THE BACKPAGE #30

A friend recently gave me the book “The Boys in the Boat” claiming that it is an essential read for anyone involved in sport.   The book is the story of The University of Washington’s 1936 first VIII crew and their quest to represent the United States at the Olympics in a time when entire university crews were chosen to represent their country.  It is an exceptional story of how a group of underdogs managed to take on more elite crews from around the world, managing to defeat an impressive German crew in the process of winning the gold medal in Berlin.

The story is told through the eyes of Joe Rantz, a teenager who recounts the philosophies of their coach.  The story is an amazing lesson in the basics of building strong team cultures and focuses on three things:  trust in your team, commitment to your team and hard work.

On Saturday I had the opportunity to watch some outstanding tennis played by our 2nds team in their impressive win over a very strong and early season favorite Sydney Boys High team.  The entire tennis program has been committed to training hard as a team through the off-season.  Granted they show the same trust for their teammates and work ethic they displayed on Saturday, they should be a very tough team to beat when they take on Newington this weekend.

Later in the afternoon I received a call from our First VIII coach who was very excited about the improvement of the boys dropping their time from 6.10 to 5.56 in a single week.  I couldn’t help but reflect on “The Boys in the Boat” and the culture that is forming amongst our own crews. 

There are countless stories of teams overcoming all odds and doing things that no one though possible.  Boys, trust in your teammates and your coaches, commit to your training and work very hard and amazing outcomes will happen.

Scots to the Fore!

Graham Pattison, Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster
Another great weekend of weather and some good results across the fixture.

Basketball had the Raschke and Yeend Cup at Newington and Shore. The 1sts ended up coming 3rd and the 2nds ended up coming 2nd overall. Well done to the 14's Basketball who won 5 of the 6 games contested. Unfortunately the 14F's went down in a close game 19-16. Good games from Jordon Huang and Jasper McConaghy.

SBHS are very strong at Tennis and the 1sts went down 9-0. The 2nds however had a great win 5-4. A really good day for Tennis winning 13 of the 16 games. The 14's 15's and 16's winning all of the games against SBHS which is an incredible result.

The 1sts Cricket came off a good win last week and got to 210 runs against Newington. Zach Hersov making 93 and Ryan O'Beirne 34 and 3/15. The Newington 1sts are 3/71 in reply. The 2nds scored 188 and had Newington 1/7. Good batting from Jack Willis 61 and Angus McGrath 36. Two magnificent centuries in other games, with Tom Miller 109 in the 3rds and Shehan Sinnetamby 136 in the 15A's. 

The rowers were moving nicely out at SIRC in Penrith with the 1st VIII coming 3rd and the 2nd VIII coming 2nd. Good times by both crews with the 1st VIII rowing a 5.56 and the 2nd VIII not far behind with a 6.02.

Well done to the Athletes out at ES Marks with a really fast time by Maddison Weekes . Also Fergus Tuck is getting some really good results in the Javelin. Winning the event with a throw of some 33 metres.

Waterpolo had a good win vs Trinity in the firsts 16-10. Well done to the 14A's in a big win 18-2.

This weekend the GPS Basketball will kick off vs Newington and Cricket and Tennis both having games against them.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways
In 2017, the Scots Sport team are exploring a new process for student sport transfers that encourage a stronger sense on commitment and investment into a students sporting pathway and experience. 

The process will encompass an eligibility criteria, which will essentially provide specific windows of opportunity for a sports transfer, for example, at the end of Year 7, students will commit to their selections until the end of Glengarry.  A student will then recommit to their current or new sport for their senior years, using Glengarry as a platform for their senior years pathway. 

Director's will have formal meetings, where applications for transfers will be discussed within the criteria and eligibility of each application. The overall philosophy is centred around a students ongoing commitment to a sporting experience and pathway.  The Scots Sport Team looks forward to communicating the process and further details in the new year.
 
From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster
Prep sport concluded last Saturday. After 12 rounds, nine teams remained undefeated including teams from all sports and age groups. 11 others only lost one game. This reflects the excellent coaching programs in each sport as coordinated by our MIC of summer sports: Basketball - James Tracey, Cricket - Greg Clarence, Sailing - Nick Spencer, Tennis - Nikki McCathie and Water Polo - Elisha Smith.
 
The NSWCIS team is currently competing at the NSWPSSA Cricket Championships in Sutherland and so far are two from two. This includes James Bruce as CIS Manager and Convenor as well as our captain of cricket Henry Snyman.
 
This week we also hosted Trinity from Melbourne with Scots winning 3 of 4 sports and retaining the Cootes Watson Shield to make it six in a row.
 
This week is the final round of the House summer sport competition with final points going towards the J W Pearson Shield for House Competition to be announced on Speech Night.

The Week Ahead
A big Saturday ahead with Scots hosting the Regatta at our Boat Shed.  Good luck to our Basketballers who kick off their AAGPS Championship season and to all of other teams across all sports.

That's a wrap for this week.  Scots to the Fore!

Graham Pattison, Director of Sport