THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 6

2016 was the first year that the College ran a complete Volleyball program where boys from Year 7 through to Year 12 compete. Volleyball is the newest AAGPS Sport with the first premiership being awarded in 2003.

Scots Sport is dedicated to providing boys with the opportunity to commit to a sport over a long period of time. As part of this process we are committed to providing environments that promote “excellence” in sport.

Prior to 2016, the College offered Volleyball only to year 11 and 12 students. The students were often put into game environments where they were competing against boys who had been playing the sport since Year 7 or earlier. With this in mind, Volleyball Coordinator Claudia Brin hired New South Wales coach and Australian team member Dimitri Sidiropoulous with the aim of developing a coaching and training pathway from Year 7 to 12 with excellence at the forefront.

It was with great pleasure on Saturday afternoon that I had the opportunity to watch our 1sts Volleyball team take on Barker in the Lion’s Den. With exceptional play from both sides, the Scots team emerged victorious with some outstanding tactics in the fifth set.

This weekend is our last round of Summer Sport. I would like to congratulate Yvette Higgins and our 1sts Water Polo team who following Saturday’s match won their second straight AAGPS Water Polo Championships. Good luck to our boys this weekend as a number of our teams enter the final round still in contention for the Premiership.

Next week begins our formal training for the Winter Sport season. Our Sport Transfer Policy, now in it’s second year, is designed to give boys the opportunity to commit to their chosen sports over the long term. Like Volleyball, our leaders in each of our sports are dedicated to providing the best learning pathways. Boys, I look forward to seeing the results of this commitment.

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we had more wet weather effecting Sport across the Saturday.

The big news on the weekend was Water Polo. Well done to the 1sts team who won the GPS premiership for the second year in a row, beating Riverview by 11-6 in the final game. The 2nds also had a good win 14-3 over Cranbrook.

The only game of Cricket to get on was the 1st XI. Unfortunately, Scots went down to King’s. King’s made 241 and in reply Scots got bowled out for 150.

Like Cricket, Tennis was very wet and the only games getting on at all were the 1sts and 2nds, both of these having wins in rain shortened matches.

In Basketball, Scots hosted Riverview in the Lion’s Den. The premiership game in the 2nds was a nail bitter with Riverview getting up in the end by 51 to 48. This was a high quality game with everything on the line.

The 1sts had a good win, 96-60. Also, well done to the 13As who won 38-28.

In Rowing, our crews competed in the Gold Cup at Riverview. The 1st VIII narrowly lost to Shore in a great race. While rowing, the 1st VIII clipped King’s and rowed for the last part of the race with only seven rowers. In other races the 2nd VIII finished second, the 1st IV finished fifth, the 2nd IV came first, the 3rd IV were fourth and the 4th IV finished second. We wish the crews good luck as they finish up preparation for The Head of The River.

No Shooting and Sailing due to the weather.

Volleyball had a great result on the weekend beating Barker, a strong CAS team, by 3-2. Well done also to the 3rds who won 2-0.

Table Tennis had some mixed results with games versus Cranbrook, King’s and Riverview.

This weekend is the last weekend for Summer Sport before the Head of the River. Next week those boys not involved in Rowing will be starting Winter Sport so make sure boys have the correct gear and mouth guards ready for the start.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Good luck to our eight AFL reps who will travel to Canberra on Friday for the CIS trials.

Unfortunately all games were cancelled due to the rain on Saturday. The boys are looking forward to training on Wednesday, particularly with Shane Heal, and playing in the upcoming round of games.

The Swim team competed at South Harbour Carnival and it is clear to see the hard work at training is transferring into personal bests. Good luck to the Swim Team who compete at at the IPSHA Carnival at SOPAC on Tuesday.

Another weekend of rain has meant no tennis for a few weeks now, and the boys are looking forward to getting back on the courts this weekend. We have the 1sts travelling to play Knox, and the 2nds playing Riverview in Lane Cove, and our internal fixtures with Newington for all colour squads at Maccabi, Paddington.

Water Polo
The Junior boys continue to develop and learn new skills from each match. The Senior boys played hard against their opponents, Newington, Waverley and St Aloyisus. The Water Polo community is looking forward to the upcoming Gala day on Tuesday afternoon.

Week ahead: In Round 5 fixtures we play Riverview, Waverley, Knox and Shore

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

It’s that time of the year when Sports Transfers create a discussion between students, coaches, and parents. It can be a time where a student's commitment is encouraged, or perhaps even uncertain. Historically, students have retained the right to uproot and move to a variety of sport choices at their leisure. Moving forward, sports transfers will be underpinned by a narrative based on devotion and development.

The One, Two, Three Sport Transfer Policy inspires a bond with a sport, to strengthen the sense of team and studious skill development. At the conclusion of Year 7 (Under 13) Sport, students are gifted a window to re-evaluate their sporting selections. This decision will define their sporting alliance to the end of Year 9 (Glengarry). At this stage, students are once again granted an opportunity to refocus their commitment for their Senior years (Years 10 to 12).

The success of this philosophy is connected to the sideline conversations that will take place between a student and his trusted advisors. The vitality of this model encourages advisers to ‘buy into’ a long term athlete development model, as opposed to a short term focus that derives little outcome.

Story of the Week (1sts Volleyball)

With a squad of passionate staff and boys who are putting their bodies on the line it was an amazing performance over the weekend with almost three hours of Volleyball and five sets played our 1st IV open team defeated their highly fancied CAS competitors Barker College. Captain Xavier Lenoir, the only squad member to have played in the College 1st IV team, is leading by example and the passion he has for the game has transcribed to the newest members.

Setters Stanton Baker and Emlyn Evans were instrumental in the boys win – and with Outside hitters finding their mark, the team worked hard to ensure our chances were taken. Middle Andrew Pascarella was dominant with his blocks and the picks ups and passes from our back court players was impressive. Scots are the only GPS team in the Summer competition and the invaluable experience will hopefully inspire our Winter teams to not just compete but continue their love and passion for Volleyball in the AAGPS and CAS Combined competition. The 1st squad in the upcoming Winter season will be playing against 11 schools (including Barker) and with thanks to to Sport staff, coaches, parents and supporters this experience will see the Colleges program continue to flourish well into the future.

That’s a wrap for this week. I look forward to a great finish to the Summer Sport season.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport