Often, the best measure of one’s resilience is to see how well and how quickly they bounce back after adversity. I was proud to see our sporting teams continue their positive input at training this week and many reaped the benefits on Saturday versus St Edmund’s College.
The College had a fantastic round of results with 39 wins and three draws across the 58 fixtures. A special congratulations must go to our three Firsts teams who were all victorious and well done to Dan and the Open Chess team for their first victory this season.
With three rounds remaining, all boys are reminded to remain positive in their interactions with peers and coaches at both trainings and games. It is important to remember that our coaches are volunteers, who give up their time each week to ensure our boys can enjoy playing sport. I encourage players to always be respectful towards coaches and make the effort to thank them each session for the effort and care they show towards you and your teammates.
This week we continue to promote sign-ons for Term 3 Sports. The Sports Office are accepting online nominations for AIC Basketball, Tennis, Rugby League and Track & Field. To register, please follow the link below. Nominations are due no later than this Friday 26 May.
Families are reminded to access all Sport information via the Villanova College website and the Villanova College App. The Locker Room tab provides updated information regarding training schedules and current AIC/trial draws.
The AIC Draw 2023 can also be accessed here. A note that in some cases, draws may not match the AIC draw. Families are encouraged to always check The Locker Room for accurate draws. Weekly Team Lists will be posted regularly to the Parent Lounge and Student Cafe Portals.
AIC Team Photo Schedule
26/27 May 2023
The following team photos will be taken this weekend for AIC Football, Rugby and Chess. Teams will need to be at the photos 10 minutes before their scheduled time, dressed in their full sports attire. Any latecomers will miss out on being in the photo.
Chess Team Photos- Friday 26 May
These photos will be taken in the STV building prior to matches beginning.
|3:45pm||First IV Chess|
Rugby and Football Team Photos – Saturday 27 May
These photos will be taken behind the Andrew Slack (field) Scoreboard.
|7:25am||Fifth XV Rugby|
|8:30am||Fourth XV Rugby|
|8:50am||Fourth XI Football|
|8:55am||Fifth XI Football|
|9:30am||Third XV Rugby|
|10:15am||Third XI Football|
|10:25am||Second XV Rugby|
|10:30am||Second XI Football|
Saturday 27 May AIC Reconciliation Round (Football) v Padua
Friday 2 June Sports Lunch– sportslunch.vnc.qld.edu.au
Saturday 3 June Old Boys Round (Football and Rugby) v Iona
Thursday 15 June Villanova Giving Day
Saturday 22 July Villanova Carnival | 4-10pm | Villanova College
Sports Lunch – less than 75 tickets remain
Guest speakers include NBA Champion and Australian Boomer Andrew Bogut, All Black and World Cup winner Conrad Smith, New Zealand NRL Legend Stephen Kearney, Australian Cricketing Legend Rodney Hogg and B105’s very own Abby Coleman as your MC
Friday 2 June
12 – 4pm
The Greek Club
Tickets available at https://sportslunch.vnc.qld.edu.au/
Includes Lunch and four-hour drink package
Mega raffle tickets are out now!
1 in 200 chances of winning $10,000! Tickets are $100 each.
Available for purchase at the Villa Park Canteen or text Jeremy Meredith on 0407895207.
Be in it to win it!
Finally, a massive thank you to all our volunteers out at Villa Park on the weekend serving at the canteen and barbecue. All proceeds go towards our coaching programs, the new STEM and Sport Science Precinct, and various sports projects at Villanova.
To register your help this Saturday 27 May at Vila Park, please click on the link: Register here.
Please click on the link below for the Term 2 training schedules.
Term 2 Training Schedule
Note the Chess and Strength & Conditioning (S&C) training schedules, plus the sign on link for S&C, can be found on the website and in the College Newsletters/Sports Bulletins.
The trials schedule for Term 3 sports will be available in next week’s newsletter. Trials for Basketball, Rugby League and Tennis, will commence in Week 9, Term 2.
Round 4…… Team Villa’s Victorious Trip to Ipswich!
Great week for Team Villa! After a delay in getting away, Team Villa were on their way to Ipswich to face the wrath of the Eddies Chess teams. Following the long trek there, the lads settled in for some serious game play. After round one, Villa were just ahead, but two of our divisions, Firsts and Senior A team were sitting on drawn rounds. The second round proved very fruitful for our mighty First IV as Daniel, Oliver, Jack and Sebastian strategically played to achieve a 7-1 round of victory. Once again, our Intermediate B team, who continue to succeed, remain undefeated. Well done to our Firsts for a sterling effort this week, and to all of Team Villa for a great overall win against Eddie’s.
A Villanova Superstar this week is Year 7 student Jackson Waldie, who won the Gold Coast Allegro Championships 2023 Junior U1000 Division on Sunday. See photo attached.
This week we play against Padua here at the College. Chess photos are also scheduled after school on Friday, so students will be required to dress in full academic uniform including tie. Chess coaches will accompany teams up to Langlands for their photos at 3:15 on Friday, prior to Padua arriving.
Hey parents! Has your son joined the club? Our wonderful chess Captain Daniel Egert, has formed an online Chess club, so please encourage your son to join up and sharpen his chess skillset! https://www.chess.com/club/villanova-college/join/8118b7
Finally… JUNIOR SCHOOL CHESS PLAYERS only … If your son is interested in attending the following tournament, please email me at email@example.com no later than 3:00pm Tuesday 30 May. Numbers are limited, so please respond at your earliest convenience to avoid missing out.
Brisbane Primary South Zone
Wishing all players the very best this week as we take on Padua here at home.
Ms Kath Underhill, Chess Coordinator
Cross Country is a golden opportunity to practise the key habits that enable a team, and an individual, to grow in character and a beneficial way to be the person you wish to become is through discipline, training, and teamwork. It is a pursuit that allows you to live and develop key Augustinian values of humility, interiority, community, and restless search for truth. Congratulations to the members of the Running Wildcat’s who through their commitment and dedication have experienced growth and improvement.
The team chosen to compete at next Wednesday’s AIC Championships will be posted in the Cross-Country section of the locker-room on the Villanova website by Friday morning.
Students who have made a considerable effort but miss one of the 12 positions to race in the AIC Championship’s will be named a reserve and will be join the squad to support the team on the day.
AIC CROSS COUNTRY 2023
Wednesday May 31 | Curlew Park, Sandgate
10.15am Year 5 2km
10.30am Year 6 3km
10.50am 12 Years 3km
11.10am 13 Years 3km
11.30am 14 Years 4km
12.00noon 15 Years 4km
12.30pm 16 Years 6km
1.00pm Open 6km
On the day of the AIC Cross-Country Championship students may attend school wearing their cross-country uniform. All runners and reserves are to arrive at the College by 7.30am and meet in the quadrangle for a team photo taken at 7.45am sharp. Departure for Curlew Park will be at 8.15am.
It is imperative that all Villanova runners look like a team, therefore we expect all runners to wear the following uniform on the day of the Championships and for the team photo:
Villanova Cross Country Uniform
Villanova green running shorts
Villanova athletics singlet
Villanova squad shirt
Villanova sports jacket
Team Photo (quadrangle) – 7.45am
Bus departs for Curlew Park – 8.15am
Bus Departs Curlew Park – 2.00/2.15pm
Arrives back at Villanova College – 2.45/3.00pm
The bus will depart from Curlew Park after presentations at approx. 2.00/2.15pm and should return to the College no later than 3.00pm. This event is open to unlimited spectators. While we encourage parents and other spectators to attend the carnival, it is a requirement that all athletes catch the bus as a team to the venue. Parents may drive their son/s home after the presentations.
I wish our entire squad the very best in the lead up to the Championships. I hope the boys enjoy the experience of representing their College and that they run their best. Please be assured that the entire College community is behind the team and wishes them all the best.
Mr Brian Pascoe, Cross-Country Coordinator
Round 4 Football saw us up against SEC, after a tough weekend last weekend vs SLC, I challenged all players and coaches to turn up against SEC with a positive attitude and to always learn from our previous performances. It was extremely pleasing to see the great results against SEC and across our supplementary matches. Overall, we had 18 wins, nine losses and a draw across the day. Our challenge now is to keep turning up every week, keep listening to the team coaches, play in the right spirit and to always have a positive attitude.
The First XI had a gritty 2-0 win against SEC which keeps the premiership in sight, it’s an extremely competitive competition and I know that coaches Tom and Anthony have the team focused and are ready for another tough match this Saturday against Padua.
This weekend we will be taking on Padua in our Round 5 fixtures. Once again, I remind all parents and players to check the draw carefully for game times and venues. Please also ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your game. There were still several situations on the weekend where players arrived just before kick-off. This makes it extremely tough for coaches to plan for the game and it also puts a lot of unwanted pressure on your teammates.
Football teams that are playing at Villa Park this week will have their team photos taken. The photo schedule is outlined in this week’s draw, we ask all students to make sure that they arrive in time for their allocated team photos.
Good luck to all the players and coaches this week in your matches.
Mr Nathan Dufty, Football Coordinator
For Round 4 the boys travelled to Ipswich to play St Edmunds. A win would keep us in the hunt for the premiership.
The boys started the game positively and we looked threatening down the right side with Tom whipping in some great crosses. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalise, and Eddie’s were also defending deep making it very difficult for us. Despite our possession Eddie’s were quite dangerous on the counterattack and finished the half with a few late chances. Halftime 0-0.
The boys were a little frustrated at halftime so in the second half we needed to stay positive and patient and show more composure keeping the ball. The second half was better, but we couldn’t find the finished product. Thankfully our dominance prevailed and with less than 10 minutes to go Tom tapped in after great build up work from Alex and Jordi. Soon after Tom was awarded a penalty and despatched it with confidence. A hard-fought win. Full time 2-0.
Well done to Jake (GK) for a great game and congratulations to Gianni for making his first start.
Come and watch the boys back at Villa Park this week. We’re hoping to keep our home form and premiership alive versus Padua College.
Mr Tom Carnavas, First XI Head Coach
Many thanks to the parents of our players who had boys playing in Brisbane and then drove their son’s out to Ipswich to sit on the line for other teams. It shows the commitment and ‘buy in’ of both parents and players in improving the rugby programme at Villa. We managed to finish last Saturday with 18 wins, two draws and six losses.
Besides the 10A’s going down in a close game and the 5A and B teams finishing in draws, all the other A and B teams had wins on Saturday. After four rounds, many of our teams have tasted success at some stage this season and our preparations for the next two rounds needs to ramp up with very strong opposition in Padua and Iona awaiting Villa in Rounds 5 and 6.
I’d like to make special mention of Fraser Nixon, who played in the 7C and 7B rugby games last Saturday. Fraser scored seven tries in both games, five in one game and two in the other, which is an incredible feat. Well done Fraser.
All Junior teams are away this Saturday against Padua, with three teams playing either Marist College or SLC. All Year 9 to Open teams are at Villa Park, with photos on Saturday. Please arrive early to have your photo taken. Late arrivals will unfortunately miss having their photo taken.
All Rugby matches at Villa Park will conclude by 12noon and it would be great for the Rugby community to support the First XI football team in Reconciliation Round in a stand alone game at 12.15pm.
Mr Chris Everding, Rugby Coordinator
It was a long drive out to Ipswich to play a side who already this season had troubled everyone they played. We trained well during the week and were ready to turn on a strong performance for the Villa faithful.
Not all plans go to script, and we had a very slow start to the game and let St Edmunds run out to an early lead of 12 points to nil. Fortunately in the final seconds of the first half Mr Reliable Larry Clark intercepted the ball on halfway and ran untouched the score under the posts to give us a momentum changer, now going into half time only trailing 7-12.
At half time we were focused on the key areas we wanted to deliver against, and for the first time this year the boys put the plan into action. For those of you who are lucky enough to be there or see it on the livestream it was a fantastic half of Rugby. The green and gold amassed 32 unanswered points, with great examples of running Rugby.
A big shout out to Caden Griffiths who was awarded the Peter Daley medal for the best player on the field awarded by the opposition, with special mention to Ben Addley, Jackson Connor and Eli Harris who all had fantastic games.
Mr Eddie Harris, First XV Head Coach
For those games being played at Villa Park this Saturday 27 May, we are asking for parents to help by volunteering their time to help serve and/or cook. The barbecue will fire up at approx. 7am and it is usually in the first hour that we need the most assistance to prepare and cook the food. Please drop your son off and help if you can.
Although at times the canteen/barbecue may look like they have enough helpers, please come and offer your time as some of those volunteers may need to get to their son/s games.
The canteen/barbecue during the Football/Rugby season is Villa Sports Club’s main source of income and it can only operate with the help of Villa parents (both Football and Rugby). So please come along and help, meet some new friends and catch-up on what’s going on around the College. We hope to see you Saturday. Even if you don’t register, please come to the door and let them know your keen to help.
Dogs at AIC Sporting Venues
A reminder to all parents that due to Health and Safety requirements, all AIC Sporting venues are dog free venues including Villa Park. Please do not bring your dog/s.
The new, updated training schedule for S&C will be available in next week’s newsletter. This schedule will commence from Week 1, Term 3.
Year 5 and Year 6 Basketball trials – during Friday sport lessons until the end of Term 2.
Year 5 and Year 6 Basketball trials continue tomorrow during sport lessons, (Period 5 and Period 6). Boys who have signed on for Basketball will have trials each Friday until the end of term, when teams will be announced. There will be 36 boys chosen in each year level to represent the College in Term 3. Boys who are selected will be notified before the end of term and will be given hire singlets prior to the season starting.
Mr Jordan Mullan, First V Head Coach
Rugby League selection trials will commence in Week 9, Term 2. Keep an eye on the website Locker Room and Rugby Leagues pages for further information.
Save the date – Villanova College vs St Laurence’s College, Confraternity Rugby League game, 12pm Sunday 25 June, curtain-raiser to the Broncos vs Titans game at Suncorp Stadium. Discounted tickets will soon be issued to the College community.
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