Villanova College – Year 5 and 6 AIC Swimming Aggregate Champions – 2017!
I must commend the entire AIC swim squad on their great performance at the annual AIC Swim Championships held at Chandler Pool on Monday. Well done to our team who won the Year 5 and 6 Aggregate Championship in sensational fashion. It certainly was a see-sawing battle between Villanova and Iona throughout the day, but eventually the Villa boys were too strong and won by 32 points.
I was very impressed with the efforts of our 12 years – Opens team who gained a credible fifth position overall. At one stage we were leading St Laurence’s in fourth position, however, our depth was tested in the relays and we slipped back into fifth place. It is pleasing to note that this year our team won comfortably in fifth place ahead of sixth (in 2016 we were fifth by a narrow margin). Furthermore, we bridged the gap to fourth place considerably.
The swim championship this year saw great performances from many schools across all year levels. Villa’s performance on Monday drew many positive comments from other Colleges and it was great to see the boys perform well on the big stage. In some ways the fifth position in the 12 years to Opens category doesn’t really reflect how well we did. Nonetheless, our swimmers looked and performed like seasoned swimmers and they did us proud. Well done boys!
I commend all spectators and their parents, firstly for attending the carnival and secondly for their level of support shown for our team on the day. It was good to see the boys keep up their enthusiasm throughout the day despite the very hot and humid conditions within the swimming complex.
Parental support is paramount to ensure that all students do attend school on the days when certain year levels are asked to act as supporters. Parent support is also needed to encourage the boys to turn up early or to stay around later to support other teams on Saturdays as well. The sense of school pride and spirit shown at these events is immeasurable.
It was great to see our Year 12 students were keen and eager to organise a cheer squad to go out and ‘storm the hall’ at Iona last week. What an impressive sight it was to see the Villa boys turn up in numbers at an away venue to show their loyalty and support of their mates and to their College. Outstanding men, well done!
The Sports Office is continuing to plan and prepare for the up-coming rugby and football seasons. Sign-on forms have been distributed. A complete list of all players who have signed on for rugby and football will be posted on the web by tomorrow. May I ask parents to check the list and contact the Sports Office if your son’s name does not appear. Rugby and football training schedules are now confirmed for all teams from Year 7 – 12. All Year 5 and 6 rugby and football schedules will be finalised and published on the web and in the Villa View by next week.
At present we are still looking for volunteers for the following coaching positions: 16B rugby coach and Fifth, Sixth, 9 Gold and 8 Green football coaches. If you know of any suitable candidates, please inform the Sports Office. A complete list of all coaches and their allocated teams will be posted on the web by mid-next week. As we all know, the College draws on the support of our parents, staff, old boys and outside friends in order to fill coaching positions. These people freely give of their time to serve our boys and to ensure they have the opportunity to participate and enjoy playing sport. I ask all parents to remember that these good people are here to assist and help your son. Please be supportive of our coaches throughout the up-coming rugby and football season and from time to time an approach to the coach to thank them would also be appreciated.
The Villanova Sports Club is again running a Mega-Raffle in 2017. First prize is $10 000 and only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each. You could buy one ticket on your own or perhaps form a syndicate with friends. Over the next two rounds, all those associated with cricket and volleyball are encouraged to form a team syndicate for a chance to win. Mega-raffle team delegates should contact the Villanova College Finance Department to acquire tickets. Tickets will also be available from the canteens at both cricket and volleyball. I urge all coaches/managers to organise their teams and perhaps buy a ticket as a syndicate.
Finally, to everyone involved in sport this weekend. Play hard and enjoy!
Round 6 Fixtures – Saturday 11 March, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v St Peters and AFL (play-offs)
Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against Iona. Simply scroll down on the College’s home page to the ‘Latest News’ section and click the ‘Weekly Fixtures’ section.
I congratulate all AIC cricket players for their efforts over the weekend. Villanova had a dominant performance against Iona College last weekend winning nine from the 12 aggregate games played. This is a good result for our quest to hold onto the cricket aggregate. It was great to see the First XI bounce back after their loss to Padua, winning in good fashion on the weekend.
With all due respect, it is our aim to win all games against St Peter’s this weekend, before what will be a cracker of a round next week against Ashgrove. Please do not take the opposition lightly this weekend as a dropped game may be the difference in the end. All teams must do their bit. Good luck this weekend boys!
Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled photo time dressed in your cricket apparel. First XI Green Blazer to be worn. Photos will be taken under the large score board.
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AIC Cricket Results v Iona
AIC Volleyball – Ms Barbara Dewis, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator
Congratulations to the 7C’s and their coach for ensuring Iona did not have a clean sweep of the round last weekend. This was a top effort as they fought from behind to take the win off Iona. It certainly was not a good round for Villanova with 18 losses and one win.
With two rounds to go players in all teams will need to dig deep into their repertoire of strategies to finish strongly this season. Teams began their games with a high level of energy and intensity, however to maintain consistency all players on court needed to pass, set and hit well to have had any chance of dousing the flame that Iona had burning in each of their games.
All coaches will need to focus on their players forgetting last week’s results and looking towards this weekend’s games against SPLC. It is always said ‘never underestimate your opposition’, therefore being prepared to expect the unexpected will be vital as each team takes to the court this weekend. Stay positive and focused when on court. Teamwork – stay strong on court. Good luck to all teams and remember ‘Carn the Cats!’
VOLLEYBALL BBQ Friday 24 March – Goold Hall 4pm – 6pm
Enter a team in the ‘Volleyball Fast and Ferocious’ Knockout to be held on 24 March – 8 teams only. For further details, contact Ms Dewis.
AIC Volleyball Results v Iona
AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry, AFL Co-ordinator
September has come early for Villanova AFL with all teams progressing to a final this weekend at Yeronga. Unfortunately, we do not know our opposition as yet as there needs to be some make-up games due to loss of fixtures back in Round 2. Four schools still need to play to determine final ladder positions and our game times this weekend have been pushed back a little to accommodate. We do however know the times of these fixtures as seen below, so please be familiar with the start time to ensure all players arrive half an hour before we begin for a proper warm-up.
Next Tuesday all Year 5 students will participate in the Music Jump Start day, so there will be no training as the boys will be required at the College Music Concert in the evening.
This weekend I ask all players and supporters to arrive early and stay around to support Villanova AFL. It has been a fantastic season to date and the boys would love as much support as possible. Both Mr Conlan and I have really appreciated the support and encouragement all parents have provided over the season and we would love to see it continue this Saturday.
Round 5 Results:
5A Villanova 10.3.63 defeated Iona 2.4.16
5B Iona 6.3.39 defeated Villanova 2.0.12
6A Villanova 9.10.64 defeated Iona 0.1.1
6B Iona 6.3.39 defeated Villanova 5.2.33
Round 6 Fixtures:
Field 1 or 3
No Dog Policy
A reminder to all Villanova parents that there is a NO DOG policy at all AIC sporting fixtures. There has been a concern from some of the venue coordinators, including Villanova Park that pet owners are ignoring the signs placed on the gates at each venue. All pet owners who ignore the signs will be asked to remove their pets from the venue immediately. This also applies to all State Schools.
School versus Club Sport
With two cricket and volleyball rounds remaining, it seems that clashes are now occurring with club football. A number of boys have been absent from school games or have left early over the last two weeks to attend club matches. It is important that the boys complete the cricket season and not leave their team short or put pressure on the other players to perform because they are choosing to go and play club sport. Most of our sides have only 11 or 12 players and if boys withdraw, our sides are weakened considerably and players will have to cover double the ground when fielding. We have had a fantastic season so far with many teams still undefeated and it would be a shame for teams to lose during the last two rounds because their teammates were not there.
AIC Swim Report – Mrs Kate Alexander, AIC Swim Co-ordinator
It’s time for a well-deserved sleep-in for the members of our AIC Swim Squad. The 2017 swimming season culminated in the AIC Swimming Championships at Chandler on Monday. The day was a huge success with multiple records broken in individual events as well as fantastic results in all age groups.
The coaches and managers were so proud of all squad members, those that swam in events and those who were eagerly cheering in the stands. The depth in the Villanova Swim Squad continues to grow, with the Year 5 team placing second in their age group and the Year 6 team taking out first place. I am very proud to say this fantastic effort resulted in the Junior Squad taking out first place in the Year 5/6 aggregate overall! An amazing result and one the College can be very proud of.
The 12 years’ team placed sixth in their age group, 13 years placed third, 14 years placed seventh, 15 years placed sixth, 16 years placed third, and our Opens placed second. These results put us in fifth place overall for the aggregate. A very commendable achievement by all boys involved!
My sincere thanks goes to the coaches, Kerry Holland and Humberto Angerami and assistant coaches and old boys, Felix Bidwell and Lachlan Atkinson. Your commitment and support of the boys is truly evident in the wonderful achievements received at this year’s carnival. Thank you also to our Managers, Mrs Kirstina Moss, Miss Georgia Mills-Geer, Mr Jack O’Hare, Mrs Terri Dillon, Mrs Theresa Henry and Mrs Juanita Jacobs. This sport would not be possible without the many hours you spend entering data, timing boys, attending swim meets and providing ongoing support and assistance to the students. We are also very grateful to the parents who have assisted by getting boys to early morning training sessions and helping at the Friday morning breakfasts. In particular, thank you to Mrs Narelle Rieck and Mrs Jane Green, without your coordination and cooking skills, the boys would surely have gone hungry. Finally, thank you to the Sports Office staff, Mrs Erika Schofield, Mr Chris Everding, Mr Blake McLauchlan and Mr Craig Stariha.
Congratulations to the Year 12 students who participated in their final representative swimming carnival. These boys have participated with wonderful team spirit and sense of purpose. We hope this kicks off a fantastic final year of your school journey. Well done to our Swim Captain Harrison Rieck and Vice-Captains Roarke Ronan, Connor Wadsworth, Henry Barras and Caden Griffiths. You have shown maturity and leadership and above all have modelled dedication and team spirit.
Finally, I would like to congratulate all students who woke up early to attend swimming training and I strongly encourage you to keep up your fitness and get in the pool as often as possible in the off season – before we know it, it will be time to set those alarm clocks once again!
AIC Chess – Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
Welcome to Villanova chess for 2017. Early in the term students were asked to sign-up to participate in Villa chess for 2017. The response was again overwhelming, confirming once again just how popular chess is. Over the last few weeks, 44 Senior and Middle School students commenced chess trials in earnest, with the Tolle Lege Library in full swing each morning tea while students battled against each other for a spot in the team. All in good spirits of course!
This week 40 Junior School students added their names to the list of very enthusiastic chess players at Villanova. Students wishing to play just for fun have been directed to play in the Junior Library space during morning tea, while those wishing to make a team have been asked to come to the Tolle Lege Library at morning tea on Tuesday and Thursdays (it is open each morning tea should they wish to get in more practice), where we will be trialling for the Junior positions in the team.
Coaching lessons have now commenced started on Wednesday and Friday mornings in the Tolle Lege Library, from 7.30am – 8.30am with new coach Mr Charlie Tsai, who comes highly recommended. It is imperative that the boys are here by 7.30am. For the remainder of this term these coaching sessions are open to all players on both days.
The first trial night will be on Friday of Week 9 and information will be sent home in the near future. Chess competition will begin in Term 2 and will be held on a Friday night. Unless students are available to play on a Friday they cannot compete, but they can play every day at morning tea in the Tolle Lege Library to better their chess and make new friends in the Chess Club.
Please contact Mrs England or Mrs Warren (Juniors) if you have any concerns or queries: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If enthusiasm is anything to go by, we are looking forward to an excellent season.
AIC Rugby/Football Coaches – Thank you!
It’s pleasing to report that nearly all coaching positions in both rugby and football have been filled (although we still require a 16B rugby coach and Fifth, Seventh, 9 Gold and 8 Green football coaches). Coaches have been contacted via email with regard to their allocated team placement. Once we get confirmation from coaches we will post the list of coaches on the web. At this early stage I thank the coaches for their willingness to be involved.
AIC Rugby/Football Referees – Needed!
If you are able to assist with refereeing rugby or football matches, please contact the staff below.
Rugby Year 5 – 12 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Football Year 5 – 12 – email@example.com
AIC Rugby and Football Training/Trial Season Schedule
The complete Year 7 – 12 rugby and football training schedules have been published over the last couple of weeks in the Villa View. This schedule is also posted on the College’s website under the AIC Rugby and AIC Football sections.
PLEASE NOTE: Rugby and football trials will begin the week commencing Monday 20 March, that is, the very next week after cricket/volleyball and the last week of Term 1.
AIC Year 5 and 6 Rugby and Football Training
Initial trial sessions will be conducted by the staff during sport for the next three weeks. These sessions are purely to get the boys engaged in relevant activities and for the staff to place the boys in squads for the first official training sessions which will take place from the 20 March. All rugby training has been locked in for the season and is indicated below.
Football training for the final two weeks of Term 1 will be for the entire year level until boys are placed in individual teams. Training for each team will then be finalised to allow teams to have enough space to train separately from others.
For trial purposes tomorrow, all boys are to bring along boots, mouthguard, an old jersey and shorts to wear. They will change into their football gear before the sessions begin and they will need to change back into their College sports uniform before going home.
Rugby Training (entire season at Langlands)
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Football training for the final two weeks of Term 1 and the first week back in Term 2 will be held on Whinstanes Oval. Once teams are settled they will train on different days either before or after school.
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AIC Rugby and Football Trial Games – Date Claimers
Monday 20 March, 1st XV and 1st XI football trial v Iona (after school)
Saturday 25 March AIC rugby and football v SLC (full school trial)
Saturday 22 April AIC rugby and football v SPLC (full school trial)
Well done to all the boys listed below on their inclusion into the Met East Swim Team. It is great to see we have so many boys doing well at representative level. Congratulations and best wishes to: Harrison Rieck, Nicholas Elsey, Roarke Ronan, Andrew Vick, Harrison Vig, Connor Wadsworth, Caden Clelland, Jack Hewitt, Tyler Clelland, Charlie Kerr, Cohen Stewart, Caden Griffiths, Jack Johannesen and Adam Zanatta.
Well done to Charlie Cook who has been selected in the Met East 19years Volleyball Team that will compete in the State Champions on the Sunshine Coast in early June.
Congratulations to Matthew Conway who has been selected in the Met East 12 – 15years Volleyball Team that will compete in the State Champions in Toowoomba in early May.
All students who have signed up to play, will make a rugby or football team. No student will miss out.
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport