All trials for AIC basketball, rugby league and tennis are now complete. Round 1 will commence against St Edmund’s and Ambrose Treacy College tomorrow, 26 July and Saturday 27 July.
Last weekend marked the inaugural rugby league trial round against St Patrick’s College at Villanova Park. As a new introductory trial sport within the AIC Competition this year, it was a little unusual to see rugby league being played at Villanova Park for the first time ever. However, given the vibe and excitement around the park by both the players and spectators. I think rugby league may be here to stay after the two-year trial period ends at the conclusion of the 2020 season.
The new Villanova rugby league uniform looked great too. On close inspection you will notice we have the East Tigers rugby league logo sublimated on our jersey and shorts. There is no denying it is our intention to further build and foster a good relation between our College and Easts. We have mutual interests in our local catchment area and we intent to work together where we can to share resources to ensure our boys, the College and their club can benefit in a positive manner. Two advertisement signs have also been placed around the main field of Langlands Park to promote our College. Boys who have a strong rugby league interest are encouraged to enrol at Villanova knowing that we have solid programs and a partnership with Easts in place.
I was pleasantly surprised by our rugby league teams at Villanova Park. Although only a trial, we won five from the seven games played against a College who has many keen league players. Well done to all coaches on their good work to ensure that Villanova is ready to tackle the league season ahead.
A message of apology is given to those who were involved in the tennis matches played at Morningside Tennis Centre on the weekend. There was a mix up of scheduling which caused the opposition College to send the wrong teams at the wrong time. The correct information was given but was not filtered down. We are certain the program this weekend will be trouble free as it normal is.
Basketball continues to be very popular at Villanova College. St Patrick’s College have come in bridesmaids to Villanova’s dominance winning the aggregate over recent years. St Pat’s proved that they will again be a force this season. Our aim is again to compete very well this season and hopefully be in contention for the aggregate for a fifth consecutive year. It doesn’t just happen; the boys must apply themselves week in and week out during training and on game day to get the results. Let’s continue our winning culture by applying ourselves. Best wishes to all!
I urge all parents and students to check the College’s website regularly for updates regarding the Villanova sport program. This includes information regarding training/trial schedules, team lists, upcoming fixtures/events, by-laws, uniform requirements etc. Plenty of notice/information is given to students via the College app, morning notices, assemblies, newsletters and of course the College website.
I request the support of our parents to ensure that the boys are receiving the information and are following through with their commitment by attending all sessions when necessary. As mentioned in last week’s Villa View, the Sports Office is willing and able to negotiate alternative schedules to assist students who have many commitments. The ‘Villanova Way’ is to help when you can and to follow through once a commitment is made.
Best wishes to all for Round 1 of the AIC basketball, rugby league and tennis held this weekend against St Edmund’s/Ambrose Treacy College. Enjoy!
VILLANOVA COLLEGE GREEN ZIPPED SPORTS JACKET (CANTERBURY)
Villanova’s green zipped sports jacket is on sale from the Villanova College Uniform Shop for $110. During these cooler months, our boys would benefit from wearing a warm jacket such as this to and from training sessions, games, track and field meets etc. It is important that our boys are dressed in uniform as it sends a positive message about the College to the community. The jacket looks good and certainly will keep the boys warm. The Sports Office strongly urges parents to invest in this piece of clothing. Please be assured that the design will stay for years to come and the jacket can be worn to all Villanova sports events.
It may be the case that some sizes are on back order, please check with the Uniform Shop for immediate availability.
AIC TENNIS, RUGBY LEAGUE AND BASKETBALL
Round 1 v St Edmund’s/Ambrose Treacy College, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July – Times and Venues
All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games are played on Friday afternoons. All Year 7 – Year 12 basketball and Year 5 – Year 12 tennis 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 Edmund’s/Ambrose Treacy College.
AIC Basketball, Rugby League and Tennis
All AIC tennis, rugby league and basketball trials have now concluded. Team lists will be posted on the College’s website each week by Thursday. Please be aware that these lists can and will change each week depending on player performance, attitude and attendance at training.
We are expecting a significant challenge from St Edmund’s this weekend. In our quest to retain the basketball aggregate and our firm placing in the tennis aggregate we ask all boys to come ready to play this weekend. Rugby league will be an unknown all season. Good luck to all involved!
AIC RUGBY LEAGUE
Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby League Co-ordinator
Congratulations to all our rugby league teams who trialled against St Patrick’s College on Saturday for their first rugby league game for Villanova College. There was a buzz around the ground, and it was fantastic to see how pumped the boys were to kick off the inaugural season. Although it was only a trial it was pleasing to note that we came away with five wins and only two losses. Our Year 9’s only went down by two points and had an exceptional second half as did our First XIII. The Firsts were down 32 – 0 at half time and managed to keep SPC scoreless in the second half, clawing their way back into the game for a final score of 32 – 22.
As is expected, some boys are still learning the basics of rugby league but there were many positives to take out of Saturday’s trial. There is no doubt that many of our boys display a real talent for the game.
We are very excited to have many experienced coaches on board developing and getting the best out of our boys. Mr Terry Matterson is the current development officer for the Easts Tigers Rugby League Club and will be helping with the development of our players and all coaches. Terry played for many years with the Brisbane Broncos and at one point was the leading point scorer at the club. Terry was selected to play state of Origin in 1989 and has also had an extensive coaching career.
The College is also very lucky to have Mr Jon Buchanan on board with our First XIII. Jon is a prominent name in Queensland Rugby League and was the head coach for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls before moving over to his current club, the South Logan Magpies for the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition. Jon has also been the head coach for the Queensland Residents rugby league team for the past three years. We are very lucky to have him along with our assistant coach Sinave Faitala working with our Open boys. 2019 is an exciting time for rugby league at Villanova.
This weekend we come up against St Edmund’s College for Round 1 of the AIC competition. All teams from Year 6 to Year 12 will be playing at St Patrick’s College playing fields. Please check the draw posted on the website for the time and the field that teams have been allocated to. Please 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.
I wish all teams the best of luck as they play their first official AIC game of rugby league for Villanova College.
Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator
The 2019 basketball season begins on Friday and it should be another exhilarating year. 30 teams are competing for Villanova this year and we are once again excited to see how the season ahead will unfold. With two trials already played and several training sessions undertaken, the players should be ready for Round 1 in what should be a blockbuster against rivals, St Edmund’s. Year 5 and Year 6 will face Ambrose Treacy and we have high hopes for the development of our younger players after a good trial on the weekend.
With four AIC Aggregate’s already secured, we are looking to make it a fifth, but it does not come easily. Every school knows how strong we have been in the past but 2019 is a new season and our job will be to train, play, execute and win. We play in the right spirit and we show ourselves to be worth ambassadors of the College basketball program.
There is no harder competition in the First V arena than St Edmund’s with a tough, tall and well drilled team. They were able to beat us with a buzzer-beater last year to win the premiership, but this is a new year and it presents a new challenge and our First V players are ready for it. The training completed all year will ensure that they are ready for whatever is coming for them. I want to take the time to congratulate the First V squad on their dedication to training. They have prepared well and are ready! I hope you are ready to support them!
Goold Hall Canteen – AIC Basketball
As Round 1 of the Year 7 – Year 12 basketball season starts this Saturday, we are asking parents to once again help by volunteering their time to assist in the canteen. The canteen will open at 7.45am. It is usual that we need the most help within the first hour with food preparation and coffee sales.
Although at times the canteen 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. So please come along and help, meet some new friends and catch-up on what is going on around the College. Please see the roster below:
|Goold Hall Canteen Roster
Round 1: Saturday 27 July
Villanova v SEC
If all parents who can assist could please report directly
at the Canteen
||Parents of Team
||Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated
Mr Matt Lalor, Tennis Co-ordinator
It was a great turn out on a wonderful winter’s morning for the commencement of the Tennis season on Saturday. St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe were our opposition in what was to be our first trial and last opportunity for the boys to show their skills before the season proper commences against St. Edmund’s College on 27 July.
It was most pleasing to see many new players attending who did not play last year, some even in the senior age group who had never played before, illustrating that there is always time to become involved, support the College, have fun and learn new skills.
Competition for places in teams was particularly fierce in the younger grades; thank you to all the boys who trained and trialled. Unfortunately, not all players can make the team with limited number of places available. I encourage all players who have not been successful in making teams to stay in contact with their managers; we would like to see boys be available for selection throughout season and for weeks when there are absences.
The results of the trial matches were pleasing as were the overall individual performances. While I didn’t get to see all matches, I was impressed by Alex Faccio’s intensity in his practice match for the First IV. He was hitting the ball well and hard and showed impressive form leading into the season.
A special mention should be given to the Year 9 teams; they performed ruthlessly winning their trials 7 – 1 and 8 – 0 for the 9A and 9B teams respectively.
Thank you to all parents and boys who have contributed already to what will be an enjoyable and hopefully a very successful season ahead.
BEN MOWEN AND ANDREW SLACK SQUADS
The participants of the abovementioned squads for the up-coming 2019/20 season will be published on the web in the AIC Rugby section late in Week 5. All members are expected to participate in this year’s track and field program. The complete program details will be posted towards the end of this term.
AIC TRACK AND FIELD
AIC track and field training will commence for all age groups from Year 5 – Year 12 the week beginning Monday 19 August. All training will be held at SAF (State Athletic Facility, which is the stadium outside next to QSAC) or QSAC itself on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45 -5.15pm. All athletes will be transported by bus to and from SAF and QSAC. A full season schedule will be available on the web by the end of next week.
TERM 4 CRICKET
This year Villanova will again run an internal cricket competition for Year 4 students who will be entering the College in 2019. The current Year 5 students, who are interested, will be invited to play for Villanova in the Eastern Districts pre-Christmas competition during Term 4 in the U11/U12 divisions.
Year 6 – Year 11 students wishing to play will be placed in the BEARS competition, but the number of teams entered will depend on the availability of fields and parents who volunteer to coach. Students are free to play for other clubs and this decision will have NO bearing on AIC selections in 2020. A note outlining details will be available to interested students with contact details by Tuesday, 6 August, from the Sports Office.
Well done to Nick Craig who recently made the Queensland Under 14 Volleyball squad. Nick will travel with the team to Canberra during September for the nationals. A fantastic effort Nick, best wishes!
Mitchell Rieck participated in the State Cross Country Championships held in Toowoomba over the weekend. Mitchell finished in ninth place for the 4km race (13.39) and received a silver medal as part of the 5 x 1500m Met East relay team. Mitchell also made the Met East Track and Field team for 800m (First at Met East) and 1500m (Second at Met East) and will travel to Cairns in October for State Championships. Well done Mitchell!
Well done to Adam Beiers and Angus Sullivan who made the 11 – 12 Years Rugby Union Chairman’s XV and Met East XV respectively. Both boys will travel to Townsville in early August to participate in the Rugby Union State Championships. Best wishes boys!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport
FAIR GO SCHOOLBOYS TOUCH CHAMPIONS
On Sunday 21 July two Villanova teams competed in the Fair Go Touch Cup at John Paul College. Founded in 2009, Fair Go Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that distributes its funds into its programs and the marginalised young Australians it supports. The Villanova Year 12 team made the semi-finals but were defeated by Ambrose Treacy College and the combined Year 10/11 team won their semi-final against John Paul College and went on to defeat Ambrose Treacy College 8 – 4 in the final. Congratulations to both teams for representing Villanova and supporting the Fair Go Cup competition.
Year 12 team members: Luke Berridge, Sam Hannan, Reece Jansen, Jack Milner, Joel O’Reilly, Jack Scully, Will Stevens and Matt Rolls.
Year 10/11 team members: (below): Joe Carter, Finn Dickson, Jesse Dickson, Jacob Dimmick, Henry Holt, Gus Godwin, Will Johannesen, Declan Ries and Tom Twaddell.
Mr Peter Meecham, Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader