One of the great things about sport is that the team that with the best players doesn’t always win.  Legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach won 7 NBA titles without ever having a scorer within the top 10 of the league.  As part of his philosophy he popularised the concept of the “role player” and the “sixth” man and would famously say to his teams “Individual honours are nice, but no Celtic will ever go out of his way to achieve them.”

One of the great lessons that can be taken from sport is the value and importance of teams.  Sport can be used as a model to teach boys that the meshing of efforts into a team format puts the pieces of the puzzle together to create an environment of success.  They learn how the importance of the team supersedes the recognition of individual accomplishments and that by working together as part of a group with a common goal, things can be accomplished that otherwise would not be possible.

It was great to see a number of our summer sports teams starting to put the pieces together in the early part of the season.  Our seconds Cricket being the standout with a great team effort by the entire community of coaches, parents and players on their first day against Sydney Grammar school to open up a big lead and our seconds tennis team playing exceptionally together to win both doubles and all singles to take a solid pre-season victory against King’s.

Parents, whatever team your son is playing for, one of the best lessons that you can teach is the importance of his commitment to that team.  Boys, as we prepare for another big Saturday of sport, commit to your team by working hard in training and turn up on the weekend prepared to commit to a common goal.

To sum this up I note one of my favourite Auerbach quotes “They said you have to use your five best players but I found you win with the five who work together best.”

Scots to the Fore!

Graham Pattison, Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Another beautiful day for sport last weekend with most games vs TKS and Sydney Grammar.

The Opens basketball had excellent results against Kings. The 1sts and 2nds having really good wins 79-49 and 64-25. Great win in the 15F's with a close game 22-20.

Waterpolo results were amazing with the 1sts winning 25-5 and 2nds winning 20-1 against Barker at Knox pool. The 15's having a great game with Barker finishing in an 8 all draw.

In cricket the 1sts and 2nds got off to a great start in their 2 day games against Grammar. The 1st XI bowled Grammar out for 223 and are 0/45 at stumps. The 2nd XI bowled Grammar out for 134 and are 2 for 98 at stumps, with James Clemesha on 48*. Well done to the 3rds on a big score of 260, with Max Cotton on 66. Congratulations to Mitchell Sciberras on the figures of 6 for 17 in the 16A's cricket and also Sam Heathwood 6-61 in 15A's.

Tennis are continuing to improve week by week. Really good results in the Opens with victories from 2nds to 6ths. Also great result by the 15C and 15D winning 6-0.
Well done to Jack Goddard who finished 4th and Kiran Richards who finished 11th in the Top 6 event held at The Kings School.

Rowing was difficult with big winds on the water. Mr Robbie Williams had some of his crews training with a tough iron man event using the Scots pool.
Windy conditions as well at Malabar as our shooters practised on the range. 

This weekend we take on Sydney Grammar in most events.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

In recent weeks, the Sports Team has reviewed the principles and processes in which Scots AAGPS Competition teams (1sts & 2nds) are selected. Scots Sport will strive to provide a selection process that endeavours to create a consistent, transparent and a strategic approach to team selections. Staff, students and parents can locate the 2016/17 AAGPS Competition Teams Sport Selection Policy on the Scots Sport Schoolbox page. It's important that staff have a thorough understanding of this process, to further support the ongoing dialogue with parents and students alike. 

Scots Senior Students spend significant time with their teams, coaches and programs. Outside of major GPS competitions, opportunities are limited to have our senior teams together as a Scots Sport collective. With a soft opening, S101 is transformed into the Senior Locker Room on Friday's from 3pm-5pm for our student's to come together leading into their GPS fixtures. Given the captive audience, it provides scope to deliver motivational, leadership and educational material. This strategy compliments the ongoing physiological and team related preparation moving into the Saturday fixtures. 

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

In Round 10 we played Waverley, Knox, Redlands and Cranbrook and the Prep achieved some exceptional results. Of note was every A team in all sports and all age groups recorded wins. A significant number of our teams remain undefeated with two round to go. Our swimmers competed at the Trinity Invitational and our team dominated, concluding with a new record in the senior relay.

This week we play Knox, Newington, Grammar and Shore in Round 11 games. We also start our summer House sport competition which will run over the next 2 weeks.

The Week Ahead
Senior boys, join in as part of the Scots Sport team at this week's senior locker room.  Good luck to our senior teams as we take on Sydney Grammar and Newington and to our Prep school as we take on Knox, Newington, Grammar and Shore.

That's a wrap for this week.  Scots to the Fore!
Graham Pattison, Director of Sport