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The Maristian June 2013
Throughout 1994, there were six McGrath brothers enrolled at Marist, all of
whom would go on to complete Year Twelve at the College. It is reasonable to
assume that mornings were hectic in the McGrath household as Jack (Year 4),
Brendan (Year 6), Andrew (Year 7), Casey (Year 9), Dan (Year 11) and Sean
(Year 12) prepared for school. The boys’ father Ernie had died in 1990 and the
morning routines were supervised by their mother Maureen. There were
actually 13 boys with the McGrath surname at the school that year, but the
record of the six brothers is unlikely to be equalled.
Where are they now?
Sean lives with his wife Rebecca and children, Patrick (6) and Poppy (3) in
Nelsons Bay on the Central Coast of NSW. He graduated from Marist in 1994
and the following year he joined the Royal Australian Air Force as an airfield
defence guard. In 1999 he was deployed to East Timor as part of the
peacekeeping mission while the small nation established its independence. A
more than capable Australian Rules footballer, Sean was selected in the All-
Australian Defence Force AFL team on several occasions. He is still a member
of the RAAF and was recently commissioned to an Operations Officer position.
Dan (1995) lives in Sydney with his wife Marsha and their son Thomas, born in
2012. He has been working in accounting since 1999. He started his career in
Canberra at Walter Turnbull, a position that has afforded him the opportunity
to work for KPMG in Edinburgh and London. He is currently the Director of
Business Services and Taxation at WLM Financial Services. Dan is a bit of a black
sheep in the family, firstly by supporting Collingwood and then by spending a
number of years playing rugby. Although he did return to Australian Rules in
his late twenties, he unfortunately still supports Collingwood.
Casey (1997) married his beautiful partner Adele in February this year and they
live together with Adele’s son Jett (8) in Melbourne. He followed Dan into the
accounting industry, completing a commerce degree at ANU in 2001, his
chartered accounting diploma in 2007 and the SMSF specialist program in
2012. During his professional career, he worked at Walter Turnbull in Canberra
and more recently PwC in Canberra and Melbourne, specialising in self
managed superannuation funds (SMSF) compliance. in 2012, he left PwC to
start Nest Super, an SMSF auditing firm.
Andrew (1999) has been working at the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship for seven years. He is Assistant Director in the Monitoring and Free
Trade Agreement Policy section and is currently working on the 457 temporary
worker program. He still plays Australian Rules for the Eastlake Football Club in
Canberra and may sometimes be found at the Durham Arms on wet Saturday
Brendan (2000) has been working in the building industry for over seven years
and is a Senior Project Engineer in Brisbane. He is currently overseeing the
construction of a 30-storey residential building in the city for PBS. He recently
completed a degree in Construction Management from the University of
Newcastle and is still playing Australian Rules and this season will be lining up
for the Wilston-Grange Gorillas.
Jack (2002) lives with his fiancée Julia in Canberra and they are planning to
wed in November this year. He has worked for the Australian Customs and
Border Protection Service for two years and is currently in contract
management. This year he will be coaching the third grade side for the Eastlake
Football Club which will allow him to keep a watchful eye on his older brother,
The boys’ mother Maureen works at the CEO in Manuka; she nominated Jack
as the sibling to collect this information. The editors thank him and understand
that as the baby of the family, he claims the right to be cheeky.
The McGrath Family
The McGrath boys with their mother, Maureen McGrath.
Dear Old Boys,
Last year the committee, through Brendan Mulhall, facilitated a think tank of Old Boys representing as many year groups as possible of graduates of the college
since 1975. The night was hosted by the school and we thank Mr Sidorko and Mrs Komorowski for their generosity in time and support. The event was a great
success and highlighted the ambition of the association to enable Old Boys to connect with each other and to establish a communication method that would
enable them to do so.
Following that meeting, we have been offered support by the school to put in place a framework to help Old Boys connect. The Association has limited resources
and without the support of the school, would find this task difficult to manage. We trust that in 2013 with the right platform, we will be able to maintain and grow
the links within our great network.
Grant Slater, President of the Old Boys Association
I remember when...
In 1974 I was coach of the U14 Marist cricket team which reached the final against Ginninderra. Our opponents batted
first on an oval that had been recently mown and scored 186, a reasonable score at that time. The next week,
following some rain, the grass was many inches longer. The outfield was slow and our two openers, Stephen O’Reilley
and Peter Woods, although technically very correct batsmen were not endowed with a lot of power in their strokes.
We were scoring at less than two runs an over and were well behind in the run chase when Ken Rooke and Bernie
Maher (later to become a Canberra Cannon) came together and in a display of intelligent cricket and powerful,
judicious hitting scored the necessary runs. I remember it particularly because after the game the coach of the other
team sat his team down and spent 10 minutes abusing them ungraciously for losing.
Seven of that Marist - Steve O’Reilly (capt), Peter Woods, Ken Rooke, Sean McElhinny, Phil Barker, Brian Jones and Sean
Sullivan went on to win the Marist Carnival and the Stan McCabe trophy in 1979.
By Ken Evenden
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