are outside expectations about winning but as a group we will do what we have been all year – try to win each game.”
Morris met his rival captain Liam McBean for a shield grand final preview on Tuesday and knows St Bernard’s College means business.
McBean will lead his team out on the ‘G in a bid to restore the state’s premier schoolboy football title to St Bernard’s for the first time since 2003.
St Bernard’s, like St Pat’s, is undefeated this year.
They are led by former Western Bulldogs and Werribee Victorian Football League coach Simon Atkins, who also leads the St Bernard’s Old Collegians football program, and feature a string of strong TAC Cup players such as Calder Cannons duo Daniel Thompson and Daniel Allison.
But St Pat’s, led by Howard Clark, has player experience on the MCG About half of the St Pat’s line-up were in the premiership team last year.
Preparation has remained the same at school this week.
Morris said the team was not changing anything.
St Pat’s has a big job to do.
There is a legacy to be created.