THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 8

The most often question that I am asked is: “Why is it important for every boy to play sport?” There is a simple answer to this. Aside from the obvious physical and health benefits, sport is one of the areas in a school where we have the opportunity to teach boys to set challenging goals and realise through commitment that they are in control of their environment.

To quote one of my favorite writers, Henry David Thoreau “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

I would like to congratulate our Mr Robbie Williams and our entire Rowing Program for setting a high standard in our Boat Shed this season and teaching our boys the importance of setting challenging goals and then committing to obtaining them. There were some highs and some lows on Saturday at Head of the River, but I am confident that every Rower has walked away from the season having become a better and more resilient person as a result of their commitment to achieving them.

This week the entire Senior School competes at the House Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. This is an outstanding event and marks the beginning of the preparation for the upcoming AAGPS Athletics Championships. A huge thank you to our Director of Athletics and Cross Country Mr Matthew Williams for all of his hard work behind the scenes in planning and organizing this event.

Good luck to Mrs Michelle Fergusson and our Swimmers who take to the pool at the AAGPS Championships this Friday.

Good luck to all of our Year 12 students who begin their pre-trial exams next week. I am sure that the same work ethic that you have learned on the sporting field will transition to outstanding results on your exams.

Our boys are now in the transition from their Summer to Winter Sport. With the start of each new season comes a new opportunity to set training and competition goals. Boys, set the bar high; get stuck in and make the commitment and success will come to meet you.

Scots to the fore!

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was the Head of the River out at Penrith. The decision was made for the whole school to travel to support the Rowers on this big day. The conditions were average at best, so well done to the College on the support shown to our Rowers. Well done to the Junior 1st VIII and the 2nd IV on finishing third, and really well done to the 2nd VIII on rowing really well and finishing second. The conditions the boys had to row in were diabolical so well done to all boys who competed on the weekend.

This weekend sees trialling in Winter Sport as well as the House athletics carnival on Thursday.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Basketball

There were many games scheduled on indoor courts last Saturday. This meant that most games were on despite the rain. Ten of the 12 Senior Prep teams won against Barker (there was one draw and one loss). The most pleasing thing has been the improvement across all teams in both the Junior and Senior Prep Basketball teams. We look forward to the continuation of Summer Sport in Term 4.

Cricket

It certainly wasn’t the action packed six weeks of Cricket we were hoping for this term. Unfortunately, most teams played only two of the six rounds scheduled. However we did make some ground from a development perspective during practice and those who attended the additional skill sessions progressed even further. I am sure all of the bad luck with the weather is behind us and we can eagerly look forward to an uninterrupted six rounds of fixtures in Term 4.

Swimming

Good luck to our IPSHA Representatives who will compete at SOPAC in the NSWCIS Championships on Thursday 23March: Edward Johnstone,Harry Kyle, Charlie Hatton, Michael Jenkins, Lucas Mitchelmore, Jake Scotts, Will Sork, Archie Taylor, Joshua Taylor, and Ben Wilsmore.

Water Polo
A great finish to the Term 1 season. All Senior A and B teams were undefeated with great wins over Reddam, Waverley and Knox. The Senior Sky Blue team also remain undefeated. The Year 4 teams had a close game with the Pink team defeating the Green team 5-3 and the Year 3 teams drew 4-4.

Week ahead
Saturday was the final round of Summer Sport for Term 1 with Rounds 7 to 12 continuing in Term 4. This week we have our House Cross Country Carnival at Queens Park for all boys in Years 2 to 6. This is the selection for the Scots team to compete in the IPSHA carnival at King’s the following week. Winter Sport trials and practice commences next week and will be conducted in PDHPE and Sports Practice during Weeks 9 and 10.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

I would like to congratulate the following students on their selection in school representative teams:

AAGPS 1sts Basketball - Ted Ferguson and Ziggy Tosic

AAGPS 1sts Cricket - Zac Hersov and Ryan O’Beirne

NSW All Schools Water Polo - Joe Kospetas and Hugh O’Neill (Reserve)

AAGPS 1sts Tennis - Jack Goddard  
AAGPS 2nds Tennis - Christian Waked

NSW Athletics Team:

Cameron Fleming (2000m Steeplechase)

Hayden Fleming (2000m Steeplechase)

Ryan Lui (2000m Steeplechase)

Jack Freer (3000m Steeplechase)

Madison Weekes (3000m Steeplechase)

Trent Lindstrom (100m)

Charlie Burnett (110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles)

Tom Leslie (Shot Put)

Tom Yassmin (Shot Put)

Jack Lee (110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles)

Jasper Kloster (110m Hurdles)

Charlie Burgess-Hoar (110m Hurdles)

Darcy Clifton (Discus and Shot Put)

Hamish Dunstan (400m)

This is just recognition of each student's ambition, direction and passion for their individual sport and team. We wish them all the best in these representative fixtures.

Story of the Week (Year 10 1st VII)

The Year 10 1st VIII had an exceptional race at the Head of the River on Saturday. This crew only came together at January Camp in Taree with five boys finishing their time at Glengarry in Intake 2, they found themselves in a tough fight through the middle 1000m of the race. This crew needed to find something special and made a move, they found a gear and chased down the leading pack into the final 500m, they surged through Shore School, into 3rd place and kept fighting, they narrowly missed 2nd by 0.14 seconds and 1st place by a mere 2.5 seconds, however as a spectator this type of move and racing intent is what we have to look forward to from The Scots College Rowing Program. Well done Year 10 1st VIII!

That’s a wrap for this week.

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport