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Sport Report Week 3 Term 3

U13 and U14 Rugby players at Red's Rugby Clinic Ballymore

From the Head of Sport and Activities
Over the past couple of weeks, we have made some changes to staffing structures in the sport department at ATC. I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Mrs Fiona Kearney as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator across the College.

Over the past three years Fiona has been instrumental in the development of our AFL, Strength and Conditioning and Aquatics programs and has contributed significantly to the growth of sport at ATC. In particular, over the past 18 months Fiona has developed a quality strength and conditioning program with our swimmers which she has expanded into the gym program. Fiona was instrumental in setting up our gym program both from a physical point of view and more importantly from a philosophical point of view. The appointment of Fiona Kearney as our S&C Coordinator will allow her to work with groups across the school from a sport specific to lifestyle fitness point of view. The approach of our S & C program is to slowly develop core strength, body awareness and key techniques to gradually increase boys physical capacity, safely and carefully. Fiona has extensive experience within the Human Movements area and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the role.

In the coming weeks we will be appointing a new Swim School Coordinator to continue the great program that Fiona set up in conjunction with Paul Jones and we will seek, as we do with all areas to develop our Swim School and Strength and Conditioning Program. We are really excited about the plans that Fiona has in store for S and C across the College.

Wednesday 14 September – Term 2 and Term 3 Sports Presentation
On Wednesday 14 September we will be holding a sport presentation evening for Term 2 and Term 3 sports where we will be celebrating the successes of individuals and teams across AFL, Year 5 and 6 Basketball, Rugby, Soccer, Cross Country and Athletics. All players, parents and coaches from these teams will come together for a function hosted by the ATC Sport Support Group followed by presentations in the hall. The evening will commence at 5.30pm and will conclude at 7.30pm.
More details to follow.

Saturday 30 July – Community Rugby Day

You will no doubt have seen some correspondence around the home rugby games that we have planned for this Saturday against Nudgee College. We see this as a great opportunity to bring together our community to celebrate a great 18 months of sport and College life and an opportunity for our community to share the passion and pride that we see across all aspects of College life. Not unlike events such as Jazz by The River, we would hope that all members of our community would feel very welcome to attend and enjoy a great day out at the rugby. Games will be held here at ATC commencing at 8.00am with the 13A and 13B sides and concluding at 1.30pm with the 14A game.
A coffee van and canteen will be in operation throughout the day and ATC boys who wear their sports or formal uniform can head to the free sausage sizzle which is being run by the Year 9 Sport and Spirit Leaders.
We hope to see you there!

Mr Dave Capra, Head of Sport and Activities


Rugby Report, Week 3, Term 3

As we move back into the full swing of things for rugby this weekend against Nudgee College, I would like to take this opportunity to go over a couple of points of interest including training, gym player skills and this weekends bumper clash with NC.

Training Time Table
Tuesday – All team Training – 3.15pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday – Under 13 and Under 14 Training – 3.15pm – 4.30pm
Thursday – Under 12 Training – 3.15pm – 4.30pm
Friday – Under 11 Training 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Friday – Year 4 Skill Development Training – 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Rugby Gym
One Wednesday mornings we will be running a rugby specific Gym program. This session is open to all middle-school rugby students. The gym is a part of our rugby program and plays an enormous part in the overall success of our rugby development. It is recommended that you attend. Please note: If you are a student who wishes to play in an A level team I highly encourage you attend two training sessions a week.

Player Specific Skills
Starting next Tuesday 2nd August I will be running Player Specific Skills training before training. This session will start at 3.10pm sharp and each week we will focus on a different rugby aspect. Next Tuesday we will be focusing on Half Backs – passing technique. This session is open for all students who are playing halfback this term or wish to play halfback in the future.

ATC Vs Nudgee College
On Saturday 30th July, Ambrose Treacy College will play our first ever full round of rugby against Nudgee College at Ambrose Treacy College. Our connection with Nudgee College is a significant part of our College’s story and the rugby matches will mark a new chapter for both communities.

When Nudgee Junior transitioned to Ambrose Treacy College we retained our traditional navy and white colours and added green to signify the new era in our College’s story and to acknowledge the Irish ancestry of our namesake, Patrick Ambrose Treacy. The ATC rugby jersey features an insert of the traditional Nudgee Junior ‘brothers’ jersey, a tip of the cap to our College’s rugby tradition and a reminder of our Christian Brothers heritage.

In more recent times, when Nudgee Junior played rugby against Nudgee College, the away team wore a plain black jersey to avoid confusion on the field. On Saturday 30 July, there will be no confusion. For those wearing the blue-white and green it will be great day in our College’s story and a celebration of our past, our present and our future.
On Saturday 30 July, we invite the ATC Community to don the blue-white-green and come along to the rugby to show your support for our College and to celebrate our long-term fraternity with Nudgee College.

Play and Stay
This weekend as a part of our ‘Play and Stay’ approach all teams are encouraged to stay and support the team following their game. What is required is that you will tunnel the team on the field, run water for this team, and run the touchline for this team. Our Year 9 Spirit and Sport leaders will be running a BBQ and will be operating a Raffle in support of our rugby mate Henry Gardiner. The proceedings will go towards the Leukaemia Foundation. Please be generous in your support of this worthy cause.

Please follow the link below to download this weekends fixtures.

Volunteers Needed for Saturday July 30
We rely on our generous and community-minded parents to assist with the canteen at our home matches. Please consider sharing some of your time while your son stays to watch another rugby match. Sign up here.

Mr Kieran Moffat, Head of Rugby

Basketball Report Week 3 Term 3

The ATC Basketball boys took to the court in 12 teams across 6 venues last weekend and whilst the school teams had a ‘hard day at the office’ against the strongest school in the competition they showed the ATC Warrior spirit in genuinely competing for all quarters. Our SWM Pirates Club competition teams fared better in terms of results and showed that we are improving and moving up the divisions each year that we enter teams. Well done to all!

Each week in ATConnect the weekend’s Fixtures are posted. Follow the link below to download.
Results & Weekly Coaches Awards
Congratulations to Ruben, Matthew, Alex, James, Angus and Lachlan on receiving the Coaches award for their efforts against a tough competitor, Villanova. See the full details of all award winners from AIC games and results from SWM Pirates comp by following the link below. Results and awards are posted here each Thursday.

Mrs Fiona Hannan, ATC Head Basketball Coach
and Mrs Anne-Marie Champion, Basketball Administration

Aquatics Report – Week 3, Term 3

Swimming Pathways
Squad swimming at ATC has pathways to meet the needs of all athletes. We cater for younger, older, beginning swimmers and all levels of competitive swimming as well as athletes who focus on other sports but want swimming to complement their training for their major sport.

Development Squad
The younger swimmer will move from a ‘learn to swim’ program into development squad at 3.30pm. They move across the pool from lane to lane as they improve. This program will increase in distance, intensity and technique skills as the swimmer improves. These children will have a set number of sessions per week that is recommended and they should be participating in swimming club with a view to competing at meets. When the children progress to a higher level, they will move into the competition squad.

Competitive Squad
This squad runs at 4.30pm in the afternoon and the program and is for swimmers who are competing at meets. The training starts to become individualised for each swimmer with an emphasis on skill improvement and competitive performance. These swimmers will have set goals with the coaches and be specifically training for targeted events.
Recreational Squad – This squad operates at 3.30pm in the afternoon program. The emphasis of this program is on stroke improvement and general fitness. The swimmers share the same lane space as the development squad but there is no recommendation of how many sessions the athletes should do. They are participating in sessions that work around their timetable of other activities. This program is ideal for all ages of children who want to complement their other sports with swimming or want to maintain some basic fitness requirements.

Swimmers may change between the recreational programs and the two competition based programs at any time and to do this, requires meeting with the coaching staff to let them know of your choice to change. The immediate change will be seen as a commitment level to a set number of sessions and participating in summer club nights.
ATC Swimming will hold a parent information night later in August and information about this night will be sent out in the coming weeks. Please contact the swimming staff on at any time if you have any questions.

Learn to Swim
For those families with younger children or children simply needing to improve their stroke we have limited space available in our lessons after school at 3.30pm and 4.00pm. This is a good chance to secure a lesson time before the return of summer swimming at ATC. Please contact us for more information.

Mr Paul Jones, Aquatics Coordinator


AFL Report, Week 3 Term 3

Our youth teams only have 3 games left for the season, then the finals begin. This is an exciting time for our U14 side as they are currently sitting 4th on the ladder. Congratulations to these players and their coaches for the perseverance and dedication they have shown throughout the season. We also have our fingers crossed for the U12 side that they score a berth in the final 5 allowing them entry to the elimination final. Our junior teams have 4 games left for the season and we look forward to seeing these teams play some fantastic footy after all the effort they have put in at training.

Schools Cup
This week we saw ATC enter a team of young men (Years 7- 9) in the AFLQ Schools Cup. This is a round robin competition that runs for 4 weeks and culminates in a series of finals.
The draw for the series is as follows:
Wed 27/7 BSHS (Blue) Vs ATC Yeronga AFC- 4 pm Wed 3/8 ATC Vs BSHS (Red) Yeronga AFC- 4.30 pm
Wed 10/8 Padua Vs ATC- FORFEIT by Padua
Wed 17/8 ATC vs Hillbrook @ Chelmer Sports – 4.30 pm

This is an exciting opportunity for a selection of our AFL players to represent their school against other local schools.
We wish this team and their coaches Shane Koimans and Sharni Webb all the best for the weeks ahead.
It was exciting to see ATC have a solid win against State High last night, the team played really well together and Jarad Gardner’s 9 goals was the highlight of the match. We look forward to next Wednesday afternoon at Yeronga to see the boys take on the State High Red team.

U 13/14’s
Park Ridge 8.3-51 d ATC 2.1-13

ATC 7.7-49 d Redcliffe 3.1-19
This week saw the Mighty U12’s take on the Redcliffe Tigers. I have raved to the boys about a four quarter effort all season and they certainly witnessed the damage it can do on the weekend. I could not be happier with how each player stood up and took the game on, as well as offering a great work rate for 60 minutes. Lachlan Cuppari had a terrific game across the half forward line. Tristen Meekin found plenty of it positioning himself in some great spots around the ground. Elliott Hewett was fantastic on the wing and made his presence felt going forward. This week, the list of positives is endless. Thank you to all of the parent helpers and supporters. Everyone involved on game day, player or parent, makes for a great atmosphere to be a part of. Let’s try and make it three in a row this Sunday against the top placed Kedron!

Under 11’s
ATC 7.10-52 def Jimboomba 5.2-32
What a wonderful day for football. The sun was shining, it was nice and warm without being overly hot and the boys played to their potential. This was a win that has been 16 weeks in the making. The training and effort from the boys is starting to show through. Lachy typified the spirit of this team when late in the last quarter, Jimboomba got the ball over the back of our midfielders and heading towards their goal. With 3 Jimboomba payers in pursuit of the ball, Lachy left his player in the backline and charged at the ball on the wing, won it and kicked it back into our forward half. It was also great to have Toby back in the midfield after his long layoff and also Tristen organising the backline.
Notable mentions this week to:
Cormac Williamson: I gave Cormac our best player as he held down an important role at Centre Half Forward. He competed for everything, even forcing Jimboomba to put their best player on him in the last half.
Tim Craven: Tim had to play a variety of positions on Saturday and was excellent at all of them. He took a great contested mark, was elusive when in the forward line and dependable when in the backline.
Chris Larcom: Played in the unfamiliar position of the forward line. The most pleasing aspect about Chris this year has been his willingness to kick the ball. He is our best tackler as once he catches an opposing player, they never get away.
Calum Bonner-Jarret: Calum played in at least 3 different positions on the weekend. He is one of our toughest players and you know you will always get 100% effort from Calum in every game. Held his opponents to zero possessions.
Toby Rose: It was great to see Toby back in our side and running hard. We have missed him. His pressure on the ball carrier and his ability to win the ball has been missed. The biggest improvement from Toby’s enforced absence is his decision making and he had players bamboozled on the weekend.

This Friday night we are at home to Moggill/Kenmore at 7:00pm. All players are to be there NO LATER THAN 6:30pm. We are finishing the season in the right manner and it is good we can really start to see the improvement in the players.

For complete ATC AFL results follow this link

See the link below to download this weeks fixtures.

Please Note: All boys must have a mouthguard to play on the day.
Please advise your coach or manager ASAP if for some reason you are unable to play a game.
Best of luck to all our teams for this weekend.

Mrs Fiona Kearney, AFL Coordinator


Gym Program Term 3

Our ATC gym is open every morning of the week as well as some break times during the school day
and Wednesday and Friday afternoons after school. As the school expands so will the opening hours.
There is always full supervision when the gym is open. The emphasis is on teaching the boys correct
technique in conjunction with good posture. All sports require a strong core. Our programs are
designed and implemented to ensure that the boys gym work is based on this as the foundation.
If your son is not currently participating in a sport then the gym could also be a place for him to
improve his own coordination, muscle tone and general fitness. We believe there is an opportunity
for every boy in the middle school to take advantage of our gym and are keen to see the benefits of
this in the years to come as they mature.

The kinds of activities we do at gym are circuit training combining a range of body weight exercises
such as push ups, sit ups, planks, cycling, rowing, jumping, chin ups and boxing to name a few.
We are also introducing the older boys to the basics of weight training (however only using a very
minimal weight at this stage). If you would like to know more about our ATC gym please email