Sports News

It is with a great sense of sadness that this will be my last newsletter. After 11 years of service as the Villanova College, Director of Sport, I will be moving on to a new school in 2023. I have cherished my time at Villanova, and I wish to thank all the wonderful people who have assisted myself and the Sport Office in the various roles needed to conduct a sports program over many years.

As I take up the position of Head of Sport at my alma mater, Iona College, I will look back at my days at Villanova with fond memories. Thank you all!

Villanova Summer Vacation Sport Program

Andrew Slack Squad and Ben Mowen Training

  • All start and finish dates are found within the ‘Program Calendar’ which was emailed to all members some time ago.

In 2022/23, the following cricket trials have been organised before Round 1 of the AIC Cricket season.

  • First, Second, Year 10 Development team Trial v GT at GT (venue TBC) – Wednesday 30 December
  • First XI Cricket Tour – Melbourne, 4 – 8 December
  • First XI Christian Brothers Cricket Tournament – Monday 9January – Friday 13 January
  • First XI T20 Tournament at Padua – Monday 16 January and Tuesday 17 January
  • Annual Cricket Camp /Clinic at Villanova Park – Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January
  • 10A T20 Tournament at Ashgrove – Thursday 19 January and Friday 20 January
  • First XI trial v JPC – Friday 20 January at Villanova Park
  • Year 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B, Thirds, Seconds will have internal trials at Villanova Park – Friday 20 January
  • Saturday 28 January – Year 6 – 12 Cricket trials v Padua College, Year 5 will have internal trials. Times and dates TBA
  • Saturday 4 February – AIC Round 1 v Ashgrove

Villanova Cricket Clinic 17 – 19 January 2023
The annual Villanova Cricket Camp will be held at Villanova Park on 17 – 19 January 2023. This camp is open to all Year 5 – 9 (2023) cricketers, including boys entering the College in 2023. We recommend all players attend the camp as a good way to bolster their skills before the AIC Cricket season.

Venue:  Villanova Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa
Ticket Price:  $210.00       Food and Drinks: BYO
Time: Three Day Camp – 8am – midday each day

AIC Cricket Trials – A and B Trials and First v JPC, Friday 20 January 2023 (Year 6 – 12 ‘A and B’ Team Trials)
Please find below the schedule for the cricket trials to be played on Friday 20 January. Team lists are in the Parent Lounge and Student Café portals. All players in these teams are required to attend, as these trials will form part of the trial process.

Most teams will play with up to 12 players per team. After these trials, teams will be reset and republished ready for the Year 6 – 12 Cricket trials against Padua College on Saturday 28 January.

After the First/Second/10A trials against Gregory Terrace, the Oblate Tour and the Brisbane Schools Cricket Carnival Tournament, the College will repost the full school team lists on the web to advertise the First/Second and 10A teams in readiness for the trials against Padua next year. Please stay tuned for these updated team lists. The team lists will be advertised via the respective Parent Lounge and Student Café portals.

If your son is unavailable for the trial below, please email Mr Chris Everding – so that alternative arrangements can be put in place.

Villanova College ‘A and B’ Cricket Team Trial Schedule, Friday 20 Jan

First XI 9am – 5pm Andrew Slack Oval 50
Second XI/Third XI 12.30pm – 5pm Fr. John Seary Oval 35
9A/B 12.30pm – 5pm Villanova Park No. 3 35
8A/B 8am – 12.30pm Fr. John Seary Oval 30
7A/B 8am – 12.30pm Villanova Park No. 3 30
6A/B 8am – 11.30am Villanova Park No. 4 25

AIC Volleyball
Volleyball Date Claimers

  • First VI, 11A and 10A Australian Schools Cup – Sunday 4 – Saturday 10 December
  • Saturday 12 November – AIC Volleyball Trials v Iona
  • Saturday 19 November – AIC Volleyball Trials v SLC
  • Monday and Tuesday 16 and 17 January – AIC Volleyball Clinics
  • Saturday 28 January – Full school Volleyball trial v Padua College
  • Saturday 4 February – Round 1 v Ashgrove

Villanova Volleyball Clinic Schedule – 16 and 17 January 2023
Please be advised that Volleyball clinics will be scheduled for Monday 16 January for all Volleyball players from Year 7 – 12, and Tuesday 17 January for selected teams. Please see the schedule below for details.

Monday 16 January
Years 7 – Open
Venue:  Goold Hall, Villanova College, Eighth Avenue Coorparoo
Uniform:  Sports PE uniform or any suitable sports clothing

Time Court 1 – Goold Hall Court 2 – Goold Hall
6.30am – 8.00am Year 7 Year 7
8.00am – 9.30am Year 8 Year 8
9.30am – 11.00am Year 9 Year 9
11.00am – 12.30pm Year 10 Year 10
12.30pm – 2.00pm Year 11 Year 11
2.00pm – 3.30pm Second VI Third VI
3.30pm – 5.00pm First VI First VI

Tuesday 17 January
Years 7 – Open
Venue:  Goold Hall, Villanova College, Eighth Avenue Coorparoo
Uniform:  Sports PE uniform or any suitable sports clothing

Time Court 1 – Goold Hall Court 2 – Goold Hall
6.30am – 8.00am Year 7A Year 7B
8.00am – 9.30am Year 8A Year 8B
9.30am – 11.00am Year 9A Year 9B
11.00am – 12.30pm Year 10A Year 10B
12.30pm – 2.00pm Year 11A Second/Third VI
2.00pm – 3.30pm First VI First VI

AIC Swimming
Last day – Friday 16 December
Start back – Tuesday 3 January

  • A Swim Clinic will be conducted on Monday 16 January 7.30 – 9.30am, all details below and within the AIC Swimming section on the web.

Villanova Swim Clinic Schedule – Monday 16 Jan 2023
Who: Open to all swimmers who have been training at Langlands Pool or for those serious swimmers training at other Clubs
Venue:  Langlands Pool
Date: Monday 16 January 2023
Time:  7.30 – 9.30am

Improve your performance in the water. Coaches will work on perfecting your body position in the water, stroke correction and core strength to achieve maximum efficiency in the water. Training will involve a combination of pool work, gym training and feedback of strokes. We will also begin to work on starts, turns, and finishes. Students must bring own morning tea and snacks, all swimming gear, running shoes, water bottles, hat and shirt for gym work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills in the water and expand your knowledge about swimming. Please register your attendance with the Villanova Swim Co-ordinator – Mrs Juanita Jacobs email:

AFL Date Claimers
The College has organised trial matches on the following dates. All times and venues will be posted on the college’s website within the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section via the ‘Locker Room’ each week.

  • Friday 18 November First Trial match v St Laurence’s College
  • Saturday 19 November, Year 8A, 8B, 9A/B, 9/10 B Trial matches v St Laurence’s College
  • Friday 27/Saturday 28 January – Year 6 – 12 AFL trial v Padua College
  • Saturday 28 January – Year 5 Internal AFL trials
  • Friday 3 – Saturday 4 February – Round 1 v Ashgrove

AIC Cricket Coaches Needed
We are still looking for coaches for the following four teams for 2023: 7 Gold, 6 White, 5 Gold and 5 White. If there are any parents from players in those teams or other members of the community willing to assist, then please contact Mr Chris Everding –

Representative Sport
Well done to Sebastian Shimizu (Year 10) who has been selected in the U16 QLD State Baseball Team. Sebastian play in the Australian Youth Championships in Sydney from 10 to 17 January 2023 representing Queensland.  All the best Sebastian!

At the annual Brisbane Referees Awards Dinner, William Fritz (Year 9) was awarded the Best Junior Referee. William was prominent on the referee’s schedule throughout the AIC Rugby League season too. A great achievement, well done Will!

William Fritz with his award

Mr Craig Stariha, Director Of Sport


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