Another good week-end of Winter sport for all Knox students. It was great to watch from the sidelines many sports and to see the students in the black and the blue doing their best and enjoying their chosen sports.

Well done to all last week-end. A picture-perfect day and all students responded to the requests throughout the week with regards to their attitude, attendance and attire.

Well done as always to the teams that have to travel away from the main venues of Knox and Waverley, especially those that are on their own and I thank the parents for the effort to get them there, and the students for ensuring that they attended.

Whether it was watching teams that won, drew or lost, it was great to see the Knox students doing their best and enjoying the competition This was no more evident than at the 7B Football game out at Waverley where, in a tight contest, it was 2 all and at the last second of the game Waverley scored to win 3 – 2. And whilst the boys were disappointed they had played a magnificent game, never gave up and at the end acknowledged the opposition and the referee in the right manner,

This week sees the 1sts and 2nds Football play Trinity under lights on Knox 1 on Friday evening and I encourage as many of you as possible to come along, but not only for Football, but to support the opening of the Art Show as well.

On Saturday all other sport will be played and as we approach the end of the season I continue to ask all Knox students to continue in the way that they have started and have done well so far.

Good luck to the students representing CAS in Cross Country in the CAS -v-GPS Cross Country this Saturday.

Good luck this week-end and go the Black and Blue.
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'Positive mindset, positive lifestyle.'
Lailah Gifty Akita

Congratulations

Leon MacAlister – Year 10
At the recent Swimming Australia Grand Prix Meet held in July in Brisbane, Leon MacAlister (10) re-broke his own Australian 15yr 100m backstroke record!

His original time of 56.59 was set in April, when he broke an 11yr old record which was held by Knox coach Daniel Arnamnart. Leon’s new time of 56.18 is a world class performance for his age. Well done!

Leon will be representing the Australian Youth team in Hawaii, swimming the 100m (24 Aug) and 200m backstroke (26 Aug) in the Junior Pan Pacs next month.

Max Purcell Success!
Success for former Knox student Max Purcell, who left Knox 3 years ago 9 to pursue a career in Tennis. Max recently won his first $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour title in Gimcheon, Korea which now sees his ATP World Tour ranking at 385 in the World. 

It is great to see such a talented player who works so hard finally get the rewards.
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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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AFL

Mr Joey Britton, MIC AFL

It was a good weekend of AFL for Knox. With 5 out of 6 teams winning and some fantastic individual and team performances.

This Saturday sees the Firsts play in their biggest game of the year against Riverview. I encourage all students to come and support the Firsts at 2.45pm at Acron Oval, St Ives. 

Under 14A
A season high five goals from an energetic Will Shortis has helped the 14As celebrate a big win against Shore, as Knox claimed a crucial 80-point victory. Knox’s midfield proved to be the difference, as the Blue and Black shook off a gusty Shore side early in a hard fought 14.9 (93) to 2.1 (13) contest at Lakeside Oval on a Saturday afternoon, perfect for footy. Midfield superstars Angus Menzies and Liam Puncher kicked 3 and 2 goals respectively, breaking the shackles, as Knox put itself in good shape to claim a top-two spot at the end of the season. Ruckmen Hugo Thomas and Ashton Smith were influential around the ground while midfielders Patrick Bolger, Lachie Thompson and Will Aylward found plenty of the ball. Knox's defence held firm for much of the afternoon, restricting Shore to 13 points for the game as its experience of play in Hugh Peden and Rhys Owen continually came to the fore, while Will Blackburn and Lachie White were also excellent in providing run off the backline. It was an impressive effort from the 14As, but still plenty of work to do before they face a strong St Aloysius team next week.

Best Players: Angus Menzies, Lachy White, Patrick Bolger, Will Blackburn, Hugo Thomas and Lachy Thompson 
Goals: Will Shortis 5, Angus Menzies 3, Liam Puncher 2, Lachy Thompson 1, Dom Goddard, Charlie Hennessy and Rhys Owen

Under 14 Black and Blue
On Saturday, the mighty Knox Under 14 B's teams travelled to Mahoney Oval in Marrickville to play against Waverley College. Due to the difference in players from both sides, Knox decided to merge their teams to play a full-sized 18 a side match. The boys played very well after a long holiday break. 

Knox dominated majority of the game with Ben Hollander kicking an outstanding 5 goals! The game started in the middle with great ruck work from Tyler Arndt and roving from Declan Ravenhall. Moving forward we had a little trouble with our leading forward options but fantastic running forward from Fraser Goldthorpe and Lachlan Donaldson provided Knox with some key goals scoring options. 

The Knox boys were also very solid in defence with Gabe Carmody and Jay Mace providing great stability in the defensive 50. A special mention must to Angus Kitchen who played an outstanding game with a Buddy Franklin inspired run and bounce down the sideline kicking into the forward 50. Top work Angus! All the boys played well and with great passion for the game. Knox won the day with 14.19. 103 to 3.4 22.

Knox 14.19.103 defeated Waverley 3.4.22
Goals : Ben Hollander 5, Lachlan Donaldson 2, Jack Smith 2, Fraser Goldthorpe 2, Josh Laing, Declan Ravenhall and Sam Matruglio 
Best Players: Fraser Goldthorpe, Ben Hollander, Lachlan Donaldson, Owen Lees, Jack Smith and Tyler Arndt

Under 16 Black
In almost summer like conditions, Knox took on Shore last weekend. Boasting some new additions to the squad with two debutants from the U14s in Harry Rowles and Kale Gabila as well as Alex our exchange student, the team were keen to impress. It was a shaky start as Shore capitalised from a free kick off the centre bounce. But the remainder of the first quarter saw Knox’s pressure around the football dominate in close quarters with the debutant in Kale providing plenty of outside run. Inaccuracy in front of goals cost the side as we led 2.6 (18) to 1.0 (6) at the first break. The second term saw Shore more competitive with some coast to coast style goals but Knox managed to pull through with 2 goals to match Shores scores. Knox put on a big third quarter kicking 3 goals to Shores 1, but the damage could have been more with 3 shots missed. In the final quarter Shore controlled the ball for the first portion but a strong finish when needed saw Knox lock the ball in the forward 50 to finish off the game!  Special mentions to the back three in Kye Harbour, Oscar Sims and Jack Bregenhoj who showed solid play all day.  

Knox Black 8.14 (62)  defeated shore 6.3 (39)
Goals: Harrison Rowles 4, Harrison Muller 3, Isaac Selvarajah 
Best Players: Harrison Muller, Jordan de Vries, Ethan Ravenhall, Kye Harbour, Harry Rowles and Ryan de Vries.

Under 16 Blue
An undermanned Knox side faced up against a full strength Cranbrook side that they had beat in their previous meeting at Mahoney Park in Marrickville. The game started fairly evenly with Knox making the most of their limited opportunities as Cranbrook went into the first break a few goals ahead and Knox showing great fight. Braeden Campbell fought hard all day in the middle and when he and Josh Officer were moved into the backline they helped provide stability to those around them. Jude Yates played well in his first game in this age group and showed great promise against much bigger players. A disappointing result for the boys but plenty of hard work at training can turn this around. 

Cranbrook 14.17.101 defeated Knox Blue 4.7.31
Goals: Tasman Rooke, James Roffe, Braeden Campbell, Angus Kellaway
Best Players:  Braeden Campbell, James Roffe, Jude Yates, Nick Kaderavek, Josh Officer and Will Chamberlain.

Firsts 
The Knox Firsts AFL team were presented with the challenge of playing Cranbrook in first game back of the term 3 winter AFL season. In the first half, the Knox boys seemed to be in and out of the contest and were never really able to take full control of the match. Come the second half, the Knox boys proved to be far more superior and dominant. Starting to use the ball smarter both by feet and hand. This translated on the scoreboard and allowed more boys to get involved in the match and stopped any chance of Cranbrook getting back into the game and were a clear class above the opposition. 

Knox 113 Defeated Cranbrook 9
Best Players: Connor McFadden, Josh Tighe, James Robertson, Luke Parks, Tom Moscou, James Bennett
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Fencing

After practising their parries, the boys then were divided into pairs for some quick fire bouting.
Their skills have now greatly increased and there were some very close scores. The boys were also timed in their bouts to assist them to get used to the intensity of competition bouts. After five hits, the boys changed opponents and learnt to further develop their attacking and defensive strategies.
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Knox Fit

Mr Matt Cavallaro, MIC Knox Fit

This term in Knox Fit we have seen a group of boys really emerge as having an attitude and work ethic that is quite infectious.

A collection of Year 7 boys have approached their first experiences in the sport with a tenacity that really speaks to their character. These boys (Luke Ogden, Ryan Burley, Will Gibson and Nick Finlay) have all the coaches impressed with the effort that they bring to their workouts.
 
In Year 9, Tim Barrie has flourished this season. Not only is he working hard and seeing real improvements in his fitness, he has started to take on a sense of leadership in the group.  
 
Year 10 sees a group of boys who really stand out for the quiet yet dedicated approach they take to their sport.  Ned Young, Toby Marchant, Harrison Bradley, and Josh Owens - the consistency of their efforts and willingness to learn has seen them all make major strides with their training. 
 
Coming up at the end of the penultimate week of training we have our testing which will give us an understanding of just how much our boys have progressed this season. We stress the ability to move well and efficiently in Knox Fit. This testing is all about assessing just where our boys are at. 
 
The season wraps up on a high note with another instalment of the Knox Fit Games. This season we are taking on a Rocky theme with a series of 3 minute workouts that will allow us to crown another Knox Fit champion. While this is a competition, the purpose of the event is having a fun, challenging atmosphere where the boys who took their training serious this season get to see the fruits of their labour. It has become a bit of a spectator occasion and we encourage any parents interested in seeing their boys work hard and better understand what this Knox Fit is all about to attend.  
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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

Forestville Event
Orienteers competed last Saturday on the challenging Forestville Map.

Boys faced lengthy rocky assents and windy tracks on a long distance course. Oliver Pitman performed incredibly well in Division 1, placing first, with Caleb Ng and Sam Pitman following closely behind. Jake Evans continued his success in Division 2, once again maintaining his yet undefeated champion place. Eric Zhao was a standout in Division 2 this week, placing second. In Division 3 Seb Goh overtook Marcus Hu by placing first, followed by Jonathon Van Es and Marcus Hu in second and third place. 

MetrOLeague 
The final round of the NSW MetrOLeague was held at Mulgoa on Sunday. Isaac Roberts, Thomas Gordon and Oliver Pitman ran with much enthusiasm and determination on the most challenging course of the season as they represented Knox at this opens event. Set in the Blue Mountains National Park, orienteers had to run navigate through light-dense bush, without any tracks for guidance. The Knox team placed second for the day - competing against the current adult champions of the division. All placed with very strong times in this final round for the year. Congratulations to everyone who competed in the MetrOLeague this year. 

NSW Schools Championships
A reminder that permission slips for the NSW Schools championships are due this week. Any student who has orienteered at Knox, either in Summer or Winter 2015/2016, are more than welcome to join the representative team for the competition. The team travels as a group from Knox by bus.

The permission slip can be found at NSW School Orienteering Championships.  Please return the form to Dylan Sherman by email at shermand@knox.nsw.edu.au or in person at training.

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Rugby

Mr John Rownes, MIC Rugby

Queens Park always presents a challenge and the Knox 1st XV ventured to the Eastern Suburbs to meet Waverley in the most important match of the season to date.

As in the first round the Waverley team started well, establishing a very strong lead before Knox gained some ascendancy to bring them into the contest. However, Waverley finished well enough to win the match 29 – 21. The 5th XV won their match against Waverley 32 – 5 but for the other Open teams it was a tough day at Queens Park with Waverley winning the 2nd XV 26 – 14, 3rd XV 21 – 15 and the 4th XV 21 – 19. The 6th XV played St Joseph’s College 9th XV losing 7 – 22. The 16A’s were unable to match the strong and convincing efforts of the Waverley team losing 7 – 42. 

At Gillespie the U14’s played Waverley in all four matches. The 14D’s lost 20 – 39 but they competed well with Max McKay and Nicholas Middleton leading the way in the forwards. Sam Carroll scored one of the best winger’s tries of the season with an impressive run down the right side of the field displaying some deceptive footwork to beat the fullback. The 14C’s were very competitive but fell short 24 – 31. Matthew Davidson displayed his usual consistency and Christopher Abberton relished the opportunity to run with the ball. The 14B’s lost narrowly 12 – 15 with Archer Crozier trying hard throughout. The 14A’s produced arguably their best performance of the season to win 29 – 7. They defended well keeping Waverley scoreless until the last moment of the match. James Constable directed the game well from five eighth setting up some fine attack. The backrow of Will Saddington, Lachlan Howard and Oliver Moore have been consistently good during the season and once again their work rate was impressive. Sam Hodge who has missed much of the season with injury was superb.

The 15D’s travelled to Stanmore to play Newington and encountered a very good Newington team losing 7 – 62. The other U15 teams had the opportunity to play on Knox 1. The 15E’s lost to Waverley 15 – 19, the 15C’s won 42 – 10 and the 15B’s won 29 – 14. The 15A’s produced an exceptional performance to overrun Waverley 83 – 7. They are well led by their astute and inspirational captain Dan Breden and on this day every player excelled in a wonderful effort.
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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 1st won 3-0 against Willoughby led by B Arnold, N You Lee and replacement player B Close. This team is well focused dominating all three games, their mindset is in the right place as we near the finals series - stay focused.

Knox 2 won 3-0 against Northmead 1.  F Hellen Ford had an outstanding game with many rallies in a five setter where his opponent never gave up, Finn played some well-placed back of court shots that finally got him through. R Rattan played to his strengths setting the tempo early, varying his shots with some well-laced drives. Replacement player Z Partridge had a strong game working the court to his advantage.

Knox 3 won 2-1 against Barker 1.  K Tse found it hard going as his opponent dominated early.  All  credit to Karlon he never gave up, and tried very hard.  N Huang had a solid game with some well placed drives and drops. E Xie dominated from start to finish with some great cross court shots.

Knox 5 won 2-1 against Briars 5.  Z Partridge started strong with some well-placed back of court shots but underestimated his opponent and found himself in a five set thriller with some well fought rallies which was great to watch.  P  Koch played a very controlled game using the whole court 
varying his plays which enabled Peter to get the edge on his opponent.  E Bakker played to his strengths with some clinical cross court shots and well placed drops.

Knox 7 won 3-0 against Barker 6.   T Ballinger, O Ellard and E Pincott - this team has settled well and are playing some good squash with all players working the back of court with well-placed drives and cross court shots.

Knox 12 won 2-0 against Barker 10.  A Lin Lacy set the tempo early with some well played drives and drops using the front of court to his advantage. J Merhi played a five setter with some well fought rallies, Jesse finally getting on top with some well played back of court drives.

Knox 13 lost 1-2 against  Barker 11.   E Sutton found his opponent a handful and even although  Elliot tried to vary his plays unfortunately it was not his day.  J Harris played with determination in a five setter of never ending rallies.  James finally took control with some great return volleys and 
well played drives. Replacement player B Cheng from team 16, year 7 played a year 12 opponent going down 0-3 but never stopped trying.  He lost each game by no more than 3 points.  Brian played with fantastic spirit and it was a credit to him.  

Knox 14 won 3-0 against Barker 12.  W Wells, Flynn Bryant and O Rady.  This team dominated from the first game with all three boys using the front of court playing some well-placed drops and back of court drives.

Knox 16 won 2-1 against Briars 7.   B Cheng, E Albany and W Zheng.  This team consists of year 7 and 8 boys who play opponents with more experience who are ranked much higher and also serve much harder.  But to this teams credit they are not deterred and meet the challenge enthusiastically. Well done students!  

Knox 17 won 2-1 against Northmead 2.   L Gee played a hard fought match retiring at 2-2 after unfortunately rolling his ankle.  Lachlan played some great drives and well placed drops covering the court well with some determined running.  B Firth played to his strengths setting the tempo early with some drives and cross court shots. O Bendrien set the pace early as well, with some well placed drops and drives.   

Knox 19 drew 1-1 against Knox 18.   A Nipatcharoen, A Pan-Cassin, T Kellaway and E Bowen.  Both  these teams have improved so much with the semis around the corner they are well placed to put in a strong showing.

Knox 20 drew 1-1 against Barker 14.   T O Sullivan had a very strong game with some hard fought rallies.  Tom was only a few points behind in each match and never stopped trying – a great effort . M Walker played to his strengths with some well-placed drives and cross court shots, but the most 
important part of his game was the way the game was played.  Both players smiling and always respectful of each other. Great sportsmanship.

Knox 22 won 2-0 against Barker 17.  Again playing a team ranked much higher, both A Barker and J Allen have shown hard work at training pays dividends with Ashton stepping up and playing their Number 1 in a hard fought five setter playing some well-placed drives and drops. Jordan setting the tempo early played to his strengths with some quality service shots.
 
To all the Knox teams – a great effort by you all.  This week is our last game before the Semi Finals be ready and focused and enjoy the Challenge.

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 30 July saw Knox take on Waverley away at Kingsford Tennis Courts. The 1st team got off to a flying start winning both sets of doubles.

Going into the singles Cooper Cole played some fantastic tennis to beat their No.1 player 6-2. Overall the 1st team won 8-0. The 2nd team also played just as well and only dropping 4 games in total. The 3rd had a good win 6-0 overall whilst the 4th team managed to get a 4-2 after being a player short. Teams 5th and 6ths played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The 10A and B team played at Turramurra Park and won 6-0 overall in both teams with some outstanding tennis played by Bruce Farquharson in both singles and doubles. The C team also played very well to win 5-1 whilst the D team had a loss 0-6 being down 2 players in the team. The E team also played an internal match play at Morona Avenue tennis courts.

The Year 9A and B team have continued their impressive winning streak winning 6-0 in both teams, with special mention to the B team who were an unstoppable force not dropping a single game. Teams C- F played an internal round robin tournament at Regimental Park with all of the players continuing to improve and show the depth in our tennis teams.

The Year 8A team was the only team from that year to play a match against Waverley at Kent Road Tennis Courts. The team won in style and professionalism winning 6-0 and only dropping 2 games. Special mention to Kiran Anker with some very solid tennis played in his singles. Teams B and C took on our Year 7C & D team with the Year 8 teams coming out on top, but not without a fight from the Year 7 teams. The year 7 teams gained some valuable experience from their matches. Teams D, E and F played an internal round robin at the senior courts with some very competitive matches played. Teams G- J also played an internal round robin tournament at Regimental Park Courts with all players continuing to work hard and improve each week.

The Year 7A and B team were away at Mutch Park, with the A team winning 5-1 with an impressive display by Avinash Mirando winning 6-0 in his singles. The B team won in style with a 6-0 win overall and only dropping 4 games overall. Teams E- G played an internal round robin match play at both the senior courts and Regimental Park.

Overall it was a very convincing win for Knox showing the strength of our teams and preparing for next week’s match against rivals Trinity. The Knox teams won 92% of matches played. Well done to all of the boys who worked hard this weekend and continued to improve.
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Cross Country - Sydney High Invitational
Saturday was another great day of Cross Country running at Centennial Park. Thanks go to Sydney High for hosting a great event.

The junior boys got the day underway with Ewan Shingler and Max Evans both having great runs and finishing just outside the top 10.  Richard Hildebrand and Angus Matthews enjoyed successful runs, as both had their best finish of the season so far with 44th and 105th respectively!!

The intermediates were next off the line.  Zachary Wyatt continued to impress with another fearless performance. He was closely followed by Aiden Kumarasinghe and Luke Bray.  The intermediates are looking quite strong at the pointy end of the season.

The open boys quickly followed with Tom Gordon setting the pace up front, narrowly missing the top 10 overall.  Ben Fitton ran in the main pack for 44th place.  Kent Felton and Isaac Roberts worked well together to finish 82nd and 84th.  This was also Isaacs first finish inside the top 100, well done Isaac. 

With each athlete continuing to improve their finishing place each week, it’s a sure sign that the training and hard work is paying off.  With CAS Championships less than two weeks away, the team is certainly rounding into form at the right time.

Cross Country - NSW Short Course Championships
Mitchell Westhuizen travelled to West Dapto for a 2.5km Cross Country dash.  Running against the best in the state, Mitch bravely challenged for the win, however he ended up sixth in a blanket finish.  His position in the New South Wales team now lies in the hands of the selectors.
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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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