Round 1 of AIC Fixtures in AFL, Cricket and Volleyball were held last weekend. St Peter’s also hosted the first AIC Invitational Swim Meet of the year. Each weekend of the Term 1 season, close to 6000 boys will participate in sport across the Association.
The 2024 AFL season kicked off with record numbers of teams participating across the 8 AIC member schools and AIC guest member Ambrose Treacy College. The expansion of the competition now includes a 2nd XVIII competition that encompasses Years 10-12 students. When AFL was reintroduced into the secondary school competition in 2019 there were a total of 45 teams playing AFL across the Association from Years 5-12. In 2024, this number has grown to 98 teams. In 2024, St Laurence’s will be aiming to again be crowned aggregate champions and also look to defend their First XVIII premiership they shared with Marist College Ashgrove in 2023. In Round 1 competition, there were wins in the First XVIII to St Laurence’s, Padua and Marist College Ashgrove. Ambrose Treacy also defeated St Edmund’s in their game.
The strength in the AIC Cricket competition grows each year with strong participation across all schools. In 2024, 188 cricket teams will play in the AIC Cricket competition from Years 5-12. This is an increase in numbers compared to 2023. Villanova will look forward to defending the overall Aggregate Shield they claimed in 2023. Marist College Ashgrove claimed a very tight First XI competition in 2023 and will be out to defend this title. In Round 1 of Competition in the First XI competition, Iona, Marist College Ashgrove, St Patrick’s and St Peters all started their seasons with a win.
There is again huge participation in Volleyball with 176 teams playing in the AIC Competitions from First VI all the way through to the 7D’s. Iona will take on all challengers for the Aggregate Shield they won in 2023, with St Peters very keen to regain the First VI premiership they claimed last year. First VI Round 1 results show impressive victories to Iona, Villanova, St Patrick’s and St Peters.
Looking ahead, Round 2 competition is going to be tight with crucial games so early in the season highlighted by the annual Andrews-Cameron Cup contested by the First XVIII teams of Padua and Marist College Ashgrove. Both Iona and Marist College will hold invitational swim meets for students to again set their best times in preparation for the AIC Swimming Championships to be held in March.
Round 2 Fixtures:
Villanova v St Patrick’s
St Laurence’s v St Peters
Padua v Marist College Ashgrove
St Edmund’s v Iona
Each weekend, First XVIII AFL and First VI Volleyball fixtures will be “Livestreamed” through AICTV (aictv.com.au). Everyone can keep up to date with First XI matches by accessing the live scoreboard through Cricket HQ.