It was great to see the entire College was able to participate in a full round of AIC chess, rugby and football trials over the weekend against St Peter’s Lutheran College and Ambrose Treacy College. I was not entirely happy with the pre-season trial schedule this year as St Laurence’s were unable to play Villanova before the Easter break in a full school trial and St Peter’s were unable to cover all teams, hence the addition of Ambrose Treacy College to the schedule. A number of teams trialled internally again on the weekend which was not ideal. The cancellation of some training sessions before the Easter break, due to the wet weather also played havoc on the pre-season schedule, however many of these occurrences were totally out of Villanova’s control. Normally we would have had two full and solid rounds of trials before entering Round 1 of the AIC footy season.
As a result of the pre-season training and trials our coaches have been sorting through all players and were trialling different combinations in an effort to select the correct players in each team by Round 1. The reality is that some boys will be disappointed as some tough decisions will and have been made. The best way to deal with this matter is to show resilience and work even harder at training. The coaches have been asked to monitor all players and change teams weekly based on player performance, attendance and attitude.
This weekend Villanova will play Round 1 against St Patrick’s College (SPC). As stated in last week’s Villa View, we remind all families that although it is a long weekend it is imperative that all players make themselves available for play before they depart on any family trips away. This issue is clearly stated in 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 for all students on game day during the footy season. Furthermore, please be informed of the Trimester 1 Sports Assembly. All details are below and all parents are most welcome to attend.
Best wishes to all this weekend v St Patrick’s College.
Trimester 1 Awards Assembly – Tuesday 2 May
The College will host a Trimester 1 Sports Awards Assembly next Tuesday, 2 May in Goold Hall commencing at 10.15am. Parents are asked to view the award recipient list on the website under the ‘Locker Room’ section within the College’s website. Members of the 6A AFL Team and the 6 Green, 6A, 7Gold, 7C, 7B, 8C and 8B cricket teams will also be presented with their pennants.
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 – 12 rugby and football fixtures on the weekend as a spectator must wear the College academic uniform including tie and blazer (where applicable) in Term 2. Students are to attend their games in playing uniform. However, it is the preference for Senior School students who are in ‘A’ teams to wear their full academic uniform to all games. If students intend to stay and support other teams at the Year 9 – 12 venue they must change into their academic uniform, which includes ties and blazers for Senior School students.
Students who are playing at the Year 5 – 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 – 12 matches, particularly the Firsts games, they must change into their 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 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 at all times.
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 guards 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.
AIC Rugby and Football Trials v St Patrick’s College (SPC), Saturday 29 April – Times and Venues
All times and venues for this weekend’s trial fixtures against St Pat’s College are available on the College’s website. Please note that most Year 5 – 8 football teams will play away and most Year 9 – 12 teams will play at home. Note that a number of teams have been entered into the supplementary draw this weekend and will play different Colleges at various venues. Please check the schedule on the website for all times and venues. As it is a short week, all teams list will be up by Friday.
Annual Sport Club Luncheon – The Villanova Sports Club and the associated planning committee are continuing their good work for 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 Commentator as well as Villa Old Boy and Olympian (Javelin Thrower) – Josh Robinson. Tickets are $140 per head and are available for purchase through the following link. All money raised will be used by the Sports Club to improve sporting facilities in many areas across the College. Tickets are selling fast – don’t miss out!
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 asked 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. We hope this encourages a friendly rivalry for positions within a cohort as well as rewarding those players who have trained hard and performed well.
AIC Chess – Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
The chess competition starts this Friday at Villanova with a home game against St Patricks. All students who have been participating in the chess trials are invited to come along and watch if not a member of a team. It has been a hard fought battle by all players to finally get to a point where teams have been chosen. Congratulations to all the boys and good luck for the term.
There are seven weeks of competition with four home games and three away games. For away games the boys will be transported by bus and returned to Villanova. However, when we attend St Laurence’s next week, the bus will only transport boys to the venue and parents are asked to collect the students up from St Laurence’s at the end of the competition. Students may be collected by parents at away venues but it is imperative that teachers are informed of the arrangement. Team members are to wear their formal uniform.
If there are any queries, please contact Mrs England or Mrs Warren. Teams will be placed on the school sport website each week.
Villa Park Canteen – AIC Rugby and Football
Most Year 9 – 12 football and rugby teams play at Villanova Park this Saturday, so we are asking for parents to once again help out by volunteering their time. The BBQ 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/bbq 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/bbq during the football/rugby season is the Villanova Sports Club’s main source of income and it can only operate with the help of Villanova parents (both football and rugby). Please come along and help out, meet some new friends and catch-up on what’s happening around the College. We hope to see you on Saturday.
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.
AIC Cross Country
Please find below the training schedule as well as the training commencement date for both squads. Please note the Year 7 – 12 squad commences training next week.
Year 5 and Year 6 Squad
Commence training – Monday 15 May
Training Days/Times – Monday and Wednesday 3.15pm – 4.30pm
Year 7 – 12 Squad
Commence training – Wednesday 3 May
Training Days/Times – Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6.45am – 8am
Further details regarding the Cross Country season will be posted on the College’s web page late next week.
St Augustine’s Tour 2017
The annual exchange between Villanova College and our brother school St Augustine’s College (SAC) will take place from May 7 – 9 in Brisbane. Each year the exchange has students from both Colleges compete against each other in rugby, football, basketball and debating. The exchange offers an opportunity for the staff and students of both Colleges to form bonds and further strengthen the already strong relationship.
We hope to email all those who have kindly offered to take a billet with further information about the tour by the end of this week. This information will contain your billets name and contact details.
St Augustine’s College (SAC) Tour Itinerary – Game Times/Dates/Venues
Sunday 7 May
- Host families to collect billets at 8pm from Villanova College
Monday 8 May
- 2:15pm – 3:00pm (Period 6) Villanova v St Augustine’s Debating (Fr Peter Wieneke Shield) @ Villanova College, Hanrahan Theatre, Sixth Ave, Coorparoo
- 3:30pm Villanova v St Augustine’s Basketball (John Seary Cup) at Villanova College, Goold Hall, Eighth Ave, Coorparoo
Tuesday 9 May
- Period 1 (8.45am – 9.35am) College Assembly – SAC Guests of Honour
- Period 2 (9.40am – 10.30am) Student forum/morning tea for SAC staff/students and host students
- 10:30am (Period 3) Depart Villanova College for Villanova Park (all billets/host and students)
- 12:00 Midday kick off, Villanova v St Augustine’s Football (Fr Dave Brimson Cup) Villanova Park, Manly Rd, Tingalpa
- 1:30pm Kick off, Villanova v St Augustine’s Rugby (MG Lyons Cup) Villanova Park, Manly Rd, Tingalpa
- 3:30pm Presentation in the Cor Unum Centre at Villanova Park
- 4:00pm BBQ and Villanova host students farewell SAC billets
New Zealand Rugby Tour Report – Jonathon Boxall (Year 12)
On 1 April, the Andrew Slack and Ben Mowen squads jetted across the Tasman Sea embarking on a memorable trip to New Zealand for the 2017 Rugby Tour. Touching down in Christchurch, a group of 47 Villanova boys boarded a bus beginning a journey down the east coast through Dunedin and Queenstown. We came up against fierce competition including St Bede’s College, John McGlashan College, King’s High School and Wakitipu High School. Each fixture was an unforgettable experience for each player. To compete against international opposition is an opportunity most of us will never have again. We were spoilt by the beautiful country and what New Zealand has to offer. Fears were confronted on the high ropes course and shot over jet, minds were tested by the freezing waters whilst river rafting and our bodies were pushed by buffet after buffet! Most of all we had fun whilst forming new friendships and strengthening bonds within our team. By the end of the 9-day tour, the group of boys that landed in New Zealand, left a team of men with memories to be cherished. On behalf of every player on the Rugby Tour I would like to take the opportunity to thank our parents, staff and coaches who made this successful tour possible.
Japan Football Tour Report – Jake Balzano (Year 12)
Over the Easter break, 24 football students from Years 10, 11 and 12 were fortunate enough to visit Osaka, Japan on Villanova’s first ever football tour. Accompanied by Mrs Julie Davies, Mr Len Catalano, Mr Blake McLauchlan and Mr Paul Gribben we were all excited and eager to catch a glimpse of the Japanese culture and understand their football expertise and techniques. The Japanese didn’t let us down, as expected, they were extremely friendly, respectful, courteous and very knowledgeable.
We stayed at J Green Football Academy where we got to see firsthand how their athletes train, all day, every day! It was clear from the start that we had a lot to learn from them. We played five games and held two training sessions, and although we didn’t have a win, we experienced a football experience unlike anything we would have had in Australia. We learned how different their style of play was and how they viewed football as a whole. While their unfamiliar warm ups and fast paced possession football was intimidating, it was also educational.
It wasn’t all football though, we were fortunate enough to experience a typical day at a Japanese High School, participate in an amazing traditional tea ceremony, visit the heritage listed Himeji Castle, take an exhilarating ropeway ride, visit Universal Studios and we even had a go at Japanese calligraphy. The highlight was watching a live J League game at Gamba Stadium, which in itself was an unforgettable feeling. To our surprise, in most places we visited the Villanova crew were the main attraction. We were stopped many times by locals just to have photos taken with us, which of course gave us a bit of a buzz!
Finally, we have to thank Red Lion Football for organizing such a memorable experience. To the teachers and coaches who made sure we got home safely, and of course to our parents for their many months of fundraising just to get us there. Thank you to all for allowing us this incredible opportunity. It is no secret that the Japanese take pride in everything they do, whether sport, academics, culture or just having a one on one conversation with you. They are a truly inspirational society and we were all so very fortunate to be immersed in it, even if it was only for one short week.
All parents are reminded that their son’s Term 1 subscription to Villa-Fit has expired. The program is always evolving and improving to cater for the needs of our students. Please refer to the College Web site for details.
Junior Villa-Fit for Year 5 and Year 6
The focus will be on the boys learning the correct techniques in the gym in preparation for Villa-Fit in Year 7. The boys will do some strength training, cardiovascular training, flexibility and some core strength in each session. The class will be in the gym from 3:15pm – 4pm every Friday afternoon in Term 2. The cost is $60 for the term. There will be an exercise scientist in the gym to run the boys through the session. Please note there are now only three spots available. Forms may be collected from the Sports Office or downloaded from the College webpage and returned to Mrs Schofield at the Sports Office along with payment.
- Well done Roarke Ronan who recently made the Queensland School Sport Swimming Team that will compete in the 2017 Pacific Schools Games to be held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in early December. Excellent effort Roarke!
- Well done Rhys Lanskey who represented Queensland and competed at the NSW State Sporting Championships for horse riding during the Easter holidays. Rhys was only one of five people selected in his age group from Queensland. Outstanding effort Rhys!
- Congratulations Zane Genrich who competed in the State Target Championships for Archery last weekend and was placed This is a fantastic achievement, well done Zane!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport