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It is extremely exciting to see so many staff members express interest in their own personal fitness and wellbeing. Last week, 30 staff members registered for the Staff Wellbeing Program within an hour of receiving the email. This is an indicator that we are on to a good thing.  

The mobility/mindset session kicks off tomorrow morning at 6.30am, in Anderson Hall. It's pleasing to see that this session is nearly at capacity, there are a few spaces left. If you would like join click here to register. 

We have also managed to bring a few Scots families together on the weekend for an afternoon of table tennis at Maroubra Primary School. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Scots families and keep the kids busy on the weekend.   

Our team is dedicated to helping you focus on your Mind, Body and Heart. It is extremely rewarding to be able to offer the facilities and programs that have made our College a success on the Sporting field. We look forward to seeing more staff get on the wellbeing journey.  

Weekend Roundup

Scots Water Polo,  AAGPS Premiers 2016 

Congratulations to Yvette Higgins, Val Zele and their team of coaches who won 8-7 in an exciting match against Newington on Saturday morning, winning the 2016 AAGPS Premiership in Water Polo. Water Polo has certainly grown at the College under the direction of Yvette. With an emphasis on hard work in training, a focus on improved swimming fitness, combined with great coaching, it is now considered one of the most respected programs in the New South Wales. This Saturday, the boys certainly proved they are the finest in the AAGPS. 

Report from Val Zele (MIC of Water Polo)

Scots 1st secured the inaugural AAGPS Water Polo premiership, and is now on top of the combined AAGPS/CAS competition with 2 rounds remaining in the 2016 season. Whilst James Kolenda scored 7 goals and Ben Cochran 2 in a nail biting 9-8 win against Newington College it was a disciplined team effort and performance that got the win. Newington had far too many extra man plays but solid defence frustrated their attack forcing the shot.

In another close match our 2nd grade had a disappointing 6-7 loss. Scots started a little slow and allowed Newington a 3 goal advantage in the first quarter. Scots fought back with good attacking plays and field position but unfortunately did not take advantage of opportunities which resulted in the 1 goal loss. 

From the Acting Senior Sportsmaster, Ed White

Another Sunny day and another fantastic round of Fixtures with most teams playing The Kings School. I attended the matches at Kings and saw many teams wearing pink for the annual Pink Stumps day to raise money to help fight breast cancer. Well done to Libby Pattison and the rest of the Cricket Support group for doing a great job. Sam Heathwood in the 16A's had a great day taking 6/23 as his team dismissed Kings for 119.

In cricket our opens firsts are on 98 chasing Kings on 152 heading into the second day next Saturday.  They will be looking for some strong batting and an outright win to stay in contention to win their second straight Premiership.  In seconds, King's had a good first innings scoring 212.  We are 1/15 heading into the second day.

Seconds Tennis had a great day against King's.  This places them second overall in the table with just two matches remaining.  Let's get behind these boys as they go for 2nds Premiership.

Strong matches were seen across all age groups in basketball.  A strong performance was seen by our new year 7's winning a majority of games with an outstanding 36-29 win for the A's. Great Work!

From the Prep Sportsmaster Brent Wilsmore

More important than the excellent results achieved this week, it was great to see our boys having fun, doing their best, working as a team and displaying great sportsmanship. We are fortunate to have some exceptional Old Boys coaching in the Prep, who understand the Scots culture and this is being transferred to our Prep boys. This week we take on Knox in the majority of fixtures and will be a great test.

Our Swim Team set the standard in and out of the Pool at our Invitational Carnival on Friday. This week, they will compete at the South Harbour Carnival at Trinity. We sent two boys to the IPSHA basketball trials and both were selected and will now go to the the NSWCIS trials later this week. 

This Week in Sport

This weekend, most of our Tennis and Basketball teams will be up against St Josephs. The Rowing team is getting ready for The Head of the River with the Gold Cup at Riverview. Cricket will be looking for outright wins continuing to play Kings in the 2 day games and Water Polo need a win against Cranbrook to finish as combined GPS/CAS Champions.

With Winter Sport coming up soon Senior School Sports transfer forms are available from the Sports Office. These need to be filled out and returned to the Sports Office by Friday 26 February for that transfer to be approved.

That's a wrap for this week.  Looking forward to another great week of Scots Sport. 

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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