What a great week-end of Sport last week-end, with many teams achieving success both in results and in the way that they played and competed.

The week-end started with 1sts and 2nds Football on Friday evening on Knox 1 and this was enjoyed by all those involved, players and spectators

A victory by the 1sts in a fantastic display of team football allowed them to claim the CAS Championship; however all the team know they still have one game to go.

On Saturday the Tennis 1sts played exceptionally well and wrapped up the CAS Championship as well. However both they and the 2nds realise there is one game to go and they are looking forward to this Saturday’s game.

The 1sts AFL were the only AFL team to play due the cancellation of grounds and they put in a fantastic performance to go down to Riverview by 1 goal.

Squash 1sts won and our Volleyball 1sts put up a great game against the Volleyball powerhouse of Trinity.

It was great to see many students wearing white tape on their sleeves to support White Ribbon Day and I thank those students who organised this event in support of the cause of domestic violence against women.

This week-end sees the last round of Winter competition and I know that all those involved will ensure that we finish the way we started with a great attitude, the correct attire, great support for their team mates, the opposition referees and most of all – an enjoyment of their sport.

Good luck to the 1st XV Rugby playing for the CAS Championship and good luck to all teams this weekend.

Go the Black and Blue.
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'Wake up, smile, and tell yourself – Today is My Day!'
Anon

AGM Information

Thursday 18 August – Cricket Supporters AGM
Tuesday 30 August – Knox Pymble Swim Club AGM
Tuesday 6 September – Basketball Supporters AGM

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 13 August
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Sport training and activities for the rest of Term 3

Week 5
In Period 7 in Week 5 students, except Track and Field athletes, will not require to be changed as we will be confirming sports choices at this time.
Students involved in Winter Squash and who are in the finals will continue to train and prepare in their Period 7 sport allocated time. 
Track and Field commences in Week 5 and students who wish to be involved should contact Mr Ferris.  

Week 6 
Trials and Training for 1sts and 2nds teams will commence from Week 6 and any student wishing to be involved should check with the MIC.    Full details will be in the Week 5 Bulletin.    
In week 6 students will get changed at lunch as normal for Period 7 Sport and will report to the Lawson Centre where they will do games and activities.    

Week 7 - Summer Sport
Period 7 sport for summer will formally commence from Week 7.  

Students who would like to maintain or improve fitness are able to attend the Athletic Development Centre before school, after school and on Saturday morning between 7.30am-11am.  
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AFL

Mr Joey Britton, MIC AFL

Unfortunately due to ground cancellations only the Firsts and Under 16 Blue played on the weekend.

Under 16 Black
Knox Blue played Shore out at the GWS Giants training ground and despite the midweek weather managed to get a very competitive hit out. The team managed to play in a very competitive style,  showing great improvement. The team featured a much younger side with several under fourteen players showing great promise against far more senior boys such as Harry Rowles off the half forward line and Kale Gabila on the wing. 

Knox started very well with Braeden Campbell, Josh Officer and Harry Muller providing a few quick clearances to start the match off. However as the game wore on Shore started to gain some ascendency. Knox managed to show some resistance with Dylan Gay showing brief moments of brilliance off the half back flank, whilst Jack Gutmann and Aiden Robertson were outstanding in solidifying the backline. Chris Palser had his best game of the year with great attack on the football and playing out of his skin at times beating two or more opponents on several occasions. 

Despite the loss, the boys showed that when they match the opposition with their attack on the ball and provide a higher work rate they can compete against better opponents. Hopefully we can take this momentum into the final match of the year!

Goals: 2 Harrison Muller, 2 James Roffe, Nik Kaderavek, Braeden Campbell, Josh Officer
Best: 1. Chris Palser 2. Harrison Muller 3. Josh Officer 4. Aiden Robertson 5. Braeden Campbell 6. Jesse Cavanough                  

Shore 15.3.93 defeated Knox Blue 7.8.50

Firsts

The Knox Firsts AFL team were presented with the challenge of playing Riverview in the second last match of the home and away season. This was essentially the game to decide the title.
In the first quarter, the team matched Riverview's intent and aggression at the ball. This allowed  control of the match and win 50/50 balls both at ground level and in the air. Knox showed a willingness to not give up and kept the ball within our forward 50 and applied a lot of forward 50 pressure, which was outstanding to see. In the second quarter, players continued to show their strength, but unfortunately not enough and Riverview were able to take control.  The third term proved to be a little different. The Knox boys showed true resilience and fight and with a couple of individuals players standing up when needed most, Nic Gallu, Nick Barclay and James Robertson were outstanding and we took the lead going into the last quarter. In the last quarter, Riverview came out on top and showed they were cleaner with the ball and made less mistakes than we did and we fell heartbreakingly short. Whilst the result didn’t go our way, the improvement, desire and effort of all of the players was outstanding. It was a fantastic effort from the firsts who have come so far in such a short period. We look forward to another tough game against Waverley this week.

Best Players: 1. Josh Tighe 2. Nick Barclay 3.Nic Gallu 4.Luke Parks 5. Jack Brasher 6. James Robertson
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Fencing

Concentration and control are the key to better fencing. Students were taken through a number of exercises to practice their precision and speed.

They then put these skills into action by bouting with each other. They also practiced a variety of attacks and defending measures to keep their opponents guessing. The use of disengages and beat attacks were also effective at scoring hits.
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Football

Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

Knox vs Trinity CAS Round 9 2016
As the cloud filled sky turned to darkness, the lights shone bright on Knox 1 on Friday night.
The cool crisp conditions weren’t enough to disparage the Knox faithful in the stands, as they cheered gallantly for their stars on the pitch. The 2nd X1 got things underway for the night’s entertainment, taking on Trinity 2nd X1 for a spot at the top of the ladder. It would turn out to be a disappointing result for the Knox boys, going down 4 -1 to an impressive Trinity team. So impressive in fact, that some factions of the crowd were convinced they had fielded a 1st X1 side for the clash. As the final whistle blew for the opening match, the weather began to deliver on its threat, and the growing crowd keen and warmed up for the 1st X1 matchup were treated to a cooling shower. The wintery spell wouldn’t deter a plethora of students from welcoming their top team to the field with a guard of honour stretching from the tunnel to the halfway line.

Anticipation filled the stands as the Knox 1st X1 set out to seal the championship with a win at home and a game still in hand, and provide us with our Feature Game of the Week. The undefeated league leaders started the game in fine style, stamping their authority on the match with a goal inside of 2 minutes. A deftly placed pass from the midfield down the left edge saw Matt Lee beat his marker for pace, and provide a beautiful cutback for Alex Duffy to finish inside the box. What followed would silence the small Trinity faction at the southern end of the stands, while igniting the strong support for Knox braving the conditions. With all of the possession and field position, it wouldn’t take long for Knox to double their lead. A free kick just outside the box provided Hugo Forlico the chance to curl one over the wall and beyond the keeper, the inside of the left post providing some assistance to a perfectly placed shot. The remainder of the first half, and the beginning of the second, would witness a domination of possession for Knox rarely experienced by the best of teams. Forlico would score again to gain a brace in their title winning match, and Ed Yoong would seal the victory with Knox 1st X1’s fourth and final goal. Stand in coach, Jason Falzon, said he was proud of the boys and the discipline they showed in sticking with the game plan. 

An impressive season, capped off with an equally clinical display from the only undefeated team in the competition. Congratulations boys! In the other results for the opens, the 3rd X1’s, 5th’s, and 7th’s all had wins, while the 4th’s drew, and the 6th’s experienced defeat.     

The 10A’s were unlucky this week, going down 2 - 0 to 3rd place Trinity, while the remainder of the grade continued the Year 10 winning trend. Notable performances from the 10G’s Nic Simpson and Matt Kwan, would see both players score hat-tricks in a 7 - 0 rout. The 10A’s Nick Drummond played well in a losing side, backing up from his stellar performance the night before for Knox 1st X1.    

Year 9 didn’t fare so well against rivals Trinity this week, with all matches played in unfamiliar conditions on artificial grass, which the boys had trouble adjusting to. The only highlight coming from the C’s tightly contested 1 - 0 win. Best on field, Viruna Tennakoon, topped off a stellar performance with the game’s only goal. The 9D’s lost 3 - 2 in a swaying matchup, Connor Mansfield receiving praise from the coach for his efforts. The 9B’s Andrew Johnstone provided their only goal in a 2 - 1 loss, and the 9A’s Nathan Brading performed well in a losing team. 

Due to wet weather, only three matches were played in the 8’s this weekend. The 8A’s finished with yet another draw, the match ending goalless in a defence dominated game. The A’s defence remains the best in the league, having only conceded 7 goals all season, and is the reason they are still just a point away from tied league leaders St Aloysius and Trinity. The 8B’s Lockyer Couvret scored a goal in his great showing in the team’s 2 - 1 win, while the 8C’s Luke Schofield received praise in their 1 - 0 loss.

The rain also reduced the Year 7 turnout this week, with conditions only allowing two matches to be played. The 7A’s run at the title tripped this week, going down 3-1 and being replaced for 2nd spot on the ladder by Trinity. A goal from Will Smith, and a standout performance from Christian Wells, wasn’t enough to stop a determined Trinity from climbing the ladder. The 7B’s Jonathon Ouyang was impressive in their 2 - 0 victory.
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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

Event 3 - Primrose Park
The orienteers competed in their first point event of the season last Saturday.

The course was set on the Primrose Park map, focussing on complex contours and consequent route choice. Being a point event, orienteers had the opportunity to create their own route, and collect as many controls as they chose in 1 hour, with the aim of obtaining the greatest number of points. The controls varied in value, from 10-40 points, the most coveted 40 point control being located furthest away in a challenging bush setting. Overall, everyone enjoyed the added freedom and intellectual challenge and it produced some incredibly competitive results. 

The Final Week

Given the incredibly close standings in Division 2 and 3, the orienteers will face competitive events all week. This Wednesday, a sprint point event with 20 controls will be run at Bicentennial Park. The finale, at Buffalo Creek, will return to the traditional line event, finishing with the end of season BBQ and awards ceremony. All parents and relatives are more than welcome to join. We will be starting the post event proceedings from 10.30am. 
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Rugby

Mr John Rownes, MIC Rugby

The Knox 1st XV produced some fine moments in their defeat of Trinity last Saturday at Knox 1.

Whilst some exciting attacking play was a highlight of their performance, Knox was forced to defend against a very willing Trinity team. In the end a five tries to four tries victory secured a sound win that keeps them on track at the top of the CAS competition.

The U13’s enjoyed a most successful day with all seven teams winning their respective matches. The 13A’s encountered a Trinity team that contained a large pack of forwards. Trinity played a concentrated game relying on their forwards. They played very tight with strong running on the edge of the rucks in an effort to punch through the Knox defence. The Knox forwards were magnificent in their defensive effort to repeatedly halt the attempted advance of the Trinity forwards. Charlie Herdman and Max Purcell both tackled strongly and their repeat efforts in defence and ability to realign quickly were excellent. Lachlan Scott’s front on tackling technique was superb and he consistently hit and halted the big Trinity ball runners. Jacob Buchanan was outstanding at the tackle contest where his commitment and accuracy forced some great turn overs. Their efforts to shut out the Trinity attack and then seek attacking opportunities out wide worked extremely well in producing an exceptionally good win. 

The 15A’s continued with their fine form producing a tremendous win against Trinity. Unfortunately for the 14A’s Trinity proved much too good. In the first round the Knox team was quite resolute and it was only in the latter part of the match that Trinity managed to secure the win. However, on this occasion everything worked for the Trinity team in a very dominant performance. The 16A’s in a rather lackluster performance defeated a spirited Trinity team.

The final round of the CAS competition will be played this Saturday against St Aloysius. 

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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 1st won 3-0 against Thornleigh with our 1st led by B Arnold, N You Lee and replacement player B Close. One game away from the final with all focus on the semi this week. The boys are preparing well with solid training and look forward to their next challenge.

Knox 2 drew 1-1 against Knox 3.   F Hellen- Ford played to his strengths with some well placed drops Finn gave little away making it hard for N Huang.  All  credit to Nathan he kept trying and varying his shots but just not enough on the day.E Xie set the tempo early working the court to his advantage giving opponent R Rattan little opportunity to settle with Evan playing some well placed back of court shots, after Ritwik was back in training putting the result behind him focusing on the next game.

Knox 4 won 2-1 against Briars 4.   A Soonius set the pace early and played a very determined game varying his plays with some great cross court shots and drives.  M Gee continued the momentum in a much closer game Michael won some hard fought rallies with well placed back of court drives, S Ragavan dominated early with some well placed shots but unfortunately lost his way giving his opponent an opportunity to equalize and go on to take the match. Knowing Seyoon that's all the motivation he will need for the return match.

Knox 6 won 3-0 against Barker 6.   A Srivatsan, C William and K Ramcharan played to their strengths with numerous well placed drives, drops and cross court shots.

Knox 9 lost 1-2 against Knox 8 - another five setter between B Fraser and T Murray with some long rallies.  Both boys were determined to get the edge on each other playing to their strengths Tyler took advantage of his height and reach making Brenden cover extra meters, Brenden 
then kept sending Tyler back with some well placed drives proving to be the difference. K Suresh proved too strong for J Price with some powerful serves.  Krishna set the pace early giving with some well-placed boasts, James tried varying his plays but unfortunately had a few errors.   F Prince won his match with S Koroknay by forfeit.

Knox 11 won 1-0 against Knox 10 in a game that had it all rallies cross court, back of court drives drops both R Deshpande and L Marinaki kept pushing each other with Luke finally taking it in a hard fought five setter.

Knox 12 drew 1-1 against Knox 13.   A Lin Lacy worked to his strengths with varying cross court and back hand drives proving too strong for J Harris who never stopped trying with some well returned volleys.  James then played his second game this time working the court with some well placed drives and boasts giving J Merhi little chance to counter attack but credit  to Jesse he won the first match but unfortunately lost his focus finding it hard to regain his tempo.
 
Knox 14 won 2-1 against Barker 13.   W Wells set the pace early with a convincing win with some strong serves and drives.  F Bryant found his opponents serves hard to deal with but made him work for his victory always trying to mount a comeback.  O Rady played another five setter
with a slow start Owen went behind early but regained his strength and mind set to play some well placed drops and drives.

Knox 16 won 2-1 against Knox 17 B Cheng played O Bendrien in a match where both boys played to their strengths varying their plays working the court to each others advantage.  Brian went on to win in a very contested match, B Firth determined to continue on with his good form 
setting the tempo early forcing S Doerner to the back of court with some well played drives and drops making it hard for Sean on the day.  All credit to Sean he never gave up. E Albany played M Walker with Elliot setting the pace with some well worked plays across the court giving Mark little opportunity to settle into the game credit to Mark he never gave up and always comes off the court with a smile, showing a great attitude to his Sport.  

Knox 18 won 2-0 against Barker 14.   S Suresh played a very composed game playing to his strengths with some great serves and back of court shots  T Kellaway winning by forfeit .

Knox 19 won 2-1 against Knox 20.   W Studdert was too strong for W Zheng playing the front of court to his advantage Willis found it hard to regain his focus but always kept trying playing some well placed serves.  A Pan Cassin found his opponent A Nipatcharo challenging with Akito varying his plays with some well placed drops and back hand shots.  Credit to Anton down 2-0 he fought back to win the next game and tried to equalize but Akito played to his strength focusing on the back of court shots, J Andrews started slowly with T O Sollivan setting the tempo early with some great serves and well placed drives the difference, credit to Joe he found his way and played to his strengths working the court with some well placed drops and drives.

Knox 21 lost 0-3 to Briars 8.   O Weeding, J Ng and J Gray - these boys played a team 13 places ahead of them and though they were beaten convincingly never stopped running to try and play that return shot.  Their efforts have to be commended and their attitude praised. Well done.  
 
To all the students Squash – thank you all for a great effort throughout the Winter season.  To the Competitive teams Knox has 21 out of 22 teams through to the Semi and Final series with 10 teams straight into the Final. To the boys in the internal league this week is your last game.

Well done everyone.  
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 6 August saw Knox take on Trinity at temporary home tennis courts at Turramurra Park.
The 1st team were ready and raring to go and beat rivals Trinity. The boys got off to a flying start and with Charlie Wong (Year 10) playing up this week due to Max Nguyen making a mature decision not to play on the morning due to not feeling 100% and not wanting to let the team down. The boys won both sets of doubles taking us to a 4-0 lead going in to the singles. Cooper Cole played out of his skin all day and won 6-1 as did Pedro Papangelis. Charlie Wong played well also to win his singles match against a tricky player 6-2. The team won 7-1 overall making Knox Winter 2016 Champions. The 2nd team didn’t manage to get on the hard courts in the morning due to being too wet. The 3rd and 4th team both played well winning 5-1 in the 3rd team beating an unbeaten team. The 4th team won 4-2 overall. The 5th team continued the good run winning 5-1 whilst the 6th team also won 3-1 overall.

The Year 10 A team played well to win 4-2 overall with some great play by Andrew Lee winning both singles and doubles. The B and C team had some tough losses 1-5 after being short a few players. The D team also found things too tough losing 0-6. The E team played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9A team played some great tennis in a closely fought match and won 4-2 overall whilst the B team were caught up in a battle 3-3 on sets but won by 4 games to get the win. The C won very well 5-1 with some impressive tennis played by Jackson Lee in both singles and doubles. The D team had a great match 3-3 on sets, but lost by 1 game. The Year 9 E and F team played against the mighty Year 8E and F team in a friendly match. The Year 8s were playing too well this time and won 6-0 and 5-0.

The Year 8A team have continued their impressive display of tennis winning 6-0 overall. The B team also played some great tennis to get the 4-2 win overall with some solid tennis played by Lucas Evans in both singles 
and doubles. The C and D team won 5-1 overall with both teams showing the depth in our teams. Teams G- J played all played an internal round robin doubles competition at Knox Senior Courts. The boys all continued to work hard and improve their games individually. 

The Year 7A and B teams both won 5-1 overall with some great tennis played by Rahul Grewal and Jimmy Wang both winning singles and doubles. The C team unfortunately didn’t play well enough to keep up with their opponents losing 1-5 overall. The D team won 6-0 overall with some great tennis played by Jeremy Huang. Teams E- G played an internal round robin doubles competition with the boys working well and improving each week.

Overall it was a very successful weekend beating a very strong tennis school and becoming Winter 2016 Champions a week early. Knox won 76% of matches played on the weekend. Well done to all of the boys and lets continue the hard work next week against St Aloysius.
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Cross Country - St Ignatius, Riverview Invitational
Saturday saw the Cross Country team travel down the road to contest the last invitational of the season at St Ignatius, Riverview.
The event also hosted the annual CAS v GPS race.  The juniors started off strong, with Mitch Westhuizen leading the whole race to take line honours in convincing fashion.  Max Evans had another great run with 13th and Angus Matthews was fantastic in 85th, his first finish inside the top 100.

In the intermediate race Zachary Wyatt continued his upward trend this season with a top 20 finish.  Jackson Croker was 27th overall and Aiden Kumarasinghe had his best race of the season with 53rd.

The Open race included the annual CAS v GPS race.  GPS was too strong winning 16-22.  After only just sneaking into the CAS team, Tom Gordon threw out the form guide to be the sixth finisher for CAS and 12th overall.  Well done Tom!  The other open competitors for Knox Ben Fitton, Kent Felton and Isaac Roberts, had solid runs to finish 46th, 85th and 91st respectively.

The team now looks forward to the CAS Championships this Saturday at Sydney Park.
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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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