The Backpage Term 4 Week 8

The final week of the Academic year is the perfect time to reflect on the successes in Sport throughout the year. I had the opportunity this week to attend our Prep School’s Sport and Co-Curricular Awards Assembly. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to listen to some amazing speakers at this Assembly and this year’s speaker, Old Boy, Henry Thornton (‘15), was no exception.

Henry led our 1st XI Cricket team to its first AAGPS Premiership in 30 years in 2016.. In his final year at the College he signed his first professional Cricket contract and now plays for the Sydney Sixers.

It was amazing to listen to Henry discuss his own career and time in Sport at the College. I was interested in listening to his story of his relationship with paralympian Kurt Fearnly and how he had been inspired by his example of perseverance. Henry’s message of persevering through the ups and downs of sport is one that would be of value to all boys of the College and a reflection of the important values that sport teaches that can be applied to all areas of a boy’s life.

As our competitive Sport season winds down for 2017, I would like to remind all boys in the College that there is plenty of opportunity throughout the holiday to continue to commit to training. All of our Summer Sports will be offering clinics, camps and tours throughout the holiday and our Mind Body Heart Pathway will continue, with Gym sessions and Speed sessions on offer. With a number of our teams currently leading their competitions I urge all boys to show the type of perseverance that Henry spoke about in committing to training throughout the holidays.

All holiday Sport information can be found on the Sport page on Schoolbox.

As we reflect on the past year of sport at the College, we will remember some of the incredible achievements of our teams, but also some of the areas where we can make improvements. I would like to thank our Principal, Dr Ian Lambert for his continued support of the Sport Program at Scots, our parents for the tremendous support that you show and our team of dedicated Sport staff who ensure that our boys are constantly improving. We look forward to a great summer holiday and an even better 2018.

Scots to the fore!
Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we played King’s in most fixtures.

Well done to the 1sts and 2nds Tennis who had big wins against King’s, both teams winning 12-0.

Congratulations also to the 16Cs, who won 6-0.

In Cricket the 1st XI had a great win and are on top of the GPS table. Scots scored 267 and then bowled King’s out for 163.

Well done to the 15As who had a convincing outright victory over King’s. A special mention to Lachie Reynolds who took 4/11 and 4/16 and scored 50*.

Basketball had mixed results with the 1sts going down 71-67 in a close game and the 2nds had a good win 54-36. Team of the week was the 14Hs, winning 43-4.

Sailing on the weekend had pleasant conditions. Light to moderate breezes created excellent conditions for Sailing. Scots and Sydney Boys High Sailed an adventure course out around Shark Island.

Most teams in Water Polo had a bye, Shooting practised out at Malabar, Table Tennis were at Newington and Sportsfishing were at the Scots Boatshed.

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

The holiday break and end of year are fast approaching. Many people will be waiting for the new year to set their new year resolution goals. Why wait for the new year when you can start pursuing your goals today? Every year brings 365 new opportunities to improve, to make progress, to be better than you were the day before. Successful people have realised one thing, “they understand how to get themselves up to do what they know they must even when they don't feel like doing it! What you do on the days that you don’t feel like it are the days that define you!”

The holiday break is the best time to make progress away from all the noise and distraction. The MBH Pathway will be running throughout this time for all those that want to be better than they were yesterday. The sessions are available on the MBH App and you will still need to register for these sessions. Please find below the sessions times:

What: S&C and SPEED

When: S&C -  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30am to 8:30am; SPEED - 8:00am to 9:30am (Closed Saturday 23 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018)

Where: John Solomon Gym and Main Oval

Who: All Senior students in Years 7 to 12

What to bring: PE Kit, towel, water bottle and a winning attitude!


Saturday was a lovely day for some quality athletics at SOPAC, and the Scots boys didn't disappoint.

It was the Treloar Shield Round 5, and Thomas Maclulich-Bull had a great run in the 100m, coming home in a time of 11.89. Thomas has been consistently turning up to training and quietly getting on with some hard sessions, and was rewarded for his efforts on Saturday.

Cameron Fleming has been in great form recently, building each week with some great performances. On Saturday he ran a super race, and broke the 2 minute barrier for 800m, running 1.58.83, putting him in a great place for NSW All Schools Championships next week.

This week the sprinters will be training at the College, while the distance boys will be competing out at SOPAC in the NSW club championships.

A quick reminder about training over the holiday period: it is highly encouraged you keep up with all the progress you have made over the last eight weeks and attend the holidays sessions, which are on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am to 9:30am, please attend your strength and conditioning session prior at 6:30am each morning as well.

Looking forward to another week of consistent training.

Mr Matthew Williams
Director of Athletics

Senior Basketball
Opens Basketball hosted the first weekend of the GPS season against The King’s School in The Lions Den.

Despite a narrow loss by four points in the 1sts, our boys continue to show great fight and determination coming from 18 points down in the 3rd quarter, giving themselves a chance to tie the game with seconds to go. However, they came up just short in the final stages, 67 - 71.

The 2nds had a convincing win 54 - 36 over King’s with Ash Bryan securing some solid points and rebounds throughout the game.

Our 3rds went down in a ten point decider and 4ths had their first win of the season 30 - 20 with an impressive game from Hamish Carnegie.

The 7ths fell short in the final stages of play with a hard two point loss however all other opens teams managed to secure some great victories in a fierce 2 point win in our 10ths match and a dominating 25 - 13 win in our 12ths.

Thank you to all the boys who made it out to support the first GPS round, it was a great day on campus and solid step in the right direction for 2018.

The holiday break is a great time to get some extra training in ensuring we are in the best possible position for the upcoming term.

Please see the opening times below for the holiday period with drop in sessions to be confirmed next week.

Basketball Drop in Sessions

Where: Scots Lions Den

When: TBC - check Schoolbox next week.

Who: All Senior School Basketball players of all ages and abilities.

Strength and Conditioning Sessions

Where: John Solomon Gym

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30am to 8:30am (Closed Saturday 23 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018)

Who: All Senior students in Years 7 to 12

Speed Sessions

Where: Main Oval

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00am to 9:30am (Closed Saturday 23 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018)

Who: All Senior students in Years 7 to 12

All students will need to be in full Scots PE kit, with a towel, water bottle and a winning attitude!

Scots to the fore!

Ms Grace Hamilton
Senior Coordinator of Basketball

Junior Basketball

Saturday 25 November concluded our Basketball season for 2017.

Our Under 14 boys were on the road, taking on a tough King’s outfit. Continuing their successful start to the season, the boys won seven of eight fixtures. It was very satisfying to watch our As, Bs and Cs get pushed right til the end and find a way to get the job done, with all three teams coming away with hard fought single digit wins. Our Es went down in a thriller by two points, with our Fs withstanding a late King’s run and managing to get up by nine points. This age group has really applied themselves in Term 4 and they have got the results to match. Hats off to these boys.

Our Under 15 age group were also out at King’s winning three of six fixtures. Our 15Es and Ds looked very sharp in winning their games, with our As also getting reward for effort in winning a tight one by five points. A renewed focus on the defensive end is paying dividends across all our Under 15 teams, a real credit to the boys ability to take what they’re learning at training and applying it to their games on Saturdays. Great work gents.

Our Under 16 Glengarry age group were once again out at Rose Bay. In what is becoming standard practice for this age group, these boys refused to throw in the towel with three of the four games decided by 20 points or less. Although we went down in all four games, don’t let the results fool you. From top to bottom we are very happy with this age group and thank them for continually showing up and representing Scots the right way.

Drop in’s for all ages and skill levels will continue throughout the holidays. These, along with opening times for The Lions Den, will be posted on Schoolbox during Camps Week.

We’re very proud of all our junior boys application and growth in Term 4. The hard work does not stop here though. We must continue to get better over the holiday period. Enjoy your holidays with family and friends but make sure you’re doing something to get better every day. Ten minutes of ball handling, get 300 shots up, work on your fitness, these things do not take a lot of time but will make a considerable difference to your individual game when we kick things off in Term 1 2018.

Mr Luke Cooper
Junior Development Coordinator

Senior Cricket

The 1st XI made it three wins from three on the weekend after defeating The King’s school. After posting 267 last week (Hersov 97, Clemesha 63) the Scots 1st XI bowlers were able to take wickets at regular intervals and dismiss The King’s School for 163. Robbie Maclennan (4 wickets) and Will O'Donnell (3 wickets) were the chief contributors on the day.


The Scots College 1st XI celebrate taking a wicket against The Kings School

Unfortunately, our 2nd and 3rd XI sides were defeated on the weekend, even though both sides fought hard on both weekends. Fred Tricks (92), Hugo Patterson (51) and Jack Ricci (3/21) both deserve a special mention for their efforts on the weekend.

Both Scots Lower Opens teams won their respective matches on the weekend and should be congratulated on their efforts. Seb Strang (66) was the pick of the batsman on the weekend in the Lower Opens teams.

Mr Ben Sawyer
Director of Cricket

Junior Cricket
The highlight of the week was obviously Steve Smith’s 141 not out to help Australia to a convincing first test win in the Ashes. (Closely followed by the Mitchell Starc bouncer that rattled Joe Roots helmet!)

It certainly promises to be an intriguing summer of international cricket.

Great to see our 1st XI beat King’s and head into the Christmas break undefeated and on top of the table as Scots chases a Cricket premiership in its 125th year.

16As Scots 92 defeated by Kings 258.

Michael Frino batted well in compiling a score of 34. This team is looking forward to having some members return for Glengarry for the second half of the GPS season. Well done boys. You have showed plenty of resilience and improvement.

15As ‘Team of the Round’ - Scots 8/230 def Kings 109 and 96 Outright.

A well deserved reward for a team that is gaining the harder edge mentally to be able to compete in two day cricket. Coach, Callum Hockey, was extremely happy with the victory claiming the Tamworth Development Tour has set these boys up to be a very competitive team. Lachlan Reynolds took 8/27 for the match and scored 50* with the bat. He was well supported by skipper Ed Walker with 50* and Josh Gale with 41. Charlie Marwedel bowled superbly in the 2nd innings to take 4/8. This team loses some of its members to Glengarry next term and this will provide a good opportunity for some Bs players to step up into a winning culture.

14As Scots 8/228 dec defeated Kings 137 and 5/28

I am very pleased that this team attempted to push for outright points. After some excellent batting last week Xander Robinson (2/8) and Nick Harris (3/18) bowled very well to almost topple King’s a second time. This team is all expected to be available for the T20s next Saturday 2 December. A nice way to finish the first half of the season.

14Bs Scots 7/164 defeated Kings 5/99

A very impressive total off 32 overs was always going to be tough for King’s to chase down. Johnny Stratton hit another 40 and is on the cusp of As selection. He was well supported by Cooke with 36 and the big fast bowler Beveridge with 23. The bowlers were very accurate and strangled the King’s batsmen early. Hamish Jones took 1/3 off 3 overs. This team is also expected to be available for the T20s next Saturday 2 December.

14Cs Scots 8/123 def Kings 116

An exciting victory in a very close match. Steele Park (3/12) and Winter (3/17) secured the victory with some very effective limited overs bowling supported by some good ground fielding and catching.

Enjoy your summer of cricket. Get out in the backyard or on the beach and score a century!

Mr Brett Cranfield
Junior Development Coordinator

Junior Rowing

It was another busy week in the Junior Academy with a full regatta for all our crews.

The Year 8 Quads had their first regatta experience and all did a great job. It was pleasing to see the never say die attitude of all the crews - every single crew pushed al the way to the finish line and many improved a place or so by doing so.

The year 9 Quads also continued to improve with the 6th and 7th crews recording another win each. For many of this squad it was their last hit out before they head south to Glengarry. Their results have continued to improve over the term and we wish them all the best while they are away.

Year 10 VIII had another good weekend of training and also showed an improved performance in their race.

Training will be held on Saturday for all the Junior academy. Please remember to email me if you have an issue with this. Year 10 VIII bus is at 6:00am with the Seniors, Year 8 and 9 Quads bus is at 6:30am.

Year 7 squad will finish training at 10:00am so that they can join their parents at a barbeque breakfast hosted by the Rowing Support Group.

Please remember to complete the information about camps and fill in the google sheet for the December training days. The link for this is on Schoolbox.

Ms Gill Campbell
Junior Development Coordinator

What a fantastic way to finish the year with a 12-0 win over King’s. The 1sts controlled right from the outset, winning the three doubles in straight sets, dropping no more than two games in each match.

Christian Waked had a well contested match against the Kings Number 1. Always in control, Christian won 6-3, 6-4. Jack was untroubled during his singles match outsmarting his opponent with great touch and placement. Hugh McAdam had a much easier time this week dropping only one game in his singles match. Ethan Waked was in total control during his singles winning 6-2, 6-2. Powerful serving and big forehands kept the King’s Number 4 scrambling. Lachlan Littlejohn had quite a physical match with long rallies and lots of defense, counter attacking and attacking plays from both players. Lachlan prevailed 7-5, 6-4. Carl Lyu played his most ‘controlled’ match to date, keeping his tactics and shot selection simple. He executed the Scots Primary Plays perfectly to win 6-2, 6-2.

The team has trained well during the Term and has been rewarded with being on top of the Championship Table going into the Christmas break. With a good training block over the holiday period, they are hoping to keep their position at the top of the table.

The 2nds played out at King’s on Saturday and continued their impressive form, proving too strong. The boys started by winning all doubles like last week and they were in control from the go. Such was the performance by the doubles teams that the King’s coach complimented the boys how well they were playing.

After being up three matches to zero,, the boys moved on to play singles and continued in strong form. Lachlan Alcott came through a hard fought match going back and forth with breaks of serve to win 6-4, 7-5. Maliq Reed had a much easier time winning 6-0, 6-1 by playing a tactically smart match, whilst Charlie Thompson played at the same and got his margins right to win 6-2, 6-2. On the back courts, Jayden Soedirdja was too strong and won 6-2, 6-3, while Jeremy Zhang was also too strong winning 6-1, 6-1. Last on was Jack Smoker, and with the support of his whole team, he played a much improved match on last week to win 6-1, 6-4.

I have been very impressed with the leadership that Lachlan Alcott has displayed over the last two weeks, his motivation during the week as well as on the day has been exceptional.

A great effort by the boys, who go into the holiday break having not dropped a single set. The only team in the competition to do so.

Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer break.

Junior Tennis

The U14s played out at King’s on Saturday and had a tough time as a year group. The As continue to impress with an undefeated term, winning four matches to two. Well done to them so far this season.

The Bs put in a good effort, but unfortunately went down 28 games to 21. A close result. The Cs and Ds had a tougher time, losing 6-0 in both teams. Although they didn't get the result, we are happy with the progression in the boys games, moving in the right direction.

The U15s played at Eastcourts where the As started things off with a strong performance. Well done to Max Dixon who was able to come through his singles match in a tiebreak, and the team was able to win 5 set to 1.

The Bs had a draw 3-3, but in the doubles team of Thomas Unger with Guy Ruse, and Matthew Fahy with Jaiden King, the boys were able to start strong winning both matches 6-2. The Cs went down four matches to two, but on a count back, only lost the day by one game! The final score there was 28 games to 29. So close boys. The Ds were able to help the year group out with a four matches to two win. Great effort by Dylan Pye and Seth Abood to win their doubles 6-0.

Down the other end of the centre was the U16s were the As continue to be a very strong team. They got things started with a five sets to one win. Tom Mitchell played with Max Alcott to win their doubles 6-4 while William Booth played with James Brown to win 6-2. Great effort from the boys.

The Bs had a tough time going down 5-1, but they continue to develop and implement all the tactics and themes we practice throughout the season thus far. The Cs were very dominant Saturday, winning 6-0 while the Ds won 5-1. Well done to those boys, who all put on a very strong display. Some even winning the tough matches like Brandon Bell, Julian Turek and Oscar McGivern winning 6-5, 6-4 and 6-4 respectively.

Our season is on pause now as we head into the holidays, so there is no more training this term. Make sure to play some tennis over the holidays so you can hit the ground running Week 1, Term 1, where we have a trial match.

Have a great break boys, enjoy yourselves, and enjoy the summer of tennis.

Mr Ryan Brims
Junior Development Coordinator

With our Summer Volleyball players having the weekend off it was great to see the players out in force supporting Scots at various other fixtures over the weekend.

In anticipation of the upcoming second round of the Summer Volleyball season, the squad will have a training session on Tuesday 23 January from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. It is hopped the Senior Squad members will then stay and support our up and coming Junior Volleyball players who will be attending a come and try Volleyball session from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on this day.

The try booking code for the come and try session is

or, and the session is open to all interested 9 to 13 year olds.

The Summer fixtures for 2018 Term 1 have been detailed on the Schoolbox page and all Winter Volleyball players are encouraged to check the Winter draft draw which has been uploaded for the 2018 season, with matches beginning in Term 1.

The Volleyball staff and players wish all the Volleyball players a wonderful Christmas break and hope some beach volleyball is enjoyed over the summer, and we look forward to seeing the Volleyball families out on the court in 2018.

Mrs Claudia Brin
Coordinator of Volleyball

Some great results across the board in the first half of the Water Polo 2017/18 season.

Our 1st and 2nds are still in good position for the GPS and Combine Premiership titles. Staying focused and maintaining intensity at training is required to secure our top of the ladder position in 1sts and 2nds.

Our 14Bs, 15s 16Bs and 3rds played matches last Saturday with mixed results, while all other grades had a BYE week, before this week’s Thomas Whalan Cup to finish 2017.


14B won 10-3

15s lost 8-6

16B lost 2-21

3rds won 19-1

Mr Vedran Cirkovic
Director of Water Polo

Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Please see below the details for Prep sport clinics over these coming school holidays.

Prep Sport Clinics December 2017 and January 2018

Sport/Area: Prep Water Polo – Click here

Date: Wednesday 24 to Thursday 25 January 2017

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: The Scots College Pool

Age/Year group: January Clinic - Year 3 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: $45 per day

Organiser: Elisha Smith


Sport/Area: Prep Swimming – Click here

Date: Monday 11 to Friday 15 December 2017

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am – Advanced Squad

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am – Development Squad - Intermediate

Time: 9:00am – 9:45am – Development Squad - Beginner

Venue: The Scots College Pool

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2017)

Cost: Advanced Squad: $90 for 5 days or $20 per day

Development Squad: $45 for 5 days or $10 per day

Organiser: Brent Wilsmore


Sport/Area: Prep Swimming – Click here

Date: Monday 22 January to Thursday 25 January 2018

Time: 7:30am – 9:30am – Advanced Squad

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am – Development Squad - Intermediate

Time: 8:30am – 9:15am – Development Squad - Beginner

Venue: The Scots College Pool

Age/Year group: Year 3 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: Advanced Squad: $70 for 4 days or $20 per day

Development Squad: $35 for 4 days or $10 per day

Organiser: Brent Wilsmore


Sport/Area: Prep Basketball – Click here

Date: Monday 11 December to Wednesday 13 December 2017

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Lion’s Den Gym (Senior School Campus)

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6

Cost: $90 for one day, $180 for 2 days, $270 for 3 days

Organiser: James Tracey

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Basketball – Click here

Date: Wednesday 24 January, Thursday 25 January and Monday 29 January 2018

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Lion’s Den Gym (Senior School Campus)

Age / Year Group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2017)

Cost: $90 for one day, $180 for 2 days, $270 for 3 days

Organiser: James Tracey

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Cricket– Click here

Date: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 December 2017

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Fairfax Courts / Nets

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2016)

Cost: $60 for one day, $120 for two days, $180 for three days

Organiser: Greg Clarence

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Cricket –Click here

Date: Tuesday 23 Jan to Thursday 25 January 2017

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Fairfax Courts / Nets

Age/Year group:Year 3 to Year 6 (2017)

Cost: $60 for one day, $120 for two days, $180 for three days

Organiser: Greg Clarence

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Tennis – Click here

Date: Monday 11 December to Friday 15 December 2017

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Scots Macintyre Courts

Age/Year Group: Year 2 to Year 6

Cost: $90 per day or $400 for 5 days

Organiser: James Bruce

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Tennis – Click here

Date: Monday 22 January to Thursday 25 January 2018

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Scots Macintyre Courts

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: $90 per day or $320 for 4 days

Organiser: James Bruce

Contact 1:

Story of the week 1 - Jack Buckley

Congratulations to Scots Old Boy and current Basketball Coach Jack Buckley (‘15) on his recent signing with GWS Giants in the AFL.

Jack has been a key member within the Scots Basketball Program throughout his time at the College as both a player and coach. During his Senior years Jack played both 1sts and 2nds Basketball and more recently has proven to be a very successful and passionate coach for our junior students.

We congratulate and wish Jack Buckley all the best for his new and exciting journey and can't wait to watch him on AFL's biggest stage.

Mr Steve White
Director of Basketball

Jack Buckley

Story of the week 2 - Scots Tennis 1sts and 2nds

For the first time in 43 years, Scots Tennis sits on top of the 1sts and 2nds AAGPS Tennis leaderboards.

With a strong preseason, both the 1st and 2nd Teams have carried their form into the AAGPS 2017/18 season. The 1st Team have won 16 matches out of the 18 they have played. The 2nds have won all 18 matches so far.

With all players in the Championship teams committing to tournaments and ongoing training over the Christmas period, they hope to continue this form into next year.

Good luck to Jeremy Zhang (member of the 2nds) who is competing in the Australian Tennis Nationals (December Showdown) in Melbourne and has been selected to represent NSW in the National Teams event.

Mr Andrew Sun

Coordinator of Tennis

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