2 December, 2022



It has been a great year for the Scotch Oakburn cycling team. Numbers have grown and many students have been training hard and making enormous improvements in the local cross-country MTB series. This has shown the younger riders what can be achieved with a dedicated approach.

This year we have introduced a perpetual trophy for cycling, and it has been awarded to Maya Martin (Year 10). Maya’s achievements throughout the year have included winning the Launceston Mountain Bike Club Under 19 Twilight Cross-Country Series, Under 17s Cross-Country at the Tasmanian All Schools MTB Championship, Under 17s Cross-Country MTB National Championship, and last Saturday, the Under 17s Cross-country MTB State Championship. Maya is a worthy recipient of the trophy and a great role model for other students.

Congratulations Maya!

Luke Hammond
Person-in-Charge of Cycling



Tasmanian State Championships:

Congratulations to all players in our Year 7/8 Girls and Year 9/10 Boys teams who participated in the Basketball Tasmania State Championships on the weekend of 26-27 November.

These teams definitely found some of their games very challenging, but to their credit, they were still very competitive. Despite several injuries to key players in both our girls’ and boys’ teams in their opening games, we were able to continue with the tournament. A huge thank you to some of our younger players who stepped up to assist our Senior Boys during the weekend.

The boys were placed in the same pool as the eventual grand finalists, St Virgils and Burnie High, which was certainly a tough draw. Whilst not progressing to the semi-finals they had a very close game against Marist Regional College on Day 1 which will certainly assist in the upcoming NSATIS rosters in 2023.

Similarly, the girls were placed in a very challenging pool that made it very difficult to progress to finals, as they also played against teams that finished in the top three. Their final game on Sunday against St Patrick’s College with only 6 players, also proved to be even more challenging as they lost another player during that game to injury.

Whilst both these teams placed in the bottom half of their respective divisions, it was a great result to be just one of the top qualifying schools in Tasmania competing.

A huge thank you to Brett Smith for coaching the boys and Madi Shawl for coaching the girls. Thank you also to the Team Managers, Naomi Wallace and Tina Waldron for all their coordination and of course, the parents, as your support is always greatly appreciated.

Northern High School Sports Association Rosters

Another great term of Basketball!

Many of our teams have been very successful in their weekly roster games. All rosters were completed last night. Grand Final game details will be uploaded to The Dash as soon as they are known. Early indications are that we have our Senior Boys Firsts, Junior Boys Firsts, Junior Girls Firsts and Junior Boys Seconds Gold in the finals. These are yet to be confirmed at the time of writing.

Once again, a huge thank you to all our players and coaches for your dedication this Term and best of luck to those teams in Grand Finals.

2023 Basketball – NSATIS Squads

All of our squads will be available on The Dash next week. Our Firsts Squads have been training throughout Terms 3 and 4 and it is expected that teams will be finalised in the first week of Term 1, 2023 and games will also possibly be played in that first week back, rosters are yet to be finalised. These Firsts Squads will therefore need to be back in late January in order to prepare for these games. All students who are required to order NSATIS uniforms should do so over the coming two weeks and these will be available prior to their first games next year.

Natalie Good
Director of Basketball

Sports Mindset

I was watching a Video this week of Jeff Walker, the grandfather of online marketing, and he said that the most successful entrepreneurs in the world all have one thing in common, they have “a mindset bias towards action”.  They see what needs to be done and they do it.

I wonder if we have this type of mindset when playing our sport – a mindset that gives us a bias towards action.

If we did, this would mean that when we see gaps in our fundamentals, our team strategies and our teamwork, we would then move towards taking action such as asking our coaches for help in those areas that we have identified as our gaps, and practise them until we can’t get them wrong, facing up to our own fear of failure, with courage and a positive mindset.

It could also mean, that we go to some of our mentors, such as Mr Ali Foot, our world rowing champion, our coaches, and captains who have played club sport, who have been there before and know how to develop skills and give us guidance along the way.

Remember, a mindset that has a bias towards action can lead us to victory, at being our best selves and achieving the goals we want in our sporting endeavours.

All the best to the junior rowers this weekend and to all those competing in other sporting competitions around our great community and State.

Rev Grace Reynolds
College Chaplain and Sports Mindset Coach