I would like to personally welcome all families to the Villanova College Sport program. As the new Director of Sport, I am humbled and grateful to lead our community into 2023.
As Director of Sport, I am committed to maintaining the strong reputation that Villanova College enjoys in all domains. Success in sporting programs relates to culture and process, which are often separate to results. My primary purpose is to build positive communities for students to learn, develop and achieve. I am passionate about co-curricular programs being accessible to all students, regardless of their level of participation, interest or inherent talent. I understand the value sport holds in the holistic development of young men, and its synergy with academic potential and achievement. I am excited for the opportunities that await me and look forward to meeting you all around the sporting venues soon.
Families are reminded to access all Sport information via the Villanova College website and the Villanova College app. The Locker Room and Weekly Fixtures tabs provide updated information regarding training schedules and current AIC/trial draws. The AIC Draw 2023 can also be accessed here. A note that in some cases, draws may not match the AIC draw (for example this is the case in AFL). Families are encouraged to always check the Weekly Fixtures for accurate draws. Weekly Team Lists will be posted regularly to the Parent Lounge and Student Cafe Portals.
Villanova College welcomes any interested parents to attend our first Sports Club meeting for 2023 on Wednesday 1 February, from 6:00-7:30pm upstairs in Goold Hall. The Villanova Sports Club meets once a Term to discuss initiatives and fundraising opportunities to assist the development of our Sport program and helps engage volunteers from within our community. All parents are welcome to attend.
In Term 1, we welcome students participating in AFL, Cricket, Swimming and Volleyball. All programs have been busy over the holiday period in preparation for 2023.
The Open AFL team or the ‘Leaping Wildcats’ started the season with its annual trek on Mt Coot-Tha. During the trek there was a presentation by Sam Dekker and Ian Williams, followed by a shared breakfast which was a positive way for the team to bond and start the season.
Sam Dekker spoke about his life journey through sport (South Australian AFL) and work, initially as a tradie before deciding to pursue university studies. He identified the worth of setting goals in life. However, he emphasised the value of the journey towards your goals should be embraced and celebrated not simply the destination.
In contrast, Ian spoke about the change in roles in his family to allow the gifts of his wife Jean to be realised. Ian who is a duel international Rugby player (Australia and Japan) and completed a Rhodes Scholarship in Law at Oxford University spoke about stepping back from the responsibilities as a managing director of a law firm. This allowed Ian’s wife Jean to pursue significant work as legal counsel representing Indigenous communities throughout the Northern Territory and Western Australia in their Native Title claims. Jean was instrumental in the traditional owners of Juukan Gorge, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people who last year have signed a preliminary agreement with Rio Tinto to co-manage land that is still being mined for iron ore.
Ian noted the changed and shared responsibilities and roles within the family benefitted many and was just as applicable in the sporting sense, noting examples from his time playing for the Wallabies. He also spoke about the value of friendship and the factors that should be considered to develop a rich friendship.
I believe the messages conveyed by Sam and Ian to the Leaping Wildcats are applicable to all students who play in the AIC AFL competition in 2023.
I encourage all those students registered to play AFL to consider applying the following.
- Set goals for the season and celebrate the journey, revisiting and modifying goals where needed.
- Know your role as designated by the coaches (ask if unclear) and be prepared to play various roles if required for the benefit of the team.
- Actively develop friendships with your Villa peers.
Trials continue this weekend and as a sign of respect to your coach and team please ensure you contact either your coach or the Sports Office to inform them of any inability to attend training or games. Being accountable in this way, ensures absences can be covered limiting the effect on the team.
Students are to ensure they follow the daily notices that will inform of when each team will collect their jersey from the uniform shop.
Since the reintroduction of the AFL into the AIC sporting program it has grown in popularity each year. A number of extra teams have been added this year including 9/10B team and B teams in the Year 7 and 8 divisions.
Year 5 students have been given their jersey for Saturday but will need to bring another AFL jersey to play in, as the boys will be playing against each other in an internal trial to finalise teams.
As such more coaches were required, and I appreciate the coaches who intend to share their insights and gifts to enhance AFL at Villanova College.
Mr Brian Pascoe, AFL 1st XVIII Head Coach
By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of cricket trials this Saturday 28 January against Padua College. The Year 5 teams will have internal trials at Kianawah Park, Tingalpa. As is typical this time of year, there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process. Negotiations have been made with Padua to allow coaches from both Colleges to be flexible during the match. Therefore, leniency will be given this weekend, for the coaches to give all players an opportunity to perform.
As this weekend’s games are only a trial, may I please ask parents and players to be patient. There will be some movement of players from team to team as the coaches finalise teams ready for Round 1 next weekend v Marist College Ashgrove. All boys should check the website regularly to keep up to date with all information regarding teams, training and games. All players are to wear the correct Villanova cricket uniform; have adequate water, sunscreen and hat for the games. Please be advised that all training schedules are finalised, and training has begun as of this week as per schedule posted on the Villanova College website. All Year 5 training begins in Week 3 due to camp next week.
Villanova Cricket Uniform
All players from Year 5-12 are to wear whites.
- White pants
- Villanova cricket shirt
- Sports shoes
- Villanova green sports cap or broad brimmed hat
Under no circumstances are players permitted to wear club shirts or club hats.
Important note – All cricketers from Year 5-12 are asked to wear protective equipment. It is compulsory for all batsmen and wicket keepers whilst keeping up to the stumps to wear a helmet. All players are required to purchase and wear their own cricket box protector. The College will provide two helmets per kit.
Cricket Managers Needed
Many of our 26 teams are coached by Old Boys or Parents. It is important for each team to have a manager to get any important information out to all team members and their parents. Other jobs include, coordinating a contact list, looking after the gear and organising rosters for scoring and umpiring. This role will allow the coaches to ‘Coach’ and not have to deal with the administrational side of things. If your son is playing and you can take on a manager’s role, could you please email Mr Chris Everding at the Sports Office, email@example.com, to sign on and to let the coach know this Saturday.
Year 5 Cricket Trials
Cricket trials begin this Saturday morning 28 January. All teams will play at Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road Tingalpa. There are 11 cricket fields at this venue and our allocated field numbers are 11 and 12. They are on the left-hand side as you drive into the complex. Please see the map below.
Weekly Team Lists are found in Parent Lounge. Boys are to be at the venue by 7.10am and they are to wear cricket whites if they have them or the College sports uniform. Cricket gear will be supplied.
When the trials have concluded, the boys will be selected into teams. This year there will be an A, B and C team selected. The remaining teams will be evenly graded on ability and placed into the supplementary draw. Saturday’s draw, coaches’ details, by-laws and training schedules have been placed on the website for you to view. A revised list for Round 1 against Marist College Ashgrove will be posted next week.
Please note that many of the boys will change into different teams and that this is part of the trial process. There will be several changes made throughout the season to try and get the boys into their right ability level groups. If there are training clashes with other commitments, after these changes, please contact the Sports Office and we will attempt to work out a solution.
It will take some time to eventually get the boys into their right teams. Please be patient with the selection process as we can only grade the boys on what we see. Their attitude and sportsmanship also contribute to the selection process, and we expect very high standards in both these areas when the boys are representing the College.
Wet Weather Procedure
In the event of rainy weather, a notification will be placed on the Villanova College App.
If afternoon training is to be cancelled due to rain evolving during the day, then an alert will be posted via the Villa App by 1.00pm, as well as giving an announcement to the students over the College’s PA system. If training is cancelled during the session, boys at Langlands will be taken to the undercover carpark at Easts Rugby League Club and boys can be collected from there.
Mr Chris Everding, Cricket Coordinator
1st XI Cricket
After a very busy, yet productive pre-season which ran over Terms 3 and 4 as part of the development squad program, our First XI squad have completed their pre-season program which consisted of many cricket games. Trial games are a great way for coaches and players to keep learning to execute skills, so that they are prepared as much as possible for the AIC cricket season in Term 1. As team coach, I cannot fault the effort that has been put in by the players across the past two terms, but even more so during the school holidays. I’ve got no doubt that it will hold us in good stead for the up-and-coming AIC season. I would like to thank the sports office staff, players, assistant coaches and parents who have supported our pre-season games.
Trial Games Term 4
We had a close win against a very strong Iona College in a fairly low scoring game. The squad showed great nerve to stick to the plan and execute our bowling plan to get the win. The squad then travelled to Tennyson to play Gregory Terrace and put in a great overall performance. Villanova bowled first, bowling GT out for a low enough total. Our top order then chased down the runs in minimal overs, in fine style!
Unfortunately, we only played two of the three scheduled games whilst on tour in Melbourne and both games resulted in losses. The squad were disappointed in these results but have learnt a lot from both games. Most importantly, the tour experience was great fun, despite the frosty weather conditions that Melbourne presented! The squad will certainly have many fond memories of their time on tour. A special thank you to Mr Craig Stariha who managed the tour for the last time. Mr Stariha made sure that the experience ran smoothly for all involved. The students and I appreciate all of his hard work and efforts over the past several years as team manager and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
Brisbane Schools Cup Week
Our squad lost two games and won two games during this week. This carnival was hosted by Nudgee College and was a great week of cricket which the students enjoyed. After having lost the first two matches back-to-back against Nudgee and JPC, the team showed incredible resilience to subsequently fight back with two wins in a row against Gregory Terrace and St Pat’s. Both of these matches required our squad to chase down two scores in excess of 200+ runs. A lot was learnt during this week of Cricket, which I believe has enhanced the confidence of the squad heading into the tournament. Thank you to all of the parents and supporters who assisting in organising lunches, scoring/umpiring and attending to cheer on the teams.
AIC T20 Carnival
The Villanova squad had a great two days of cricket in the shorter and more explosive T20 format. The first day resulted in a win against Marist College Ashgrove, which was followed-up with a win against St Patrick’s College. On day two, they were able to get a third win in a row against St Peters Lutheran College which resulted in them making the T20 final against Iona College. Unfortunately, the team were defeated by Iona, who put the pressure on us during some big moments. However, this gives the squad something to learn and grow from in their preparation for the season ahead. A big thank you to Mr Scott Maguire and Padua College for hosting this carnival which continues to get bigger and better every year, and a special shout out to Villanova old boy and former 1st XI Captain Matthew Short, who took the coaching reigns for the team over the two days of cricket. The boys enjoyed your insight and guidance.
Last Trial Round and Round 1
The squad will have one more final trial game against Padua this Saturday before heading to Ashgrove for Round 1, who generally prove to be one of the strongest cricket colleges in the AIC program. The 1st XI squad and team coaches aim to make the Villanova community proud for the season ahead whilst being role models to all of the Junior cricketers who are a part of the Villanova cricketing program.
Junior Cricket Camp
75 Junior Villanova cricketers enjoyed a three-day Cricket Camp which was held at Villa Park. All students had plenty of fun while learning some new cricketing skills and meeting some new friends.
On behalf of the 1st XI team, I wish all Villanova players and team coaches the very best for the upcoming season. I look forward to everyone achieving great results whilst having fun in the process!
Mr Nathan Dufty, 1st XI Head Coach.
AIC swimming training began in September 2022, with good numbers of swimmers attending training both at Langlands with the Villa squad, and in their own squads. Training continued during the holidays, culminating with our Swimming clinic on January 16. Nearly 100 swimmers participated this year at the clinic. It was great to see the numbers and to welcome all the new students and parents to the squad. There is always a lot of information about the various sporting teams and events in the first few weeks. All the schedules and more detailed information is available on the College website.
We were fortunate to have many of the Villanova swimming squad qualify for the 2022 McDonalds Queensland Championships held before Christmas. A number of our boys medalled in the relays, including Lachlan Rees and Isaac Haywood (Gold medal for the 200m mixed 10 years Freestyle relay and third for the 200m medley relay) and Tyler Clelland (first in the 16years Freestyle and medley relays). Other medallists in relays included Caleb Johnstone, Ben Landers, and Harry Pregnell in the 200m 12 years medley relay.
Individually Caleb Johnston, Ben Landers, Oliver Jacobs, Charlie Kerr, Charley Hegarty, Tyler Clelland, Jack Stewart and Harry Pregnell reached the finals, with Oliver Jacobs and Tyler Clelland reaching finals in multiple events. Other swimmers who qualified to compete at the event included Wade Wildin-Powell, Charlie Wiggins, Preston Webster, Owen Weston, Dan Walding, Nathaniel Economidis, Jack Trethewey, Brodie Clelland, Ethan Haywood, William Bruce, Nicholas Bruce, Isaac Bowen and Angus Shand. In looking at the times posted by the swimmers, most of the boys swam personal bests at the event and should be very proud of their efforts. If you are new to Villanova this year, and I missed seeing your name in the competition, I apologise. Please let me know, as I do use Meet Mobile to track times for our club swimmers. It is great to see so many of our squad challenging themselves at high impact meets and we wish them well as they continue with their training and competition.
For the Villa squad however, our focus will remain on the AIC championships in March. This leaves us with only six weeks of preparation before the event and the end of the season. It is therefore important that all students who wish to be considered for the squad are present at training. The only ‘compulsory’ training session is the Friday morning session. If swimmers train at other clubs, we require them only to attend this session for Villanova and the Friday evening meets. I would also like swimmers who do train at other venues to please email one of the swimming managers to confirm your intention to swim for Villanova and to keep us informed. For the boys who have clashes with other training, such as for cricket and volleyball, we ask that you speak to the staff in the Sports Office to make arrangements.
Training times for Villanova swimming continue as normal, and the information can be found on the College Sport website. Information about the meets will also be provided on the website. We ask that students arrive at the pool at least 10mins early, so that we can begin training on time and that they have all their own equipment. Please come better prepared with your own equipment. As we are now in Term 1, there will be a sign on sheet for the boys to have their names ticked off for attendance.
Staff will supervise students returning to the College after training. We leave as soon as possible after training and ensure that the students are crossing at the lights. All swimmers returning to school are required to cross Mains Road, using the lights. If you decide to collect your son from the pool to drive them up, we cannot remain with them if you are late, as staff have the responsibility to supervise other students walking to school. You must be there by 8:10am at the latest or we will request the boys start walking with us. I ask that if you believe that you will regularly collect your son, please email me so that teachers will be aware. If you are happy for your son to go with another parent, then we would appreciate the contact as well. At the end of each session, a staff member will do a quick lost property pick up which will be left with Student services offices. Please ensure that everything is clearly named.
The Friday evening meets will begin in Week 1 with a meet at Yeronga Pool, hosted by St Laurence’s College. All swimmers are encouraged to swim all 50m events for all strokes, so that we are able to collect times for the races and monitor progress. At the end of Period 6 on Friday, all the Year 5 and 6 swimmers will meet Mrs Liddy and the senior swimmers in the Agora (junior school area) and will move to the buses together. The teachers will remind the boys about this during the day. The Year 7 – 11 swimmers are to make their way as usual to the front of the school as quickly as possible to get on the buses immediately. At the conclusion of the event, parents are asked to collect their sons from Yeronga Pool, as no bus will be returning to Villanova. We often require parental assistance with time keeping on these nights, so if you are available to assist, please speak to a member of staff on the night. We would love to have you.
If you have any general questions, please email the relevant swimming manager initially.
Year 5 – 6 Mrs Liddy
Year 7 – 9 Mrs Dillon
Year 10 – 12 Mrs Henry
We look forward to a great swimming season with continued improvement in the pool. Thank you for all your support.
Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival
The Year 5 boys had their swimming trials yesterday and have been placed into divisions for Friday’s Junior School swimming carnival at Villanova College Pool. All Junior School parents are warmly welcomed to attend the carnival for all, or part of, the day. Seating will be available for all parents outside the change rooms at the left as you enter the pool gate. We will be looking for parents to assist with timekeeping on the day. If you can help, please see Mr Everding when you arrive at the pool.
The carnival will begin at 11.15am and the program for the day will closely follow these times:
11.15am: 50m and 25m Freestyle events
12.15pm: Butterfly events
12.50pm: Backstroke events
1:30pm: 100m Freestyle events
2.00pm: Breaststroke events
All students are to wear their sports uniform on Friday and will get changed into their togs before moving over to the pool. Students are to bring with them thongs or other casual shoes to wear from their classroom to the pool as well as sunscreen, sun shirt (optional) hats and a water bottle. The tuckshop will operate as usual for students wishing to buy their lunch. Parents can also use the tuckshop facilities to purchase coffee or food.
A number Year 5 boys were given a letter inviting them to be members of the squad depending on their times from yesterday. These boys will be required to attend an internal College Meet on Friday afternoon from 3.30pm-5pm. Times from Wednesday, the Junior School Carnival and the invitational Meet on Friday will be used to narrow down the squad in each year level in the Junior School and these boys will continue training as of Week 4. There is only 5 weeks until the AIC Championships and the squad members will be required to fine tune their strokes, practise their starts and relay changes under the guidance of our swim coaches.
Lytton Swimming Trials (U10-U12)
There is no swimming trial for Lytton this year and all students wishing to be nominated for the Lytton Team are asked to submit ratified times from a recognized competition from the last six months to the Sports Office. Times need to have been Long Course times. Boys can nominate for the following strokes.
- 50m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke
- 100m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke
- 200m individual medley
Nominations are due by the 6 February. Please contact the Sports Office if you have any concerns.
Mrs Juanita Jacobs, Swimming Coordinator
It has been a busy time on the court for the Villanova Volleyball program in readiness for the 2023 AIC season. Our trials began in Term 4 of 2022 with a number of internal sessions and two matches vs Iona College and St Laurence’s College. In addition to this, a number of our teams, including the First VI Volleyball Squad, have been hitting the court since the beginning of Term 4.
Our 10A, 11A and First VI squads entered the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup hosted by Volleyball Australia. This tournament was a fantastic opportunity to engage in some match play against opponents from around the country. We know this off-season preparation will be of great benefit to the teams as the season gets closer.
Our First VI squad has been in preparation for the season since early November. In addition to the Schools Cup tournament, our team headed up the Toowoomba range for our annual training day with Toowoomba Grammar School prior to Christmas break. Whilst our skills on court are very important, our squad were tested in small teams as they competed in the Villanova Volleyball Amazing Race, a challenge of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. A big congratulations to Sam Twaddell, Jack Renner and Lachlan Gillett for being first to check in.
A few reminders about the 2023 AIC Volleyball season:
- The training schedule is now posted via the Locker Room page.
- Teams playing at home (Villanova College) will also be responsible for court duty. Team duty is assisting with scoring and the lines duty for the match before or after your scheduled playing time. The duty roster will be included on the Weekly Fixture document each week. Coaches will assign 3 members of the team each duty, we expect students won’t have more than two commitments for the season.
- The expected uniform for the season is:
- VNC Hire jersey
- Green HPE shorts
- Alinta sport socks (black)
In closing, I wish all the best to all our AIC teams competing, and an extra special welcome and best wishes to our Year 7 teams who will take to the court for their first official AIC volleyball match next week.
Mr Todd Kropp, Volleyball Coordinator and First VI Head Coach
Strength & Conditioning
Villanova College’s Strength & Conditioning (S&C) program will commence in Week 3, Term 1 and continue through until the end of 2023.
The Villanova gym will be supervised by experienced and accredited S&C coaches, every morning and afternoon of the school year.
In-season and pre-season sports will be prioritised, plus there will be development sessions available for students across Years 7-12. Based on gym floor space, the numbers able to attend each session will of course be limited.
Registrations for S&C sessions, plus the training schedule for Term 1, will be available on the website and in the School newsletter in Week 2.
Met East/Composite Sport
Nomination paperwork is now available at the Sports office for the following sports –
||Return to the Sports Office
||January 27 (3pm)
Mr Shaun McLean, Director of Sport