The Back Page Term 1 Week 9

It has been an exciting week of Sport at the College, with plenty happening across all areas of the program. I would like to invite everyone from the College community to the Scots 7s event this Saturday. This is one of the highlights for Sport on the College calendar and with the level of teams playing this year looks to be another great day. 

I would like to congratulate our Director of Athletics and Cross Country, Mr Matthew Williams on running a successful House Athletics carnival last Thursday. The event held at Sydney Olympic Park was a huge success with every boy in the College having the opportunity to compete. Thank you to our Housemasters and teaching staff for all of your support on the day.

On Friday, our Swim team competed at the AAGPS Swimming Championships. Our boys had a great evening in the pool with some outstanding individual performances. Congratulations to our Junior team who were the class of the competition in winning the Junior title. A special thanks to Ms Michelle Ferguson for all of her efforts in preparing our boys and to Mr Peter Young, staff and all of the boys who came to support.

Saturday saw the first of our trials in the Senior School for the Winter Sports season. At Scots we are committed to providing a fair and thorough selection process for all boys. It was impressive to see the professionalism displayed across all venues. A reminder that Saturday Sport is compulsory for all Year 12 boys during pre-trial exams. Academic research suggests that exercising during exam periods is one of the keys to success. Boys should be prioritising their study by preparing a study timetable and using sport as a break from their study to keep them focused.

Monday and Tuesday next week is the first of our Mind Body Heart testing days for all Years 7 to 10 students. Boys will be run through a series of physical tests designed to give them an indication of their strengths and weaknesses. A report will be published on pipeline for parents and boys. This is an important part of our Sport program that gives boys, parents and coaches the information they need to give informed direction to our boys on how they can improve.

In the Prep School we have seen some outstanding performances. Congratulations to Mr Brent Wilsmore and our Swimmers who had a very successful NSWCIS swimming carnival and to Mr Nicholas Spencer who took a large team of Sailors to the Optimist State Championships at Lake Macquarie and had outstanding results.

As we move into the final week of the term I ask that all boys plan their holiday training wisely. Use the time off as an opportunity to improve fitness and prepare for the upcoming winter season. The Sport Department will be fully operational with plenty on offer for the boys. Take the opportunity to commit to your training and you will be rewarded with outstanding results this season.

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

A great weekend of Sport with Rugby, Football, Shooting, Cross Country and Volleyball all conducting trials.

Rugby was up at Christison Park and on the Scots main oval. Football was at Waverley Synthetic and Shooting was at Anzac Rifle Range, with Cross Country and Volleyball both at Scots. Across the board the trials were very productive with Directors getting a good idea of the talent in each Sport.

This weekend we have the Scots 7s tournament on Scots main oval with teams coming from Fiji, New Zealand and all over Australia.

Football and Shooting will be having more trials this weekend. Volleyball have fixtures against Waverley, Riverview and Newington. Cross Country compete at the Cranbrook invitational at Mutch Park.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster 

Well done to our Swimming Junior Relay Team (second place) and Senior Relay team (first place) at NSWCIS Championships on Thursday 23March

The House Cross Country Carnival was conducted on Wednesday 22 March at Queens Park and we have a very strong team selected to run at Kings in the IPSHA Carnival on Saturday 1 April.

Winter Sport Trials are being conducted in Week 9 and 10 with the first round of the IPSHA Competition on Saturday 30 April.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

Over the past two weeks, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has hosted March Madness, a tournament where the top 64 universities play in a knockout tournament. March Madness derives around $1 billion in media rights, advertising, ticket sales and corporate sponsorship.

Approximately 10 million viewers tune into March Madness over the three week event. Isaac Humphries, a former Scots boy now with the University of Kentucky played against Michael Jordan’s Alma Mater, North Carolina, in the Round of 8. Isaac had a career game scoring 12 points in clutch periods.

I encourage you to Google ‘Isaac Humphries University of Kentucky’ to catch up on all the media and hype around the tournament.

Story of the Week (GPS Champion Junior Swim Team)

Congratulations to our Junior Swim Team who were the class of the field at this year’s AAGPS Swimming Championship winning the GPS title for the first time since 2008. Well done boys!

That’s a wrap for this week

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport