THE BACKPAGE Term 2 Week 5

Is school sport too competitive?  Has it become too professional? Interesting and tricky questions that we hear asked on a regular basis.  School sport is primarily undertaken for educational objectives and at Scots sport is a vehicle to:

Challenge boys in their quest for excellence, develop the character that is part of our faith and tradition and provide an opportunity to develop their leadership skill through teams.

The answer to the questions above are not simple and you wouldn’t find convincing argument and debate from a number of different angles.  Is school sport too competitive and professional? I would argue that competition and professionalism are not the actual issue. The real issue underlying these questions is on the importance of winning and more importantly the pathway taken to win.

In the early 2000’s, like many of us, I was obsessed with watching the Tour de France and was inspired by Lance Armstrong’s story.  I held Lance’s heroics in the Tour de France as one of the greatest examples of character in sport. We all know the outcome of the Lance Armstrong story and I still regard it as one of the greatest examples of character in sport – but, obviously, for a very different reason.  The reason why we were all rocked by Lance’s confession to cheating is that we all believed the story. We were less interested in his wins than the character that allowed him to achieve those wins. The simple fact is that he still came across the line first but we no longer value what he has done.

This brings me back to the question of whether school sport is too competitive.  Take away the competition and you take away the vehicle to teach what we value at Scots.  School sport needs to be competitive but, the competition needs to be glued together by a strong value structure and it needs to be viewed as an opportunity to pursue, teach and learn those values.  As an outcome of this the boys are successful win or lose.

I would like to congratulate Ryan Lui, Max Freer and Luke Gosper who have all been selected as part of the 8 man AAGPS Cross Country team.  Congratulations as well to Lewis Kennedy-Hunt who has gained selection to the AAGPS Football team and to Kevin Yu, Harry Hawksley, Tyler Egan and Emlyn Evans who have gained selection in their relative age groups to the NSW Volleyball squads.  Well done!

This week, we have a number of exciting home fixtures with our Rugby taking on rival King’s on the Main Oval.  Good luck to our Footballers as they begin the GPS competition this Saturday at St George.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we took on St Augustine’s and St Pius in Rugby and Shore in Football. Traffic was terrible on the way to the Northern Beaches and most games were delayed.

Football was out at Shore and the 1st XI went down by 2-0. The team of the week was the 2nd XI with a gusty 1-0 victory. Also well done to the 14A and B teams who had good victories.

Rugby had St Augustine’s in the 1st and 2nd XV. The 1st XV with a very close loss by 22-21. Well done to the 2nd XV who had a good game winning 45-5. The 3rds had a good win vs St Pius 44-12. The 15B team also having a good win 53-17.

A tough day at the office for Volleyball with all the Opens and 16s teams going down. Well done to the 15s who had 2 strong victories.

Cross Country are doing really well and are keeping the GPS competition in sight. Well done to the Opens with some excellent runs.

This weekend we take on Kings and TAS in Rugby and then Newington in Football.

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

The Mind Body Heart team travelled down to the year 9 Glengarry facility in Kangaroo Valley this week to run the students through the MBH physical testing. There were some very impressive results in some of the tests and it is great to see that the boys are continuing with their athletic development journeys.

The MBH team are also launching our new bespoke software that will revolutionise the way that athletes are prepared for competition. The platform will allow for real time tracking of progress and attendance and will be a one stop shop for registering for sessions. It is underpinned by a sophisticated artificial intelligence software that optimises sequence and scheduling of sessions designed to account for the athlete’s profile and chosen sport. This platform is being piloted with the year 7 Macintyre students initially with an aim to roll out to all students by the end of the year. It is an exciting time to be at Scots and the opportunities available to students are second to none.

Come and get ‘the STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News

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Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

There is an expression in sport which says the name on the front of the jersey (team) is more important that the one on the back (individual). You will notice we don't have names on the back of our Scots jerseys. This may symbolise that when you run onto the field you are part of a team and are playing for Scots and not self. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” (Henry Ford). No sports team is successful without working together to reach a common goal. A common saying in sport is that a champion team will always beat a team of champions. So often I see the teams that end up on the winning end of the score are those that work well together. Now that our teams are basically set, it is a great opportunity for our teams to develop teamwork. Integral to building teamwork is learning to cooperate with others towards a common goal. This can build character, friendship and important life skills for players who buy into this philosophy. The friendships built within a team can last a lifetime and the journey of a team throughout a season is often memorable. Scots to the Fore!

Congratulations to Toby Pallett and George Verco who were part of the NSWCIS AFL Team who won the NSWPSSA Chapionshops in Batemans Bay last week. Well done also Toby who was selected in the State team to complete at the National Championships later in the year.

This week in PDHPE all boys from Year 2-6 will participate in Athletics Trials in preparation for the House Carnival. This week in Round 5 fixtures we play St Patricks and Riverview in Rugby and Trinity, St Patricks and Waverley in Football.

Stories of the Week

Story 1 - Angus Crichton (Old Boy 2014) Named in 2018 NSW State of Origin squad

Congratulations to Scots Rugby 1st XV Old Boy (2014) Angus Crichton for being selected in the squad for the NSW State of Origin side. This is an amazing achievement for Angus who currently plays first grade for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Angus is only the third schoolboy rugby player in GPS history to have been chosen for a State of Origin squad and the first for The Scots College. Craig Wing was the first for Sydney Boys High School and Ben Kennedy for St Joseph’s College.

The future is looking bright for Angus and we wish him all the best for his future sporting endeavours.

NSW Blues players Angus Crichton (pictured right) and Tom Trbojevic at team training session

Story 2 - Thomas Bedingfield & Hugh O'Neill - NSW All Schools team (Part 2)

Congratulations to our Premiership GPS Water Polo team members Thomas Bedingfield & Hugh O'Neill who represented the NSW All Schools Team at the Australian All Schools Trials last week in Perth where their team placed 4th in the Championship. A special mention goes to Thomas Bedingfield being named reserve in the Australian All Schools. Congratulations boys.

Ms Yvette Higgins, Director of Waterpolo

Thomas Bedingfield (pictured)

Story 3 - Lewis Kennedy-Hunt selected for GPS Team 2018

We are proud to announce that Lewis Kennedy-Hunt has been invited to join the GPS Team for 2018. His selection was based on his performance in the the three plate rounds held so far. Congratulations Lewis!

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Director of Football

Lewis Kennedy-Hunt (pictured)

Story 4 - GPS Cross Country Team Selections

Congratulations to Max Freer and Ryan Lui who have qualified for the GPS Cross Country team, with Luke Gosper being selected as a reserve for the team.

Max has a proud tradition of running for Scots since the Prep and has been a keen member of the successful Scots team which has led to him becoming the College’s Cross Country Captain.

Whilst Ryan is a keen sportsman whose skills in speed, power and physical grit derived from the Mind Body Heart program show why he has been a very successful member of the Cross Country Team.  

Luke comes out of the athletics track season as a rising star at Scots. As a very strong steeplechase runner and one of the leading cross country runners last year, Luke set himself with excellent goals this year. Congratulations to Luke earning a coveted reserve place in the GPS Team this year.

Mr Jeremy Longworth, Coordinator of Cross Country

Story 5 - Jack Maddocks selected for Wallabies squad

Also congratulations to Jack Maddocks (Old Boy 2014) who has been selected in a 32 man Wallabies squad to play in the upcoming June test series against Ireland.