Welcome back to the final term of 2016 and the start of the summer sports season for 2016/2017. I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday and for those who were around I hope you took up the many opportunities with regards to sports that were on offer during the break.

During the holidays there were many activities from our Cricket 1sts playing games, as well as the first CIS Fixture for 1sts 2nds and 10A’s, 10A’s, as well as Cricket camps for Prep and Senior students.

Basketball saw the 1sts and 2nds and a junior team compete in the Sydney Schools Shootout as well as opportunities for all Prep and Senior students to partake in basketball holiday camps.

Track and Field, Swimming, Aquatic and Water polo also continued throughout the break with the Athletic Development Centre open and it was pleasing to see many students preparing for the coming season.
Racquet camp was well received by those involved and I know they enjoyed the wide range of racquet sports on offer, especially Table Tennis.

This Saturday sees the final trials week-end for most sports before the first round the following Saturday. I encourage all students to take the opportunity to show their talents and skills and impress all selection panels.

If there are any issues with regard to Summer Sport, I remind students they should talk to the Heads of their Sport or their coaches. Good luck and go the black and blue.
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'All the talent in the world won't take you anywhere without your teammates.'
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Congratulations

Dance Success - Australian Irish Dancing National Championships
Congratulations and well done to Elliot Sutton (year 9) who won the Australian Irish Dancing National Championships which took place in Hobart in the last school holidays.

Elliot has been competing in Irish Dancing since he was 6 years old, training four times a week and is a previous State Champion twice. 

There were 8 adjudicators in total.  Four for the first two rounds and then another four for the final round. Elliot was awarded 100 place points from 7 of the 8 judges – securing his win.     

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Cricket - Prep

CIS Cricket Selection
Trystan Kennedy and Lachlan Bill were successful in gaining selection in the NSWCIS Cricket team. A gruelling two days of trials saw 130 boys cut to a 14-man squad. An outstanding effort by both boys – congratulations!

Swimming - Prep

School Sport Australia Swimming Championships
During the last week of Term 3, Benji Allen represented NSW Primary Schools at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Darwin.

Benji had a great meet competing in a number of events. His medley relay teams came 5th and 6th respectively in the finals but the highlight of the competition was placing 4th in Australia in the final of the 11 years 50m breaststroke.

Congratulations Benji on an outstanding performance!
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Basketball Holiday Camp Report

During the 2016 October 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 beginning of the CAS season next week.

The Basketball Holiday camp was a great success. The morning sessions saw our prep students working hard on fundamental basketball and movement 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 three day camp followed by a two day tournament. The 1sts played some fantastic basketball in the tournament. First up they defeated St. Josephs 40-31 in a physical game with a lot of their points in the second half coming from recognising the tempo of the game and scoring in transition. The second game saw them up against an impressive High team. It was a close match but High won the rebound count which put them in position to take the game 32-43. The third game saw some of our younger players star in an impressive 55-35 victory against Cranbrook. Special mention goes to rookie Xavier Pereira scored his first three pointer for the 1st squad. Their final game for the tournament was against Newington which ended in 29-52 defeat. Newington shot ten three pointers in the game and our boys did not adjust defensively. The tournament was a great chance to play together and a learning opportunity for our boys. Their current form puts them in great position heading into a tough CAS season with the goal of winning the championship. 

Our 2nds demonstrated great form in the tournament through some impressive team play. Their first game against St. Josephs saw them come away with a 31-20 victory. Coach Harry Fotopoulos placed the emphasis on defence and the boys did a great job of shutting down their key players. Game two was against Cranbrook and the boys got it done again winning 18-13. The third game of the tournament was against High. Knox started the game incredibly and were up at half time but our inability to execute on free throws and clock management saw High win the game 26-28. The boys have put themselves in a great position to be very competitive in the CAS this season.

This year we entered our first junior team in the Sydney School Shootout held at The King’s School. The 9A’s are showing great preseason form and played some great team basketball throughout the tournament. They won their first game against an impressive Shore team 36-22. They also won their second game an impressive 54-13 against Mosman with Will Rapley draining a buzzer beater long three. In the semi-final game to make the playoff they went down 27-30 against a well drilled Central Coast Grammar. The boys played great with Mikey Yoong knocking down some crucial three pointers to keep us in the game. The boys finished the tournament in 3rd place. Congratulations to the boys and thank you to the parents involved for your support.

Summer basketball starts this week. Please check the portal for all information regarding training and games. Best of luck to all boys who are playing basketball this season! 
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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, 1sts Cricket Coach

1st XI Match Report v Cranbrook (Round 1 Day 1)
After a very impressive off season of hard work, Knox started the season at home with 6 players receiving their First XI baggy.
Under cloudy conditions Cranbrook won the toss and decided to make use of the  greenish looking wicket. Early inroads left Knox precariously placed at 3/44. Year 10 Henry Wines, who had showed his promise and earned his first team debut last summer, played one of the most composed innings seen by any Knox player, playing with great intent even against some impressive new ball bowling. Captain Fraser Wilson played a superb innings judging the tempo brilliantly, at times allowing Wines to dominate the bowlers and also picking periods where he struck the ball beautifully. A feature of the day's play was the intent running between the wickets and batsmanship in manipulating the field. The partnership of 176 set up the day and was ended with the unfortunate run out of Wilson for 103. A quick fire 33 not out from Jack Hoyle and the sensational 136 from Henry Wines allowed Knox to declare at 334/8 and leave Cranbrook a testing few overs to survive. 
Early on the batsmen played well but Nic Gallu showed his undoubted potential unleashing his left arm swing with devastating effect taking 4-14, including 2 consecutive wickets to finish his spell, and will resume next week on a hat-trick! Cranbrook ended the day 4/37 but will no doubt turn up next week determined to make life tough for the Knox bowlers. A pleasing start from this group of young men and they will train hard this week excited by the prospects ahead.

2nd XI Match Report v Cranbrook (Round 1 Day 1)
With only 9 players, winning the toss was vitally important. At the top of the innings Alex Doling-Cook and Sam Chapman continued their good trial form and got us off to a great start against Cranbrook. Alex was dismissed for a very impressive 64, which brought Max Glover to the middle who batted particularly well until a mistimed shot through mid wicket ended a great knock.
Sam Chapman maintained his concentration throughout and made his 100 with a smashing shot through mid wicket.  Knox declared at 3-281. 
A great start but next week will be a long day in the field.  Well done boys!

10A Match Report v Cranbrook (Round 1 Day 1)
Knox won the toss on a beautiful Saturday morning out at Cranbrook and elected to bat first. The wicket looked like a belter but by the first drinks Cranbrook had the ascendancy, sitting nicely at 3/46 after a spirited spell from one of their opening bowlers. John Nevell (53) and Karthik Surendra (28) then combined for a nice partnership, with some exquisite stroke play and positive running between the wickets.Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall in clusters which made it difficult to wrestle back the momentum. Knox was eventually bowled out for 147 in the 51st over. Cranbrook’s openers were then able to weather the storm, finishing at 0/6 after 8 overs. Despite leaving 20-30 runs out in the middle, there is still plenty to play for next week with the result far from guaranteed. The boys enjoyed their first hit out of season 2016/17 and will be looking to start strongly next week.  

9A Match Report v Cranbrook (Round 1 Day 1) 
Cranbrook won the toss and elected to bat first, and were bowled out for 151 with an hour of play remaining in the day. Despite no early breakthrough, the introduction of Will Fernandez brought success with 2 overs of outswing bowling followed by a perfectly executed in swinger to crash into the castle. Wickets tumbled after this, with consistent dot ball bowling from Hardyman, Naganayagam and Penn forcing 3 run outs. The chase began with patience with Ferry and Schokman seeing off the new ball before 2 quick wickets fell. A slow start was made up for with Naganayagam hitting consecutive balls into the houses backing on to lower Gillespie before time was up. Knox finished at 2-48 with the game well within reach.


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House Sport Timetable – Term 4 2016

SENIOR: Years 9, 10, 11. JUNIOR: Years 7, 8.

Waterpolo:  Senior - Week 2        Mon 17 Oct to Fri 21 Oct

Waterpolo:  Junior - Week 3        Mon 24 Oct to Fri 28 Oct

Football:      Senior - Week 5        Mon 7 Nov to Fri 11 Nov

Football:      Junior - Week 6        Mon 14 Nov to Fri 18 Nov

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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

Australian Schools Championships
Congratulations to Ewan Shingler who represented NSW in the NSW Schools Orienteering Team at the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in Queensland during the school holidays.
Ewan who was part of the NSW Junior boys relay team, which were champions in their category in the relay. In the individual race Ewan placed 5th in Australia, competing against orienteers up to 2 years older than him. 

Summer Orienteering 
This season brings many exciting new changes to Orienteering at Knox. For the first time ever we are using digitally designed maps and courses, with electronic control descriptions, to improve accuracy and reduce waiting time before events commence. We are also exploring over 4 new maps including Nurragingy Reserve and Hunts Creek Reserve. 

Training this Wednesday will be held at Knox and finished at 5pm. Full sports uniform is required. 

You can find all the fixtures and updates for the sport on the Orienteering Knox Portal page. You can also subscribe to an up to date calendar in your calendar system of choice for easy integration. The links are below. Simply copy the link into the calendar program of your choice under the subscribe to calendar option: 

Apple - webcal://p03calendars.icloud.com/published/2/xK3HBBESEc3WQPcWXNE3ZU1mTOqYFAV9FT6tGrtLZY6SvzQt0etsMtbAmCW88qArppZP68LddxL2JDOoUnbESsftI_wqneYimn0fqVMHD9A

Windows/Android - https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/t72oj0gjfn540fqnnhulhrbcv0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

OR  https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/t72oj0gjfn540fqnnhulhrbcv0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic 
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Racquet Skills Holiday Camps Report

During the first week of the holidays Knox Tennis ran a Racquets Sports Camp. This included 4 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 3 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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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

CIS Track & Field
Well done to the 37 boys who qualified for the CIS Championships. In what was always going to be a tough turnaround after such an emotional high at CAS the previous week. To their credit the Knox boys put up some great performances.
A big congratulations to medallists Charles Barclay, Lucas Chamen, Riley Hemsworth, John Hunter, Brandon Kreymborg, Thomas Shannon, Austin Thomson and Mitchell Westhuizen. These boys were also named in the CIS Merit team.  A special mention must also go to Jacob Buchanan on taking out the 13 boys 800m.

NSW All Schools Combined Event
Well done to Lachlan Antoinette on his 8th place finish in the Decathlon at the NSW All Schools Combined Event Championship during the holidays.
The action continues this week with the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships.  Good luck to all of the boys competing Thursday to Sunday at SOPAC.  A top performance at this meet will see boys selected in the NSW team.
Before and after school training resumes this week.  Please check the portal for training times.
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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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