The three main avenues of sport communication open to parents at Villanova College are listed below:
- Villa View – the 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’ and ‘AIC Football’ sections (as well as any other sport)
- The Skoolbag App. Go to the App store and search Villanova College Skoolbag App. Download the free app. Important messages will be given via the app from time to time. These messages are mainly the confirmation or cancellation of training and games.
Students also receive sports messages via the daily Morning Notices delivered during morning Pastoral as well as information presented at College assemblies.
It was interesting to note the amount of phone calls received by the College over the last week regarding training times and venues for rugby and football. This information has been posted on the web and published in the Villa View for weeks. Please use the avenues listed above as all pertinent information regarding sport is posted and updated regularly.
Annual Sport Club Luncheon: The Villa Sports Club and the associated planning committee are continuing their good work in the planning and preparation of the Annual Sports Club Luncheon. This event is not to be missed as it is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy a fun afternoon of good food and drink. The special guest speaker is Kerry O’Keeffe – Australian cricket player and media commentator as well as Villa old boy and Olympian (Javelin) – Josh Robinson. Tickets are $140 per head and are available for purchase now through the following link: Sport Lunch Invitation. All money raised will assist the College in improving sporting facilities. Tickets are selling fast – don’t miss out!
Rugby and Football Training/Trials
Please be aware that rugby and football training will commence on day one of Term 2 as per the training schedule found below. This schedule is posted on the College’s website under the AIC rugby and the AIC football sections.
Date Claimers (as per College Calendar)
- AIC Rugby and Football trial v SPLC/ATC Saturday, 22 April (all teams)
- Term 2 training commences, Wednesday 19 April – sessions as per program above (don’t forget your gear)
1st IV Tennis Training Squad
A number of our top tennis players have been invited to attend a 1st pre-season tennis training program which commenced last week. This program will continue throughout the Easter vacation period as per documentation.
Villa Junior Tennis Aces Program
All students who represented Villanova either as a reserve or player throughout the 2016 season in Years 5, 6 ,7 or 8 have been invited to participate in the Junior Tennis Aces program this year.
These students will participate in a pre-season training program in order to develop the necessary skills and techniques for the season ahead. To that end, we will have four qualified tennis coaches on hand who will work with a squad of no more than 16 students for a one-hour training session each week for a total of eight weeks in the lead up to the AIC Tennis season. These sessions will focus on the development of skills rather than game play.
Please note that these sessions will commence on Friday, 21 April and will continue every Friday evening until the 9th June. These sessions will run throughout Term 2 and have been scheduled to enable all students to participate in this program as well as any AIC football, rugby and cross country programs on offer at the College. Only those students who participate in AIC chess will be unable to participate in this program as both will occur on the Friday evenings.
Where: Churchie Tennis Courts
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Years 6 and 7) 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Years 8 and 9)
When: Every Friday evening commencing 21 April until 9 June (eight sessions in total)
Who: By invitation only, all Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 AIC tennis players in 2016 who are now in Year 6, 7, 8 and 9 in 2017 have been invited
AIC Cross Country
Villanova’s AIC Cross Country training program will commence in Term 2 as below:
Year 5 and 6 Squad: Commence training Week 5 Term 2 (15 May). Monday and Wednesday afternoons 3.15 – 4.30pm at Little Langlands
Year 7 -12 Squad: Commence training Week 3 Term 2 (1 May). Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning 6.45 – 8.00am at Little Langlands
All students who wish to join simply need to turn up to the training sessions as listed above. More information will follow in the weeks leading up to the first session.
AIC Chess – Mr Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
Chess is now underway and the first trial against St Laurence’s was an insight into the abilities of the group as a whole. The wonderful Junior players of last year stepped up to the mark and won the Intermediate group comprehensively. We are looking forward to the competition for this group and are anticipating that the boys will once again perform well.
The Junior teams have many new students and we are still to finalise all of the available positions. They have big shoes to fill and we wish them the best over the coming weeks. The Senior groups were struck by absences due to exam block but competed well against Laurie’s. We are hopeful that with a full team the boys will compete at a high standard this year.
A reminder that coaching before school has stopped due to exams and will resume on the first Friday back in Term 2, 21 April at 7.30 in the Tolle Lege Library. Practice is still ongoing at morning tea every day in the library for all those who can attend. Friday, 21 April is also the night of our second trial and is an away game, so students will be transported by bus to and from the venue. Teams will be determined after this match and will be announced to all students the following week. Good luck to all the boys vying for positions in the teams. Have a good break and come back refreshed, ready to start the season.
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport