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A star-studded line-up of soccer coaches,
including former Socceroo and Adelaide United
assistant coach Michael Valkanis, is hoping to
give Blackfriars Priory School students that extra
edge on local playing fields and beyond.
Valkanis joins Robert Matosevic and Ernie
Luongo as coaches of the Blackfriars Soccer of
Excellence Academy. Matosevic, whose sons
attend Blackfriars, and Valkanis were officially
welcomed to the Academy on April 30.
The pair, both educated at Catholic schools, said
they were keen to take part in the Blackfriars
Academy – an opportunity they would have
relished at their own schools.
“Blackfriars is taking a tremendous step in giving
students the opportunity to be educated and to
play football in such a wonderful environment,”
said Valkanis. “I wish when I was in school that I
had a soccer elective.”
The soccer elective run by the Academy is
offered to Year 9 and 10 students, while a soccer
practical is available to students in Years 5 to 8.
There are currently 120 students involved in the
“We are aiming to have the best soccer program
in the State,” said Matosevic. “We’re looking to
take them to another level.”
Luongo, the school’s soccer director, said the
academy started in 2012. He said soccer was a
popular sport at Blackfriars, with 275 students
in 13 school soccer teams equating to a
participation rate of almost 30 per cent.
Luongo played for Adelaide City in the national
soccer league and in Italy, has coached the
Croydon Kings and Metrostars Football Club in
the super league and has coached at training
camps in America and Canada. Matosevic is
currently the goalkeepers’ coach for Adelaide
United and the U20 Australian women’s national
team. Valkanis is assistant coach at Adelaide
United, is a 100-game veteran of the sport,
having played in the Greek league, the national
soccer league and making his debut for Australia
in an Asian Cup qualifier versus Kuwait in 2006.
Principal Dr Sean Mangan said the academy
provided students with a wealth of expertise and
“The aim of the Blackfriars football program is to
give our young players the best possible soccer
training sessions and training environment to
help improve their skill levels so that the boys can
reach their full potential and perhaps represent
the state or Australia in the future,” he said.
Catholic school students across Adelaide spent last month fundraising for
victims of the Nepal earthquake through coin lines, the sale of prayer flags
and by taping a principal to a wall.
Students at the Nazareth Catholic College primary school campus in
Findon became quickly attached to the idea of fundraising for the people of
Nepal who were devastated by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 25
and the subsequent aftershocks.
Students were able to purchase one piece of duct tape for one dollar to
attach principal Michael Honey to the wall. Staff also volunteered to wear
white and be “colour water bombed” by students for a fee.
St Raphael’s School at Parkside held a casual day with students dressing
in the colours of the Nepalese flag (red, white and blue) for $2. The school
was aiming to raise $400 to provide basic supplies through international aid
agency Caritas Australia.
Students from Tension Woods Catholic School, Richmond, made Nepalese
prayer flags which have been hung around the school for sale. Families are
buying the flags with proceeds sent to Red Cross Australia.
At St Aloysius College in the city students raised $550 after forming a coin
line in the school’s undercroft. The students were told human traffickers
are preying on vulnerable earthquake survivors in Nepal, attempting to
take them across the border to India. Upon hearing this, students decided
to contribute funds raised at the Fair Trade Fortnight Cafe, also held last
month, to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
SKY’S THE LIMIT: (L-R) Blackfriars Priory School student Noah Blazeka with Robert Matosevic,
and students Aladdin Arabona and Luis Lattanzio with Michael Valkanis.
Valkanis as coach
EARTHQUAKE APPEAL: Tenison Woods Catholic school students
(L-R) Owen, Grace, Angelina, Angelica, Matthew and Oliver among
the Nepalese prayer flags created to raise funds victims of the Nepal
Waving flag for Nepal
SISTERS HONOURED: (L-R) Past Mary MacKillop College principals Sister Margaret Lamb
and Sr Catherine Clark were reunited recently at the Kensington school for girls to officially
open the Sister Catherine Clark Library and Resource Centre and for the naming of the Sister
Margaret Lamb Gymnasium and Multi-function Centre. The new library and resource centre has
fully equipped conference facilities and adjoining classrooms, as well as many library resources
for the school. Sr Catherine was principal from 1986-89 and Sr Margaret from 1990 to 2000.
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
St. Anthony of Padua Relic Visit Adelaide
The Franciscan Friars invite you to join them in welcoming Saint Anthony
of Padua to Adelaide, in the form of a precious relic from his Basilica in
Padua, Italy. The relic will be accompanied by Fr Riccardo Giacon OMF
Conv. from the International magazine the Messenger of St Anthony.
MONDAY 8th JUNE 2015
to FRIDAY 12TH JUNE 2015
10.00am Devotion & Holy Mass in English
6.30pm Devotion to St Anthony with Sacred Relic
7.30pm Holy Mass in Italian & English
SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2015
(FEAST OF ST ANTHONY)
10.00am Holy Mass in English
7.30pm Holy Mass in Italian & English
A Message of hope
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church
corner Portrush & Marian Roads, Payneham
For more information please contact:
Messenger of Saint Anthony
PO Box 200, Marden SA 5070
Tel 1800 080 200
Fax (08) 8337 1171
SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2015
9.00am Holy Mass in English
11.00am Holy Mass in Italian
2.00pm Holy Mass in English
4.00pm Holy Mass in Italian
Food & Beverages & Entertainment
available all day
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