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Sport Report Week 5 Term 4

Head of Sport report

This weekend will see 32 boys from Years 4 to 9 represent Ambrose Treacy College at the All Schools Triathlon Championships at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. This is the largest squad that we have ever sent to the competition and ATC will have the most representatives out of all schools in attendance!

Over the past 4 years we have seen our triathlon program grow both in quantity in terms of numbers in the program and in quality in terms of the training program that is offered and the achievement of the boys.

Triathlon was an intentional choice when we began planning for ATC. We believe that the true test of a sporting program will be the boy’s engagement in sport and physical activity for life. Triathlon is a great example of a sport that can be participated in for life, regardless of whether or not people wish to be elite level athletes or weekend warriors! Triathlon is a tough sport, both mentally and physically. Every triathlete will tell you that they have one disciple that is better than another and usually have a good story about a transition gone wrong, a bike stack or a uniform malfunction that they had to overcome to complete an event.

ATC Triathlon/Aquathlon Squad and Coaches at their final training session before All Schools

I had the chance to speak briefly to our triathlon squad at their final training session yesterday morning and I wheeled out (pardon the pun) the old cliché that they could rely on their training on the day of the event. In this instance, I wasn’t grappling for motivational words, rather it was a statement commending the work of our dedicated and enthusiastic triathlon coach Mr Graham Fidler and support coaches Mr Paul Toon, Mr Raj Deepak, Mrs Fiona Kearney and Mr Paul Jones and the way the boys have thrown themselves with huge commitment and resilience into their training.

I would like to congratulate the boys on a fantastic preparation for the focal event of our triathlon season and wish them the very best of luck for a great performance this weekend!

U14 Rugby Sevens Team in Warwick at Scots PGC.

Rugby Sevens

Last weekend saw Mr Moffat and our U14 Rugby Sevens Team head to the Warwick 7s which was held at Scots PGC. The boys played 4 pool games and went into the final as hot favourites. After a tight tussle in the pool games against St Francis, the boys gelled perfectly to win 56 nil in a clinical performance. Congratulations boys, with the Daley Norton-Knight Cup, Warwick Sevens Cup and Logan Sevens Trophy in the cabinet, 2016 has been a great year for Rugby at ATC!

Queensland Combined Independent Schools Tennis Championships

This Saturday will see the first QCIS Tennis Tournament played at Ambiwerra and Queensland Tennis Centre. With over 85 participants in the tournament it promises to be a great day of tennis for all involved and a wonderful step in the growth of our school sport association. The tournament is a two day event with the second day being held in Toowoomba next Saturday 12 November.

In our first year as an association we have held Championships in Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics and now Tennis, as well as a Cricket and Rugby Cup. In 2017 we will be participating in these events again and are looking to add QCIS Basketball, Debating and Chess to the calendar. The first year as an association has been a great success for our students and we are excited about the opportunities ahead!
Warriors go Brach!

Mr Dave Capra, Head of Sport and Activities

Aquatics Report – Week 5 Term 4

Swim Club
Swim Club is on this Thursday night November 3 and again next week, Thursday November 10.
• Please arrive at 6.00pm for race nominations.
• A BBQ will be in operation on the night.
• Swim Club is open to all swimmers who can swim a lap of the 25m pool.
• All ATC boys and their siblings are welcome.

Holiday Squad Training
As we are now half way through Term 4, it is time to start planning for the 2017 season, this is the competitive swimming period for our school. Squad training will continue throughout the holidays. Training will recommence from January 3 so don’t wait for the term to start to get training.
This Sunday we are taking a group of swimmers to the Western Aquatics Swim meet and we wish all swimmers success in their events.

Holiday Intensives
There are still vacancies in our holiday program for learn to swim and stroke development. This is an excellent way to improve your swimming in a short period of time.

Water Polo
The ATC water polo teams continue to improve and this weekend was no exception. Our Under 14 team played a competitive game against the Sunny Coast and showed how much they are learning at training. Although our boys in the Under 16 team are much younger than their opposition the improvement has been huge, unfortunately the scoreboard is yet to reflect their development.

We still have places for anyone interested in playing water polo this season. We have 4 more games left before Christmas and 5 games after the break in 2017. No previous experience is necessary. It is a great way to maintain fitness and enjoy a team sport with your mates. Training is 6.30am – 8.00am on Tuesday mornings and there is a fantastic breakfast provided afterwards. Please come and try a training session if you are interested.
For further information, please email Fiona Kearney.

Under 14 – Sunshine Coast 12 d ATC 5
Under 16 – Sunshine Coast 25 d ATC 0

The Week Ahead
Under 14 – ATC V Barras 2 – 1.20pm game (arrive at 12.45 please) – All Hallows
Under 16 – ATC V Barras 2 – 3.20pm game (arrive 2.45 pm please) – Valley Pool
Please remember that swim and core training is very beneficial for our water polo players.
There are 8 sessions per week to choose from for swim squad and 11 sessions per week for the gym.

Squad Training Update from Mr Graham Fidler
Our squad training has continued strongly throughout Term 4 as we build up to our main targeted event for the season, the All Schools Regional Trials. During Term 4 the squad has continued to build fitness and endurance levels and hone transition skills.

The Aquathlon boys have been practicing transition skills each Monday morning where they have been doing a mini aquathlon each week. This race practice has helped the boys to continue improving every week.
In Term 4 we introduced Wednesday morning rides for the Triathlon boys. Each Wednesday we have been riding down the Western Freeway bike track to Anzac Park at Toowong and riding laps of the park before returning to school. The boys have been taught how to ride safely in a bunch. We are passed by many commuters on this ride and all the boys have ridden confidently and safely. These “road miles” compliment the wind trainer work sessions and build bike strength and skill.

The 2 min Run Club continued in Term 4 and most of the squad have made the club. To qualify aquathlon boys need to run 6 × 400m repeats on a 2min time base and the triathlon boys 10 × 400 m repeats on a 2 min time base. There will be more opportunities for the boys to qualify for the 2 min Run Club.

The squad trains hard… but has fun as well!

Triathlon Suit Update
All tri suit orders have been delivered to the College. There are still some spares that were ordered for sizing that are available. 2 x child small, 2 x child medium and 1 x men’s XS. Suits are $149. Please contact Fiona Kearney if you would like to purchase one of these suits.

Targeted Events
All Schools Regional Aquathlon & Triathlon Trials Sunday 6th November
Well our big race week is here and the boys are ready to show how their hard work in training has paid off. ATC has 27 junior athletes competing and will be the largest school group competing. By now they are all registered and ready to go. Please make sure you download all the race information & athlete guide so you are there on time and organised. Being organised will ensure athlete stress levels are kept to a minimum. Athletes will produce their best results when feeling happy and relaxed. You can find all the information about the event at this web page:

Active Kids athletes ready to race on Saturday.

For those families heading to the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, registration is available from 2.00 -3.00pm. At 3.00pm I will be taking any boys who may like to, for a small swim on the course for them to get comfortable with the lake. At 3:30pm I will take any triathlon boys who may like to for an easy single lap of the bike course. We will be finished no later than 3:45pm. Boys are asked to please wear their sports uniform to the event.

Bribie Tri Race Review (22-23rd October)
What a day of weather contrasts at Bribie. It was sunshine for our younger athletes racing the active kid’s events on Saturday afternoon. After watching Mr Fidler complete the 500m ocean swim, our young boys got down to business. There were lots of smiles from the boys throughout the race and parents cheered nice and loud from the ATC tent right on the bike course. It was great to see some of the boy’s siblings racing with them to make for a great family afternoon of fun and fitness.

Nice race JJ Spencer!

On Sunday the weather turned to rain, wind and freezing conditions. When the racing got underway all ATC squad members raced hard courageously on wet slippery roads. This was our final hit out prior to All School and everyone raced very strongly. ATC athletes took 1st, 6th, 9th and 10th in the 13-15 age category. Congratulations to Mitch Densley who placed 1st in this category.

Mr Paul Jones, Aquatics Coordinator

Basketball Report Week 5 Term 4

Last week it was the battle of the U13 teams with ATC Green v ATC Blue. The pace was frenetic as the two teams traded baskets, the Green team building a lead but the Blue team worked hard and came from behind to finish in front 30 – 24. A gallant effort from the Green Team playing with only five players and a wonderful display of good sportsmanship at the end of the game when both teams joined together for a very rowdy singing of our ATC school song.

The 17 & Under boys will be playing their last game of the season this week after narrowly missing out on the finals in a very strong division. The U15A team and the U13A teams look like they will progress into finals and the regular season for the B teams is still underway.

ATC Club Basketball End of Season Awards Breakfast
We will provide a pancake breakfast, swimming, an informal water polo game and the handing out of our Basketball Awards on Sunday 20th November, 8.00am – 10.30am at ATC School Pool. BYO: Bathers, towel and change of clothes. (if it is raining we will move to the undercover area in the school but still continue with the event)

Basketball Skills session are still on offer for all students!
Tuesday 7.00-8.00am ATC Courts
3on3 competition for senior players and skill development for junior players
Friday 7.00–8.00am ATC Courts
Skills and 3on3 Competition for junior players (Year 4 to Year 8)

Please check the training timetable to confirm your son’s commitments to basketball in 2016.
Please download the link below to view all club fixtures.

Please download the link below to view results and Coaches Awards.

Fiona Hannan, ATC Head Basketball Coach

Cricket Report Week 5 Term 4

Early morning showers cleared quickly on Saturday to allow another full day of Term 4 junior club cricket. U9 and U10 teams played Round 4 matches whilst older age groups played the second day of Round 2 matches.

The great start to the season in the competitive age groups of U11 and above continued in Round 2 with ten victories in the thirteen matches contested. The U12 and U14 age groups had a clean sweep whilst U11 was three from four, U13 was one from two, and U15 almost pulled off an outright win after a first innings loss. Well done to all. Please see the link below to download results for Saturday 29 October 2016.

Notable performances were:
• Jasper Cowie 33 runs for ATC U9 Meath v Ferny Green
• Charlie Stewart-Koster 45 runs for ATC U10 Red v Valley Goannas
• Isaac Barnes-Cleary 51* for ATC U11 White v Toombul Green
• Dane Ball 50* for ATC U12 White v St Patricks Gold
• Sami Walsh 31* for ATC U13 Blue v Wilston North Green
• Cullen Mayer 3/8 from 7 overs for ATC U14 Green v Albany Creek Eaglehawks
• Connor McCarthy 36 runs for ATC V Wilston North Gold

All fixtures have been emailed to parents by Team Managers and/or Age Group Coordinators. Please check the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association website on a weekly basis for any changes to the Draw or other pertinent information. Please note – there is a change of venue for ATC U14 Blue this coming Round, 5 and 12 November 2016.

Match structure
Term 4 junior club cricket is played in a participation model within a competitive environment. Coaches will endeavour to provide all boys equal opportunity with bat and ball over the course of the season. U11 and U12 matches are played over two Saturdays in four 25 over blocks. Ideally, half the boys will bat the first Saturday whilst the other half will bat the second Saturday. Most often, more than half will bat the first Saturday, permitting some boys to bat both weeks. This will be monitored to ensure each boy bats a similar number of times over the season. When bowling, some boys will bowl more than others on the first Saturday but the coaches will look to even this up on the second Saturday. U13, U14 and U15 matches are played over two Saturdays requiring 55 overs to be bowled in a day and a compulsory close of innings should the batting team make it that far. Coaches will ensure all boys gain a bat during the ATC innings. Not every boy will bowl during the opposition first innings but coaches will provide opportunity for these boys to bowl in second innings when the chance arises.

Parents are requested to provide Coaches, Managers and Age Group Coordinators with as much notice as possible in regard to absences. Obviously, this is not possible with Saturday morning illness but players can be shifted between teams to ensure maximum participation on match day if absences are known in advance. Players will gain far more by playing in a team of 10 or 11 than 8 or 9. We want to have as many boys as possible participating fully every Saturday. There is no need to inform me of short term absences, only if a boy will be absent for a significant period.

End of season
Players and parents are reminded that Term 4 junior club cricket fixtures will be played right up to Saturday 3 December 2016, despite the ATC school year concluding 25 November 2016. Please make sure you are available for Saturday 26 November 2016 and Saturday 3 December 2016 so that your team is not forced to play short or forfeit.

Coach availability
Many ATC coaches are currently taking their end of year University examinations and a good number have been scheduled on Saturdays. I ask for your understanding and assistance whilst we manage resources over the next couple of weeks. It may be necessary for some parents to take a stronger lead on match day from time to time.

Cricket Gear
Whilst the College provides ample cricket gear for use at team training sessions and matches, it is strongly recommended that boys have their own batting gloves and protector for hygiene reasons. In fact, this recommendation appears in the Brisbane North rules 2.2 ©. These items can be purchased from any sports or cricket store however, Fletcher Cricket has stock available for purchase during team training and skills sessions.

Cricket Coaching Clinics
Clinics will be held on campus exclusively for ATC students 28 November -1 December 2016 inclusive (first week of school holidays) and 16-19 January 2017 inclusive (last week of school holidays). The December Clinic is designed to build on the skill base established in Term 4 whilst the January Clinic is designed to prepare players for the Term 1 school and club cricket seasons. Bookings must be made for boys to attend either or both Clinics as numbers are limited (there is a financial and time commitment necessary and thus will not suit everyone). Please see the link below to download the Clinic Flyer. Every effort will be made to place boys with potential teammates to implement protocols and strategies. Bookings and enquiries should be directed to
Good luck to luck to all this Saturday. Have fun!

Please see the link below to download results for Saturday 29 October.

Please download the link below to view the ATC Season fixtures.
Please check the training timetable to confirm your son’s commitments to cricket in 2016.
Good luck to luck to all this Saturday. Have fun!

Mr Brett Henschell, Cricket Coordinator

Rugby Sevens Report Week 5 Term 4

Another week of training has come to an end this morning and once again I could not be prouder of the effort and commitment that is being produced. Wednesday afternoons would have to be my most enjoyable sessions of the year, training is a sight to be seen, it embodies what the program is about, it is having over 200 boys from Year 4 to 9 learning and developing their rugby skills and knowledge as one unit. This term we have gone away from a team focus and put in place a program that will enhance the skills of every boy in the program. The program is not about how many games we win on a Friday night but more about developing our Rugby for years to come, it is about introducing new players to the game in a positive manner that will make them lifelong member, it is about passing the ball to a bloke in your team that you may not have ever seen at school before and now you will have that lifelong connection as Ambrose Treacy Rugby brothers. Congratulations gentleman please keep up the good work.

Special mention this week goes to the Under 13 & 14 boys who travelled to Warwick on Saturday to compete in the Warwick Sevens tournament. After an early start and a long drive the boys entered their first game of the tournament against Scots PGC College. The boys were eager to impress early and blow any cobwebs out, we went on to win 31-0. Our next opponent was St Francis College from Logan and this was going to be a very good test for our boys, St Francis College came out of the blocks flying using their physical style of play to disrupt the way we play. We went into halftime with scores all locked up and knew a much improved performance was needed if we were going to progress in this tournament. The game continued in its physical manner with scores seesawing thought the second half, eventually Ambrose Treacy College came out on top 24-19.

A break between games gave us the opportunity to sit down and reflect on the style of Sevens we wanted to play and where we needed to improve if we wanted to take out this tournament. The next two pools games it looked like we were finally implementing our game plan and structures winning 48-0 and 74-0, this had a number of teams and Queensland Reds staff asking who are those boys in the Blue, White and Green. Heading into the final we were very confident but as fate had it St Francis College had also made their way into the final in what was set to be an enthralling Grand Final. This was not to be the case Ambrose Treacy College blew them off the park, playing a style of Sevens that St Francis College could not match, it was a spectacle, our boys skills were well and truly on show, clinical passing, strong defence, fast and furious running lines, the Fiji rugby team would have been impressed, we went on to win 56-0. Congratulations to those young gentlemen who performed so brilliantly on and off the field, your College is very proud of you.

I would also like to thank our support crew, you were a very large part of the boys performing so well. Nat Treasure for her persistence in making sure the boys had plenty of sunscreen on throughout the day, Craig Robinson our hydration technician, Michelle and Shane Wood as Ambrose Treacy College personal media managers and finally, Dom Dingwell for preparing the boys before every game and getting them up for the next challenge. Thank you.

Mr Kieran Moffat, Head of Rugby

Strength and Conditioning Report Week 5 Term 4

It is pleasing to see the increasing numbers at the gym to take part in our strength and conditioning program.
There are many reasons why S & C is important for your son.

1. Injury Prevention is probably the most important reason to be involved in strength and conditioning.
2. Addressing muscle imbalances and strengthening ligaments and tendons will help to prevent injury
3. Flexibility will also be addressed in this program and is vital in injury prevention
4. Increase in Energy as a result of more power, strength and endurance
5. Improved sleep patterns as a result of regular exercise
6. Improvements to mental health as a result of greater self-confidence and self-esteem

The list is endless when it comes to the benefits of a strength and conditioning program. I cannot emphasise enough that these benefits apply to all boys, whether they are involved in sport or not. All exercises can be modified according to ability and it is personal progress that is most important here.

We have 3 express programs designed for lunch time breaks in order to cater for boys who can attend at this session. PE uniform is not essential for this short break however some deodorant in their bag might not go astray for the afternoon classes. For any further information, please email
Opening Hours
Mon- Fri 7.00am – 8.00am
Tues-Wed-Thurs 12.40pm – 1.20pm (2nd Break)
Mon-Tues-Wed 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Mrs Fiona Kearney – Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Tennis Report Week 5 Term 4

Last weekend saw a terrific day of tennis at Ambiwerra as our students competed in the ATC Open Tennis Championship. All matches were played with terrific spirit and sportsmanship. The development of the boys over the course of the season and throughout training has been a credit to themselves. Congratulations to the following students:
ATC Junior School Open Champions Years 4-6
1st Place – Josh Cannane
2nd Place – Harry Hopkins
3rd Place – Alex Sherratt

ATC Middle School Open Champions Years 7-9
1st Place – Josh Molachino
2nd Place – Thomas Sherratt
3rd Place – Jack Daly
This Saturday November 5, six schools and ATC will travel to Ambiwerra and the Queensland Tennis Centre for the inaugural QCIS Tennis Championship. Starting at 9.00am and finishing at approximately 2.00pm, the schools will compete in Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups. Canteen facilities and shaded areas are provided and this promises to be a great day of competition continuing on from the QCIS Athletics Championships held in Term 3.
I hope to see many of you there supporting the ATC boys to victory.

Mr Shane Koimans, Tennis coorodinator

Volleyball Report Week 5 Term 4

Well done on another successful round of Volleyball last week at The Gap SHS. This week our Year 9 team has a bye. This team has a number of new additions in Term 4 2016 and has shown vast improvement under the leadership of Emerson Treasure who I know is looking forward to the Edmund Rice rivalry when ATC plays Gregory Terrace in weeks 6 & 7.

Our Year 7 and Year 8 teams face off once again this week at 4pm at the Gap. The Year 7 team is seeking bragging rights after losing narrowly last time the two teams met.
The bus will once again operate to the Gap, leaving the College at 3.15pm and arriving back to Kenmore at 5.15, then to ATC by 5.20pm.

Good luck this week.

Please check the training timetable to confirm your son’s commitments to volleyball in 2016.

The draw is also available by clicking here.

Mr Tim Walker, Volleyball coordinator