Chevalier College – 2015 Mock Trial Grand Finalists!

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Chevalier College – 2015 Mock Trial Grand Finalists!

And then there were two. After ten long months and nine trials (the last five of these trials have all been sudden death rounds) our amazing Mock Trial Team remains undefeated in the 2015 Competition and we now go through to the Grand Final to be held at Sydney University’s Law School on Friday 11 December.

On Friday 20 November, Chevalier College faced Wenona Girls School in the Semi Finals. Like us, Wenona is a champion school, having won the competition outright in 1993. It was a mighty clash between two strong teams vying for a second title. Wenona is a very impressive side. They had previously played and defeated Newtown Performing Arts High School and Fort Steet High School, among others, in their elimination rounds. Our Semi Finals scores were 273 to 267 in a very close contest and Team Chev did us all proud!

Our barristers were Harry Fenton and Jennifer Murnane, our solicitor was Magill Lee and our witnesses were Mariette Lewis and Brodie Ackroyd. If our 2015 team can win the Grand Final, they will have matched the accomplishments of our 2013 Champion team. It’s been a great year. To think that we started the year among approximately 170 schools and are now one of the final two teams in NSW is no mean feat. Thank you to the staff members who came down to watch the trial against Wenona. The students and team coaches really appreciate your support. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of all the staff who are behind our team.

At the Grand Final we take on St Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney. They have a strong record in the competition, having won it outright in 2005. This year they played and defeated, among others, Sydney Boys High School (twice), Kambala, Queenswood School for Girls, St Ursula’s College, SCEGGS Darlinghurst and St John Paul College from Coffs Harbour. They’re going to be a strong contender. Nevertheless, they can be beaten, having suffered a narrow loss to St Catherine’s, Waverley in one of the earlier rounds. As always, we will be respectful of our opponent but not be intimidated by them.

Two years ago, when we attended our first Grand Final, the panel of judges included a sitting Supreme Court Judge, the Professor of Law from Sydney University and an eminent barrister. It’s going to be a chance for us to claim a second championship title and a chance to see the best two teams in 2015 take part in what should be a memorable trial.

For those supporters interested in attending the Grand Final, we hope you can join us at Sydney University’s Law School on Friday 11 December, due to get underway at 9am.

Stephen Holmes
2015 Mock Trial Coordinator




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