Congratulations to all those last week-end on some fantastic results. It is great to see the new sport of Table Tennis playing some competition games. Also great to watch Volleyball and I congratulate all those involved as the 3rds and 2nds had a fantastic win, and the 1sts whilst losing played a great game against St Aloysius.
In this week’s bulletin I have included information regarding the CAS Swimming and Diving event on Thursday 10 March. I encourage all students to be involved and I remind Year 8s that this is a compulsory event for them to attend this major school event. I would also encourage everyone to read about next week’s 6 Event and ensure they are know what is required for this exciting House Sport Day.
It was great to see most students doing the right thing with regards to attendance and attire, also their attitude. I ask again that all students continue to do the right thing and this incudes ensuring the only hat or cap that is worn is the Knox cap. This applies to all sport on Saturday whether you are competing or spectating. This Saturday sees us host Trinity and I welcome them and look forward to the usual hard games that both schools are renowned for. Good luck to all and enjoy the sport.
Finally I wish all the Swimmers good luck in this week’s school swimming championships.
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'The time is always right to do what is right.'
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prep House Swimming Carnival

On Friday the Preparatory School held their House Swimming Carnival at the Knox Aquatic Centre. It was a full day of racing, cheering and war cries with all boys participating in events to gain points for their House.

Our Junior Carnival (8/9yrs and 10yrs) saw Haslett set the pace for the other Houses. This lead continued into the Senior Carnival (11yrs/12yrs+) with Haslett being crowned Champion House, followed by Lang, Fuller, Ewan and Burns.
The Haslett House relay team (Will McDonagh, Richard Lu, Thomas Plasto, Travis Cox, Xander Mercer, Junkai Wang, Sayan Bahl & Will Constable) set a new record in the 8 x 50m freestyle relay with a time of 4.39.99m, cutting just under 3 seconds off the previous record set in 2014 by Fuller.

Our Champion boys were:
9 years:  1st  Hugo Riley (Ewan), 2nd Dylan Leupen (Fuller) & 3rd Ryan Bambach (Ewan)
10 years:  1st Henry Anderson (Haslett), 2nd Marcus Walsh (Haslett) & 3rd Tyler Harris (Fuller)
11 years:  1st  Charlie Anderson (Haslett), 2nd Alexander Ruygrok (Ewan) & 3rd Angus Rowe (Lang)
12 years+:  1st Will McDonagh (Haslett), 2nd Travis Cox (Haslett) & 3rd Declan Farris (Burns)
Form Stroke Trophy Winner: Will McDonagh
Our 2016 Swimming Captain is Charlie Anderson and the Vice Captain Will McDonagh.
Congratulations to all boys on great sportsmanship and house spirit on the day.

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6 Event 2016

The House 6 Event Track & Field Day will be held on Wednesday 24 February, Week 5.
This is a very exciting day where it is compulsory for all Year 7 to 12 to compete in 200m, Shotput & 800m at Gillespie Field and the 100m, Turbo Jav and 400m on Knox 1. Students will rotate from one event to another in their House groups at the specified times.
Students compete in Year Groups and these will serve as heats for our school Track & Field Championships as well as deciding House Points. For the School House Track & Field Championships the results are based on age as of 1st January.

Students may come to School in either normal School uniform or house t-shirt, Knox crested shorts and appropriate sports shoes (no slip ons). They will compete in House T-shirt, crested black shorts and joggers or spikes (100m and 200m only).  Computers should not be brought to School.  Sunscreen and a hat are vitally important.

The day will start with Mentor meetings and roll marking at 8.25am in the following areas.  
Year 7 – Lawson Centre gym floor
Year 8 – KG1 assigned mentor classrooms
Year 9 – Knox Cultural Centre Auditorium
Year 10 – KCC assigned mentor classrooms
Year 11 – KSSA assigned mentor classroom
Year 12 – KSSA Hall ground level

After Mentor groups are finalised, Mentors will walk their group to the stands on Knox 1, where students will assemble in House groups.   

Once all Houses are assembled, those Houses competing at Gillespie Field - AD, AN, BR, MU, RE,  and SI will walk to Gillespie in their House group. The remaining Houses – GI, MK, MI, MN, MO and TU will complete their first 3 events before lunch on Knox 1.

Students will have lunch as normal at the Senior School. The School canteen will not be open for recess, but will be opened at lunch and students should bring adequate drinks and snacks from home for the day.  Those competing at Gillespie for the morning sessions will all return to Knox for lunch in the same manner at 12 noon.

Following lunch, students will assemble in Houses at the Knox 1 stand and walk down to Gillespie at 12.50pm returning to Knox at the completion of the day’s events at 3.15pm.  Normal sport training will continue after the 6 event. 

Inclement Weather

If it is raining or a very hot day please call 9901 7701 or use the Senior School Skoolbag app. If the 6 Event is cancelled boys should be prepared for a normal school day. If cancelled please note that the canteen will operate as normal for lunch but will only serve drinks for recess and students will need to bring their own food.

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Winter Sports Selections

ALL boys required to submit their choices by Friday 19 February.

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Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

This week-end saw two outstanding games for Knox Baseball.
U19’s
The U16’s winning 12-11, with Year 7 Max Illing-Kelly playing his first full game of Baseball. He played a solid game at 1st base. Special mention also to Conor Rockwell, having another top game of pitching.
U16’s
Unfortunately the U19’s went down 9-7, with a tied game 7-7 going into the bottom of the 4th innings. This was still however an outstanding performance by Knox.
There were so many individual performances, from Andrew Johnstone Double play, James Layman stand up triple Hit. The game was enjoyable to watch both as a coach and spectator.
I would like to personally thank the Knox baseball teams for an enjoyable weekend of baseball, great sportsmanship, great way to play the game.

Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

Opens
Coming off a close loss last week against Barker, the 1st’s were determined to assert their dominance early in their game against St Aloysius. Contributions from all players ensured that we were victorious 75-58. Special mention goes to Matt Horsley’s impressive throw down. As seen in round 2’s draw, the 2nds were facing a tough match up against a strong St Aloy’s side. The game was closely contended but the 2nds were unable to get over the line going down 29-34. Boxing out, ball security and playing within Coach Johnson’s offensive systems will be crucial for this team moving towards the last three rounds of the season. The 6ths had the victory of the round with an impressive 73-6 victory. Great teamwork and seamless offense saw the 6ths put on quite the show.
10’s
The year 10’s worked very hard at practice during the week and it reflected in the results finishing the round with 6 wins and 2 losses. The 10A’s were finally able to claim victory in a close game defeating Aloys by only one point. This will be a great boost for our boys as they work hard to ensure they win the remainder of their games this season. The 10B’s struggled to execute offensively and make baskets which led to their 22-24 defeat. The 10F’s played a great team game with every player contributing to the impressive 53-15 victory.

9’s
Our year 9’s faced their toughest round to date, dropping all 6 of the CAS games played. There were a number of close games which could have easily ended up as victories. This year group will  continue to work hard during period 7 and after school practice to ensure victories. 

8’s 
Year 8 had another solid round with 4 wins and 2 losses. The 8A’s (24-35) and 8B’s (15-23) were unable to execute Coach D’Agostino’s game plan which contributed to their respective losses. This groups needs to stay within the offensive system and play solid team defence to ensure they bounce back in a tough match up against Trinity this week. The 8D’s were a highlight for this year group winning their game 41-9.

7’s
The second CAS round for our year 7’s saw all teams go victorious 6-0. After a nervous start last week, the 7A’s showed glimpses of the potential this team will have in their future years at Knox. Through solid offensive and defensive execution, our boys were able to win the game 39-26. Our B’s played a great game, defeating Aloy’s in a close game 15-12. Our colour squads continue to impress with their hard work resulting in drastic improvement in only three weeks! Special mention to the 7 White team who won their game on the buzzer 16-14!
This Saturday we face Trinity, which are arguably the strongest program in the CAS at the moment (Opens, 8’s & 7’s at home and 10’s & 9’s away). The 1st’s are playing at 11:15am and need to win their game in order to stay in the running for the CAS championship. Please come and support our boys and help them get over the line.
Best of luck to all boys competing this Saturday!
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Cricket

1st XI vs St Aloysius (A)
Winning the toss seemed the perfect start to Round 2 for Knox but Aloys bowlers found prodigious early movement and survival was tough in first 10 overs, Purcell and Cornford steadied the ship after 2 early wickets but then 3 quick wickets left Knox at 88-5, this caused a rebuild through the middle overs but a great partnership of 99 between Schofield (19*) and Charlie Sennitt (93*) saw a very competitive total of 204/6 posted. Sennitt showed his immense power and timing throughout a smart calculated innings with numerous balls being lost!

Will Graham led the disciplined bowling attack well with 5-32, as steady wickets fell right through the innings leaving Aloys at 79/8 before a counter attacking partnership of 55 between Fredrickson and Dean gave some hope at the end. Aloys dismissed for 134 with everyone playing their role well for Knox with the ball in hand. A big week of training ahead as Trinity the form side in the competition await this weekend.

2nd XI vs St  Aloysius (H)
Under a bright blue sky and scorching sun, Aloysius won the toss and elected to bat. Our bowling effort began superbly with Alex Doling Cook taking advantage of some sloppy running between the wickets by the Aloysius opening pair, throwing down the stumps at the keepers end to ensure a run out in the second over. Alex Gilbert (2/20) then managed to find another breakthrough to have the visitors reeling at 2/7 after 3 overs. From there Aloysius aided by a recently demoted 1st XI batsman were able to formulate a dominant partnership taking advantage of trying and extremely difficult conditions for bowling. Dogged spells by recently unearthed all rounder Joe Bissett (2/10) and 2nd XI debutant Ben Close (2/28) ensured Aloys were restricted to 7/128 from their 35 overs.

After losing Rob Towers in the first over, Will Navratil (41) and Josh Tighe (15) provided a resolute and determined partnership, and platform from which to chase placing Knox at 1/44 after 16 overs. As has often been the case four quick wickets and a lack of intent with the bat enabled St. Aloysius back into the game. A mixture of tight bowling and a lack of composure with the bat set up a seemingly difficult task for tail enders Alex Gilbert (1*) and Ben Close (12*)- 18 off the last two overs. With a little bit of luck and a lot of courage, the two Year 12s stepped up when the team needed them the most. A blistering lofted drive over mid-off by the debutant Close and strong running between the wickets by Gilbert provided memorable and tense viewing, eventually seeing the team home with one ball to spare.

3rd XI vs St  Aloysius (H)
Batting first on a good pitch. Knox 3rd Xi managed to get to the very competitive score of 168. Thanks mainly due to a fantastic 75 runs from Ben Feather.
In reply, however the Aloys batting proved to be too strong for our good bowling line up. Chasing the runs 6 wickets down. Stefan Du Plooy picking up 2/32 opening the bowling.

4th XI vs St  Aloysius (H)
The 4th XI defended a low score on a good batting pitch thanks to some fantastic bowling from Stefan Du Plooy and Paul Joseph. Defending only 109, thanks to 41 from Harry Howe, Du Plooy (3/12) and Joseph (4/14) ripped through the Aloys order to restrict them to only 104 runs.

5th XI vs St  Aloysius (A)
Knox won the toss and chose to bat on a wonderful day for cricket - plenty of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Our batting order was nothing like previous matches and after 7 overs, Knox were 3-35 and the match was fairly evenly poised. However, 3 more wickets were soon lost and at the drink break (10 overs), St. Aloysius were all smiles and seemingly “on top”.
Luke Chapman proved to be our mainstay in carrying his bat through until drinks and he chose to retire at that stage, having complied a well-constructed and valuable, 19 runs. At 6-85 from 13, one may forgive St. Aloysius for thinking that they were now amongst our tailenders. Leo Bosch (44) and Jack Upton (25) proved them wrong by breaking up their field with some good running between the wickets, punctuated with solid boundaries and big 6’s.
At 20 overs Knox had compiled a respectable total of 148.
St. Aloysius did not have much amongst their batsmen and were dismissed for 50 from 19 0vers. Ollie Roe (2-5) and Harry Stocks (2-2) were the pick of the bowlers in a game where everyone contributed with either bat or ball, or in most cases, both. The highlight of this innings for mine was the performance by James Armstrong who was a “natural” with the gloves behind the stumps. He took 2 catches, 1 very smart stumping and was involved in a run out leaving St. Aloysius all out for 50.

10A vs St  Aloysius (H)
Knox defeated by an opportunistic St Aloysius who deserve full credit in giving 10a's their first loss of the season. Aloys batted first and through sharp bowling from Gallu 3/14 off 5 and wickets shared between nearly all bowlers we restricted Aloys to a very competitive 92.
Knox started out strong with work from Pat Coburn and Astridge but from there Knox crumbled with wickets in bunches and application of the Aloys spinners gave Aloys the points on this day as Knox fell short by 4 runs.

10C vs St  Aloysius (A)
Batting first at Tunks Park, the 10Cs made a competitive score of 8/133. New Knox boy, Josh Owens was impressive as he racked up 49 runs. Well supported by Khoby McDonald (23) and a fine end of innings effort by Tim Shannon (17). Unfortunately Aloys batting was too strong on the day as they chased the score with the loss of only 3 wickets. All bowlers bowling with control and patience without any stand outs.

9A vs St  Aloysius (A)
Batting first on a wet wicket at Castle Cove, the 9A’s began their batting innings cautiously and carefully. A low score would always be defendable and captain Henry Wines and English import, Matt Kent put together the partnership required to get the innings to 99 at the end of the 32 overs.
In reply, Ed Toole was the chief destroyer once again bowling with flight and huge spin. Aloys batsman has no clue as he took 3/6 off 7 overs to bowl the opposition out for only 53.

9B vs St  Aloysius (H)
A strong St Aloysius side hungry for redemption won the toss and elected to bat first. Right from the start runs were flowing as they reached 3/145 at drinks. Knox bowled well in patches but were let down by a lack of consistency. The St Aloysius opening batsmen finished with 104 in a superb innings featuring impressive stroke play and great patience. Despite some energetic moments, Knox’s fielding was imprecise and we failed to wrestle back the momentum. With contributions right down the order St Aloysius finished with 261. Jamie Boyd (2/30) and Sam Carman (0/19) did a good job slowing the scoring rate though the middle overs before Tom Supple (2/21) closed the innings with some good tight death bowling. Knox was hopeful to replicate St Aloysius’ impressive batting performance but unfortunately none of the boys were able to make a big score as we lost wickets in clusters to finish with 130. Toby Craig (19), Mikey Glover (28) and Jamie Cerezo (29) toiled hard for their runs but were unable to go on. Credit must go to St Aloysius on an impressive all-round performance but Knox will have plenty to work on before next Saturday.

9C vs St  Aloysius (A)
Batting first in a T20, the 9C’s batsmen were dominant and fearless. Newly promoted opener, Jeremy Jenkins smashing his way to 76*, supported by Nick Boyd who made a blistering 61*. In reply the Knox bowlers were quite brilliant. Pick of the bowlers was Charlie Sargent who has been in fine form this season. He bowled with accuracy and flight, nearly grabbing a hat trick as Knox 9C notched up an easy win.

8A vs St  Aloysius (H)
Bowling first, the 8A’s came up against a strong opening batsman and a confident Aloys team. Aloys making their way to 170 after their 32 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Ollie Penn who quite extraordinarily took 6/21 in the high total.
In reply, the Knox batting did as it has done for most of this season. Batsman got starts but unfortunately no player was able to go on and win the game for their team. In form, Jayllen Naganayagam blasted his way to 65 runs, supported by Lachie Donaldson, Kale Gabila and Harrison Ferry. A valuable lesson in chasing a total to win a game. Lots of positives to be taken, and the lesson that to chase big scores, a batsman needs to convert a start into a match winning score.

8B vs St  Aloysius (A)
Bowling first at Tunks Park, the 8B’s bowling attack did what it has done all season long. Opening the bowling, Will Fernandez and Will Harpur reduced Aloys to 5/9. Harpur picking up 3 wickets, with two fine caught behinds from new wicket keepers, Ryan Schokman. Aloys rallied late on the innings to recover to 66 all out.
In any low chase, one partnership is usually enough with the team playing around one batsman. That one batsman was Ryan Schokman. Making his B’s debut he saw the team home with 14 not out. Well supported by Alex Delaine and Angus Sloane.

8C vs St  Aloysius (H)
The 8Cs posted a huge score of 200. Thanks to Henry Roberts and Hamish McMaster. Roberts scoring a fine 105 not out, supported by McMaster who made a fantastic 50.
In reply Aloys were bowled out for under 100. Debutant Sam Carroll was the pick of the bowlers with 2/7. Well supported by Michael O’Day who took 2/9.
 
Henry Roberts after his mammoth 105 not out for the 8Cs vs St Aloysius.

8D vs St  Aloysius (H)
Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Benjy Jacobson was a stand out for with figures of 5/11 after 4 overs, taking 3/1 in his 4th and final over. He was backed up by Hamish Wood with his fast pace, who took 1/9 after 3 overs with swing, leaving the batsmen bewildered..
Knox finishing having bowled Grammar out for 56 after 17.5 overs.
The batting innings was never in doubt. The top scorers were Matt Gamble with 26, Will O'Sullivan with 20 and Henry Hill on 15, all three knocking 4's around the ground. Knox ended up chasing down 56 in the 14th over.

8E vs St  Aloysius (A)
The 8E's won the toss and bowled first and saw barker restricted to 6/112 off their 20 overs due to the consistency and discipline of the bowlers. The fielding was also outstanding with Dan Plastourgos run out the highlight of the innings. The openers for Knox, Charlie Cooper and Andy Lin lacy went on to get the total in a dominant display, leading Knox to 10 wicket win. Charlie Cooper finishing on 66 not out, supported brilliantly by Andrew Lin Lacy who finished on 36 not out.

7A vs St  Aloysius (H)
The 7As started off their season with a bang. Starting with their restriction of a highly competent St. Aloysius team to a mere 150. Notable mentions to Will Feather (2-13 off 5) and Avinash Mirando (2-9 off 3). Avinash also managed to run out an in-form batsmen through his legs. But the highlight was when we had 5 runs to get and to see our captain Tom Osborn raise both is bat and helmet on a well crafted ton (101*). He was closely supported by Lachie Voukelatos (27*).

7B vs St  Aloysius (H)
A big bounce back from a close loss to Barker the previous week by defending 4 runs from 4 balls. Batting first on a large Gillespie 1 field, the opener Will Aylward (22) and newly promoted number three Andrew Jenkins (10) started us off well. But the main star was Dom Goddard who scored a fine 44 not out. Batting with class and elegance. Our fielding wasn't at its best today, but bowling mentions to Wormald 2-13 and a direct his to Jackson Young. A good result for the mighty Bs.

7C vs St  Aloysius (A)
Batting first, Knox managed the huge score of 9/226. Angus Gray (32 retired) Sebastien Henriksen (29 not out) and Maxwell Pike (25) all making great contributions. In reply, the fielding was very impressive backed up by the awesome Josh Laing who took 3/5 off his 2 overs. Oliver Hamilton with 2/15 and Dylan Bouwer with 1/6. Knox bowling St Aloys out for 156.

7D vs St  Aloysius (A)
The 7D’s thrashed St Aloysius in convincing fashion with a margin of 197 between them and their opponents. Knox won the toss and elected to bat where we immediately got off to a flier as Christian Wells hit three 4s off the first over. This was followed by impressive batting from the rest of the team as four of them (James Kirk, Carlton Hogan, Cameron Stocks and Marlon Dosanjh) had to retire after reaching 30 runs, along with a strong showing of 25 from Robbie Ferguson. Knox completed their 30 overs with a total of 4/220. Their batting performance was backed up by their bowling and fielding as well shown through their high levels of energy and encouragement for each other. They managed to restrict their opponents to extremely low scores with only one batsman able to reach more than 5 runs. With three run outs (including a direct hit from Marlon) and a 2 wicket haul from Joel Wieser the boys showed their class and commitment by managing to get St Aloysius all out for 33.

7E vs St  Pats (H)
Fresh of their huge 94 run win against Barker, the mighty 7Es came face to face with St Pats. Captain Ben Kellaway won the toss and elected to bat first. What came next had to be seen to be believed. Off the 25 overs batted, Knox had 3 retirements of 30 + runs (Charlie Kellaway scoring 30, Ben Kellaway with a captain’s knock of 33 and Angus Rich with some powerful hitting for 31). The highlight was Angus facing the 19thover as it went something like this: (446.41). Other contributors with the bat were Nick Grattan with 20 who combined with Charlie for a 58 run opening stand. James Coughlin at first drop scored 27 including 6 fours in a 49 run partnership with Nick plus Max Callaghan with a quick-fire 25. Knox finished on a mammoth total of 2/238. The team went out into the field confident of controlling the outcome of the match and the bowlers were able to capitalise. Quick wickets led to St Pats being 5/36 before a 70 run partnership by two fine batsmen made the job tougher. However, Brilliant bowling by James Tighe (3/3), Michael Raymond (2/15) and Ben Kellaway (2/13) restricted St Pats to being all out for 124 resulting in a 114 run win. It was an outstanding performance from the team who I must commend for the way they was bonded and gelled as a unit.

7F vs St  Pats (H)
The Knox 7Fs were put up against an excellent St Pats team on Saturday. Bowling first the innings started well with a couple of early wickets falling. After that St Pats took control of the game as many of them retired on 25. Special mention to Amekav Samra and Ayushmaan Vij who took 2/20 and 2/44 respectively. Unfortunately the boys could not chase down the large total but showed some great spirit in the way they played. Although they were bowled out for 26 in 17 overs special mention to Hugh who lasted the majority of the innings and greatly improved his batting skills. Since it was some of the boys first time ever on a cricket field in was encouraging to see their strong team spirit and love for the game already developing. Not once did they criticise each other or make anyone feel excluded. They always supported each other and just enjoyed being a part of the team. We are thoroughly looking forward to seeing how's these young men develop their skills and take on new challenges playing cricket.

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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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Golf

Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

Knox B Defeated 3/1 by Barker!
The start of the second part of the season saw Knox B up against Barker.
Sam had an interesting match. At the start of his round he found it difficult to settle down and was soon 7 down, looking towards an early finish. He rallied when required, however, and although he ended up going down 2/1, his comeback was in the best Knox “never-give-in” traditions.

Will also lost his match (5/3). Although he hit some fantastic tee shots, his work around the greens let him down somewhat against a steady opponent. A little extra work in this element of the game is an essential area for ongoing development for all players, and we will focus on this during training.
Nick played some good golf even though he was frustrated with a lack of consistency throughout the day (2 good shots 1 poor shot). He was able to secure a comfortable victory 6/4 against a new Barker player who is still developing his game.
Ricky played his first match for the black and blue today, and although it took him a while to win his first hole, his determination was pleasing to see. It was also the first time he had to cart his bag around an 18-hole course – something that I can still vaguely remember doing many years ago. Ricky lost his match on the 15th Green. Welcome to the team Ricky!
Can I please remind all players to stay hydrated on hot days, and to have something on hand to munch-on, to maintain energy levels

Next Week
Practice on Monday at Thornleigh
Knox A will play at Terry Hills next Saturday.
Knox B has a Bye.

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Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

MTB Report Round 2, Heffron Park 13th of February 2016
A beautiful Saturday morning saw our Mountain Bike Team heading out to Heffron Park, Maroubra. Heffron Park always makes for some exiting racing and Saturday was no difference with Jack Vizard winning the 2 lap race ahead of William James. Our Intermediate riders displayed some great teamwork finishing 5th, 6th and 7th respectively with Luke Henning-Smith taking out the fifth spot for the team. Our seniors had a very strong showing with Matt Dinham taking home the win and Gil Garret finishing third.

The sprint races were next and Jack Vizard followed up his great 2 lap race form with a second spot just behind Chris Abberton who looked very strong from the start. The intermediates had a 4th, 6th and 7th spot to show for while Matt Dinham secured his double for the day in the senior race just ahead of a St Andrews rider followed by Ben Fitton.


Knox MTB team displayed overall wins in the Junior and Senior competition and finished third on the day in the Intermediates. The boys are looking forward to next week’s race down in the Southern Highlands, followed by our own race at Terrey Hills the week after.

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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox Squash continued on with a very strong performance by all teams.

Knox 1 having a bye decided to come in and train putting in a good 2 hour session showing that these boys have the right mind set with finals just around the corner.

Knox 2 winning 2-1 with E Xie an F Hellen-Ford dominating both their games in straight sets ,N Huang going down 2-3 with some hard fought rallies.

Knox 3 R Rattan T Joseph and P Koch won 3-0 these boys are very focused and will be hard to stop going into the finals series. 

Knox 4 S Ragavan M Gee L Hiller won 2-1 and continue to challenge their opponents with some strong back of court play and along with the mental strength to not give up – very well done.

Knox 5 won 3-0 T Ballinger was just too strong for his opponent, Z Slonim stepped up when asked to play 2 matches winning both convincingly -  well done.

Knox 6 v Willoughby with Knox 2-1 victors  C Lee K Ramcharan T De Solom all having to come from behind with some good cross court play and quick change of direction running to get their result.

Knox 7 drawing with Briars 1-1 P Kwon working hard for his win with some change of play using his strength in return backhand and his short drops to take the match, O Ellard never giving up just couldn't settle into his game going down narrowly.

Knox 8 won 3-0 - this team is improving week by week and are showing that they also want to be finals contenders.  Well played E Pincott C William A Soonius.

Knox 9 went down 3-0 in some very entertaining squash but were unable to set the tempo always chasing the lead, however throughout they always worked as a team supporting each other qhich is great to see B Fraser F Prince D Wade.

Knox 10 winning 2-1 E Denton E Osullivan T Murray continuing on with another strong performance with some great come from behind play constant running and desire to push themselves being the difference on the day.

Knox 11 S Gibbs J Price and H Mendes stepping up from Knox 14 beaten but never dropped their heads and played with great sportsmanship it was pleasing to see.

Knox 12 won 2-0 V Zhong F Bryant both boys had to come from behind with some hard fought rallies along with some well played serves being the difference on the day -  well played.

Knox 13 with D Loyzaga playing two matches winning 1 and unfortunately losing the other but a great achievement for Daniel to step up and play as no1 and O Rady winning his game to give the team a 2-1 win – overall a good team effort.

Knox 14 loosing 2-0 never got into the game giving away some unforced errors and always chasing made it hard to come back, but credit to L Strang C Beauchamp they didn't give up

Knox 15 – bye

Knox 16 lost 1-0 with S Mckay playing with great spirit and enthusiasm and not letting his opponent dominate with Sam playing some strong drives.  With more practice his game will only get stronger keep going - well done Sam.

Again Knox Squash had a very successful Saturday and with only a few rounds left we are looking to have a record number of teams in the finals series Well done to all. 

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Swimming

CAS Swimming and Diving Championships
Thursday 10 March, SOPAC, 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!
Please return the attached permission slips by Monday 7 March.

Participation Form - Year 8

2016 Spectator permission form 2016 Spectator permission form (192 KB)


Spectator Form - Other Years

Year 8 Acknowledgement Form CAS Swimming Year 8 Acknowledgement Form CAS Swimming (194 KB)

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 13 February saw Knox take on St Aloysius away at Tennis Cove in a must win match for Knox. The 1st team needed to win that match to keep in touching distance of Trinity College in 1st place. The boys got off to a fairly solid start with the standard of tennis improving as the day went on. It was tied after the doubles going into the singles matches. Max Nguyen won very well 6-0 whilst Pedro Papangelis won 6-4 in his singles making Knox 4-2 up. Cooper Cole played a fantastic match against St Aloysius at No.1, but unfortunately lost 4-6. He captained the team very well especially helping his partner in the doubles and played a very mature singles match. It came down to the last match for Knox to get the win , where for the second week running Lachlan Walker won 7-6 for the 1st to win 5-3 overall.
The 2nd team played some great team tennis too with a great performance from Andy Xuan and Andy Chen in their doubles and singles. Hugo Thomas (Year 8) made his debut for the 2nd team this week and won both sets in doubles with partner Charlie Wong and had an epic singles match after fighting back from 1-5 down to go to a tie break and lost 11-9 in the tie break. The 2nd team won 6-2 overall.
The 3rd team won 4-2 overall with some solid tennis played by Simon Sharpe.
The 4th team unfortunately went down 2-4, but a great show of tennis form Joshua Nairn. Teams 5th -8th played an internal competition at the Glade Tennis Courts.

The Year 10A team played at Turramurra Park and lost by 1 game overall but tying on sets. The B team won 4-2 with a great singles performance by both Jason Polczynski and Andrew Lee. The C team won 4-2 with Peter Badenhorst winning both singles and doubles. The D team played some very strong tennis to win 6-0 overall with both Shane Mammen and Harry Hunter performing very well. Teams E- G played an internal competition at Turramurra Park and showed great improvement as the matches went on.

The Year 9 teams were one of the strongest year group performances this week with teams A- D all winning 6 sets to 0 with all the boys all set out to prove themselves this week after the training session during the week, which was great to see a different  approach to their matches. Teams E- H all played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 8A team unfortunately lost 2-4 with one of the players sick in the team on the morning. The B team won 4-2 with some excellent tennis played by Lucas Evans. The C team had a real battle with their opponents tying 3 sets all but winning by 3 games. The D team had a tough loss against a strong team 1-5. Teams E- J played an internal competition with all players working well and improving as the season has progressed.

The Year 7A team played some brilliant tennis against a strong opposition with the team winning 5-1 overall and a great performance by Patrick Bolger to win at top spot against a very talented player. The boys played great doubles with one another and worked well as a team. The B team did just as well winning 6-0 overall and with a great team win with all boys playing some beautiful tennis. The C team won well 5-1 with a good show of tennis form Lachlan Jones in both singles and doubles, whilst the D team won 6-0 overall. The boys were unstoppable and worked together superbly and only dropped 3 games overall. Teams E- K played an internal round robin and all performed well and showed great effort throughout the day.

Overall it was a very successful weekend from the boys against a tough school. Knox won 80% of all matches played against St Aloysius. Keep up the good work and looking forward to playing Trinity. Hope to see you all there for support against a strong tennis school.

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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

In what was a tough weekend of games for the Knox teams this week, it was the junior teams that showed the way.

                                        
1st Grade vs Scots Lost 14-8

Goal scorers: James Winterton 2, Andrew Hemsworth 2, Brent Mitchley 2, Francis Carmody 1, Henry Studdert 1.

First grade came to this game ‘fired up’ leading 3-2 at quarter time. However the game started to slip in the second period when a few defensive errors crept into our game allowing the two big Scots shooters to convert twice each. We managed three goals in this quarter which left score 6 -7 at half time.  A 4 - 2 third quarter against us made the going tough in the last period.   Knox desperately pushed forward but when three times in as many minutes our attack was repelled and the Scots counter attack capitalised. Scots pulled away to a 14-8 result.  Whilst the score was not indicative of the closeness of the game, the lesson learnt is that we must convert our chances and deny the opposition an opportunity to counter attack and score. Whilst all players played well, Harry Phelps, Henry Studdert, Brent Mitchley and James Winterton were the stand outs.

2nd Grade vs Scots. Lost 14-3

Scorers: John Kyrikos 2, Spencer Wagner 1.

Plenty of scoring opportunities but unfortunately a failure to convert them cost us in leaking goals on the counter attack. Shooting practice will be worked on in Training.  John Kyrikos, Spencer Wagner and Rhys Taylor were the best on a losing side.

16A v Scots lost 3-4

Scorers: Jack Edie, Liam O’Neill and Aiden Robertson

The boys played well against a very strong Scots team.  Despite clawing our way back from a 0-3 deficit, to be down by only 1 goal in the last quarter we just could not manage to score.  However, the team will treat this as a learning experience and ensure that opportunities that are continually created, are finished off. Nick Dijohn, Jack Edie and Liam O’Neill were the Knox best players.

16B v Scots lost 4-10

Scorers: George Zhu 2 and Brady Phillips 2.

This game was closer that the score suggests with 3 - 4 at half time. A lack of match fitness and experience cost us in the third quarter when we conceded 4 goals and only scored 1. Playing a ‘cherry pick’ to try to get back into the game late in the fourth quarter did not pay dividends and the score finished 4-10. A good overall effort, more work needs to be done in the pool on training days and it will show in the pool on game days. Plenty of fitness in coming weeks boys, so be prepared!

15’s v Scots won 24-1

Scorers: Nic Trobec 4, Antonio Matruglio 3, Ethan Ravenhall, Harry Sturrock and Harry Kyrikos 3 each, Will Kablau 2, Alex Heintze, Alex Wardley and Adam Swiderski. (2 goals unaccounted for).

The biggest win of the day was once again recorded by our mighty U15 team who powered away to a huge 24-1 win. Fitness and experience were key to this great team performance. All players deserve a mention for their efforts in going the extra distance and ‘putting in’ when required.  These boys love the game of water polo and this is evident at both training and games. Welcome to new comer, boarder Alex Farquhar, who unfortunately could not get on the score sheet.  His value was in his many assists. The scorer was so busy recording our goals that 2 goals were recorded but not attributed to any player!  Nic Trobec, Antonio Matruglio, Harry Kyrikos and Harry Sturrock were the stand outs amongst some very good efforts by others.

14A v Scots. Drew 5-5.

Scorers: Angus Menzies 2, Mitch Westhuizen 2 and Charlie Bladon 1.

This game provided plenty of action and excitement for the spectators as Knox came back from a 3 goal deficit to claim a draw late in the game. Whilst inexperience and defensive errors were responsible for conceding early goals, speed and fitness was crucial in our comeback. Whilst Pat Hogan was solid in goals, it was Angus Menzies and Mitch Westhuizen who did the scoring on the counter attack, with Charlie Bladon adding a vital goal when it was needed. A great team effort!

14B v Scots. Lost 4-8.

Scorers: Eliott Heys 3, Jay Mace 1.

Despite a hat trick to Elliot Heys the boys could not prevent several stronger Scots players from scoring, but an 8-4 loss was a fairly encouraging result from this team of dedicated boys. Good effort overall!

13 Black v  Aloys. Lost 19 -6

Scorers: Sam Bennett 5, William Dixon 1.

A good learning experience for the boys today playing against a more experienced St Aloys team. Sam Bennett continued to impress with 5 of the teams 6 goals, showing that swimming speed, fitness and game awareness is so important in water polo.

13 Blue v Aloys. Won 16 -7

Scorers: Daniel Beattie 5, Lachlan Reeve 1, Josh Collett 2, Luke Blahuta 2, Tyler Krenkels 2, Lachlan Robertson 2 and Toby Rowe 2.

The Blue team is continuing to develop into a very good unit, combining well with great team play and solid in both attack and defence. Seven of the nine field players got on the score sheet showing the great balance in this team. Congratulations to all.

Prep
Both Prep teams were involved in games at Knox on Saturday with some great talent starting to emerge. The Blue team won 16 goals to 1 over Newington and the Black team won a closer game but in convincing fashion by 7-3.

NSW State U20’s Championships

The championships were held over the weekend with coaches Hunor Kicsi and Jai McNamara competing, gaining a credible 5th place.  However Knox Year 12 student Francis Carmody played strongly in his team to reach the grand final only to be defeated n penalties. Fantastic effort Francis on your NSW U20 Silver medal.

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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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