At the conclusion of the 2017 school year, the Sports Office was very confident with the progression made concerning our pre-season trial process for the cricket, volleyball and swimming programs to ensure we would be in a strong position leading into the 2018 season. It always strikes me that no matter how well we are prepared and organised leaving 2017, 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 are 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 Skoolbag App. 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 make 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 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 rehearsals. Please consult the respective Director of Sport or 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, two 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 teams representing Villanova College are well prepared and organised. I thank the many people who have assisted so far by fulfilling the various roles needed for things to run smoothly.
Villanova heads into Round 1 of competition this weekend against St Pat’s (SPC) in cricket and volleyball and St Laurence’s in 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 Ashgrove 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 to 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 – Saturday 3rd February, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v St. Patrick’s College (SPC), AIC AFL v St Laurence’s College (SLC).
Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v SPC/SLC. 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 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 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 since the trials last weekend. Please note 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 respectful of this if you need to discuss any cricket matters with them. When coaches are conducting training sessions, parents should only assist if they have been asked to do so by the coach.
Many coaches are in need of 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 and one person is not burdened each week with the same duty.
Cricket – Villanova Park Canteen
Parents of boys playing on the Andrew Slack Oval are asked to assist in 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. 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 on Saturday. Information consists of training schedules, game times and playing venues. I encourage parents and players to use the website as a vehicle to be informed of all information pertaining to 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 particular court duties. We ask parents to support the College by ensuring that your son is available and attends the designated court duties before or after his game.
Due to the number of home games, I please ask parents to make themselves available to assist in the canteen. At the trial game last Saturday, bacon and egg wraps were prepared and ready to be served to those who arrived early. Thank you to Jeremy Meredith, Robyn and Paul Gunning and Jackie Harding for their assistance with the firing up of the BBQ and the cooking and preparation of food. I am sure those who enjoyed a bacon and egg wrap were very appreciative of your time.
Round 1 begins this week against St Pat’s. All players will need to be prepared for the unexpected by chasing the ball, no matter what. With a new volleyball season about to begin the player motto is: Be Engaged in What is Happening (on the court).
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 only be on two occasions throughout the season).
We are currently seeking interested persons to coordinate the canteen for home games for either the Year 7 – 9 or Year 10 – 12 home rounds. If you would like to take on this role, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Anthony Kemp in the Sports Office, Email: email@example.com
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Goold Hall – Round 1 v SPC – 3 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
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AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator
I would like to thank all those parents and players for their efforts and participation on Saturday 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, Matt Conlan and I have managed to come up with two squads for both the Year 5 and Year 6 players. As 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 will need to be prepared and ready to go come Saturday. Below are our game times and I ask all players to be at Yeronga at least 20 minutes prior to the first bounce so we can have an efficient and productive warmup. All players are required to wear the Villanova rugby shorts and socks and ensure they each have a mouth guard ready to play.
Jerseys were distributed to the boys last weekend so please ensure these are brought along on Saturday. A reminder that training will be held for both year levels on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm at the Coorparoo Football Club. Please note that only the Year 6 teams will be training today as Year 5 students are away on camp.
I encourage all players to arrive at the games early and stay behind if possible to support your teammates. We look forward to seeing all players and spectators this Saturday to commence what is sure to be an excellent and exciting season.
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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 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 have to carry bags. Can I suggest that parents make a stop at the College on the way to swimming and deliver the bags outside the classroom or to the Goold Hall foyer where staff are available each morning. The boys would then only need their swimming gear and their uniforms for after training. Year 5 boys who have been on camp this week are not expected to attend the Friday carnival at Ashgrove, but are welcome to do so if they feel they have the energy.
AIC Swimming Breakfasts
After the compulsory Friday morning swim training sessions, the College (with parental assistance) will provide a cooked BBQ breakfast for all squad members from Year 5 – 12. We ask all squad members to return their ‘swim brekky forms’ ASAP so that we are able to sufficiently cater for all. If parents are able to assist with the preparation, we ask you to indicate this on the ‘brekky form’ as well. These forms are located on the website or at the Sports Office.
AIC Swim Meet at Marist College, Ashgrove – Friday 2 February
The Villanova Swim Squad will travel to Marist College, Ashgrove this Friday 2 February. A bus will depart the College by 3.15pm and should return by 7.00pm – 7.30pm. A full program of events is posted on the College’s website within the sports section under AIC Swimming.
Lytton District Swimming
Boys who have been nominated to swim in the Lytton District Swimming Trials have been given the relevant information. The trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 9 February. Students who have nominated for this event must find their own way to and from the event. Due to the nature of this trial, only three or four boys per age group can be nominated from Villanova 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 attend.
Met East Swimming
The Met East Trials will be held at Chandler on Tuesday 27 February. Students who turn 13 years or older in 2018 are nominated directly 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 the 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 and football is played on Saturday 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 a week.
- All Year 5 and Year 6 training will be at Little Langlands (rugby) or Whinstanes (football).
- Year 7 – 12 rugby (plus Firsts and Seconds football) – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park 4.00pm – 5.15pm approx.
- Year 7 – 12 football (excluding Firsts and Seconds) Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Villanova Park.
Allowing your son to participate in AIC rugby or football, helps to promote school spirit, camaraderie and a sense of personal achievement in representing his College.
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport