At the conclusion of the 2018 school year, the Sports Office was very confident with the progression made in our pre-season trial processes for the AFL, cricket, volleyball and swimming programs so that we would be in a good position leading into the 2019 season. It always strikes me that no matter how well we are prepared and organised leaving 2018, there is no escaping the usual ‘first week frenzy’ as we prepare for the trial matches and events scheduled the first week back.
Now that we have reached Week 2 of the school year, all training programs across all sports and year levels are set for the season ahead. These schedules along with the coaching contact details, team lists and by-laws can be found on the College’s web site.
The Sports Department communicates information to parents (and students) via the College’s newsletter (Villa View), website, morning notices and the new Villanova College App (this is a must to install on your phone). Regular access to the College’s website is essential. Please be advised that we aim to post the weekly draws on the website by Wednesday of each week. All team lists for each team sport should be posted by Thursday if not earlier.
As part of the ongoing and far reaching learning process at Villanova, we do require our students to take responsibility. When a student commits himself to a team, the College expects that he makes every effort to attend all training sessions and games throughout the season within reason. It is not the responsibility of a student to pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend. If a student’s training schedule conflicts with any other Villanova co-curricular commitment we will be more than happy to negotiate an alternative schedule, however, your son must communicate this to the College via the Sports Department.
As a rule, both the Director of Sport and Director of Music have agreed on the following when there is a clash between sport training and music rehearsal. Please consult the respective Director of Sport/Music to arrange the specific alternate schedule.
- Students in ‘A’ teams (two training sessions per week) will rotate rehearsal with one training session every fortnight; i.e. rehearsal and training one week, 2 training sessions the next.
- Students in ‘B’ teams (two training sessions per week) will attend one training session and rehearsal every week
- Students in all other teams (one training session per week) are to rotate training and rehearsal every fortnight, i.e. rehearsal one week, training the next.
I must congratulate the many coaches and players who represented the College last weekend in cricket, swimming, AFL and volleyball trials. In order to move the ‘sporting elephant’ we need many hands-on deck to ensure that all Villanova College teams are well prepared and organised. I thank the many people who have assisted the sports program so far by fulfilling the various roles needed for things to run smoothly.
Villanova heads into Round 1 of competition this weekend against St Edmund’s College (SEC) in cricket and volleyball and various schools in the AFL. I ask all players to be focused and ready for battle as we look to commence the season well. Our swim squad will travel to St Peter’s Lutheran College via buses organised by the College tomorrow evening for the first official AIC swim meet of the season.
As always, to gain good results we must put a substantial effort into our training. I ask all coaches and players to focus on what they need to do at each training session each week so that improvement can be made. The next challenge is put this into action on game day. The fact is we need to train hard and play hard every week to gain positive results. Pride in the jersey, leaving nothing in the tank and giving our best to our College and to our mates is what we want, no matter the result. Good luck to all this weekend and enjoy. Go Villa!
Teacher Supervision after Training
It is College policy that the supervision of students by attending staff ceases 15 minutes after the completion of the advertised finishing time of the training/practice session.
Round 1 AIC Fixtures – Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v St. Edmund’s College (SEC), AIC AFL v St Edmund’s and Ashgrove (ASH).
Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v SEC/ASH. Simply scroll down on the College’s home page to the ‘Latest News’ section and click the ‘Weekly Fixtures’ section.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind players and parents that cricketers must wear the appropriate uniform to all AIC games. This uniform consists of the Villanova cricket shirt, Villanova hat or cap and white pants for all players. It is not acceptable for any player to wear any club cricket shirt or hat when representing Villanova College. All players are to have their own box protector. It is compulsory for all players to wear a helmet whilst batting and keeping up to the stumps.
Training sessions have now been finalised and all players are expected to attend all sessions. If for some reason a student is unable to attend training, we ask parents to email the coaches directly (not the Sports Office). The training schedule and coaches contact details are posted on the College’s website.
It is important that all players check their team lists, as there has been player movement in all year levels. Boys have been moved around since the trials last weekend and there are still opportunities for players to be moved around throughout the season.
Please be mindful that our coaches are mainly Old Boys, outside coaches or parents, most of whom are volunteering their services free of charge. Please be mindful of this if you need to discuss any cricket matters with them. When coaches are conducting training sessions, parents should only assist if you have been approached by the coach to do so.
Many coaches need the assistance from parents to assist during the season with umpiring and scoring duties. We ask parents to offer their services so as there is an even distribution of duties so that not one person is burdened each week with the same duty.
Cricket – Villanova Park Canteen
Parents of boys playing on the Andrew Slack Oval are asked to man the canteen during their son’s game each Saturday. Information regarding this was emailed to all parents of those students who were selected in the 8A, 9A and First XI cricket teams.
AIC Volleyball – Ms Barbara Dewis, Volleyball Co-ordinator
Last Saturday was the last trial game for coaches to observe players before finalising teams. In most games played the results were very encouraging with some teams having a win on the day. Well done to those teams and coaches. All team lists will be updated and placed on the College website – please check from Wednesday afternoon each week. The College website is the first place to visit for information regarding when and where your son will be playing each Saturday. This is where you will find information on training schedules, game times and playing venues.
In order to host home games, we do require a huge amount of help. From time to time each player will be asked to perform a court duty – linesman. We ask parents to support the College by ensuring that your son is available and attend the designated court duty before or after his game.
Due to the number of home games could I please ask parents to make yourselves available to assist in the canteen. At the trial game last Saturday, the barbecue was lit to prepare bacon and egg wraps for those early arrivals. Thank you to Jeremy Meredith, Robyn Gunning and Rob Abraham for their assistance. I am sure those of you who had a bacon and egg wrap were very appreciative of their time.
Round 1 begins this week against St Edmund’s. All players will need to be prepared for the unexpected when playing St Edmund’s by chasing the ball no matter what. With a new volleyball season about to begin the players motto is – Be Engaged in What is Happening (on the court).
Players are asked to be in correct uniform for the start of the volleyball season – no rugby or basketball shorts, and no black socks. Please check the College website for more information.
Goold Hall Canteen – Volleyball Parents
The Villanova Sports Club requests the assistance of all volleyball parents to help serve in the canteen during our home games. Parents are asked to assist in the canteen when their son arrives 30 minutes prior to the start time of their game time for warm up or when their son has been rostered on for court duty (this should be only two occasions throughout the season). At the moment we are seeking interested persons to coordinate the canteen for home games for the Year 10 – Year 12 home rounds. If you can assist, please contact Ms Barbara Dewis, Email: email@example.com
|Volleyball Canteen Roster
Goold Hall – Round 1 v SEC – Saturday 9 February
We kindly ask parents to assist when their son is rostered on for court duty, or during pre-game warm up as per the schedule below.
||Parents to assist
||Third VI, 10C
||10A, Second VI
||Any parents who are willing to assist
AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator
Firstly, I would like to thank all those parents and players for their efforts and participation at our recent trials. It certainly made for a great start to our season and demonstrated to us as coaches that we have many talented players to work with this year. All coaches have now managed to come up with squads for all year levels. As previously mentioned, these squads are not set in concrete and will continue to change throughout the season as we see fit.
This weekend marks our first official fixture and we need to be switched on and ready to go come Friday and Saturday. I ask all players to be at your designated venue at least 20 minutes prior to the first bounce so we can have an efficient and productive warmup. Some coaches may have requested earlier, so please check with them to ensure you have the correct start time. All players are required to wear the Villanova rugby shorts and socks and ensure they each have a mouthguard ready to play. Jerseys were given to the boys last week so please ensure this is also brought along to all games.
Training will be on Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.30/45pm at Villanova Park for Year 8/9 and Open squads and Year 6 and Year 7 teams will train on Thursday from 3.30pm – 4.30/45pm at Villanova Park. A reminder that all players will be transported by school bus to Villa Park, however parents are required to collect their son from training.
I encourage all players to arrive early and stay behind to support your teammates this Friday and Saturday. We look forward to seeing all players and spectators this weekend to kick off what promises to be an excellent and exciting season.
AIC Swimming – Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swimming Co-ordinator
Our preparation schedule is now under way with squads training each morning at Langlands Pool, the Inter-house swimming carnivals completed and the Friday evening meets beginning. I thank all the students and parents who have made the commitment to attend the training sessions and encourage all boys to attend as many sessions as possible. With only four weeks of training left until the competition at Chandler, we need to be training regularly to be at our best.
The walk up the hill after training can be difficult for some of the younger boys who also must carry their school bags. I would like to suggest that parents make a stop at the College on the way to Langlands Pool and deliver the bags to the classroom or to the Goold Hall foyer where staff are available each morning. The boys will then only require their swimming gear and their school uniforms for after training. Year 5 boys who have been on camp this week are not expected to attend the Friday carnival at St Peter’s, but are welcome to do so if they feel they have the energy.
The first of our Friday morning breakfasts will begin this week. Thank you to the team of parents who are helping prepare for the hordes of hungry swimmers. The boys look forward to the breakfast very much and are most grateful to everyone.
AIC Swim Meet at St Peter’s Lutheran College – Friday 8 February
The Villanova swim squad will travel to St Peter’s tomorrow. A bus will depart the College by 3.15pm and should return by 7.00pm. A full program of events is posted on the College’s website within the sports section under AIC Swimming.
We became aware of an issue with the new Villanova jammers this week. As a result, we have had an initial meeting with the supply company and they are addressing the problem and will replace the togs with the correct ones. The fabric used was not the correct type and is not suitable for our purposes. We will find out more information about the exchange process and the time lines for this later in the week, and when I have more information, I will email all parents. My apologies for the inconvenience, but the company was most helpful and is working to rectify the problem as quickly as possible.
Lytton District Swimming
Boys who will be nominated to swim in the Lytton District swimming trials will be given the relevant information next week. The trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 15 February. Students who are nominated for this event must find their own way to and from the event. Due to the nature of this trial, only three – four boys per age group can be nominated from the College for each stroke. We are also looking for a parent to nominate to act as an official for the day as no staff from Villanova will be released to attend.
Met East Swimming
The Met East Swimming trials will be held at Chandler on Tuesday 5 March. Students who turn 13 years or older in 2019 are nominated directly to these trials based on qualifying times. Students turning 12 years or younger must attend the Lytton Trials in order to gain entry. Any student who wishes to participate must see Mr Stariha for all the necessary forms. Please note a $20 fee will be charged to each swimmer who wishes to nominate.
AIC Rugby and Football
With many clubs now having their sign-on days, please be aware that information regarding AIC rugby and football will be sent home in a couple of weeks, particularly to Year 5 and Year 6 students. It is important to note that:
Boys should make themselves available to play school rugby/football. The AIC pre-season/trials commences at the end of Term 1 and throughout Term 2. The season consists of two trial games and seven rounds as per the College calendar. Please be aware that College commitments take precedence over club commitments as per College policy.
School rugby/football is played on Saturday mornings between 7.30am and 3.00pm as per the College calendar. All A and B teams will have two training sessions each week. C teams and lower may only train once.
- All Year 5 and Year 6 training will be at Langlands (rugby) or Whinstanes (football).
- Year 7 – Year 12 rugby (plus First/Second football) – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park 4.00pm – 5.15pm approx.
- Year 7 – Year 12 football (excluding First and Second teams) Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Villanova Park.
Allowing your son to participate in AIC rugby/football, helps to promote school spirit, camaraderie and a sense of personal achievement in representing his College.