THE BACKPAGE #27

There is a section in Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon where he uses the performance of bullfighters to discuss his ideas of excellence. He notes that “there are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring.“

Boys will often hear me saying that there is no magic formula or special training program that will make them a great athlete. If there is a formula, it’s the combination of a lot of hard work over a long period of time.

Our Term 4 Mind Body Heart reports have been published on each boy's profile in Pipeline. The reports are a reflection of each boy's termly improvements in what we consider the most important components of fitness for achievement in Sport.

Please take the time to discuss these reports with your son. Ideally, boys should be seeing a steady improvement in all areas throughout the year and then using the information from the report to set goals to overcome their weaknesses.

The trends in our data are not surprising. Those boys who have shown the biggest commitment to training have seen the biggest improvements.

We have seen a steady increase in the number of junior athletes attending gym and sprint sessions this year. These sessions are open to all athletes of any age from any sport. All of the information about these sessions can be found on the Sport homepage on Schoolbox, under Mind Body Heart.

Like Hemingway’s description of the bullfighters, we look forward to watching our boys commit to their training over time to obtain their own excellence.

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last Saturday we played Riverview in most of our sporting fixtures. Well done to the 1st Basketball team on a good win at Riverview. The season is shaping up well with good trial form. The Under 15 team had excellent results across the board with Scots winning five of the six games.

The GPS Cricket season started and what a great game was played on the Main Oval, with the 1sts winning in a very close finish. Well done to Ryan O'Beirne (38) and Robbie MacLennan (3/21). Our 15Cs had a great match.

In Rowing, an excellent performance from Campbell Moore and Matthew Zylstra who made the A Division final in the GPS competition. Our Junior teams continue to display a high level of commitment to training at the shed. The Rowing season officially gets underway with a fantastic function at the Scots Boatshed on Saturday night.

In the pool Scots dominated the Water Polo by beating St Joseph's 16-5. Tennis again continues to improve on the re-surfaced Macintyre Courts, winning 13 of the 17 games played. A good result from our 14Bs with a strong 16-5 win.

Our Athletics team competed at Blacktown. A great performance by Jack Freer with a three second personal best in the 800m.

This weekend we play Sydney Grammar in Cricket, and King's in Basketball and Tennis.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Great results across the board for Prep Sport with lots of wins out at King's in the Cricket, some outstanding performance across the board for our Basketball and Water Polo teams competing at home and again some strong performances for our Tennis players. We have another big weekend of Sport coming up with our boys taking on Newington in Water Polo, Redlands in Basketball and Waverley in Cricket. Good luck to all of our boys this weekend.

The Week Ahead

This weekend sees another big round of fixtures. Follow our results this weekend on Twitter @ScotsSportLive.

That's a wrap for this week.