I am extremely proud of all the boys who participated in the 2018 Track and Field program over the many weeks and to those who were privileged to represent our College at the annual AIC Championships held on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
There is no doubt that over the past couple of years we haven’t performed as well as expected at AIC Track and Field Championships. I must point out that this was not due to the lack of effort put in from those involved in the program – including both coaches and athletes. I think I can fairly say that some of our past results reflected the fact that we didn’t have our best athletes represent our College on the day of the Championships as they weren’t prepared to train and be a part of the squad. Over the years the Sports Office and coaching staff have been hell bent on changing our fortunes by continually reviewing and implementing changes each season to ensure we come out better in subsequent years. It seems that this year we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
The early message given to our squad this year was to compete and give of your best at every training session to improve. We challenged the boys to challenge each other and to raise the bar for each other. Put simply we wanted there to be a strong sense of competition within our team where the boys had to compete against each other to make the team. Once the team was selected the clear message to all athletes was to aim to break your personal best on the day.
Overall, Villanova was placed in sixth position only 1.5 points behind fifth place (two places better than last year). The coaches involved in each of the disciplines were extremely impressed with the performances of their athletes as most boys across the board recorded a personal best performance throughout the carnival – mission accomplished.
In some ways it’s easier to be involved in a program when things are going well. It shows a tremendous amount of courage and conviction from both student athletes and coaches to stick to a program, to work hard and to find a way to dig themselves off the bottom when the going is tough. Our boys did that this year. They worked hard, attended training, concentrated on their own efforts to improve and were keen to beat their fellow school mate to make the team. They then backed themselves on the day to produce in most cases a personal best but certainly the best they could muster on the day. I am very proud of all the boys and coaches. In my opinion this is without doubt one the best performances given by Villanova this year and we have won two aggregates and have had many excellent performances across all sports all year resulting in loads of premierships. This one isn’t about winning, it’s about giving of yourself, having guts and showing pride – well done boys!!!
Please be aware that Villanova will conduct AFL, volleyball and cricket trials on the week beginning Monday 5 November. All students have been given a sign-on form which is due TOMORROW. An invitation is extended to all members of our community who wish to assist the sports program by taking on a coaching, managing and/or officiating role for the various sports we have on offer in 2019. If any person is interested, we ask them to complete the nomination form found on the website. We are keen to seek those who wish to coach AFL, cricket or volleyball in 2019 as trials will commence soon.
AIC Track and Field
Given the timing of the carnival, a full report will be published in next week’s Villa View.
Villanova Swimming – Mrs Juanita Jacobs – AIC Swimming/Water Polo Co-ordinator
We have now well and truly begun the Villanova swim season. If your son is interested in joining the squad, there is still time. Please check the Locker Room section of the website for documents and further details on training times.
Could I please remind all students in grades 5-11 to have their name ticked off by the Villanova staff member who is present at training. Students must ensure they are out of the pool by 8am and getting changed as quickly as possible so they are not late to class.
AIC Water Polo
Villanova has entered the maximum number of 3 teams in the AIC Water Polo competition in term 4. Games will be played on Wednesday afternoons after school as per below.
- Game 3 v Ashgrove at Ashgrove – October 31
- Year 7 and Year 8 – 4.15pm
- Year 8 and Year 9 – 4.50pm
- Opens – 5.25pm
The next game will be held in week 4 which is next Wednesday 31 October. Bus transportation will be provided. The bus will depart Villanova for Ashgrove at 3.10pm. The bus should return at approx. 6.30/40pm. Parents are welcome to collect their son from the venue after the game.
Players must wear the Villanova swim togs and the Villanova PE uniform to and from all games.
Volleyball Report – Ms Barbara Dewis, AIC Volleyball Coordinator
With two weeks to go before Volleyball trials begin, Villanova has been quite busy participating in several tournaments. During August, we entered a team in Senior Schools Cup and two teams in Primary Schools Cup. The team entered in the Senior Tournament was the first since l have been at the College. This team finished eighth overall in the Year 11 Division One category. To Villanova’s credit, they forced the opposition to work hard for each point, game and set.
A team was entered in the Participation category of Primary Schools Cup and another in the Competitive section of this tournament. This tournament is open to students from Years 4 – 6 and it provides the stepping stone for Villanova’s future volleyball players. Both teams performed well on the day.
Last weekend Villanova entered a Year 7 and Year 8 team in the Junior Schools Cup held on the Gold Coast. The teams were entered in Division 2 for their respective year level. Year 7 finished 9th and Year 8 finished at the top of their division and won the GOLD medal. Thomas Boxall was awarded MVP of the finals.
Matthew Conway was part of the Queensland Schoolboys Volleyball team that played in a tournament in Singapore during the first week of Term 4. Matthew walked away with the MVP award for this tournament, congratulations Matthew.
I cannot thank the coaches enough who assisted these teams in a very short time in readiness for these tournaments – John Christie, Alex Sullivan, Chris Everding, Melissa Wilson and Kealan Dunnett.
All players, coaches and parents are to be congratulated for their continued support of volleyball at the College.
Save the Date – 18 and 19 January 2019 (Volleyball Skills Clinic 2019)
Gold Medallist Year 8 Div. 2 – Villanova College
AIC Golf Championships
The annual AIC Golf Championships will be held at Indooroopilly Golf Club next Monday 29th October. Mr. Stariha has met with the team this week to discuss all details. He will drive the bus leaving at 5.40am on Monday. Boys to meet in front of Goold Hall.
2019 Coaches/Managers and Officials Needed – OUR BOYS NEED YOUR HELP!
The Villanova Sports Department is currently seeking coaches, managers and officials for the AIC sports program in 2019. We require the assistance of staff, parents, old boys and friends of the College to take on the many duties needed to ensure that every student has the opportunity to participate and enjoy all the benefits that playing sport provides as well as ensuring the ongoing growth and development of our sports programs.
Villanova’s success in sport is dependent upon many factors, one being the generosity of members within our community to give of their time and efforts to serve our students by taking on specific roles. These roles include coach, manager, referee, umpire, scorer etc. If you can help in any way, could you please complete the ‘2019 Coach, Manager & Officiating – Nomination Form’ available on the College Website and from the Sports Office and return it to the College’s Sports Office as soon as possible.
All forms received will be compiled into a database. Before each season commences a member of the Sports Office will contact those who have expressed an interest to assist. A final confirmation of commitment will be asked, and further details will be given.
I thank all those who were able to assist throughout 2018 and I invite those who would like to assist in 2019 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College. I am sure you will find it a rewarding venture.
2019 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 (Year 5 – 12), AFL (Year 5 – 12) and volleyball (Year 7 – 12 only) in 2019 must complete an ‘AIC Sport Sign-On Form’. These forms have been distributed to all students from Year 5 – 11 during their Pastoral classes. Students entering the College in 2019 have been sent the sign-on information during the September holidays. All sign-on forms are due back to the Sports Office TOMORROW.
- 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 2019 not in age groups. Therefore, boys in Year 8 will play in the 8A-D teams (not the 13A-D teams)
- Students must attend all trials as listed below to gain selection. Failure to attend trials will affect team positioning
- Cricket is open to all students in Year 5 – 12
- AFL is open to all students in Year 5 – 12
- Volleyball is open to students in Year 7 – 12 (2019) only
- AFL and Cricket trials for students entering Year 6 in 2019 will take place during school time on Friday afternoons throughout Term 4
- Trials for Years 7 – 12 students (2019) will commence on the week beginning Monday 5 November (week 5) as per schedule below
- Further Internal cricket games/trials will be held on Sunday 11 November for all teams from Year 7 – 12 (2019)
- Further Internal volleyball trials will be held on Saturday 10 November for all teams from Year 7 – 12 (2019)
- Volleyball trial matches v Iona on 17 November
- Volleyball trial matches v SLC on 24 November
- All specific times and venues TBA
Initial Cricket and Volleyball Trial Schedule – Week 5
Note – The trials below are for the year the student is entering in 2019, therefore the Year 8 cricket trials are for current Year 7 students going into Year 8 in 2019.
|Tuesday 6 November
||Wednesday 7 November
||Thursday 8 November
Year 11 and Year 12 at Little Langlands
Year 11 and 12 in Goold Hall
Year 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 7 at Little Langlands
Year 7 in Goold Hall
Year 7 trials at Yeronga
Oval No 2
Year 8 and 9 at Yeronga
Oval No 2
Year 8 at Little Langlands
Year 8 in Goold Hall
Year 10, 11 and 12 at Yeronga
Oval No 2
Volleyball and Cricket Coaches Needed
We need coaches of the teams listed above to assist with trials very soon. If you are keen to take on a coaching role, please complete the nomination form described above and return to the Sports Office asap.
Australian Volleyball Schools Cup and Oblate Cricket Tour to Perth
The abovementioned tours will be conducted over the Christmas vacation period. All information has been distributed to those who are selected including, payment, medical, permission and information forms. Please return forms and payment by the due dates indicated.
Ben Mowen and Ben Mowen Gold Squad – Field Training
Training for the abovementioned squads was cancelled this week due to the unavailability of the coaching staff involved. An email was sent to parents last week. A notice was also placed in the morning notices for students. However, we have just realised that the email was only sent to the parents of the Ben Mowen Gold Squad and not the parents of the Ben Mowen Squad. We apologise for this clerical error and assure you that training will commence next Wednesday 31 October.
Well done to Sam Binney in Year 5 who recently competed at the Qld State Track and Field Championships in Cairns. Sam came third in the 10yrs shot and has made the Qld team to compete at the Australian Track and Field Championships held in Melbourne in late November. A great achievement Sam. Best wishes at the Australian titles!
Craig Stariha, Director of Sport