From the Co-curricular Desk

Darling Downs Trials Week 3
This week we had Adrien Mayfield atttend the Darling Downs U19 Cricket Trials in Toowoomba. Adrien returned unsuccessful in terms of selection, however he conveyed to me that he learnt some more about his craft and is keen to return for another go next year. This is a lad who has truly embraced the adage…
” We do not Win or Lose, We Win or Learn” – a great attitude and learning experience for this young man.
On Thursday, Sam Wainwright, Jekeira Major, Erin Keogh and Kaysan Miles braved the elements at Centenary Heights SHS for the Darling Downs U15 Touch Team trials. Again we fell short of selection but from all reports the students acquitted themselves well and were as always a credit to their families and our College. Darcy Brennan unfortunately succumbed to illness and was unable to attend the Open Touch Trials.
We congratulate all for making the Border District Teams and representing the College and themselves with distinction.
SCOTS PGC Senior Swimming Carnival
What a great day for a swimming carnival. In balmy conditions at the WIRAC Pool the College filled the bleachers and parents were treated to a mass spectacle of bodies hurling themselves into determined and vigorous competition. Individual numbers were up in many of the junior events with greater opportunity given to participate.
In the record stakes few were broken but Caitlin Skaines took the Open Girls 50m Butterfly to a new level with her 31.87sec effort. Millie Groves set a new mark in the 25m Breast stroke for the 15yrs Girls.
The Age Championships were hotly contested with 2 age groups declared a tie after all events were considered. We congratulate the following students on their success.
U13 Girls – Age Champion: Connie-Anne Sue Tin and Phoebe Sellick
U13 Boys – Age Champion: Nicholas Denny, Runner up: Samuel Bourke
U14 Girls – Age Champion: Krystal Petersen, Runner up: Sophie Poole
U14 Boys – Age Champion: Darcy Noller, Runner up: Percy Kruger
U15 Girls – Age Champion: Ruby Noller, Runner up: Makybe Edwards
U15 Boys – Age Champion: River Taylor, Runner up: Fraser Collins
U16 Girls – Age Champion: Erin Fearby and Felicity Hodges
U16 Boys – Age Champion: Nicholas McGahan, Runner up: Max Keable
U17/18 Girls – Age Champion: Caitlin Skaines, Runner up; Shona McFarland
U17/18 Boys – Age Champion: William Gilmore, Runner up: Thomas Keable
The major trophies fell as follows to the Clans…
Robyn McLellan Cup – Inter-clan Girls Relays – Leslie
Deane-Butcher Cup – Champion Girl clan – Leslie
Wallace Kieseker Cup – Inter-clan Boys Relays – Cameron
Buss Cup – Champion Boy Clan – Mackay
The Graham Family Trophy – Champion Clan – 4th Macinness, 3rd Cameron, 2nd Leslie, 1st Mackay
May I offer my extreme thanks to Mr Wilson for his ongoing support, our fantastic and generous staff particularly my marshals Mr Bolton and Mr Sullivan who have the unenviable job of processing the withdrawals and substitutions to ensure all who want to swim get one. I thank our great parent helpers and of course John and the kitchen staff for the wonderfully nutritious catering throughout the day. I would also like to thank once again the most helpful staff at the WIRAC. No request is too difficult and the facility is always pristine in presentation.
It’s always a great day when you get to come together and celebrate life as a community and this was one of those most cherished days.
 
Border District Swimming Championships
In a whirlwind turn around from our College Carnival to the Border District Carnival the following day we can only praise our dedicated and tenacious swim team on their performances at this event. We claimed the Overall Aggregate Champion School and the Champion Boys School once again and four of our students claimed Age Championships out of the 10 on offer.
We congratulate William Gilmore 17/18yrs, Caitlin Skaines 17/18yrs, Nicholas McGahan 16yrs and Nicholas Denny 13yrs who all dominated their opposition to claim well deserved Age Champion honours. In addition to this Caitlin broke the 100m Backstroke record in the process to give her, a second Border District record in the pool.
Thanks to Mrs Brooke Dwan for escorting the team to Stanthorpe, to the wonderful supporting parents who made the journey south; to our Gap students Lisa, Cameron and Hannah for their officiating and to all team members for backing up so tremendously after our own Carnival.
Another very successful team effort in a very individual sport. Go SCOTS!!!!
 
Round 1 Basketball Results
In our first team sports outing for the year the Yr7/8 Boys, Yr9/10 Girls and Boys and the Open Boys played at Harristown SHS.
Results were as follows:
Yr7/8 Boys – took the win with a 24-19 result against TGS White
Yr9/10 Boys – unfortunately have a lot to learn with a 104-12 loss against the very tall timber of Highlands College
Yr9/10 Girls – had a hard fought draw against Glennie with a 20-20 scoreline the final result
Open Boys – suffered a heartbreaking 1 point loss to Highlands College with a final scoreline of 40-39
Although a set of mixed results the overall vibe of the teams was very positive and all appear to be keen for the next two home games against the full school squads from Toowoomba SHS 14th February and Downlands College 21st February.
Please get out and support our teams at home if you can. Open team games are at 6.05pm for the Girls and 7.00pm for the Boys in the John Muir Sports Centre.
Futsal Kicks Off!!
Our Girls are really looking good after rounds 1 and 2 of the competition. In week 2, 3 out of our 4 teams had good wins and our U19 Girls are undefeated after dispatching both Fairholme and Glennie in the Senior Competition. The U13 and U14 Teams both demonstrated superior physicality and skill to take a 5-3 and 3-1 win respectively.
In their opening evening the Boys teams had mixed results with a win a loss and a draw. The U12 Boys showed plenty of fight to come back from a 5-2 deficit to claim a 5-5 draw frustrating their opponents at the death. The U13 boys are still developing as a team and suffered a loss to their much larger and more physical opponents. The most impressive result of the night was from our very solid Senior Boys Team who claimed a resounding 7-2 win against the traditionally strong Concordia College. These boys are a beacon for all our lads to aspire to and we are quietly confident of a most successful season ahead.