Last Saturday showed how tough the CAS competition can be. Our Cricketers found Barker way too strong on the day and our 1st Basketballers had an exciting game but unfortunately went down in the last few minutes. These results remind us what Sport is about, and that winning is only a part of the Sporting experience at Knox. I look forward to watching these teams bounce back and continue to play in the Knox spirit.
To all the other teams, I congratulate you whether you won, lost or drew because from all reports and what I witnessed your behaviour, sportsmanship and teamwork was excellent. I challenge you again this week-end to continue to raise the bar in all the activities in Sports that we do. And hopefully, the weather will be good so that all teams can play their fixtures.

Next week will see winter Sports choices taken as well as starting to be prepared for 6 Event in week 5.

I read this week’s Track and Field report and I was impressed with the number of Knox students who achieved great results over last week-ends meet.

Swimming Trials have concluded and the distance championships were conducted last Thursday I congratulate all those on their results.
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'The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.'
Anon

Prep 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.

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Winter Sports Selections

Baseball

U19’s
Boys showed skill in one of the best games of the season, beating Riverview 8-7. After going up 6-2, Riverview went ahead 7-6 going into the last innings. But the Knox boys fought back putting pressure onto Riverview who made several mistakes, letting us back into the game winning 8-7. It was an all-round team display, well done.

U16’s
Unfortunately the team went down 6-1 in a very tight game. More work is needed in fielding and batting to ensure victory.

 

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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

Overall
The sixth round of the C.A.S season saw Knox played our neighborhood rivals Barker. Historically, Barker and Knox have very strong programs that are built around a number of talented boys closely linked to the Sydney representative competition. This round is always a great challenge for all of our athletes to step up and play against a school with similar skill levels. The overall C.A.S record of 28 wins and 18 losses is a fair indication of the continued strength of the Knox program.

Opens
Our opens finished the weekend with a 6 win and 6 loss record. Our 1sts lost a thrilling game against a talented Barker team 71-78. A sluggish start paired with some crucial early missed baskets, meant that we were trailing for most of the game. The second half saw our defensive intensity and offensive execution increase but sadly - too late with Barker reigning victors. Our 2nds were determined to rectify their first round loss against Barker and it was evident through their defensively intensity and team play on offence which resulted in an impressive 44-28 victory.

10’s
Our 10’s had a difficult weekend winning only 4 of the 10 games played. The 10A’s lacked defensive intensity and ball security which led to a 19-30 defeat. The B’s played a fantastic team game defeating Barker 38-27. This year group needs to focus on defensive intensity in order to be successful in the upcoming rounds and this will be the focus for them in training this week.

9’s
Year 9 also had a challenging round against an impressive Barker year group finishing the round with 4 wins and 4 losses. The 9A’s went down 26-56 against a relentless Barker team. Similar to the 10A’s, defense will be their focus for the remainder of the season. The B’s won in a thrilling game by 2 points. The entire year group battled hard and definitely showed the potential within this group.

8’s
The Year 8’s played some amazing basketball, with team work and stout defence creating countless opportunities against a very strong Barker year group finishing the round with 7 wins and 1 loss. The 8A’s continue to impress with a 50-26 victory. After a slow start, our boy’s defensive intensity picked up in the second half resulting in numerous offensive opportunities. The B’s were also victorious, defeating Barker 35-12. The undefeated 8F’s had an impressive 49-14 win.

7’s
Our 7’s prove to be a year group to watch out for winning 7 out of 8 games played. The boys all played hard, with excellent sportsmanship doing Knox basketball proud in their first game in the Black and Blue. The 7A’s started strong and battled hard against a talented Barker team but just missed out on winning by a heart breaking two points. The 7B’s were very impressive and fun to watch in their 47-10 victory. Team of the week goes to the mighty 7F’s who defeated Barker 48-0! The unselfish team play, fluid ball movement and defensive intensity was atypical of the type of basketball we strive to play at Knox.

Next up will be St Aloysius with our Open’s, Year 8 and Year 7 age groups away and Year’s 9 and 10 home. A reminder for all parents to use the Knox portal basketball page as your key source for all information regarding team lists, training times and locations and fixtures. The next round against Aloys will be another good test for the Knox basketball program as we continue to strive to assert ourselves across the board in the CAS competition.

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Cricket

1st XI vs Barker (H)
After a long holiday lay off and some frustrating weather patterns mid-week, students were eager to take the field at Graham Mapp Oval and continue what was a strong Term 4 of cricket. 1st XI Captain Harry Purcell lost the toss and the Knox side was sent in to bat against a highly motivated and driven Barker bowling attack. A week full of rain meant that conditions were favourable for swing bowling early. Unfortunately for Knox this translated to challenging times with the bat as Barkers opening bowlers ripped through our top order to have the home side dwindling at 4/19 after 5 overs. A strong partnership was desperately needed and began to be provided by Sam Schofield (13) and Charlie Sennitt (23*) who would top score for the day. After Schofield was dismissed by damaging opening bowler George Furrer the runs dried up and Knox continued to lose multiple wickets, eventually bowled out for 49 after 20 overs.

As we have come to expect of the Knox 1st XI however, they began strongly with the ball picking up early wickets and placing Barker in an equally daunting position of 4/10 after 8 overs. However, Barker managed to produce a meaningful partnership taking advantage of slight lapses in concentration with the ball and in the field. The character and determination constructed with the ball was encouraging, however defending 50 runs it proved too little too late.  Whilst it would be easy to blame the coin toss, the conditions, the weather disruptions to training mid-week and various other variables sometimes you just have to accept as sportsman and young men that the opposition were better. Full credit to the boys in that an honest post game discussion produced that exact sentiment. Despite the disappointment at ruining an unbeaten season the emotions produced from this game will no doubt be used as the driving force needed to take our game to a new level as individuals and as a team. Focus quickly turns to St. Aloysius next weekend and a new week of opportunities to develop mentally and physically on and off the field.

2nd XI vs Barker (A)
The second half of the Knox 2nd XI season began in interesting circumstances as midweek weather patterns proved too much for Barker's Main Oval resulting in the abandonment of the 10As morning fixture. Accordingly, the 2nd XI pitch was green and soft meaning nervous moments were in store for both batting sides. Having lost the toss Knox was sent into bat and considering the circumstances began reasonably at 0/27 after 15. Two quick wickets meant Barker had slightly wrestled back the momentum as the scoreboard read 2/41 after 18. From there it became the Rob Towers (59*) show. As batsman came and went Rob stayed firm, producing an innings full of hard work and determination. As teammates and coaches there is no better feeling than seeing an individuals’ dedication and commitment to training pay off. Today it was Rob Towers day in the spotlight, of which he thoroughly deserved. After 35 overs Rob and the Knox batting unit concluded at 6/127 with conditions filling the team with confidence that they had produced a defendable total.

Despite an early wicket by Alex Gilbert (2/9) our bowling began in disappointing fashion as Barker produced an 82 run partnership to take advantage of a plethora of short and wide deliveries.  Barker eventually passing the total 3 down with 5 overs to spare.

After ending Term 4 in positive fashion, the Knox 2nd XI made a small step backwards to open their One Day account. A week of hitting more balls, bowling more deliveries, and taking more catches will provide a much needed refreshment of skills.   As coach I have never been able to question the dedication and attitude of this team, a sentiment which has me full of confidence leading into a juicy rematch against St. Aloysius next weekend.

3rd XI vs Barker (H)
As the afternoon came around, Gillespie had dried out and was a good wicket to bat on. Batting first, Barker made the reasonable score of 159 from their 32 overs. In reply, the Knox opening stand was an exceptional one as Will West and Danuka Tennakoon set about building the platform for a win. At 44 without loss after 10 overs, the win seemed set up. Unfortunately a batting collapse occurred and Knox fell 7 runs short. Tennakoon the standard with 38 runs.

4th XI vs Barker (H)
The 4th XI notched up an astounding win thanks largely to the batting effort of Darcy Hellen – Ford, who made his maiden hundred in all cricket. Slashing and smashing anything short, he was ably supported by Charlie Grellman who made 31. In reply opening bowlers Du Plooy and Stuart ripped through the top order. Sean Stuart with his first bowl since a back injury was even on a hat trick. Du Plooy finished with 2/10, Stuart 2/13 and Matt French 2/7. Barker eventually all out for 77.

5th XI vs Barker (A)
Knox overcome their fatigue from an early morning fitness session to enjoy a couple of hours of “calypso cricket” together.
Knox used 10 bowlers for 2 overs each in order to contain Barker in an innings where the highlight was that we took no less than 5 classic catches, leading to Barker on a “team hat trick” at one stage and 1 excellent run out!! Barker batsmen were left dumbfounded by the apparent ease with which the ball “stuck” and the accuracy of our work in the field.
Bouyed by our spirit in the field, Barker’s total was easily overcome by a mix of big hitting and cheeky singles by Dan, Jack, James and “JK”. Both teams played the game with a smile and were very happy to shake each other’s hand at 4.00 for the close of play and the conclusion of the afternoon’s entertainment. A small crowd, joined later by the Knox 1st X1, witnessed a fine afternoon’s game of typical, modern day, 20/20 cricket. Barker finishing on 8/117 from their 20 overs before Knox chasing it in 15 overs for the win!

10B vs Barker (H)
On the tiny Gillespie 2 field, hopes were high of a big batting performance from both teams. Batting first Knox were pinned back by some exceptional bowling. Knox eventually making 140. Rahul Bhatnagar top scoring once again with 32 runs. In reply, Barker were ruthless and destructive. Chasing the score with ease and with the loss of only 1 wicket.

9A vs Barker (H)
A big match was anticipated on Lower Gillespie as the 9As resumed their ongoing battles with a strong Barker team. Our 9A’s have not beaten this Barker team yet but have shown their improvements with closer games and this match was a showing of how far our boys have come in the past couple of years.
Batting first on a wet wicket, the Barker opening bowlers were excellent. Henry Wines, fresh from his CAS debut in the 1st XI set about his batting the only way he knows how. With grit and determination. Supported in fits and starts by other batters, Henry carried his bat to finish the Knox innings of 136 runs on 84 not out. A proper innings from a young batsman who is learning that taking responsibility is the key to becoming a top class batsman.
The Knox 9A bowling has been excellent all year and this game was no different. Tom Ivers picking up a wicket with his first ball. At 5/50 the game was looking like it would go the way of Knox. If not for some destructive hitting from the Barker number 7 who finished on 62 not out and won the game for his team. A much improved performance and the good signs for year 9 continue.

9B vs Barker (H)
Knox won the toss and batted first against a spirited Barker outfit. Matthew Kent (43) and Oliver Stace (27) set the tone with a brilliant opening stand – guiding us to an imposing launching pad of 1/88 off 16 overs. Unfortunately, Knox were unable to capitalise on this start, losing wickets in a steady stream through the middle overs before Henry Cross (19) and Ollie Sloan (18) provided some much needed lower order hitting guiding us to a respectable 156. Brimming with confidence after a late fight back Knox started strongly with the ball to restrict Barker to 3/52 at drinks. Some uncharacteristic errors in the field coupled with some loose death bowling meant that Barker was able to sneak home reaching 6/157 with a bit over two overs to spare. All of the boys bowled well in patches but Oliver Stace’s 2/21 off 4 overs, Sam Carman’s 1/10 off 3 overs, Toby Craig’s 0/4 off 3 overs and Tom Supple’s 0/15 off 4 overs was particularly impressive. The boys gave themselves every chance to win this game but were let down by allowing Barker back into the game. Nonetheless, the boys played the game in Great Spirit. We will look to fine-tune our match awareness as the season progresses.

9C vs Barker (A)
The 9C's lost the toss and were sent into bat. With Sam Leafe and Tasman Rooke opening, they got Knox off to a positive start formulating a large opening partnership. With Sam Leafe being dismissed for 24, Nick Boyde joined the party and continued to accelerate the run rate as Knox aimed to post a high total. Tasman Rooke brought up his 50, however was dismissed for 57, seeing Jeremy Jenkins come to the crease and finish off the innings strongly with a lengthy six. Knox finished their innings 2/166. Barker began their innings in a bad fashion and could not recover as they lost wicket after wicket. Excellent fielding by Knox saw three run outs including a superb direct hit by Charlie Sargent from point. Knox ended up dismissing Barker for 33 seeing a complete performance by Knox and a convincing victory.

8A vs Barker (H)
In the early days of a lengthy cricket education, the 8As continued to show their prowess with the ball and in the field. Restricting Barker to 101 on a small ground and a flat pitch was an exceptional effort. Good fielding all round and the help of Kale Gabila 3/12 and Jack Delaney 2/10. In reply, the Knox innings began with a solid start thanks to Alex Stuart and Liam Ridley. After losing the openers, Jayllen Naganayagam and Lachie Donaldson begun positively to bring Knox to 3/50. A middle order collapse though, and Knox found themselves 9 down with 8 runs to win. A good Yorker from the Barker bowled sealed the win for them. A close game and lots to work on moving forwards.

8B vs Barker (A)
After rained delayed 30 minute start, the game was reduced by 4 overs each, to a 28 over-a-side game. Knox players did not need to be asked to assist with the covers in protecting the pitch or clearing it for play to begin, such was their enthusiasm to begin their 2016 season.
 
Whilst the surface was a little slippery underfoot for the Barker bowlers, Knox batsmen pushed the ball nicely into the gaps for well-judged singles and took the score to a respectable 3-62. The ball “popped” a little on the damp pitch, wickets tumbled and it was our skipper Daniel Mulcahy who held our innings together for a 3+ run per over target for Barker. Mulcahy finishing on 31 runs.
 
It seemed that the sun had dried the pitch and outfield enough for Barker to get off to a flying start, scoring more boundaries in their first 2 or 3 overs than Knox could manage in our entire total of 28. The Knox spin bowling combination of Rishi Deshpande, Oscar Petro and Hugh Peden not only then slowed proceedings but took a string of timely wickets to turn the momentum of the game our way with Barker now at 5-62.  However, the batting team then picked up the necessary runs to take the game with 2 overs to spare.

8C vs Barker (A)
We turned up, lost the toss and were sent into bat. Our openers Jacques Du Plooy and Ryan Schokman started off well with a partnership of 51 until Jacques was bowled after hitting some massive sixes. But the star of the inning was Ryan Schokman, batting for the full 32 overs and scoring a magnificent 81 not out, playing some great shots and always looking to put pressure of the fielders. He was well supported by all the other batsman making some small contributions. Knox ended up with 141 which was around a par score for the ground after 32 overs.
In the bowling we were able to take regular wickets with some great catching and ground fielding from the boys. Carl Giacomo was the standout bowler with 3/19 with special mention to Sam Dickson who consistently troubled the batsman with his line and length. Knox ended up bowling Barker out for 129 after 27 overs. A solid performance but room for improvement.

8D vs Barker (A)
The game started off very strong for the Knox boys after Barker won the toss and elected to bat. With early wickets, the Knox boys quickly ripped through Barker's top order. Notable mention to Sam Carroll, who caught their opening batsman off guard with a plum, in-swinging delivery, which was given LBW in his wicket maiden over. Brad Boyd also bowled a wicket maiden, pitching all 6 deliveries in the 'Corridor of Uncertainty', leaving the Barker boys helpless. Benji Jacobson with his first 3 balls took 2 wickets, including a caught and bowled, energizing the Knox boys to finish the innings on a high, and beat their arch rivals from Waitara. Co-Captains Will O'Sullivan and Jono Cole were always keeping the chat in the field alive, and leading from the front which is great to see.  Barker finished with figures of 7 for 147 after 25 overs, leaving the Knox boys with a big task ahead. Knox's performance with the bat wasn't as strong as their bowling, however Aidan Jacobson top scored for Knox with 29 after hitting 5 4's in his innings.  Unfortunately Knox were bowled out for 67 after 23.4 overs, and lost by 80 runs. Overall a valiant opening effort by the boys, and they will all be keen to prove that they can dominate with both bat and ball next week.

8E vs Barker (A)
The 8E's batted first and got off to a fantastic start with number three William wells and number four will Lovell getting 31 and 38 each, helping Knox to a total of 5/112. During the Knox bowling, the wickets were shared around by all the bowlers, with the standout being max McKay who took two wickets off his two overs, leading Knox to a 63 run victory

7B vs Barker (H)
Barker 7B - 8/154 def. Knox 7B - 10/79. No absentees. Sam rockliff top scoring with 21 and Andrew Jenkins bowling well with 1-10 off 3 overs and 2 catches.
Bowling first against Barker, our 7B’s were accurate and enthusiastic. Andrew Jenkins was the star of the bowling innings, continually bowling in the corridor of uncertainty. ‘AJ’ finished with 1/10 off his 3 overs. Barker finishing with 154 from their allotted overs. In reply, the Knox innings has some positive signs without challenging the big Barker total. Sam Rockliff top scoring with 21 runs. Knox eventually all out for 84.

7C vs Barker (A)
Barker won the toss and elected to bat in what would turn out to be a nail biter! Barker batted very well to reach 144 all out. Jack Craig picking up 3 wickets, Aaron Erdstein with 2/7 from 3 overs and Lachlan Wilson 2/9.
In reply the Knox innings got agonisingly close with Jack Craig and Josh Laing both making worthy contributions. Laing (33) and Craig (27) taking Knox to 140. A loss by 4 runs but a fantastic game.

7D vs Barker (H)
It was a strong showing from the 7D’s as they trounced Barker by 27 runs. Knox batted first with impressive showings from opener James Kirk followed up by Nick Shannon, Robbie Ferguson and Ethan Jones later on in the innings making up a large percentage of the runs. In 25 overs the team score was 8/131. In the Knox bowling, Marlon Dosanjh left the Barker batsmen with no chance of hitting the ball. Nick Shannon and Carlton Hogan grabbed 2 wickets each also until Barker’s 11th batsman and two retirees were wrapped up by James Kirk bowling a hat-trick to end the match.

7E vs Barker (H)
On a pleasantly sunny afternoon at Ireland Field, the mighty 7E’s had two things in their mind, to have fun and to win. It is fair to say they achieved both. After losing the toss and being sent in to bat (which was preferred) Knox, thanks to a 57 run partnership for the 2nd wicket between Ben Kellaway and Nick Grattan ensured we would be in a superb position. Ben finished retired not out on 32 and thanks to some late hitting from James Coughlin (14), Ben Napton (20), Will Tighe (18) and Max Callaghan (21) ensured no bowler was spared. Knox finished on an outstanding 7/195 of 25 overs which was an easily defendable total. With the ball, it could not have been a better start. Some great bowling from Will Tighe (2/9), James Callaghan (2/13) and Michael Raymond (2/14) ensured Barker , after being 7/49, finished on 7/101 before the game being concluded with the result beyond doubt after 20 overs). It could not have been a better start to the season and the team aims to improve for hopefully a greater win in the next game!

7F vs Barker (A)
Knox- 6/97 after 20 overs Baker - 6/109 after 20 overs
Although the result was a loss, the 7F demonstrated some great skills in both the batting a bowling aspects of the game. In particular, Angus Rich scored a spectacular six hitting, 52 runs and retired. With Hamish Chan also scoring 22 runs while opening.
In the field all players performed admirably and with great enthusiasm. The talk and sportsmanship displayed by Aysuhmaan Vij was impressive, and with the bowling figures of Angus fuller taking 2/24 off 2 overs. Today shows the teams improving in both skill and passion for the game.

 

 

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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

Fencing

The start of the new year saw the boys eager to learn the finer skills of fencing. For new boys, the basics of footwork and the three weapons and their rules and target areas were explained.

Boys returning to the sport were also taken through a refresher of the rules including priority scoring for foil. The basic parries were practiced as well as learning how to put them into action. Also some precision drills concentrating on finer point work using the tip of the foil and lunging. The boys enjoyed applying and honing their abilities to apply the correct parries and attacks in bouts with each other. The older boys also practiced their parries and attacks and continued to learn the necessity of good footwork and balance so that even if an attack fails they can go on and attempt to score another point. Bouting practice followed where they learned to adjust to the different fencing styles of each other but still developing their own game.


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Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

Rain and a challenging track out at the Kings School set the stage for some exiting racing last Saturday morning. A lot of riders had problems with their bikes early on, but most riders managed to finish the 70 minutes endurance race.

A new racing format introduced on Saturday allowed all riders now to be part of the overall result. Congratulations to the whole Knox team for some great racing and we are looking in good shape on our way to the Australian Interschool’s Championships in Thredbo at the end of the season.

Gil Garrett from the Knox MTB team managed to use the tough conditions in his favour and finished on top with most laps completed.

Next week will see our MTB team head to Heffron Park to race in Waverley’s MTB event.

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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

The orienteers competed on a challenging course set at Allambie Heights last Saturday. Division 1 and 2 students tackled some bush bashing legs between controls, while all divisions had to discern difficult features on mid length courses. Congratulations to Jackson Booth, Div 1 weekly champion, Nick Ang, Div 2 weekly champion, and Lachlan Yelds, Div 3 champion. The orienteer of the week is awarded to Heath Wallace (year 8), placing a very commendable second place against year 11 and 12 students.

Boys new to orienteering completed an orientation program, starting at training by learning the basics on their Orientation card. On Saturday the boys experienced their first ever orienteering course as a group, led by a coach, to start putting their newly found orienteering skills into practice. Congratulations to all the year 7 students for completing a challenging course with very competitive times. They are now all ready to compete individually next Saturday.

At training this week a new rotational system was used. Experienced orienteers cycled through a fitness component as well as a skills session focused on how to locate one’s self if lost on a course.

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Rugby

Rugby Refereeing
Knox Grammar School has one of the strongest rugby refereeing programs in Sydney, and we are looking to build on that by recruiting new referees. If you are interested in becoming a rugby referee, or assistant referee, contact Nick Brown (Knox Rugby Referees Co-ordinator) at brownn@knox.nsw.edu.au and you can find out how.

Sailing

Mr John Parker, MIC Sailing

Over the Christmas break Thomas Mountstephens Year 8 finished in 3rd place at the 48th Manly Junior Nationals sailed on Sydney Harbour. The regatta included 8 closely fought races with conditions ranging to 25+ knots of wind.

Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox Squash has continued on with its 1st half of the season form winning 10 drawing 2 and loosing 2. All teams are back into training and looking enthusiastic as we near the business end of the season.

Knox 1st travelled to Willoughby winning 2-1 with the team led by Bryn Arnold. Nic You Lee and Viney Kumar started the 2nd half of the season defeating the competition leaders. Congratulations to the boys - a well-deserved result. With the right mental approach this team has the quality and determination to give this competition a real shake up.

Knox 2nds had a bye.  The Knox 3rds won continuing their form with some great rallies and hard fought points, well done to R Rattan T Joseph  P Koch.

Knox 4 had a convincing win with the boys dominating and playing some good Squash considering it was our first game back. Well played S Ragavan, M Gee and L Hiller.

An away game for Knox 10 who travelled to Bondi – well worth the trip - winning 3-0 , the boys showed great  sportsmanship along with some quality play and deserved the win.  A great team effort!  E Denton E OSullivan T Murray.   I would also like to thank the parents for supporting the boys in taking them into Bondi.

Knox 12 had only one player available - Flynn Bryant.  He played several games narrowly going down 1-2 showing a great individual effort to not give up and have a go. 

Knox 14 playing Barker 10 winning 3-0 showed that with only 2 players Knox were still strong on the day.  Exceptional effort by H Mendes C Beauchamp.

In summary - Knox Squash is continuing to improve as the boys challenge themselves to set standards that they want to achieve and it is very pleasing to watch.  Well done!

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Swimming

CAS Swimming and Diving Championships
Thursday 10 March, SOPAC, Homebush.
The CAS Swimming and Diving Championships will be held on Thursday 10 March from 4.30 – 8.30pm at SOPAC at Homebush. This is one of the best CAS Sports events of each year and Knox has a long and successful history both in the pools and also with the largest group of supporters. This year again we hope to follow tradition and do our best.

Attendance at this event is compulsory for all Year 8 students as part of their tradition and voluntary for all other year groups. The school looks forward to being the biggest and loudest again!

Full details will be available next week.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 6 February saw Knox take on local rivals Barker in a very important match for our 1st team. The 1st team got off to a fairly solid start splitting both sets of doubles with our first pair getting both sets whilst the second pair only losing by one break of serve in each set. It was down to the singles with No.1 Cooper Cole winning 6-4 to help Knox go 3-2 up. Pedro Papangelis couldn’t quite get the job done losing by only one break of serve. The score now 3-3 with every match very close and the game scores almost even going into the last two singles. Lachlan Walker making his debut for the 1st team playing at No.4 against Barkers usual No.2 and beat him in an epic battle to win 7-6, making his opponent work for every point. It was down to the last match Max Nguyen playing a very talented No.3 from Barker. It came down to the wire with some great serving from Max to win 7-6 also. Knox won 5-3 overall and some very important points for Knox to help us keep in reaching distance of Trinity. The 2nds unfortunately got washed out. The 3rd team had a good win 5-1 with a good performance from Brendan Yang in both singles and doubles. The 4th team had a close match losing 1-5 but only losing by 10 games between the two teams. Teams 5th -8th got washed out also.

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.

 

The 10A team played an away match against Barker and won 4-2 with a good team performance. Unfortunately the rest of the Year 10 groups were all called off due the wet weather.

The 9A and B teams both had tough losses to Barker losing 1-5. The C team had a close battle only losing by 8 games overall tying 3-3. The D team also had a very close match and managed to get the win with only 2 games dividing the two teams. Teams E-H all played an internal competition at Mills Park Tennis Club. The boys showed great dedication and sportsmanship throughout the day and showed improvement in their match play.

The 8A team played some brilliant tennis to win 6-0 overall, with a great team performance from the boys. Unfortunately the rest of the year 8 teams were all washed out due to the weather.

The Year 7A team had a tough time against Barker losing 1-5 against a strong team. The B and C teams both won well 5-1 with a good show of tennis From Kevin Charter. The D team had a close battle tying 3-3 but winning by 5 games to split the two teams. Teams E-H played an internal competition at the Knox Prep Courts with some great play by the boys and all showed good effort in their matches. Teams I- K unfortunately got washed out also due the surface was too wet to play on.

Overall it was a good weekend of tennis especially after the school holidays. All of the boys applied themselves very well to their matches and showed great support for one another. Knox won 62% matches played on the weekend. Keep up the good work and good luck next weekend.

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Track and Field

Mr Chris Pittman, Director of Track & Field

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

NSW State Youth and Junior Championships
Congratulations to all the Knox boys who competed over the weekend at the NSW Junior and Youth Championships at Homebush. Our apology in advanced if we've missed your results.

Thomas Shannon 13 U.T.S. North - Men Hammer Throw U14 FINAL - 1st place  37.23
Men Javelin Throw U14 - 4th place
Men Shot Put U14 - 5th place 11.45m
John Hunter 14  Sydney Pacific - Men Shot Put U15 FINAL - 1st Place -11.42m
Men Hammer Throw U15 - 1st place  36.35m
Men Discus Throw U15 - 2nd place 42.99
James Constable - Men U15 400M 59.86
Shah Garcia -Men Hammer Throw U20-6th place - 34.14
Sam Coburn- Men 400M U20 HEATS-5th place in his heat respectively - 53.49
Ryan Booth- Men 400M U20 HEATS-4th place in his heat respectively - 52.89
Lachlan Antoinette- Men Hammer Throw U17 - 3rd place - 38.64m
Men Shot Put U18-3rd place 14.98m
Men Triple Jump U17-7th place 11.31m
Nicholas Frost - Men Discus Throw U18-1st Place-51.67m
Men Javelin Throw U18 - 2nd place 52.09m
Men Shot Put U18 - 2nd place 14.98m
Riley Hemsworth - Men 90M Hurdles 0.762m U14 - 1st place - 13.54

Overall this was a very successful weekend and a great display of the talent in the Knox Track & Field program.

Thank you to all the boys that participated and represented Knox so well. Congratulations and Good luck to those of you that will now compete at the Australian National Junior Championships in Perth on March  8th-13th.

Ms Cathy Walsh, Head Coach

 

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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

Our newest teams led the way with some fantastic efforts this week leading to increased confidence of a good future for water polo at Knox.

1st Grade: Bye

2nd Grade: Defeated Kings 12-4.
Goal scorers: Wes Van Zyl 5, Harry Drummer 3, Tom Cartwright 2 and Spencer Wagner 2.
The long break for second grade unfortunately translated into a rusty performance for our first game back. Fitness and skills will be worked on in Training. Wes Van Zyl scored an impressive 5 goals with Amrit William again impressive in goals and showed great initiative to leave his goal area to chase down loose passes. This game was one that we needed prior to a tough up-coming match against Scots.

16A: Defeated Kings 16-3
Goal scorers: Nic Dijohn 4, Liam O’Neill 3, Aiden Robertson 3, Oscar Ley 2, Will Harte 2, Tom Winterton 1, Ben Yates 1.
This convincing win welcomed new student Ben Yates to the team, and totally blew the opposition away with their fitness. A very good first quarter was followed by two quarters of lost chances.  The team got back on track in the last period scoring 6 goals. Austin Wagner was outstanding in goals but field players Liam O’Neill, Aiden Robertson and Nic Dijohn did most of the damage.
 
16B: Bye
 
15A: Bye
 
14A: Bye
 
14B:  Defeated by Kings 14-3.
Goal scorers: Elliot Heys 2. Will Bondy 1.
Two players from the opposition scored a total 10 goals against our team - our defenders were unable to contain them.  More work will be done in Training on defense, fitness and ball skills.  Elliot Heys and Will Bondy were the best in this disappointing loss.  It is going to take a big lift in both effort and skill to defeat a strong Scots team in our next competition game.   But the boys can do it! 
 
13 Blue. Defeated Waverley 6-4
Scorers Josh Collett 3, Tyler Krenkels 1, Angus Stevenson 1, Lachlan Reeve 1.
The boys were very excited to win their first match of the season. They started out strong with a quick 2-1 lead. Tyler converted a 5m penalty to take the 3-1 lead.  However some poor passing choices in the second quarter allowed for a small comeback for the opposition to 4-3. In the second half, with Michael in goals along with help of great active defence from the field players allowed the Knox team lead by Lachlan Reeve, to only let in one goal in the entire  second half of the game. Josh Collets fast swimming and good shooting ability allowed him to score a hat trick to seal the game resulting in the end score of 6-4. 
 
13 Black. Defeated Waverley 6-4.
Scorers: Sam Bennett 5, William Dixon 1.
Nixon prepared the team with a really effective game plan. The first quarter was a tough battle with a goal from Sam Bennett, 1-1.  James Sung saved 5 attempts from the opposition only letting one slip through the cracks.  The second quarter was all Knox where Sam scored another 3 goals to take the lead up to 4-1. William Dixon showed great defence through out the game getting many steels allowing our strong counter attack to be effective. The end score was 6-4 with 5 strong goals to Sam Bennett and one goal to William Dixon.

 

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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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