THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 5

Director of Sport Report

Legendary gridiron coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant said, “You never know how much a horse can pull until you put him under a heavy load.” Sport, if taught correctly can be a powerful tool in teaching boys what they really are capable of. For our Rowers these will be their toughest weeks of training. The final push before the taper into the big race will test them both mentally and physically.

Will the boys be exhausted? Yes, of course they will be but this is our opportunity as teachers and coaches to stand by them and teach them that the resilience and perseverance they learn transcends the boat or a playing field and permeates into all areas of their lives.

As part of our ‘whole-of-boy’ philosophy in Sport, we expect that the boys in the shed or on any of our teams work hard to maintain their study. We have put measures in place to ensure that the boys have the academic support required during these heavy training a competition periods in the academic calendar. I would expect that no boy is using sport as an excuse to not maintain his studies.

So, how much can these boys pull? I believe firmly that these boys have amazing capabilities when they are challenged. It is our role as a College and as parents, coaches and teachers to challenge them in all areas of their life as they move through their journey of ‘excellence’.

Watching our Senior crews row this weekend at the blank regatta at SIRC, I could only think of what an amazing learning experience these boys will have on offer to them over the coming weeks in their final preparation for the Head of the River.

As Daniel James Brown so elegantly states in the Rowing classic Boys in the Boat, “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you.” Rarely are boys given the opportunity anywhere in their lives to put their full character to the test.

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last Saturday saw a lot of wet weather forcing cancellations. Both Tennis and Cricket at Scots were called off.


Well done to both the 1sts and 2nds Basketball who had good wins at The King’s School. The 1sts came back from a loss during the week to Joeys to win 78-62 and the 2nds, continuing with a push for a premiership, won 68-50.

There were great results in the U13s with most of the teams having good wins. Well done to the 13Fs winning 40-4.


The 1sts played at King’s with Scots fielding for most of the day. Kings scored 240 in the first innings.

Ryan O’Beirne took 5/54 and Tom Griffin was 3/71. In reply, Scots are 3/72. Great results in U13s Cricket with all three teams having good wins.

Highlights for the round: 13Bs Tom Chandler scored 72 and Sam Andrews made 59. In the 16As Ben Ronson scored 61.


The Lions Den saw Scots taking on Trinity. Some of the 2nds Cricket boys got a run and pushed Trinity in the 3rds but Trinity were too strong, running away with the win 2-0. In the other games the 2nds lost 2-0 and the 1sts lost 3-0.

Water Polo

Well done to the 1sts winning 18-13 and the 2nds winning 8-3. This weekend if Scots are victorious, we will win our 2nd GPS Water Polo title in a row.

This weekend we play Cricket again against King’s in most fixtures and then Riverview in Tennis and Basketball.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster


Captain of Basketball, Remy Davis Warrington, was selected in the CIS Boys Basketball team. Well done Remy! A tremendous achievement.


Unfortunately the majority of games were washed out this weekend. Only a few games got on and boys competed well through difficult conditions.


The Swimming team competed at the Scots Invitational last Friday and placed in 40 of the 43 events with 21 first places. This Friday the team compete at South Harbour carnival.

Water Polo

Close and exciting internal games, with some great wins over St Aloysius and Knox. All teams showing good improvement.

Week ahead: In Round 4 fixtures we play Knox, Barker and Newington.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

The Scots College Sports Program will endeavour to teach and model leadership in all area's of preparation and competition. In the spirit of service, compassion and enjoyment of play, Scots Sport's Leadership through Teams vision enriches the College's Christian Mission and Educational Philosophy. The below details the process in which Captains of Sport and AAGPS Competition Team Captains are selected.

The Process

1. Students are made aware of the criteria and the process to be followed in the selection of leaders (Captain of Sport and Captain of AAGPS Competition Teams).

2. Head Coaches present their recommendation (short list) to the Senior Selection Panel (including Director of Sport, Senior Development Coordinator, Head Coach and Scots Sport Leadership).

3. Students vote by secret ballot for Captain of Sport and Captain of Team.

4. Votes are counted and discussed by Senior Selection Panel, in conjunction with Head Coaches recommendation.

5. Leadership Roles are presented to the Principal for final discussion and approval.

6. Sport Leaders are presented at Jersey Presentation Assembly.

Criteria - Team Captains

1. A student who exemplifies respect for his team, opposition and officials

2. A model student who understands and executes his role in the team

3. Demonstrates courage and determination in all contexts of play

4. Consistently demonstrates positive behaviours to encourage team unity

5. A Year 11 or 12 Student

Criteria - Sport Captain

1. A confident student, with a strong sense of identity, values and character.

2. A motivated and disciplined student, who is worthy of the respect of their peers and coaches.

3. A compassionate student, who encourages a sense of community in their sport.

4. A Thinking Sportsman, who encompasses a rich knowledge and perspective of their sport, whilst demonstrating the pursuit of academic excellence.

5. A Year 12 Student

I would like take this time to congratulate all the Summer Sport Leaders for their contribution to their respective programs and teams, wishing them all the best for the final weeks of competition.

Story of the Week (Senior Crews Prep for GPS)

The Senior Rowing squad escaped the wild Sydney weather on Saturday and competed in their final regatta at SIRC before the Head of the River in just under three weeks time. There were some great performances on the day and the manner in which each crew prepared and raced was fantastic to see as we draw closer to the main event. Across the Schoolboy segment of the regatta the crews finished with six podium finishes including another strong win the the 2nd IV, second place in the 1st and 2nd VIII and third place to the 1st IV, 3rd IV and 3rd VIII with the 1st IV and 3rd VIII finishing second out of the the GPS crews.

There is still plenty of work to be done and boat speed to gain across the next three weeks but all crews are in a good position at this time of the season.

That's a wrap for this week!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport