Who We Are

The Sports Association of Catholic Co-educational Secondary Schools (SACCSS) was founded in 1983.  Over the past 30 years the association has grown from just 7 Catholic Colleges to 15 schools in 2020.

SACCSS prides itself on providing quality sporting experiences for the students of its member schools, focusing on sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst the community. SACCSS is fully committed to upholding the Catholic Ethos and is conducted in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church as interpreted by the Bishop of the Diocese.


“It means that the life of faith needs to be the driving force behind every activity in the school, so that the Church’s mission may be served effectively, and the young people may discover the joy of entering into Christ’s ‘being for others”.

Pope Benedict XVI

Address to Catholic Teachers
September 17, 2008

The Association aims to:

  • Encourage an interest in sport amongst the competing schools.
  • Foster school spirit through co-operative endeavour in the sporting fields.
  • Encourage participation of all students in sport.
  • Encourage positive interaction between staff and students of member schools.
  • Develop qualities of good sportsmanship amongst students.
  • Allow for recognition of those students with special talent(s) in sport.
  • Encourage students to strive towards excellence in sport and sports organization.

SACCSS offers a range of sporting events over the school year, including Premier League (weekly year level Australian Rules Football, Netball, Football, Volleyball, Basketball), Senior Sport (Year 11/12) Cricket, Australian Rules Football, Netball, Football. Tournament Days for Girls Australian Rules Football, Futsal, Hockey, Chess, Senior Volleyball, Tennis.

The Association also hold 5 major Carnivals during the year, Golf, Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics and Tennis.

Presidency Roster

​Mr. Brian Hanley

President 2021 (Executive Member 2020)
​St. Monica’s College, Epping

Mr. Chris Caldow

President 2020 (Executive Member 2020)
Penola Catholic College, Broadmeadows

Mr. Marco DiCesare

President 2019 (Executive Member 2020)
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook


President 2018
MacKillop College, Werribee

​Mr. Michael KENNY

President 2017
Marymede Catholic College, South Morang

​Mr. Brendan WATSON

President 2016
Catholic Regional College, Sydenham


President 2015
Salesian College, Sunbury

Mr. Chris STOCK

President 2014
Emmanuel College- Notre Dame Campus, Point Cook

​Ms Christina UTRI

President 2013
Catholic Regional College, St Albans

​Mr. Greg WADE

President 2012
Catholic Regional College, North Keilor

​Mr. Anthony KIRLEY

President 2011
Kolbe Catholic College, Greenvale Lakes


President 2010
Catholic Regional College, Melton


President 2009
​Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs

​Mr. Brian HANLEY

President 2008
St. Monica’s College, Epping

​Mr. Joseph FAVRIN

President 2007
Penola Catholic College, Broadmeadows

Mr. Michael QUIN

President 2006
Caroline Chisholm College, Braybrook


Executive Member 2005
MacKillop College, Werribee

The History of SACCSS

The Sports Association of Catholic Coeducational Secondary Schools (SACCSS) was founded in 1983. Preliminary meetings were held in 1982, beginning with interested Principals, including Sr. Sylvia (CRC St Albans), Mr Bernie Dobson, Mr John Kennedy (Loyola) and Mr Frank Fitzgerald (CRC Melton). Further meetings were held with Sports Coordinators to organise the structure of the competition.

[timeline type=”solid”][timeline_item position=”left” date=”1983″ title=”First SACCSS event was held” node_color=”#0977cf” date_color=”#0977cf” date_text_color=”#ffffff”]In 1983 the first SACCSS event was held; the Swimming Carnival at Richmond Swimming Pool. The founding member schools represented at this event were Loyola College, MacKillop Catholic Regional College, St. Monica’s College, CRC St Albans, CRC Melton and CRC Nth Keilor. Other events to be conducted by SACCSS in its founding year were Cross Country in term 3 and Athletics in Term 4.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”1986″ title=”Rally Days & Senior Sports Days”]Rally Days and Senior Sports Days were introduced into the competition in 1986. The original sports offered for the students were Basketball, AFL, Football, Tennis and Volleyball. These were one day round robin events for interested Colleges. In future years Tennis became a stand alone one day tournament and Netball and Softball were included into the Rally Day/ Senior Sports Day competition.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”1994″ title=”St John’s College, Christ the King, Salesian College- Rupertswood and Geoghegan College joined SACCSS”][/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”1995″ title=”Penola Catholic College, enters SACCSS”]Geoghegan College amalgamated with Therry College and Sancta Sophia to form Penola Catholic College[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”1997″ title=”Caroline Chisholm Catholic College enters SACCSS”]St John’s College and Christ the King amalgamated and became known as Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, and entered SACCSS in 1997[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2001″ title=”Thomas Carr enters SACCSS”]Thomas Carr joined SACCSS in 2001 but later left the association in 2003[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2003″ title=”New Premier League Competition” node_color=”#0977cf” date_color=”#0977cf” date_text_color=”#ffffff”]In 2003 four Colleges; Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Penola Catholic College, St Monica’s and CRC Nth Keilor began competing in the Premier League competition. The sports offered were AFL, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball and Football. The competition was held every second afternoon of a predetermined day with each year level participating in a specified term; i.e. Term 1 Year 10, Term 2 Year 7 etc.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2006″ title=”Marymede Catholic College enters SACCSS”][/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2007″ title=”CRC Caroline Springs enters SACCSS”][/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2008″ title=”Emmanuel College & Kolbe enter SACCSS”][/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2010″ title=”Cricket added to Premier League Competition”]In 2010 Cricket was introduced to competition that occurred term 1 or 4 in the place of AFL.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2011″ title=”Antonine College enters SACCSS”]Antonine College is the most recent additions to the SACCSS membership[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2011″ title=”Chess and Futsal”]Chess and Futsal were included into the SACCSS Competition in 2011[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2013″ title=”Girls AFL and Hockey”]Girls AFL and Hockey were trialled and added as permanent competitions for the association in 2013.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2013″ title=”Senior Cricket introduced”]Senior Cricket was introduced to Term 1 in 2013[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2013″ title=”Senior Cricket introduced”]Senior Cricket was introduced to Term 1 in 2013[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2017″ title=”SACCSS becames an Incorporated Association”]The Sports Association of Catholic Coeducation Secondary Schools became an Incorporated Association in 2017. A new Constitution was developed and approved by the Principals. Our Constitution is now known as the “Rules of the Sports Association of Catholic Co-education Secondary Schools (SACCSS) – An Incorporated Association.”[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2018″ title=”Updated SACCSS Sports Fixturing”]Netball was moved into Term 1 alongside Cricket and SACCSS had its inaugural season of Senior Girls Australian Rules Football running alongside the Senior Boys Home and Away season. Boys and Girls Senior Football (Soccer) continued to run throughout Term 3.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2020″ title=”Badminton replaces Rugby event”]In 2018– 2019, Rugby and Flag Football were trialled as a One-Day Gala Tournament – Badminton will replace this event in 2020[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”left” date=”2020″ title=”Basketball Sports Fixturing”]Senior Basketball will also be played as a Home and Away season rather than a One Day Tournament.[/timeline_item][timeline_item position=”right” date=”2020″ title=”Re-entry of Thomas Carr College”][/timeline_item][/timeline]

Senior Sports Days have continued but have been restructured over time. Currently there is a Senior Sports Day conducted in Term 1 for Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball. The AFL, Netball and Soccer are played in a round robin format during the afternoons in Term 2 and 3. The AFL began in 2004, with Netball beginning in its current format in 2010 and Soccer in 2011. Senior Cricket was introduced to Term 1 in 2013.

Athletes Oath

“I promise that we shall take part in the {enter sport event}, Respecting and following the rules of the event. In true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our schools.”.

Officials Oath

“In the name of all judges, I promise that we shall officiate in these {enter sport event} with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in true spirit of sportsmanship.”.

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