At the conclusion of the 2016 school year, the Sports Office was very confident with the progression made to our pre-season trial process for the cricket, volleyball and swimming programs which would enable us to be in a strong position leading into 2017. It always strikes me that no matter how well prepared and organised we are leaving one year behind, there is no escaping the usual ‘first week frenzy’ as we prepare for the trial matches and events scheduled the first week back of a new year.
Please note that due to Music Camp last weekend, a number of teams across the board did have players absent. Therefore, teams will differ this weekend as we head into Round 1 of the AIC Competition against St Patrick’s College. Now that we have reached Week 2 of the school year, all training programs across all sports and year levels are set for the season ahead. These schedules along with the coaching contact details, team lists and by-laws are found on the College’s web site.
The Sports Department communicates information to both parents and students via the Villa View (College newsletter), website, morning notices and the Skoolbag App. Regular access to the College’s website is essential. Please be advised that we aim to post the weekly draws on the website by Wednesday of each week. All team lists for each team sport should be posted by Thursday if not earlier.
As part of the ongoing and far reaching learning process at Villanova, we do require our students to take responsibility. When a student commits himself to a team, the College expects that he makes every effort to attend all training sessions and games throughout the season within reason. It is not the responsibility of a student to pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend. If a student’s training schedule conflicts with any other Villanova co-curricular commitment we will be more than happy to negotiate an alternative schedule, however, your son must communicate this to the College via the Sports Department.
I must congratulate the many coaches and players who represented the College last weekend in cricket, swimming, AFL and volleyball trials. In order to move the ‘sporting elephant’ we need many hands on deck to ensure that all Villa teams are well prepared and organized. I thank the many people who have assisted the sports program so far by fulfilling the various roles needed in order for things to run smoothly.
Villanova heads into Round 1 of competition this weekend against St Pat’s (SPC) in cricket and volleyball and St Laurence’s in AFL. I ask all players to be focused and ready for battle as we look to commence the season well. Our swim squad will travel to Ashgrove via buses organized by the College this Friday evening for the second AIC swim meet of the season.
As always in order to gain good results we must put a substantial effort into our training. I ask all coaches and players to focus on what they need to do at each training session each week in order to improve. The next challenge is put this into action on game day. The fact is we need to train hard and play hard every week in order to do well. Pride in the jersey, leaving nothing in the tank and giving our best to our College and to our mates is what we want, no matter the result. Good luck to all this weekend and enjoy. Go Villa!
Teacher Supervision after Training
It is College policy that the supervision of students by attending staff ceases 15 minutes after the completion of the advertised finishing time of the training/practice session.
- For training/practice conducted on the College Campus, students will be instructed to wait for pick-up inside the Sixth or Eighth Avenue entrances to the College.
- For training/practice conducted at Little Langland’s, coaches/managers will escort students to either of the on-campus pick up locations and instruct them to wait inside the grounds.
- For training/practice conducted at other venues (e.g. Villa Park during rugby/football season) students are to remain at the designated location for pick-up e.g. the car park areas.
Round 1 AIC Fixtures – Saturday 4 February, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v St. Patrick’s College (SPC), AIC AFL v St Laurence’s College (SLC).
Please go to the Weekly Fixtures to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against SPC/SLC. Simply scroll down on the College’s home page to the ‘Latest News’ section and click the Weekly Fixtures section.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind players and parents that cricketers need to wear the appropriate uniform to all AIC games. The uniform consists of the Villanova cricket shirt, Villanova hat or cap and white pants for all players. It is not acceptable for any player to wear any club cricket shirt or hat when representing Villanova. All players are to have their own box protector. It is compulsory for all players to wear a helmet whilst batting and keeping up to the stumps.
Training sessions have been finalized and all players are expected to attend all sessions. If for some reason a student is unable to attend training, we ask parents to email the coaches directly (not the Sports Office). The training schedule and coaches contact details are posted on the College’s website.
It is important that all players check their team lists, as there has been player movement in all year levels. Boys have been moved around since the trials last weekend and there are still opportunities for players to be moved around throughout the season. All coaches will be consulted regarding the development of players and player movement. Boys should seek clarification from coaches if they are unsure as to why they have been moved and all parents are asked to have a chat to their sons if they are distressed about being moved. There are only three staff coaching the 35 sides that will represent the College this season, all the rest of the teams are looked after by Old Boys and Parents. Please be mindful of this if you need to discuss anything cricket with them. When they are conducting their training sessions, parents are only to assist if you have been approached by the coaches to help out.
Cricket – Villa Park Canteen
Parents of boys playing on the Andrew Slack Oval are asked to man the canteen during their son’s game each Saturday. Information regarding this was emailed to all parents of those students who were selected in the 8A, 9A and 1st XI cricket teams.
2017 AIC Volleyball – Ms Barbara Dewis, Volleyball Co-ordinator
In the heat experienced by all players it was a great start to the volleyball season last weekend when Villanova took on Marist Ashgrove in the trial matches. Special thanks go to coaches who have the challenging task of selecting teams from an array of talented individuals to begin Round 1 against St Pat’s. As of this week, boys will have a regular training schedule which is posted on the web. Please ensure your son knows which team he has been selected in as well as attending all scheduled training sessions. If at any time your son cannot attend a training session, please inform the coach of your son’s team via email or phone, coaches contact details are found on the web. This would greatly assist coaches when game time comes around.
In order to host home games, we do require a huge amount of help. From time to time each player will be asked to perform particular court duties. We ask parents to support the College by ensuring that your son is available and attends the designated court duties before or after his game. For all team lists, training times, duties and game times please check the website for the information.
Goold Hall Canteen – Volleyball Parents
The Villa Sports Club requests the assistance of all volleyball parents to help serve in the canteen during our home games. Parents are asked to assist in the canteen when their son arrives 30 minutes prior to the start time of their game time for warm up or when their son has been rostered on for court duty (this should only be two occasions throughout the season). At the moment we are seeking interested persons to operate the canteen for the Year 7, 8 and 9 home games. If you are able to assist, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Blake McLauchlan in the Sports Office. Contact persons for the Year 10, 11 and Opens canteen are Brad McDowall and Vicki Templeton.
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Goold Hall – Round 1 v SPC – 4 Feb
We kindly ask parents to assist when their son is rostered on for court duty, or during pre-game warm up as per the schedule below
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||7B and 8Gold
||Any parents willing to assist
AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator
I would like to thank all those parents and players for their efforts and participation on Saturday at our recent trials, it certainly made for a great start to our season and demonstrated to us as coaches that we have many talented players to work with this year. From the weekend Mr Conlan and I have managed to come up with two squads for both the Year 5 and 6 players. As mentioned these squads are not set in concrete and will continue to change throughout the season depending on player performance, attendance and attitude.
This weekend marks our first official fixture and we will really need to be switched on and ready to go come Saturday. Below are our game times and I ask all players to be at Yeronga at least a half hour prior to the first bounce so we can have an efficient and productive warmup. All players are required to wear the Villanova Rugby shorts and socks and ensure they each have a mouthguard ready to play. Jerseys will be given to the boys this week at school so please ensure this is also brought along Saturday. A reminder training will be on for both grades on Tuesday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm at Coorparoo Football Club and that only the Year 6 teams will be training on Thursday as Year 5 will be away on camp.
I encourage all players to arrive early and stay behind to support your teammates on Saturdays and we look forward to seeing all players and spectators there this Saturday to kick off what’s sure to be an excellent and exciting season.
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AIC Swimming – Mrs Kate Alexander, AIC Swimming Co-ordinator
Boys who are keen to become involved with the swim squad are asked to commit themselves to as many training days and times as possible. We expect that all AIC squad members will attend the weekly Friday invitational meets in order to gain race practice and to record times to be considered for final team selection.
AIC Swimming Breakfast
After the compulsory Friday morning swim training session, the College (with parental assistance) will provide a cooked BBQ breakfast for all squad members from Year 5 – 12. We ask all squad members to return their ‘swim brekky forms’ ASAP so that we are able to cater correctly. Parents who are able to assist with the preparation are also asked to indicate this on the ‘brekky form’. These forms are located on the website or at the Sports Office.
AIC Swim Meet at Marist College, Ashgrove – Friday 3 Feb
The Villanova swim squad will travel to Marist College, Ashgrove this Friday, 3 February. A bus will depart the College by 3.15pm and should return by 6.50/7pm. A full program of events is posted on the College’s website within the sports section under AIC Swimming.
Lytton District Swimming
Boys who have been nominated to swim in the Lytton District swimming trials will be given the relevant information by the end of this week. The trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 10 February. Students who have nominated for this event must find their own way to and from the event. Due to the nature of this trial, only three boys per age group can be nominated from Villanova for each stroke. We are also required to send along a parent as an official. If your son is selected and you can assist, please contact the Sports Office as soon as possible.
Met East Swimming
The Met East Swimming Trials will be held at Chandler on Tuesday, 28 February. Students who turn 13 years or older in 2017 are nominated directly based on qualifying times. Students turning 12 years or younger must attend the Lytton Trials in order to gain entry. Any student who wishes to participate must see Mr Stariha for all the necessary forms. Please note a $20 fee will be charged to each swimmer who wishes to nominate.
AIC Rugby and Football
With many clubs now having their sign-on days, please be aware that information regarding AIC Rugby and Football will be sent home in a couple of weeks, particularly to the Year 5 and Year 6 students. It is important to note that
Boys should make themselves available to play school rugby/football. The AIC pre-season/trials commences at the end of Term 1 and throughout Term 2. The season consists of two trial games and seven rounds as per the College calendar. Please be aware that College commitments take precedence over club commitments as per College policy.
School rugby/football is played on Saturday mornings between 7.30am and 3pm as per the College Calendar. All A and B teams will have two training sessions each week. C teams and lower may only train once a week.
- All Year 5 and Year 6 training will be held at Little Langlands (rugby) or Whinstanes (football)
- Year7 – 12 rugby (plus 1st/2nd football) – Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Villanova Park 4.00pm – approx. 5.15pm
- Year7 – 12 football (excluding 1sts and 2nds) Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park
Allowing your son to participate in AIC rugby/football promotes school spirit, camaraderie and a sense of personal achievement in representing his College.
Villa-Fit Years 7 – 12 New Year, New Membership Required
The program is always evolving and improving to cater for the needs of our students. Different elements of the boy’s fitness will be tested in the first week of term, and be retested at the end of term to see their progress. Training will be a combination of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular work as Villa-Fit moves outside in the mornings in urban training. Cost for Term 1 2016 is $140.00 or $240.00 for Semester 1. Boys may access Villa-Fit before and after school hours except for Friday afternoons.
Forms may be collected from the Sports Office or downloaded from the College webpage and payment is to be made through the College Finance Department. Please return the completed registration form to the Sports Office. All boys are required to bring a towel to each session, No Towel – No Gym.
Junior Villa-Fit for Years 5 and 6
Term 1 for Year 5 and Year 6 is now full. Junior Gym will start this Friday, 3 February. A staff member from Junior School will escort the boys to their first gym session. Please remind all boys to bring a towel to each session.
Well done to Joshua Schaumburg who was recently selected in the Queensland 15 Years Cricket Team. Josh will now attend the nationals to be held in Brisbane/ Sunshine Coast from 25 March – 2 April. This is an outstanding effort. Well done Josh!
Congratulations must also go to Mitchell Rieck who made the 11 – 12 years Aquathlon team. Mitchell will now compete at the State Championships to be held in late February. Great effort Mitchell!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport
SPORTS CLUB NEWS
A warm welcome is extended to new and existing families from the Villanova College Sports Club.
Would you like to win $10 000? You can if you purchase a ticket in the Sports Club Mega raffle ticket, with only 200 tickets printed.
The Mega raffle is one of the main fundraising events for the year organised by the Villanova Sports Club. Mega raffle tickets will be ready for purchase from 6 February, 2017.
Monies raised from previous Mega raffles have helped fund the building of the Villa Park cricket nets, renovations to the outdoor basketball courts and specialist coaching, just to name a few.
Tickets can be bought individually or get together with other members of your son’s sports team and purchase a ticket as a syndicate.
To purchase a ticket telephone Jeremy Meredith on 0407 895 207, Robyn Gunning at the College Tuckshop firstname.lastname@example.org or Allyson Smith from the College Finance Department email@example.com.