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.

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“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. Craig Holmes

President 2022 (Executive Member 2021)
​Thomas Carr College, Tarneit

​Mr. Brian Hanley

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

Mr. Chris Caldow

President 2020 (Executive Member 2021)
Penola Catholic College, Broadmeadows

Mr. Marco DiCesare

President 2019 
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook

Mr. Rory Kennedy

President 2018
MacKillop College, Werribee

​Mr. Michael Kenny

President 2017
Marymede Catholic College, South Morang

​Mr. Brendan Watson

President 2016
Catholic Regional College, Sydenham

Mr. Mark Brockhus

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

​Mr. Mark Sheehan

President 2010
Catholic Regional College, Melton

Ms Kate Dishon

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

Mr. Rory Kennedy

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.

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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