The Backpage Term 4 Week 7

During the Principal’s address at this week’s  Summer Sport Assembly, he mentioned that one of the biggest changes he has seen in Sport in his time at Scots is that our teams now expect to be successful in competition. A change in mindset from comparing ourselves negatively to our competition, where we once believed that we were inferior, less talented or poorly trained in comparison, to a mindset where we believe in and back ourselves to take on any competitor with the expectation of success.

The mindset that the Principal spoke about, doesn’t come by chance, it is the result of deliberate action. I mentioned in my speech, that sport is really quite simple; set a goal, develop a strategy, commit as a team to that strategy, and most importantly work very very hard and you’re likely to have success.

Mr Daniel Markham, who is the Director of our Mind Body Heart Pathway spoke about the philosophy of the program and the 'growth mindset' that it’s designed to foster in all of our boys. The Mind Body Heart Pathway, encompasses, speed and endurance development, strength and power training, biomechanics drills, and flexibility training. This program is a great example of a deliberate action taken by our Sport Department to provide our boys with the best quality physical training to get them to the next level of competition. Our finding after over a year of running this program is that those boys who are making the biggest commitment are showing the greatest improvements in both physical development and level of play in their chosen Sports. We have no doubt that if we put the measures in place to compare MBH attendance to academic performance that improvements in both areas will be closely linked

All of our Directors and Coordinators have developed very specific training programs and camps during the upcoming holidays to ensure that our boys are on track and have the best opportunity to be successful in the upcoming season. As the entire school winds down at the end of an Academic year, it is important that Sport is winding up as for most of our teams, these last weeks of the year and the first weeks back after the holiday will determine the outcome of the entire season.

Boy’s, it is a deliberate strategy to provide you with every option to improve in both your Sport and conditioning over the holiday. I ask that you commit to the training provided for you over this holiday. An entire list of all camps, tours, clinics and training sessions will be on schoolbox this week.

Congratulations to our our Tennis teams who kicked off their championship season with wins for both the 1sts and 2nds on Saturday and to our Cricket and Waterpolo teams who remain undefeated as they challenge for Premierships in their Sports. I would also like to highlight the performance of our 1st VIII Rowers who had an outstanding performance at SIRC on Saturday dropping over twenty seconds from the previous week’s performance. It will be exciting to watch this very talented group of Rowers go after an HOR title this season. Good luck to our Basketball teams who have had numerous challenges throughout the pre-season. It will be great to see our full teams in action for the first time this Saturday as you start your GPS championships season.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was the first round of GPS Tennis. Well done to our 1sts and 2nds Tennis who started the season with convincing wins. The 1sts won 10-2 and the 2nds won 12-0. Well done to the 14As with a 5-1 victory over Shore.

Cricket had some great results versus King’s last weekend. The 1sts XI continued the good season with a large score of 267. Zack Hersov fell just short of a century with a score of 97. King’s, in reply, are 2/37.

Fred Tricks got 92 for the 3rds XI. The 14As are also looking good, scoring 228, with James Kotis scoring 74 runs.

Water Polo continue on their winning ways with a big win over Cranbrook 24-2. The 2nds also won 9-2 versus Sydney Boys High.

Volleyball had a tough day with all three games going down to Barker.

Basketball played the Raschke Cup and the Yeend Shield. The 1sts and 2nds did not progress through the pool games. We wish both teams good luck this weekend in the opening round of the GPS versus Kings.

Sailing had some good racing with the 1sts finishing third and 2nds finishing second.

This is the last weekend of Sport for the year with most fixtures versus The King’s School.


Saturday 18 November saw Scots Basketball competing far and wide across Sydney.

Our 1sts competed in the Raschke Cup at Riverview while the Seconds did battle out at Newington in the Yeend Shield tournament. Our Junior teams had games against Shore at Shore as well as Rosebay and in our very own Lions Den.

Despite a number of our Opens games being rained out we still managed to secure a number of victories with the 1sts, 2nds, 6ths and 7ths all managing to come away with a win.

The Under 14 age group was once again very impressive winning six out of their eight fixtures. Our As continue to show their dominance beating a very tough Shore outfit by 20 points. A special mention to Saxon Hutchings of our As who has shown tremendous improvement over the past few weeks becoming a key contributor for his team.

Our Under 15s had a tough day at the office Saturday taking away only two wins from seven games. Shore's under 15 age group showcased their strength across the board however our Cs and Es managed to battle it out and come out victorious in two very hard fought games.

Under 16s were once again at their home away from home in Rose Bay and despite dropping all four games continued to show great determination and effort across the board.

This weekend brings our last weekend of Basketball for the term as well as our first AAGPS Competition game for our 1sts and 2nds. We face off against The King's School in what will be a great game to start off the 2018 campaign for these Senior Teams. I would strongly encourage all of our Junior and Senior players to get down to the Lion's Den and support our 2nds who tip off at 10:00am followed by the 1sts at 11:15am.

I look forward to another solid week of training and Good luck to all teams this coming weekend!

Mr Steve White
Director of Basketball

Senior Basketball

On Saturday Opens Basketball played all over Sydney with our 1sts playing the Rasche Cup at Riverview, Seconds in the Yeend Shield at Newington and all other fixtures against Shore in North Sydney.

The 1sts faced some tough competition in the Rachshe Cup coming up against Newington, Shore and Joey's. The boys managed to secure a win against the Shore school however went down to a competitive Newington and despite winning the second half marginally went down to Joey's.

Our 2nds team had a successful day at Newington, closing the gap against Shore and Newington and securing a competitive win against Joey's. Ash Bryan and Jasper Kloster came up big on both the scoreboard and the rebound battle throughout the day providing their team with a strong inside presence.

Unfortunately due to some wild weather in Bellevue Hill our lower Opens (9ths to 12ths) games were washed out despite the blue skies over the bridge.

Our 6ths were victorious once again 35 - 21 over Shore and our 7ths this week had a great win 39 - 13!

This weekend we have our first GPS Competition fixture against King's at home.

Ms Grace Hamilton
Senior Coordinator of Basketball

Junior Basketball

Saturday 18 November bought us Round 6 of our Basketball season.

Our Under 14 boys returned to the Den and felt right at home. Playing against a tough Shore outfit we managed to come away with six wins from the eight fixtures. The 14Gs and Hs came away with comfortable wins, with our Fs, Es and Ds all getting the job done in close ones. Our 14As were once again impressive, playing at Shore they came away with a tough 22 point win, this team is growing and playing more and more for each other every week, teamwork makes the dream work.

Scots under 15 boys travelled to Shore, winning two of seven games. Our Es and Ds provided some resistance, winning their games by one and six points respectively. Unfortunately all other teams ended up on the wrong side of the ledger. A lot of areas to work on this week for these boys, their application at training is essential to achieve improvement this coming Saturday.

Our Under 16 boys were once again at Rose Bay, displaying their weekly competitiveness, they fought hard but ultimately went down in all four fixtures. Credit to our As who who kept battling for the full 40 minutes against a powerful Shore team, falling short in the end by 12 points. These boys can hold their heads up high, they refuse to throw in the towel and should be very proud of their effort each and every week.

Drop-in skills sessions are on every Monday morning from 6:30 to 8:00am in the Den. All Junior boys are encouraged to attend regardless of skill level or team. Each and every boy in our Program has room for improvement, dedicate some time to get to drop ins and you will see this growth a lot sooner.

Locked and loaded for a big week of training ahead of our upcoming fixtures against Kings.

This Saturday 25 November also kick’s off the first official competition game for our 1st’s and 2nd’s versus Kings, in what will be an enthralling couple of games. Mark it in your diary, let’s get the Den rocking.

Mr Luke Cooper
Junior Development Coordinator

Senior Cricket

Scots had mixed results in Week 1 of our 2-day fixtures against King's this weekend. In the 1st XI, Scots posted 267, with Zack Hersov (97) and James Clemesha (63) starring with the bat. Scots bowled 17 overs at the King's batters before the end of play, with Robbie MacLennan picking up two wickets to have Kings at 2/37 at the end of the days play.

Our 2nd XI are in a tough position after being dismissed for 93, with King's finishing the day on 2/138. A big week next week is needed by the boys to try and take some points from the match.

In the 3rd XI, Fred Tricks was the star of the day scoring 92 in his teams total of 191. King's are yet to start their first innings.

In our lower Opens limited over matches, Scots won one from two with solid performances from Oliver Stuart (74 and 2/24) and Shane Morris 64*.

Good luck to all players in their final weekend of Cricket for Term 4 this coming Saturday.

Mr Ben Sawyer
Director of Cricket

Junior Cricket

The weather held out to allow most teams to play last Saturday. Scots were hosted at Northbridge and King's. The individual highlight of the day was Rohan Kenit of the 15Bs taking 5 for 18.

16s: Scots 92 V Kings 3/182

This was a much improved performance on the first day of this two day match. Tom Davey top scored with 20. Angus Poulden also batted positively to score some valuable quick runs at the end of the Scots innings. Despite some tight bowling early with Jack Armitage taking 2/22 King's are well in control. Unfortunately due to injury and illness this team only had nine players this weekend. They continued to play in good spirits.

15As: Kings 109 V Scots 4/71

Scots are in a good position to secure first innings point in this contest. They bowled and fielded very well to dismiss King's for 109 with Lachlan Reynolds taking 4/11. In reply Oliver White looked comfortable scoring 26 before hitting a full toss to square leg. Walker and Gale are at the crease and looking to push past the King's score next Saturday.

15Bs: Scots 5/130 defeated by Shore 7/191.

Some good batting by Sebastian Mitchelmore 55 and Gerald Crowe 41 pushed Scots towards a fair total. Rohan Kenit bowled very well to take 5/18 but that was not enough to stop Shore passing our total. An improved effort on a low and slow turf wicket.

14As: Scots declared 8/228 V Kings 3/28

This game is well set up for Scots. The boys were in trouble early at 6/80 before a strong partnership between James Kotis 74 and Xavier Ulvert 51* rescued the innings. Artie Taylor scored 29 as opener holding the top order together against a good King's attack. A sensible declaration gave Scots 16 overs against a tired King's outfit.

Fine weather is predicted next Saturday. I am looking forward to the second day of our two day matches for the A teams and another round of one day matches for the B and C teams.

Mr Brett Cranfield
Junior Development Coordinator

Senior Rowing

Both VIIIs were impressive this weekend in the heats, showing the potential we knew always existed. Poor conditions for the finals slowed our progress, something we can rectify over December and January camps.

Performance of the day goes to the 1st VIII, taking a significant step forward this week.

The St Joseph's Regatta brought with it a number of new challenges for both the 1st and 2nd IV. A number of late changes didn't help, and as a result, the 1st IV was scratched from racing. The 2nd IV grouped together and got on with the show. We spoke about making improvements every time we come to Penrith and that's exactly what they did. We now shift our focus to having two consistent training weeks before the break.

Mr Michael Probert
Senior Coordinator of Rowing

Junior Rowing

Another productive week completed!

The group was again divided between Gladesville where the Year 8 Quads had their second weekend of camp, and SIRC where the Year 9s and 10s were at a regatta.

The attitude and approach taken to racing was excellent and this helped a large number of crews to finish towards the front end of their respective fields. Most crews were able to demonstrate improvements from the previous weekend’s races and certainly demonstrated great determination in doing so.

Congratulations to the Year 9 6th and 7th crews, both of whom had two wins at the regatta. A special mention to Frank Finlayson who demonstrated great sportsmanship and rowed with a crew from Riverview so that they had a full crew. Well done Frank!

The Year 10 VIII had their first race against some very fast opposition. They have had a solid week of training this week and will be looking to continue their improvement this weekend at the Newington Regatta.

Year 8 Quads had the second weekend of their camp at Gladesville. Having spent the majority of the last two weekends in single sculls they have made some huge improvements and many of them are now competent scullers. The coaches are excited to see you race this weekend at your first regatta.

The regatta this weekend is at Hen and Chicken Bay and starts with the Year 8 Quads at 8:00am. Year 9 Quads begin at 9:45am and the Year 10 VIIIs races begin at 11:10am. The best vantage point for this regatta course is in Bayview Park which is at the end of Burwood Road in Concord/Canada Bay.

Bus transport will be available for the boys to and from the shed as usual but please check the bus times on schoolbox later in the week as they may be slightly different to normal. Please ensure you have all the correct uniform - Year 8 Quads blue racing suit, Year 9 and 10 gold racing suit. Blue hats for everyone.

Following this regatta the Old Boys regatta is being held at the Scots Boatshed. Everyone is welcome to stay and watch this regatta also.

Ms Gill Campbell
Junior Development Coordinator of Rowing


Over the weekend the NSWTSA and the Scots Sailing Support Group ran the intermediate teams racing regatta at WSC.

This event provided the more experienced Scots sailors with the opportunity to umpire and watch racing from a different perspective.

Scots entered two teams. Scots 1 was represented by Hugo Leeming, Lachlan Thompson, Finn Jones, Jeremy Bennett, Otto Brown and Ben Carroll. Scots 2 was represented by Tom Ludlow, Luke Cohen, Tobias Rose, Archie Huybers, Marcus Karozis and Nicholas Asteraki Parish.

The racing was tight all day with both teams improving throughout the day. After a number of round robins Scots 2 finished second and Scots 1 finished third. Well done to both of these teams.

I would like to make special mention of Luke Cohen and Nicholas Asteraki Parish for their outstanding sailing over the regatta.

Events like this are very resource heavy and wouldn't happen without the efforts of the Scots Sailing Support Group. I would like especially thank Gary Faulkner and David McCracken for their efforts on the day.

Mr Beau Junk
Director of Sailing


In the first round of the AAGPS Tennis season for 2017/18, The Scots College Tennis Program took on Shore. After some heavy rain in the morning and another short rain delay at 12:00pm, the 1sts started strong with dominant performances from Ethan Waked and Jack Godard who only dropped one game in their doubles. Carl Lyu and Lachlan Littlejohn had two tight games to start to their doubles then found their groove and won the next 12 games straight. The number one doubles pairing of Christian Waked and Hugh McAdam had a much tougher time. Although playing some great doubles patterns were unlucky on key points to go down 4-6, 2-6.

Going into the singles matches up 2-1, gave some confidence to the boys. Dominant displays from Ethan, Carl, Jack and Lachlan secured the win for Scots. Christian played a solid match against a higher ranked (Australian Rankings) number 1 from Shore, however went down 2-6, 3-6. Captain Hugh McAdam was the last match to finish and had the remainder of the Team cheering for him. In a tight contest, Hugh prevailed 7-6, 6-4.

It was a great start to the season after a promising Trial period. the Team is looking forward to taking on The King's School this weekend.

Senior Tennis

In the first round of the AAGPS Tennis season for 2017/18, The Scots College Tennis Program took on Shore. After some heavy rain in the morning and another short rain delay at 12:00pm, the 1sts started strong with dominant performances from Ethan Waked and Jack Godard who only dropped one game in their doubles. Carl Lyu and Lachlan Littlejohn had two tight games to start to their doubles then found their groove and won the next 12 games straight. The number one doubles pairing of Christian Waked and Hugh McAdam had a much tougher time. Although playing some great doubles patterns were unlucky on key points to go down 4-6, 2-6.

Going into the singles matches up 2-1, gave some confidence to the boys. Dominant displays from Ethan, Carl, Jack and Lachlan secured the win for Scots. Christian played a solid match against a higher ranked (Australian Rankings) number 1 from Shore, however went down 2-6, 3-6. Captain Hugh McAdam was the last match to finish and had the remainder of the Team cheering for him. In a tight contest, Hugh prevailed 7-6, 6-4.

The Seconds took on Shore at Shore and were very strong as a team. Starting with doubles, the boys won all three matches, and in straight sets. Lachlan Alcott and Charlie Thompson were very impressive in their doubles, building and maintaining pressure on their opponents throughout the whole match. From there the team played their singles matches and again the boys didn’t drop a single set. Lachlan Alcott bringing such margin to his game and not giving his opponent anything, Charlie Thompson determined to fight through a slight slump in the second set to recover and get the job done, Maliq Reed having too much skill for his opponent, Jeremy Zhang showing too much experience for his opponent, Jayden Soedirdja outsmarting his opponent throughout and Jack Smoker increasing his intensity to steal back the first set, the boys displayed many different qualities of a real tennis player and be too much for Shore. The team won the day 12-0. Great start to the season boys.

Unfortunately for the 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths, the heavy rain at 8:00am covered Scots Macintyre courts and the games again Shore were cancelled. The 7ths played Shore at Eastcourts, coming away with a 6-0 win, as did the 8ths against Barker. Unfortunately the 9ths did not win a game against their Barker opponents. Only two games were played by the 10ths against Shore and neither of them were Scots victories.

Ms Lauren Harvey
Senior Coordinator of Tennis

Junior Tennis

The U14s travelled to Shore this weekend where the As continue to be too tough for other schools. With the loss of only one set, the boys won 5-1. Very impressive was Henry McGuiness and Sam Murdoch, both winning their singles matches 6-0.

The Bs got unlucky with another draw like last week, while the Cs and Ds continue to work on building their game throughout the season gradually.

The week’s theme was looking to create your own intensity, and it was needed this week with the boys coming up against the much undesired player who 'just gets the ball back'.

Over at Eastcourts, the U15s took on Shore for another home game where they put on a very strong performance as a year group in unfavourable weather. The As and Bs got things started in the morning where the As were very dominant, not dropping a match. The Bs had a tougher time, going down 2-4. With a game countback, the final score was 16-17. Very close boys.

The Cs and Ds were up next and were very impressive, both teams winning 6-0. Across both teams there were multiple 6-0 wins. Keep up the great work boys.

Down the other end of the centre at Eastcourts the U16 As and Bs played, but due to the rain and the courts they were using, they eventually had to cancel after trying to wait for the rain to stop as the courts couldn’t recover. Later the Cs started and were too strong for Shore. Julian Turek and Brandon Bell didn’t lose a single game in their doubles match together, and then went on to win their respective singles matches 6-0 also. Archie Thompson and George Cox-Wilson did similarly, winning their doubles together 6-0 and then both only losing 1 game in each of their singles matches to win 6-1. Well done boys.

The last Junior team to play on the day was the D team while the Cs were playing, and they too got things done very quick. The boys also didn’t lose a match, very strong with winning 6-0.

Great start to the official season boys. Let’s finish off this part of the season in style by putting our best efforts in against King's this weekend.

Mr Ryan Brims
Junior Development Coordinator


With a long drive in wet conditions the boys ventured across the bridge to Barker College. It was a tough day for our Summer Volleyball players.

The 3rds with 6 men took on the Barker 1st XV in Volleyball. Our yr 10s were out gunned by a much bigger and louder opposition; however James Drydan was the stand out Volleyballer on both sides of the court, with some impressive pick ups and excellent play, he was well supported by the serving strengths of Ronnie Wilson and Steyvn Macris in his best game to date rounded out the points.

The 2nds had a big turn out and it seemed both sides were keen to show off - not just their Volleyball skills and clever banter but their football skills as well. With some impressive diving kicks to put the ball up and even a header to cross for a point by Jaymes Banning, the 2nds were in the game but just couldn't keep the momentum to win the points to close out the sets. Rory Ali now takes the lead with the man of the match leader board across all grades with setter Will Goa and the reliable Campbell Slater rounding out the points.

The 1sts with a team of 7 and carrying a few injuries took on the proven Volleyball 1st VI from barker. Our team short on numbers and experience demonstrated their strength and ability and took the game to Barker- with a nail biting 2nd set. The boys worked hard and non more so than Team captain Emilyn Evans and hard hitting Outside Oscar Lawland. New to Volleyball yr 10 Ethan Hiller, rounded out the points.

Many thanks for the first half of the season must extend to our coaches, Lewis, Hugh, Freddy and Tom and to our wonderful manager Mr Brian Wall. The Summer volleyball teams will reunite in January, reshuffle and look forward to taking on the CAS schools in the second round.

Players and parents are reminded to check the Summer school box page for the 2018 fixtures and 2018 training program. The MVP leader board has been updated and the team leaders so far are Ronnie Wilson in the 3rds, Rory Ali in the 2nds and Emlyn Evans and Oscar Lawland tied in the 1sts.

The come and try Volleyball day for all potential volleyballers aged 9-13 will be held in the Lions den after opens training on January the 23rd- the link and further details will be published next week and will be available on both the Winter and Summer Volleyball schoolbox pages.

Mrs Claudia Brin
Coordinator of Volleyball

Water Polo

Opens and Junior Water Polo finished the day with excellent results against Cranbrook.

Scots 1sts and 2nds displayed good sportsmanship in their match against inexperienced Cranbrook sides. Highly motivated, our boys were giving their best and their efforts are evident. While both winning margins were high the games were played with good intensity and spirit between the two local schools.


1st win 24-2

2nds win 15-0

3rds win 13-6


16B lost 9-2

15s win 16-6

14A win 18-3

14B win 14- 3

Next week our 1st, 2nds, 16As, and 16Bs have BYE. 15s and 3rds are playing at Newington and 14Bs and 16Bs are playing at Knox.

Congratulations to the following boys being nominated to GPS Water Polo trials 27/11 and 5/12:

Ed Lennox
Hugh O'Neill
Jock Hanson
Hamish McDonald
James Underhill
Charlie Hoffman
Hugo Podgornik
Thomas Benefield 

Mr Vedran Cirkovic
Director of Water Polo

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

On Saturday we concluded the Summer Sport season with Round 12 Fixtures. The improvement of our boys was exceptional and was reflected in our remarkable results. Our overall win and draw percentage for the season across all teams was 84 percent. With our final games, this also concludes our morning additional skills sessions. However, December and January Sport clinics have been advertised and are open for bookings. These are very well staffed and I highly recommend this intensive development opportunity.


In Basketball we competed against Riverview, Trinity, Newington and Cranbrook in Round 12 of Saturday Sport. Due to some rain just after the start of the first fixtures of the day, the first three games at Mansion Rd were called off at half time. Some patience with the weather proved worthwhile, as many of the remaining games were able to go proceed. The 3rds drew their game 29-all to finish the season undefeated. The 5ths, 7ths, 8ths and Year 4As all had wins and were also undefeated at the end of the season. The Year 4As have shown themselves to be a particularly strong team, with dominant performances against all opposition teams across every round. It has been an enjoyable season for all involved. We look forward to seeing many of the boys at the Prep Holiday Basketball Clinics in December and January.

Mr James Tracey
Preparatory Basketball Coordinator

Story of The Week

Ruben Mead (Year 6) named in the 2017-2018 Australian Junior National Alpine Squad.

Congratulations to Ruben Mead who was last week named in the 2017-2018 Australian Junior National Alpine Squad for the upcoming Northern Winter.

The National Children’s Squad is comprised of junior Snowsports athletes selected at the completion of the Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) National Children’s Series each year. The selection is via choosing athletes with the best combined SSA points in Giant Slalom, Slalom and Skier X disciplines from the current Australian season. Members of the National Children’s Squad will be eligible to compete in the FIS children’s series during the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere season.

This is an outstanding achievement by Ruben.

Mr Clive Tanner
Prep Snowsports Coordinator


Ruben Mead pictured (representing Scots at The 2017 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller)

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