Villanova College – AIC Cricket Champion School 2020
Back to Back Champions!
Last weekend marked the last official round of the AIC cricket, AFL and volleyball season for 2020 (although all games were cancelled). Much planning and preparation goes into each season to give each player an opportunity to develop their skills and enjoy the experience of playing schoolboy sport. Naturally the boys and their coaches are competitive and we as a College certainly do encourage all team members (players and coaching staff) to be the best they can be and to aim towards taking out premierships or aggregates if on offer. Although winning is not why we participate in sport there is no shame in proclaiming that we wish to be successful and go for the win if done in the correct manner.
At any level in sport it is ideal for all players, coaches and supporters to take their wins and losses gracefully. During this past term we had many teams who were able to take out premierships. We had some teams who just fell short and lost their last game and were unable to take out a premiership. We had some teams who were middle of the road in terms of results and some teams struggled all season. My personal belief is that the true success of a schoolboy sport season is gauged on the enjoyment experienced by each player and the relationship that each player has formed with his fellow teammates and coaches whilst participating. In the relatively short season we had, I believe the boys enjoyed their sporting experience. I congratulate everyone who got out there and got involved no matter the result. Well done!
Overall, Villanova managed to secure five AIC cricket premierships as well as securing the 2020 AIC Cricket Aggregate Shield for the second consecutive year. This is a fantastic achievement and one which our entire College is very proud. Our AFL players did extremely well again this year to produce two AFL premierships as well as our College coming fourth in the overall AFL Aggregate. Villanova produced four AIC volleyball premierships this year and we were placed fourth overall in the Volleyball aggregate which was a massive improvement on last year’s results. A more in-depth report for cricket, AFL and volleyball is below.
Congratulations to all players on a sensational season, particularly those players who gained a premiership. On behalf of the entire College I wish to thank and congratulate all the coaches, managers and all players who produced their best week in, week out for themselves and the College for Villa to have such a successful season. Well done to all!
AIC Sport – Term 3 and Term 4
By now all within our community would be aware that the AIC Management Committee late last week made the decision to cease all AIC sports activity in Term 2 of this year. This includes all games, training and all-pre-season activity for Term 3.
As a result, all AIC rugby, football, chess and cross country seasons have been suspended as well as our development programs for basketball and tennis for the entire term.
Further developments this week forced the closure of our College gym to all staff and students. This directly affects those involved with the Andrew Slack and Ben Mowen squads. Queensland Athletics have also issued a statement banning all training for groups over 10, all fun runs, all park runs etc, which has directly affected our cross-country program.
In order to encourage our boys to keep fit and healthy, the College, with the assistance of the coaches, have provided those boys with an alternative program to follow. These programs are posted on the web under the AIC rugby and AIC cross-country sections.
Where to from here?
The AIC Directors of Sport will meet early next term to explore the remaining AIC calendar for Terms 3 and 4. As mentioned in last week’s Villa View, it would be premature for me to speculate what the outcome of this meeting will be and what the AIC calendar in Terms 3 and 4 will look like.
As a representative of Villanova College, I will be strongly advocating a position that our community would be in favour of promoting a sports program where maximum participation could be achieved. At the very least, I would be keen for our Year 11 and Year 12 boys to have some sort of rugby and football experience, if not the whole College. Villanova is very keen to protect our strong interests in basketball, with rugby league, tennis, cross-country, chess and track and field also to be considered. However, I have the sense that something will have to give. When in a room where representatives from all schools are present, we are mindful to respect the thoughts and opinions of others and be willing to accept the groups decision which may not necessarily be our desired outcome. In any case, Villanova College will do its part to make the situation work for our boys.
Short tournament style events, mini seasons etc will all be put on the table and discussed. By early to mid-next term the College will hope to present the model which will be used for the remainder of the year.
Depending on where this virus may take us, we should be ready to face the possibility that Term 3 and Term 4 sport could also be in jeopardy.
The College will keep you posted as soon as further developments come to hand.
Villanova College Fitness Program – Year 5 – 12
During this time, it is important that we all take care of ourselves. Engaging in regular physical activity not only helps with our physical fitness levels it can help to enhance our general well-being, in particular, our mental health.
As mentioned, our cross country and rugby strength and conditioning coaches have already devised some self-training programs for the boys in those groups to follow. These are posted in the relevant sections on the website and can be used by anyone.
As from next week, the Sports Office will release a weekly fitness program for our community. This fitness program is designed so that all students from Year 5 – 12 can use in order to keep up their personal fitness levels up over the remainder of this term and next.
The weekly program will be posted every Monday within term time. We encourage all members of our community to look after themselves and each other during this time by engaging in some regular physical activity. Particularly when ‘screen time’ will no doubt increase over the coming months.
Volleyball Hire Shirts
All volleyball players are asked to return their volleyball hire shirts back to the Uniform Shop as soon as possible please.
Mr Chris Everding, AIC Sports Co-ordinator
We all knew the cricket season was upon us when the rain came tumbling down early in the second week of term. It hasn’t happened before where two consecutive weekends were washed out but that’s how the season began. Round 1 against St. Edmund’s College and Round 2 against Padua College were grounded and it wasn’t until Round 3 against Iona College that we finally got under way. It was a tough round for our Junior School teams losing 11 of the 12 matches, effectively wiping out any chance of an undefeated season. The results were the reverse for the older lads, winning 13 and losing seven and it was especially good for our aggregate teams winning 10 matches and losing two against traditionally strong Iona College.
Round 4 was against SPLC and our teams came up against many other Colleges on the day or played internal games. The Junior boys turned their losses from the previous round into wins and the older boys also continued to dominate, winning the aggregate games 9 – 1. Those wins put Villanova cricket teams into a positive frame of mind heading into our toughest round against Marist College Ashgrove.
The tide has been turning in recent years as to how our teams mentally approach rounds against Ashgrove and the boys aren’t spooked by Ashgrove, as teams of the past have been. It seems our players have grown in confidence as sportsmen and rise to the challenge when these fixtures come up. The results on the day showed that Ashgrove and Villanova shared the wins and losses, but the aggregate was where we really took them down winning eight of the 12 matches against their top players.
With two rounds remaining, our College was in a strong position to retain the Aggregate Shield and go back to back but SPC, who have some really strong cricket sides, were waiting for the clash. Rain during the week forced the cancellation of a number of games at Shorncliffe, which unfortunately sealed the fate of the 9As and the 7Bs. The only two games to go ahead at Shorncliffe resulted in losses and the firsts also came unstuck back at Villanova Park in a top of the table clash.
History will show that the spread of COVID-19 effectively ended the season, a week shorter than usual. Many games against SLC, our traditional rivals would have been ‘Grand Finals’, with the winners taking out premierships.
All up, four rounds of the season were played, and it was decided that premierships still be awarded. Congratulations must go to the Third XI, Fourth XI, 10A and 9B teams for securing aggregate premierships and the 6 Blue team for going through undefeated. The First XI, Second XI, 9A and 7B teams finished runners after all having strong seasons. Unfortunately, the washout against SPC in Round 6 meant that the 9As and 7Bs, who finished the season undefeated, ended up second because Padua, who won both those competitions, played in Round 6 and won.
Cricket Aggregate Champions 2020
Villanova has gone back to back in the cricket aggregate. Even though the win-loss ratio was relatively even in the four rounds played against other Colleges, it was the aggregate teams who performed very well and played some excellent cricket against, at times, very skilful opposition. Our boys took up the challenge to the best cricketers the other Colleges had, and they dominated the first three playable rounds against St. Peter’s Lutheran College, Iona College and Marist College Ashgrove. St. Patrick’s, who have been the big improvers in recent years, came at us in Round 6 and the aggregate scores were 4 – 3. Unfortunately, a number of games were washed out in this round, which led to missed opportunities for our players.
Final placings and scores:
St. Laurence’s 60
St. Patrick’s 55
St. Peter’s 29
St. Edmund’s 12.5
To achieve an aggregate in any sport not only requires the top teams to ‘bat above their average’ and to have a lot of things go right but depth, and the C and D players working hard to knock on the door of B players to make them train harder and perform better. The planning for the AIC cricket season begins in Term 3 and then approximately 250 players represent the College in the local District Cricket Competitions (EDJCA and BEARS) in Term 4. The teams are coached by a band of qualified coaches lead by Nathan Dufty and they look after all of the skills sessions. This pre-season cricket program gets our boys well prepared for the AIC cricket competition and ready to challenge the top AIC Colleges for the aggregate. This is a great result for our College and a well-deserved reward for all our dedicated coaches.
2020 premiership teams
Third XI coached by Jamie Mullins
Fourth XI coached by Jason Trevethan
10A coached by Michael Dann
9B coached by Harry Short and Ethan Raymond
6 Blue coached by Joel O’Reilly
First XI cricket
The First XI squad began trialling in Term 4 and played a few games prior to heading to Melbourne for the Oblate Cup. The team finished second in this competition with two wins and a loss. Trials against Iona, Churchie, Terrace, a touring side from Adelaide and SPC, as well as a T20 competition at Padua all followed as they prepared to settle on their team for a Round 1 matchup against St. Edmund’s. Unfortunately, the rain meant no play was possible, so the coaches started looking at Round 2. It was going to be a big challenge as Padua had a very good pre-season and were priming themselves for this game. Again, the rain continued to fall and wiped out the entire round.
We finally managed to get on the field at Villanova Park against Iona College and steadily build a strong defendable total of 192 before ripping through the Iona batsmen to dismiss them for 96. St. Peter’s gave the boys a scare after grinding out 151, St. Peter’s came within 18 runs of victory before losing their last batsmen. Villanova did a great job in containing Ashgrove to 134 in Round 5 and lost six wickets on their way to passing the total.
Round 6 loomed as a classic match as both Villanova and SPC were the only undefeated teams after five rounds. Villanova posted a total of 142 and took a few early wickets to really put the pressure on the SPC batsmen but they just couldn’t remove a couple of stubborn SPC players who chipped away at the total before picking up the intensity and run rate after the drinks break and went on to win the match with three wickets in hand. The boys had their chances but finished runners up in the competition and should be proud of their efforts. They were so close to having a consecutive undefeated season and the disappointment was clearly visible at the conclusion of the match.
Thanks to Nathan Dufty for getting the boys into a position where they nearly achieved this goal and for his guidance with all of our coaches and players throughout the season. A large part of our success comes from Nathan tracking the boys from their younger years and bringing them through the system.
A massive thank you to our coaches, who have made the season run smoothly and allowed our students to get out and play each week. Thanks for assisting the boys improve their cricket skills and especially allowing them to enjoy the game of cricket and learn good sportsmanship.
Staff: Ben Lynam
Past Parents: Bruce Myers and Jamie Mullins
Current Parents: Jason Trevethan, Andrew Walsh, Miles Burge, Ross Whitby, David Hollett, Robbie Gore, Cameron Anderson, David McMahon and John Godwin.
Over the years, there has been an increasingly large number of Old Boys who return and assist with the sports program. 40 Old Boys coached our cricket teams this year, which is an amazing number and on behalf of the Villanova community, I would like to thank them for their contribution to the development of our young men. Making the effort to give back to the College is appreciated by all but especially the students and the younger boys feel the impact more than anyone. Thanks to these Old Boys for your time and assistance:
George Myers, Josh Cole, Harry Stanfield, Jack Honan, Mitchell Cameron, Stuart Hooper, Harry Short, Ethan Raymond, Gus Clegg, James King, Tom Kinross, Jack Milner, Josh Schaumburg, Jack Challinor, Josh Fraser, Mackenzie Osborne, Matthew Short, Jake Perrier, Jack Fraser, Trent Foster, Joseph Roberts, Lachlan Kearney, Cooper Brien, Tim Hazlewood, Nathan Whitby, Will Vokes, James Muldoon, Jack Scully, Jacob Blacker, Will Stevens, Hunter Gapes, Alex Tornatore, Joel O’Reilly, George Stokes, Aidan Meredith, Harry Wilson, Luke Berridge, Matt Rolls and Harry Keay.
Mr Todd Kropp, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator
It was an unfortunate way to finish the season with a cancelled round but nonetheless It has been a very exciting season full of ups and downs, wins and losses, and a mix of long-term development and short-term success.
In my first appointment as the volleyball coordinator it was refreshing to be welcomed and accepted as part of the Villanova team. Returning to Sport after the Christmas break is no small task for our coaches. The season began with the pre-season training day where each team got the chance to ‘shake off the dust’ and set the standard for the season. From here, teams continued to train weekly with the focus on contributing to the program’s target of a more technical and tactical focus to our season. Only time will tell how our targets will fare on the court, but I am optimistic our approach and long-term plan will be the first step towards Villanova becoming a fierce competitor in AIC Volleyball.
Villanova volleyball entered 19 teams into the AIC Volleyball Competition in 2020 with four listed premierships awarded to our Second VI, 10C, 9C, and 7B teams. In addition to this, our 10C and 9C teams recorded undefeated seasons. Further, we had eight teams finish in top two places on the AIC ladder. I am pleased to announce that Villanova finished in fourth place on the aggregate table, improving from seventh place the preceding two years.
Most games throughout the season were won or lost by a set showing the competitiveness of AIC Volleyball. One highlight of the season for was going 6 – 6 in the aggregate in our round against Iona College, arguably the best volleyball school in AIC for the past few years. During the Iona round we exemplified what our program Is striving for, we played an aggressive style of volleyball, we weren’t intimidated by our opponent or surroundings and we were humble winners and gracious in defeat.
As a coach and co-ordinator, it was an honour to have worked with each of our teams throughout the season. It was truly a great experience to get the opportunity to work with John Christie and the First VI team as they competed. The season for the First VI team was truly an example of ups and downs. The training environment was always positive but sometimes we struggled to carry through to our matches. We showed gradual improvement and as the season continued and we showed some belief that we could compete with the best. The belief for this team grew with the support from a number of other teams, working hard at training, and the record-breaking six assistant coaches taking to the bench each week. The final home round was played in Goold Hall against St Patrick’s College and we are proud to say they won their final AIC round however they did not win their final match as they were beaten 2 – 1 in their battle with the coaches, ultimately proving these young Jedi still have much to learn. I would like to thank Elijah Abraham and Tom Boxall for their efforts on the First VI leadership team. I would also like to thank our departing Year 12 students for their contribution to the volleyball program.
With another season over, Villanova volleyball begins to build again in readiness for the next. Before this can happen, we will have the opportunity to participate in several tournaments such as Primary Schools Cup, Junior Schools Cup and National Schools Cup. It is these outside competitions that players are able to hone their skills and to develop as team players for their respective teams.
I would like to thank all coaches for their time and patience in sharing their knowledge of the game to the players. Thanks, must also go to the players and their parents especially, who attend each game to give support and encouragement during games each week of the season. There is a number of parents who helped in the canteen, cooked the barbecue, as well as preparing other foods to feed the hordes of people who attended the games.
An extra special thanks to Robyn Gunning and Simone Cole for their tireless efforts to ensure the canteen is up and running each home game and to our First VI parents for their effort in preparing post-match lunches. Last but certainly not least, a thank you to each one of our boys who showed up each week, trained hard and gave their best on the court under the guidance of their coaches.
Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator
What an unforgettable season 2020 AFL has been. In between washed out trainings and games and more recently the current health crisis, it has certainly been a very unique and challenging season. What we can be proud of is the hard work and dedication over 150 Villanova men displayed when representing the college. To accomplish a top four finish in the aggregate, we displayed that we had some fantastic wins, but still have some improvement moving into 2021. A huge effort to our teams with our Year 8/9s, 7s and 6A’s all finishing second. We must applaud however our 6Bs and 5As on an outstanding undefeated season, which shows the strength of our Juniors coming through.
Our Open team took another great leap in their development throughout the season with so many Year 11 and Year 10 boys backing up week in, week out – we have a lot to look forward to in 2021. It must be mentioned the outstanding game the boys produced in what turned out to be our final fixture. Against St Patrick’s College with five minutes left, we had the chance to run over the top of what turned out to be the eventual premiers of the Open competition. Unfortunately, a few skill errors and lapse in concentration gave them that final edge to beat our men by only one kick. What it does prove, is that our players coming through have what it takes to compete and beat the best. Take this final game into our pre-season and you will achieve a far greater feat next year.
I would like to thank all the parents for your continual support and running around for each boy to ensure that we had such a successful season. I would also like to thank Craig, Todd, Anthony and Chris in the Sports Office for all your work behind the scenes. Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you to all coaches Brian Pascoe, Jared Pascoe, Darren Fazldeen, Greg O’Neill, Matt Conlan, Liam Grace, James Dent and Benji Lynch for their hard work and dedication to these players throughout the season. Without our coaches our season would not have been even close to what it was, and the boys thoroughly enjoyed having you all show them your skill and commitment to the cause.
It has been an unforgettable season of Villanova AFL and that would not have been possible without all our players putting in one hundred percent week in, week out. I look forward to trials and training getting underway at the end of 2020 and cannot wait for round one in 2021.
Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
AIC Chess has been cancelled for the season, as have all practice sessions and trial games for Junior, Intermediate and Senior. If the season returns later in the year further information will be distributed at that time.
AIC Cross Country
Due to the cancellation of training and the season ahead, please visit the AIC Cross Country section on the College’s website to view a complete training schedule designed by our coaches for students to follow in the effort to maintain their fitness levels during this period of time.
Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Strength and Conditioning
The College has now closed the gym for all staff and students. Our strength and conditioning coach, Mr Michael Walsh has devised a strength and conditioning program for all squad members to follow during this closure so as the boys can keep up their general fitness levels.
If any member of the squad has access to gym equipment at their homes, you are able to email Michael Walsh directly with a list of equipment you have and he will devise a special program for you to follow on top of what has been offered.
Well done to Nick Craig who recently competed at the National Beach Volleyball Championships at Coolangatta. Nick’s team secured a gold medal in the Under 15’s division. In fact, they won all of their games and didn’t give away any sets. This is a fantastic achievement by Nick and his team!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport