As I write this column it is hard to believe that it is the first week back after vacation and we are on the ‘run home’ to Christmas. With only eight weeks remaining in the term, there is no doubt that it will be a busy time ahead for Villanova sport.
Our swim program continues this week with the addition of the new 2018 students into our program. An official welcome breakfast for all swimmers will be held this Friday at the College pool (not Langlands) at 7am.
The AIC Track and Field Championships will commence on Tuesday 24 October and continue on Wednesday 25 October (Week 4). I encourage squad members to keep up the efforts at training and I wish all athletes the very best as we prepare for our first meet held this Thursday at UQ.
The volleyball program continues this week with Villanova entering two squads into the Provence Volleyball Cup being played each Wednesday evening throughout Term 4. The College has also entered a Year 7 and Year 8 team into the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup, which will be played over a three-day period commencing next Friday at the Gold Coast. Best wishes to all these teams!
Villanova’s ‘Emerging Cricket Talent Squad’ resume their cricket training program this week and by all reports, our coaches are very happy with the start and attitude shown by all players.
The rugby squads will commence their strength and conditioning programs next week followed by the introduction of field sessions later in the term. The football squad will commence their training towards the end of term. More information regarding the football squad will be given in the weeks to come.
During Week 5 of this term, we will commence all cricket and volleyball trials in the hope of getting all teams selected before we break for Christmas. After the trial week, we have organised a number of internal and external trial games to assist further with team selections. Please see below for important dates.
A sign-on form will be made available to all students next week who wish to participate in the 2018 Term 1 AIC sporting program. Please see below for further information.
As always, we encourage all students to get involved in the sports program and to enjoy the experience along the way.
AIC AFL (for Year 5 and Year 6 only)
In Term 1 2018, AFL will be offered to students in Year 5 and 6. This provides our Junior School boys with the option to choose between either cricket or AFL (and swimming). Only two teams from each year level will be entered into the AFL competition with 15 students in each team and 12 players taking to the field with three substitutions. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Junior School boys and we look forward to seeing Villanova backing up on the results achieved by our teams this season. The AIC AFL Competition will be played on Saturday mornings throughout Term 1.
2018 Villanova Cricket, AFL, Swimming and Volleyball Sign On and Trials
All students from Year 5 – 12 who are interested in representing Villanova in AIC cricket, AFL (Year 5 and Year 6 only) and volleyball (Year 7 – 12 only) in 2018 must complete an ‘AIC Sport Sign On Form’. These forms will be available to all students from Year 5 – 11 next week through their Pastoral classes. Students entering the College in 2018 were sent the sign-on information during the September holidays.
- All students from Year 5 – 12 will play in the AIC Sport Competition
- All cricket, AFL and volleyball teams will be selected in year levels in 2018 not in age groups. Therefore, boys in Year 8 will play in the 8 A – D teams (not the 13 A – D teams)
- Students must attend all trials as listed below
- Cricket is open to all students from Year 5 – 12
- AFL is open to students in Year 5 and 6 (2018) only
- Volleyball is open to students in Year 7 – 12 (2018) only
- AFL and cricket trials for students entering Year 6 in 2018 will take place during school time on Friday afternoons throughout Term 4
- Trials for Years 7 – 12 students (2018) will commence on the week beginning Monday 30 October (Week 5) as per schedule below
- Further internal cricket games/trials will be held on Sunday 5 November for all teams from Year 7- 12 (2018)
- Further Internal volleyball trials will be held on Saturday 4 November for all teams from Year 7 – 12 (2018)
- Volleyball trial matches v Iona will be held on 11 November
- Volleyball trial matches v SLC will be held on 18 November
- All specific times and venues will be advised
Initial Cricket and Volleyball Trial Schedule – Week 5
||Monday 30 October
||Tuesday 31 October
||Wednesday 1 November
||Thursday 2 November
|6:30am – 8.00am
Year 11 and Year 12 at Little Langlands
Year 11 and 12 in Goold Hall
| CricketYear 10 at Little Langlands
Year 10 in Goold Hall
Year 9 at Little Langlands
Year 9 in Goold Hall
Year 11 and 12 in Goold Hall
|3.30pm – 5.00pm
Year 8 at Little Langlands
Year 8 in Goold Hall
Year 7 at Little Langlands
Year 7 in Goold Hall
Villanova Swimming – Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swimming Co-ordinator
The swimming preseason has commenced with a reasonable group 15 – 20 of swimmers in the pool each morning. We will certainly be looking at building on those numbers as quickly as possible in preparation for the season. It is important that training begin as early as possible, so we have the fitness and technique to finish strongly. If there are any problems with attending training, please email Mrs Jacobs and discuss these concerns at email@example.com We encourage all swimmers to be present on Friday mornings each week, so that we can unite as a team and build success together.
Training session times are as below:
||Students in Years 5 – 8 in 2018
||Students in Years 9 – 12 in 2018
||6:30am – 8:00am
||7:00am – 8:00am
||6:30am – 8:00am
||7:00am – 8:00am
||6:30am – 8:00am
||6:30am – 8:00am
It is important that students are present at the pool and have their names recorded at least 10 minutes prior to starting training. This way we can ensure that we finish the sets and are able to be changed and back to school in time.
This Friday, 6 October there will be a welcome breakfast for all swimmers in the 2018 swimming squad instead of the normal swimming session. It will begin at 7am at the Villanova College pool.
Andrew Slack and Ben Mowen Squads
Both the ‘Andrew Slack’ and ‘Ben Mowen’ rugby squads will commence their pre-season strength and conditioning program next week as per the times outlined in the information package. I believe the hard work put in now will pay dividends later in the regular season. This is a great opportunity for all squad members, we encourage all boys to take up the challenge and push themselves to achieve greatness throughout the season.
AIC Golf Championship
The annual AIC Golf Championship will be contested on Monday 23 October at the Indooroopilly Golf Course. We are currently seeking nominations from students in Years 7 – 12 who have a club handicap. Each College must submit a team of five players. Players will be escorted by a staff member on the day of competition and transport to and from the venue will be arranged by the College. All interested students are to see Mr Stariha to register. The final team will be selected based on handicaps.
Volleyball – Ms Barbara Dewis, AIC Volleyball Coordinator
This week is the beginning of the Provence Cup Tournament with the Firsts and U/16 teams competing. These teams will be competing against Nudgee at Nudgee College. The U/16 team will play at 6pm and the Firsts play at 7pm. Training is conducted on Monday afternoons with competitive games being played on Wednesday evenings. From these games, a squad of nine will be chosen to represent Villanova at the National Schools Volleyball Cup in Melbourne early December. All players selected will be emailed an ‘expression of interest form’. If you would like to observe volleyball at its best, get along to the different venues to support the boys.
Provence Cup fixtures for the next two weeks:-
11 October – Villanova BYE round
18 October – Villanova College hosting games in Goold Hall against Gregory Terrace
An addition to the volleyball calendar this year is the Junior Schools Cup for Year 7 and Year 8. Teams have been selected and have been training on a Wednesday (Year 8) and Friday (Year 7) morning to ensure teams are competitive for the 13 – 15 October. If you would like to support these teams the Year 7 competition is at Carrara Indoor Sports Centre (next door to Metricon Stadium) and Year 8 will compete at Coomera Indoor Sports and Leisure Centre (near Dreamworld).
Twelve boys in total from Year 7 and Year 8 attended a Referee’s Course on Monday to prepare them for the season ahead. This course will allow the boys to referee at the upcoming Junior Schools Cup Tournament. Thank you to all who attended and to Mr McLauchlan who organised the day.
Internal trials for volleyball will begin in Week 5.
AIC Track and Field – Training and Meet in Term 4
Three weeks of training to go before the AIC Championships!
Villanova’s track and field program will continue this term with training every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon together with three AIC Track and Field Meets as listed below.
We require all boys to commit fully to the track and field program as there are only three weeks of training before the AIC Championships, which are held in Week 4.
Buses have been organised to transport boys to and from each training sessions as per normal returning at approx. 5.40pm. Buses will also transport students to and from the AIC Meets.
Thursday 5 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at UQ
Tuesday 10 October – Training at Villanova Park 3.45-5.10pm
Thursday 12 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at UQ
Tuesday 17 October – Training at SAF 3.45 – 5.10pm
Thursday 19 October – Training at SAF 3.45 -5.10pm
Friday 20 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at SAF
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October AIC Track and Field Championships
Track and Field – AIC Invitational Meet
Please see details below for the first AIC Track and Field Meet to be held today. These details will be the same for the second meet next Thursday 12 October at UQ.
Date: Thursday October 5
Venue: UQ, St Lucia
Year 5 and Year 6 students: Bus departs Villanova at 2pm, returning at approx. 5:50pm
Year 7 to Open students: Bus depart Villanova at 3:10pm, returning at approx. 8:20pm
Parents are welcome to collect their son from the venue.
SCHEDULE OF TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS FRIDAY, 5 OCTOBER AT UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Information regarding the second meet for the season is available on the website. This meet will also be held at UQ next Thursday 12 Oct. Bus departure times will be the same as scheduled this week.
During the first week of the holidays in Toowoomba Rhys Lansky won the Silver Medal in the PCA National Championships in Tetrathlon (running 2km, swimming 200m, shooting and show jumping/cross-country jumping (on horse). During the second week at the Queensland State Championships, he finished top 10 in formal gymkhana and camp drafting and top five in sporting gymkhana in a field of 40+ competitors. On Monday, Rhys was awarded the Queensland State Champion at Pentathlon! A great result, well done Rhys!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport