It was another outstanding day of results in Round 2 of the AIC competition against St Laurence’s College last weekend. The atmosphere in Goold Hall during the 1st V basketball game was electric. Over 150 student spectators from Years 5 – 12 spurred our team on throughout the entire game. The live music provided much enthusiasm for our spectators and certainly lifted our team when the chips were down. Our 1st V won in the dying seconds of the game, 67 – 66, as the crowd went wild! A similar story occurred at St Laurence’s during the 7A match where Villanova snatched victory with a three pointer on the buzzer to win the game.
Not only were we successful in the 1st V basketball game, Villanova won 27 of the 30 basketball games played. This includes 12 wins and 0 losses in the aggregate games. However, St Laurence’s did get the better of us in the tennis. Villanova won only five from the 17 games played. Our 1st IV tennis team did us proud again last week to win a closely fought game. Well done boys!
On behalf of the College, I thank the many spectators and players who did their bit to ensure the day went well. Special thanks is given to the parents who allowed their son/s to stay behind and support other teams. It does make a significant difference.
Tomorrow our College will gather to acknowledge those boys who will be representing Villanova at the AIC Cross Country Championships next Wednesday. It will be with great pleasure that we will announce our Open Team to the College as well as Team Co-Captains, Roarke Ronan and Conor Wadsworth. Many boys have prepared well and we wish them every success next week at the AIC Championships.
This year 27 students from both Senior and Middle Schools have the opportunity to attend the Cross Country Championships as spectators on the day. Students who are interested in attending must register their interest via a ‘sign-on sheet’ available at both Senior and Middle School Student Services Offices. These boys will catch a bus after Period 3 and should return to the College at around 5.30pm. We encourage as many students as possible to avail themselves of the opportunity to attend as supporters next Wednesday. It would be great to see as many students as possible support our runners.
I am a big believer that many good lessons in life can be learnt whilst playing sport. Sometimes you work hard and get the results and sometimes you do not. Developing a sense of resilience when things do not go your way and being happy knowing that you did the necessary work are worthwhile values to instil in our student athletes. Throughout the year, the College has had some fantastic sporting achievements and sometimes we did not perform as well as we would have liked. If you enter the sports realm, you have to be prepared to take the wins and losses.
Villanova’s success across all areas comes about because all or most within our community make it a success, it does not just happen. If we strive to be the best, we all must take responsibility to ensure we do our part to make Villanova a great community. If we are good enough to represent the College, we should represent the College. Villanova would not be the great place it is if we did not have our best giving their best. There is little use possessing a gift or talent and not using it. At the conclusion of each round of sport or each championship event, I am satisfied and happy if I know our students and coaches gave their best throughout the season and have enjoyed themselves along the way. The result is secondary.
In an effort to be the best we can be at this year’s AIC Cross Country Championship, a number of students were identified and asked to join the Cross Country squad. As mentioned previously in recent Villa View editions, we did ‘tap’ a number of boys on the shoulder and email parents asking that they support the College to ensure their son participates. Villanova has a very large number of capable athletes. Some need that gentle push from time to time to get them involved particularly in an event like cross-country. Many thanks to those parents who have backed the College and coaches in an effort to have our best represent Villanova on the day.
The AIC Track and Field (T&F) training program will commence in three weeks. The training schedules are posted on the web. We encourage all students from Years 5 – 12 to participate and work hard at track and field training in order to improve. The College is very much aware that many of our top track and field athletes will already be involved in tennis, basketball or other co-curricular activities. Although we try to avoid timetabling clashes, we know that some training sessions will overlap. This is normal and does occur at all AIC schools. Keeping the lines of communication open between coaches and students is the key.
Please be aware that our Inter-House Track and Field Carnival will be held on Thursday 17 August at Villanova Park. More information about this carnival will be posted in the Villa View next week.
This weekend will start with the final cross-country meet at Runcorn, followed by a round of basketball and tennis fixtures against St Edmund’s on Saturday. Those travelling to Ipswich must ensure they allow enough travel time (and time to find the court) to be at their games at least 30 minutes beforehand. I wish everybody the best and please enjoy!
AIC Tennis and Basketball Round 3 v St Edmund’s College, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August – Times and Venues
All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball teams will have a BYE this Friday. All Year 7 – 12 basketball and Year 5 – 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 College.
AIC Sports Review
The AIC Management Committee, consisting of the Principals/Headmasters of all member Colleges, have commissioned a review of the current competition as well as the overall future direction of the AIC Competition. Your input is crucial in shaping the future of the AIC and the impact it can have on current and future generations of students. We kindly request that you contribute to a brief survey by following this link: https://survey.its.uq.edu.au/Checkbox/aic.aspx
A team from the University of Queensland led by Professor Cliff Mallett and his associate, Dr Steven Rynne will conduct this review. Following the completion of the survey stage of the review, focus groups of key stakeholders will be held in each College to further examine the current competition and future direction.
AIC Cross Country
St Laurence’s College will host the final AIC Cross Country meet before the AIC Championships at Runcorn this Friday, 4 August. A bus will depart the College at 2.30pm for the Year 5 and Year 6 runners and should return at 4.45pm. A Year 7 – 12 bus will depart the College at 3.10pm and return at 5.45pm. All runners are required to attend.
Program of Events
|12 and 13 Years
|14 and 15 Years
Venue: St. Laurence’s College Playing Fields, Nathan Road, Runcorn
AIC Cross Country Championships
The AIC Cross Country Championships will run next Wednesday 9 August at Limestone Park. Buses will depart the College at 11.00am for all runners and 11.30am for all spectators. We envisage that all buses will return to the College by 5.30pm.
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.
- Villanova white running shorts
- Villanova athletics singlet
- Villanova squad shirt
- Villanova sports cap (green)
- Villanova sports jacket (not compulsory)
Note: This uniform is the same as the AIC track and Field uniform and will remain the same for many years to come. All items are available for purchase from the Villanova College Uniform Shop.
AIC Championship Schedule
Venue: LIMESTONE PARK – Lion St, Ipswich
Date: Wednesday August 9 2017
1.00pm – Year 5, 2km
1.15pm – Year 6, 3km
1.35pm – 12 Years, 3km
1.55pm – 13 Years, 3km
2.15p – 14 Years, 4km
2.45pm – 15 Years, 4km
3.15pm – 16 Years, 6km
3.45pm – Open, 6km
Presentation: 4.30pm – 4.45pm
Met East Track and Field Nominations
All athletes from 13 years – Opens who wish to nominate for the 2017 Met East Track and Field Championships are to complete the nomination form, which can be found outside the Sports Office. Please note that students must meet qualifying standards in order to be considered. These standards will not be advertised. ALL nominations close on Monday, 14 August.
Villanova Track and Field Carnival Years 5 – 12 – COMPULSORY!
All students from Years 5 – 12 are required to attend Villanova’s annual Inter-House Track and Field Carnival to be held at Villanova Park on Thursday, 17 August. All students are to attend school as per normal times wearing their PE uniform to and from school. Buses will then transport the boys to and from Villanova Park. We hope all parents support the College to ensure that all boys attend.
Track and Field – Championship Events and ‘Dash for Cash’
In an effort to reinvigorate and improve our Track and Field program, the Sports Office has made some changes to our own Inter-house Track and Field program. This year students have the option of competing in each or all individual championship events rather than selecting a relatively small group of boys to do them all. Boys can nominate for these events via the sign-on forms found in the foyer of Goold Hall. The championship events include the 100m, 200m, hurdles, 800m, long jump, shot put, javelin (Year 7 – 12 only) and high jump.
Students who do not wish to participate in the championship events will compete in the non-championship program.
All boys will be given the opportunity to compete in a ‘dash for cash’ race. This Friday all boys who nominate for the ‘dash for cash’ will be taken across to Easts Rugby League field in Period 6 to race. We will race off all boys in a number of heats in order to choose our best 10 sprinters in each age group. 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 ‘dash for cash’ final. The winner of each age group will be given a $50 voucher to Amart Sports with the remaining competitors in each age group to go in a draw to receive another $50 voucher.
At the end of the day, we want Villanova’s best athletes to compete against each other in order 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. Ben Mowen, Andrew Slack, the Junior Football Development Squad and 1st Football candidates for next year’s season must nominate or they will be excluded from these squads.
AIC Basketball – Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Coordinator
Round Two versus Saint Laurence’s was always going to be a huge round not only because of the great rivalry that exists but also because of how close the competition has always been between these two teams. The day was made even better by the huge level of support by the crowd. The Spirit Committee worked hard with chants, competitions, prizes, and a live band to keep the atmosphere electric all day and the stage was an awesome sight with so many supporters.
The 1st V game was amazing with a spirited come-from-behind victory in the final minute of the game. The emotion by players and supporters after the game showed just how much these games mean to the school community.
This weekend sees us up against St Edmund’s and should be another tough week. I hope that we can replicate our efforts with another strong performance.
Basketball Results v St Laurence’s
AIC Tennis – Mrs Kath Underhill, AIC Tennis Coordinator
A tough day on the court was had last week against St Laurence’s. With a few players missing, big thanks must go to all of our students who stepped in to play for the green and gold. There is no doubt at all that the total number of games won on Saturday did not reflect the quality of play, as four teams finished on three sets all, but were unlucky to be down on total number of games. Huge congratulations to Year 5 students, Kiran JackPerez and Rory O’Shea who fought to the very end with great courage and gusto! When almost all had left the courts for home, these two battled on with their individual matches. Oliver Simmons and Ryan Siebel in Year 5 also must be commended for staying behind and cheering on their mates. A very exciting result was also our mighty First IV, who came back from being down at one point to finish off winners on the day! We look forward to a successful round this Saturday against St Edmund’s!
Year 5A and 5B tennis teams
Tennis Results v St Laurence’s
Position Advertised – Villanova 1st XI Football Coach
Applications are invited for the position of 1st XI Football Coach at Villanova College. The successful applicant must meet the requirements as listed in the selection criteria found on the College’s web page under the employment section. Applications close on Friday, 18 August.
Well done to Caden Griffiths who recently made the 11 – 12 years Chairman’s Rugby Union Team to compete in the Queensland State Championships in early August. A great achievement, well done and good luck Caden!
Congratulations to Zac Vedelago, Ethan Webber and Flynn Reynolds who competed at the 12 years State Football Championship in Hervey Bay last weekend as members of the Met East Team. The boys played eight games over four days to win the State Shield. A great effort, well done boys!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport