Welcome back to all for what I know will be an exciting 2016. As we start the term off some activities and sports will occur this Saturday for trials, except for Baseball which will be competing and Basketball which will have a Basketball Blitz.

Please check the Fixtures sheet for requirements.

The full normal sporting schedule will resume from Monday of Week 2 and all students and parents should check the portal for full details.

During the holidays there were many activities and sporting events held and reports for all these are in this Bulletin.
I ask of any student has competed over the holiday in a championship event please email us at smithl@knox.nsw.edu.au with details.

I welcome all new students and their parents to Knox Grammar School and look forward to the Knox Sports Academy providing opportunity and information for them to grow and develop and achieve their sporting goals.
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'Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.'
Bo Jackson

Chris Green success

Congratulations to Chris Green (OKG11) not only on his involvement with the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League final, but also for his outstanding play against some of the world’s best cricketers.

This is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to continuing to watch his involvement in Cricket with bat and ball in the coming years.   
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Prep Sport Trials - Saturday 30 January

On Saturday 30 January, Summer Sports trials will be held for basketball, cricket, futsal tennis, softball t-ball and water polo.
All sports will commence training and continue with trials in Week 2.

Please check the Prep Sport page on the Knox Portal under Training Schedules for full details on the trials and training.


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Basketball - Holiday report

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

During the 2016 January Holidays a number of basketball activities occurred. Many of the boys continued to work hard over the break in the gym and on the court and it will be exciting to see their progress as we head into the second half of the CAS season.

The Basketball Holiday camp was a great success. The morning sessions saw 15 prep students working hard on fundamental basketball and motor skills. In the afternoon sessions, there were over 50 senior students working hard on developing the finer aspects of their games. These camps are a great opportunity for basketball players at any level to develop their skills in a fun and engaging environment. 

The 1sts and 2nds were involved in a two day camp followed by a two day tournament. The 1sts played some fantastic basketball in the tournament eventually going down to Scots in the play offs. Their current form puts them in great position heading into a tough second half of the season. Our 2nds used the tournament as an opportunity to dust off some of the holiday cobwebs and showed real glimpses of promise before going down to Newington by 7. 

This year we entered two teams into the inaugural King’s Cup tournament. The 9A’s are really starting to gel and played some great team basketball throughout the tournament despite battling adverse conditions and injuries. The 8A’s were the talk of the tournament and played some tremendous basketball on their way to the Shield Cup final which saw them face rivals Trinity in a nail biting 36-33 victory. Oliver Evans was a standout in the final scoring at will against a solid Trinity defensive unit. 

Term 1 is the second half of the season for our teams (year 8-Opens) and the start for our (year 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7’s).

Good luck to all boys for an enjoyable and successful season ahead.


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Combined Independent Schools Trials

Any student who would like to be involved in trials for CIS teams must nominate through Mr David Cobb, Sportsmaster.

 All dates for events and cut-off dates for nominations are on the NSW CIS website.  

Please note that leave from school must be granted before students can confirm nominations and should collect a student leave form from the KSA Office.  

Please also note that the NSW CIS does not accept late entries for any sport or activity, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have checked the web site and submitted the nomination at the appropriate time.
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Cricket - Holiday report

1st XI vs Felsted
The school holidays began with a visit from Felsted School in Essex, England. Fifteen English boys were hosted and billeted by a mix of our 1st XI and up coming players of the future.

Batting first, Knox made a small total on a flat wicket, compelling 9/175. Sam Schofield batting brilliantly to make 50 not out. Well supported by Fraser Wilson who made 48. In reply, Felsted were 4/115 before the form bowler of the season, Todd Anderson plied his trade with accuracy and skill. Year 9 boy, Tom Ivers bowled beautifully in partnership with Anderson as Felsted were bowled out for 149 runs. 

Development XI vs Otago Boys School
Otago Boys School in New Zealand is the second oldest school in the country, their first trip to Sydney was greeted by a team of up and coming Knox superstars in two matches over two days. The first game being played at Curagul and the second, at Gillespie. 

In game one, our boys bowled first and OBS managed to score a good score of 203 from their 50 overs. Year 9 opening bowler, Zac Graham bowled with swing and poise to finish with 4/37 from his 10 over. In reply the Knox innings got off to a flyer, thanks to Nick Woodward and Lachie Donaldson. They put on nearly 50 for the opening stand before both fell in quick succession. Enter Nick Astridge and Kale Gabila. at 2/50 the two boys came together to build one of the partnerships of the summer. Nick Astridge went on to make his second hundred of the season, while year 7 captain, Kale batted with composure beyond his years. A partnership of 120 lead Knox to all but victory. 

Game two was played at Gillespie and a different wicket greeted the boys. Batting first this time against the disciplined bowling of Otago, the boys scrambled to 135 all out. Captain, Max Glover led the way with 43 runs. 

In reply, it was Glover who led the charge after miserly opening spells from Zac Graham and Alex Doling - Cook. On a wicket offering exaggerated spin, Glover bowled a superb line and length to finish with 5/35 and win the game by 20 runs. 

A fantastic couple of days! 

Representative Cricket
Many of the Knox boys represented higher teams over the holidays. Year 8A players, Jay Naganayagam, Kale Gabila and Lachlan Donaldson traveled to the BDJCA U13 Carnival in Ballina. 8A captain, Kale Gabila representing Manly while Jay Naganayagam and Lachlan Donaldson represented North Shore who ended up taking the title. All boys played fantastically during the tournament.
 
MyCoach Cricket Clinics
MyCoach Cricket, run by 1st XI coach Ian Butler, ran some fantastic cricket clinics in December and January. The boys worked on technique and decision making across both clinics which were attended by over 100 of our boys. 'It was amazing to see so many happy boys expressing themselves and learning at the same time' - Ian Butler

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New sport - Table tennis

Knox has introduced Table Tennis as its 28th sport choice for students. This Sport will only be a choice for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 during this trial period and as we progress it will become an option for years 7, 8 and 9.

Due to the nature of the school competition we are limited to between 10 and 20 students and therefore trials will be held on Saturday 30 January at noon in the Great Hall Foyer.  Any student who wishes to trial needs to register after the Prefects Assembly with the KSA office on Friday 29 January.  

Students are not required to bring any equipment, they should wear blue collard crested PDHPE shirt and school crested shorts and appropriate footwear.  Training will occur from 3.30- 5pm in the Great Hall Foyer on Tuesday afternoons in season.  

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Senior School sports trials

Year 7 Sports Trials - Week 1
Year 7 will commence trials for Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Water Polo meeting in the Lawson Centre on Wednesday 27th January from 1.30pm to 4pm. Water Polo will finish at 3.15pm.

ALL other students will meet in the Lawson Centre to confirm their sports choices and get information for their sport and do some physical activity at 1.30pm and conclude at 3.15pm. 

All students will need their Knox PDHPE shirt, Knox crested shorts and sports shoes as well as aquatic sports will need their plain black swimmers and goggles. Only students doing Tennis will need to bring a tennis racquet as all other equipment is supplied for training and trials.  

Further Trials
Year 7 students will have trials again on Friday 29th January in period 7 commencing at 2.30pm and concluding at 3.30pm for Basketball, Cricket and Tennis and all others at 3.15pm.

FINAL trials for Basketball, Cricket ,Tennis and Waterpolo  will be held on Saturday 30th January and are as follows:
  • Basketball in the Great Hall and Lawson Centre from 10.00am until 11.30am
  • Cricket at Gillespie between 8am and 10am
  • Tennis at the Eastern Road Turramurra Courts from 8am – 11.am – wirh specific times and groups will be advised on Friday.
  • Water Polo – 1 – 2pm Knox Aquatic Centre   

Year 8-12 Sport - Saturday 30 January

Years 8-12 students should make sure they check the fixture sheet for Saturday 30 January as there are only a few sporting activities on this day. 

The full Summer Training Schedule will re-commence on Monday 1st  February.   

A full round of Saturday sports commences on Saturday 6th February

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Swimming - Holiday report

State Championships
Nine students from the Prep School and one from the Senior School competed at SOPAC in this year’s State Championships on 15-16 January.

The Knox boys who represented the school were Benjamin Allen, Charlie Anderson, Henry Anderson, Joshua Collett, Declan Farris, Will McDonagh, Benjamin Rothery, Angus Rowe, Alexander Ruygrok and James Stark.

Silver
  • Joshua Collett (year 6) 12yrs 100 Breaststroke
  • Alexander Ruygrok (year 5) & Charlie Anderson (year 5) 10 & under 4x50 Freestyle Relay.
Bronze
  • Joshua Collett (year 6) 12yrs 200 Breaststroke.
  • Ben Rothery (Year 6) & James Stark (Year 7) 12 & under 4x50 Medley Relay.
Well done, boys.

Knox Pymble Swimming Club - State Championships
The Knox Pymble Swimming Club is a team formed from both Knox and Pymble (PLC) as well as Knox squad members from outside these schools. The club’s goal is to support Knox boys in competitive swimming.

During the holidays the Knox Pymble swimming club achieved its best every results. In both the 10years to 12 years and the 13-18 years State Championships the club finished 5th in both competitions. The very best swimmers in the State compete in the Championships.

The club won a total of 8 gold, 7 silver and 13 bronze.

Knox Senior school swimmers has some outstanding results, 26 swimmers qualified and 9 swimmers finished top ten swimmers, 3 winning medal.

Gold: Andrew Hemsworth (100m Breast), Leon MacAlister (200m Back, 100m Free, 400m Free, 50m Free, 100m Back, 200m Free, 200m I.M.,) Carlile. William Yang (50m Free, 100m Back),
Silver: Andrew Hemsworth (50m Free, 100m FlyJustin Lee: (100m Breast) Cherrybrook Carlile ,
Bronze:
Jack Ryan (50m Free, 200m Free), William Yang (100m Free), Justin Lee: (1500m Free,  200m Fly) Cherrybrook Carlile, 

Top Ten swimmers: 
  • Jack Eddie (7th 400m Free, 9th 200m Free)
  • Ethan Hansen (9th 200m I.M., 6th 200m Back, 8th 400m Free, 5th 400m I.M. Andrew Hemsworth (4th 200m Breast, 10th 200m I.M. & 200m Fly), 
  • Lachlen Kelly (6th 200m Back, 8th 100m Free, 10th 50m Free, 7th 100m Back, 10th 200m Free),  
  • Angus Menzies (6th 200m Breast), 
  • Joshua Mercer 6th 200m Fly),  
  • Justin Lee (9th 100m Free, 8th 400m Free, 5th 400m I.M., 6th 200m Free, 8th 200m Breast, 8th 200m I.M. 6th 100m Fly)
  • Jack Ryan (4th 100m Free, 7th 100m Back, 5th 200m I.M.) 
  • Sane Ting (7th 200m Breast, 10th 200m Fly, 8th 100m Breast, 6th 400m I.M.) 
  • Jamie Stark (12 years 8th 200m fly)
  • Thomas Williams (6th 200m Breast), 
  • William Yang (6th 200m Back)
Qualifiers: 
Cody Adams, Charlie Bladon, Mark Buddee, Nicholas Dijohn, Farris Bailey, Jack Eddie, Ethan Hansen, Brendan Hee, Andrew Hemsworth, Angus Hornery, Lachlan Kelly, John Kyrikos, Justin Lee, Leon MacAlister, Antonio Matruglio, Angus Menzies, Joshua Mercer, Declan Owers, Sydney Robertson,  Benjamin Rothery (12 years), Jack Ryan , Adam Soonius, Jamie Stark, Shane Ting, Thomas Williams, William Yang, Kevin Zhang, Hongyi Zhu, 

The relay Teams did a fantastic job, every boys relay finishing top ten, with one silver and a bronze, proving Knox’s depth of strength:

Silver: Boys 13-18 400 Medley 4X100m Relay William Yang 17, Cody Adam 16, Andrew Hemsworth 17, Jack Ryan 15

Bronze: Boys 500 Freestyle 10X50m Relay 
Jack Ryan 15, Daniel Arnamnart 26, William Yang 17, Andrew Hemsworth 17

5th Boys 13-16 400 Medley 4X100m Relay 
Kevin Zhang 15, Cody Adam 16, Joshua Mercer 14, Jack Ryan 15

4th Boys 13-14 200 Freestyle 4X50m Relay 
Lachlan Kelly 14, Antonio Matruglio 14, Joshua Mercer 14, Harry Kyrichos 14

20th Boys 13-14 200 Freestyle 4X50m Relay 
Mitchell Westhuizen 13, Ethan Hansen 13, Mark Buddee 13, Brendan Hee 13

4th Boys 13-18 400 Freestyle 4X100m Relay
Andrew Hemsworth 17, William Yang 17, Jack Ryan 15, Kevin Zhang 15

21st Boys 13-14 200 Medley 4X50m Relay 
Ethan Hansen 13, Shane Ting 13, Brendan Hee 13, Harry Kyrichos 14

4th Boys 13-14 200 Medley 4X50m Relay 
Lachlan Kelly 14, Declan Owers 14, Joshua Mercer 14, Antonio Matruglio 14

5th Boys 13-16 400 Freestyle 4X100m Relay 
Kevin Zhang 15, Jack Ryan 15, HONGYI Zhu 15, Nicholas Dijohn 15

Prep School

Qualifiers: Charlie Anderson, Henry Anderson, Louis Bebb, Declan Farris, Jensen Goodchild, Justin Lee, Euan Liney, Will Donagh, Benjamin Rothery, Angug Rowe, Alexander Ruygrok, Kyle Spinks,  james Stark, David Yoo, Jamie Yu, Dylan Yang 


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Swimming - Year 7-12 Trials

Swimming Trials for 50m Freestyle (compulsory for all Year 7-10 students), 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle (all optional) will be held as follows.

  • Monday 1 February - Year 10 - 1.15pm, Aquatic Centre
  • Tuesday 2 February - Year 9 - 1.15pm, Aquatic Centre
  • Wednesday 3 February - Year 8 - 1.15pm, Aquatic Centre
  • Friday 5 February - Year 7 - 1.15pm, Aquatic Centre

ALL students on their allocated day MUST report to the Aquatic Centre by the allocated time and at the conclusion of period 6 students who have completed their compulsory 50m freestyle event will be dismissed to go to period 7 sport. All other students will remain in the aquatic centre until the conclusion of their compulsory or optional events and then join period 7 sport.

Students who are unable to do the compulsory 50m freestyle due to injury or illness report to the eastern end of the pool at the start of each year groups trials. Names and notes of reasons will be taken and students who wish to do it at a later date can do it between 7.30am and 8am Monday to Thursday in week 3.

Year 11 and 12 students must nominate with the aquatic staff the events that they would like to participate in at the School Swimming Championships by emailing goodiers@knox.nsw.edu.au by Thursday 11 February 5pm.

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Tennis - Holiday report

Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

During the Christmas holidays Knox tennis set up a FAST 4 TENNIS Tournament held at the Prep Tennis Courts.

There was a great turn out of players with a few different divisions. The boys showed great improvement as the days progressed and all had a great attitude on the court towards one another.

This tournament was a great way for the boys to get more match practise in a fun environment, which will help them personally in their tennis in the long run and also to help aid the quality and depth in the school tennis.

A few of the Knox boys also entered tournaments around NSW with one of the highlights going to Rober Khattar & Kiran Anker winning the U’14 doubles competition at Wakehurst Parkway Tournament. This was superb for both of the boys who occasionally play as a pair for the school and also with Kiran Anker only playing a handful of tournaments. Well done boys on a great win!


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Track and Field - Holiday report

Chris Pittman, Director of Track & Field

NSW Representatives: LJMJ Antoinette, JJ Constable, ND Frost, JE Hunter

Knox National Knock Out Representatives: LJMJ Antoinette, CW Barclay, JW Batten, RH Cheal, JJ Constable, TR Constable, BH Fitton ND Frost, HO Muller TJW Shannon, PM Sherlock, JW Spiller, AS Thomson.
Knox was well represented in the 2015 National Round of the All Schools competition in Melbourne from December 4-6th 2015. James Constable, John Hunter, Lachlan Antoinette, Nicholas Frost and Brandon Kreymborg all earned NSW selection to contest the highest level of school based competition in Australia. 

James Constable continued to make impressive inroads to his already outstanding times running 2:09.53sec to rank himself as the 9th fastest U14 800m runner in Australia. John Hunter came through with his final throw to register a huge 42.83m in the U14 Hammer to rank himself as the 5th best thrower in Australia.

Lachlan Antoinette barely missed a national medal with a throw of 48.15m and a national 4th ranking in the U16 Hammer. Nicholas Frost also narrowly missed a national medal with a 4th ranking and a huge throw of 52.34m in the U18 Discus. This is even more amazing given that due to National regulations Nicholas was competing up an age group. Brandon Kreymborg earned himself a National 11th ranking with a 14.27m throw whilst competing up an age group in the U18 Shot Put. Well done to our National representatives.

Knox was fortunate to progress both a Junior and Intermediate team through to the National All Schools Knock in Albert Park Melbourne on 7th December 2015. The Junior team consisted of Charles Barclay, James Constable, Thomas Constable, Harrison Muller, Tom Shannon and Austin Thomson. The Junior team was outstanding earning a National 6th ranking and taking the impressive prize of being the 1st finishing NSW team. 
The Intermediate team consisted of Lachlan Antoinette, Joshua Batten, Rory Cheal, Benjamin Fitton, Nicholas Frost, Peter Sherlock and Jasper Spiller. The Intermediate team battled the strongest schools from across Australia to earn themselves a National 10th ranking. Congratulations to our National representatives who represent Knox at the highest level. 


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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Website: www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport
Sport fixtures are advertised on the fixture schedule on the Knox Portal.

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 sports info website and wet weather number. 

A mini website has been created for Prep and Senior School students and parents to get the latest sport wet weather information via their smartphone. Please visit and bookmark www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport.
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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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Knox Dog Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. It is unlawful for dogs (Companion Animal Act 1998), leashed or unleashed, to be 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. 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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Uniform

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

Mouthguards

It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  


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