THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 7

In an article for the Sydney Morning Herald Peter FitzSimons writes about the two sayings that had stuck with him and have guided his life from his time being coached by Alan Jones. The two sayings were “do the work”, and “empty the pockets”.

FitzsSimons recalls, “The notion of doing the work was that before any test, physical or mental, and most particularly Test matches, if you’ve done the work, there is no need to be nervous as you will either triumph, or at least have no regrets that you could have done more to get there. As to emptying your pocket of excuses, the Jones notion was that in all fields of human endeavour, there will always be a voice whispering reasons to turn back, to give up, but you must resist. Push on. Empty your pockets of excuses, of all the very good reasons you have for failure, and just get on with it.”

Scots have had an outstanding Summer Sport season and one that is a testament to the amount of work done by our Directors in providing boys with the best sport development programs of any College. It is also an indication of the culture and work ethic that has developed amongst the boys.

A huge congratulations to both our 1sts Water Polo team and our 2nds Cricket team who have both secured premierships, and to our 2nds Tennis team who were undefeated in all trial and competition matches this season. Congratulations to our Rifle Shooting team who had another successful competition in Tasmania.

With only the Head of the River remaining, every 1sts and 2nds team in the College has finished in the top 3 of AAGPS competition.

For the boys representing the College this weekend at the Head of the River I encourage you take Jones’ advice. Have confidence that you have done the work. You come from a shed and a College that has given you the opportunity to succeed. We are all proud of you and look forward to your success. As Jones would say: “Get on with it!”

Scots to the fore!

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

A good final round of Sport to finish off a successful Summer Sport season. Good luck to our Rowers this weekend at the Head of the River.

A reminder that we have now started our Winter Sport training. Boys should be checking Schoolbox to ensure that they are at the correct training sessions.


It was a great final round of Cricket against Shore with both the 1sts and 2nds teams taking home victories. As a result, the 2nds Cricket has won the Premiership for the first time since 1996 and our 1sts Cricket has finished a respectable third overall.


A strong win for the 1sts this weekend against Shore secured a top three finish on the season. Strong performances were seen across all of the Junior teams as well. A narrow loss in the 2nds places them third overall. Great job!


Following a 5th set success against Barker College last weekend, our Summer Volleyball program have proved successful again with another 5th set success against Knox. I’m looking forward to the winter season with the boys steadily improving.

Rifle Shooting

Our Rifle Shooting team were successful again this year at the Tasmanian Championships. The team won a number of individual medals and were successful overall on the day. A full report to come.

Boys, looking forward to a strong Head of the River and the upcoming Winter Sport season.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster


Well done to: Kobe Banks, Hugh Green, Henry James and Oliver Rouse on selection in the NSWCIS AFL team to compete at the NSWPSSA Championships. CIS won NSWPSSA for first time ever last year so will be going for back to back championships.


There were pleasing performances across the Junior and Senior Prep teams on Saturday. The boys showed their enthusiasm on the court, with tremendous commitment displayed across all teams. The boys look forward to this Saturday’s games, with Senior Prep teams playing Barker and Junior Prep teams playing Cranbrook.


Excellent results against Cranbrook, Waverley and Barker over the weekend in Prep Cricket. It was great for boys to finally get some time out in the middle after a couple of weekends washed out. Match of the round went to the 5As who had a heart stopping tie against Barker at Lough Park in a game that could have gone either way in the final over. Well done to all cricketers


Our team performed exceptionally well and were the dominant school on the day. Our Senior and Junior Relay teams finished first and second respectively and numerous boys qualified for multiple events. This is testament to our students determined effort during training and professional attitude on the day. Congratulations to the following boys who have been selected to represent IPSHA at the NSWCIS Carnival on Thursday 23March: Charlie Hatton, Edward Johnstone, Harry Kyle, Michael Jenkins, Lucas Mitchelmore, Jake Scotts, Will Sork, Archie Taylor, Joshua Taylor, and Ben Wilsmore,


Great to get out on court on Saturday as the rain held off over the weekend. Fixtures against Waverley, Riverview, Barker, and King’s this weekend, with all colour squads on Macintyre courts at Scots.

Water Polo

The Year 3 boys continue to improve each week and will progress to the middle half of the pool for their final game this Saturday. The Year 4 boys are enjoying competitive internal games with some impressive skills in goals. The Senior boys (Years 5 and 6) played each other. In both games boys fought hard, especially in defence with the Senior B - White and Senior A - Sky Blue getting the edge over their opponents. Both Senior A teams had good wins over St Aloysius.

Week ahead: In Round 6 fixtures we play King’s, Barker and Cranbrook in a rare opportunity to utilise our Senior School grounds while Senior boys are at Head of the River.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

Winter Sport training (with the exception of Rowing) has begun this week. I was impressed that most boys turned up to training on Monday and Tuesday in proper uniform ready to begin their training.

At Scots we are focused on providing boys with the best development programs in sport. Your Directors, Junior Development Coordinators and Coaches are focused on the growth of every boy in the program. Boys, what we ask is that you match this level of commitment every training session.

There is no excuse for any boy to not be in proper uniform or to miss training sessions. All training sessions are posted on the Scots Sports website (, Schoolbox and if technology fails the Sports noticeboards outside of S101.

Story of the Week (2nds XI Premiership)

On Saturday the 2nd XI won a premiership after a close victory against Shore. Shore batted first and scored 138. Harrison Conygham bowled well with the figures of 4/27, supported by Will Harris with 2/15. This was a great effort in the field and the bowlers were backed up with some great fielding. Scots went into bat chasing 139 for a premiership.

At 5/70 things weren't looking good with the run chase. But Will Harris was elevated in the batting line up to bat with Mitchell Sciberras. The result was a magnificent partnership of 69 with Harris not out 31 and Sciberras not out 56.

A wonderful season after losing the very first game against Riverview. Well done to the team who were captained by Jack McCathie and vice captain Angus McGrath. The last Scots premiership was back in 1996 when Conrad Nixon coached the team.

That’s a wrap for this week.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport