Welcome back to all for what will be another busy term of sport. It is only Week 1 and already we have many sporting opportunities on offer for all students from Year 5 – 12.
AIC tennis, basketball and rugby league training for all teams from Year 5 – 12 has now commenced. Please note that there are ‘Season Schedule’ documents found on the website under the respective AIC Tennis, Basketball and Rugby League sections which contain the complete training schedule, coaches contact details, uniform expectations, home and away schedule, games times and much more for each of those sports. If you are requiring information regarding your respective sport, I believe all answers should be found within these documents.
Already all A, B, First V and Second V basketball teams from Year 7-12 plus the First IV tennis team have had a trial v Ashgrove on Tuesday afternoon of this week. Another set of trials will be held this weekend against St Patrick’s College for all teams.
Rugby League training is now in full swing. All teams will train at Little Langlands throughout the season. Again, all training times and venues are posted in the respective sport section within the College’s website.
Weekly Team List – Please Read!
The College has now moved to a permanent place to post the weekly team lists. We cannot post these lists in the ‘Locker Room’ as we have done in the past as this has caused privacy issues. The lists will now be posted in the Parent Lounge and Student Café portals as these places are password protected. Please read the section below regarding accessing these documents. This new system is designed for easy access for those parents using the College App.
The AIC Track and Field program will commence in Week 6 of this term – please be on the lookout for further details via next week’s newsletter and the College’s website. This year we are holding our Interhouse Track and Field Carnival at Villanova Park on Thursday 29 July, that is, on Thursday of Week 3 this term. All students from Year 5 – 12 will be transported by bus to and from Villanova Park on this day. More information regarding the Carnival is found below.
In my opinion, to boost or better a school’s sports program we must firstly look at ‘School Spirit’. I feel fortunate that I am involved in a community where many people often exhibit enormous amounts of school spirit. Our boys show spirit through participation, enjoyment and support of their mates and the College. May I please ask parents to assist the College in its quest to further develop school spirit by strongly encouraging your boy/s to get involved and to support others when asked.
Over the coming weeks, I will be personally asking some of our talented student athletes to join the AIC Track and Field training program. There is no doubt that our College community gives greatly to each of its students. From time to time, I believe, it is a fair request that the College asks something in return. If a student is good enough and talented enough to represent his college – then he should. It would be a great shame to see our best athletes, musicians or perhaps academic students not use their gifts to benefit the College and to better themselves. We understand the need for a balanced education, and we do not want to over-burden our students, but we want Villanova’s best to shine. If there are issues surrounding a student’s workload which impedes him from participating, please contact the Sports Office. The Sports Office is reasonable in its approach when working with families and students to come up with solutions and alternative programs which are beneficial for all. Again, I urge all students and parents to support this process. If you have a gift, please use it to benefit others.
This weekend we have basketball, rugby league and tennis trials against St Patrick’s College. This will be a further opportunity for coaches to assess players and adjust teams. I would expect some movement of players between teams in readiness for next weekend’s Round 1 fixture against Iona College. Coaches are instructed to choose their teams each week based on attendance, player performance and attitude.
As always, I urge all students to get involved in the sports program and enjoy the challenges you face along the way. Enjoy the term ahead boys!
Goold Hall Under Repair
Due to water damage, Goold Hall is currently offline and is under repair for the next two weeks. We have moved all basketball training and games out of Goold Hall during this time. Please see the alternative training schedule posted in the ‘AIC Basketball’ section on the website via the ‘Locker Room’ page.
Training will revert to the normal schedule found in the ‘2021 Basketball Season Schedule’ document when the hall comes back online. We hope this will be at the start of Week 3 this term.
AIC Tennis, Rugby League and Basketball Trial Round v St Patrick’s College, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July – Times and Venues
All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games are played on Friday afternoons. Note – the College will supply bus transportation to and from the venue this Friday afternoon for all Year 5 and Year 6 teams. Departure and arrival times are found within the weekly schedule. All Year 7 – 12 basketball and Year 5 – 12 tennis and rugby league games are played on Saturday. Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against St Patrick’s College.
Covid Restrictions – Trial Round v St Patrick’s
Note the following restrictions which Villanova College and SPC have agreed to for this weekend only. The basketball restrictions may change next week, particularly with regard to the First V spectators.
- Tennis and rugby league – unlimited spectators (must sign in using the Qld Gov QR code).
- Basketball – Year 5 – 12 basketball games, only two parents per player may spectate, no student spectators for this week, including no spectators for the First V basketball game. Loreto and St Martin’s are being used as Villanova’s home venue for this weekend and next.
- Year 5 and Year 6 basketball – Villanova will supply bus transportation to and from the venue for this week only. Only two parents per player if parents are keen to go out and watch.
AIC Tennis, Rugby League and Basketball Teams
All internal AIC tennis, rugby league and basketball trials are complete and are posted within the Parent Lounge and Student Café sections. We hope to re-publish all teams on the web by Thursday of each week. Please note that these teams may change throughout the season depending upon player performance, attendance at training and attitude. In fact, we expect further changes to teams after we play the trials against St Patrick’s this weekend. These trials will assist our coaches to finalise their teams before round 1.
All information regarding the season schedule for tennis, rugby league and basketball is posted on the College’s webpage including bus arrangements for those teams training at Morningside Tennis Centre and Clem Jones Basketball Centre before school. It is only the team lists (and the weekly fixture schedule) which from now on will be placed within the Parent Lounge and Student Café portals. See instruction below for access
Team Lists and Weekly Schedule – Now Published in the Parent Lounge and Student Café Portals (available via the App)
From Term 3, all weekly Team Lists, including the Weekly Fixture Schedule, can be accessed via the College App. Simply go to the Villanova College App, click the new ‘Sports’ tile in the bottom right corner. From here, select ‘Team Lists and Weekly Schedule’ from the options available. Please note that you will be required to enter your Parent Lounge username and password initially. The system will remember this password for subsequent log-ins.
In the first instance you may be directed to the Parent Lounge homepage. Simply close this using the cross in the top left corner and then reselect ‘Team Lists and Weekly Schedule’ to access the documents directly.
The icon for App settings (which includes account settings, subscriptions and notifications) can now be found at the bottom of the screen.
The College will send an App alert when these documents are updated weekly.
Students may access the Team Lists via their Student Café portal. They simply log in as usual and select the ‘Links’ button on the top toolbar of the home page. A drop-down box will appear. The boys then select the ‘Team Lists and Weekly Schedule’ button.
The College no longer publishes the Team Lists on the web via the ‘Locker Room’ due to privacy issues. The College will also no longer publish the Team Lists within the shared folder link used last term. Please note that the ‘Locker Room’ will still be the main place where all sports information is given, including the Weekly Schedule which will now be published in the Parent Lounge with the Team Lists for your convenience.
AIC Tennis, Rugby League and Basketball Uniform
Any student who represents the College in AIC tennis, rugby league and basketball must wear the full and correct College uniform. Students who are not dressed correctly will not be permitted to take to the court or field. Uniform standards will be kept and maintained at a high level. The College requires the support of the parent body to ensure these standards are met.
By today all players should have collected their Villanova rugby league jersey or Villanova basketball singlet for hire from the uniform shop in readiness for the trials this weekend (Year 5 and Year 6 boys were given theirs by Mr Everding). Basketball and rugby league players must purchase the correct shorts from the Uniform Shop.
- Villa PE Shorts
- Villa team shirt (Please note – this is not the Villa PE shirt. The ‘team shirt’ is the same shirt worn by all cross country, swimming and track field squad members)
- Villa sports socks
- Villa sports cap (green)
Rugby League Uniform
- Villa rugby league Shorts (not PE shorts nor the football shorts)
- Villa rugby socks (same as Rugby Union and Football socks)
- Villanova rugby league jersey. This jersey is for hire and will be made available through the College Uniform Shop. These jerseys should have been collected by the Year 7-12 students already. Mr Everding has distributed all Year 5 and Year 6 jerseys. The hire cost is $20 for the season and will be charged to your son’s next school fees account.
- Villa basketball shorts (not PE shorts)
- Villa sports socks
- Villanova basketball singlet. This singlet is for hire and will be made available through the College Uniform Shop. These singlets should have been collected by the Year 7-12 students already. Mr Everding has distributed all Year 5 and Year 6 singlets. The hire cost is $20 for the season and will be charged to your son’s next school fees account.
Trimester 2 Sports Awards and First Tennis, Basketball and Rugby League Presentation Assembly
A combined Trimester 2 Sports Awards and First Tennis, Basketball and Rugby League Presentation Assembly will be held next Wednesday 21 July in the Hanrahan Theatre commencing at 8.40am. The AIC rugby, AIC chess, AIC cross country, AIC golf and AIC football awards will be presented at this assembly.
Please note – only those boys who are receiving an award will be present in the theatre as well as all first tennis, basketball and rugby league players. Each first player may also have up to two parents attend in the theatre. These parents will receive an official invitation by the Sports Office after the First teams are set, this could mean that these parents may not receive their invitation via email until Saturday afternoon/evening after the St Pat’s trial.
All other students from Year 5 – 12 will watch the assembly in their classes via a link stream link. This link will be published to all in our community early next week. Unfortunately, parents of the boys receiving a sports awards cannot be present in person within the theatre. These parents can certainly view the event via the live streaming service.
A full list of award winners will be published on the College’s website within the ‘Locker Room’ by this Friday. These award winners and First players must arrive at the Hanrahan Theatre by 8.15am next Wednesday morning to go through seating arrangements etc.
AIC Rugby Union and Football
The Sports Office is looking to finalise the return of all rugby and football kit bags and equipment. We ask all coaches who still have the kits at home or in the boot of their car to please return them to the Sports Office as soon as possible.
Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Squad
We hope to publish next year’s Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack squads within the next 4-6 weeks. Those who accept invitation are required to participate in the College’s Track and Field program if asked.
Villanova Inter-House Track and Field Carnival – Compulsory!
All students from Year 5 – 12 are required to attend Villanova’s annual Inter-House Track and Field Carnival held at Villanova Park on Thursday 29 July. All students are to attend school as per normal times. Buses will then transport the boys to and from Villanova Park. We hope all parents support the College to ensure that all boys attend.
The first events are due to start a 9.45am with the last event run at 2.00pm followed by presentations. All students will be rotated around 8 events on the day, these include the 100m, hurdles (championship event only), bin ball, 200m, Javelin, 800m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump (a select few in each age group only) and Tug-o-war events. Our aim is to have fun, promote Track & Field, give everybody a go, showcase our best athletes and identify those boys who should be in our AIC Track & Field squad.
Track and Field – Championship Events and ‘Fast and Furious’
To reinvigorate and improve our Track and Field program, the Sports Office has implemented some changes to our Inter-House Track and Field program to include Championship events. Students have the option of competing in either a championship or non-championship events. Championship events being competitive based and non-championship considered to be more participatory based.
Boys who wish to compete for a championship event can build up points for themselves which will be used to determine the Year Level Track and Field Champions on the day and those who we wish to be in our Track and Field squad.
All students from Year 5 – 12 may sign up for one, two or all of the Championships events, these include – the 100m, 200m, 800m, hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin events.
How do you sign up for a championship event?
Stations will be setup in various places around the College this Friday for boys to sign up. Boys simply turn up to the station and write their name next to the event they wish to compete in at a championship level. These stations are located as per below.
- Year 5 and Year 6 Championship Sign-on (Junior School) – this Friday, first break in the Junior School assembly area
- Year 7 – Year 9 Championship Sign on (Middle School) – this Friday, first break in front of Goold Hall
- Year 10 – 12 Championship Sign on (Senior School) – this Friday, second break in the Senior School precinct
Students who do not wish to participate in the championship events will automatically compete in the non-championship program.
All boys will be given the opportunity to compete in a ‘fast and furious’ race. We are looking for our 10 best runners in each age group to nominate themselves for this event. The finalists will then compete in the first event at the Villanova Inter-House Track and Field Carnival in front of the entire school for the ‘fast and furious’ final.
At the end of the day, we want Villanova’s best athletes to compete against each other for the College to identify our best athletes to join our AIC Track and Field Program. It would be reasonable to expect that all ‘A’ team members in all sports, nominate for at least one Championship event. Those aspiring for inclusion in the Ben Mowen, Andrew Slack, Junior Football Development Squad and First football candidates for next year’s season must nominate or they will be excluded from the squads. Get in and have a go boys!
AIC Track and Field Training
AIC Track and Field training officially commences the week beginning Monday 16 August, which is the week after Ekka week. This year all students from Year 5 – 12 will train on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park. A bus will transport all athletes to and from each training session. We hope to commence training at 3.45pm and conclude by 5.15pm. The bus should return to the College around 5.40pm.
The coaches will cover all track and field disciplines across all age groups at these sessions. Training as a Year 5 – 12 squad will increase team spirit and ensure our athletes are able to attend the various sessions we have on offer.
A full program will be available on the College’s website within the next three weeks.
Villanova Runners Club
Where – Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Rd, Camp Hill
Who – Open to all students/parents/siblings/friends etc.
This activity is an initiative of the AIC Juniors Cross Country Coach – Mr Tom Lonergan. It is an opportunity for all aspiring AIC Middle Distance runners to complete an extra training session each week. Parents, siblings and friends of the athletes are invited to participate in the training. One of the training activities will be a Tabata session. Tabata is an anaerobic activity which complements fitness for running. Another component of this session is a Bush Run which utilizes the many Trails in the Whites Hill bushland area. Further information about this program can be gained by contacting Mr Lonergan email: email@example.com
Villa Runners Club will be offered every Sunday (4 – 5pm) from Sunday 18 July through to Sunday 3 October.
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport