Welcome back to Sport for all students and especially a big welcome to all new students at Knox in 2016. Last Saturday was our Trials day at both the Prep and Senior campuses for some sports and this week sees the first round of Sport for all activities.

As always, and as per the Headmaster’s message, we like to start the way we like to finish and therefore I ask that everyone ensure that their attitude, attendance and attire is exemplary. And in line with Knox expectations and traditions.

Last year Knox set a new benchmark in this area and I would like this year to continue and also improve on all aspects of Sport within the Knox community. I look forward to watching at some stage all students involved in their various sports and last Saturday saw the new sport of Table Tennis commence with trials which went well for all involved.

Remember whether you have made the team that you wanted or not the most important things is to play the game hard, play it fair and talk to your coaches about your goals and what you would like to achieve at all times. Good luck this week-end and for the rest of the summer season.
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'Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.'
Lyndon B. Johnson

Prep Sport

Welcome to the new year and Prep sports. All Prep sports information can be located on the portal at Prep School > Sport. Please ensure at all times in correspondence with the sports department that you provide your son's full name, year group and name of his sport.

Sport is a compulsory part of your Years 3-6 son’s enrolment which includes one training per week and a weekend commitment. Some selective sports such as swimming and track and field have other specific requirements.

All Years 3-6 students have selected their summer sport for Terms 1 and 4. Summer season of sport commences week 2 (Mon 1 February) to Week 7 (Saturday 12 March inclusive) for most prep summer sports. Sporting teams (except Futsal) will be playing in the IPSHA competition on Saturdays. Individual sports will have their own internal or external competitions and students will be advised at their training sessions.

Sports Information
Team lists are posted under the individual sports every Friday morning. Every team member should check the list as there could be changes.
Students are required to wear the full correct sporting attire at training and at their game. Details are on the portal under Sports Uniforms.
Saturday Fixtures are posted under Sports Fixtures. There can be a change to a fixture so it is imperative that parents and boys check the portal every Friday afternoon.
Finding the address of a sports fixture is posted under Directory of Venues. Please look up Knox as well as the opponents school as Knox has some external grounds. It is best to be prepared with venue locations the evening before.
We ask that parents refrain from contacting opponents' schools. If you have any issue with sport, please contact the sports department, Mrs Bonnie McDonald.

Sport Absences due to illness or injury
We ask that appointments preferably are not made when trainings are on. If your son is unwell to attend his weekly sports training day, could you please notify the sports office (prior to or on that day) by calling 94730308 or an email to Mrs McDonald mcdonaldb@knox.nsw.edu.au with a reason why your son can’t attend. Please ensure at all times in correspondence with the sports department that you provide your son's full name, year group and name of his sport.
If your son is unwell on a Friday evening or Saturday morning and is unable to attend his game, please email Mrs McDonald with your son's full name, sports team and the reason why your son will be absent. It would also be helpful, if possible, to let another team member know that your son won't be at his game so he can relay this immediately to the coach.

Tennis Lessons
Prep tennis lessons are held during the week. Lessons require payment and are open to K-6 boys. If you wish to participate, the enrolment form is on the portal under Prep School> Sport>Forms>2016 Semester 1 Prep tennis lessons.

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How to find what sports team you are in and where you are playing

NSW Combined Independent Schools trials for individual and team events

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.

Baseball

NSW Country Under 18 Baseball Success!
Major achievement of The NSW Country Under 18 Baseball team that Josh Peruch (Year 11) played in over the Summer break. The team won the 2016 National Under 18 Championship winning 10 of 11 games. They were the first Country team to win the Australian Under 18 title since the championships inception in 1938.

Knox Baseball U16’s

After several weeks off Baseball, the boys were a little rusty and unfortunately went down 11-4 to a very good Macquarie LL team.

The Knox boys fought hard to try and get back into the game - you could not fault them for their effort or commitment.  Some great pitching by Conor Rockwell kept us in the game, but Macquarie was too strong at the end.

A personal thank you and support to Conor and Harrison Rockwell for their bravery and commitment to Knox baseball in playing on the weekend.

The Knox U16’s wore Black armbands in respect to the Rockwell family on their bereavement.  Our thoughts are with family at this time.

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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

The first Saturday of term 1 is always a busy time for our basketball players and coaches. Over 200 prep athletes made their way over to the senior school to be tested. This is a crucial part of our basketball program, giving all coaches and selectors a base idea of where all of the boys rank within their cohort.

Following the prep trials, our year 7’s continued their trials, with a skills and scrimmage based training session. This looks to be a strong year group with a lot of talent and enthusiasm for the game.

Blitz

The 6th annual CAS blitz was played across 5 separate campuses.
The 1sts went undefeated winning all 4 games including a sweet 1 point victory against top of the table Trinity.
The 2nds are really starting to work together as a team finishing the blitz with an impressive 3 win – 1 draw record.
The 10A’s are playing well after the holiday break winning 3 with their only loss coming against Cranbrook.
The 9A’s had a tough day finishing with a 1-3 record. Defensive intensity will be a focus for this group heading into the second half of their CAS season.
The 8A’s continue their impressive form going undefeated in the Blitz. The boys continue to play stifling defence and are really buying into Coach Mike’s offensive system.

Before and after school practice begins this week with our first game back against Barker this Saturday (Opens, 8 and 7 at home and 9 and 10 away). In order to maximise our home court advantage, I strongly encourage all students to attend the 2nd’s game at 10am and 1st's game at 11:15am in the Great Hall to help get our boys over the line in this must win game.

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Cricket

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.

CAS Trials
 
Five 1st XI player from Knox were present at the CAS trials on Saturday 30 January at Trinity. Will Graham, Matt Beatty, Harry Purcell, Charlie Sennitt and Jonty Cornford all played in the low scoring trial match. No batsman made any contributions of note on a green wicket that offered seam for both teams. Will Graham, Matt Beatty and Jonty Cornford all bowled with control and aggression. We wish them luck in the next stage of selections.
 
State Representative
 
8A's all rounder Jayllen Naganayagam played in the State Competition in Dubbo at the end of the holidays. His team was undefeated and were crowed champions of the competition. Jayllen also achieved the most amount of runs in his team for the competition and this put him in the top 5 Batsman in NSW for U13. Congratulations Jayllen.
 
Gee Shield Winner
 
8A's captain Kale Gabila was a member of the Manly U13 rep team prior to Christmas that were victorious in the DCA Gee Shield. Congratulations Kale.
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Cycling

Bobbin Head Cycle Classic
Sunday 20 March 2016
For further information on this event please visit:
www.bobbinheadcycleclassic.com.au

Orienteering

This year sees many new opportunities.
• We have purchased the electronic sportIdent Control system which will be implement during Term 1. This system will see each orienteer receive a sportIdent ‘dibber’ that will be used to tap each bluetooth control point along the course. At the end of the course we will then be able to print out a results sheet with an analysis of the student’s run, including comparison to the average time, performance between controls not just over the whole course and much more.
• A new and refined results system which will be available weekly and online on the Knox Portal Orienteering page.
• We have over 12 new maps to explore for both training sessions and weekend events including Primrose Park, Buffalo Creek and Cherrybroo.
• The formation of an OKGA team.

MetrOLeague 2016
We will once again be competing in MetrOleague this year, but in the higher division 3 after our success last year in Division 4. If you are interested in competing please email shermand@knox.nsw.edu.au for an expression of interest form, which outlines competition details and dates. Any student can compete in the team, even if they are not currently or planning to be in the Knox Orienteering team this year. All applications must be submitted by 20 February, after which the final team will be announced within the following week.

Fixtures
You can find all the fixtures and updates for the sport on the Orienteering Knox Portal page.

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Sailing

John Parker, MIC Sailing

Welcome to the Term 1 2016 resumption of the 2015/2016 season
Definition:
Sailing (sấ-ling) obsession. The fine art of getting really wet, really cold, going nowhere really fast while spending obscene amounts of money.
There are of course exceptions to this definition – there is nothing slow about Wild Oats (okay, I take the point about money)! And there is nothing cold or wet when sailing in the Greek Isles during a European summer. And there are plenty of boats that don’t cost an arm or a leg! Here’s hoping that all enjoy the term of sailing ahead.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Hugh Phillips, Year 8, who crewed for his father along with his sister Layne in the Heron Dinghy Sailing Australian National Championships in Port Lincoln South Australia, where they achieved second place.

Sailing happenings during the off season

I was encouraged to hear that a number of students continued to maintain their sailing skills over the long summer season recess.
Evan Gauci (Yr 8) travelled to Melbourne over the break and competed in the Bic World Championships. He sailed in the under 13 fleet. There were 67 competitors in this division and Evan came 15th. Congratulations Evan, a great result.

Harry Parker (Yr 9) contested the Flying 11 National sailed out of the Belmont 16’ Skiff Club in January. A hotly challenged event with 70 strong fleet. Harry finished a credible 35th. Great work Harry.

Henry Stoodley-Williamson became the proud owner of a Lazar 4.7 over the break. He has christened her “Swallow”. Henry will store his boat on the centreboard racks at RPA and compete in club fleet races on the weekends. This is a great boat for life with the hull never changing, but the size of the rig altering to suit skill level. The next size sail after the 4.7m is the Radial rig @ 5.76m and then gaining another 1.5 square meters to 7.06 for the full rig. No doubt, Henry will have a ton of fun ahead of him. Here’s hoping he might get a few more Knox sailing buddies to join him.

Over the break, Toby Wilson (Yr 11) and Alistair Hunter (Yr 9) participated in the Intermediate Youth Development program conducted at RPAYC. No doubt these boys will bring the benefit from this program to the Knox Sailing 1st’s.

To date, no dates or venue has been set for the 2016 NSW Secondary Schools Teams Racing State Championships. Once details of this event are known, planning for the warm-up Pittwater Interschool’s Regatta can be made.

I am aware that a number of students sailed in elsewhere during this time and am keen to hear their news for sharing amongst the Knox Sailing community.

Training Schedule
Weekday training schedule for both groups is: Blue Squad is on Tuesday, Black squad is on Wednesday.
3.15     Change into sailing uniform.
3.30     Leave Knox wearing sailing uniform.
4.10     Arrive RPA, rig and then pre training briefing and sign on.
4.40     Commence on water training
6.30     Return to club, de rig, debrief, and sign off.
7.00     Home time.

Saturday times are
Blue
8.00     Arrive RPA, rig and then pre training briefing and sign on.
8.30     Commence on water training.
10.30   Return to RPA, change over with Black group, debrief and sign off.
10.45    Depart RPA.

Black
10.15   Arrive RPA, pre training briefing and sign on.
10.30   Change over with Blue group, commence on water training.
12.30   All boats to be returned to dock. RPA has all equipment in use for pre existing RPA activities. De rig, debrief and sign off.
1.00     Depart RPA.

Coaches for both squads will be Mr John Parker, Mr Garry Williams, Mr Andrew Ollier, Mrs Tania Ebling and assorted coaches from the RPAYC Sailing School under the guidance of Jordan Reece, Tom Vincent, Tommy Spithill, Simon Gambi and Brendan Rourke.

I am looking forward to a great season of sailing and to hearing some wonderful sailing achievements on my return.

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Swimming

Swim 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:
Friday 5 February - Year 7 - 1.15pm, Knox Aquatic Centre

ALL students 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.

Knox Distance Swim Championships

The School Swimming Distance Championships will be held on Thursday 4 February at 5pm, Knox Aquatic Centre.

School Swimming Championships

The School Swimming championships will be held on Wednesday 17 February commencing, 5.00pm in the Knox Aquatic Centre.

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.

Details of the event are as follows:

• There will be the 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle events for U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and Open age groups.
• Students to arrive at school with their school tracksuit, house shirt and school sport shorts.
• Bring towel and goggles
• All swims are to be undertaken in plain black swimmers, KNOX swimmers or knee length suits only.
• Students need to bring their own snacks
• A program of events will be available on the night.
• The meet is an officially recognised meet with Swimming NSW
• All events are Timed Finals and as such the fastest time from any heat will be the Champion of that event.
• A time line of events will be available on the swimming portal page the day before the Championships

A full program of events available and the school championship point score system is available on the swimming page of the Sports section on the portal.

Selection for the CAS Swim Team will be done as per the criteria posted on the school swimming page in the Sports section of the portal.

Other Major Dates:

House 6 Event (Track and Field) – Wednesday 24 February – ALL DAY ALL STUDENTS

CAS Diving and Swimming Championships – Thursday 10 March – All swimmers and divers out all day and spectators from 1.30pm.

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Tennis

Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 30 January saw Year 7 have their trials for Tennis at Turramurra Park as well as the Prep trials. It was great to see the number of boys interested in tennis and the amount of talent that has come up from the Prep School as well as other schools. The boys all played with great enthusiasm and the coaching team are looking forward to working with all of the boys. We hope to get back on the Senior Courts soon and get playing at our true home courts.

We are looking forward to this weekend against Barker College in our first fixture for the Year 7 boys and seeing the boys in action. Good luck to the Year 7s and try your best.

Track and Field

Mr Chris Pittman, Director of Track & Field

House 6 Event – Wednesday 24 February – ALL DAY, ALL STUDENTS.

Water Polo

Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

Whilst school water polo has taken a break over the holidays, Knox boys have been busy with several tournaments and the continuation of training.

Many of our 1st grade team performed in the Trans Tasman Water Polo tournament held at the Newington Pool, where they performed an outstanding result coming 6th overall. This competition involved games against top Sydney schools and the best of Victorian, ACT and New Zealand Schools. Participation in the World Club Challenge further assisted our boys during the break, where they gained valuable experience and skills against the cream of local Water Polo and European teams.

Some U16 Knox players also competed in the NSW State Championships in Canberra last week. The top team consisted of Alex Trobec, Antonio Matruglio, Nic Trobec, Aidan Robertson and Kevin Zhang. Austin Wagner and Alex Heintze were stand outs in the 'Gold' team. The Blue team conquered the undefeated leaders and had several other convincing wins before losing some crucial games which cost them a chance of a medal.  All players played exceptionally well and all are a chance for a spot on the NSW squad. Alex Trobec is surely a certainty after a fantastic tournament where he was among the 10 Top goalscorers and he was named in the elite "Tournament 6". Congratulations to Alex and all students on their efforts.

Knox Water Polo has had its best year to date and the players are looking forward with eager anticipation to the resumption of the school competition. With several new players joining the sport, competition will be tough for spots as teams fight for higher placings.

Firsts
Knox defeated Cranbrook 20-10 in a trial game at Knox on Saturday.
Francis Carmody dominated centre forward, scoring 4 goals from the whole. Will Turner was dangerous from the outskirts of attack, getting 4 outside shots in the back of the net. Brent Mitchley did an excellent job in centre back, sticking to the game plan, and fronted their centre forward to prevent any close range shots. Together, the boys played as a team and controlled the game quite well. Congratulations boys!

Knox 2nd Grade Def. Cranbrook 15-4
Goal scorers: Spencer Wagner 4, John Kyrikos 3, Harry Drummer 2, Andrew Crosling 2, Amrit William1 , Joshua Peruch 1, Rhys Taylor 1 and Thomas Cartwright 1.  After a slow start a totally dominant display from our boys with Spencer Wagner best scoring with 4 goals. Every player played their part in this fantastic performance with unselfish play by many. Again great first game after the break. Congratulations to all the players. 

16b vs Cranbrook
Tough 14-1 loss for the boys.  Coming in from Summer break, lacking in fitness and a bit rusty - but the effort was there against a Cranbrook team that was much bigger and stronger.  Some solid goalkeeping from Jason Park helped keep the game close as well as a great all around effort by Campbell Goodall. Angus Hindmarsh got the lone goal for Knox with a great swim and shot. Students should be proud of the effort they put in and look forward to a good week at training.

15’s def. Cranbrook 9-5
Due to the U16's state competition, the majority of our team was away. However, the five boys who stayed behind stood up to the challenge with a dominant victory over Cranbrook. The assistance of three 16's B players including Jason in goals helped the U'15s to secure a 9-5 win in the first match of the season. Even though this was a trial game, it was important to win, to start the season with a good momentum. All players scored at least one goal. Ben Nyar started strong in attack scoring 2 early goals in the first quarter.  Harry Kyrikos and Harry Sturrock speed allowed the team to not only be competitive in attack, but to mark up and cover any opposition counter attacks in their defence. Over all the team played with great patience, resulting in a deserving score.

14B def by Cranbrook 12-9
The boys had a slow start this week and let our opponents find their own space which they took advantage of. Elliot Heys soon started our scoreline with accurate shooting and timing. Elliot was our top goal scorer with 4 goals in total. James Riordan also found his strength and displayed some excellent ball skills and tactical play. Mitchell Longstaff has been named as our  other Co-Captain this term and displayed strong swimming and shooting. Will Bondy (Co-Captain) provided the boys with excellent leadership and encouragement with tactical game play. Jeremy Longstaff had a great goal in the last, capitalising on a lost ball from Cranbrook's goalie. Goal scorers: Elliot Heys, Mitchell Longstaff, James Riordan, Will Bondy, Jeremy Cartwright.

The 13’s A and B mixed up together and play against each other, their 1st trial game opportunity. The game showed that all the players have good knowledge and skills about water polo, room for improvement at training and opportunity for them to grow fast and strong.

16a V 14a
A good turn out for our first (friendly) game this year. All the boys were mixed in to two even teams which proved for a strong and competitive match. There were some great plays and goals scored by Nic Dijohn, Dylan Horsfall, Ted Harrison, Charlie Bladon and Angus Menzies. The 14s were pushed to keep up with the 16s which was great experience for the rest of the season. The 16s showed their tenacity and physically dominated throughout the game.

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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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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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