The Backpage Term 4 Week 2

One of my favourite coaches of all time is the American basketball coach, John Wooden.  Wooden, who was a spiritual man, developed a philosophy of coaching that centred around first and foremost developing fine young men and secondly great basketball players.  Central to Wooden’s coaching style was his belief in focusing on process over outcome and teaching players and his coaching staff to set incredibly high standards for themselves and then to judge their success by whether or not they had reached their standard, not whether or not they had won or lost.   There is a famous story where after winning a national championship it is fabled that he scolded the team who had just won because they had not reached the standard that they had set for themselves offensively, defensively and in number of turnovers. 

Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius said: “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”  During term 4, most of our teams are involved in preparation for what will be their upcoming championship seasons. In sport, it is easy to imagine and even stress about some future competition or event that has not yet happened.  Often this is at a detriment to what an athlete should really be focusing on, which is what they can control in the present moment – training hard and smart. The accumulation of hard work and the character that is developed through this continual effort is the weapon that will arm you in the future.  There is a calm in an athlete, and a team, when the work is done and collectively everyone know there is nothing else that they could do.

At Scots, our focus is on providing each and every boy in the College with the opportunity to be the best that they can be; the goal being to provide a coaching and training program focused on commitment and hard work, that will lead boys to being great athletes if they commit now.  I would encourage every boy in the College to take the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this program. If you haven’t yet been to the gym, or speed training, or swim squad, or extra sessions, now is the time to start. It is with no surprise that those boys and teams of boys who are committing the most are seeing the greatest improvements and success.

Congratulates to our prep boys and staff who had a very successful tour in Adelaide.  By all accounts, the boys have represented the College with character and class.

Saturday saw a good start to term 4 and the summer sport season with all of our teams in trial competitions.  Most sports will continue with pre-season fixtures this Saturday. Good luck to our Water Polo teams who begin their GPS competition this Saturday.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was the start of fixtures for Term 4. It was a great start to the term with good results across all sports.

Basketball got the season off to a great start with victories in all games vs Waverley except 16B's. The 1sts and 2nds both winning respectively with scores of 87-79 and 64-30. This weekend will be a real test as they take on Shore who have won both pre season tournaments.

Cricket was spread over different venues with games vs Riverview, Newington and Waverley. The 1stXI went down in a close one when lightning stopped the game. Duckworth Lewis was used and Riverview were just ahead. The 2ndXI had a really exciting win with Henry Bennett taking 6 wickets. Well done to Will Caldwell who scored a 100 runs in the 14B's.

Well done to the rowers who had trials out at Penrith. Most rowers were in skulls and had some really good times. Well to Billy Sanders and Franco Squillace who both had wins.

Tennis was against Riverview and early form was amazing with the 1sts and 2nds winning 12-0 and 9-2.

Shooting was out at Cecil Park practicing and Volleyball had internal trials.

This weekend we are against Shore and Kings in most fixtures.

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

Welcome back to the final term of the year. This year has flown by at an incredible pace! I want to start by commending all the students that continued to work on their athletic development throughout the holiday period. It is always impressive to see the level of dedication these students display towards self improvement.

This term the MBH team will be rolling out a trial of the new MBH student dashboard with years 8-10 after a successful rollout in term 3 with year 7 students. The dashboard charts progress in each of the fitness components tracked in the MBH testing as well as the ability to register for and customise weekly training schedules for individuals. It is essential that students register for sessions prior to turning up so that attendance can be tracked and improved feedback can be given.

I look forward to a fast paced action packed term ahead and would encourage all students to keep focused on their athletic development journey and continue to find ways to make small incremental improvements. As always come and get ‘the STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News




Rifle Shooting





Table Tennis


Water Polo

Sports Fishing

Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Sport resumed with Round 7 games on Saturday, with some excellent results. Our boys also returned from a highly successful tour of Adelaide with games against Scotch, St Peters, Blackfriars and Prince Alfred College. In Summer Sport this round we play Kings and Knox in the Cricket; Waverley, Kings and Redlands in the Basketball; Newington and Riverview in Tennis and Reddam in the Water Polo.


It was great to resume the Summer Sport season last Saturday. The Junior Prep teams played internal fixtures last week, which was a useful lead in to games against Redlands and Kings this Saturday. The Senior Prep teams had a terrific start to the season with 9 wins, a draw and two losses recorded against Knox and St Pius. Some of the boys from the 1sts, 2nds and 3rds travelled to Adelaide over the weekend for the Summer Sports Tour. Apart from finishing the tour with 3 wins from 3 games, all of boys were tremendous representatives of the College and enjoyed the whole experience immensely. Good luck to all teams in Round 8 this Saturday.

Mr James Tracey, Preparatory Basketball Coordinator


Well done to all cricketers for an excellent start back to Prep Cricket. A special mention to the First XI Squad who travelled to Adelaide for the Summer Sports Tour. All boys were exceptional representatives of the College and played with great sportsmanship throughout the Tour. Good luck to all boys in Round 8 this weekend.  

Mr Greg Clarence, Preparatory Cricket Coordinator


After a 6 month break for the Winter Season it was very impressive to see the strong results that we recorded in Round 7 across the program. All teams had impressive victories with the quality of Tennis on display an indication of the hard work that a lot of boys had put in over the off-season. Special mention must go to our Adelaide Tour squad who performed incredibly well on the inaugural Adelaide Summer Sport Tour against some very tough schools.

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Tennis Coordinator 

Water Polo

A great start to Term 4 Water Polo for all boys. Some very close, competitive games across both the Junior and Senior teams. The Adelaide Tour team represented Scots Water Polo with pride. In the games against St Peters, Blackfriars and Prince Alfred College the boys displayed excellent sportsmanship and maturity. Congratulations boys. Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Ms Elisha Smith, Preparatory Water Polo Coordinator

Stories of the Week -

Story 1 - Catch of the Week - Sportfishing - Llewellyn Medland

In 1936, visiting American writer and game fisherman Zane Gey was in Sydney and landed a 1036 lb tiger shark beneath the shadows of North Head; the final leg of his fishing adventure which included landing black marlin, striped marlin and yellowfin tuna at Bermagui and Batemans Bay.

On Saturday it seemed that some of Zane Gey’s mojo had been passed onto Year 10 student Llewellyn Medland hooking the first kingfish of the season on a soft plastic lure, within minutes of hitting the water. Lew hooked the 60cm kingfish in front of the Redleaf Pool and was dragged around for quite a while in his kayak before he landed, measured and released the angry kingie. Well done Lew!

Mr Phil Atkinson, Coordinator of Sportfishing

Llewellyn Medland (pictured above)

Story 2 - 2XU NSW All Schools Athletics Championships

Off the back of what was a superb GPS athletics championships, several boys continued their progress by representing the College at the 2XU NSW All Schools Athletics Championships at SOPAC the weekend of September 29.

Alessandro Savian and Charlie Burgess-Hoar from year 12 both produced a superb performances, by winning the final of the 100m and 110m Hurdles respectively.

Well done to all the boys who competed in this event and did the College proud.

We look forward to seeing more great athletic performances across the summer season.