THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 10

In last week’s article,  I discussed the process that we are using across all sports to provide a fair and equitable selection of championship teams and player grading across all age groups. At Scots we are fully committed to ensuring that we are providing every boy at the College equal opportunity in sport.  With tough decisions to make around player selections our team of coordinators and coaches are committed to using this process as a learning opportunity for our boys.

This week we will be holding interviews for our AAGPS winter sports captains.  In order to ensure that we are providing fairness around selections of captains we have used the following process.  Please note that Rifle Shooting and Snowsports captains will be announced at a later date.

  • All senior players from each sport have been seen a private voting ballot from sports administration.

  • Our sports administration team have counted the votes that players have received from their peers

  • The two boys who have received the most votes have been invited to an interview with myself, our Sportsmaster, Mr Ed White and the Principal.

  • From the responses in the interview, our sports captains have been chosen.

I am pleased to announce that our Winter Sport Captains for 2018 are:

Football – Cameron Fleming

Rugby – Will Harris

Cross Country – Max Freer

Volleyball – Emlyn Evans

Congratulations to the boys who have been selected this season, we are confident that you will make an outstanding leadership contribution by promoting the values of the College in your sports.

I would like to thank our Director of Rugby, Mr Brian Smith, the entire Rugby community and sponsors of this year’s Scots 7’s. I would like to invite everyone to be a part of what is a great Scots community event the Saturday on the Main Oval. The first matches kick off at 11.00am.  Join us for a great day of Rugby.

Good luck to our Cross Country and Volleyball teams who have their first round of GPS competition this Saturday.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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125 Years Gala Sports Luncheon - Friday 11 May 2018

The few remaining tables for the Gala Sports Luncheon on Friday 11 May 2018 will now be opened up for individual bookings priced at $290 per person.   We welcome current families, Old Boys and past parents, so if you would like to attend, please book now:

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  All are welcome.

Ken Catchpole Tribute - Invite

On Saturday 7 April, which is Round 1 of the 2018 Shute Shield Rugby Union competition, Randwick will be hosting Gordon at Coogee Oval.

On that day, Randwick will be paying special tribute to 2 former players – the Late Ken Catchpole & the late Sir Nicholas Shehadie, both former Randwick players – and Wallabies.

Naturally, with Ken Catchpole being a Scots Old Boy we would like to invite any members of the College community to attend.

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

This weekend sees the Scots Rugby 7's tournament on the Scots Main. Teams from the GPS and all around the state and a team from Fiji will play this weekend. There will also be trial games of 10's vs Riverview in A and B teams. All other teams will have internal trials.

Football are playing St Joseph’s in some games and are also finishing off trials at St George.

Volleyball kick off the season with games vs St Aloysius College and also Riverview.

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

I would like to remind all students about the upcoming Performance Series workshop focusing on the progression towards an elite pathway in athletics. This is a must for all aspiring athletes and the details can be found on the MBH app under ‘Enrollments’.

As the holiday break is fast approaching, it is a great opportunity for athletes to really make some progress in their physical preparations for the Winter season. Sessions can be booked using the MBH app and for your information timings can be found below:

WHAT: S&C sessions and SPEED sessions (As per MBH timetable)

WHEN: Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6.30am-8am (S&C) 8am-9.30am (Speed)

WHERE: S&C - John Solomon Gym/ SPEED - Main Oval

WHO: All students years 7-10

BRING: PE Clothes, Water Bottle, Towel

Come and get ‘the STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News

Cross Country


Rifle Shooting




Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

It has been an excellent start to the Football season with trials starting last week and continuing this week. It has been great to have Mr Goldrick, the Director of Football assisting with these sessions along with a number of exceptional core coaches. Boys are reminded to bring boots and shin pads for trials and to wear football uniform each Wednesday. Additional skills morning sessions have now commenced and boys are encouraged to attend these sessions on Tuesday and Thursday morning. We also have the football holiday clinic and this is a great way to have fun with friends in the holiday and learn so new skills.

Preparatory Football Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 16 April to Wednesday 18 April

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Christison Park, Vaucluse

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Please click here

Contact: Mr Greg Clarence,

Greg Clarence, Prep Football Coordinator

This week has seen the second week of Rugby trials take place and both the effort and depth of talent on display from all involved has been very impressive. To ensure that your son is able to fully participate in each and every Rugby session can I please remind both parents and boys of the importance of remembering to bring all necessary gear but most importantly a mouthguard. Trials will continue to take place across the remaining week of term, good luck to all involved.

On Saturday as a curtain raiser to the Scots Sevens day our Prep 1stXV and Prep 2ndXV squads will play a 10-a-side match, not only will this be a great experience for the boys it will act as an important hit out in the lead up to the TAS Rugby Carnival.

Preparatory Rugby Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 16 April to Wednesday 18 April

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Christison Park, Vaucluse

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Please click here

Contact: Mr James Bruce,

James Bruce, Prep Rugby Coordinator

The Scots Prep Cross Country team has been training hard on Monday and Wednesday mornings in preparation for their IPSHA Cross Country Championships this Saturday 7 April IPSHA at The King’s School. IPSHA is one of the biggest events of the year on the sporting calendar with between 150 to 200 athletes in each age group.

George Verco will captain and lead the team at IPSHA this Saturday. I’m looking forward to seeing all boys doing their best over challenging 2,000m and 3,000m courses. Good luck to all boys competing!

Ben Thomas, Prep Cross Country Coordinator

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