The Backpage Term 3 Week 5

One of the things that I love about working in school sport is the change of seasons. Hanging on my kitchen wall is the Thoreau quote, “Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each,” and after an intense focus on our winter sport, I’m always reminded of it’s wisdom as I come in on the Monday morning following the last round of a season to see the Directors, Coordinators and Coaches of the upcoming sport season, who have spent their off season setting goals and planning, ready and excited to get stuck in for the season ahead, leaving myself and the boys of the College with only the opportunity to instantly refocus and begin living in the new season.

Scots Sport has had a good winter season. I am most proud that all of our sports were in a position to be competitive each weekend. It has been our goal to bring every sport to a standard where the boys have every opportunity provided for them to achieve at the highest level.

I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the outstanding improvements in the culture and performance of our Football program and Volleyball program. Under the outstanding leadership of Directors Andrew Goldrick and Claudia Brin, both programs have made significant steps forward this season across all ages and grades. Notably our 1st and 2nd XI Football teams have improved from finishing 6th and 8th in last year’s competition to a respectable 2nd and 4th and in Volleyball our teams have moved from finishing in last position just two years ago to taking sets from every school they played this season finishing 4th overall. Most importantly, both these Directors have driven a culture change in their sports and have changed the mindset of boys and coaches alike, to put Scots in a position where boys now believe they can be successful.

I would like to thank all of our winter sport Directors, Coordinators and coaches for all of their hard work throughout the winter sport season. All winter sports are now in the process of review and we will begin planning for 2019.

I would also like to thank our parents for the tremendous amount of support that we have received throughout the winter season. I had the opportunity to thank our Rugby parents at the end of season Dinner and would like to extend that thanks here. Scots parents are the most supportive of any College that I have ever seen. Thank you.

Thank you as well, to our Support Group Presidents and those who have been involved in committees, building the communities behind our sport programs. We have seen a number of outstanding initiatives this year from the Sport Gala Lunch to Football home games on the Main Oval – all of which could not have been possible without your hard work and support.

Over the next four weeks our focus will shift to our athletics team where 150 boys have been selected in the senior school for the College team and the Prep team has now been formed. The boys in the senior school will be away on our GPS training camp during next week in preparation for the upcoming AAGPS Championship at the end of term. This week we held our School Athletics carnival on the Main Oval.  From the results we saw, the boys will, again, be ready to take on every GPS College.

Thanks once again to everyone involved in supporting Scots Sport throughout the winter. We look forward to an exciting summer sport season ahead.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was the last weekend of winter sport with most teams heading out to The King’s School for games.

Football had a great result with the 1st XI winning and in the process finishing 2nd overall. This is an amazing effort from 7th last year. Well done to the 14A team who were undefeated across the season.

Rugby didn't have the results they were looking for with the 1st XV going down in a cliff hanger 24-18. The 2nd XV also finishing with a draw and as a result finishing in 2nd position overall. Well done to the 14B team who were undefeated across the season for the second year in a row.

Volleyball continued on their improvement with victories in all 3 grades against King’s. Well done on a terrific season with the 1sts coming 4th from the bottom of the table the year before.

Cross Country finished the season in 2nd place overall behind a very good Sydney Grammar team.

Well done to all boys who competed in the House Athletics and Gala Day. The day was a huge success and a great lead into the Athletic season.

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

The essence of the Mind Body Heart Pathway is the business of engineering BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER more INJURY RESISTANT athletes. So no matter what your chosen sport, you will have a distinct competitive advantage!

We take an evidence based approach in everything that we do from programming, to the technology and equipment systems we leveredge to achieve our objectives.

We are constantly evolving and refining our approach and have recently unveiled a new bespoke user dashboard that provides the data metrics and allows customised training schedules for the individual. This dashboard is currently being piloted by the year 7 cohort with aims to rollout across the college later this year.

It has been truly inspiring to see the number of year 7 students that are taking up this opportunity to be involved in the MBH program. We have seen some fantastic results in the MBH testing days across both the Bellevue Hill and GG campuses this semester. I would like to congratulate the Mind Body Heart award winners below for their efforts this year.

Award Recipients

Year 7 Best Overall: Iwo Ellis

Year 7 Most improved: Hunter Thompson

Year 8 Best Overall: Benjamin Braun

Year 8 Most improved: Marcus West

Year 9 Best Overall: Ethan Chandler INTAKE 1

Year 9 Best Overall: Archie Gutteridge INTAKE 2

Year 9 Most improved: Charles Sayers INTAKE 2

Year 10 Best Overall: Cooper Mundell

Year 10 Most improved: Walker Emerson

Senior Sports News

Cross Country

Football

Rifle Shooting

Rugby

Snowsports

Volleyball

Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

This week Prep continue with the Winter House Sport competitions, culminating with the finals on Wednesday. It has been great to see boys having fun and participating in their Houses. There have been so many fine examples of House spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship, in which these have taken precedence over the outcome of games. Next week we meet boys and parents for an information evening for those boys who were selected for the Prep Summers Sports Tour to Adelaide. This includes games against: Prince Alfred College, St Peters and Scotch College,

Athletics

Well done to all Prep Athletes who competed at the South Harbour Invitational. These invitationals are a fantastic opportunity to prepare for the upcoming IPSHA carnival.

Training

Monday Training: 7:00am to 8:15am on the Senior School - Focus: Running - Sprints and 800m, Throws and High Jump.

Wednesday Training: 7:00am to 8:15am on the Senior School - Focus: Running

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Snowsports

NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships

Good luck to all of the TSC Prep Snowsports athletes who will be representing The College at next week’s NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships at Thredbo.

Story of the Week - Cricket State Challenge, Jack Attenborough

Congratulations to Jack Attenborough (year 11) who was the second highest run scorer at the State Cricket Challenge held at Coffs Harbour from 17 to 19 August. He compiled 153 runs at an average of 51 over the 3 matches. As a result of his strong performances Jack has been selected to represent NSW Metro side at the Male Under 17 National Championships in Mackay and Brisbane from 1 to 11 October. Well done, Jack.

For the full list of players and the announcement from Cricket NSW click here