Mr Tom Bradbury | Director of Co-Curricular Activities
Earlier this year we congratulated Sophie Brennan and Jessica Angus on their selection to the Queensland Equestrian Team to attend the Nationals in September. Unfortunately, Jess will not be attending as she has chosen to focus on her studies as the end of Year 12 fast approaches.
Further to this news we are pleased to advise that Sophie Brennan received some exciting news recently from Interschool Queensland advising that she has been appointed 2023 Queensland State Team Dressage Vice Captain for the championships. We congratulate Sophie on this leadership position and wish her well at this event.
On Tuesday 1 August, our merry band of athletes aged 9-12 years ventured off to Allora for the Southern Downs Athletics Championships. Here they were trialling for positions in the Southern Downs Team. Of the 41 selected to attend, 10 of our students were successful in gaining selection to the Southern Downs Team.
We congratulate the following athletes on their selection and wish them well at the Darling Downs Championships at Harristown SHS on Tuesday 15 August.
In addition to this success, SCOTS PGC continued a recent run of producing the ‘Athlete of the Carnival’ with Tori Winters scooping the pool and walking away with the ‘Marty Harris Shield for Most Outstanding Athlete’. Congratulations Tori, a well-deserved accolade for a big day at the track.
Thanks also to Miss Harriet Curtain, Mr Saxon Charles and Mr Peter Campbell for officiating and managing our team throughout the day. Without the efforts of many, our students would not have these opportunities and we thank them for their contribution to the day.
Once again, congratulations and best wishes to all our successful athletes.
This week students from Years 4 to 12 will attend the Darling Downs Track and Field Championships: Tuesday 9-12 years; Thursday to Friday 13-19 years students.
Ten students will attend the 9-12 years championships, as mentioned above, whilst some 33 students have qualified to attend the 13-19 years championships. We wish all the very best at these events and look forward to celebrating their successes in the coming weeks.
U13 v TAS
SCOTS were out of sorts and suffered as a result with TAS dominating the play. Harrison Grayson and his brother Will Grayson were two of our standouts along with Sijarne Miles whose bustling runs were very deceptive. Nicholas Fauske and Kelvin Daley showed no fear with excellent defence throughout the match. Improved structure and discipline will see the team improve in the coming weeks.
U15 v TAS
A phenomenal defensive display saw the SCOTS boys take the cookies 10-5 against TAS. It was truly a team effort that got the boys across the line as the TAS outfit clawed their way back into the game. Darcy Hodges made some bone-crunching tackles in defence; Cooper Kendall made some bustling runs stepping left and right, whilst Riley Stoikov was devastating with ball in hand running strong throughout the match. Props Billy Worth and Tom Hersant were the backbone of forward operations keeping SCOTS moving in attack and stiffening the defence.
OPEN v TAS
For a team that lost this corresponding match convincingly last year, the SCOTS boys showed grit and determination going down 10-0 to TAS. The game see-sawed throughout with TAS getting the ascendancy and a try towards the end of both halves. Hank Zammit, Jesse Bohm, Ryan Bohm, Aiden Bell, Alex Bateman-Paul, and a young Tama Saxton did much of the grunt work taking the ball forward and defending as if their lives depended on it. Halfback George Handley was the best on ground for the SCOTS boys with a great role as the little general on field and not shy to do the heavy lifting when needed. Adrian Titus and Kane Mulhearn made barnstorming run after run that lifted the boys on several occasions. After a less than sparkling trial match last term against the TAS lads, you could be excused for thinking the young SCOTS men had won the game, such was their pleasure in the result.
Certainly, much for coach Mick Tucker to improve upon in training with the bye next week. Darcy Noller and Harry Mayall were unlucky not to find clear space on several occasions with fingernail defence the only thing stopping the fleet-footed pair from finding the try line out wide.
U15 v Mary Mackillop
A scrappy first half with a lot of handling errors from both sides saw a bit of a stop-start game of rugby. SCOTS set up camp in Mary Mac’s 22 with the bulk of the possession but with some gutsy defence from the Highfields men, SCOTS were unable to get any five-pointers until late in the first half.
With Mary MacKillop’s depleted troop numbers, fatigue was bound to set in, and SCOTS put their foot on the gas in the second half. There was some expansive and entertaining footy from then on. “Dougie” Lawlor had a great game at fly half along with his No. 12 partner, Charlie Bergemann – who was playing out of position. Charlie had some good carries, with Dougie’s ‘chip and chase’ one for the highlight reel. The big men up front shouldered most of the heavy lifting with “Tommy Boy” Hersant, Cody Zammit and Angus Bauer trucking the nut downfield with some strong carries on numerous occasions. Billy Worth’s barnstorming run from a lineout put the defence on the back foot, leading to another try for the men from Warwick.
Cooper Kendall and, Baxter Twidale who were best on ground for SCOTS, had great games in the wide channels both scoring tries. Hunter McMurtrie had a stellar game in the 15 jumper and is really making rugby his game. Overall, Mary MacKillop put up a valiant effort, but SCOTS ended up running away with a 30 to 0 win.
U15 v St Mary’s
The top of the table clash was always going to be a bruising encounter and the Wednesday afternoon battle at the St Mary’s campus did not disappoint.
St Mary’s scored a well-executed try early in the first half and with a great conversion from out wide gave the Blue and Whites a 7 to 0 lead. The SCOTS forwards, who were the smaller of the two packs, muscled up in the middle and with some true grit dominated in the scrums. SCOTS soon hit back with a well-structured maul forming from a lineout and the pigs pushing over for a good ol’ school forwards try. Hugh Holden’s penalty goal late in the first half was the last time that SCOTS troubled the scorer, however.
The second half was all one-way traffic. St Mary’s unleashed their outside backs, running away with the match scoring three unanswered tries. The SCOTS boys showed a lot of ticker in the middle and once again Hunter McMurtrie at fullback was outstanding. Brandon Pope and Ethan McDonald were a couple of the forwards that stood out, but in the end, the powerful and well-drilled St Mary’s outfit was just too good on the day holding onto the top spot of the competition ladder with a convincing 38 to 8 win.
This week we return to Warwick with our final home game to be played at Water Rats fields against Faith Lutheran College, so get down to the games and support the lads in this final fixture before the Finals Series.
U13 – SCOTS v Faith Lutheran – 4.30 pm
U15 – SCOTS v Faith Lutheran – 5.30 pm
OPEN – SCOTS v Faith Lutheran – 6.30 pm
Last week Sarah Morris made her debut as a rugby referee in the Super Schools Cup overseeing the U13 match from the middle. From all reports, she controlled the game very well for one of her first efforts on the big stage in a 15s match. You can see Sarah in action this Wednesday again as she blows the whistle once more in the U13 clash between SCOTS and Faith Lutheran. Congratulations to Sarah on her efforts in a discipline that takes real courage to embark upon.
Records tumbled at the recent QCIS Athletics held here at SCOTS PGC. These were not available for our previous issue, but I am pleased to announce that of the 16 records broken across the carnival, 10 of those were set by SCOTS PGC Students.
Congratulations to all our record breakers on their success and once again to the Team for their overall achievements and particularly to our Open Boys, 14yrs Boys and 15yrs Boys on takin out their Age Groups for the day.
Once again, the Warwick All Schools Track and Field Carnival returned to Briggs Oval at SCOTS for the 101st running of the event.
The day started very fresh but soon warmed up to perfect conditions for the carnival. Warwick SHS, Assumption College, Warwick Christian College, Allora, Clifton and Killarney joined us here for a fantastic day of Athletics.
Killarney took out the Average Trophy after a great showing from their students across all events whilst we finished in 2nd place.
SCOTS PGC took home the Junior Boys Appel Challenge Trophy, Senior Girls Montrose Trophy and the Senior Girls Relay Trophy whilst the spoils were shared between Assumption and Warwick SHS for the remaining trophies.
Our students certainly featured in the Age Championships with our best athletes gaining the following results:
Congratulations particularly to Oliver, Bethany, Elliza, Bailey, Phoebe and Makybe on their wins which means we walked away with half of the Age Championships whilst three others gained the Runner Up position.
To round things out, our 12 years Girls Relay Team broke the record previously held by Warwick SHS set in 2016 with a new mark of 1.03.5min. In other relays, the Open Boys, Open Girls, 15 years Boys, 16 years Girls, and 15 years Girls all walked away as winners on our home track. The dominance of our 15, 16 and Open Girls secured us the Senior Relay trophy emphatically.
Thanks to all our staff including teachers, maintenance, kitchen and administrative staff, our Year 8 student officials, P&F representatives in the canteen and our competitors for making the day such a successful one in so many ways.
Finally, we congratulate our opponents on the healthy and hearty competition and the spirit in which it was contested. We look forward to the event in 2024 and trust that the tradition of this event continues in the same manner as it has now for over 101 years.
The annual SCOTS 7s returns after last year’s flood-affected cancellation and will see schools come from near and far to join us for the day. Our U13, U15 and Open teams in both the boys and girls will step out and put their best foot forward against some handy opponents on home soil.
All the action will unfold on Friday 1 September on Briggs and Dunning Ovals. Below are the draft pools for the day for those interested in coming down to see our students in action.