Sporting Choice

There is a rich tradition of excellence in sport at Downlands College. Students are encouraged to maintain healthy fitness levels, define outcomes, develop and implement strategies, assess situations and respond accordingly, actively seek or create opportunities and develop character in the form of good sportsmanship.

Training

Training is provided by qualified coaches and students are encouraged to reach the highest level of expertise at which they are comfortable. The College welcomes back past students on a regular basis to pass on their expertise in their chosen field of excellence.

Tours

Sporting tours to other venues in Queensland as well as interstate and overseas locations form part of the Downlands sporting tradition.

During 2017 the following tours are scheduled:

  • Cricket - Sydney/Adelaide
  • Football - Northern NSW
  • Rugby - New Zealand

Downlands College Sport is also on Facebook and Twitter. 'Like' us to stay up to date with program and fixture information.

School Song 

Our school’s name is Downlands 

We’ll spread its name around. 

Clap Clap

When we’re going place to place,

People hear the cry we sound,

Clap Clap

For our red and blue we cry,

For our red and blue,

Clap Clap

We’re always safe, we’re strong in faith

For our red and blue.

Competitive Sports

Downlands participates in interschool and/or club competitions in the following sports:

Athletics: Interhouse, QCIS, TSSS, Darling Downs, Queensland State Championships

AFL: Darling Downs Cup, Youth Girls Cup, Invitational matches

Basketball: Toowoomba Basketball Association competition, invitational games

Cricket: Independent Schools Cricket Festival, selected GPS schools, invitational matches, Central Downs Competition,  Toowoomba Junior Cricket competition, Cricket Tour

Cross Country: Interhouse Carnival, QCIS, Darling Downs, Queensland State Championships

Equestrian: Queensland Interschool Equestrian events, Interschool Pony Club competition.

Football: Bill Turner Cup, Red Lion Cup, Football Toowoomba - Junior and Senior Soccer on the Downs, Wednesday afternoon Town Competition

Futsal: Interschool Futsal competitions and Toowoomba Futsal Competition

Golf: Interschool Golf Competition, Club Competition

Netball: Senior and Junior Vicki Wilson Cup, Merici-Chevalier Cup, QISSN, Toowoomba Netball Association, Invitational matches, Queensland Catholic Cup and Interdistrict Carnivals

Rugby: Selected GPS schools, Invitational matches, John Elders Cup, O’Callaghan Cup

Swimming: Interhouse, QCIS, TSSS, Darling Downs, Queensland State Championships

Tennis: Sacré Cœur Tennis Carnival, QCIS, Queensland Secondary School Teams Tennis Competition, DPSA Social Tennis

Touch: All Schools Touch Carnivals, Toowoomba Touch Association Competition

Volleyball: Toowoomba Volleyball Association competition, Schools Cup Competitions

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The athletics program is a fantastic opportunity for students to display their track and field talents whilst at Downlands College. This rewarding program is valuable not only for those interested in track and field, but for all athletes involved in sporting pursuits.

 

Person in Charge 

Mr Greg Convery
Athletics@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals

College Interhouse carnival 3 August
10-12yrs Range Zone Track and Field 16 August
13-19yrs TDSSSA Track and Field 24 August
10-12yrs DD Track and Field 6 September (Wet day 7 September), Harristown SHS
10-12yrs State Championships 18-19 October, QSAC Brisbane
13-19yrs DD Track 1 September, O’Quinn Street
13-19yrs DD Field 2 September, O’Quinn Street
(Wet days 13-19yrs DD Track and Field 5 and 6 September)
13-19yrs State Championships 20-23 October, QSAC Brisbane


Seasons

Pre-season training to commence mid Term 2
Carnivals held during Term 3 with the exception of the State Championships to be held early in Term 4

Teams Available

n/a

Coaches

TBA

Training

3:20 - 4:50pm two afternoons a week on Monday and Wednesday

Location

Training - Training will occur at the College – meeting on Main Oval
Carnival venues vary

Uniform

Downlands College sports uniform. Athletics singlets will be supplied when representing Downlands at any carnival.

Cost

Nil. Included in College Fees.

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The Australian Rules Football program at Downlands allows students to pursue their passion for the sport in a fun and supportive environment.

Person in Charge
Mr Dan Fraser
AFL@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Youth Girls Cup (Girls U14 & Open) - February 
Darling Downs Cup(Boys U14 and Open) - April 

Seasons
Terms 1 - Girls
Term 2 - Boys

Teams Available
U14 & Open Girls
U14 & Open Boys

Coaches
Mr Dan Fraser

Training
Girls - Tuesday 3.20pm
Boys - Tuesday 3.20pm

Location
Girls - Main Oval
Boys - Top Oval

Uniform
Downlands College football socks
Downlands College volleyball shorts (girls)
Downlands College rugby shorts (boys)
Playing guernsey supplied by College

Cost
nil - included in your all inclusive school fees

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Basketball is a fast paced and energetic sport that provides students with a way to improve their fitness and ball skills. The College's program has Junior and Senior teams for both boys and girls interested in the sport.


Person in Charge
Mrs Luanne McIllhatton
Basketball@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Combined Basketball Schools of Queensland (CBSQ) - September 

Seasons
St Mary's Old Boys Competition Term 1 (includes SF & GF)

Teams Available
7/8 Boys & Girls
15 & Under Boys & Girls
Open Boys & Girls 

Coaches
Mr Anthony Corcoran, Ms Despena Dickerson, Mr Trevor Grieve, Ms Vanessa Horne, Mr Simon Choice and Mrs Janelle Cartwright.

Training
Each coach will advise training days and times. These may vary according to the availability of the courts in the Sacre Coeur Centre.
At present:
7/8 Boys train 6.15-7.30am Thursdays
7/8 Girls train 6.15-7.30am Tuesdays
U15 Girls train 3.15-4.30pm Tuesdays
U15 Boys train 8.15-5pm Thursdays
Open Boys train 5-6.30pm Tuesdays
Open Girls A train 6.15-7.30am Thursdays
Open Girls B train 4.15-5.30pm Tuesdays

Location
TBA

Uniform
Downlands College basketball uniform - supplied by the school - shirt & shorts

Costs
Nil - included in your all inclusive school fees

Further Competitions
Play in the Saints Club Competition in Term 2 & 3. The competition costs (ie. registration and games) will be met by the players. 

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Downlands College boasts a strong cricket program with 8 teams currently participating. Students have the opportunity to play in a variety of competitions (local and selected GPS schools), along with national and international tours.

Person in Charge
Mr Greg Convery
Cricket@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Independent Schools Cricket Festival - 20 - 22 January
Davis Shield Competition - First XI
Invitational matches

Seasons
Term 1 & 4

Teams, Coaches and
contact emails

TBC

Under 12 - White
Coach: Ben Waters
watersb@downlands.qld.edu.au

Under 14 - White
Coach: Stephen Koch
KochS@downlands.qld.edu.au

Under 14 - Gold
Coach: Steve Moyle
Steve.Moyle@twb.catholic.edu.au

Under 14 - Platinum
Coach: Pat Wagner
wagnerp@downlands.qld.edu.au

Under 16 - White
Coach: Ged Dowling
Ged.Dowling@cbre.com.au

Under 16 - Gold
Coach: Brendan Campbell
campbell.brendan@gmail.com

Under 16 - Platinum
Coach: Ben Wright
wrightb@downlands.qld.edu.au

Training


Location
varies - refer to Cricket Training schedule and Draw

Uniform
Downlands College cricket whites

Cost
Team registration is included in your all-inclusive school fees

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The Cross Country program at Downlands College allows those with a passion for running to build their general fitness whilst competing in regional competitions.

Person in Charge
Mr Trevor Vallely
CrossCountry@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Downlands College Interhouse Cross Country – April 
Darling Downs Championships (Boys and Girls) - May
CaSSSA Cross Country Carnival (Girls) - May 

Seasons
Term 1 - Term 3 for representatives

Teams Available
n/a

Coaches
Trevor Vallely and Pat Wagner

Training
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Possibly afternoons if required
6:00am - 7:00am

Location
Training: Main Oval
Interhouse Cross Country: Main Oval
CaSSSA: Ipswich
Other locations as required

Uniform
Downlands sports uniform

Cost
Nil.
Nomination fee required for Darling Downs Championships

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The Downlands College Equestrian program is continually expanding, with interest in the sport growing each year. Students have the opportunity to perform in regional and state events.

The program is open to both female and male students who have a passion for riding.

Person in Charge
Ms Merilyn Rohde
Equestrian@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Darling Downs Interschool Equestrian Championships

Seasons
For competition information see EFAQ interschool website

Teams Available
Downlands Equestrian Team

Location
Locations vary

Uniform
Downlands College blazer for unmounted presentation
Senior or junior school shirt and tie, College jumper, cream jodphurs. Riders may wear navy / French navy riding jacket (red vest optional) with white stock (Downlands stock may be available).
Stable work - Sports shirt, shorts / blue jeans and tracksuit

Cost
College saddlecloth - approx. $50
Ear covers if required - tba
All competition and stabling fees

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Downlands College Football gives students the opportunity to develop their skills in “the world game” whilst forming vital bonds with team members.

Football is a growing sport at the College, with teams available for both boys and girls and opportunities to be involved in International tours.

Person in Charge
Mr Chris McPherson
Football@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Competitions will usually be on a Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons, held at Downlands and other local Schools on Home/Away basis between other Toowoomba schools.
Bill Turner Cup (Boys) – April 
Bill Turner Cup (Girls) – April 
Red Lion Cup - August
Tours
Northern NSW 2017

Seasons
Terms 2/3

Teams Available
First XI - Boys
Second XI - Boys
9 / 10 Boys
7 / 8 Boys
First XI - Girls
Second XI – Girls
Junior Girls

Coaches
Mr Chris McPherson, Mr Tom Keenan, Mr Ian Watkins, Mr Wes Hick, Ms Laura Springborg, Ms Jessica Carroll

Training
Term 2 – Monday afternoons

Location
Downlands College and other various Toowoomba schools

Uniform
Downlands College Football Kit (available from Book Shop) shin pads etc

Cost
Team registration is included in your all inclusive school fees
Students must purchase their own playing uniform.

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Based on the success of previous years, Downlands College Futsal continues to grow. It is a favoured pastime for both boys and girls, with particular success among girl’s teams at the local, state and national level.
 

Person in Charge
Mr Chris McPherson
Futsal@downlands.qld.edu.au 

 
Important Carnivals
Boys Internal competition at Downlands Wednesday evenings Term 3
Girls Toowoomba Inter Schools competition Wednesday evenings Term 1
South West Queensland Schools Championships, state and national tournaments

 
Teams Available  
Yrs 7/8 – Girls/Boys
Yrs 9/10 Girls/Boys
Senior Girls/Boys

 
Coaches
Mr Chris McPherson, Mr Tom Keenan, Ms Laura Springborg

 
Training
Monday and Wednesday Afternoons, some early mornings (6.00am – 7.30 am)

 
Location
Downlands College Sports Centre

 
Uniform
Downlands football uniform, shoes and shinguards
Downlands College Futsal Uniform/ Sports Uniform for Juniors

 
Cost
Registration is included in your all-inclusive College fees.
Students must purchase their own playing uniform.

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The Girls Rugby Sevens program at Downlands is designed to foster the personal growth of all students who participate. There is a place for all in Downlands rugby, whatever one's level of skill. Honest endeavour and good sportsmanship is highly valued, commended and celebrated.  


Person in Charge
Ms Gillian Smith - MIC Rugby

Important Carnivals
In 2017, Downlands will field U14, U16 and U18 teams in the South-West Sevens Series competition. This competition is growing in both participant numbers and reputation and is well supported by other local schools and clubs.

Season
Term 4

Training
All training is conducted at Downlands after school on a day to be decided. Teams will be notified of their training times prior to the commencement of the season. Specific Rugby Sevens Skills Clinics and Workshops will also be organised in the second part of Term 3 and promoted to all girls.

Location
See the Downlands College Sport Facebook page for up to date information.

Uniform
Any student, male or female, who attends either home or away games is expected to be dressed in full winter uniform, including hat.

Sevens Players - Rugby jersey, shorts and socks. Mouthguard – compulsory. Headgear – optional.

Cost
Team registration is included in your College fees.

 

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Downlands College has enjoyed an enviable success on the netball court, having won a variety of regional and national school girl competitions. With 11 teams currently in action, there is plenty of room for girls of all skill levels.

Click to download the Netball Handbook

Person in Charge
Mrs Lynne Waters (Junior Netball) and Mrs Wendy McPherson (Senior Netball)
Netball@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals
Darling Downs Netball Carnival U15 & U19
Toowoomba Netball Association
QC Cup
QISSN
Merici-Chevalier Cup
Senior and Junior Vicki Wilson Cup
Invitational matches

Seasons
Terms 1, 2 & 3

Teams Available
First VII
Junior First VII
Cadets
15 Blue
15 Red
14 Blue
14 Red
13 Blue
13 Red
13 - 14 Yrs Interdistrict
Social Netball Competition (Downlands)

Coaches
Mrs Lynne Waters, Mr Ben Waters, Mrs Jo Hodal, Mrs Tania Poole, Ms Ashley Leighton, Ms Ellie Appleton, Ms Janelle Cartwright, Mr Paul Elbourne

Training
As per coaches direction

Location
QISSN: Boondal
Toowoomba Netball Association Games:
Nell. E. Robinson Courts, Ruthven St, Toowoomba (Saturday)
USQ, Clive Berghofer Centre (Wednesday Night)

Uniform
Senior Firsts – Firsts Netball Dress.
All other teams, Downlands Netball Dress.

Cost
Team registration is included in your all inclusive school fees.
Students must purchase their own playing uniform.
Tour costs will be met by the players.

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The Downlands rugby program is designed to foster the personal growth of all students who participate. There is a place for all in Downlands rugby, whatever one's level of skill. Honest endeavour is highly valued, commended and celebrated. 

Person in Charge
Mr David Wimmer - MIC Rugby

Mr Garrick Morgan - Director of Coaching

Rugby@downlands.qld.edu.au 

Important Carnivals 
John Elders Cup - April 2017
O'Callaghan Cup - September 2017

Seasons 
Terms 1, 2 and 3

Training 
All training is conducted at Downlands. Teams will be notified of their training times prior to the commencement of the season. 

Location 
See the Downlands College Sport Facebook page for up to date information. 

Uniform 
Any student, male or female, who attends either home or away games is expected to be dressed in full winter uniform, including hat. 

Players - Rugby jersey, shorts and socks. 

Cost 
Team registration is included in your College fees. 

 

Downlands Australian Rugby Representatives

Kevin Bourke OBE (Class of 38)

Bob Potter (Class of 58)

Chris Roche (Class of 75)

Tim Horan (Class of 87)

Brett Johnstone (Class of 87)

Brett Robinson (Class of 86)

Garrick Morgan (Class of 88)

Greg Holmes (Class of 00)

Serena Worsley (Wallaroos) (Class of 92)

Gene Fairbanks (Uncapped Wallaby) (Class of 99)

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The Downlands College swimming program has had a long and successful history of producing quality athletes. Participants often compete in both club and school competitions, providing them with opportunities to improve their skills in a variety of areas.

Person in Charge
Mr Stephen Koch
Swimming@downlands.qld.edu.au 

 
Important Carnivals
Interhouse Swimming Carnival, Milne Bay Pool - February 2017 

QCIS - February 2017 

Zone Swimming Trials (10-12 years) - February 2017

DD Swimming Trials - February 2017

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Tennis is a fun and athletic sport for students of all ages. 


Person in Charge 

TBA
Tennis@downlands.qld.edu.au 

Important Carnivals 
Sacre Coeur Shield - February 2017
QCIS

Seasons 
Pre-season training to commence mid Term 2
Carnivals held during Term 3 with the exception of the State Championships to be held early in Term 4

Training 
TBA

Location 
Training - Training will occur at the College 

Uniform 
Downlands College sports uniform. 
Players are to provide their own racquet.

Cost 
Nil. Included in College Fees.

Tennis coach, Mr Robert Williams, is available for private tennis lessons (group or individual) held at Downlands before and after school. Please click here to download Mr Williams contact and fees.

 

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Downlands competes in the Toowoomba Touch Association Junior and Winter seasons in addition to the regional and Queensland All Schools carnivals throughout the year. We value the opportunities that each competition provides in developing a foundation of skills in our junior players and further progressing player skills and abilities in our male and female senior students.
 

Person in Charge
Mrs Wendy McPherson
TouchFootball@downlands.qld.edu.au 

Important Carnivals
Junior Season Grand Finals – March-April

Winter Season begins – March

Scots PGC invitational carnival – July (Warwick)

South West All Schools carnival – August (Toowoomba)

QLD All Schools carnival – October (Brisbane)

Seasons 
TTA Winter Season (March – September): participate in regular weekly Saturday afternoon fixtures in the Ladies B Grade, C Grade, D Grade and E Grade competitions through Toowoomba Touch Association.

TTA Junior Season (October – March excluding school holidays): participate in regular weekly Wednesday night (U16) and Friday night (U14) fixtures in the junior boys and girls competition through Toowoomba Touch Association.

All Schools (late Term 2 – early Term 4): participate in carnivals only, in the lead up to the QLD All Schools Competitions. This includes the following teams – Open Boys, Open Girls, U15 Boys, and U15 Girls.

 
Teams Available  
Junior Summer Competition
U16 Girls Division 1 and 2
U14 Girls Division 1 and 2
U16 Boys Division 1and 2
U14 Boys Division 1 and 2

Ladies Winter Competition
Ladies B Grade - Gryphons (Open Girls)
Ladies C Grade
Ladies D Grade

All Schools Competition
Open Girls
U15 Girls
U13 Girls
Open Boys
U15 Boys
U13 Boys

Training
Training occurs on Strathmore Oval at Downlands College. Times vary depending on team/coach availability.

Location
TTA games are played at Kearney Spring

All schools games TBA

Uniform
Girls: College Touch singlet, royal blue bike pants / navy girls sport shorts (whole team must wear the same shorts)
Boys: College Touch T-shirt, navy rugby shorts

Cost
TTA competition - Registration is included in your College fees.
Students must purchase their own playing uniform.
Qld All Schools competition - nominal cost to cover transport, nomination, most meals, accommodation and incidentals.

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Volleyball is an exciting team sport for both spectators and competitors. The program at the College has grown over the past few years with participants growing each year.

 

Person in Charge

Mr Chris Skennerton
Volleyball@downlands.qld.edu.au

Important Carnivals

Toowoomba Volleyball Association competition
Schools Cup Competitions

Seasons

Semester 2
Terms 3 and 4

Teams Teams & Training Times for 2017

Belle’s Blue (Senior Girls) – Monday Afternoon, 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Belle’s Red (Senior Girls) – Monday Afternoon, 5:15pm to 6:14pm
Gryphon Gold (Senior Boys) – Wednesday Morning, 6am to 7:30am
Gryphon Red (Senior Boys) – Monday Afternoon, 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Gryphon Blue (Senior Boys) - Monday Afternoon, 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Jules Gold (Girls) – Monday Afternoon, 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Jules Red (Girls) – Thursday Morning, 6am to 7:30am
Jules Blue (Girls) – Thursday Morning, 6am to 7:30am
Chevaliers Gold (Junior Boys) – Wednesday Morning, 6am to 7:30am
Hearts Gold (Junior Girls) – Monday Afternoon, 4:15am to 5:15am
Hearts Red (Junior Girls) – Monday Afternoon, 4:15am to 5:15am
Heart Blue (Junior Girls) – Monday Afternoon, 4:15am to 5:15am

Coaches and Teams for 2017

Tamara Breeze – Belle’s Red (Senior Girls) & Jules Gold (Girls)
Michael Montafia – Gryphon Red (Senior Boys) & Gryphon Blue (Senior Boys)
Tanya Poole – Belle’s Blue (Senior Girls) & Jules Gold (Girls)
Simon Choice – Chevaliers Gold (Junior Boys) & Gryphon Gold (Senior Boys)
Anna Kemph – Jules Red (Girls)
Katie Wright – Heart Blue (Junior Girls)
Ben Waters – Hearts Gold (Junior Girls)
Bonnie Chandler – Jules Blue (Girls)
Ashleigh Fearby – Hearts Red (Junior Girls)

Location

Sacre Coure Centre 

Uniform

Downlands College volleyball uniform

Cost

TVA Competition - Registration is included in your College fees.
Students must purchase their own playing uniform and knee pads.