Mary Mac's New Home of Sport

Monday, 31 July 2023

As the youngest school in the Toowoomba Diocese, Mary MacKillop Catholic College is in the unique position of celebrating the milestones that come with it, including not only the grand opening of their new Fitzroy Oval, but also the launch of their very first 1st XV Rugby Union Team. 

On Sunday, 30 July, Highfields experienced one of it's warmest winter days for the Fitzroy Oval Grand Opening and Picnic Gala Day at Mary MacKillop Catholic College in Highfields. The day commenced with the Blessing and Opening of the oval by new diocesan Bishop, Most Reverend Ken Howell. Following the official ceremony, a day of sport kicked off to entertain the crowds, commencing with the Senior Girls Soccer Team playing against the Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Girls’ XI/St Saviours reaching a draw of 1-1.  Touch Football and Junior Mixed Soccer kept the spectators eyes on the field, and the day finished up with the 1st XV Rugby Team playing against the Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools XV Team made up of players from St Mary’s Toowoomba and Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Dalby. The Mary Mac boys took home the first win on the new oval, beating the DOTCS XV 17-10.

College Principal, Chris Gabbett said “This is such an important moment in our College’s history, celebrating not only the building of an important resource but also the opportunity for our students to take their place at the table against some of the longest-established Toowoomba schools”. 

A big crowd of College supporters came through the gates throughout the day along with special guests including, Bishop Ken Howell, Dr Pat Coughlan – Director of Toowoomba Catholic Schools, Cr Geoff McDonald – Mayor of Toowoomba, Executive members of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, diocesan Principals, and key stakeholders who played an important role in not only the construction of the oval, but the College’s ongoing master plan.  

Bringing the community together and being able to give back and celebrate our sporting achievements is something I’m really proud of’ says Mr Gabbett. The vibe was high and the community spirit flowed through the rolling Sunday crowd in a great display of what Mary MacKillop Catholic College has to offer at this new home of sport, Fitzroy Oval.