It is with great pleasure that I welcome all families to Villanova College for what I hope will be an exciting year of sport ahead. Our aim is to maintain and further develop Villanova’s sports program from Years 5 – 12 and to ensure that our students are given the opportunity to participate and enjoy all the benefits which playing sport can provide.
Villanova College offers many opportunities for its students to become involved in a wide variety of areas including sport, music, culture etc. My advice to all students is to ‘get involved’ in the life of the College. Enjoy the challenges and friendships you encounter on the way and be proud to represent your College by the way you conduct yourself on and off the sports field.
At Villanova, it is considered a privilege to don the green and gold. I encourage all students to show pride in the uniform each week by training hard and playing even harder. Best wishes go to us all in 2018, let us all do our bit for the year to be a fun and enjoyable one!
Listed below are the members of the College’s Sports Office. We ask students and parents to contact any of the personnel below if you have a query or question of a sporting nature:
Mr Craig Stariha Director of Sport 3394 5611
Blake McLauchlan AIC Sport Coordinator 3394 5584
Anthony Kemp Acting AIC Sport Coordinator 3394 5505
Erika Schofield School Officer – Sports Office Support 3394 5621
It is imperative that all students and their families regularly access the College’s website to obtain sporting information. Simply go to www.vnc.qld.edu.au from the home page scroll down to the ‘Latest News’ section.
Within this section, select the ‘Locker Room’ https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/locker-room/locker-room-july-18/ that has all the latest sports information for that week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will also take you to the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section which outlines the times and venues for all games for that week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will also take you to sections pertaining to each individual sport (for example, AIC Cricket, AIC AFL, AIC Volleyball, AIC Swimming etc.) which will have further details pertaining to that sport.
Within the sports pages you will find information regarding team lists, weekly draws, training schedules and much more. The website is updated regularly and should be checked regularly by all players and families throughout the entire year.
Villanova families are strongly encouraged to download the College’s app from the App store. Simply search – Villanova College Skoolbag App (free download) and follow the prompts. Messages and alerts are often sent via this app. In particular, messages regarding the cancellation of matches or training, special reminders etc. The Villa View (newsletter), website and app are our major avenues for imparting information. Please check and use them regularly for all information pertaining to sport.
Already all AIC volleyball, AFL and cricket team lists, training schedules, weekly game schedules, coaches’ details and much more have been added to the website for all to see. Likewise, all information pertaining to the AIC swim season has been posted. Please take the time to navigate through the site as I believe most of your questions and queries will be answered in this section.
I thank all of those who have assisted the Villanova Sports Program over the years in taking on the various roles needed. I encourage as many people as possible to assist in 2018 by coaching, managing, refereeing, scoring, serving at canteens etc. throughout the year when the opportunities arise. I am certainly looking forward to meeting as many people as I can over the year ahead.
This afternoon after school all capable swimmers from Year 5 – 12 are invited to join the Villanova Swim Squad to participate in a swim meet/time trial at Langlands Pool from 3.30 – 5.00pm. All Year 6 – Opens cricket teams, Year 7 – 12 volleyball teams will trial against Ashgrove on Saturday 27 January while Year 5 cricketers and Year 5 and Year 6 AFL players will have internal trials. Please read further details below as well as on the website in order to be fully informed of all the information you need to know. Good luck to all involved and please enjoy!
Sports Trials – Australia Day Weekend
Given the long weekend, we encourage all players to attend the various trials held this weekend before family trips away. Round 1 commences next weekend and it is imperative that all coaches and teams have a trial in order to ensure teams and selections are correct moving forward. Those who are unable to attend will not be guaranteed a position in a higher graded team. All players are to check the team lists posted on the website for this weekend’s games. Information regarding these trials was advertised extensively to all players dating back to last year.
Saturday 27 January – AIC Cricket and Volleyball Trials v Marist College Ashgrove
This Saturday 27 January, Villanova will participate in cricket and volleyball trials against Ashgrove (ASH). All volleyball teams from Year 7 – 12 as well as all cricket teams from Year 6 – 12 will play games against Ashgrove at various venues. All Year 5 cricket teams will trial internally. Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against Ashgrove.
Go to the website, scroll to the bottom of the home page, locate the ‘Latest News’ section and select the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section and open the pdf doc which lists all game times and venues. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will take you to the AIC Cricket and Volleyball section which will have all team lists, training schedules and coaches details amongst other information.
By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of cricket trials this Saturday 27 January against Marist College Ashgrove. As always, there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process. As this is considered a trial game, negotiations have been made with Ashgrove to allow coaches from both Colleges to be flexible during the match. Therefore, leniency will be given this weekend in order for the coaches to give all players an opportunity to perform.
As this weekend’s game is only a trial, may I please ask all parents and players to be patient as there will be some movement of players from team to team, as the coaches finalise teams ready for Round 1 next weekend against St. Patrick’s. All boys should check the web site regularly to keep abreast of all information regarding teams, training and games. All players are to wear the correct Villanova cricket uniform; have adequate water, sunscreen and a 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 web.
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.
Year 5 Cricket Trials
Cricket trials begin this Saturday morning. All teams will play at Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road Tingalpa. There are 11 cricket fields at this venue and our allocated fields (5, 8 and 12) are in the middle and back left hand side as you drive in to the complex. Please see the map below.
5A/B trial – Field 5 – Meet Mr Simon Dickie, Mr Bennett Griffin and Mr Patrick Coffey at 7.45am.
5C/Gold trial – Field – 8 Meet Mr James Anderson and Mr Luke O’Neill at 7.45am
5 White/Green trial – Field 12 – Meet Mr Sam Everding, Mr Matthew Winsbury, Mr Patrick Thomas and Mr Jonty Carlson at 7.45am
Team lists are found on the web and are on the Junior School notice board. Boys are to be at the venue by 7.40am and they are to wear cricket whites if they have them or their 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 A, B and C teams 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 web page for you to view. A revised list for Round 1 against St. Patrick’s College will be posted next Tuesday. Please note that many of the boys will change into different teams and that this is part of the trial process. There will be a number of changes throughout the season as we endeavour to place 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 try to work out a solution.
It will take a season or two to 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 areas when the boys are representing the College.
Wet Weather Procedures
In the event of rainy weather, a notification will be placed over the College’s Skoolbag App. An alert will only be given if games are cancelled due to wet weather.
On training days:
If it is raining in the morning, training will be cancelled. It may be the case that no alert on Skoolbag will be sent out in the morning. It is recommended that you contact the coach, if you are unsure. The coaches’ details can be found on the College’s website.
If afternoon training is to be cancelled due to rain evolving during the day, then an alert will be posted on Skoolbag by 1.00pm as well as 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.
AIC Volleyball – (Volleyball Co-ordinator – Ms Barbara Dewisbdewis@vnc.qld.edu.au )
The AIC volleyball program has commenced and all volleyball players from Year 7 – 12 are asked to attend a volleyball meeting in OD2 on Monday 29 January during first recess.
A number of trial games and training sessions were organised late last year. Furthermore, we had our annual volleyball skills clinics last Monday to hone the players skills and rotations before the season starts proper. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all players and coaches who gave up a day of the holidays to attend. Villanova will have 19 teams participating again in the AIC volleyball competition this year – BE ENGAGED IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING at training and on game day will be the motto for this year. All teams are yet to be finalised. Please continue to check the website each week to be informed of training and game times.
2017 was a year that saw new beginnings with volleyball at Villanova. Two teams participated in the Primary Schools Cup held in August as well as Year 7 and Year 8 teams who participated in the Junior Schools Cup in October. The two teams in the Primary Schools Cup gained valuable experience while the Year 7 team finished with a silver medal and the Year 8 team was placed a creditable fourth. This has been a great achievement for volleyball at Villanova.
During December boys playing in the First VI travelled to Melbourne to compete in the National Schools Cup where they finished 11th overall in their nominated division – Boys U/17 Division 1. From all reports the games were very close, a credit to all the players.
With the closeness of many games throughout a volleyball season, it has come to our attention that this part of volleyball needed to be addressed. As part of the volleyball program we have appointed a Skills Development Co-ordinator, Dean Bielanowski. Dean has been appointed to develop a growth mindset to ensure players are able to overcome the hurdle of closing out a game. This growth mindset should become clearer in players’ games as the season progresses.
This Saturday, January 27, all volleyball teams are set to trial against Marist College, Ashgrove. All training officially began from yesterday and the training schedules, team lists, game times, team duties, refs and scorers are all posted on the College’s website. It will be necessary for parents, players and coaches to check the College website on a regular basis to ensure all information is delivered in a timely manner.
Volleyball shirts have been issued to the boys this week. Please check morning notices for other volleyball information. Players are required to be in correct uniform as this demonstrates pride in themselves and Villanova College.
Villanova Volleyball Uniform – Hire Shirts
As from this weekend, all volleyball players must wear the correct Villanova College volleyball uniform as listed below
- Villanova volleyball shirt (for hire from the College Uniform Shop – details below)
- Green PE shorts only (no basketball, football or rugby shorts allowed)
- Villanova socks only and sports shoes
Players are to keep their shirt for the entire season and return them to their coaches at the conclusion of the season at a hire cost of $15 for the season. This cost will be added to your son’s Term 2 school fees account.
AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry AIC AFL Co-ordinator
Welcome back to the 2018 AFL season. By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of internal AFL trials this Saturday 27 January at Yeronga AFL Club. As always with trials, there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process before finalising teams. This Saturday being an internal trial game there will be no training this week. All teams will begin their training in Week 2 after the trials this weekend. Teams will be announced on Monday of Week 2, with a list of each team will be posted on the website. As is the case for all AIC sports, these teams are not final, boys will have the opportunity to move between A’s, and B’s depending on training and game performance each week. All available players are expected to meet at Yeronga at 7.15am for a 7.30am start this Saturday.
As AFL is new to some Villanova families, sorting through all the necessary rules and regulations may take a couple of weeks. I ask all parents and players to be patient as the coaches do their best to sort out everything as quick as possible. I ask that all players please wear an old jersey/shirt that they can play in this weekend and if already purchased wear the Villanova rugby shorts and socks. Please be advised that all training schedules and teams will be finalised by Monday 29 January and training will begin as of Tuesday as per the schedule posted on the web.
I am excited to get the season underway and look forward to seeing everyone out at Yeronga on Saturday.
AIC Swimming Report – Mrs Juanita Jacobs AIC Swimming Co-ordinator
Many thanks to the 56 boys who attended the first swimming squad clinic on January 15. The day included some land gym work, swim training and games to conclude with a BBQ lunch and free swim on the water slide. Coaches were impressed with the efforts of the boys who worked well on the day. The day was an excellent opportunity for the team members to get to know each other and for the new Year 5 students to meet each other and the older members of the squad. We were very grateful to the Open squad members who cooked the BBQ, helped with the clean up and generally assisted on the day. Their support and leadership was appreciated by the coaches.
Training will continue for the next six weeks. Details are available in the swimming squad newsletter and on the College website. With only six weeks left until the AIC Championships, we must have as many swimmers in the water as often as possible to ensure that we are ready for the competition.
I would strongly encourage any student who would like to be part of the squad to attend time trials happening this week or see the Swim Manager for their age group. More detailed information about the 2018 swimming season, including information packs, uniform requirements, dates and times of training and AIC swim meets have been handed out to students this week. This information is also available on the College’s website. The first AIC swim meet is at Langlands Pool this Thursday 25 Jan from 3.30 – 5.00pm. All interested squad members from Year 5 – 12 are expected to attend.
Villanova Time Trial – Thursday 25 January
Who: All Year 5 – 12 swimmers
Where: Langlands Pool
Middle and Senior School Inter-House Swimming Carnivals
Date: Wednesday, 31 January (Week 2)
Venue: Langlands Pool
Time: Middle School – 9.00am – 11.30am Senior School – 12midday – 2.30pm
– All students are required to wear their sports uniform to and from school on the day of the Carnival
– Students are required to bring and wear their hats, sunscreen and have water bottles.
– Students are encouraged to wear the Villanova swim togs or jammers
– A canteen will be operational at both carnivals.
Lytton District Swimming Trials
The Lytton District swimming trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 9 Feb for under 10, 11 and 12 swimmers. Only two or three boys per event, who meet the qualifying times over the next week, will be given the relevant information regarding these trials. We also need to send along a parent as an official. If your son is selected and you can assist, please contact the Sports Office and let us know of your availability. All students must find their own transportation to and from the carnival.