All trials for AIC basketball and tennis are now complete. Round 1 of AIC basketball and tennis will commence against St Patrick’s College this Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July.
The annual AIC Cross Country Championships at Limestone Park will be run on Wednesday 8 August. The Championship will comprise of runners from Years 5-12 and will be conducted during school time. A bus will transport all competitors to and from the event. A full schedule is posted on the College’s website under AIC Cross Country. Over the next few weeks I ask all runners to give their full priority to the Cross-Country program, this may mean that some students will miss several basketball or tennis training sessions over the next couple of weeks.
The College is short a few runners in certain age groups. Throughout this week and next several boys will be asked to join the squad and attend the remaining two weeks of training and various meets. We are hoping those boys who have been identified as suitable runners will gladly accept the invitation and challenge to represent Villanova. It is easy to say no and turn down the request. It is harder for the boys to say yes. I am hoping both the boys and their parents will support the College if required.
I urge all parents and students to check the College’s website regularly for updates regarding the Villanova sports 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 morning notices, assemblies, newsletters and of course the College website. I request the support of the 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 over the next few weeks as we prepare for the up-coming AIC Cross Country Championships and Round 1 of AIC basketball and tennis this weekend against St Patrick’s College. Enjoy!
Villanova’s Canterbury Green Zipped Sports Jacket
Villanova’s green zipped sports jacket is on sale from the 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 our school 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 at all Villanova sports events.
AIC Tennis and Basketball Round 1 v St Patrick’s College, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 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 Patrick’s College.
AIC Basketball and Tennis
All AIC tennis and basketball trials have 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 Pat’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. Good luck to all involved!
AIC Basketball – Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Coordinator
Last weekend provided the final week of trials before Round 1 of the AIC season. The Year 7 – Year 11 A and B teams were also give an opportunity to trial against SLC last week, so all teams should be in a good position leading into the weekend.
At the Assembly this week, we had the opportunity to congratulate all boys who are playing basketball this year, and specifically the First V team. As I mentioned at the Assembly we are currently the holders of the AIC Champion School for basketball and have been now for the last three years. It is a great feat to be able to maintain such excellent standards in basketball and we look to continue to strive for another aggregate this year. It is a goal that the basketball program has set, and it takes every player, in every team to push themselves and their teammates at training and at games to achieve it.
Villanova University in the US having won the basketball championship this year remained very humble throughout the lead up to the Final. It was the continual chatter of it not being about any player, but the team. Not being about any award, just the process. No care for individual success, just the team goals. We may be the AIC Champion School, but it doesn’t mean we lose our humility and sportsmanship. We conduct ourselves on court and in the stands with the utmost respect for every opposition and chase our goals, not results. I think Villanova University’s motto for the year is one that we should adopt for the 2018 season and use a mantra in every team, every week – Be Humble and Hungry. Let our on-court work reflect our skills and training and our off-court behaviour reflect that of a Villanova man. Good luck to all teams as we strive together for that goal.
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 school. Please see the roster below.
|Goold Hall Canteen Roster
Round 1: Saturday 28 July
Villanova v SPC
All parents who can assist are asked to report to
Mrs Robyn Gunning at the canteen
||Parents of Team
||Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated
AIC Tennis – Mrs Kath Underhill, Tennis Coordinator
The Tennis Program has been in play for some time now with Clinics, Trials and Junior, Middle and Senior Championships in Term 2 and throughout the term vacation. It is with great delight that we welcome back all returning Villanova players, as well as new players to our Green and Gold season.
The opening trial round against Ashgrove was filled with mixed results but was fought with great spirit and determination. A very exciting result, and one which was fought to the end was that of our First IV, who won by a Wildcat’s Whisker, 4/6/57 to 4/6/53. Congratulations to the boys on a sterling effort.
During the break, the masterful Firsts manager Mr Sean Conway organised a Firsts (Shayle Korander-Matheson, Matthew Conway, Callum Moses, Zach Norman and Alex Faccio) versus Old Boys (Ben Stuart, Yannick Norman, Jacob Willems and Chris Martin (and spectator Matt Pertnikovs) tournament. It was great to see the Old Boys had donned their First IV tennis gear for the event. The Old Boys were too strong in the majority of singles matches however the current team managed to win all doubles games played.
Wishing every team member the courage to strive for success and to believe in yourself and your teammates. Good luck for a wonderful Saturday against St Pat’s. Please be sure to be at your venue at least 15 minutes before game time, as the schedule has changed this year, and the timing for matches is very tight.
Photo – Old Boys v current First IV squad
AIC Cross Country – Mr Brett Morrissey, Cross Country Coordinator
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. The squad were treated to a BBQ breakfast prepared by the Villanova Sports Department, to show their respect of the hard work being put in by the runners. Such was the quality of the breakfast prepared by the Sports Department, the cross country squad have invited them to repeat the gesture next Friday morning, for their final Friday morning session before the AIC Championships.
We also presented two more $50 Rebel Sport vouchers, for outstanding performances at training. Massive congratulations to Alex McDougall (Year 10) and Caden Griffiths (Year 7) for pushing themselves to their limits. The AIC cross country coaches were particularly impressed with the mental toughness of these two fine young men at various training sessions. Enjoy spending the money at Rebel Sport – you deserve it!
Alex McDougall and Caden Griffiths pictured with Coach – Mr David Barton.
Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country – Mr Tom Lonergan, Cross Country Coach
The trial run on Saturday is probably the first interschool cross country competition many of the boys have experienced. Given that the AIC Championship is to be held on the Limestone Park course in just 16 days’ time, it was an invaluable opportunity for the boys to gain knowledge of what obstacles need to be overcome, to do well on Championship day. I am most disappointed with the number of boys who turned up to race as a mere seven boys from Year 5 turned out, which is not at all satisfactory (I received one apology). There were 13 year 6 boys (and 2 apologies) which was a little better. Please honour your commitment to Villanova cross country, the boys are training well and those who raced on Saturday did particularly well.
Things you need to know:
Saturday 28 July: The Junior Squad will train at Whites Hill Reserve from 4 pm – 5 pm. Any athlete unable to attend this training must attend the VRC training on Sunday 29 July from 4 – 5 pm.
Friday 3 August: AIC Meet at Runcorn hosted by St Laurence’s 4 pm – Bus transport supplied
Monday 6 August: Training followed by Pasta Night. All finished by 6.30 pm
Wednesday 8 August: AIC CHAMPIONSHIP at Limestone Park
Limestone Park Trial held on Saturday 21 July 2018
This was an afternoon event designed to enable boys to fulfil any school commitments and still get to the trial.
Villanova Year 5 boys were outstanding: Patrick Holmes 2nd and Mitchell Millard 4th showed the benefit of Holiday training. Charley Hegarty and Jack Buchanan finished in the top 15 runners.
However, we need to count the place of the first six runners of each school to decide the champion age group. We had only three other runners and they battled hard in their first cross country race.
As mentioned above 13 boys represented Villanova in the Year 6 race. It was a bit of a wait before the best Villa boys finished. Harry Huber was our best, just ahead of Max Carson and Henry Oberhardt. Will Green, Kyan Simpson, Liam McGarvey, Joseph Grigson and Joey Watson provided support. Ryan Siebel was running at the State Cross Country Championships and two other top runners were absent.
We continue to train Monday and Wednesday afternoons 3.15 – 4.30 pm
Please note: As mentioned above, we have a training Session from 4 – 5 pm on Saturday 28 July at Whites Hill. If, for any reason, you cannot make this session you will be expected to go to VRC on Sunday 29 July. Our next and final racing opportunity available is on Friday 3 August when we go to the SLC Meet at Runcorn.
All squad members should have received an invitation to this function. It will be held after training on Monday night 6 August. We will train from 3.15 – 4 pm and then move to Goold Hall for something to eat and a few speeches. RSVP by Wed 25 July.
Mr Matthew Conlan is the Manager of the Junior Cross-Country Squad and he can be contacted at the College during School hours.
Mr Tom Lonergan is Head Coach. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on 3349 0767. Callum Davies – Villanova Senior 2016 – World Junior Championships – Finland 10 – 15 July 2018
Callum has qualified for the World Championships with an excellent run in Australian Championships.
Although ranked 41 of the 45 qualifiers, Callum ran a personal best in the heats and qualified for the Final. He almost matched his heat time in the final (just .03 slower) when he finished in 14 place. See video of the race here:
All cross country runners note the relaxed running style of most of the runners. First and second place getters conserved their energy by being patient and taking the shortest route to the finish line. Cross Country runners can learn from this. The importance of last Saturday’s trial was giving you knowledge of where the course goes. You can then ensure you take the shortest route around the course.
Ryan Siebel ran 11.35, for 3 km, and finished in 35 place at the State Championship. This is a fine effort running against the best 11 yrs. boys in the state. Mitchell Rieck, captain of the Juniors last year, ran just over a minute faster (10.32) for the 3 km and placed 12th for the 13 years.
Year 7 – Year 12 Cross Country Squad Training
Training will continue each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings commencing at 6.45am at Little Langlands.
Important AIC Cross Country Dates – Years 5-12
Bus transportation will be provided to all runners for each meet listed below. The bus schedule will be advertised each week via the website and the newsletter.
|Saturday July 28
||Year 7-12 Park Run at Stones Corner 7am. Students meets at Goold Hall at 6.30am and jog down together.
Year 5 and Year 6 training session at Whites Hill reserve 4 – 5pm
|Friday August 3
||SLC HOST at Runcorn
Year 5 – 4.00pm
Year 6 – 4.10pm
12yrs and 13yrs – 4.25pm
14yrs and 15yrs – 4.40pm
16yrs and Open – 4.55pm
|Wednesday August 8
Year 5 – 11.00am
Year 6 – 11.15am
12yrs – 11.35am
13yrs – 11.55am
14yrs – 12.15pm
15yrs – 12.45pm
16yrs – 1.15pm
Open – 1.45pm
Presentations – 2.30pm
AIC Cross Country Uniform – It is imperative that all Villanova runners look like a team, therefore we expect all runners to wear the following uniform on the day of the championships and to all meets.
- Villa white running shorts
- Villa athletics singlet
- Villa squad shirt
- Villa sports cap (green)
(All available from the Villanova College Uniform Shop)
Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Squads
The participants of the abovementioned squads for the up-coming 2017/18 season will be published on the web in the AIC Rugby section late in Week 4. 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 20 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.
Lytton District Track and Field Carnivals
The Lytton District U10-12 Track and Field Carnivals will be held at Villanova Park on Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7. Nominations are due next Tuesday 31 July, and we will be using training sessions during Friday sport and last term’s HPE results, as well as AIC results from last year to finalise the team that Villanova will be sending. There are restrictions on the number of nominations, so places in the team can only be filled with the following numbers: 100m – four competitors in each age group, 200m – three per age group, field events – two per age group, 800m – three per age group and 1500m – three per age group. Boys will be notified next Tuesday morning if they have been selected and all relevant paperwork will be distributed. All students selected are to find their own way to and from Villanova Park on both days of competition.
Canteen help for Lytton District Track and Field Carnivals
There will be many athletes and their families present over the two days and we are looking for assistance at the canteen. If all Villanova parents could spare some time helping out while they are waiting for their son to compete, it would be greatly appreciated. The Carnival runs from approximately 9am – 3pm on both days. There will be close to 1000 people at Villanova Park on Thursday and this will be the time that most help will be needed.
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 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 2019. A note outlining details will be available to interested students with contact details by the end of next week from the Sports Office.
Well done to Tyler Clelland and William Vig on their selection into the Queensland School Sport Swimming Team that will participate in the Australian School Sport Swim Championships in Hobart from 25 – 31 July. A great achievement. Best wishes boys!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport