The AIC Term 4 calendar includes the AIC Track and Field Championships (October 5 and 6), AIC Invitational Touch and esports events (October 21) and the AIC Water Polo Carnival (October 22). Outside of these AIC events, it is wonderful to see the large number of teams from AIC schools that are competing in statewide competitions and carnivals throughout Term 4. These include both the Queensland Primary and Secondary All Schools Touch Championships, Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) Junior and Sophomore Championships, Volleyball Queensland Schools Cup and AFLQ Schools Cup State Finals weekend. Competing in tournaments such as these give College’s both great competition – competing against quality sporting schools from throughout the state, but also a wonderful opportunity to develop the skills and teamwork of their students in preparation for future AIC seasons.
The AIC Touch Carnival will be hosted by St Laurence’s at Runcorn on Saturday 21 October. Both Iona and St Laurence’s have already competed this term in the Queensland All Schools Secondary Touch Carnival on the Gold Coast. This carnival is one of the largest school sporting events in Australia. Both Iona and St Laurence’s entered 13 Years, 15 Years and Open teams. All three of Iona’s teams made the knockout stage of the tournament. St Laurence’s 13 Years team made the quarter finals and their Open team the round of 16. Both Iona and St Laurence’s will also be contesting the Queensland All Schools Primary Carnival in early November at Cleveland.
Each year, Basketball Queensland conducts the Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) series of events. Each event caters for different year levels with the Junior (Years 9 and 10) and Sophomore (Year 7 and 8) Tournaments held during Term 4. Villanova and St Edmund’s will contest the ‘Championship’ Division at the Junior Competition. St Laurence’s will be competing in Division 3. Marist College Ashgrove will be attending the junior tournament for the first time and will compete in Division 5.
Villanova and St Laurence’s have qualified teams for the AFLQ Schools Cup State Finals weekend to be held on the Sunshine Coast from the 13 – 15 October. Villanova will contest the primary school division after receiving automatic qualification after winning the AIC Year 6A competition earlier in the year. St Laurence’s will join the Villanova primary team with 3 teams of their own- Primary, Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12). All three St Laurence’s teams had to earn their spot in the finals weekend by winning through qualifying rounds earlier in the year.
Iona, Padua, St Edmund’s and St Laurence’s will compete on the Gold Coast in the Volleyball Queensland Junior Schools Cup. This prestigious tournament brings together the best Volleyball schools from throughout the state with the level of competition very high. Iona and St Edmund’s will be looking to excel in the Year 8 ‘Honours’ Division with Padua and St Laurence’s in Year 8 Division 1. All four schools will compete in the Year 7 Division 1 competition, as well St Edmund’s and Iona will enter Division 2 teams.
Good luck to all schools in these respective competitions!