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Successful start to the year of sport

The 2015 summer sports season was largely a successful one for Scotch College. The ongoing success of our rowers and badminton teams, and the efforts by our cyclists are all definitely worth noting.

This season our 1st VIII rowers won the Head of the River for the sixth consecutive year, and now have achieved an amazing 11 titles over the last 12 years. Badminton is the only sport within Scotch to go close to matching this record, with a fifth consecutive premiership this season and an impressive 10 titles from 12 years. A special mention goes to all involved with this effort, including the boys, the staff, and the parents who have supported the boys in their respective programmes. Our cyclists’ first place was a wonderful effort..

The volleyball team, under the guidance of TIC Mark Mason and coaches Dan Higgins and Scott Handley, was our most improved team for the summer season. After finishing last in 2014, our boys worked hard to finish equal second in 2015. The leadership of the Captain, Finn Laidlaw (11FG) was instrumental in this remarkable effort.

Our swimming and diving squads had a strong campaign, with both squads finishing fourth on the APS finals night. The performances of Darren Tan (7B) and Benno (11MH) and Dante Negri (9MH) were most impressive, as all boys recorded multiple wins across a range of events. Our swimming team finished second in the state relays championships, held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in the lead-up to finals night. A total of 11 school records tumbled throughout the season.

Table tennis finished in a modest fourth position, while the 1st Cricket and Tennis teams were competitive, and despite being well placed in most games, fell just short when it counted most. Both of these teams will benefit from strong performances by younger boys within the squads. A special mention goes to Jeremy Taylor (10LJ) in our 1st Tennis team, who played at number one and won all games with just one exception.

Cycling came first in the combined state road schools final competition, scoring 873 points to second-placed St Kevin’s 869 points. This result was an excellent achievement by our boys and a tribute to their dedication and fitness. This is the first year of the cycling competition, and it is certain to grow in years to come. Ex-Olympian Shane Kelly headed our programme and worked extremely well with our boys, immediately lifting the standard of training. TIC John Flynn and staff member Katrina Stalker are to be commended on their efforts in working with Cycling Victoria to ensure a meaningful experience for our boys in competition.

Several boys represented Old Scotch Athletics Club in the nationals in Sydney, with some outstanding results. This included Archie Wallis (10EN) running two minutes flat in the under 17 800 metres in finishing eighth in the final; James Lightfoot (10BD) running seventh in the under 16 3000 metres in 9.26 minutes; Ed Beischer (10FS) also finishing seventh in the 1500 metres final in 4.08 minutes; and Charlie Schilling (10DN) finishing 14th in the 2000 metres steeplechase.

At the conclusion of the season, APS representative teams competed against the AGS combined schools at the Peninsula School in Mt Eliza. The following boys were selected in their respective sports, all of whom were involved in strong wins in their games: cricket – Nathan Douglas (11MN); tennis – Jeremy Taylor; badminton – David Kang (11MN – Vice Captain), Henry Teo (12DN); volleyball – Marcus Peters (11FS), Finn Laidlaw.

Sport plays a critical role in the boys’ lives at Scotch. It provides many learning opportunities and, hopefully, develops important coping strategies for dealing with success and failure. Team sports develop our boys’ ability to work with each other, and we hope this sense of teamwork will devolve from the sporting arena into other areas of life.

On a final note, It is great to see the boys wear their uniform well and represent the school with great pride and determination. Their support for each other in sporting events, their good humour and general good behaviour has been impressive to witness first hand. The ‘red army’ is a visible and vocal presence which adds great colour to our sports community.

Special thanks to the many boys and internal and external coaches who have helped to run such a large programme. With 18 sports offered, the organisation of such a complex programme is significant. Our Teachers in Charge of each sport should be acknowledged, as should our grounds and maintenance staff; and also Rosie Leaver, who is responsible for the administration and fixturing of teams and venues. Thanks also to our parents for sharing your son’s sporting journey at Scotch.

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SCOTCH CYCLISTS IN THE COMBINED STATE ROAD SCHOOLS’ FINAL COMPETITION.

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SCOTCH 1st XI CRICKETERS.(RIGHT) TENNIS HOUSE COMPETITOR.

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BENNO NEGRI IN THE APS SWIMMING FINALS.

Updated: 3 October 2016