The Backpage Term 4 Week 4

Over the first two weeks of this term I have written about the importance of competitive sport in high school and the importance of sport in general for the development of boys.  All cultures throughout history, have rights of passage and celebration for the journey of a boy becoming a man.  The common thread with all of these is that they involve a process of a boy moving from being reliant on others and focused on themselves to being self-reliant and focused on their community.  

Scots seeks to cultivate a body of graduates who are well-rounded, successful men of faith and independent mind who influence their nation for the greater good and who strive to be worthy of their forefathers.  These are lofty goals, but one that needs to be taken into consideration when designing and implement policy and structures in sport.  

One of the great lessons that sport can teach boys on their own journey from boy to man is in committing through being part of a team on the greater good.  Opportunity exists in all sports to teach boys how to put their team, and their community first.  This week, I had the opportunity, with the Principal and our Senior Sportsmaster, Mr. White, to interview boys who had been selected through vote, by their peers, to represent our College as AAGPS sport captains.  Scots Sport is committed to providing fairness of process in how we are selecting our championship teams and our sport leadership.  Providing boys the opportunity to vote for the captain of their chosen sport is part of this process.  A reminder that all sport policy can be found on the Scots Sport Schoolbox landing page.

The boys who we interviewed were all outstanding and had a clear picture of what it takes to be successful in sport and more important the purpose of their role in developing and maintaining the character standards of their sport.

This week we will be interviewing potential captains of our non-AAGPS sports before making an announcement of captains to the College community.

Congratulations to our Cricket teams who had an outstanding start to their competitive season on Saturday, with the 1sts and 2nds both earning wins plus bonus points against Grammar.  The matches of the week this Saturday are our 1sts and 2nds Water Polo teams who will be playing against arch rivals Newington in what may ultimately decide the outcome of the AAGPS season.  Good luck to all of our boys this Saturday.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we took on Sydney Grammar in most fixtures. Cricket started the GPS competition with some great results. Well done to the 1sts and 2nds who both had outright victories. Also good victories to the three 14's teams.

Cricket Highlights

O'Donnell 3/7 1st XI

Wilkinson-Gill 46 2nd XI

Buchanan 3/17

Webster 4/10 3rd XI

Lapanatis 53

Elias 4/21 14A

Startton 56 14B

Cooke 3/9

Pillinger 51 14C

Basketball had some mixed results across the board with games vs Sydney Grammar. The best age groups being the 15's and 14's. The 1sts to 4ths went down in some close games.

On Friday the Sailing team had team Racing against Cranbrook, SBHS and a school from England. Well done to the 1sts who had a victory in the regatta. Also well done to the 2nds and 3rds who finished 3rd and 8th. Hugo Leeming and Marcus Podgornik getting best on the day. This good momentum carried forward to good results on Saturdays Fleet Racing.

Waterpolo kept on its winning way with wins in the 1sts and 2nds. This weekend we take on Newington which will be the battle of the GPS competition. We wish our Waterpolo boys best of luck in this big match.

Well done to the 3rds Volleyball who had a great win vs St Aloysius. The 1sts and 2nds went down in some good matches.

Shooting and Rowing continued training at Malabar and Gladesville. GPS Rowers competed out at Nepean in time trials. Some good results from the boys.

This weekend we have Newington and Sydney Boys High in most fixtures.


The boys are getting into the route of competing every weekend now, which enables them to improve their race finish. Last weekend we were out at Bankstown for the Treloar Shield round 3, where it was a very humid day for some quality athletics.

All the boys ran well and the other clubs are really noticing the frequency of seeing The Scots College vest, with even the commentator mentioning the superb presence of the college at all the athletics competitions, which is fantastic.

Luke Stammer ran a very strong race in the 400m, finishing in a personal best time of 53.91 seconds. This weekend we are back at SOPAC for the NSW relay championships, where we are competing in the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x1500m events.

We look forward to another great weekend of competing.

Mr. Matthew Williams Director of Athletics


The Scots Basketball Season continued Saturday with all teams taking on Grammar. Throughout the day we saw some great results across the program with a number of hard fought victories.

I personally got to see our Under 14’s and Open’s games and was very impressed with the sportsmanship and professionalism that our boys showed. It is very pleasing to see our boys representing the school, the program and their respective teams so highly.

Our Open’s teams did not have great success in the wins column although our mighty 5ths and 9ths managed to stay undefeated, with both teams coming away with a 9 point win. Special mention to Luke Gosper (5hts) and Tom Kuessner (9ths) for their MVP performances in these games.

The Under 14 age group once again showed their dominance winning 6 out of 8 games. The B’s, C’s and D’s got off to a slow start and trailed early on in their games however the determination and resilience shown by each boy and team helped these 3 teams come away with solid wins.

Our under 15 age group had a great day in the Lion’s Den winning all 6 games. Our A's prevailed in a close game by 2 points, with all other games decided by double figures showing that the training and hard work of these students is contributing to some high quality team basketball.

The stand out for the day was our Under 16 age group who managed to secure victory in the Under 16 B’s. These boys toughed out a 2 point win giving this age group their first win of the season. A special mention to this weeks MVP Hugh Shakesheff. Credit to the Under 16 Head Coach Jack Buckley, he has really invested his time and effort into helping these boys improve and that was definitely on display again on Saturday.

Good luck to all teams this coming weekend as we take on Sydney Boys High.

Mr Steve White - Director of Basketball

Senior Basketball

Opens basketball spent a lovely sunny day at Sydney Grammar on Saturday. Grammars skill prevailed seeing Opens Basketball have a tough day fighting for points however our 5ths had a great win 32 - 23 and our 9ths continued their winning streak with a 21 - 12 victory over SGS.

Unfortunately our 11th & 12th fixtures were cancelled due errors in the fixtures and a communication breakdown however teams will be ready for the upcoming games against Barker this Saturday.

A special mention must go to our 3rd and 4th teams who only narrowly went down in the last minutes of play and our 8ths who only went down by 1 point.

Congratulations to the following boys who got a coaches mention for their performances.

3rds - Jack Soepono

4ths - Hugh Collett

5ths - Luke Gosper

6ths - Galveston Ganambarr

7ths - Tom Lindstrom

8ths - Nat Brawley

9ths - Tom Kuessner

10ths - Josh Lenta

Ms. Grace Hamilton - Senior Coordinator of Basketball

Junior Basketball

Week 3 of basketball continued this past Saturday the 28th of October.

Our under 14 boys were once again away, this time they travelled to Darlinghurst to take on Grammar. The boys managed to win 6 of the 8 fixtures, with the B's, C's, and D's all coming away with character building close wins. Our 14A's continued their hot start to the season with a 12 point victory. Unfortunately our 14F's and H's went down by 13 and 14 points respectively. Through the first 3 weeks of the season, our under 14 boys have won a remarkable 22 of 24 games which is a credit to their application at trainings and willingness to be coached, keep it up boys.

The under 15 boys had a day out in the Den on Saturday, winning 6 out of 6 fixtures. Our A's prevailed in a close game by 2 points, with all other games decided by double figures. Great effort from all involved.

Our under 16 Glengarry boys once again showed up to Rose Bay with the right mindset, finally getting some reward for their effort. Up against a tough Grammar outfit, unfortunately our A's and D's went down by double figures, with our C's fighting hard but going down by 2 points. Luckily, our 16B's saved the day with a team of the week performance, getting the W by 2 points. With a Herculean effort from the man in the middle and MVP Hugh Shakesheff, these boys toughed out a 2 point win giving this age group their first win of the season. As we continue to stress to these boys, their success is based on their attitude and effort not the end result, Saturday was another big tick for all boys. Credit to their coach Jack Buckley also, he has really invested his time and effort into helping these boys improve and that was on display again on Saturday.

Reminder to all boys that junior drop in skills are on every Monday morning from 6:30-8am. Under 16 boys may also attend senior drop in's on Wednesday morning. All boys are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions regardless of skill level or team.

Looking forward to another productive week at training for all age groups, ahead of our upcoming fixtures against High.

Mr. Luke Cooper - Junior Development Coordinator


Round 1 of the GPS was a very successful one for the Scots Cricket program, with all 4 senior teams that played on the weekend victorious against Sydney Grammar, and our Junior teams being successful in a number of their matches.

The 1st and 2nd XI teams were both able to take maximum points out of their respective matches after chasing down the totals set by Sydney Grammar in less than 25 overs. The 1st XI team chased down Grammars total of 68 for the loss of 3 wickets, whilst the 2nd XI chased down their opponents total of 112 for the loss of only 2 wickets.

The 3rd XI - 7/162 defeated Sydney Grammar 47, whilst our 4th XI were also successful posting 68 after restricting Grammar to 6/67 off their allotted overs. The 14A’s and 14B’s were also successful in their matches against Sydney Grammar on the weekend.

Notable performances for the weekend included:

Bayley Webster - 4/10

James Elias – 4/21

Will O'Donnell - 3/7

Thomas Cooke – 3/9

Matt Buchanan - 3/17

Samuel Buchanan - 3/26

John Stratton - 56

Phillip Lapanaitis - 53

Benjamin Pillinger - 51

Henry Wilkinson-Gill - 34

Alec Bathgate - 32

Tony Loewensohn - 32

Good luck to all boys for Round 2 of the GPS competition against Newington next week

Mr. Ben Sawyer - Director of Cricket

Senior Cricket
Round 1 of the GPS was a very successful one for the Scots Senior Cricket program, with all 4 teams that played on the weekend victorious against Sydney Grammar.

The 1st and 2nd XI teams were both able to take maximum points out of their respective matches after chasing down the totals set by Sydney Grammar in less than 25 overs. The 1st XI team chased down Grammars total of 68 for the loss of 3 wickets, whilst the 2nd XI chased down their opponents total of 112 for the loss of only 2 wickets.

The 3rd XI - 7/162 defeated Sydney Grammar 47, whilst our 4th XI were also successful posting 68 after restricting Grammar to 6/67 off their allotted overs.

Notable performances for the weekend included:

Bayley Webster - 4/10

Will O'Donnell - 3/7

Matt Buchanan - 3/17

Fred Tricks - 2/0

Jack Ricci - 2/1

Mitchell Sciberras - 2/4

Campbell Pert - 2/21

Phillip Lapanaitis - 53

Henry Wilkinson-Gill - 34

Alec Bathgate - 32

Tony Loewensohn - 32

Junior Cricket

A beautiful day for cricket as the season proper commenced last Saturday with a full round against Sydney Grammar:

16As Scots 64 defeated by Grammar 1/65.

This match was moved to Christison Park as the turf wicket at Reg Bartley Oval was unplayable. Grammar proved to strong for this age group decimated by a loss of some talented cricketers to Glengarry. The Scots boys continued to play with a smile on their face. Michael Frino top scoring with 24 and Aaron Dominelli recovering from a last match duck to score an impressive 15.

15As Grammar 8/188 defeated Scots 5/150

The Scots players came up against a Grammar team laden with rep players. They started well restricting Grammar to 5/60 off the first 16 with Ed Shelbourne taking two wickets but a few Grammar bats got in and on the small ground scored freely. Lachlan Reynolds topped scored in the chase with an excellent 45. these two teams will have some colossal  battles over the next few seasons.

15Bs Grammar 4/188 defeated Scots 52

Firstly the boys will need to work on their high catching with at least six catches going down. Then they will need to work on defending the full straight ball and punishing the short wide ones.

14As Grammar 99 defeated by Scots 4/103

Another very tight bowling display set up this convincing victory.  Xander Robertson bowled 6 overs 1/3 and then James Ellias took 4/21. They were well supported by the spinners again with Henry Snyman taking another two for 12.  Scots `ran down the total with a couple of overs to spare. Angus Williams relishing an opportunity in the top order to score 27 with Snyman 22 and Taylor 18 chipping in as well.  I am looking forward to seeing how this team adapts to 2 Day cricket where they will need to bat for 65 overs.

14Bs Scots 7/145 defeated Grammar 68

Another fine innings by Johnny Stratton who scored 56, well supported by Hamish Jones with 27. Thomas Cooke 3/9 and Jude O'Driscoll 2/9 returned the best bowling figures

14Cs Scots 6/119 defeated by Grammar 4/120

The Scots innings was dominated by Ben Pillinger who topped scored with a very good 51. Despite some good bowling led by Sam Buchanan (3/26) Scots were unable to halt Grammar. A good competitive game between two fairly evenly matched teams.

This weekend our A teams take on Newington in the first two day fixtures for the season while our B and C teams continue to play 32 over a side cricket against Sydney High.

Mr. Brett Cranfield - Junior Development Coordinator


Another week of hard training under our boys belts. The Senior GPS Scullers raced, and the boys raced hard. The scullers took on the challenge of a tough day of racing at the NSWIS Time Trail and came out stronger. They demonstrated not just what they were made of, but the potential they possess.

Performance of the day: Noah Jenkinson, the top performing Scots Rower in the NSWIS Time Trail by 30 seconds. Well done Noah.

There is no denying that we are the underdogs for the season, but they don’t know our boys: We have some pure athletes, raw talent, genuine strength. We are the underdogs and we are excited about it. We will train hard, and we will grow as both as individuals and as team.

The season has only just started and our boys have what it takes.

Scots to the Fore

Mr. Michael Probert - Senior Coordinator of Rowing

Over the past week Scots hosted The Hospital School from Britain.

On Tuesday the Scots 1st team had an intensive day of training with the visiting school. There was great breeze all day on Sydney Harbour and both schools enjoyed a challenging day of drills and racing. The long day on the water provided the perfect platform for members of both schools to get to know one another.

On Wednesday afternoon Scots reached out to its sailing network and placed staff and students of The Hospital School on Yachts for a twilight sailing session.

Thursday was the first real opportunity for Scots and The Hospital School to race one another at the CYC in Elliot 7 yachts. Hugo Stoner and his crew won the regatta with Hospital School teams placing 2nd and 3rd. After the event a dinner was hosted at the CYC with members of the Hospital School Old Boys community coming down and meeting members of the Scots Sailing community.

On Friday Scots hosted the Arthur Phillip Cup Teams Racing Regatta at WSC. Teams from Cranbrook, Sydney Boys High, Ascham, The Hospital School and Scots competed. The Scots 1 team won the regatta without loosing a single race, this achievement was impressive as The Hospital School team had raced schools all along the east coast of Australia and had not lost a single race until competing against Scots.

The Hospital School team placed 2nd and Scots 2 finished a very impressive 3rd. After the regatta members of the Scots teams presented their English counterparts with a singed bib and Scots hats as a memento of their time spent together. This week provided Scots with a great relationship and pathway into the European Sailing scene.  

Mr. Beau Junk - Director of Sailing

Senior Tennis
Continuing the current theme of achieving their “process goals” during their matches, the Firsts dominated Grammar with a convincing win of 9 matches to 0. All players executed their planned tactics or focused on their technical changes (that they are working on with their coaches) sufficiently well to go through the afternoon without dropping a set. While Ethan Waked and Jack Goddard won their singles 6-0, 6-0, the highlight of the day was Christian Waked who also won 6-0, 6-0 but did so serving and volleying every point on serve and finishing at the net at all return opportunities.

The Seconds started strong against Grammar, winning all three doubles matches in straight sets. This pushed us into a strong position to start the singles. Going from there, the boys had mixed results in their time on court. Thomas O’Dea was incomplete when running out of time when he pushed his match to a third set. Charlie Thompson came back from 5-2 down in the second set to win that set 7-6 winning in straight sets. A great effort there and a most impressive effort from Maliq Reed, who won his match not dropping a game to win 6-0, 6-0.

It was a challenging day, however,  for the 3rds to 6ths, with only the the 6ths coming away with a win against a strong Grammar contingent. Special mentions to Jesse Williams (Yr 12) and  Will Muddle (Yr 11) who both won their singles matches 6-0. The 7ths had another successful weekend and are proving to be a strong team in the Seniors cohort, and the 8ths followed suit winning 4 of their 6 matches. The focus this week will be on solid training sessions and teamwork leading into next weekend.

Ms. Lauren Harvey - Senior Coordinator of Tennis

Junior Tennis
The U14’s had a tough day at Scots Macintyre courts Saturday morning. Whilst the A’s won 4 sets to 2, the B’s, C’s and D’s lost 5-1, 6-0 and 6-0 respectively. A good effort from Marcus Nguyen and Josh Wolfe, winning their doubles in a tiebreak 6-5. Better luck to the rest of the teams this weekend coming.

The U15’s fared better as a year, starting with the A’s and B’s at Weigall Park. Both teams won their fixtures winning 4-2 and 5-1 respectively. Well done to Riley Donovan and Barnaby Hanning who won both their singles and doubles in convincing manner.

The C’s had a hard time vs Grammar, going down 1-5, but the D’s helped them out by coming away with a hard fought 4 matches to 2 win.

The E’s and F’s played Grammar also and narrowly went down by just 2 games as a combined result. A great effort by the whole squad.

The U16 A’s had a tough time against Grammar at Eastcourts, going down 5 sets to 1. Well done to Max Alcott and Will Booth who came through in their doubles 6-5. The B’s and C’s fared better in winning 4-2 and 6-0 respectively. A solid effort there.

The D’s struggled against Grammar this week, going down 1 set to 4. Better luck next week boys.

Mr. Ryan Brims - Junior Development Coordinator


Our second fixture for Volleyball, saw our teams playing St Aloysius at SAC. With a third of the squad being newly announced as senior prefects’ teams continued to demonstrate core values of leadership and commitment.

3rds- again had an emphatic win to challenge for the victory after narrowly losing the first set. Ronnie Wilson was again the star of the yr. 10 team

2nds- battled hard and were unlucky to lose 2 sets to 1, with Rory Ali, Jaymes Banning and Campbell Slater having solid games

1sts- were highly competitive and with the debutants starting to understand the game, the 1sts were very narrowly defeated by 2 points in each set. James Cochran had an impressive service run, while Chester Burns had a solid game through the middle. Outside hitter Oscar Lawand continued to let lose with some deceive spikes.

With trainings recommencing on Tuesdays at 6.30amand sport periods for yr. 10, we are confident the teams will further develop their skills and general game play.

Parents and Volleyball players are reminded to check School box for variations in trainings and the for the full summer season fixtures.

We host Cranbrook on Saturday 4th November, with Trinity the following week also in the Den.

Mrs. C Brin - Coordinator of Volleyball


With some fantastic goals and saves, our Open teams produced good results in the season's second fixture against St Josephs College.

The 1sts won 13-9 in a very tough game with the whole team stepping up in the last quarter. Going into the final 10 minutes only one goal separated the teams, again intensive swim training and fitness gave us the edge to win by the 4 gaols margin. Our 2nds had great win 8-4 and 3rds drew 10-10.

The 16As, without a couple of key players, challenged a well-drilled St Josephs’ team and went down 2-8 at the end. 16Bs also had a very tough game, going down to 3-13.

The 15s team, our talented team led by Arthur Donaldson, had the best win this round 12-4.

Results 2nd Round AAGPS/CAS Water Polo Competition

1st Scots-St. Joeys 13-9

2nds Scots-St. Joeys 8-4

3rd Scots-St. Joeys 10-10

16A Scots-St. Joeys 2-8

16BScots-St. Joeys 3-13

15 Scots-St. Joeys 12-4

14A Scots-St. Joeys 6-7

14B Scots-St. Joeys 20-2

Mr. Vedran Cirkovic

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

At the sports convenors AGM this week there was discussion about the disparity in ability of teams and that it is unfair to play Scots who are performing significantly better than the others. Rather than lower the bar of expectation it was proposed that schools need to take responsibility to improve the development pathways for boys and to strive to emulate the programs offered at Scots. This was a great acknowledgement of how far we have come and how successful we are. Highlighting this was the success of our Year 3 basketball teams playing in their first season of basketball in the Year 4 competition to provide a greater challenge. This week in Round 10 Fixtures we play Knox, Barker and Kings in the cricket; Redlands, Barker and Trinity in Basketball; Newington and Waverley in Water Polo and Knox and St Aloysius in the tennis.

This week saw the playing of the Battlers Cup, both parents and boys involved had a great day with the tennis on display of a very high standard. A special mention must also go to both our B and C Gold teams who made the most of the opportunity to play internal matches and showed significant development of skills as a result of their diligent efforts.  

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Tennis Coordinator

Round 9 was a strong weekend of Water Polo. The Junior Boys played competitive internal matches. Some great team-work and goals were scored. The Senior Boys had excellent wins with outstanding performances against Knox, St Aloysius and Reddam. All boys are working hard trying to improve on their skills and game play. This sets us up nicely for the last 3 rounds of the season.

Ms Elisha Smith

Preparatory Water Polo Coordinator

Some outstanding performances once again from Prep Cricket teams over the weekend. We have a few undefeated teams going into the last 3 Rounds which is exciting for those boys involved. Hopefully the weather can hold off so our young cricketers can get out there and put their hard work from practice into action!  

Mr Greg Clarence

Preparatory Cricket Coordinator

Round 9 saw some exciting games being contested across Junior and Senior Prep. The Prep 1sts had a solid win against St Pius. The 2nds and 4ths both lost by 1 point. It’s great for the boys to compete in these close contests, as they learn from these experiences. The Junior Prep Year 4As and Senior Prep 3rds, 5ths, 7ths and 8ths are currently undefeated heading into the last 3 rounds. Good luck to all teams this Saturday.

Mr James Tracey

Preparatory Basketball Coordinator

From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Pathway & Head of PDHPE

This year the Mind Body Heart team has focused on emphasising the importance of recovery. This is a critical yet overlooked element of improving performance and making progress. Very often eager athletes want to continue to increase intensity, volume and frequency of training in their desire to make progress, however quality recovery is just as important as quality stimulus. It is essential that athletes take their recovery protocols seriously and embed this in their schedule. Quality recovery refers to nutrition, hydration, rest and regeneration practices like self myofascial release, trigger point therapy and stretching.

The Mind Body Heart Pathway regularly incorporates educational seminars and workshops designed to upskill athletes in these areas as well as provide regular sessions targeting developing flexibility and improving recovery. I would like to encourage athletes to attend these sessions and integrate them as part of their weekly routine. These ‘Regeneration’ sessions are run every lunchtime excluding Wednesday. These sessions are a must for anyone wanting to perform better, reduce the chance of injury and improve movement.

Please remember to register using the MBH App.

Story of The Week - Old Boys Rugby News

Last week Scots had two major highlights in Rugby.

The first occurred with the World Barbarians taking on the Classic Wallabies at Lismore.

In the Barbarians team were none other six Scots Old Boys in Theo Strang, Max Girdler, Jack Maddocks, Dave Horwitz, Sam Carter and Andrew Kellaway.

Also Brett Wellington, who is currently in Year 12 at the College became the youngest player ever to play in a Barbarians game. The game was very close with the Barbarians just winning 27-24.

The second highlight for the week was the naming of Jack Maddocks in the Wallabies squad to tour Japan and the UK on the Spring Tour. Jack was playing 3rd XV for Scots only a few years ago, before heading down the road to Easts Rugby to play 1st Grade and then later joining the Melbourne Rebels. Jack was an amazing cricketer at school as well, representing the 1st XI for 2 years. We wish Jack all the best on the tour.

Brett Wellington (pictured above)

Jack Maddocks  (pictured above)

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport