Downlands encourages students to seriously consider their commitment to any sporting activities as part of their team requirement is to attend all training and games, display a positive attitude towards the activity, their team mates and their coach.
Location and Floor Plans - the facility is located near the swimming pool with access from Kate Street. Parking is available under the building and is exited out the southern end, taking you out on to Ruthven Street. Pedestrian access is available via both northern and southern foyers.
Downlands College is building a strong culture of Australian Rules Football. There are carnival days throughout the year where teams from Downlands compete in round robins for “The Jonathan Brown Cup”, a completion for Girls and “The Northern Star Cup” a completion for Under 14 boys. In Term Three the longer competitions start for Under 15 boys. Downlands generally enters an Under 14 team as well which is seen as a development squad and an Open boys competition. Both these competions are conducted after school, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday evening against local schools. Training is held one evening after school which is also a Tuesday or Thursday. The College provides the playing shirts for the games and players must have their own boots (football or soccer will do) dark shorts, Downlands football socks and their own water bottle.
No previous experience is required. Players interested should contact Mr Dan Fraser or Mr Terry Finan.
Person in Charge: Mr Adam Rogers Important Carnivals: College carnival Catholic School Girls carnival TSSS carnival DD Track events DD Field events Training at the College 3:30-5pm two afternoons a week on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Meet at the Athletics shed on Top Oval. Students requiring early bus will need to depart at 4:45pm.
This sport is played in Term One and in Term Four
Cricket is played at Downlands during Term One.
Cross Country Training
Person in charge: Mr Trevor Vallely
Important Carnivals: Inter House College carnival Catholics School Girls carnival Darling Downs carnival Training at the College 6-7am three mornings a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Meet at the Canteen on Main Oval. The wet weather meeting point is at the front of the Sacre Coeur Centre (Showers available on the conclusion of training and all students are welcome to have breakfast in the student dining room).
Catholic School Girls Cross Country The CSGSSA cross country carnival was held Thursday 27th May at Limestone Park, Ipswich. This involved approximately 50 girls (the top ten runners in each age group) competing against the Brisbane ‘small schools’ involved in the competition including Mary MacKillop College (previously Corpus Christi College), Our Lady’s College, San Sisto College, Southern Cross College and St John Fischer College.
Football/Futsal (Indoor Football)
Person in charge – Mr Chris McPherson – Director of Football ph: 46909620
Downlands Football/Futsal caters for both Boys/Girls and all age groups. Boys play Football against GPS Schools during Term 2 and enter into various local competitions including Bill Turner Cup for U/15Boys and Red Lion Cup. Girls compete in the local School girls mid - week comp against various local and regional schools as well as Bill Turner Cup for U/15 Girls.
Boys and Girls play in various Futsal comps including Futsal Toowoomba, Vikings Futsal competitions, and Girls Pre-Season Futsal hosted by Downlands each year.
Downlands also competes in a variety of “friendly” matches in both Football and Futsal against other schools and also against various international touring schools at times. Downlands College Football Teams Tour Intrastate, Interstate and Internationally at times and have recently travelled to New Zealand, Sydney-Newcastle-NSW Central Coast, and Northern NSW. Football/Futsal Tours are Competitive Football/Futsal related, cultural immersions, as well as educational experiences.
Training times are usually Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during Term 2 for Boys and after school for Girls at the discretion of the respective coach. All info regarding training is posted on Downlands College Sport Facebook during season.
Person in charge: Mr Trevor Vallely The team (an Open team – open to all ages) plays in the Toowoomba Hockey Association Fixtures, on weekends, in a season that runs from March to late August. Involvement would include: Training – one or two afternoons per week (one of which would be at Clyde Park); Fixture matches – played on either Saturday or Sunday; Registration Fees - with the Toowoomba Hockey Association. A team would also be selected to represent Downlands in the NAB Cup (State-wide Knockout).
The Netball season is during Terms One, Two and Three.
During the season, you can also check cancellations on the Netball Association hotline 07 4635 9762.
Downlands has a dedicated rugby website www.downlandsrugby.com.au However draws and travel arrangements for away games are posted on the Parents Zone web page each week during the rugby season which commences in Term Three.
Reminder: All players must wear mouthguards
The Squash courts are open all year round and are open to the public at a cost of $5 per person, per hour. Simply ring the office on 07 4690 9500 to arrange key.
Swimming - Term 1
Person in charge in 2013: Mr Kent Holman Important Carnivals: Inter House College carnival Darling Downs carnival TSSS carnival Catholic School Girls carnival Training in the College pool five mornings a week from Monday – Friday 6am-7am (Showers available on the conclusion of training and all students are welcome to have breakfast in the student dining room).
The Sacre Coeur Tennis Shield is a girls tennis competition held early in Term One each year. It involves two Toowoomba schools, Downlands and Fairholme College, and two Brisbane schools, Stuartholme and Clayfield College. The weekend tournament is hosted by a different school each year alternating between a Brisbane school and a Toowoomba school.
Inter-school mixed tennis championships are held in Term Four.
Private tennis coaching is available at Downlands. Students have two options:
Tennis lessons can be organised by contacting Mr Robert Williams, TCA, TACP, TQ, TA, Club Professional - Advanced Level 2. Mobile: 0413 488 303 AH: 07 4635 5655.
Tennis lessons can be organised by contacting Mr Clinton Beutel, ATPCA - Level 2. Revolution Tennis Academy. Mobile 0402 330 540.
Saturday Girls Touch Downlands’ Open A team plays in the Ladies C Grade competition at 3pm at Kearneys Spring Touch Complex, Spring Street. Our Open B team plays in the Ladies D Grade competition at 2pm each week.
Toowoomba Touch Association website for current Friday night Junior season information and Saturday Winter season is http://www.toowoombatouch.com.au/ Please note on the right hand side of their homepage, under Weather Conditions for any possible cancellations in inclement weather.
Saturday Winter Touch Trials are being held on Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 February from 3.30-5pm on Strathmore Oval for girls interested in playing in this Open Ladies competition.
Person in charge: Miss Suzy Parry 07 4690 9505 or 0417 896 852
Volleyball training is on a Thursday afternoon 3:30-5pm in the Sport Centre and games are played at Harristown SHS on a Tuesday afternoon/early evening. Game duration is an hour and every second week or so, your team will be required for a ‘duty’ where they referee a game, so this would include another hour of your time. There is also the possibility of sharing a team if this is more suitable for two staff members.
Otherwise, if you are aware of anyone in the Downlands community that may have an interest, could you please ask them to contact me
What Sport does for Students...
Downlands College recognises that many skills developed by students while participating in team sport remain with them throughout life and are applied to all areas of endeavour. A balanced program of sporting, social and cultural activities is offered to all students to ensure they have the greatest opportunity for a wholesome and healthy life.
Sport is a particularly important part of the College culture and spirit and something which the entire school community gets behind. The principal sports are Netball, Softball, Hockey and Touch Football for female students; Rugby, Football (Soccer) and Cricket for male students. Support of these sports is especially strong, with enough teams to provide every willing student with ample opportunity to compete.
Downlands commitment to providing a more sophisticated study environment for students who wish to move into the expanding industry of Sport and Leisure is proven with the recent construction of the Sacré Coeur Centre. This centre consists of multi-marked courts, weights and change rooms along with a function room which will be furnished in Stage 2 of the building plan, allowing for several sports to be played concurrently, in an all-weather location.
In addition to these sports, students are offered a full range of alternatives including Australian Rules football, basketball, tennis, cross country running, squash, track and field athletics and swimming.
Downlands competes against the Brisbane GPS schools by a tradition of invitation in cricket, football (soccer) and rugby union. This enables Downlands boys to compete in one of the best school grade competitions in Australia. The College is host to a number of international and interstate school teams each year. Downlands also has a dedicated rugby website www.downlandsrugby.com.au
As well as a strong local competition, the Catholic Girls Secondary Schools Competition in Brisbane also gives the Downlands female students some properly structured competition along with the opportunity to compete in some of Australia's finest sporting venues. Our girls compete in swimming, cross country and track & field.
We are fiercely proud of our sporting culture here at Downlands and continue to work hard to maintain the high level of sporting prestige attained from some of our famous predecessors.