Origins – 1890’s


The Association, known as the Associated Catholic Colleges of Melbourne, grew out of earlier organisations that provided boys’ colleges with formal and informal meetings for inter-College sport competitions. The earliest recorded mention of such meetings dates back to 1898 when CBC St Kilda met Wesley College and Parade encountered Melbourne Grammar in their annual football and cricket matches. Competition among Catholic Colleges grew out of the St Patrick’s Day Sports. It is hard to establish which came first, the St Patrick’s Day Procession or the St Patrick’s Day Sports.

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