The Backpage Term 4 Week 1

Welcome back to the start of term 4 and the beginning of the 2019 sport year.  I had the opportunity to visit a number of boys who were involved in tours, camps and training throughout the holiday.  I was impressed with the way in which our boys are buying in to working hard together in teams and I would like to thank the staff involved throughout the holidays for the incredible commitment that you have shown to the boys, the College and sport.

As we move into the new sport year, it is an opportunity to recalibrate, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the previous season, and to set our training standards and goals for the year.   At Scots, we have designed a program of training through the Mind Body Heart program, and cohort sport training that gives every boy in the College the opportunity to pursue their sporting goals. We have committed ourselves in sport to use objective testing methods and data to analyse how each individual boy, team and sport is progressing and then use this data to make decisions on what type of training methods are required to improve and reach our goals.  As a result of this, we focus on our own programs, the process of training properly, allowing our boys to progress holistically and as an outcome we expect boys to set and go after big goals.

I urge every boy and parent, at this stage of the sport year, to discuss goals, and what needs to be done to achieve them.  It is of no surprise that those boys who are committing to the Mind Body Heart program are the boys who are achieving, and initial data suggest that this achievement reaches holistically across all areas of a boy’s life.

This Saturday is our first Saturday of sport.  A number of boys will be competing in trial matches, and a number of boys will be involved with internal trials.  Good luck to all of our boys on Saturday.

Looking forward to another great year of sport.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Welcome back to Term 4. This Saturday, we go straight into sport with fixtures against Riverview, Waverley and Newington.

We have had a lot of rain over the break, so the groundsman are struggling to get turf wickets up and ready for this weekend.

Well done to Will Harris, Jeremy Williams, Seb Strang, Fred Tricks and Brett Wellington on playing up in Queensland vs Tonga and New Zealand in the Australian Schoolboy Championship.

A further congratulations to Seb, Will and Jeremy on being selected on the tour to Europe later in the year.

This weekend will be the start of trials with the GPS competition for Cricket starting in 2 weeks and Tennis and Basketball starting next year.

Senior Sports News

Athletics

Basketball

Cricket

Rifle Shooting

Rowing

Sailing

Volleyball

Swimming

Table Tennis

Tennis

Water Polo

Sports Fishing

Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Sport resumes with Round 7 games on Saturday 20 October. This week we play Knox in Basketball; Knox, Riverview in Cricket and Newington in Water Polo and Kings in Tennis. Additional morning skills and SEA sports have commenced and boys are encouraged to participate in these opportunities to further develop skills. This week we will also be taking our First Teams to Adelaide for the Summer Sports Tour to be hosted by Prince Alfred College with games also against St Peters and Scotch along with some co-curricular opportunities including a tour of Adelaide Oval.

Basketball

100 boys participated in the Prep Holiday Basketball Clinic over the last three days of the Term 3 break. The calibre of coaching was superb and the boys who attended enjoyed the camp immensely. The basketball season resumes with games against Knox and St Pius this Saturday. We hope all of the boys have a great time playing this weekend.

Mr James Tracey, Preparatory Basketball Coordinator

Cricket

It’s great to have the cricket season back underway at Scots! Well done to those boys who braved the weather and attended the Prep Cricket Holiday Clinic. Additional skills have started and I encourage all boys to come along, they are a great development opportunity. Good luck to all boys attending the Adelaide Summer Sports Tour.

Mr Greg Clarence, Preparatory Cricket Coordinator

Sailing

This week we are taking our Year 6 boys to Tasmania on the inaugural Sailing Summer Sport Tour. We are very excited to be competing alongside the boys from Hutchins School in Hobart and are looking forward to the challenges that we’ll be facing on the Derwent.

The following weekend most of the Prep Sailing Team will be heading down to Canberra to compete at the ACT Optimist Championships. This is one of the best regatas on our sailing calendar and it always proves to be a wonderful event and a welcome change sailing on a man made fresh water lake, Lake Burley Griffin.

Mr Nick Spencer, Preparatory Cricket Coordinator

Tennis

Good luck to Finley Dyer who will compete as part of the NSWPSSA representative team at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Adelaide this coming week. We wish Finley all the best for the week ahead!

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Tennis Coordinator

Water Polo

The Water Polo boys have had a great start to the season. 30 boys enjoyed the clinic on Monday. Our Tour team heads to Adelaide this week to play some new competition. Best of luck to all boys for the term ahead.

Ms Elisha Smith, Preparatory Water Polo Coordinator

Stories of the Week -

Story 1 - Rawley St John, FFA National Championships

Rawley St John (year 8) competed at the FFA National Championships in Coffs Harbour in the U13 age group. Football NSW did extremely well with their 3 teams finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd out of the 18 teams and they won the Member Federations National Championship. It is indicative of the extremely high level of youth football played here in NSW when compared to the rest of Australia.

Rawley's FNSW Navy team placed 2nd and he was voted ‘player of the tournament’ (out of his team). Rawley played in both attacking midfield as well as on the wing and now is very excited to have signed with the Sydney FC Youth Academy for the 2019 season. We are so proud of Rawley and his achievements, we wish him all the best for the future and look forward to him bringing the experience he has gained to the Scots Football program.   

Rawley St John (pictured above)

Story 2 - Matthew Wacher, U15 Australian Basketball Team selection

Congratulations to Matthew Wacher (Year 10) for his recent selection to the Under 15 Australian Basketball Team. His recent success at the Under 16 National Championships and the Australian Development Camp caught the eyes of some of the nations top coaches.

Matt will now go to the FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships held between December 3-8 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. This is the first step for the 2020 Under-17 World Cup. We wish Matt all the best and look forward to watching him continue this success for our Scots 1sts.

Story 3 - Volleyball - Kevin Yu, NSW U15 Indoor Volleyball

Congratulations to Kevin Yu (year 7) who as a member of the NSW Under 15 Indoor volleyball side played at the 2018 Australian Junior Volleyball Championship (AJVC) in Queensland. This year, the event was held at the Gold Coast, from 29 September – 6 October. Kevin’s side won a silver medal just losing to the host state in a 5 set thriller.

Tyler Egan (year 11) in the Under 19 division side was a starting 6 player and the NSW team, had a tough run in the rounds and missed out on the finals.

It was fantastic to see Scots representing NSW at the highest level in Volleyball.

Kevin Yu (pictured above)