Director of Sport Address
Although many results did not go our way last weekend in Round 3 sporting fixtures, it was very pleasing to see how far many of us have come with respect to the manner in which we accepted defeat. I was proud of our boys on the weekend, many trying their best until the full-time siren, even though they were behind on the scoreboard. To lose graciously, with your head held high, is an important part of our journey in sport.
This week we have commenced sign-on for Term 3 Sports. We are accepting nominations for AIC Basketball, Tennis, Rugby League and Track & Field. To register, please follow the link below. Nominations due no later than Friday 26 May.
Term 3 Sport Registration
Round 3 Results
Due to the changeover to our new website this week, Round 3 results are not currently available. Round 3 and 4 results will be posted in next week’s Sports Bulletin.
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. 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.
Wednesday 24 and Saturday 27 May AIC Reconciliation Round (Rugby & Football) v Padua
Friday 2 June Sports Lunch– sportslunch.vnc.qld.edu.au
Saturday 3 June Old Boys Round (Football and Rugby) v Iona
Sports Lunch – less than 75 tickets remain
Guest speakers include NBA Champion and Australian Boomer Andrew Bogut, All Black and World Cup winner Conrad Smith, New Zealand NRL Legend Stephen Kearney, Australian Cricketing Legend Rodney Hogg and B105’s very own Abby Coleman as your MC
Friday 2 June
12 – 4pm
The Greek Club
Tickets available at https://sportslunch.vnc.qld.edu.au/
Includes Lunch and 4-hour drink package
Mega Raffle on sale now!
1 in 200 chance of winning $10,000! Tickets are $100 each.
Available for purchase at Villa Park Canteen or text Jeremy Meredith on 0407895207.
Be in it to win it!
Finally, a massive thank you to all our volunteers out at Villa Park on the weekend serving at the canteen and barbecue. All proceeds will go towards our coaching programs, the new STEM and Sport Science Precinct, and various sports projects at Villanova.
To register your help this Saturday 20 May, please click on the link: Register here.
Term 2 Training Schedule
Please click on the link below for the Term 2 training schedules.
Term 2 Training Schedule
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.
Round 3…… Our toughest yet…. Our first away session against St Laurence’s College.
Team Villa gave it their very best against the home side, but there were some very tight matches in all divisions. The First Four came very close to an overall tie against Laurie’s, until one match was declared a draw due to time. Well done to our Firsts for a sterling effort this week. Senior teams also fought some strong competition but refused to give in without a fight.
Our Intermediates, who have grown from strength to strength over the past weeks, experienced great success with the Intermediate B continuing their undefeated season. The Juniors fought well with quite a few players being promoted from the internal comp to the game day team. The boys individually won and even though the overall score showed an SLC win, it’s all learning and the future of Villa Chess is looking strong .
One match worthy of note was that of Kacper Pajak, whose first match was full of tension and concentration. As peers watched, they witnessed the Laurie’s opponent about to win, but then the cool, calm and collected Kacper wrestled back control and took the match. It all starts in Year 5, and the future of Villa Chess is certainly looking very promising. Wishing all players the very best this week as we take on Eddies.
Ms Kath Underhill, Chess Coordinator
Cross-Country- The Running Wildcats
As a community we congratulate the students selected in the leadership roles with the Cross-Country squad for the 2023 AIC Championships. Dedication to training, resilience, effort, and conduct were the characteristics considered when choosing the leaders.
A high level of support shown to younger members of the squad is characteristic of Joaquin Wieczorek conduct. His positive and empathetic approach to his peers and dedication to training has made Joaquin a valued member of the Running Wildcats Cross-Country Squad. As such, Joaquin is a real inspiration to the students around him with the sense of humility in which conducts himself.
It is an honour to declare Joaquin Wieczorek Captain of the 2023 ‘Running Wildcats’.
Good luck to the following students in their leadership roles with the Running Wildcats:
Age Group Leaders
- Year 5 – Freddy Hare
- Year 6 – Lachlan Ison
- U12 – Lawson Greenwood
- U13 – Ethan Haywood
- U14 – Nate Lobegeiger
- U15 – Bailey Horvath
- U16 – Dylan Fryga
- Open – Mitchell Rieck
Vice-Captain – Junior School
Vice-Captain – Middle School
Vice-Captain – Senior School
Villanova’s Running Wildcats Captain
The Running Wildcats will travel to St Patrick’s College Playing Fields at Shorncliffe, next Wednesday 24 May for the final Cross-Country trial and a run over the course proper. It provides each person their last chance to record a time for a place in the 12 competitors who run on the day in the AIC Cross-Country Championships (Wednesday 31 May). I encourage each member of the squad to make the most of the opportunity.
A bus will transport the Villanova cross-country squad to and from the trial run at St Patrick’s College (Curlew Park) on Wednesday 24 May and is expected to return to the College by approx. 6.30pm.
AIC Cross-Country Date Claimers –
- AIC Cross Country Meet at Curlew Park 24 May
- AIC Cross Country Championships at Curlew Park 31 May
- AIC Cross Country team photo at Villanova College 31 May (taken prior to departure for Championship venue)
Mr Brian Pascoe, Cross-Country Coordinator
Round 3 Football saw us up against SLC who have one of the strongest Football programs in AIC. Unfortunately, it was a tough weekend for our teams only winning three matches across the day. In what has been a chaotic start to football season, it was pleasing to see our teams remain positive and most importantly – play in the right spirit.
The First XI had a tough 0-4 loss against SLC which gave the team their first loss of the season, it’s an extremely tough and competitive competition, I’m sure that coaches Tom and Anthony can keep the boys focused and that they respond with a strong performance this Saturday.
This weekend we will be taking on SEC in Round 4 fixtures. Could I please remind all parents and players to check the draw carefully this week for game times and venues, we have a lot of “supplementary matches” against different opposition at various venues, so it’s very important to double check the draw.
I would like to remind all players to arrive at least 30 minutes before your game. There were several situations on the weekend where players arrived just before kick-off, this makes it extremely tough for coaches to plan for the game and it also puts a lot of unwanted pressure on your teammates. It’s clear that last weekend was a tough weekend results wise for the Villanova Football program, I personally ask for all players to continue to put in the hard work at training and to always listen to your coaches, this weekend is a great opportunity for all teams to respond with a positive attitude and show that Villanova spirit.
Good luck to all the players and coaches this week in your matches.
Mr Nathan Dufty, Football Coordinator
We visited Runcorn in Round 3 for our much-anticipated game with Laurie’s. This was a matchup between last year’s joint premiers.
Despite our confidence from winning our previous two games we started this game very tentatively and found ourselves on the back foot. We were defending well but were showing a lack of composure with the ball. Laurie’s kept their team shape and made it very hard for us to penetrate their backline. We were anxious. Unfortunately, we didn’t settle, and Laurie’s went into halftime up 1-0.
We decided to change our formation to be more proactive with the ball. Despite our efforts Laurie’s were making it very hard for us. Frustration was setting in amongst the boys and we conceded a sloppy goal. Unfortunately, the boys let their frustrations takeover, and down to 10 players, we conceded another two goals, with the final result 4-0.
Credit must go to Laurie’s for outsmarting us on the day and hopefully the boys can learn a massive lesson. First and foremost the boys needed to concentrate on playing a good solid game of football and ignore all the hype around them. We’ve previously shown what we’re capable of, so Round 4 against Eddies will be a big test for the boys to get back to playing football and hopefully back to winning ways. I’m confident they will.
Mr Tom Carnavas, First XI Head Coach
St. Laurence’s College hosted all of our rugby games last Saturday at Runcorn and the matches were tough, as expected, and many games were decided by a try or less. It was great to see all of our teams dig deep right up to the final whistle. This was evident in the 6As, won on the bell by one point, 9As, lost on the bell by one point and 2nds, lost on the bell by four points, where the results changed by teams fighting it out until the end.
Fixtures against St. Laurence’s College in any sport, will give us a fair idea as to how we are progressing. In the rugby matches played on the weekend, Villanova was successful in 13 matches, with two draws and 10 losses. If you look at the top teams in each age group Villa was victorious in the 10A, 8A, 7A and 6A, while the 5A’s, 9A’s, and 2nd XV all went down in close games to very competitive opposition.
We must congratulate all members of our college community who did their part to ensure the round of fixtures was relatively trouble-free v St. Laurence’s College over the weekend. However, there were a few spectators that need to remember that if we want our sons to display good sportsmanship towards the opposition players and the referees, it should be modelled by coaches and parents. A couple of games were marred by abuse directed at the referees from the sidelines, and whether from Villanova parents or from the opposition, there is no place for it in on our sporting fields. Please see the Spectators Code of Conduct which is to be followed by all.
Conduct of Spectators
- a) Good play by either side should be acknowledged by spectators in the appropriate manner. This can encourage players and help them to lift their game as the match or contest progresses. Unwise or fanatical barracking can make a players perform foolish actions in his play, or incite him to foul play, which is not to be condoned.
- b) The Head of College has the legal right to remove any person or persons who do not conform to the acceptable standards of behaviour as laid down by his school.
- c) Consumption of alcohol by spectators during the conduct of a match or contest is not permitted. d) Referees or umpires are not to be approached by spectators at any time before, during or after a match.
- e) Abuse of any form, directed at referees is not acceptable and has no part in the AIC association. Spectators responsible for yelling abuse at games may be asked to leave the venue.
- f) Cheering and supporting one’s own team is recognised as part of the conduct of the game and, provided this barracking is within the requirements of the By Laws (with respect to Athletics and Swimming), it is to be encouraged. However, negative barracking against another school is not acceptable, and should be discouraged.
- g) While the Host School should make every endeavour to provide for the disposal of rubbish, all should make every effort not to litter any parts of the playing fields and/or grounds.
Parents are reminded that they are not to approach a coach, referee, or any member of the opposing school. If there any issues or concerns that parents may have regarding rugby, they should be directed to the Rugby Coordinator or the Director of Sport on the day or via email the following week.
As we look towards Round 4 versus St Edmund’s College many of our rugby teams will be playing at various venues. Please give yourself ample time to arrive at venues, we ask for at least 30 minutes, as some players are turning up just before kick-off. We would also ask all players to speak with the coach of the next team to see if they are required to sit on the bench for the next team playing. It would be great for all boys to stay back and support their classmates and then stay on for other games. This creates a strong community and builds school spirit.
Mr Chris Everding, Rugby Coordinator
The 1st XV loss on Saturday was a little deflating considering the boys seemed in control even though they were behind on the scoreboard for the entire match and were playing catch up. Every week our players seem to rise to the challenge and it’s obvious that many aspects of rugby have been taught well. The defense is aiming up and our attack is improving with every match and technically they are a very good side. The execution and ball handling let them down on Saturday and the challenge now is to regroup and head to Ipswich confident they can put in a good performance and come away with a win.
Date Claimer- Villa 1st XV v Padua 1st XV at Easts Rugby Club, Wednesday 24 May at 5pm
There will be a short turnaround with the 1sts playing Padua College next Wednesday night 24 May at Easts Rugby Club. The team would love the support of the entire community, students, old boys and parents as Easts host the game under lights kicking off at 5pm.
Thanks to all the supporters who were at Runcorn on Saturday. They took over the hill and supported the firsts with colour and strong vocals.
Villa Park Canteen – AIC Rugby and Football
For those games being played at Villa Park this Saturday 20 May, we are asking for parents to help by volunteering their time to help serve and/or cook. The barbecue will fire up at approx. 7am and it is usually in the first hour that we need the most assistance to prepare and cook the food. Please drop your son off and help if you can.
Although at times the canteen/barbecue may look like they have enough helpers, please come and offer your time as some of those volunteers may need to get to their son/s games. The canteen/BBQ during the Football/Rugby season is the Villa Sports Club’s main source of income and it can only operate with the help of Villa parents (both Football and Rugby). So please come along and help, meet some new friends and catch-up on what’s going on around the school. We hope to see you Saturday. Even if you don’t register, please come to the door and let them know your keen to help.
BBQ/Canteen Volunteers at Villa Park, Sat 20th May
Dogs at AIC Sporting Venues
A reminder to all parents that due to Health and Safety requirements, all AIC Sporting venues are dog free venues including Villa Park. Please do not bring your dog/s.
Strength & Conditioning
IN-SEASON SPORTS – Rugby Union (Andrew Slack and Ben Mowen squads)
The Rugby teams showed impressive consistency during pre-season, displaying a strong intensity and resilience in each game. Coaches have created a solid plan to guarantee (in both groups) a good balance between recovery-based activities, reduced loads for those recovering from injuries, and the training exposures needed to maintain all the strength/power capabilities and conditioning necessary to be ready week after week.
PRE-SEASON SPORTS – First VI Basketball Squad
The Basketball boys have been exposed to a full-body strength development program; their improvements in proficiency and strength have impressed the coaches. Next week the group will switch to the power phase for the final few weeks of the pre-season.
LONG TERM ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT
The movement competency across the different age groups is firmly improving week after week. Year 7-8-9 are working on knee-extension exercises (squat variations) and upper body pushing movement patterns, via bilateral (both arms) and unilateral (single arm) methods. Tools and loads differ across the groups, depending on their age and competency. In the second half of the term, we will focus on HINGE patterns and upper body pulling movements, which have been instead the focus for the Year 10-11 groups till this week.
After strong demand, the STAFF V-46 class has started, and has been a great hit among the staff. At least a dozen have attended with enthusiasm and humour to work out a mix of Cardio conditioning with hard HIIT protocols and Strength-based exercises, executed in a circuit style, to ensure consistent metabolic expenditure and muscular endurance improvements.
Register here for Term 2 S&C
S&C Training Schedule – Term 2, 2023 (note two versions)
Year 5 and Year 6 basketball trials begin tomorrow, Friday 19 May
Year 5 and 6 basketball trials begin tomorrow during sport lessons, (Period 5 and 6). Boys who have signed on for basketball will have trials each Friday until the end of term, when teams will be announced. There will be 36 boys chosen in each year level to represent the College in Term 3. Boys who are selected will be notified before the end of term and will be given hire singlets prior to the season starting.
Villanova College is excited to continue the Wildcat’s Basketball Academy in Term 2. The Academy aims to improve the individual skill level of all players in the College to help further the success of Villanova’s basketball program. The Academy is open to all students across Year 5 – Year 8 and offers players an opportunity to acquire and develop new basketball skills from experienced coaches with NBL, WNBL, NBL1 and national and state experience. We welcome players of all skill levels and will provide new players with a great introduction to the game, and for the more experienced player, the chance to take their game to a new level.
WHEN: Term 2 – Sunday morning (Six-week program which commenced on 7 May 2023)
- Year 5 7:30 – 8:30am
- Year 6 8:30 – 9:30am
- Year 7 and 8 9:30 – 10:30am
WHERE: Goold Hall, Villanova College
COST: $120 for Term 2, Payment is to be made through Villanova College Parent Lounge
UNIFORM: Reversible Wildcats Basketball Academy singlet available at the Villanova College Uniform Shop for $65.
Please note players returning from last term must complete a new form: Wildcats Registration Form.
It is an expectation that all students contribute to the playing of Saturday sport for Villanova College and should not be choosing the Academy as a replacement for representing Villanova during Term 2.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jordan Mullan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Jordan Mullan, First V Head Coach
Rugby League selection trials will commence in Week 9, Term 2. Keep an eye on the website Locker Room and Rugby Leagues pages for further information.
Save the date – Villanova College vs St Laurence’s College, Confraternity Rugby League game, 12 noon Sunday 25 June, curtain-raiser to the Broncos vs Titans game at Suncorp Stadium. The College will soon be issuing discounted tickets to our community.
A big congratulations to Charley Hegarty and Wade Wildin Powell (Year 10) who were invited to the Australian institute of Sport over the Easter holidays to trial for the Australian U16 Water polo team. As a result of their hard work, both have been named in the Australian Men’s Navy Water polo team heading to New Zealand in the September Holidays. We wish both boys all the best for the upcoming Championships and congratulate them once more on this fantastic achievement.