SPORTS BULLETIN

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Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

I would like to thank all Aquatic Sports students for the hard work they have put in over the previous six weeks.

The weekend past saw the last week of Term 4 compulsory sport for Swimmers, Sailors, Divers and Surfers. Knox Water Polo Players and Surf Lifesavers (who are training for their SRC & Bronze Medallion) will train for one more week.

The remainder of Term 4 will of course see many CAS Swimmers and Divers continue training.

Over Term 4, there have been several highlights across each sport:

SURF LIFE SAVING
Congratulations to 11 Knox students who completed their Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew Award over the weekend. This team had their assessment in large and powerful surf with part of their assessment to rescue swimmers in the break and out at sea.

Knox’s newly qualified IRB Crew members are Wil McDonald, Angus Kellaway, Jack Bregenhoj, Luke Parks, Will Sanderson, Harrison Muller, Ethan Ravenhall, Digby Dalton, Nik Kaderavek, Oscar Thompson and Matt Jackson.

Good luck to the 25 Knox trainee Surf Lifesavers who are in the final stages of preparation for the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion. This assessment will be held this upcoming weekend at Whale Beach SLSC.

Well done to Dylan MacKensie (year 6) who won a Bronze Medal (U12 Beach sprint) at the North Steyne Junior Carnival on 12 November. Dylan also went on to finish 6th in the 1km beach (soft-sand) run.

SAILING
With strong winds, the Sailors were able to test their skills that they have been building upon all term. On Saturday morning, Blue Squad set off for a sail around Scotland Island before turning back due to strong winds. Following this, Black Squad were able to sail from Newport to Portugese Beach in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This term has seen great performances from several new and upcoming sailors including Cam Mitchell, Tim Allan, Hamish Blake and Marlon Wardell. Experienced sailors such as Henry Stoodley-Williamson, Will Adams and Harry Parker have also stepped up to pass on their skills to younger team members.  

DIVING 
This term has seen all Knox Divers continue to develop their skills - this was evident on Saturday with Oliver Ritchie, James Riordan, Otto Thomas and Bill Hirst ‘showing off’ with some near perfect dives off the 1m and 3m boards. 

Michael Xenofontos and Tate Osbourne have also put in consistent effort throughout the term with increased flexibility and strength assisting them to work on ever more challenging dives. 

SWIMMING 
Our School Swimmers and competitive teams have used the previous 6 weeks to work on fitness and competition skills. Congratulations to all swimmers who have put in their maximum effort to achieve great results so far - and who will continue to with further training in Term 1. 

WATER POLO 
“We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges”. 

The Knox Water Polo Teams faced off against a tough opposition in Newington over the weekend. Despite Knox being at the forefront of the CAS Schools - Newington and Scots provided our teams with two challenging weekends which will allow our teams to grow over the rest of the season. 

Results, 18 November 2017: 
1sts: Newington 12, Knox 4
2nds: Newington 8, Knox 5
3rds: Newington 13, Knox 2
16A’s: Newington 6, Knox 1
16B’s: Newington 6, Knox 5
15A’s: Knox 7, Newington 6
14A’s: Newington 9, Knox 3
14B’s: Knox 4, Newington 4

16A: Lost 1-6
Keeping the “Red Hot’ Newington team to only 6 goals throughout this game was quite an achievement from Team Knox. The defence that our team displayed was quite impressive. Oli Utteridge and Pat Hogan shared goal keeping duties and both had good games. Dylan Horsfall continues to trouble the opposition and he scored a lovely goal. Charlie Bladon tried hard but his many shots were well saved. Matt Reeve had an impressive defensive game. Overall, the 16A’s team should not be disappointed with this effort against the competition leaders.

16B: Lost 5-6
In what was a close first half the boys seem to let the advantage slip in the third quarter. After leading 3-2 they trailed 4-3 and late in the last period they were 2 goals behind. A spirited fight back left them just short of a draw with a one goal deficit the end result. Tobey Rowe led the attack with 3 goals and Kevin Park and James Sung added one goal each. 

15A: Won 7-6
In a very exciting match the team looked dominant in the first three periods but Newington kept clinging on and equalising shortly after each time we took the lead. With scores locked at 6 all it was anyone’s game until Flynn Worner and Xander Mercer combined to seal the winning goal. The young 15A team remain undefeated this season but were certainly tested on this occasion. Flynn Worner and Harry Miller scored 2 goals each whilst Xander Mercer was dominant with his three goals haul.

14A: Lost 3-9
The score seemed to suggest that the 14A’s were well beaten but it was a much closer game than the score showed. Despite trailing 3-1 then 5 -1 at half time, it was often the case that a missed opportunity to score resulted in a goal at our defensive end. These two goal turnarounds were the main difference. Whilst the Banfield twins were again dominant, Jack Harty, Jordan Menzies and Jacques Horbach combined well with great team play. 

14B: Drew 4-4
This game turned out to be the closest and most entertaining of the day with scores locked at 1-1 from early in the game until the third quarter. Newington skipped away to a 2 goal lead in the last quarter but great goals to Alex Ruygrok and Tane Bidois brought the scores level with only seconds remaining. Sam Choi continues to improve on a weekly basis and proved a valuable cog in the teams wheel this week.

SURFING  
Term 4 has seen the High Performance Surf Team given the opportunity to work with many accomplished surfers as their mentor/coach - especially Matt Grainger. The team has taken full advantage of this throughout the past six weeks with continued great waves from Jack Anderson, Aydin Ince and Cooper Hennessy, while Charlie Sherlock and Jay-T Stubbs have also both impressed the coaches with their application and development of surfing skills in a range of waves. 
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball and Volleyball

CAS Round 5 VS Trinity
The 1st’s ground out a remarkable win against Trinity 65-61. The boys played with passion and tenacity and it was a fantastic way to cap off the first half of the season. The 1st’s will be playing in the Australian Schools Championships in early December which is shaping up to be a fantastic opportunity for the boys to test themselves against some quality basketball players from all across Australia. The 2nd’s were defeated by Trinity 28-39. The boys will have a well-deserved break and should be hungry to work hard in the second half of the season to compete with consistency as a team. The remainder of the games results are as follows: 3rds (L – 32-52), 4ths (L- 28-40), 5ths (L – 25-35), 6ths (L – 20-41), 7ths (L – 23-39), 8ths (W- 28-18), 9ths (L – 20-31), 10ths (W- 37-24). The 11th’s and 12th’s played against Barker 9’s and 10’s respectively with the following results 11ths (L – 11 -36) and 12ths (W – 8-31).

The 10’s had another fantastic CAS round finishing undefeated with 6 wins. The results are as follows: 10A’s (W – 38-31), 10B’s (W – 28-20), 10C’s (W – 36-23), 10D’s (D – 36-24), 10E’s (W – 33-14) and 10F’s (W – 47-9).  10G’s – L’s played Shore E’s-I’s respectively with the following results 10G’s (L – 22-25), 10H’s (L – 15-32), 10I’s (L – 11-45), 10J’s (L – 20-23), 10K/L’s (W – 33-15). 



The 9’s continued their dominant form, finishing the CAS round undefeated 8-0 with the results as follows: 9A’s (W – 45-40), 9B’s (W – 34-26), 9C’s (W – 32-5), 9D’s (W – 33-21), 9E’s (W – 31-9), 9F’s (W – 42-18), 9G’s (W – 22-19) and 9H’s (W – 44-10). The 9I’s defeated Barker I’s (W – 39-4). The 9J’s were defeated by Riverview G’s (L – 17-18) and the 9K’s and 9L’s played an internal game with the K’s defeating the L’s 58-24. 

The 8’s year group faced some tough competition against Trinity and finished with a CAS record of 5 wins and 4 losses. The results as follows: 8A’s (L – 43-66), 8B’s (L- 15-48), 8C’s (W – 37-19), 8D’s (L – 28-30), 8E’s (W – 29-22), 8F’s (W – 68-8), 8G’s (L – 20-25), 8H’s (W – 26-11), 8I’s (NA), 8J’s (W – 52-14). The K’s and L’s played against Sydney Grammar G’s and H’s with the results 8K’s (L – 12-28) and 8L’s (L – 14-38).

Knox finished the CAS round with a 22 win, 2 draw and 6 loss record (67%). This was the final round of games for term 4. Our 10A’s and 9A’s finished the first half of the season undefeated and at the top of their respective CAS tables.

Congratulations to the 10A’s and 9A’s for this great achievement! We also have 17 teams who were undefeated in term 4. Congratulations to the 10th’s, 10A’s, 10C’s, 10E’s, 10F’s, 9A’s, 9B’s, 9C’s, 9D’s, 9F’s, 9G’s, 9I’s, 8C’s, 8E’s, 8F’s, 8H’s and 8I’s! Thank you to all parents for your continued support of the program and transporting your sons to our various playing venues on Saturdays.

Training for the remainder of the term will be from period 7 until 3.15pm. 

Basketball Camp
A reminder, during the holidays we have an exciting opportunity for the boys with NBA shooting coach, David Nurse, coming to Knox to host a camp. This camp is open to anyone from Years 6-12 and is a great opportunity to learn and have some fun. For more details and to register, please go to www.knox.nsw.edu.au/davidnurse.

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Combined Sports

Mr Stuart Newman, Director of Combined Sports

Fencing
Knox hosted three teams from North Sydney Boys High School in a Fencing competition allowing the students to utilise the electronic fencing system. The matches acted as a rematch of the Term 3 event in which students competed under the Italian Relay competition, 3 students per team, each student competing against each member of the opposition in bouts scored first to 5 hits over 3 minutes. The first team to accumulate 45 points is the winner. The competition allowed the Knox students to experience all facets of competing against multiple opponents while also taking responsibility for officiating and scoring bouts.


Knox A- Oscar Loofs, Zachary Loofs, Jackson Young had a 45-26 vicotry over NSBHS A, successfully winning every bout. 
Knox B- Domenic Lee, Austin Swaffer, Oliver Heller also recorded a 45-26 victory with some strong performances. 
Knox C- Kai Yang, Ethan Low, Jeffrey Chung were defeated by NSBHS 29-45 but gained valuable competition experience. 

It was a successful finish to the final weekend of Fencing for 2017 and all students should be congratulated for their sportsmanship over the contest.

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Coach

Golf
Knox vs St Pats
Result: Loss 3/1

Today’s match against St Pats was played in some very windy conditions at Avondale, which proved challenging for all of the boys.

Will Ryan struggled to maintain consistency throughout his match and was defeated 5/4. Although he was given a shot by his opponent for the first time in the competition today, his approach play was significantly affected by the conditions, and he found it difficult to keep in touch.

Nick Anderson played some solid golf today, and his putting was impressive. Finding himself 2 up with 3 to play, Nick had a good opportunity to achieve victory, but ran out of steam in what was his second game of golf for the day. He was defeated 1 down on the last hole.

Will Wells played some solid golf today, and was the only Knox Player to really take control of the conditions. He achieved a comfortable 3/1 win against an opponent who simply refused to give up.

The “rub-of-the-green” really did “play-its-hand” today for Calvin Su. The lead in this match changed throughout the day and whilst Calvin played some excellent golf, the “fickle hand of fate” stepped in, influencing the result. The poached-egg lie in the bunker on the 11 green (see photo), was probably one of the most challenging shots in golf for any player, and his drive on the 17th which flew the green at 290m, meant that Calvin was behind on the 18th and lost his match 2 down.


The Poached Egg
There are times when the 'Rub-of-the-Green' makes it tough for all of us!

Now that we have reached the half-way point of the season, I encourage all players to take some time to reflect on their play. I feel that some additional work on approach shots (chipping), and the maintenance of a “calm approach” towards positional play could bring about improvements moving forward into 2018: try to emulate what you see when you watch a professional golfer at work. I also take this opportunity to wish you all a safe holiday.

Mr David McGowan, Head Coach
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Cricket

Mr Julien Manuel, Director of Cricket, Baseball and Tee-Ball

The fourth round for 2-day teams concluded with matches on Friday afternoon and Saturday leading into the summer break. Knox had some great periods of play in each and demonstrated greater resilience and ability to form stronger partnerships with the bat. The 1st XI returned to form in their fixture at Curagul. After grinding out a tough first innings win, the boys almost achieved an unexpected outright victory, falling 16 runs short at the close of play. Nic Gallu continued his good form with the ball, claiming 4 seconds innings wickets and was well supported by James Caprarelli with 3. Our batsmen also spent valuable time in the middle with Nick Astridge passing 50 in a tough innings. Max Glover displayed exceptionally clean hitting in the second innings as we chased quick runs hitting 63 not out of 27 balls.

Our 2nds returned to the winners circle this week, chasing down 180 against Alos at College oval. Sam Chapman was magnificent with the bat, scoring a great 62 before Jack Hennessy took the side to victory with some clean lower order hitting.

Will Fernandez took 5 wickets for the 10A's in their victory over St Aloysius College at Gillespie. Hamish Quigley posted his first century for Knox scoring 104 not out and Lachie Donaldson posted 72 on day 1. 

The 9A’s also continued their hot form this term, adding another scalp to their record. Despite an unexpected collapse with the bat, the bowlers rallied to dismiss St Aloysius for 73 in reply.

In the final round of 1 day cricket, our teams remained undefeated against traditional rivals Trinity. Many pleasing individual performances were recorded on the day as we showed off all the hard work our boys had put in over the past 10 weeks at training. It is really exciting to see the boys improve in all aspects of their individual games, especially in regards to the boy’s fielding skills. Many schools have passed comment on this aspect of Knox cricket as well as the strong bonds amongst each player in every team. This is a great sign for the program at Knox as we aim to develop a strong culture where team success is valued above individual scores.

Backyard and beach cricket will certainly replace the structured school cricket for the next couple of months, and we hope all boys enjoy their holiday time with family and friends. Many boys continue their club cricket commitments, and we congratulate the many Knox boys who gained selection in the Under 16 Green Shield  teams from local grade clubs – best of luck to these boys on these Summer tournaments.  
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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

Learning the finer points of sabre fencing is challenging but fun. The boys were taken through the parries and techniques and learned to quicken their footwork as sabre requires a lot of speed and accuracy. The differing target areas and use of the edge as well as the tip of the sabre make for exciting bouts. The boys fenced some quick bouts against a number of opponents to get experience in different styles and strategies.

Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Orienteering
Knox hosted the final Saturday Orienteering Series Event this term on Saturday, run by Bold Horizons. Over 100 orienteers from around Sydney ran through the school grounds, competing on a challenging sprint course. Congratulations to all the Knox orienteers that competed. Ewan Shingler (Year 10) placed second in the Long line High School division, whilst Oliver Pitman (Year 12) and Alex Koch-Lowndes (Year 9) placed fourth and fifth overall, along with taking out first and second for the intra-Knox team competition. Well done also to Jake Evans (Year 9) and Sam Pitman (Year 12) for placing third and fourth within the Knox Orienteering Team. In the Short Line Primary course, Matt Fisher (Year 6) retained his strong results for the season, placing first in the public division.

On Sunday, Knox was represented by a small team at the NSW Sprint Championships and Bandaged Bear BOOST Charity Event. Well done to Matt Fisher, Thomas Bartnik, Alex-Koch Lowndes and Sam Pitman for representing Knox at the event. Congratulations also to Ewan Shingler, representing the local Big Foot Orienteering Club, placing second in the highly competitive Mens 16A division - only 19 seconds behind first place. 

Thank you to all parents for your support in driving to venues throughout the term and waiting for our return from Wednesday Summer Series events. The Summer Series has been a fantastic opportunity for the team to represent Knox at one of the premier Sydney orienteering events. The teams' behaviour and positive enthusiasm has been noted upon with high regard by many members of the public orienteering world. The coaching team is looking forward to a very exciting second half of the season next year for which there will be numerous new maps for weekend events and many more challenging Summer Series events to attend. 
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Squash

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports, Mr Eric van Arkkels, Head Coach and Ms Annie Gleason, 1st and 2nd Squash Coach

Knox 1st 3-0 K3 A Soonius dominated with good length controlling the "T", Adam focused on forehand and cross court drives to go on and win 3-0, F Hellen-Ford set the tempo early controlling the "T" Finn played some clinical drops and drives to win 3-0, R Deshpande played to his strengths varying his plays Rishi focused on his back of court drives with good length to win 3-1.

J Price found his opponent challenging but credit to James he never gave up just going down 0-3, L Marinaki also found his opponent challenging, Luke tried to get into the match unfortunately going down 0-3, P Koch went behind early 0-1 but to his credit Peter fought back to level at 1-1 with some well delivered cross court drives only to lose focus and go down 1-3.

K2 0-3 Briars1

K4 1-2 Willoughby1 K Ramcharan fought very hard against a very strong opponent, to his credit Kiano never gave up just going down 0-3, E Bakker started strong going up 2-0 playing good length
with some well delivered cross court and forehand drives , Eugene lost focus and quickly found himself level at 2-2 finally going down 2-3 , C Lee fought hard to win his first game 31/29 in a game full of never ending rallies with Chan attacking every ball to go on and win 3-1.

K5 3-0 Briars2

K6 1-2 Barker Red L Hincks found his opponent very challenging but credit to Lachy he never gave up chasing every ball just going down 0-3, F Prince fought hard in a match that had everything with long rallies Finn played good length varying his shots with some well delivered cross court drives to just go down 2-3 , L Page playing his second match of the morning , set the pace early playing good length varying his shots Lucas took control focusing on the back of court with some great forehand and back hand drives to win 3-1.

K7 3-0 K8 P Mehta fought hard focusing on length he chased every ball in a match of long rallies with Pranav finally winning 3-2, L Page set the tempo early attacking everything with some strong serves Lucas took control to win 3-0, V Zhong dominated early with good length Victor varied his shots with some well delivered boasts and drives to win 3-0. W Degotardi started slowly but quickly recovered to go up 2-1 playing to his strengths Will found the back of court with some strong forehand and cross court drives , unfortunately he lost focus to go down 2-3, H Charalambous started slowly to his credit Harry fought back just going down 16/18 chasing very ball only to finally go down 0-3 , J Merhi found his opponent challenging going down early he fought back to be 15/17 in the second varying his plays with some well delivered drives only to go down 0-3.

K9 3-0 Briars3 

K10 3-0 Barker5 E Albany played to his strengths with some clinical drives and drops Elliot took control to dominate and win 3-0, R Soutar started well playing good length varying his shots Ryan found his opponent frustrating but to his credit he stayed focused to win 3-2 in a hard fought five setter, T Murray dominated from the very first ball controlling the "T" Tyler played good length along with some well-placed front of court boats to win 3-0.

K11 2-1 K13 B Fraser set the tempo early working the court playing good length Brendan took control with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives to win 3-0, H Mendes started slowly going down 0-1 Harrison fought back to level with some good serves and drives only to lose focus and go down 1-3, C Beauchamp played to his strengths varying his plays with some well delivered drives and front of court boasts to win 3-0. W O'Sullivan fought hard narrowly going 12/15 in the first Will played good length but unfortunately lost his focus to go down 0-3, B Boyd played a very attacking match focusing on length Brad found the back of court with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives to win 3-1 in a very strong performance, M Davidson found his opponent challenging but credit to Matt he fought hard narrowly going down 0-3.

K12 1-2 Barker6 J Ngo played to his strengths varying his plays with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives Jackson took control to dominate and win 3-0, O Weeding fought hard playing good length varying his attack Oliver just went down 0-3 in a very close match, E Rogers played a very challenging opponent but to his credit Ethan never gave up going down 0-3.

K14 1-2 Barker8 

K15 2-1 Barker7 S Burhop tried hard to stay in his match but unfortunately lost focus to go down 0-3 , R Berlee played to his strengths with some well-placed serves and forehand drives Ryan went on to dominate and win 3-0 O Spiers also dominated with a strong attacking game Oscar focused on his forehand drives to win 3-0.

K16 2-1 Barker10

K17 1-2 Barker9 W Wu played the match of the season against a year11 student who was twice his height Will chased every ball never giving up he focused on his drives and front of court boasts to finally take the match 17/15 in the fifth game to win 3-2 , T Hey found his opponent challenging but to his credit Tim never gave up to go down 0-3 in a close match , M Illing-Kelly tried hard to stay in the match chasing every ball Max unfortunately went down 0-3.

K18 2-0 K19 I Lin set the tempo early playing good length Ian focused on his drives to win 3-0 , A Guo played a tough five setter that had some long rallies with Anlong focusing on the back of court with some well delivered drives and cross court shots to win 3-2, L Hogan worked hard to stay in the match varying his plays with some great drives Lachlan unfortunately went down 0-3, D Zhang played his best match of the Term to narrowly go down 2-3 credit to Daniel he chased every ball and fought hard playing good length to go down 12/15 in the last game.

K20 2-1 Barker 
 
Internal League was well attended with William Rutherford setting a Year7 record wining every match on the day. Well done. 
 
To all Knox Squash Players: well done and as always, all boys played with great sportsmanship.

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Table Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports and Amy Chen, Head Table Tennis Coach

Saturday 18 November saw Knox take on Newington College. Newington is a strong competitor among all 5 schools. The Knox boys had put on a lot of effort to play and win in the top 4 divisions, which was a great effort form the boys. The boys were playing with a lot of confidence and had better communication with their team mates, which they showed improvement through the games they had played. Our winning teams really enjoyed winning the close matches. Knox lost in division 5 & 6. The Year 10 boys tried hard and found some of the opponents spins difficult to deal with.

Division 1: Knox 4 - 1 Newington
Division 2: Knox 3 - 2 Newington
Division 3: Knox 4 - 1 Newington
Division 4: Knox 3 - 2 Newington
Division 5: Knox 1 - 4 Newington
Division 6: Knox 0 - 5 Newington

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 18 November saw Knox take on Trinity in our last summer match for 2017. The 1st team got off to a very bad start losing all 4 sets of doubles, which meant all the pressure was on the singles matches. The boys fort hard in the singles matches, but could only win 3 out of the 4 matches to end up losing 3-5 overall. This highlighted to the boys the concentration in doubles that is needed to get the wins.

The 2nd team however showed a great display of tennis to win 7-1 overall. Well done to Lachlan Walker and Andy Chen on a flawless performance in both doubles and singles.

The 3rd and 4th teams both had some tight matches losing 2-4 overall with only a few games separating the two teams. The boys worked very well throughout the morning.

The 5th team struggled and lost 0-6, whilst the 6th team had a cracking match to win on games after tying in sets. Special mention to Lachie Smith who filled in for missing players on the weekend. He gave 100% effort to all matches.

Teams 7th-8th played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10A and B teams both won 6-0 overall with some impressive tennis played by both teams. The C team won 4-2 with special mention to Eric Li won won his singles and doubles very convincingly. The D team followed suit with the A and b teams to win 6-0 overall. Teams E and F played their internal competition at Morona Avenue and Waitara. The boys have continued to work hard and improve.

The Year 9A-D teams all won well 6-0, with all teams’ way too strong for Trinity. It was a great effort from our boys who are all looking to further their tennis. Teams E- g played an internal round robin at Regimental Park with some close internal matches played.

The Year 8 A-D teams all won well 6-0, with all teams’ way too strong for Trinity. Special mention to Nicholas Bigeni on a very professional performance. Teams E and F played a match against Barker. The E team won 5-1 overall with some quality tennis played. The F team lost a very close match 2-4, only to lose by 3 games overall. Teams G- K played an internal round robin at Regimental Park with some good tennis played.

Overall it was a fairly successful weekend with Knox winning 75% of matches played. All of the teams are in first position for finishing 2017 summer. The Opens 1st team are currently in 2nd position. 

Well done to all of the boys for a successful term of tennis.
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Volleyball

Ms Alexandra Charles, Head Volleyball Coach

This week we came up against last season’s winners, Trinity, at home. The 3rds had a solid start to the game, keeping pace with their opposition, but unfortunately couldn’t follow up their first win last week with another. Our last game of the term allowed us to show off the progress we have made: passing, hitting and playing as a cohesive team. These young men have made exceptional progress in their skills and it has been wonderful to see them grow as volleyballers.

The 2nds, despite facing a very strong opponent, played with skill and confidence. The energy on the court was amazing and every player committed to all their touches on the ball. Erwin Xu played an outstanding game as he took his initiative to cheer on the court, maintaining the team’s energy. Our new player, Hayden Bartlett, joined the team and gave an excellent performance on the net while Boris Chan provided some much needed consistency. However, Trinity won the first set 25-13 and with their skilful gameplay, they were able to take the second set 25-14, ending the game with a powerful spike. 

Our 1sts finished up the day with an exceptional game. They consistently had lengthy rallies and strong attacks, but our defence let us down. Angus Lorimer and Roger Fu continued to establish themselves as exceptional players at the net; spiking and blocking with skill and power. Craig Xu showed great support of his fellow team mates, consistently cheering and talking in order to raise the spirits of the team. It was also excellent to see consistent and precise sets from Campbell Hayes; setting up some amazing opportunities for our spikers. Overall this round demonstrated how far Knox Volleyball has progressed this season; it will be excellent to see where we can go from here.  

Results
Knox 3rds defeated by Trinity- 3:0 (25:14, 25:13, 15:3)
Knox 2nds defeated by Trinity- 3:0 (25:13, 25:14, 14:8)
Knox 1sts defeated by Trinity- 3:0 (25:14, 25:13, 25:20)
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Water Polo

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

1st Grade: Lost 4-12
It was another loss this week for 1st grade with many of the mistakes made during our loss to Scots the previous week repeated. Bad ball handling, bad passes, slow reactions, not fully pressing in defence and poor ball security reappeared and the result was another heavy loss. We can take some credit for a slight improvement as Scots and Newington had previously drawn their game and this 8 goal loss was better than our 13 goal loss to Scots. Our Extra Man attack was again not impressive with the ball being dropped or bad passes thrown resulting in a conversion rate of approximately 1 from 10. Ben Yates converted our only 5 metre penalty. If we cut out some of the easy goals that we gifted the opposition the score would have been much more respectable. Ted Harrison had a good performance and contributed a goal.
Positives were that we did score 4 goals against the competitions best goalkeeper. We are now two wins from four games with Waverley next week, in what is our last competition game of the year.

2nd Grade: Lost 5-8
This was a very winnable game for our experienced 2nd grade team but poor shooting options cost us. Alex Heintze led the goal scoring with three goals but the other big shooters were off target.  Perhaps better attendance at training sessions will result in a better team performance from these boys. Mikey Glover and Nic Desmet never gave up trying.

3rd Grade: Lost 2-14
The boys from 3rd grade were outclassed from the first whistle and were 9-0 behind at half time. Despite a better second half, it was a comprehensive defeat. Basic errors from the newer players proved costly with too many turnovers.  Knox did not enjoy the physicality of the more experienced Newington team. Nic Van Veen and Lachie Pudney were the best in the beaten side.

16A: Lost 1-6
This loss was not as bad as it seems. Keeping the “Red Hot’ Newington team to only 6 goals was quite an achievement. Our defense was quite impressive. Six major fouls were conceded and some were for basic errors. We earned 5 extra man opportunities and were not able to convert any. However one penalty shot was also missed. Converting the penalty and scoring 50% of our extra man situations would have given us 4 goals and obviously made the game a lot closer. Oli Utteridge and Pat Hogan shared goal keeping duties and both had good games. Dylan Horsfall continues to trouble the opposition and he scored a lovely goal. Charlie Bladon tried hard but his many shots were well saved. Matt Reeve had an impressive defensive game. Overall, it was not a bad performance from the 16A boys and they should not be disappointed with this effort against the competition leaders.

16B: Lost 5-6
In what was a close first half the boys seem to let the advantage slip in the third quarter. After leading 3-2 they trailed 4-3 and late in the last period they were 2 goals behind. A spirited fight back left them just short of a draw with a one goal deficit the end result. Tobey Rowe led the attack with 3 goals and Kevin Park and James Sung added one goal each. 

15A: Won 7-6
In a very exciting match the team looked dominant in the first three periods but Newington kept clinging on and equalising shortly after each time we took the lead. With scores locked at 6 all it was anyone’s game until Flynn Worner and Xander Mercer combined to seal the winning goal. The young 15A team remain undefeated this season but were certainly tested on this occasion. Flynn Worner and Harry Miller scored 2 goals each whilst Xander Mercer was dominant with his three goals haul.

14A: Lost 3-9
The score seemed to suggest that the 14A’s were well beaten but it was a much closer game than the score showed. Despite trailing 3-1 then 5 -1 at half time, it was often the case that a missed opportunity to score resulted in a goal at our defensive end. These two goal turnarounds were the main difference. One dominant Newington player seemed to be the difference as he scored 6 goals. Once mistakes and bad choices are eliminated, and scoring opportunities capitalised upon, this team could be leading the competition. Whilst the Banfield twins were again dominant, Jack Harty, Jordan Menzies and Jacques Horbach combined well with great team play. The team missed their regular reliable goalkeeper Ryan Johnson, who would have added some backbone in defense and resulted in a much closer score line.

14B: Drew 4-4
This game turned out to be the closest and most entertaining of the day with scores locked at 1-1 from early in the game until the third quarter. Newington skipped away to a 2 goal lead in the last quarter but great goals to Alex Ruygrok and Tane Bidois brought the scores level with only seconds remaining. Sam Choi continues to improve on a weekly basis and proved a valuable cog in the teams wheel this week.

This performance gained the U14B team the nomination for Team of the Week!
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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Online: Download the 'Prep Skoolbag' or 'Senior School Skoolbag app' - search 'Knox Grammar' in the app store

Sport fixtures are advertised on the fixture schedule on the Knox Skoolbag apps.

These fixtures can change due to many factors and changes after 3pm on Fridays due to wet weather, cancellations or forfeits will be advertised on the relevant Prep or Senior School app.

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Boarder Travel to Sport

Any boarder who needs assistance with travel arrangements to each Saturdays sport should check with their coach to assist in arranging transport.
Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.
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Uniform

Any student attending any Knox sporting fixture and/or venue must be properly attired in either track suit or school uniform.

No Dogs Allowed Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. Dogs are prohibited, leashed or unleashed, on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs.
Dogs may not be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

Signage has been installed and our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are a dog-free school.   If you bring a dog onto school property, you may be approached by the School's Security Team and asked to leave.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this safety initiative.
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Parking for Saturday sport at the Senior School

Due to construction of our exciting new Knox Performing Arts Centre/Junior Secondary Academy, we are no longer able to provide parking at Woodville Ave for families attending sports fixtures at the Senior School campus. Parking is available in the Borambil Street underground carpark for weekend sport. Where possible, we encourage boys and parents to use public transport for travel to and from the Senior School campus.