At the conclusion of the 2019 school year, the Sports Office was very confident with the progression made with pre-season trial processes for the AFL, cricket, volleyball and swimming programs, to enable us to be in a good position leading into the 2020 season. It always strikes me that no matter how well we are prepared and organised leaving 2019, there is no escaping the usual ‘first week frenzy’ as we prepare for the trial matches and events scheduled the first week back. Given this, I was quite happy with how all coaches, players and parents did their bit to ensure the 2020 AIC Program got off to a strong start over the weekend. Many thanks to all!
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 are found on the College’s web site.
The Sports Office communicates information to parents (and students) via Villa View, website, morning notices and the 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 general 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 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 this Friday 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
Parents are asked to ensure that students are collected at the advertised finishing time of all training/practice sessions. Collection of students promptly after training allows staff to fulfil family and other commitments.
ROUND 1 AIC FIXTURES
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 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 need to wear the appropriate uniform to all AIC games. The 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. 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. Any fielder who is within 10 metres of the bat must also wear a helmet.
Training sessions have been finalized 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.
If you need to discuss any cricket matters, please be mindful that our coaches are mainly Old Boys, outside coaches or parents, most of whom are volunteering their services free of charge. When coaches are conducting training sessions, parents should only assist if you have been approached by the coach and asked to assist.
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.
With many Old Boys coaching, we are calling on parents to assist with managing the team. Managers will need to put together a roster for umpiring, scoring and any other general duties that can assist the coaches. This will free up the Old Boys time and enable them to concentrate on coaching.
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 students who were selected in the 8A, 9A and First XI cricket teams.
Mr Todd Kropp, Volleyball Co-ordinator
Last Saturday was the last trial game for coaches to observe players before finalising teams. Villanova volleyball recorded 17 wins from 19 teams against a well-trained St Patrick’s College. A big thank you to all teams and coaches for their work during the trial round. 9A Captain, Nicholas Craig, had this to say after the 9A team won their match two sets to one.
The 9A Villanova team took on one of our rivals, St Patrick’s. Our goal for this game was to hit aggressive. The first set for us was good, we were achieving our goal and hitting quite aggressively and consistently, this is how we managed to take the first set however our communication was significantly lacking. That was our main goal in the second set, to communicate better. We achieved our goals as well as taking the second set to win us the game. In the third set we saw an opportunity to experiment new plays, serves and positions. In the end the third set went the way of SPC, but we were grateful for the experience of trying new skills.
At the conclusion of the trial game, we are busy preparing the final team lists for the season and these 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. Information that can be viewed consists of training schedules, game times, playing venues and duty/linesman rosters. I encourage parents and players to use the website as a vehicle to be informed of occurrences in Villanova Volleyball.
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. This information will be available on the college website each week and published on the Sports notice board.
Round 1 begins this week against St Edmund’s and the coaching team look forward to seeing how our teams fair. It is expected that every member of Villanova volleyball plays every point of every set until the referee whistles, we hope to be humble winners and gracious in defeat.
Players are asked to be in the 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.
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Goold Hall Canteen Round 1 v SEC (8 February) – 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 maximum two occasions throughout the season). We are seeking interested persons to co-ordinate the canteen for home games for the Years 10 – 12 home rounds. If you would like to assist, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Todd Kropp, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
||Parents to assist
||8C, 8D 7C, 7D
||Any parent willing to assist
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. From the weekend all coaches have managed to come up with squads for all year levels. As mentioned, these squads are not set in concrete and will continue to change throughout the season if we see fit.
This weekend marks our first official fixture and we will really 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 30 minutes prior to the first bounce so we can have an efficient and productive warmup. Some coaches may have requested earlier so check with them their 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 have been given to the boys last week so please ensure this is also brought along to all games. A reminder training will be on for Opens Monday and Wednesday mornings, Year 7 and Year 8/9 squads on Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.30/45pm at Coorparoo AFC and Year 6 teams will be training Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30 at Coorparoo AFC. A reminder that all players will be transported by school bus to Coorparoo AFC, however parents are required to collect their son promptly from training.
I encourage all players to arrive early and stay after their game if possible, to support your teammates on Friday and Saturday. We look forward to seeing all players and spectators there this weekend to kick off what is sure to be an excellent and exciting season.
Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swimming Co-ordinator
Our preparation schedule is now under way with squads training each morning at Langlands Pool, the Interhouse swimming carnivals completed and the Friday evening meets beginning. Congratulations to all the boys who represented their Houses at the Interhouse Carnival. I also wish to thank all the students and parents who have made the commitment to attend the training sessions and strongly encourage all boys to attend as many sessions as possible. With only three weeks of training left until the competition at Chandler, we need to be training regularly to be at our best. The sign in sheets for the squad are kept at the front desk as the boys enter the pool. The boys are asked to tick off as they enter so that we can monitor who has been training. If the Jets swimmers, who are training before our squad could also sign on the way out, it will assist me with team selection.
The walk up the hill after training can be difficult for some of the younger boys who also must carry bags. Parents may prefer to make a stop at school on the way to swimming in the mornings and deliver the bags to the classroom or to the Goold Hall foyer where staff usually are available each morning. The boys would then only need their swimming gear and their uniforms after training.
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 7 February
The Villanova swim squad will travel to St Peter’s tomorrow, 7 February. A bus will depart the College by 3.10pm 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. The bus will be leaving St Peter’s about 6:30pm, so please ensure that you are waiting for the boys at the College when the bus arrives. It is not fair to expect staff to wait around for another half hour or so after a long day for parents to collect their sons.
Lytton District Swimming
Boys who will be nominated to swim in the Lytton District swimming trials will be given the relevant information early next week from Mr Everding. The trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 14 February. Students who are nominated for this Meet must find their own way to and from Moreton Bay College. Due to the nature of this trial, only three – four per age group can be nominated from Villanova for each stroke and the College will nominate the boys. Parents are not permitted to nominate their sons for any Lytton trials. 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
Please be aware that the abovementioned Met East trials will be held at Chandler on Tuesday 3 March. Students who turn 13 years or older in 2020 are nominated directly to the Met East 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. At present we have not received the official Met East Swim Nomination Forms, but we will advertise via Morning Notices when these become available. Please note a $22 fee will be payable by 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 the Year 5and 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 3pm 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).
- Years 7 – 12 rugby (plus First/Second football) – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park 4.00pm – 5.15pm approx.
- Years 7 – 12 Football (excluding First and Seconds) 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.
FOOTBALL – JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
Training will begin on Monday 10 February from 7.00 – 8.00am at Little Langlands for those boys invited into the program. At this stage the program will run for six consecutive Monday mornings until Monday 16 March. Players are asked to wear suitable football training gear including shin guards and boots to all sessions.
The following Composite Sport trial information is now available from the Sports Office.
||Forms due to Sport Office
||Thursday, 3 March
||Thursday, 27 February
||Monday, 24 February
||Wednesday, 19 February
||Wednesday, 26 February
||Friday, 21 February
||Monday, 2 March
||Friday, 21 February
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport