St Patrick’s College is now working towards getting its lawn bowlers to the Australian Schools Super Series next week, after the students were told they could not compete.
Competitors Oscar Jones (Year 7), James Molloy (Year 8), Joshua Chandler (Year 9), Adam Hollingworth (Year 10) and Ethan Kennedy (Year 11) claimed fourth position in the Victorian Schools Super Series at MCC Bowls Section in Melbourne last week after winning their section.
The St Patrick’s College students, who had to win their School Associations Bowls Competition to qualify for the invitation-only event, fell short against Rosebud Secondary College by two shots in the semi-final.
But finishing in fourth position was enough to earn St Patrick’s the chance to represent Victoria in the inaugural Australian Schools Super Series against New South Wales Combined High Schools.
The series takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week at Darebin City Bowls Club.
The school’s stance was a lack of notice and the length of the three-day tournament had made it difficult to find staff to supervise the students.
“This is the first time we have competed in this tournament and we were excited to be able to take a lawn bowls team to Melbourne to compete against schools from across the state,” St Patrick’s College director of community development Paul Nolan said.
“We were not informed until the day of the (Victorian Schools Super Series) tournament that there was a second stage available to teams who finished in the top four.”
While he said the unscheduled event had made it very difficult for the school to enable staff members time away from class duties to supervise, the school was now working towards a solution.