Director of Sport Address
A very warm welcome back to all Villanova families. We look forward to an exciting Term 2 with over one thousand students engaged across four AIC Sports – Chess, Cross-Country, Football and Rugby.
As we are still in our trials phase, it is important to reiterate messages around the College Selection Policy. Selection into AIC teams is based on a number of factors including attendance at training and games, skill level, experience, knowledge, ability, attitude, team combinations, position awareness, communication and performance.
Throughout the trial process and AIC Competition, selections by coaches may vary week to week, meaning player movement up and down in teams is encouraged and teams are not locked in for the entire season. Coaches of all teams, excluding the Open Firsts, will attempt to ensure students receive equal game time (or as close to as possible) in all pre-season and AIC games. Genuine requests for feedback on individual performance are welcomed through your coach in the first instance, then your Sport Coordinator or Director of Sport. The Villanova College Sport Selection Policy document can be accessed on The Locker Room page.
I encourage all boys who have registered for a Term 2 sport to be resilient when faced with adversity this season. Often, the easy option when things do not go our way is to give up. My hope is that we see adversity as a challenge to overcome with motivation, effort and commitment. An opportunity to build character as we strive for excellence both on and off the field of play.
Best wishes to all students representing the green and gold this weekend as we face Iona College in our final pre-season trial games. Round 1 versus Marist College Ashgrove is Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April.
Families are reminded to access all Sport information via the Villanova College website and the Villanova College App. The Locker Room tab provides updated information regarding training schedules and current AIC/trial draws.
The AIC Draw 2023 can also be accessed here. A note that in some cases, draws may not match the AIC draw (for example this is the case in AFL). Families are encouraged to always check The Locker Room for accurate draws. Weekly Team Lists will be posted regularly to the Parent Lounge and Student Cafe Portals.
Return of Hire Jerseys in AFL and Volleyball
Any students with outstanding AFL and Volleyball hire jerseys are reminded to please return these to the Uniform Shop as soon as possible. Unreturned jerseys will be charged to the family.
Sports Club – Parent Volunteers
A reminder that the Villanova Sports Club run the barbecue/Canteen at Villa Park on Saturdays. If any parents have some spare time on game days to lend a hand, perhaps during your son’s warm-up or post-game, that would be very much appreciated. Revenue raised from our canteens goes directly towards the development of our Sports programmes. Thank you in advance for your assistance, it is very much appreciated.
Years 5-8 Rugby and Football families, please register here to assist on our Villa Park canteen: Football and Rugby canteen volunteers 22-4-23.
Term 2 Training Schedule
Please click on the link below for the Term 2 training schedules.
Term 2 Training Schedule – Cross-Country, Football, Rugby, Tennis & Basketball
Note the Chess and Strength & Conditioning (S&C) training schedules, plus the sign on link for S&C can be found on the website and in the College Newsletters/Sports Bulletins.
Please see below the Chess training schedule for Term 2.
Note – an update on Year 5 trainings on Tuesday’s mornings to be provided soon.
Chess trials versus Iona College are on this Friday 21 April, from 4-5:30pm at Iona (85 North Rd, Lindum, Green Room above pool). Please refer to the draw on the Locker Room page. As this is a pupil free day, there will be no buses provided. Students will need to organise their own travel to and from Iona.
Ms Kath Underhill, Chess Coordinator
Cross-Country training is in full swing with many students participating in the morning sessions at Little Langlands.
Pre-season meets are on the horizon, commencing in Week 4:
- Week 4 – Wednesday 10 May hosted by St Patrick’s College
- Week 5 – Wednesday 17 May hosted by St Laurence’s College
- Week 6 – Wednesday 24 May hosted by TBC
- Week 7 – AIC Cross-Country Championships – Wednesday 31 May at Curlew Park, Shorncliffe.
Further information will be distributed closer to the meets regarding transport and logistics.
Mr Brian Pascoe, Cross-Country Coordinator
Over the holidays the boys enjoyed a two-day Football Training Camp at Villanova Park featuring some of the finest displays of footwork, friendship and food the College has ever seen. A massive thanks to Chris’ IGA for supplying the lunches and of course a big shout out to the parents that helped make the day possible by preparing the food, taking photographs, and assisting where possible – Narelle Rieck and Simone Vasiliou – your contributions are greatly appreciated.
As the squad looks forward to the season ahead there are some excellent new initiatives taking place in the Villanova Football community. Not the least of which is the introduction of specialised goalkeeper training available across various year levels. This training will see the boys receive technical and tactical training in an area of the pitch that is vital to a team’s success.
The players in the 1st XI Football Squad have been trialling since November last year, and with just one week until the season commences the boys are fighting hard for their positions. 1st XI Head Coach Tom Carnavas has some difficult decisions to make this week as the squad approach their final trial game. The lads will battle it out against Iona in their last chance to earn a spot in the starting XI before the start of the season.
Good luck to all and be sure to come support the boys this weekend at Iona College, 85 North Road, Lindum.
Mr Hudson Rogers, 2nd XI Head Coach
Trials versus Iona College kick start the AIC rugby season this Saturday with 29 rugby teams taking the field. All year level coaches have been casting their eyes over the boys and are slowly sorting out where each boy will best fit into a team. Please remember that teams can and will change on a weekly basis due to form, attitude, attendance at training and injury. We will endeavour to get lists out as early as Wednesday, but they realistically will come out on Thursdays, when all coaches have sent through their lists. Some boys may even change sides on Friday or the morning of a game. Please be prepared for changes.
With the year levels training together and most teams playing together on Saturdays, coaches will be able to review their team selections each week and make changes. Obviously, players that perform well on the field and make ‘stand out’ moments will be noticed, as opposed to players who may do the basics right but don’t shine. Cream rises to the top and sometimes this will take a few years before boys settle into a team where they have similar ability levels.
Year 5 and Year 6 Coaches and Referees Needed
We desperately require coaches for our Year 5 and 6 teams (D and E grade sides). Even if you can only be the game day coach on Saturdays, that would be a huge help. Please contact the Sports Office if you can take on this role.
Anyone who is qualified to referee rugby and willing to assist on Saturdays this term, please contact the Sports Office. We really need to fill our register and cover all matches each Saturday.
Ballymore Cup – result, lost 5-15 in the Grand Final to Kings Christian College, Under 15 Division 1. Well done to all boys and coaches involved.
The Rugby Firsts Squad completed an amazing four days of training at the Sunshine Coast Recreation Precinct over the holiday break. Team cohesion and unity were primary focus points for the camp, as our boys prepare for the fast approaching AIC Rugby season.
Mr Chris Everding, Rugby Coordinator
Strength & Conditioning
The new training schedule for S&C has now commenced. Boys must register here for the Term 2 schedule. Please see below the link to the new Term 2 training schedule.
Register here for Term 2 S&C
S&C Training Schedule – Term 2, 2023 (note two versions)
Mr Marco Mastrorocco, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
In 2023, we are thrilled to announce that Villanova College has been accepted into the Annual Confraternity Shield Carnival. While this will be a trial year for the College, it is also a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our talent and dedication to rugby league. We are especially grateful to have Brisbane Tigers Rugby League as our major sponsor this year and look forward to building on this local partnership.
We are also delighted to reveal that we will face off against our local rivals, St Laurence’s College, in a curtain raiser match for the Brisbane Broncos versus Gold Coast Titans Round 17 match scheduled for Sunday 25 June at Suncorp Stadium. This match marks the official beginning of Villanova’s 2023 Confraternity Shield campaign and has generated an enormous amount of excitement and anticipation among the students.
Trials for the 1st XIII Rugby League team will take place during Term 2, Week 3, commencing on Monday 24 April at Little Langlands. Please note that this will be a non-contact trial and exact timings will be provided shortly. .
As the College prepares to enter the Confraternity Shield Carnival for the first time, the entire community is filled with excitement. We look forward to watching the culture of Rugby League continue to build in 2023.
Tennis – First IV Development Squad
In preparation for the 2023 AIC Season, Villanova College in conjunction with Morningside Tennis Centre, will again host the First IV Tennis Development Squad during Term 2. More information will be communicated with the selected members.
Mr Todd Kropp, Tennis Coordinator
External Sporting Achievements
In the last week of Term 1, we had three boys selected in the Met East 10-12 Years Boys Cricket Team – Caeden Ford and Arjun Dhanda from Year 7 and Magnus Frederiksen from Year 6. They all competed at the State Titles in Rockhampton and their team won the Grand Final after five highly competitive days of cricket. This is the first time that Met East has won the Grand Final in this event in over 20 years. Well done boys!
A huge congratulations to Caeden Ford and Arjun Dhanda who have now been selected in the Queensland 10-12 Years Boys Cricket Team. They will be representing Queensland at the National 10-12 years Cricket Championship in Darwin in June. This is a massive achievement for these boys and will be an incredible opportunity to compete at the national level. Good luck boys, we’re very proud of your achievements and we wish you every success.
The following Villanova students represented Metropolitan East in the recent Queensland School Sport Championships.
- Harrison Bligh – 10 years – fifth in the 200m Medley relay, first in the 200m Freestyle relay.
- Lachlan Rees – 11 years – eighth 200m Medley relay, seventh 200m freestyle relay, seventh 100m Breaststroke
- Will Gregory – 11 years – eighth 200m Medley relay, tenth 100m Fly.
- Isaac Haywood – 11 years – seventh 200m Freestyle relay, ninth 100m Backstroke
- Ashton Lewis – 12 years– third 200m Medley relay, second 200m Freestyle relay, fourth 100m Breaststroke, sixth 50m Breaststroke, tenth 50m Freestyle
- Brodie Clelland – 12 years – sixth 200m Medley relay,
- Caleb Johnston – 13 years fifth 200m Freestyle relay,
- Ben Landers – 13 years – fifth 200m Breaststroke
- Jack Stewart – 14 years – fifth 100m Breaststroke, ninth 50m Breaststroke
- Isaac Bowen – 14 years- eighth 200m Breaststroke
- Tyler Schafer – 14 years – seventh 100m Fly, tenth 50m Backstroke, tenth 50m Fly, sixth 200m IM, sixth 100m Backstroke,
- Jack Trethewey – 15 years – ninth 50m Backstroke, third 200m Medley relay, fourth 200m Freestyle relay
- Hugo Patterson –15 years – eighth 100m Breaststroke, ninth 50m Breaststroke
- Oliver Jacobs – 15 years first 50m Butterfly, sixth 50m Freestyle, fifth 100m Fly, third 200m Medley relay, fourth 200m Freestyle relay,
- Jordan Tunnah – 18 years – seventh 200m Freestyle, third 200m Medley relay, fifth 200m Freestyle relay
Other boys who competed but did not make finals: Charlie Wiggins 50m Freestyle.
Overall Villanova swimmers secured two Gold, one silver and four Bronze medals. Congratulations to Oliver Jacobs who was selected to represent Queensland at the Nationals in August.
We also had some swimmers represent their clubs at the recent Australian Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast. Oscar De Tina, Tyler Clelland, Charlie Kerr, Oliver Jacobs, Charley Hegarty and Jack Trethewey all competed throughout the week.
- Oliver Jacobs who made two National B Finals, swimming the thirteenth fastest time for 50 Fly in Australia and placing nineteenth for the 200m Fly.
- Tyler Clelland made two National B Finals, winning his final for 100m Breaststroke finishing tenth fastest in Australia and finishing fourteenth fastest in Australia for 50m Breaststroke.
- Tyler topped the week with his club relay team being crowned “Australian Champions” the fastest relay team in Australia. Tyler’s club team are currently Queensland Relay Champions (and Queensland record holders) and are now Australian Champions winning Gold in the 16-17 years 50m Freestyle Relay and a Silver second place in the Club 16-17 years 50m Medley Relay.
Mr Shaun McLean, Director of Sport