It was great to see the entire College was able to participate in a full round of AIC rugby and football trials over the weekend against St Patrick’s College. It has been advantageous to our preparation this season to have two full rounds of trials under our belt before we head into Round 1 this weekend.
Our coaches have been sorting through all players and were able to trial different combinations to get the teams right by Round 1. As teams are announced this week the reality is that some boys will be disappointed with their grading. The best way to deal with this matter is to show resilience and to work even harder at training and during the game each week to prove to your coach that you are capable to move up in the gradings. The coaches have been asked to monitor all players and change teams weekly based on player performance, attendance and attitude. A player’s position in a team is not guaranteed.
As stated in last week’s newsletter we remind all families that we do have a long weekend approaching when we play St Edmund’s College in Round 1 this weekend. In your family planning we ask that all players make themselves available to play before they depart on any family trips away. This issue was clearly stated within the rugby/football and chess sign-on forms which all players and parents signed. Understandably, if we have many players absent, our teams will be under strengthened and the full complement of teams will be compromised. We are hoping that all players will stay and play before enjoying a well-earned break with family and friends.
Please find below information pertaining to the College’s uniform expectations of its students on game days during the footy season.
Best wishes to all this weekend against St Edmund’s College. Enjoy!
UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS – PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS
All players are to wear the complete rugby and football playing uniform as published below. Football players should not wear the basketball or PE shorts; they must wear the College football shorts.
Please note that all boys who attend the Year 9 – Year 12 rugby and football fixtures on the weekend as a spectator or player must wear the College academic uniform. Therefore, students are not permitted to attend their games wearing the playing uniform. If students intend to stay and support other teams at the Year 9-12 venue they must get changed into their academic uniform after their game, this includes ties and blazers for Senior School students.
Students who are playing at the Year 5 – Year 8 venue may be permitted to wear their playing uniform before and after their games. However, if the younger boys (Year 5-8) wish to travel and support the Year 9 – Year 12 matches, particularly the first games, they must change into the academic uniform.
Players of both the First XI football and First XV rugby teams must attend the venue in full academic uniform including white shirt (including boys who are in Year 10 or Year 11), tie and blazer. Long grey pants are preferred. This same uniform is to be worn to all post-match functions.
It is paramount that the parent body supports the College to ensure that these expectations are met. Wearing the correct uniform appropriately is the standard which is expected.
RUGBY AND FOOTBALL UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS
Villanova Rugby Uniform
- Villanova rugby jersey
- Villanova rugby shorts
- Villanova rugby/football socks
- Mouthguards compulsory
- Head gear optional
- Villanova green zip jacket or Villanova track suit optional (no other jackets /jumpers are permitted)
Villanova Football Uniform
- Villanova football jersey
- Villanova football shorts (not the PE shorts/ not the basketball shorts)
- Villanova rugby/football socks
- Shin guard’s compulsory
- Villanova green zip jacket or Villanova track suit optional (no other jackets/jumpers are permitted)
- Football players must wear the Villanova football shorts not the Villanova basketball shorts, which do look similar.
- The Canterbury rugby and football socks are the same
- Students may train in any coloured gear
AIC RUGBY AND FOOTBALL ROUND 1 V ST EDMUND’S COLLEGE (SEC), SATURDAY MAY 4 – TIMES AND VENUES
All times and venues for Round 1 this weekend v St Edmund’s College are available on the College’s website. Please note that most Year 5 – Year 8 football and rugby teams will play at home and the Year 9 – Year 12 football/rugby teams will play at Tivoli Sporting Complex (which is not at the St Edmund’s campus). Please note that a number of teams have been entered into the supp draw this weekend and will play different Colleges at various venues throughout the season. Please check the schedule on the website for all times and venues.
Due to various situations, the First XV rugby will play against St Edmund’s at St Edmund’s College next Tuesday May 7 with a 3.30pm kick-off.
AIC RUGBY, FOOTBALL AND CHESS TEAMS
Please be aware that all AIC teams will be posted on the College’s website from week to week. All coaches have been advised to select teams based on player performance, attitude and attendance at training. Therefore, the College strongly encourages the movement of players from team to team each week if warranted and no position from Firsts to Year 5 is guaranteed throughout the season (especially the ‘A’ teams and First teams). We hope this will encourage a friendly rivalry for positions within a cohort, but we also hope this rewards those players who have trained hard and performed well.
ANNUAL VILLANOVA SPORTS LUNCH – Mr Leo Wallin, Organising Committee Member
Please be advised that the sixth Annual Villanova Sports Lunch will be held this year on Friday May 31, and, in a change to tradition, it is on the move! With a cracking line-up of guest speakers and expected increase in attendees, the organising committee have decided to move to a larger venue where everyone can be accommodated comfortably. So, we are heading to The Greek Club on Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.
As usual, it will be a fun-filled afternoon with plenty of laughs and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends. Greg ‘Marto’ Martin will be the MC with a bit of fun provided by ex-Australian Cricket player Greg ‘Fat Cat’ Ritchie. Current Melbourne Storm and ex NSW Origin coach, Craig Bellamy and ex Bronco, QLD and Kangaroo legend Darren Lockyer will provide plenty of interstate banter in their rugby league panel discussion just six days out from Origin I.
Tickets are $160.00 each with an early bird price of $150 if you book before April 30; this includes canapés on arrival, a magnificent two-course meal and premium drinks package until 4 p.m. Our new venue will also host the traditional ‘after party’ in a private bar downstairs with finger food provided!
All money raised will be used by the Sports Club to improve sporting facilities and in particular contribute to the rebuild of damaged facilities at Villanova Park. This is an excellent event and I strongly encourage as many people as possible to ask their friends and families along and enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, drink and entertainment. Not to be missed!
To book your tickets please head straight to www.trybooking.com/bbvyp – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $150 HAS BEEN EXTENDED.
AIC CHESS – Mrs Mylan Warren, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
We are finally at the start of our chess season and this Friday night we are entering Round 1 with an away game against St. Edmund’s. Students will be transported by bus to and from all away games. As it will be a long bus ride back from St. Edmund’s, we will most likely return after 6.30pm to the College. Please be patient and wait for our return to collect your sons.
This year the College will be represented by Sam Stenson and Alex Wang as Co- Captains and Alex Ilka as Vice-Captain and Coach.
Just a reminder that the practice/coaching sessions will be at first break in T10.
All students are welcome to play on Monday during first break.
- Year 5 – Year 6 First Break on Thursday and Friday
- Year 7 – Year 9 First Break on Tuesday
- Year 10 – Year 12 First Break on Wednesday
Next week, Friday May 10, will be at home game playing against Padua. All players are to attend (all junior teams and all C teams are included). The venue will be the Tolle Lege Library.
Teams will be announced on the website each week and I ask that parents let me know if a student is sick or unable to play, so that arrangements can be made well ahead of time. Boys are to wear their academic uniform with ties each night. Please inform me if students require a special diet, as afternoon tea is provided at each venue.
Good luck to all the teams for our first game this week.
AIC FOOTBALL – Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Co-ordinator
Last Saturday was the final trial before the AIC Football season starts, this weekend. I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents, players and coaches for their efforts so far in being prepared for the season ahead. There were many strong performances from our teams in the trial games against St Patrick’s, indicating this could be the year where we give the competition a real shake and push for many premierships.
This weekend is the first round of the season where we will face St Edmund’s. It is imperative that all players come focused and ready to perform to the best of their ability and get a flying start to the season! To help with this, players need to ensure they are at their venue half an hour before kick-off to warm-up and prepare. All players are reminded to wear the Villanova Football uniform for their games this weekend. I encourage parents and players to check the College Website on a weekly basis to check team lists, venue and game times.
AIC RUGBY – Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby Co-ordinator
Congratulations to all our rugby teams who completed their final trial v St Patrick’s last Saturday. There is no doubt that the talent displayed by many of our boys throughout the trials has set us up for what looks to be a successful rugby season. This weekend we come up against St Edmunds for Round 1 of the AIC competition. Most teams from Year 5 – Year 8 will play at Villanova Park. Most teams from Year 9 – Year 12 will play at Tivoli Sporting Complex (not at St Edmunds College). We have a good number of teams who are in the supplementary draw this weekend and are playing at alternative venues than the ones listed above. Please check the draw posted on the website very carefully to see where your game is being held and at what time. This is a reminder to allow enough travel time to ensure you arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before your scheduled kick off time, unless you have been told to arrive earlier by your coach.
Due to a number of circumstances the First XV match scheduled to be played against St Edmund’s College this weekend, will now be played next Tuesday May 7 after school at St Edmund’s College, on Mulkerin Oval at 3.30pm. A 23-man squad will be released from class next Tuesday and will travel to and from the venue by bus. We wish all players the very best.
Villanova Park Canteen – AIC Rugby and Football
Most Year 5 – Year 8 football/games teams are playing at Villanova Park this Saturday, and we are asking for parents to once again help out by volunteering their time. The barbecue will fire up at 6.30am and it is usually in the first hour that we need the most assistance to prepare and cook the food. Please drop your son off and help out.
Although at times the canteen/barbecue may look like they have enough helpers, please come and offer your time as some of those volunteers may need to get to their son’s games. The canteen/barbecue during the football/rugby season is the Villanova Sports Club’s main source of income and it can only operate with the help of Villa parents (both football and rugby). So please come along and help out, meet some new friends and catch-up on what’s going on around the school. We hope to see you Saturday.
|Rugby/Football Canteen Roster
Villanova Park – May 4
We kindly ask parents to assist when their son arrives for warm up 30 minutes before their scheduled game.
All parents who can assist are asked to report to Mrs Robyn Gunning on arrival.
||5 Gold, 5 White
||7 White, 6A, 6C, 5A, 5C
||6B, 7 White, 5C
||6B, 7 White, 5C
||7A, 8C, 6B, 6 Gold, 5B, 5 Gold
||6A, 10C, 5B
||6 White, 5 White, 7B
||8A, 8B, 6 White, 5 White, 7B
||7B, 8C, 5A, 7B
||7B, 8C, Third XV, Fourth XV
||Fourth XI, Fifth XI, 7 Gold, 7C
Dogs at AIC Sporting Venues
A reminder to all parents that due to Health and Safety requirements, all AIC Sporting venues are dog free venues including Villanova Park. Please do not bring your dog!
AIC CROSS COUNTRY – Mr Brian Pascoe AIC Cross Country Co-ordinator
THE ‘RUNNING WILDCATS’
St Laurence’s Invitational AIC Cross Country Trial and AIC Championships
The Villanova cross country squad has resumed where it left off before the holidays, with all boys training hard in preparation for the AIC Championships on Monday May 13.
A number of the squad attended parkruns over the Easter Break. There were many good performances in these events including:
- Both Sam Stenson and Jacob Dimmick ran sub 18 minutes.
- Dan Gagliarde took five minutes off his PB to run sub 20 minutes.
- Caleb Rogers beat his Parkrun PB by close to a minute.
- Mr Jordan Roache was in career best form posting a time of 19 minutes on the morning of his wedding. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Roache.
Next Wednesday is the final opportunity for our runners to race and record a time to be considered for Villanova’s AIC Championship Team. It would be pleasing to see as many of the squad put their hard work and training to the test. The coaches are hoping that there will be a good representation of Villanova College cross-country runners the St Laurence’s Playing Fields, Runcorn. It will be an invaluable opportunity to race on a course very similar to the terrain of the course used for the AIC Championship’s at Curlew Park.
The ‘Running Wildcats’ are strongly encouraged to attend ALL the remaining training sessions in the next two weeks leading up to the AIC Cross Country Championships. Training will continue as usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning leaving Goold Hall by 6.45 am. The Wednesday sessions will be modified in light of the afternoon invitational cross-country trials.
Cross country is a golden opportunity to practise the key habits that enable a team, and an individual, to grow in character. The best way to be the person you wish to become is through discipline, training and teamwork.
All the AIC meets listed below apply to both the Year 5 and Year 6 and Year 7 – Year 12 squads at the same venue on the same day.
Wednesday May 8 – St Laurence’s
- AIC Meet at St Laurence’s College Playing Fields, Runcorn.
Monday May 13 AIC Championships
- AIC Championships at Curlew Park, Sandgate
Buses will transport the squad to the venue and back to Villanova at the completion of both the warm-up meets and the AIC Cross Country Championships.
Program for the St Laurence’s Warm-up Cross Country Meet:
|| Year 5
|| Year 6
|| 12 and 13 Years
|| 14 and 15 Years
|| 16 Years and Open
To ensure we arrive on time to the warm-up meet hosted by St Laurence’s College, the following travel schedule will apply on Wednesday May 8 Invitational Run:
- 3.15 pm – buses depart Villanova for St Laurence’s Playing Fields, Runcorn.
- 5.40 pm – buses depart Runcorn for return to Villanova College.
- 6.00 pm – estimated arrival back at Villanova College, front gate – Sixth Avenue.
Villanova Running Uniform
Available from the Villanova College Uniform Shop
- Villanova squad shirt (please note that this shirt is the same shirt that was used by the AIC swimmers and it will be the same one used for the AIC track and field team later in the year)
- Villanova athletic singlet
- Villanova running shorts (PE shorts/rugby shorts are not permissible)
- Villanova sports/rain jacket (Optional)
It is with great anticipation I look forward to the Cross Country warm-up meets and AIC Championships to see how great each runner can be.
Well done to Henry Wright who has made the Met East Golf Team. Henry will be competing in the 10 – 19 years Golf State Championships. Best wishes Henry!
Congratulations to Patrick Holmes who has made the Met East 10 – 12 Hockey Team. Patrick will compete at the State Hockey Championships in Townsville in June. We wish Patrick all the best!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport