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Marcellin College Friends of Football Luncheon

This year  The Marcellin Foundation and the College hosted the annual Marcellin v Assumption Kilmore First XVIII AFL Match, and our second annual Friends of Football Luncheon. 

We had a huge turn out of Old Collegians, Past players, Past Parents, Current Parents and friends of the College.  We would like to thank everyone for coming along, and lending their support on the day.

There was a great spirit on the day, with lots of buzz and friendships being renewed, guests commenting that they hadn’t been at a function like this where they knew so many people from different walks of life, which meant much mingling and talk!  Drinks on the balcony in the sunshine set the tone for a great and happy day.

 Our Sport Captain, Paddy Howe did a great job as MC for the day, before rushing off to don his footy gear. Callen Ryan our Liturgy Captain lead the grace very capably as well.

We were introduced to the Marcellin coach for the day (Rocky Gentile) who then interviewed both the Marcellin and Assumption Captains for their respective views on various aspects of life and football.

A delicious roast lunch was served by our caterers, Spitting Image (who commented it felt like there were 200 people in the room rather than 150, there was such a good feeling).

Our Football Panel was again hosted by Channel Nine’s Tony Jones, who in his 30th year of journalism, seems to be getting better and funnier each year.  His ability to extract humorous anecdotes and information from the panel ensures lots of entertainment for everyone.

Our Panellists, ex Collegians Marcus Bontempelli  (Western Bulldogs) and Gavin Brown (Collingwood), and ex Assumption, Laurie Serafini (Fitzroy) were fantastic.  They very generously gave their time to come along and share insights, stories, football wisdom and general football news with our guests.  We are very fortunate that the rich culture of football in the Marist schools means we have access to these great personalities.

At the conclusion of formalities, most guests headed out to watch the hard fought match on the Bray Oval.  The weather was on our side, and provided some lovely sunshine to stand in.

 Half time saw the crowds head back into the Function room to partake of a delicious afternoon tea provided by the Marcellin Foundation and sponsored by The Old Collegians Football Club and especially the legendary Tim Naughton.

Thank you to all of those who attended and purchased Raffle tickets and bid at the Silent Auction. Proceeds go toward the Foundation’s fundraising efforts which in turn support our disadvantaged families and students in our community.  Congratulations to the Evans family who won the raffle.

Lastly a big thank you to all of the supporters and donors on the day, especially Invictus Finance for again being our major sponsor.  Also Pullman on the Park, Luna Park, Cramers Hotel, The Greenery, Bob Stewarts, Dobsons and The Footy Show.  Please support these businesses if you get a chance.