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Mohammed Ali famously said: "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses... in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."

I would like to congratulate Brian Smith and the Rugby program in winning the AAGPS Premiership in front of a huge home crowd on Saturday. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the entire Scots community who have been involved away from the witnesses in ensuring that our boys are well prepared and have what they need to compete at this level.
 
This week brings the second of the big Sport weekends and concludes the Winter Sport season. Our teams compete at Riverview on Saturday, and we have three teams in the hunt for their own Premierships.

Our Cross Country team races at North Ryde Common at 11:00am. Entering the final race narrowly in 2nd position, they will need every bit of support they can get. Thank you in advance to our 1st XV for volunteering to come support.

2nd XI Football kicks off at 12:00pm at Riverview. A win for them guarantees a Premiership. This would be the first 2nd XI Football Premiership ever for Scots.

2nd XV Rugby kicks off at 2:00pm in what will be a Grand Final against Riverview to determine the Premiership, something that Scots hasn't won since 1979. A dual 1st/2nd XV Premiership in Rugby has never happened in our College's history.

My message to the boys in lasts week's assembly was that they are at Scots in a great era of Sport. I expect to see our College out with the same numbers and backing we saw this weekend to help these teams across the line.

Scots to the fore!

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The Staff Wellbeing program is going well, with increases in all areas each week. Mobility/Mindset sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at6.30am. There is no need to sign up for these sessions.

Senior Sport
From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster
Looking forward to a big Saturday to cap off the season. Good luck to all boys and a huge thank you to all coaches and staff who have made the Winter season such a success yet again.
 
Cross Country
Our Cross Country boys ran strong as a team to keep their Premiership hopes alive going into the final race of the season. The boys finished with 11 runners in the top 20 of the GPS but narrowly missed the win against GPS leaders SBHS. Only 8 points separate the teams after 8 of 9 races. Our boys will be up for the challenge as they take them on this weekend. Highlight performance was Tom Snell finishing in the top 10 for the first time.

Rugby
A great result for the 1st XV, winning their fourth straight Premiership - this one outright. Congratulations as well to our 13Bs who had a great match winning 22-12, with Tom Scott as the Man of the Match. Our 16Cs came away with a win 22-19, with Toby Stratton as Man of the Match. Our 2nd XV will go after the Premiership this Saturday. Good luck to all of our teams against Riverview.

Football
Due to wet conditions, all Football was cancelled. Our 1st and 2nd XI played SBHS last night at Hensley. Both teams won, giving our 2nd XI a chance for a Premiership against Riverview on Saturday. Good luck boys!

Volleyball
Our 14s Volleyball teams continue to shine with strong wins against Grammar. James Underhill was Man of the Match for the As and Tristan Kerkmez took home Man of the Match for the Bs.
  
Prep Sport
On Thursday we held our House Athletics Carnival at SOPAC. It was a great day with excellent spirit on display. Palmer were awarded House Spirit Champions, and Edyvean won the House Championship. We also tracked significant improvement going from trials to the House Carnival. Even in wet conditions, 78% of all entries recorded improved results, highlighting the boys' efforts.
 
The Athletics team was selected and has started training as a team eachMonday and Wednesday morning in preparation for the representative Athletics season. This weekend the team will compete in the Newington Invitational Carnival at SOPAC Warm Up Arena.
 
Last weekend was our last round of Winter Sport. While many fixtures were washed out we still managed to get some games in. Of course, while many parents weren't too excited about spectating in the rain, the boys certainly enjoyed the opportunity to play in wet conditions. This included many of our teams going for an undefeated season with all recording wins. Congratulations to the following teams on their undefeated seasons:
 
Rugby - 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B, 2nd XV
Football - 1st XI.
 
Over the next two weeks all boys in Years 3-6 will participate in the Winter (Rugby/Football) House Sport Carnival during sports practice time.
 
This Week in Sport
Good luck to our Rugby, Football and Cross Country teams this Saturday as they go after securing Premierships. I look forward to seeing you all at Riverview.

Thats a wrap for this week!

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport