Welcome back to another busy term of Sport at Knox. With four weeks of Winter sport to play, students are keen and enthusiastic after the term break. Track and Field season commences in Week 5 and finally Summer Sports trials and training in preparation will also take place this term in preparation for Term 4 summer sport.

I congratulate all those students who took up the opportunity to avail themselves of the Athletic Development Centre being open in the holidays as it was a great opportunity to maintain or improve their fitness and skills.

There were many events over the holiday period with tours and also Knox hosting different sporting activities. It started with the NSW Schools Rugby Open and U16 trials and championships at Curagul on the first weekend and I thank all those students and staff who were involved and ensured that Knox hosted an excellent carnival.

From this championships 5 students were selected to represent NSW at the Australia schools Rugby championships held at Riverview also in the holidays From those championships James Armstrong has been selected to represent Australian Schools team and Nicholas Frost Australian Barbarians team and I wish both boys all the best.

I congratulate all those involved in the Inter Schools Snow Sports competition and congratulate them on a job well done – they secured the Snowboard Championship and came second in the Ski-ing championships. Many students qualified for the state championships and Mr Reardon and Miss Badenhorst are currently finalising the teams to compete at these championships.

Well done to our Track and Field athletes, a small but dedicated group attending the DownUnder meet on the Gold Coast with all involved having a great few days, and assisting towards fitness and competition for the upcoming Track and Field championships.

Knox also hosted the Australian Pararoos team on Knox 1 and Curagul and we wish the team all the best for their upcoming overseas trip. Knox also hosted the Australian Rugby 7s team in their last hit out against the Japanese 7s team before the Olympics in Rio.

Australian Rugby was very appreciative of the support Knox gave and once again Knox did a great job in hosting this event, and we wish the Australian Men and Women’s team all the best at the Olympic Games, especially Cam Clark, a Knox Old Boy who was on the team.

Also during the holiday period we hosted numerous camps, Rugby Tennis and Football and all those involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I would also like to advise that sports choices for summer will be advertised in next week’s bulletin, with selection in Week 3. I ask that boys start to think about their choices.

This Saturday Knox plays away to Barker and I ask that all students continue in the vein as they did in Term 2 and ensure their attitude, attendance and attire is exemplary. Good luck to the 1st AFL team as they play their first night schools cup game against Trinity at Sydney University this week.

Finally good luck to Will Bayliss who is competing for the NSW State Team at the Australian Golf Championship. Well done! Go the Black and Blue!
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'No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Firsts Rugby, Football and AFL Supporters

It is a tradition that where possible our Year 7 and 8 boys attend to support either our 1st Teams during the CAS competition when they are playing at home. This includes AFL, Football and Rugby.

We ask boys to attend the Football at 11.15am at Curagul or the Rugby at 3.15pm at Knox 1. AFL is as scheduled.   

Boys are to show their support by wearing either full school uniform or full tracksuit.  

We understand that boys might be playing school sport at this time, and are therefore unable to attend.   

Home Games in Term 3  
Saturday 6 August 
Saturday 13 August
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Summer Sports Choices

Students will have the opportunity to choose their Summer Sport in Year Group times with their Mentor in Week 3. The choices will be advertised next week in the Bulletin.

Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

Come'N'Try with the Ku-ring-gai Stealers
See the attached for more information.

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Cricket

Young up-and-coming and very promising cricketer Jayllen Naganayagam (Year 8) has been selected into the NSW U14 Cricket Squad.
Not only that, Jay punches well above his weight, and age, and has also been selected into the U16 Gordon Greenshield team. Not too bad when you’re only 14!  Congratulations 
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Football

Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

Annual Football Dinner - Saturday 13 August 2016

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Holiday Report

Football did not rest over the three week holiday period and saw numerous training sessions coaches seminars referees courses and a National team training at our Knox facilities.

70 boys took part in the annual July Football Holiday camps in the second and third week where the boys kept the ball rolling tuning their skills and technique with the Knox coaching staff. As always the last day of the camps is a favourite with a mini world cup played with great passion and competitiveness, the boys showing the skills that have been imparted on them.

The 9As, Bs and the 10As, Bs along with the 1st and 2nd XI all trained throughout the holiday period looking to keep the momentum flowing as we now come back into term 3 and the resumption of the CAS competition. The 1st and 2nds leading their respective tables with four matches remaining. The 9As are rallying from previous seasons and are in second place putting the pressure on the leader. 10As are also topping the table and face off against Barker in the local derby this Saturday.

Knox also hosted the Referees Level 2 course and continues to build a great partnership with the KDFRA training and supporting our Referees at Knox.

We also had the Pararoos take advantage of the great facilities here at Knox with the National team spending three days training and preparing for their upcoming qualifiers for the next World Cup coached by our own 1st XI coach Kai Lammert.

Not forgetting to look after our fantastic coaching staff, we hosted FC Barcelona Escola who presented their first ever coaching seminar in Australia at Curagul Pavilion and fields which was a great opportunity for our coaches to learn more on the Barcelona Philosophy and Style of Play after our Knox football tour the previous year to Spain, and we will now be able to present some of the sessions to our boys in the coming weeks.

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Golf

Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

Will Bayliss (Year 11) has been named as a member of the NSW Schools Golf team competing in Adelaide at the Australian All Schools Championships from 20 – 24 August. Good Luck!

Racquet Skills Holiday Camps Report

During the first week of the holidays Knox Tennis ran a Racquets Sports Camp. This included four racquets sports: tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis.

The idea of this camp was obviously to have fun, but improve the hand eye co-ordination of all of the boys in their racquet skills.

The boys each day were split into groups where the boys played a round robin tournament in that sport. The camp consisted of 3 racquets sports per day over the 4 days, so the boys got equal amount of time to play each sport. The coaches noticed as well as the boys the amount the boys had improved even after the second day of camp. Some of the boys were struggling to make clean contact in the badminton on the first day, but by the end of the camp especially the boys were rallying well and competing and winning in their matches.

The camp was a great success and all of the boys and not to mention the coaches had great fun! It was great to see how all of the racquet sports helped improve of their dexterity and understanding of spins and swing styles for certain shots. We will be looking forward to our next Racquets Sports Camp next holidays.




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Rugby

Mr John Rownes, MIC Rugby

Whilst for many the holiday period provided a well-deserved break, some players were still involved in rugby.
Following the CAS matches at the end of last term Knox had five players who gained the honour of selection in the NSW Schools teams. Nicholas Frost, Connor Grindal and Hugh Margin were selected in the NSW 1st XV while James Armstrong and Jack Upton were selected in the NSW 2nd XV team. 

These five players participated in the National Schoolboy Championships during the holidays and from this tournament the Australian Schools team was named. James Armstrong achieved the ultimate honour with selection in the Australian Schools team to tour Samoa and New Zealand and Nicholas frost was achieved the honour of selection in the Australian Barbarians Schools team to play Tonga.

Congratulations to Tom Cameron, Year 10, who has been selected to play in the NSW Schools U16 Rugby team.  

Last Saturday Knox played St Stanislaus College who travelled from Bathurst to play squads from each of the A teams and the 1st XV. This proved a most beneficial means to re-engage the players with rugby. Knox greatly appreciates the efforts of St Stanislaus College to travel to Sydney and provide these very worthwhile trial matches.

The CAS competition re-commences this Saturday with the local derby against Barker.
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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

Thredbo Snow Trip and Interschool Snow Sports
On Sunday 3 July 39 students discovered excellent early season snow conditions upon arrival at Thredbo, ski hire sorted – everyone was eager to get onto the snow.

On Monday all students on the trip began with ski lessons tailored to their level of experience and those who were also competing in the interschool championships were joined by the rest of the Knox competition team for some specific race training. 

Monday afternoon was spent in a more relaxed manner skiing in small groups across the mountain with regular check in periods.

Tuesday saw the introduction of a new innovation where we hired a specific race course, completely set up with timing equipment, professional starters, race and finish gates etc. This gave us the chance for all competitors to rehearse their race technique on a recognised course and receive feedback from the coaches who were positioned along the course.  The course was also available for boys on the recreation trip to have a go at racing down a timed course. 

The weather added to the excitement with bucket loads of fresh snow falling throughout the day, things were looking great for the whole week!
Everyone went to bed on Tuesday evening with high hopes of magnificent snow on Wednesday, but sadly the weather played a miserable trick on us, as we awoke in the early morning to the sound of rain falling onto the roof, which turned to non-stop torrential downpours throughout the day. 

The boys on the trip began with lessons while those competing in the snow board and mogul events braved the wet and storming conditions on the upper mountain from 8am to mid-afternoon.  The Knox boys did brilliantly, without complaint, despite the freezing and wet conditions. After hot showers and bowls of hot soup to regain warmth, we attended the presentations that afternoon to discover Knox had won the overall point score for the snowboard event, with exceptional performances by Hamish MacDonald

Also the Division 3 moguls team of Luke Bowers, Sam Dobinson and Aleks Denisenko move through to the State Championships, but with Luke Bowers winning the event outright!

Conditions moderated for the rest of the week, but much of that beautiful snow that fell on Tuesday was lost with conditions changed from icy in the morning to slush by midday. However, despite this, Knox boys continued to immerse themselves in either lessons, group skiing/boarding or full competition racing.

Thank you to all the boys, whether on the trip or competing for Knox.  Also a big thank you to all the parents assisting as either team managers or volunteers, your efforts and work is greatly appreciated.  

Weather and snow conditions aside, it was a great week to be a part of the Knox community!

Lastly, and on behalf of the boys a very big thank you to all the staff - Joany Badenhorst, Ellie Manou, Adam Sloan, Tom Waterhouse, Olly Knight, Alessandro Cigna and Henri Perl – without you all the event would not have happened or been so enjoyable and successful.
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Swimming and Diving

2016 NSW Metropolitan Championship
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC), Friday-Sunday, 15-17 July 2016

From 75 different swim clubs from the Sydney Metropolitan area, 1200 swimmers raced at SOPAC for a final time before the NSW State Champs in August.

22 Knox boys competed across the three days. Winning six Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals.

Gold

Leon MacAlister (yr 10) won 200m IM, 100m Back, 200m Back, 100m Free and 50m Back.
Josh Collett (yr 7) won 100m Breastroke

Silver
Will Yang (yr 12) 100m Backstroke

Bronze
Andrew Hemsworth (yr 12) 100m Fly
Shane Ting (yr 8) 100m Breastroke

Pointscorers/Top 10 Finishers
Louis Bebb Yr 7 (11), Mark Buddee Yr 8 (14), Joshua Collett Yr 7 (83), Brendan Hee Yr 9 (5), Andrew Hemsworth Yr 12 (51), Joshua Johnson Yr 8 (60), Lachlan Kelly Yr 9 (42), Leon MacAlister Yr 10 (192) Josh Mercer Yr 9 (14), Declan Owers Yr 9 (20), Jack Ryan Yr 11 (11), Shane Ting Yr 8 (91), William Yang Yr 12 (44).

Congratulations to the following swimmers who qualified to compete.
Kaea Bidois Yr 11, Charlie Bladon Yr 8, Sam Druce Yr 9, Bailey Farris Yr 8, Angus Hornery Yr 8, Angus Menzies Yr 8, Sydney Robertson Yr 10, Oliver Weeding Yr 8, Alexander Wu Yr 9.
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

During the June-July holidays there were quite a few of our Knox Tennis Boys playing in tournaments keeping their levels up in the holidays.

There were some outstanding tennis played by some of the boys with special mentions to: 

Pedro Papangelis - currently playing in the finals of the U/16s Hawkesbury Junior Open Tournament. He managed to beat the No.2 seed in the quarter finals match and then beating fellow 1st team member Hugo La Hei in the semi-finals who was ranked No.4.
He then played in the doubles with Charlie Wong (2nd team Knox member) who lost in the semi-finals to Hugo La Hei and partner in a marathon 3 set match losing 9-11 in the third set.

Hugo La Hei - made the semi-finals of Hawkesbury Junior Open losing to Pedro Papangelis.
Currently playing in the finals of the doubles with partner. Hugo also played many other tournaments in the holidays working hard to improve and learning from every match he played.

Clive Marolt - played in the U/14s of the Hills Junior Winter Open and made it to the quarter finals of the tournament with some great wins through the event. This was a great confidence booster for Clive after coming back from injury.

Cooper Cole and Charlie Wong - also played a few tournaments also and worked hard in some tough events and learnt a lot from each match they played.

It was great to see the Knox boys continuing to improve and play in the holidays helping to make the Knox team even stronger and more experienced. Well done to all of the boys for giving the tournaments a good go.

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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Season Launch
The 2016 Track & Field Season Launch will be on Sunday 24 July, 2-5pm at Curagul Field, with special guest Matt Shirvington providing a training session for boys that wish to take part.

There will also be a BBQ and information session about the upcoming season.  Please RSVP by Wednesday 20 July.
NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships
Following their outstanding performances at the CIS Cross Country Championships Sam Rockliff (Year 7), James Constable (Year 8) and Mitch Westhuizen (Year 8) will compete at the New South Wales All Schools Cross Country Championships this Friday at Eastern Creek Raceway.

The top runners in each age group will be selected in the NSW team to compete at the National Championships next month.  Best of luck boys!

2016 School Track & Field Championships
With the sun shining as brightly as the enthusiasm of the athletes the 2016 edition of the Knox Track & Field Championships was nothing short of fantastic from start to finish.  A total of 241 boys participated on the day and I would like to congratulate each of them on their efforts.

Starting with the 3000m, year 7 student Sam Rockliff broke the Open record by over 40 seconds.  Sam wasn’t finished with the 3000m as he came back later in the day to also break the 13years 1500m record. Thomas Shannon also managed to break the 13 years Shot Put record.  Great effort boys!

Another highlight of the day was Rory Cheal literally raising the bar, known to most as a standout 400m and 800m runner, Rory also managed to win the high jump, clearing well over head height.  

Age Champions
13 years
1st Riley Hemsworth
2nd Mitchell Smith
3rd Jack Craig

14 years
1st James Constable
2nd Daniel Lum
3rd Lucas Chamen & John Hunter

15 years
1st Austin Thompson
2nd Luke Parks
3rd Harrison Muller & Thomas Constable

16 years
1st Tom Leigh
2nd Lachlan Antoinette
3rd Joshua Batten & Zac Schieber

17 years
1st Rory Cheal
2nd Ben Fitton
3rd Rhys Taylor

18 years
1st Roger Xia
2nd Jack Harrigan-Purchase
3rd Alexander McConnell

With such a positive start to the season, 2016 will be a great year of Track & Field.  




2016 DownUnder Track & Field Championships
Upon arrival to the Gold Coast the Knox Track & Field team was greeted by warm weather and sunny skies.  Perfect conditions to start the competitive season.  The DownUnder competition attracts athletes from as far as the USA, New Zealand, Victoria and New South Wales, along with a host of locals.

The first event of the championships saw John Hunter in the Discus, where he finished 4th.  He also managed a 3rd in the Shot Put and 4th in Javelin and Hammer Throw. Amazing consistency from John.  Our 800m runners were up next and in a tightly contested heat, Austin Thomson managed to find himself with a spot in the final.  Peter Sherlock and Jackson Croker were both unfortunate to miss the final.  Unfortunately an injury to Rory Cheal bought a premature end to his weekend.  

In his first ever hurdles race, Oliver Graham performed beyond expectation and qualified for the final, eventually placing 8th.  Next up were the fast and furious 100m heats.   Performing new personal bests Hunter Nicholas and Charles Barclay qualified for the next round, with Joshua Batten and Austin Thomson narrowly missing out.  The Year 7 contingent of Tom Osborn, Max Purcell, Charlie Herdman and Hamish Lapsley were thrown into the deep end and while competing against older boys, managed to hold their own.  I am sure this experience will hold them in good stead later in the season.  

Next up the 400m heats.  In his third race of the day Austin Thomson, managed to sneak into the final.  After personal best performances Peter Sherlock and Joshua Batten were unlucky to just miss the final.  Rounding out day one was Mitch Westhuizen in the 3000m.  In a tactical affair, Mitch managed 2nd place only just outside his PB. 

Day 2 saw the team head out to the track early for the 200m heats.  With over 40 entrants in each age group, making the final was always going to be a tough ask.  Hunter Nicholas, Joshua Batten and Oliver Graham all ran huge personal bests.  Tom Osborn and Max Purcell also had great runs, just missing their personal bests.  A quick turn around in  events meant the 100m semi-finals followed immediately.  Running on fatigued legs, Hunter Nicholas just missed the final.  A quick break for lunch and then the 100m finals.  After running a huge PB in the heats, Charles Barclay ran a swift final to end up 9th in a blanket finish.  A highlight for many was watching USA athlete Jeremy Jennings toy with the rest of the field to run 10.74 seconds.  Into the field and throwing a heavier shot put, Charlie Herdman and Max Purcell did incredibly well, throwing close to their PBs.

The distance quartet of Mitch Westhuizen, Angus Menzies, Jackson Croker and Charlie Herdman tackled the 1500m head on.  Mitch had another great performance, with a new PB and a 2nd place finish.  Charlie Herdman and Jackson Croker also recorded personal bests.  On the comeback trail from injury, Angus Menzies ran quite well.  After just sneaking into the final, a nervous Austin Thomson ran a fantastically engineered race to not only record a new personal best, but also take a silver medal.  Ending the day on such a high, the team was excited to take on day 3.

Angus Menzies started the day off in style, taking out the High Jump.  With his new found confidence and race plan, Austin Thomson took out the 800m.  The last event of the competition was the 4x400m relay.  With plenty of running already in the legs the thought of running a 400m was quite daunting for some.  Stepping up to the challenge the young team of Oliver Graham, Charles Barclay, Max Purcell and Jackson Croker managed to finish 3rd.  An outstanding way to finish the trip.

In a fantastic weekend of competition, Knox managed to collect two gold, three silver, two bronze and a swag of personal best performances over the weekend.  All coaches and athletes are looking forward to fantastic season of competition ahead.




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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
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 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. 
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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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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.

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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