St Augustine's setting foundations for future
WHILE St Peter Claver College fights it out with some of the best league schools in the state, St Augustine's College has more modest goals.
It is the case in both netball, to be held at Boondall, and rugby league, where they are in Division 3.
As strength and conditioning coach for both the team's netball and rugby league squads David Vella knows as well as anyone how ready they are for the challenge.
"They're very much looking forward to it," Vella said of the firsts rugby league squad.
"Some are in their second year of Confraternity so they know what to expect."
That experience aside, it is still two young squads the school will field in netball and rugby league.
So the emphasis remains very much on the future, rather than results this time.
"We're building towards the future with a lot of new people involved," Vella said.
"We've got a young rugby league squad with a few year 10 and year 11 students.
"We're expecting a good group of league players next year so we're very much laying the foundations this year.
"This year is all about creating a fun environment, mateship and building for future success."
Even if they were favourites the emphasis would not be solely on results.
"We're very much about teaching students life aspects of sport as well," Vella said.
"It's very much about how you act and represent the school."
Vella has only been at the school since the start of this year and his was a painful introduction to the netball squad.
Most of who were not used to pushing themselves physically in training.
"After the first couple of sessions I think they would have preferred if I didn't come back," he said.
"They did a lot of netball training but not much outside of skills exercises.
"It was very new to them I think."
The St Augustine's firsts rugby league squad begins its tournament against St Mary's (Maryborough) and Shalom College (Townsville).