The reason why AFL, Cricket and Volleyball was scheduled one week earlier this year was to give all AIC Colleges one week extra to adequately prepare their rugby and football teams given these are contact sports.
It has been both disappointing and frustrating that we had to cancel training sessions late last week and all this week, as well as the scheduled trial match due to be played against St Laurence’s College this weekend. You may have noticed early last week we did pursue all training when it was raining. I am certainly not one to cancel training because of rain. However, when the rain kept coming and coming, it then quickly moved to a safety issue and an issue of looking after the state of the fields for the remainder of the season. When the rain continued further, it was matter of considering playing water polo rather than footy.
With regard to rugby, we had planned to conduct scrum safe sessions across most age groups commencing this week with our specialised scrum coach, Andrew Beattie. Ben Mowen was due to be rotated across our teams at training as per schedule given to coaches. Our football skills coach, Mickey Rooney and goalie coach among others were ready to go too. More sessions meant more opportunity for all players to prove themselves and for the coaches to have teams sorted before the end of term.
At the end of the day, we cannot help the weather. We now intend to implement our Plans – B and C with the coaching staff.
The amount of rain has seen almost all fields at Villanova Park go underwater including the access road on the west side. From experience we knew the fields would not be playable this weekend, even with the forecast of sunny weather from Thursday onwards.
At this stage we are hopeful that all training schedules will return to normal from next Monday both here at the College and at Villanova Park. We will notify all via the App if things remain waterlogged.
The three main avenues of communication to parents regarding sport at Villanova are listed below:
- The Villa View (College newsletter)
- Access to the College website. The ‘Locker Room’ contains all the important weekly sports messages and announcements, links from the ‘Locker Room’ will take you to the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section and to the individual sports sections, including the ‘AIC Rugby’, ‘AIC Chess’ and ‘AIC Football’ sections (as well as any other sport)
- The Villanova College App. Go to the App store and search for – Villanova College. Download the free app. Important messages will be given via the app from time to time. These messages are mainly used for the confirmation or cancellation of training and games.
The students also receive sports messages via the daily morning notices in their pastoral as well as information given out at assemblies.
It was interesting to note the College received several emails and calls last week regarding training times and venues for rugby and football, weekend schedules, team lists etc. This information has been posted on the web and published in the College newsletter for many weeks. Please use the avenues listed above as all pertinent information regarding sport is posted and updated regularly.
Rugby, Football, Chess, Cross Country Training – Last Week of Term
Please be aware that all rugby and football training will recommence next week as per normal. We intend to train on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (morning and afternoon) and Thursday morning only as per ‘Term 2 Training Schedule’. This schedule is posted on the College’s website under AIC Rugby, AIC Chess, AIC Cross Country and AIC Football sections.
There will be no training next Thursday afternoon to give families the opportunity to prepare for Good Friday and the Easter long weekend.
ANZAC and Labour Day – Long Weekends and Term 2 Sport
Please note that there are two long weekends scheduled early in Term 2. We ask parents to ensure their son is available to honour their commitment to the team by attending the matches scheduled before heading off to enjoy a well-deserved break.
It is imperative that players are not missing during these weekends. We ask parents to take this into consideration when planning any trips away.
AIC Rugby and Football Trial Games – Date Claimers
- CANCELLED: Sat 27 March AIC Rugby and Football trial v SLC (full school trial – Year 5 – 12)
- Training as per normal from Monday 29 March to Thursday morning 1 April
- Term 2 Training will commence Tuesday 20 April
- Saturday 24 April AIC Rugby and Football trial v SPC (full school trial: Years 5-12)
- Saturday First May Round 1 – Saturday 12 June Round 7 as per College calendar
Mr Chris Everding – AIC Rugby Co-ordinator
Unfortunately, the constant rain last week and the deluge we received last Sunday effectively wiped-out Villanova Park for training and for the trial against SLC this weekend. It is a shame because the purpose of starting the cricket season early was to have more time to get the boys ‘rugby ready’ at the end of the cricket. The pictures posted above are of Villanova Park on Tuesday morning and clearly show that no training was going to happen, even when the water subsided.
The coaches had an opportunity to get a decent look at the boys on Saturday and albeit just for the second time, had to come up with team lists. I thank them for their conversations and working together discussing players, to be able to produce a team sheet for this week. Many coaches are still learning the names of the boys and their playing ability, so we ask for parents and players to be patient during this trial process and allow the coaches to work through their playing group.
A few boys, for various reasons, have not been to one or both sessions yet meaning there will be changes made to the team lists that appear on the web page. We envisage changes being made next week and leading up to the trial against SPC scheduled for April 24. For your planning on that day the Year 5 – 8 rugby players will be at Villanova Park and the Year 9 – Open players will be at Shorncliffe. If your son’s name does not appear on the team list can you please contact the Sports Office, as it may be an oversight due to the volume of boys and the short sessions that the coaches have had with the players so far. We will make sure they are added to the list and coaches are made aware, so they can have a good look at them at training this coming week.
No doubt players will be disappointed if they are listed in a team or a position that they may not be happy with. We strongly encourage you to talk to your sons about their goals and what they need to do moving forward, rather than vent frustrations towards a coach. We want players to prove us wrong, just as teachers want their students to do the same. We want them to push themselves to reach their goal, rather than give in or just withdraw from playing. It is a game, and we want the boys to enjoy themselves and our coaches are volunteers, who need our gratitude and support. There are many Old Boys helping and filling up vacant positions, please encourage and support them as they begin their coaching journey.
Training for next week will be as per the schedule for Tuesday. On Thursday morning the Year 5 rugby players will train but there will be no training on Thursday afternoon as the boys are heading off on holidays. Please check the schedule on the web for training in erm 2.
Mr Anthony Kemp – AIC Football Co-ordinator
The AIC Football season has officially started – albeit a drenched start! Last week saw our trials get underway for all teams in Year 5 – 12. Unfortunately, our trials during the week were interrupted by the unrelenting rain. As a result, our internal trials held last Saturday were an invaluable process in our trials to help our coaches in determining selections for the upcoming season. There are a few weeks left in our trial process with training sessions and a trial round against St Patrick’s before the season proper starts.
With this in mind, please understand that there will likely be some moving and shuffling around of players as coaches continue to assess all boys that have registered for the AIC football season. It was certainly great to see so many boys out there giving it there all during the internal trials. Likewise, many boys looked to be thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to get back out on the football pitch once again at Villanova Park. I would like to take this opportunity early in the season to thank all our coaches, parents and supporters who have helped so far in ensuring that football runs smoothly.
Unfortunately, with the rain being so heavy and constant in the last week it has meant that this weekend’s trial games against St Laurence’s have had to be cancelled with Villanova Park far too wet to play on. As mentioned earlier we will be having our next trial against St Patrick’s on the first Saturday back after the Easter holidays. The trials against St Patrick’s will be held on the long weekend for ANZAC Day and we would kindly ask that parents please plan around this to make their son/s available for the trial.
We are planning to go ahead with all training sessions next week from Monday to Thursday morning (6A) as it is important for the boys to continue to train and develop relationships with their teammates. It is also another opportunity for our coaches to continue to assess boys and plan for the upcoming season. Please continue to visit the College website for information surrounding team lists, fixtures, training schedules and important updates pertaining to the football season.
Mr Todd Kropp, AIC Tennis Co-ordinator
A group of Villanova’s top tennis players from Year 7 – 12 hit the court last night for the first time in 2021. This group of players have formed our First IV Tennis Development Squad and will continue training each Wednesday until the beginning of the AIC Tennis season in Term 3. Coach Bo and I look forward to following the success of these players and kicking off (or serving off) the AIC Tennis season.
Unfortunately, Villanova will not be offering the Junior Aces program in 2021. If your son is looking to get back on the court prior to the season, Morningside Tennis Centre offers several training opportunities. https://www.morningsidetennis.com.au/
AIC CROSS COUNTRY
Mr Brian Pascoe, Cross Country Co-ordinator
Year 7 – Open Squad – Cross Country Training Program
Good numbers and hard work continue to epitomise training at Cross Country despite the weather.
The members of the Cross Country squad are strongly encouraged to continue their training. Students who are participating in other sports and attending one – two sessions a week find below an outline of the general training and perceived benefit from the different sessions scheduled for the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday sessions. This may benefit you in choosing which sessions would be most advantageous considering your other training.
||Type of Training
||Perceived Fitness Benefit
||Raise your aerobic performance capacity
||Increase Aerobic Power
||Improve Aerobic strength
We look forward to having each runner in the team become the best runner he can be. Dedication to training especially when no one is watching, is a key habit that enable a team, and an individual, to grow in character. Challenge yourself boys, because we are confident that this season the squad can achieve higher than it ever has before!
Junior Cross Country Training
Mr Tom Lonergan, Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country Coach
Well done to all runners on the trial last Friday afternoon. Boys who have signed on for Cross Country should have received an email (sent to Parents) outlining what to expect for the coming season. Any who have not received the email are asked to contact Ms Roberts.
Training commences on Monday 29 March and Wed 31 March. There will be training sessions offered in the coming school holidays. These training sessions will be held at Whites Hill Reserve; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am – 10 am. Enquiries about Junior Cross Country can be directed to coach, Mr Lonergan on email – email@example.com
Nick Verity and Jack Lamb, AIC Chess Co-ordinators
Congratulations to all those students who were selected to be a part of the 2021 Villanova AIC Chess Teams. We would like to thank all those boys who came to the trials and showed great enthusiasm and a love for the game.
Now that trials have officially concluded and team lists have been posted. Training is underway in preparation for our first trial round against SLC on Friday afternoon. We would like to welcome Alex Stahnke to the College as our Chess coach for the 2021 season. Please find team lists and training schedules below. Looking forward to a great season.
|Junior Chess Teams
||Junior A (Year 6)
||Junior B (Year 5)
|Intermediate Chess Teams
|Senior and Open Chess Teams
Boys who are selected in an AIC chess team are required to attend one morning training session in addition to at least one break-time training session per week. Training begins on 23 and 25 March.
Please Note: Training will not be held during the Term 1 break from April 1 – 19.
Term 2 Training Schedule
- Thursday mornings from 7.15 am until 8.15 am in Stem Lab (behind MS Student Services Office)
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday at second break in V13
Middle, Senior and Open Training:
- Tuesday mornings from 7.15 am until 8.15 am in Stem Lab (behind MS Student Services Office)
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday at second break in T10
Well done to Matthew Dooley in Year 8, who won Gold and Bronze in the 2021 Queensland State Title Championships for karate in the Cadet Kumite u63kg Black Belt and KYU divisions respectively, this past weekend. This is a fantastic achievement, great effort Matthew!
Please find below a list of composite trial and nomination dates. Paperwork for these trials is now available in the Sport Office.
||Return to the Sports Office
||13 – 19 Years
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport