I am sure it was a welcome change to wake up last Saturday morning and not think about heading off to a school boy sporting event. I hope you all had time to recharge the batteries because from this weekend – it is on again!
This week we have officially commenced our AIC Track and Field Training Program. As mentioned previously all interested track and field athletes from Years 5 – 12 will be transported out to the State Athletic Centre (SAF, next to the old QEII stadium). We encourage all of our best athletes to get involved and regularly attend each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon training session planned throughout the season.
I make no apologies for setting the bar high for Villanova students. In our AIC sports competition, premierships and school aggregates are up for grabs and I would hope that our boys are keen and eager to contest them. I believe our boys have been well prepared and organised throughout the current trimester of sport. As a result, Villanova is in with a real chance to do very well if we continue to work hard and play well as a team. There is no pressure on any student or any team to win. The only expectation we have is that our boys give one hundred percent at training and on game day and that they conduct themselves as Augustinian men both on and off the court each week. Maintaining and building school pride and a positive culture is important to us, I ask all students to continue do their part during this trimester of sport in order for Villanova to perform at its best.
Villanova basketball is certainly going very well so far this season as a large number of our teams are currently undefeated or are in premiership contention. I certainly do not want to get ahead of ourselves but the situation presently is that Villanova is leading the AIC basketball aggregate. It is important that we have a good round against Iona this weekend to cement our chances to become the champion basketball school this year. I ask all boys to keep up the good work and to back themselves this weekend.
Best wishes to all AIC teams this week as we take on Iona College in Round 5 of fixtures. They will be tough.
AIC Tennis and Basketball Round 5 v Iona College, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August – Times and Venues
All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games are played on Friday afternoons. 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 Iona College.
Inter-House Track and Field Carnival
On Thursday of last week, the entire College participated in the annual Villanova Inter-House Track and Field Carnival. We were very fortunate to experience great weather conditions and to enjoy our sporting grounds in excellent condition. All students from Years 5 – 12 participated in many track and field events as part of the program. The whole school gathered at the commencement of the day to run the finals of the ‘dash for cash’ finals. It was a great day for all involved, as it provided an opportunity not only for our College to showcase our best athletes but to give everybody a chance to be involved and enjoy each other’s company in true Augustinian spirit. I thank the many parents who supported the College by ensuring that their son was present on the day.
At the conclusion of the day, House points were awarded as follows:
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Villanova Track and Field – Commitment, Dedication and Effort – The ‘Villanova Way’
In preparation for the AIC Track and Field Championships, training has commenced this week. Training sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon throughout the entire season leading up to the AIC Track and Field Championships due to be held in week 4 of Term 4, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October.
This year we intend to train our entire AIC Track and Field squad from Year 5 – 12 in all disciplines/events on the same two afternoons each week (excluding middle distance athletes). The entire squad will be transported by bus to and from S.A.F (State Athletic Facility). The boys will train from 3.45pm to 5.10pm. The bus will then return all athletes back to the College for collection by approx. 5.40pm. Please find listed below a complete list of our 2017 track and field coaches.
Villanova Training Schedule (Includes all students from Year 5 – 12 in all disciplines excluding middle distance)
When – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon
Where – S.A.F (State Athletics Facility)
Time – Bus departs Villanova at 3.10pm and returns at 5.40pm
Middle distance athletes will train at Little Langlands on the days listed below:
- Year 5 and Year 6: Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Little Langlands 3.15 – 4.30pm. Coach – Mr Tom Lonergan
- Year 7 – 12: Monday and Wednesday mornings at Little Langlands 6.45 – 7.45am and Thursday 6.00 – 7.30pm at Tees Athletic Club, Stanley Road, Carina. Coaches – Mr Brian Pascoe and Mr Kane Corby
Villanova College Track and Field Coaching Staff – 2017
- Sprints and Hurdles – Mr Chris Everding and Mr Michael Garske (plus external qualified coach)
- Middle Distance (800m/1500m and 3000m) – Mr Brian Pascoe, Mr Kane Corby and Mr Tom Lonergan (plus Old Boys)
- High Jump – Mr Craig Stariha (plus external qualified coach)
- Long Jump and Triple Jump – Ms Michelle Smith-Rowan, Mrs Terri Dillon and Mrs Nichole Rouhliadeff (plus external qualified coach)
- Shot Put – Mr Blake McLauchlan and Ms Barbara Dewis
- Discus – Mr Paul Schiavo (plus external qualified coach)
- Javelin – Mr Tony Rolls (plus external qualified coach)
If for any reason a student is unable to attend his allocated training session, he must contact his coach and notify them as a matter of courtesy. The track and field coaching staff are comprised of experienced members of staff from Villanova, as well as a number of external professionally qualified coaches.
I encourage all students who intend to represent Villanova College in track and field this season to take advantage of all training sessions offered. Following the Inter-House Track and Field Carnival an official train-on squad for the AIC lead-up carnivals will be announced and all track and field training will then be compulsory.
We do understand that many of our athletes have other co-curricular commitments including AIC tennis and basketball. The Sports Office at Villanova College is keen to negotiate an individual training schedule with these students in order for them to participate and represent the College in track and field. This is important to our program as it ensures our best athletes are representing Villanova on the day of the AIC Championships.
All track and field athletes are required to purchase the items below from the Villanova College Uniform Shop and wear them to all AIC track and field meets as well as on the day of the AIC Championships. Please note, these items are not for loan or hire, each student must purchase their own items.
However, for the time being please hold off any purchasing these items until later in the term or early next term as our coaches may reduce their squad numbers. We certainly do not want parents to unnecessarily purchase any items before knowing that their son has a real chance to make the team.
Villanova College Track and Field Uniform
- Villanova squad shirt (same shirt worn by the AIC swimmers/cross country runners/tennis players)
- Villanova athletic singlet
- Villanova athletic shorts (white)
- Villanova sports cap (green)
- Villanova sports jacket (not compulsory but recommended)
AIC Track and Field Training Dates and Venues – 2017
AIC Track and Field Meets – 2017
Please assist the coaches by ensuring your son is available to attend all meets. A bus will transport all athletes to and from these meets. A complete event schedule for these meets will be posted on the College’s website in the week’s leading up to the event.
Assistance with timekeeping and officiating at the Friday night carnivals would be greatly appreciated. Please contact a member of the Sports Office or the coaches if you are able to help at any of the lead-up carnivals.
We look forward to an enjoyable and successful season. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 3394 5611 or email@example.com, particularly if your son has other co-curricular commitments and a negotiated training schedule needs to be organised.
Commitment, dedication and effort are required by all in order to produce strong results on the days of the AIC Championship. I thank all parents in advance for your support.
Villanova Runners Club (VRC)
The VRC continues to meet on Sunday afternoons (including school holidays) from 4pm – 5pm at Whites Hill Reserve. (Boundary Rd, Camp Hill) This is an opportunity for Villanova athletes to build up their aerobic fitness as part of their training for the upcoming track and field season. An open invitation is extended not only to families of the boys but to all who are interested in improving their fitness. There will be no minimum standard of fitness required and all levels of fitness will be catered for during the session. Assemble on the Cricket Oval number 3 where a tabata session will be held, followed by aerobic running in the surrounding bushland.
Zone Cricket (Year 5 and Year 6)
Parents are reminded that the closing date for Zone Cricket nominations for Years 5 and 6 is TOMORROW. Payment of $190 must accompany the returned form or it will not be processed. Staff members are not involved in Zone Cricket during Term Four and parents are required to coach and manage each team. If we cannot get enough volunteers for teams, we will be unable to nominate them in the competition. If you can assist or would like to ring me about the responsibilities involved, please call 0447 015 576.
Well done to Jaxon Paterson-Wright who recently placed seventh at the National Cross Country Titles. The Queensland team received gold for the best overall team performance as well as gaining second place in the team relay event.
Caden Clelland recently competed over three days at the Queensland Short Course Swimming Championships. Caden qualified for eight events and finished in the top ten in Queensland in five of his eight swimming events, including a fourth in the 100m breaststroke. An excellent result, well done Caden!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport