2018 Mock Trial Competition
The 2018 Mock Trial season started off with a bang! Our first trial was only a practice round, but we were pleased to win against St Paul’s International College, Moss Vale, despite the restrictions of missing valuable team members Zin Zan Still and Grace Napoleone due to them being away on a wilderness trip.
The second round saw us facing our local rivals, Oxley College. They have not been part of the competition for the past few years so neither we nor our Coach, Steven Holmes knew what to expect from them. They performed strongly and beat us by just one point.
Coming off this loss we knew we had to win every trial following this to progress further in the competition. For round three we were lined up against our arch-nemesis Frensham. In a close contest we came away as winners by a small margin of two points. Nevertheless, a win is a win.
Round four saw us travelling to Goulburn to take on Queanbeyan High School. We won comfortably, progressing to the top 64 schools in NSW and the ACT.
The next round was a knockout round and we were up against Nowra Anglican College. Hosting at our college, we were too strong for our opponents and their party was over.
Progressing with the top 32 schools to the second elimination round, on Friday 17 August at the Moss Vale Council Chambers, we were once again paired up against our old rivals Frensham… *cue drum roll*…
We were victors in a hard-fought win, but this time with a margin of ten points, which showed how much we had improved since our first match-up against them in round three.
Throughout the season, team members Liam Clunn, Patrick Connelly, Alex Hall, Beth Hansen, Jack Howard, Jess Maronese, Grace Napoleone and Zin Zan Still have taken turns playing roles as barristers, solicitors, witnesses, court officers and magistrate’s clerks.
We always appreciate Mr Geoff Beveridge’s help. He has tirelessly helped with Mock Trial over many years, including the champion teams in 2013 and 2015 and hopefully the champion team of 2018.
We also extend our thanks to Mr Stephen Holmes for his help every week. He has managed the Chevalier College Mock Trial team for many years and has had many successful teams progress to the late stages of the competition.
Our final knockout round of 16 sees us taking on St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown on September 6. They are undefeated in 2018 so it promises to be a tight contest!
Watch this space…
Article by Mock Trial Team Court Reporter
Patrick Connelly, Year 11
30 August 2018
Well, the curtain has come down upon another year of the Mock Trial competition for Chevalier College.
On September 6 we faced St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown in the round of 16.
St Gregory’s were the Champions in 2016. Chev claimed the champion trophies in 2013 and 2015. This was going to be an epic tussle between two strong teams.
After a very close contest we narrowly lost 209 to 205 points. Our team gave their all and were disappointed to have come away without a win.
It was great to have Brother Gerry Burke and Father John Franzmann there supporting us at the final trial. I’m sure they enjoyed seeing such a great contest between two quality teams. The team also appreciated the support of Principal Chris McDermott and Deputy Principal Barbara Santos who came down to see them in action.
The team did wonderfully well to reach the final 16 round from over 150 schools that began in 2018. To have finished in the top 16 schools was a testament to their hard work and talents.
We await the results from the eight schools left standing in the final play-offs.
Stephen Holmes – Mock Trial Coach
6 September 2018