The Backpage Term 4 Week 3

I had the opportunity to watch a unique NBA game this week between the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls.  As I often do, when watching sport, I analyse the sportsmanship and culture of the individuals and teams that I’m watching.  This was a unique match in that the Golden State Warriors guard, Klay Thompson, broke the NBA record for most 3-point shots in a game.  What was interesting, aside from watching a tremendous performance, was that he was breaking the record of his fellow teammate, Stephen Curry.

The highlight of the match for me, was the shot that Thompson took to tie the record.  The assist on that shot was Stephen Curry, who couldn’t hide his enjoyment in supporting his teammate to go after his record.

This got me thinking about sportsmanship, and the mindset of true champions.  I was reminded of another basketball moment, that has been stuck in my mind since I was a high school student myself, where Isiah Thomas, who was the captain of the defending champions Detroit Pistons, lead his team to walk off the court without shaking the hands of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls after suffering their first playoff series loss to what would become one of the greatest teams in Basketball history.

I didn’t realise it then, but the reason it stuck in my mind is because it represented the exact opposite of what I would later form as my own philosophy of sport.  Disrespecting a competitor because they have beaten you or after you have beaten them, only represents a disrespect of yourself. What champions look for is great competitors, and they pride themselves in rising to the challenge, for they know that to achieve greatness requires greatness in their competition.  I imagine that what I witnessed a few days ago play out between Thompson and Curry represents a deep respect for each other, with both viewing each other’s greatness as a challenge to their own. I can only imagine the banter in the changeroom following the match, with Curry likely thanking Thompson and promising to raise the ante.

This week myself, senior sportsmaster Mr. White and Dr.Lambert had the opportunity to interview the boys who had been selected by their teammates votes to represent our College as sport captains.  I can only say how impressed I was with the boys we interviewed; I would be happy to have all of them as captains. It gives me great pleasure to announce our AAGPS Summer Sports captains for the 2019 season.  These boys will work alongside myself and sport prefect, Hayden Fleming to set a championship team culture within their sports.

Sport Prefect – Hayden Fleming

Captain of Boats – Billy Sanders

Captain of Water Polo – Hugh O’Neill

Captain of Basketball – Miles Gugger

Captain of Tennis – Charlie Thompson

Captain of Cricket – Jack Attenborough 

I’m looking forward to another great Saturday of sport across the entire College. Good luck to our Cricket teams who start their AAGPS Championship season Saturday against Newington.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison 

Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend the sun was shining and all games were played. We took on Shore in most fixtures and then also Kings, Riverview, Barker and Trinity.

Water Polo kicked off the GPS competition with some great results vs Riverview. Well done to the 1sts who had a 8-5 victory and then also to the 2nds who were convincing in there 10-0 win. Also good wins to the 14's age group.

Basketball had games against Shore. The 1sts going down in a close one 82-76 and the 2nds in a low scoring affair 51-31. Well done to the 14's age group who won all games except the 14G's.

Cricket 1st XI bowled and dismissed King’s for 154. The run chase was good getting the runs in the 42nd over. The 2nd XI went down out at King’s. Well done to the 15B's who had a good win against Shore.

Tennis had convincing victories in both the 1sts and 2nds. Both teams winning 8-1. Well done to the 14A team who won 6-0.

Volleyball had a win and a loss against Barker and Table Tennis won one from five games.

This weekend we are up against Newington College in most fixtures.

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

“Setbacks are part of the process!”

If you are under the illusion that success and progress occur on a linear timeline then you are in for a lot of disappointment! Success and progress occur by identifying a goal, making decisions based on evidence and data, building a plan and blueprint, taking massive action and re evaluating and adjusting course where necessary. Setbacks and failure are a huge part of this process. You need to stop trying to avoid the struggle and embrace the challenges because this is where the growth occurs. Start getting comfortable being uncomfortable!

The Mind Body Heart Pathway is designed to help boys through a personal journey of development physically, mentally and emotionally. One of the greatest attributes developed as part of this program is self discipline and accountability. The ability to take absolute ownership of your situation is critical to a successful life.

I would like to encourage all boys to start their journey no matter where the starting point. Finally a reminder to all boys to always complete the following:

  1. Register for session using App or dashboard prior to session.

  2. Arrive on time with the right attitude.

  3. Bring a towel

  4. Listen, Learn, Lead and help others!

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

Our summer sport teams are performing exceptionally well and this highlights our excellent development programs. It was great to see how far our teams have come from the start of the season and look forward to tracking their continual improvement. This week we play Knox in Cricket; Riverview, Cranbrook, Trinity and Newington in Basketball; Knox and St Aloysius in Water Polo and Shore and Knox in Tennis.


Last week, Finley Dyer our Prep Tennis Captain was part of the NSWPSSA team who competed at the School Sport Australia 'Bruce Cup' in Adelaide. After seven long days of singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches the NSW team finished runners up, losing in the final to Queensland. Congratulations to Finn, who won five out of seven singles matches and was commended on his sportsmanship across the week culminating in him being awarded a carnival medal for sportsmanship. Well done Finn!  

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Tennis Coordinator

Water Polo

The Year 3 boys played their first ever full game in the deep end. This is a great achievement for all the boys as they only started playing Water Polo this year. Great effort. The Senior B teams had an extremely good, competitive match with a 7-7 draw. The Senior A teams both had good wins over Reddam A.

Ms Elisha Smith, Preparatory Water Polo Coordinator 


Games in basketball were played against Waverley College in the Senior Prep (Year 5 and 6). 10 out of the 12 Senior Prep teams had wins against Waverley College. The 12ths have improved their skills since the start of the season and had a close game this week, narrowly losing 5-6. Junior Prep teams had games against SCECGS Redlands (Year 4)  and Kings (Year 3). We look forward to another enjoyable round of games in Round 9 this Saturday.

Mr James Tracey, Preparatory Basketball Coordinator


Our Swim Team performed exceptionally well at the Kambala Invitational Relay Carnival. Our boys won every freestyle relay and placed in the top 2 in all relays. This highlights our excellent program and depth of swimmers. This week they participate at the Trinity Carnival.

Mr Brent Wilsmore, Preparatory Swimming Coordinator


It was most pleasing to see some improved performances in Round 8 over the weekend. We are well and truly into the cricket season again now so all the pre-season work should start paying off for boys. I would continue to encourage all boys to attend the additional skill sessions to work on feedback from Saturday coaches. Keep up the good work boys!

Mr Greg Clarence,Preparatory Cricket Coordinator

Story of the Week -  Will Harris & Jeremy Williams selected in U20 Junior Wallabies squad

Congratulations to Will Harris & Jeremy Williams (Year 12 2018) for their selection in the U20 Junior Wallabies squad for 2019.

The selection comes off the back of the Australian Schools selection and will give boys the opportunity to showcase their talents in the U20's competition. Congratulations also to Old Boy (2017) Darcy Breen who will join the pair in state based training.

The Junior Wallabies will play in next years Oceania U20s and the World Rugby U20s Champs in Argentina and we wish boys the best of luck for training and selection.

See below for the full squad