Director of Sport Address
Villa Park was a hive of activity on Saturday 25 March with our first trial round for Football and Rugby. With over 800 students participating in games and internal trials, there was a great sense of friendship and community around the fields.
This was evident at the barbecue and Canteen with over thirty parent volunteers signing up online to register their assistance on the day. The Sports Club would like to thank all of those volunteers who helped make the day such a success and parents are encouraged to continue this support through our home rounds in Term 2.
Our Chess program also commenced on Friday 24 March with trial rounds versus St Laurence’s College. It was pleasing to see so many Villa students attend the Chess trials as this will provide great depth to our teams for the AIC season in Term 2.
Congratulations to Mr Pascoe and our First XVIII AFL team who finished third in the AIC Open competition. This caps of a stellar term for our Villanova sporting teams, please see below finalised results for all Term 1 sports.
||First Team Placing
||Aggregate (overall) Placing
||Seniors – Third , Juniors – First
As we transition into Term 2 sports, families are reminded to please refer to the website Locker Room page and the Villanova College App for updated Term 2 training schedules and draws. Team lists for our Iona trial round on Saturday 22 April will be posted to the Parent Lounge and Student Cafe by this Friday 31 March.
I wish all families a restful and enjoyable break and I look forward to Term 2.
Return of Hire Jerseys in AFL and Volleyball
Students are reminded to please return AFL and Volleyball Hire jerseys to the Uniform Shop as soon as possible.
Sports Club – parent volunteers
A reminder that the Villanova Sports Club run the barbecue/Canteen at Villa Park on Saturdays. If any parents have some spare time on game days to lend a hand, perhaps during your son’s warm-up or post-game, that would be very much appreciated. Revenue raised from our canteens goes directly towards the development of our Sports programs. Thank you in advance for your assistance, it is very much appreciated.
The next trial round at Villa Park is Saturday 22 April versus Iona. Our Years 5-8 Football and Rugby teams will be playing at home. Information on how to register your assistance will be provided online and, in the draw, posted in Week 1, Term 2.
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 (for example this is the case in AFL). 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.
Term 2 Trials/Training Schedules (commences Week 9, Term 1)
Please click on the links below for the Term 2 training schedules.
Term 2 Training Schedule
Note the Chess training schedule can be found on the website Chess page and in the College Newsletters/Sports Bulletins.
There will be trial games versus Iona College for Chess on Friday 21 April and trial games for Football and Rugby on Saturday 22 April. Draws coming soon.
Please see below the Chess training schedule for Term 2. The next trial round for Chess is Friday 21 April against Iona College.
Ms Kath Underhill, Chess Coordinator
The cross-country training for the ‘Running Wildcats’ has had a very positive start for those runners who have been training. I strongly encourage each member of the squad to continue training through the Easter holidays to maintain the fitness developed through some outstanding training during the latter stages of Term 1.
The AIC Cross-Country Championships are scheduled for Wednesday 31May, at St Patrick’s College sporting fields, Curlew Park, Sandgate, so the time to prepare is now.
There have been a number of students who have uploaded the Strava app. I encourage further members of the cross-country squad to download the free app and join the club. Although, the Strava app works better on fitness trackers and smart watches it is also very effective with any smart phone. However, you will need to carry your phone (arm brace preferable) when running to get maximum benefit from the app.
Strava is a free digital service accessible through both mobile applications and the web. Many students have been uploading runs regularly, following other athletes, giving them kudos and comments, joining clubs and challenges. It is a closed club so to join the squad on Strava please join Strava and request access to the:
Running Wildcats Cross Country Squad. Or use the link https://www.strava.com/clubs/893528
Holiday training will be conducted for those staying close:
Wednesday and Friday Mornings from 7 to 8 am
Coorparoo AFC, 33 Birubi Street Coorparoo
(We meet on the back oval, not fenced)
ParkRun (Race Training):
Saturday 1 and 15 April Stones Corner Park Run
Meet 6.30 am Race 7am
The event takes place at Hanlon Park, Junction Street, Stones Corner
Holiday training for those going away on the holidays training each week should incorporate:
- One session with the Parkrun is the preferred option.
- Two sessions from Option 1, 2 or 3 from the table below.
Warm – up for all sessions 10-minute Jog + Drills/Run throughs (High knees, Butt flicks etc), the usual warm-up completed before each Cross-Country session.
|Villanova College Cross-Country Easter Holiday Training Program
||4-6 x 800m Reps,
2min rest interval
(Goal time 2.30-3 min)
|2 x 9min Fartlek,
3min Rest interval
(4min on, 1min off,
2min on, 1min off, 1min on)
(4 x 30sec Hills, 1.30min rest)
3min Rest b/sets
||3- 6 x 3min Reps,
2min Rest interval
|4 x 4min Fartlek,
2 min Rest interval
(4x (30sec easy, 20sec hard 10sec harder)
2 sets (4 x 15sec Sand Dune Hills, 1.30min rest) 3min Rest b/sets
(3-4 x 200m Reps,
1.30 Rest interval)
(3min Rest b/sets)
(Goal time < 40sec)
|20 min Tempo Run
(Use Garmin/phone to record to see average speed goal = 4 min/km)
2 sets (4x 150m Reps,
1.30 Rest) 3min Rest b/sets
(Goal time 30-40 sec)
Please email any of the coaches if you require further clarification about the Cross-Country holiday training program. We look forward to having each runner in the team, become the best runner he can be. Dedication to training especially when no one is watching, is a key habit that enable a team, and an individual, to grow in character.
Mr Brian Pascoe, Cross-Country Coordinator
It was exciting to arrive at Villa Park last Saturday to witness the Villanova community officially “kicking off” the Football (and Rugby) season for 2023.
Our First XI squad hosted our perennial rivals St Laurence’s College. Despite losing 3-2 it was a very pleasing result and also an entertaining game to watch. Sixteen players had the opportunity to play a part and showcase their talents. Every player put in a solid performance. Being only our second trial we showed a lot of promise and with some hard work at training we can once again challenge for premiership honours.
Our next trial game is Thursday afternoon 30 March at Villa Park against BSHS. This will be another opportunity for players to impress leading into our two-day holiday camp at Villa Park.
For those students interested in some further training over the holidays, please see link attached for the Capalaba Bulldogs Holiday Camp,
Capalaba Bulldogs Holiday Camp – April 2023
Mr Tom Carnavas, First XI Head Coach
The Andrew Slack squad had their first hit out of the year with trials against St Laurence’s First & Second XV . It was an exciting day for all the squad, who had started training way back in term three in 2022.
We played two very hard fought games, with our Seconds playing outstanding rugby and coming home comfortable winners, while the 1st XV won 5 tries to 3 in the dying seconds of the game with a spectacular try to Hugo Harrison.
Next week we turn our attention to our trial against Churchie at Villa Park on Saturday Morning, followed by our four day camp at the Sunshine Coast Recreational Centre in the first week of the school holidays.
Congratulations to all our Villa Rugby boys who internally trialled on Saturday, we look forward to you all having a successful season ahead and a big shoutout to our 10A & 9A’s who were also victorious against St Laurence’s and St James respectively on the weekend.
Easter holiday rugby clinics are being run at Villa Park for students in Year 5-8 during the first week. Please refer to the flyer below to register your interest. Limited spots are available, so register early.
Rugby Clinic – Advantage Line Sports Performance
Mr Eddie Harris, First XV Head Coach
Strength & Conditioning
The new training schedule for S&C has now commenced. Boys must register here for the Term 2 schedule. Please see below the link to the new Term 2 training schedule.
Register here for Term 2 S&C
S&C Training Schedule – Term 2, 2023 (note two versions)
Mr Marco Mastrorocco, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Rugby & Football camps in the Term 1 holidays
Both our Rugby and Football firsts squads will be attending camps in the Term 1 break, in preparation for AIC competition in Term 2.
Our Football boys are attending training days at Villa Park on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 April, with trial games on Friday afternoon. Further details will be emailed to the relevant boys soon.
Our Rugby boys have a trial game versus Churchie on Saturday 1 April, 10am at Villa Park. The squad is also travelling to the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre at Currimundi from Sunday 2 to Wednesday 5 April.
We wish both squads well as they approach AIC Round 1 on Saturday 29 April.
Basketball – Villanova Wildcats Basketball Camp
The Villanova Wildcats Basketball Camp is on again during the school holidays and is open to Years 5-8 students. The camp will feature two days of basketball skills, fun and games for all. Led by Villanova coaches with experience at the NBL, WNBL, NBL1, state and national levels, players will have the opportunity to learn about the Villanova Wildcats style of play and make friends.
When: Tuesday 11 April & Wednesday 12 April
Where: Goold Hall, Villanova College
Times: 8:30am – 3:30pm each day
What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, basketball, drink bottle, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
Cost: $150 for 2 days
Parents will be emailed a link to register, this camp is limited to 50 students!
Mr Jordan Mullan, First V Head Coach
Save the date: Sunday 25 June. Villanova College will be entering a Rugby League team in the Confraternity Shield Carnival in 2023. Their first match versus St Laurence’s College will be the curtain raiser to the Broncos vs Titans NRL match at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon 25 June 2023.
Mr Blake McLauchlan, Rugby League Coordinator
Tennis – First IV Development Squad
In preparation for the 2023 AIC Season, Villanova College in conjunction with Morningside Tennis Centre, will again host the First IV Tennis Development Squad during Term 2. More information will be communicated with the selected members.
Mr Todd Kropp, Tennis Coordinator
External Sporting Achievements
A big congratulations to Year 12 student, Tom Winn, who has been selected to represent the Queensland School Sport Golf team at the State Championships in May on the Sunshine Coast. All the best, Tom.
Mr Shaun McLean, Director Of Sport