A good week-end of Sport with many teams achieving positive results. The challenge for those teams and all teams at Knox is to maintain focus - this is a skill that boys need to learn and cannot just look at their performance focus in any one game, but should always look to the whole season. Whether you win or lose, always know that you have played your best.
With two weeks to go many students are counting down to the Winter season and I would remind them to stay focused and finish their summer sport to the best of their ability.
This week sees the House 6 Event and I encourage all students to enjoy the day remembering to hydrate well before during and after the event and to wear hats and sunscreen at all times. This is about House participation and involvement and I encourage everyone to show their true spirit in their House colours.
Good luck – Go the Black and Blue.

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'The mind is everything. What you think you become.'
Buddha

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.

NSWCIS Awards Dinner

On Friday night at the NSWCIS Awards Dinner we had four Knox students recognised for their outstanding performances throughout 2015.

Red Awards (Primary) were presented to:
• Joshua Collett for Swimming who represented NSW at the Pacific School Games and won 9 medals from the 11 events in which he competed.
• Sam Rockliff for Athletics & Cross Country/ Sam won gold in the School Sport Australia 12yrs Cross Country representing NSW. His third National Title! Again representing NSW Sam won silver at the National Titles in the 12yrs 800m only 13 hundreds of a second behind first place. Sam was then named NSWCIS Outstanding Primary School Boy Sportsman of the Year. The highest award a Primary student can achieve!

Blue Awards (Secondary) were presented to:
• Andrew Hemsworth for Swimming who represented NSW at the Pacific School Games.
• Chris Holman for Diving represenmting NSW at the All Schools Championships

Recipients of NSWCIS State Medallions were:
• James Constable (Athletics)
• William Constable (Athletics)
• Brandon Kremborg (Athletics)
• Nick Frost (Athletics)
• Sean Williams (Cross Country)
• Christian Holman (Diving)
• Nicholas Gordon (Diving)
• Angus Rowe (Swimming)
• Joshua Collett (Swimming)
• Andrew Hemsworth (Swimming)
• Ben Rothery (Swimming)
• Joshua Mercer (Swimming)
• James Stark (Swimming)
• Jack Ryan (Swimming)
• Sydney Robertson (Swimming)
• Justin Lee (Swimming)
• Leon MacAlister (Swimming)

Congratulations to award winners for their outstanding performances in 2015.

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Little A’s Region 5 Carnival

At the Region 5 Athletic carnival we had a number of Knox Prep boys compete for their Club against the fastest and strongest athletes in the region to gain a place in the State Championships.
Dylan MacKenzie was placed 11th in discus; Alex Sherlock 4th in the 100m and 5th in the 200m; Sean Williams 5th in the 400m, 12th in long jump, silver in 1500m and bronze in 800m and William Constable won gold in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m. Both Sean and William will advance through to the State Championships to be held on 18th, 19th and 20th March.
Congratulations to all boys on their performances.

Period 7 Sport Arrangements in Week 7 – commencing Monday 7 March

Please note the following arrangements for Sport in Period 7, Week 7
1. Year 10, 9, 8 and 7 do not get changed at lunchtime, and all students go to the Lawson Centre at the start of Period 7.
2. Students will be given the opportunity to confirm sport, change sport and get details regarding their Sport at this time.
3. Winter Sport Induction day for Football, Rugby and Tennis will be on Saturday 12 March.
4. Pre season training schedules and venues will be advertised in Week 7 as will the Winter Training Schedule for all Sports. Pre season training for those Sports will commence from Monday 14 March, Week 7.
5. All other Sports will commence the Winter Training Schedule from Tuesday 26 April.

Winter Sport Induction Day for Football, Rugby and Tennis - Saturday 14 March

Please note that ALL students who have chosen Football, Rugby and tennis as their Winter sport option are required to attend this day. Times and Venues will be published next week.
Students will need jerseys, boots and shin pads for Football, jerseys and boots for Rugby and come suitably attired in the appropriate sports uniform. Mouthguards and head gear should be brought to all trainings for Rugby and please being sports shoes as well as boots. ALL students not matter what sport should always being a water bottle to all trainings and games.

NSWCIS Awards Dinner

On Friday night at the NSWCIS Awards Dinner we had four Knox students recognised for their outstanding performances throughout 2015.

Red Awards (Primary) were presented to:
• Joshua Collett for Swimming who represented NSW at the Pacific School Games and won 9 medals from the 11 events in which he competed.
• Sam Rockliff for Athletics & Cross Country/ Sam won gold in the School Sport Australia 12yrs Cross Country representing NSW. His third National Title! Again representing NSW Sam won silver at the National Titles in the 12yrs 800m only 13 hundreds of a second behind first place. Sam was then named NSWCIS Outstanding Primary School Boy Sportsman of the Year. The highest award a Primary student can achieve!

Blue Awards (Secondary) were presented to:
• Andrew Hemsworth for Swimming who represented NSW at the Pacific School Games.
• Chris Holman for Diving represenmting NSW at the All Schools Championships

Recipients of NSWCIS State Medallions were:
• James Constable (Athletics)
• William Constable (Athletics)
• Brandon Kremborg (Athletics)
• Nick Frost (Athletics)
• Sean Williams (Cross Country)
• Christian Holman (Diving)
• Nicholas Gordon (Diving)
• Angus Rowe (Swimming)
• Joshua Collett (Swimming)
• Andrew Hemsworth (Swimming)
• Ben Rothery (Swimming)
• Joshua Mercer (Swimming)
• James Stark (Swimming)
• Jack Ryan (Swimming)
• Sydney Robertson (Swimming)
• Justin Lee (Swimming)
• Leon MacAlister (Swimming)

Congratulations to award winners for their outstanding performances in 2015.

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Aussie Athletes Agency

Interested in a US College Sport Scholarship?
An Information Session is on next Tuesday 1 March commencing at 6pm in the Knox Cultural Centre Auditorium.
For more details, click here

Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

This week-end saw two outstanding games for Knox Baseball.
U16’s
With the opposition forfeiting on the weekend we had a 9-0 win
This puts us second on the table with only one game to play in the regular season.
This will be the first time that Knox baseball has played in the semi-final. Good luck students and let’s aim to go all the way to the grand final.
U19’s
Going Down 8-4. This was an entertaining game, Chris Layman’s Home Run inspired the boys early on, but unfortunately they could not keep up this great start.
Congratulations to Jaidyn Leong who showed outstanding skill in pitching.

Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

The eight round of the CAS season saw Knox play Trinity. Trinity has proven itself as one of the strongest programs in recent years and the Knox basketball program faced their toughest match up across the board. Knox finished the round with a 22 win, 1 draw and 19 loss record.

The Open’s year group finished the round with a 7 win and 3 loss record. The 1sts started strong and asserted their dominance early in the game. Stifling defence and great team chemistry on offence saw Knox convincingly defeat the previously undefeated Trinity side an impressive 82-55. Lachlan McKimm dominated inside the paint finishing the game with 21 points and 20 rebounds. The 2nds also started their game on fire and appeared to match up well against a strong Trinity side. The second half saw Trinity gain control of the game and the 2nds were defeated 41-48.

The 10’s finished the round with no wins. The A’s game was a physical battle that was closely contested until the last minutes of the game. Aiming to seek revenge for their 2 point defeat from round 3, our boys were unable to get across the line going down 31-36. The B’s also had a close game but were defeated 33-37. The only win for year 10 saw the J’s defeat Shore H’s 30-18.

The 9’s hard work, determination and perseverance paid off this round with a 6 win and 2 loss record. The boys have all worked tremendously hard last week during period seven and after school training and are commended for their turn around from the previous week which is evident from their results. The 9A’s played their best game of the season with cohesive team play and lock down defence but were unlucky to go down 43-52 to a talented Trinity team. The B’s also played a gutsy game but were defeated 28-34. The 9C’s played an exceptional game winning their game 52-30.

The 8’s finished the round with a 3 win, 1 draw and 4 loss record. Trinity is always a tough match up for this year group and our boys did Knox proud. The 8A’s were unable to contain Trinity’s penetration to the basket which contributed to their 27-34 defeat. The 8B’s were spectacular, executing coach D’Agostino’s offensive system and a full court press for the entirety of the game which led to their impressive 53-7 victory. The 8G and 8H’s also played some fantastic team basketball winning their games 36-7 and 36-8 respectively.

The 7’s continue to improve and finished the round with a 6 win and 2 loss record. The 7A’s game was highly entertaining and showed glimpses of the potential of our young basketball players against some tough opposition. Working on fundamental skills and finishing around the basket will be the focus for this group as we are nearing the end of the season. The 7B’s played an impressive team game, executing a half-court trap which led to many transition opportunities on offence that contributed significantly to their 36-8 win. Our 7C’s and D’s played awesome, winning their games 35-27 and 41-15 respectively. Our 7 White team also had a great game defeating Scots 7G’s 32-10.

Next up will be Waverley with our Open’s and Year 8’s away and Year 7’s, Year 9’s and 10’s at home. On our last round of the season (Saturday 5 March) we will be having our All-Star Night from 5--7pm. I invite all players and parents to come along for a fun celebration of another successful season for the Knox Basketball program.

 

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Cricket

1st XI vs Trinity (H)
A very tight points table means every round in the CAS competition is a must win, great to see our boys tested weekly under pressure. Trinity have been our downfall the last two encounters and an intense week of training combined with a great attitude across the squad meant a lot of excited young men were ready for a huge battle at Curagul!
Knox won the toss and decided chasing was to be the strategy, sensible batting by Trinity saw them 100-3 after 32, but smart captaincy from Harry Purcell backed up by the best 20 overs of bowling this Knox side has strung together saw Trinity dismissed in the 48th over for 149, Austin Waugh compiled a very good 67 but the bowlers found ways to restrict and take wickets at the other end, Will Graham 4-35 and Jonty Cornford 2-18 were backed up through the middle overs by Beatty 1-26 and Anderson 1-17.
Knox lost early wickets to a fired up bowling attack but a counter-attacking partnership of 72 Between Sennitt (53) and Wilson (29) took Knox to the brink of victory, any late nerves were put at ease by sensible batting from Schofield and Lang to see the side home to a 4 wicket win. Special mention must be made to Charlie Sennitt, his batting has reached new heights this summer and his mixture of big hitting combined with a growing intelligence of game situations has been a pleasure to watch. He has been successful alongside Purcell, Graham, and Beatty in being selected for the CAS side. Deserved recognition for the great performances these young men have contributed this summer.
Two huge matches finish the summer, must win games against Waverley and Cranbrook but sitting top means we control whether we end up bringing the trophy home.

2nd XI vs Trinity (A)
After braving the tedious and testing Parramatta Road, Knox 2nd XI began their afternoon's cricket on Trinity Main Oval with the bat, having won the toss. Tight and unforgiving opening spells of bowling from the Trinity new ball pairing had Knox on the back foot early. Patience and concentration from Rob Towers (6) and Will Navratil (24) however lay a solid foundation from which to accelerate, seeing the score to 0/20 after 9 overs. From there we placed unnecessary pressure on ourselves. A lack of intent, allowed the bowlers to control the tempo of the match, resulting in multiple wickets and ultimately a distinct lack of meaningful partnerships. That was until, a superb 10th wicket partnership between Tim Fisher (1) and that man again Ben Close (13*) was constructed. From 9/77, an intent to score and some strong running between the wickets, saw the supposed tail-enders push the total to a well below par but defendable 97. In the process displaying to all, a perfect illustration of the mindset and application required from our top order. 

Following a quick brownie stop, play resumed to an energetic and determined Knox bowling innings. After voicing slight reservation in taking the new ball, Alex Gilbert (2/22) again produced an early wicket, this time in the second over placing Trinity at 1/4 after 2. From there wickets continued to tumble as Ben Close (4/9), Joe Bissett (2/10) and Tim Fisher (1/16) got in on the act. The energy and execution of skills under pressure was extremely pleasing, particularly in regards to our bowling as a total of 6 sundries were recorded after 31 overs. Constantly asking questions of the batsman with the ball and in the field, Trinity was eventually all out for 79. They say a total is only as good as your ability to defend it. Round 8 displayed this notion perfectly for the Knox 2nd XI as they continue to show an impressive belief and ability to work hard for each other regardless of any situational or contextual pressure.

3rd XI vs Trinity (A)
Bowling first against a strong Trinity 3rd XI was a great all round fielding and bowling performance. Trinity making 146 runs with Stefan Du Plooy picking up 2 wickets, and Hamish Cole 3 wickets. In reply, it was the Ben Feather batting show. Last week Ben made 75 not out and his blistering form continued as he made an incredible 97. Knox falling short by only 14 runs in a game that was full of positives.

4th XI vs St Pats (H)

Knox batted first and scored 128 on a field with a par score off about 160-170. The openers James De Meyrick and Harry Howe got us off to a good start with 35and 40 respectively but a steady flow of wickets pinned us down to 128. It looked defendable at the halfway mark with St Pats on 49, but late hitting from their middle order got them home in the last over with 4 balls to spare.

5th XI vs St Pats (H)
Knox 5th XI beat Kings 6 XI by nine wickets in a game that was over as soon as it was started. Trinity hit 61 all out in 8 overs with Oliver Roe taking 5 wickets for 1 run, this included an amazing hat trick. Knox replied in kind hitting the runs in less than 6 overs with the loss of one wicket.

10A vs Trinity (A)
Knox defeated Trinity in a contest that ultimately came down to the better execution of bowling and fielding. Knox was sent in to bat. An early start from Pat Coburn gave us a great start at 0/21. However from there Knox lost 5/26; some resilient fight from the tail (Caprarelli 35 Kinsey 18) allowed Knox to defend a reasonable total of 125.
Knox responded to the disappointing display with the bat to produce one of their better showings with the ball in hand. Zatz (3-29), Gallu (2-16) and tight bowling from Caprarelli (1-11 off 5) all contributed to bowl out Trinity for 110.

10B vs Trinity (H)
Batting first, Knox made the huge score of 230 runs. Thanks to a mammoth and destructive 89. He was well supported by Felix Walsh who made 38 and Ned Young who made 30. In reply the bowling was put under immediate pressure and the score was challenged the whole time. Josh Owens took 3/59 to restrict Trinity to 208 all out in a good win.
10C vs Newington (A)
Coming up against the Newington 10B’s was always going to be a tough game. As Newington racked up an impressive 4/317, the Knox boy’s attitude in the field was phenomenal. Never giving in, they tried their best for the whole innings. In reply, the Knox innings made its way to 93 all out. A career highest score by Oscar Cheal was the highlight as he made 20 runs, including a huge six!
9A vs Trinity (H)
The 9A’s good form this year continued as they defeated a good Trinity side at home. Batting first on a difficult Lower Gillespie pitch, Knox started off carefully and mindfully. Tom Ivers (32) and Henry Wines (50) put on a  partnership for the second wicket. English import, Matt Kent then blasted a quickfire 39 in a cameo that included a six that probably hasn’t landed yet! In reply, the Trinity innings never really gathered momentum. Oliver Stace and Tom Ivers doing the damage with two wickets apiece as Trinity were all out for 118.
9B vs Trinity (A)
Trinity won the toss and decided to bowl first. They applied early pressure and managed to snag a few wickets to leave Knox under pressure at 2/14 after three overs. Tasman Rooke (77) and Mikey Glover (41) then combined for a fantastic third wicket stand in excess of 100 to guide us to a strong position of 3/127 after 23 overs. Tasman batted on and continued to anchor the innings right up to the 29th over. It was an excellent knock with signs of great flair and positive running – with his trademark pull shot on full display. Jamie Cerezo (24*) and Jeremy Jenkins (12*) then combined for an impressive late cameo to guide us to 4/199. After a gruelling week of training Knox was keen to make amends for the previous week’s fielding display. Right from the start of the bowling innings Knox were alert, sharp and full of energy. Karthik Surrendra and Harry Charalambous set the tone from the get-go with Harry managing to hang onto a well hit flat catch off his own bowling. Harry was the pick of the bowlers; finishing with 2/10 off his three overs. Jamie Boyd bowled very tightly leading to two excellent run outs in consecutive deliveries. Nick Boyd was able to hang onto a tremendous catch off his own bowling – this time a swirling high catch. Ollie Sloan, Tom Supple, Jeremy Jenkins and Will Seitam then bagged one wicket each. Knox was then able to close out the innings with Trinity being bowled out for 92.

9C vs Shore (A)
Shore lost the toss and Knox elected to bat on what was a very green wicket, with small boundaries. Henry Cross took advantage of the small boundaries hitting a number of sixes and fours eventually passing fifty. Knox went into the drinks break 5/109. Knox began to lose steady wickets with the middle order struggling to continue the fast rate which was set by the top order. A small cameo between Sam Leafe and John Hunter allowed Knox to be all out for 176, a total which seemed to be 20-30 runs short of a par score. Shore started their innings positively, and capitalised on Knox's inability to find the right length on the pitch. At the 16th over, Shore were 2/123, and didn't look like slowing their run rate. However a resurgent by Knox’s bowling attack saw Shore collapsed, losing 5/9, putting Knox back into the game, and lifting the Knox morale. Knox eventually took the final wicket dismissing Shore for 174. Notable performances by Knox included Henry Cross (65), Sam Carman (3/10) and Sam Lilley (3/25).
8A vs Trinity (A)
The 8A’s have been subject to huge expectation of late, to deliver on the extreme talent and come together as a team. This was in full flow as they beat Trinity by 14 runs. Batting first, Harrison Ferry was solid and dominant in setting a platform. This was then built on by form batsman, Lachie Donaldson and captain, Kale Gabila. In defence of 147, it was Ollie Penn once again who did the damage. Taking 3/19 to back up his six wicket haul the week previously. The fielding was fantastic and the energy and enthusiasm was much improved from previous weeks. A great win! 
8B vs Trinity (H)
The 8B’s came up against a blistering innings by a Trinity batsman as they stared down the target of 232 runs on a small pitch. The Trinity boy blasted six after six and showed Knox that anything was possible. In reply, the Knox innings was solid and full of positives, although the target was not in danger of being chased down. Alex Stuart made his maiden 50 as he finished with 52. Knox finishing with 5/202 in the end.
8C vs Trinity (A)
After losing the toss and being told to bowl, the boys bowled in good areas making it hard for the struggling Trinity batsman to hit quality shots. We took wickets in regular intervals which helped us to hold Trinity to a very low score of 41 off 20 overs with only one batsman getting into double figures. Best in the bowling was Rhys Owen with 3-2 off 3 overs and Liam Serra with 2-1 off 1 over.
Chasing such a low score can sometimes cause problems but not this time. Hamish Quigley and Carl Giacomo opened the batting scoring 53 and 39* respectively, sharing a big partnership of 107 which help set up the win. Special mention to Rhys Owen who came in in the last over to smash 10*. An excellent performance from the boys who keep on showing how good this team is when it fires.
8D vs Trinity (H)
Knox's election to bat after winning the toss chose to be a wise decision as the Knox opening batsmen kept their heads and defended some strong, attacking bowling from Trinity's strike force. The run rate was below par for where we were hoping in the opening 10 overs, finishing at 0-43 at drinks, however, we were glad that neither of our openers gave in to their bowling. When play resumed, Trinity's talk at drinks must have energized their lads, because they took 3 quick wickets, taking both the high-scoring openers Michael Adams (24) and Benjy Jacobson (32). Hamish Wood (24) provided a brighter run rate, knocking boundaries before the end of the innings, where Knox finished with figures of 3-106.
With a respectable total to chase, the Trinity batsmen knew that they had a mountain to climb if they were to succeed in conquering Gillespie. Knox's bowlers put Trinity on the back foot from the first ball and kept it that way for the opening spell. Despite Knox easily winning the previous fixture, Trinity did not give up without shaking Knox, as their Number 3 batsman relentlessly pummelled the shiny Kookaburra past the boundary line 8 times, top scoring with 35 runs. Fortunately, Henry Hill (1-6 off 2 overs) knocked over their top batsman, and from there, Trinity crumbled. Both Charlie Cooper (3-8 off 2) and Matt Gamble (3-5 off 2) demolished the middle order, with Hamish Wood (2-0) finishing the game, helped by a classy run-out by Jono Cole, whose fielding is second to none. Catch of the day went to Benjy Jacobson in slips, taking a screamer off Charlie's in-swinger, whilst Michael Adams took 2 lovely catches in cover.
Knox bowled Trinity out for 58, winning the game by 49 runs, and thus proving that their training has paid dividends, working hard both on and off the pitch with some boys seeking extra training which is great to see. Another stellar week from the boys, hopefully they can make it 3 wins in a row after next week's match.
8E vs Kings (A)
The 8Es came up against a very strong Kings team. Batting first they were all out for 46 runs. In reply, Kings made short work of it despite some excellent effort and energy in the field. A special mention goes to all the boys of this team who took responsibility and lead themselves this week as they have done all year. This was the 8E’s first loss in what has been an excellent season! Well done.
7A vs Trinity (H)
The 7As were unfortunate to go down to a very disciplined Trinity side. Starting off with the bat, recently promoted Harry Gosper and Liam Puncher started us off well. A middle order collapse, rescued once again by the captain Tom Osborn lead Knox to 111 runs.  Despite some disciplined fielding and good bowling, Trinity got home with just one wicket down. Lots of positives and room for improvement for next week and beyond.
7B vs Trinity (A)
The 7B bowling was at its outstanding best. Every bowler bowling with discipline and accuracy. Sam Rockcliff took 2/5 and Matt Taylor was unplayable as he bowled 2 maidens in his 3 overs. In reply, Dom Goddard and Miles Ball steered the ship home with 22 and 16 respectively.
7C vs Trinity (H)
The 7C juggernaut continued! Bowling first, Trinity could only must 30 all out. Angus Gray with 2/0, Rudy Harricks 2/0 and Aaron Erdstein 2/5. In reply, Knox were allowed to bat on a little as they made 2/56 off only 7 overs. Jack Craig making 33 not out with a huge six!
7D vs Trinity (A)
The 7D’s continued their winning run with a great performance away against Trinity. Unfortunately in this game the boy’s opportunities were limited due to the opposing coach’s insistence upon playing 20 overs. The home team won the toss and elected to bat first. Knox took to the field and displayed great spirit and commitment in managing to limit their opposition to just 27 runs. Most notable of the bowlers was Joel Wieser who bagged 2 wickets. Also in dominant form was Nick Shannon, Marlon Dosanjh, Robbie Ferguson and Ethan Jones who went bowled maidens in both of their overs. The boys then turned to batting and openers Jack Kirk and Christian Wells crunched through the first three overs and garnered the required runs. Unfortunately Christian got out soon after and Jack was forced to retire as the two umpires compromise of allowing Knox to bat 10 overs gave some of the boys a chance to come in and bat. Huge plaudits to the boys for playing in frustrating circumstances and scoring a total of 1/117 in only 10 overs at a huge run rate of 11.7 per over.
7E vs Shore (A)
Batting first with short boundaries, Shore made a very good score of 4/145. Ben Kellaway and Michael Tucker, the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Knox managed 111 runs with James Tighe making a fantastic 33 runs.
7F vs Shore (A)
The Knox 7F's were put up against a strong Shore side on Saturday. Winning the toss and batting first runs were hard to come by as regular wickets fell. Special mention to Hamish Chan who made an unbeaten 17, hitting some marvellous sweep and leg side shots. Unfortunately Knox was bowled out for 43 inside 19 overs. In reply the Knox bowlers fought hard to defend the total. Special mentions to Mitchell Penn and William Bailey who took 1/1 and 1/5 respectively. However Shore was too good on the day and chased down the total inside 11 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. The boys were gracious in defeat and spirited as always. We are always encouraged by their willingness to learn and eagerness to play. These qualities were definitely on display on the weekend as they are continuing the grow their love for the game.

 

 

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Cycling

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

Fencing

Running through a few quick routines practising the parries, the boys learned how about counter parries and when to use them. Parries are like blocks and different parries are used to block different areas of the body and also to defend attacks. It is always important to respond with a riposte after a block so that they then have the priority to land a hit.
Some spirited bouting followed and the boys enjoyed competing against each other. In the senior groups there was foil bouting as well as sabre drills. Sabre fencing requires different rules, different target areas of the body and a different sword. Sabre is a lot faster and different methods of landing hits can be employed. Further the edge of the sabre as well as the tip can be used. Drills were followed by bouting to put their new-found skills into action.

Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

MTB Report Round 3
Round 3 took the Knox MTB team down to the picturesque course at Kirrekee in the Southern Highlands. One of the most anticipated courses in the race calendar didn’t disappoint. St Andrews changed the course and the format since we last raced in 2015 resulting in some exiting races throughout the day. The Juniors started the day with the 1 hour Endurance event followed by the Intermediates and the Seniors.

The Knox MTB team dominated all 3 age groups in the Endurance event with convincing wins ahead of Riverview and St Andrews. Followed the Endurance races were the 4 rider’s team relays. Knox finished in the first 4 spots with Matt Dinham, Oliver Heys, Alex Richter and Ben Fitton taking out the relay competition with an emphatic finish.
It was a great dominating effort by our Knox MTB team and we are looking forward to hosting our very own event this Saturday with approximately 150 riders from all around Sydney.

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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

This week the orienteers learnt about distance at training, by estimating the length of their steps when running as well as being able to estimate distance on a map and then when running in the real world.
On Saturday the new electronic sport Ident system was employed for the first ever time with huge success. A brand new check in desk was set up to streamline departure and finishing of courses. All the boys ran incredibly well, many beating their previous bests, during a very exciting morning. Using the system, the boys are now given split times and comparison to the winning time for each control leg, so training and feedback can be tailored to individuals.

Congratulations to Nick Ang who remains the unbeaten Division 2 Champion, winning for a third week in a row. In division 2, Nick is closely followed by Jake Evans. A very strong performance also by Sean Edwards, taking Division 1 this week. Congratulations to all the Division 3 runners, especially our new Year 7s who are performing incredibly well for their second week ever orienteering.

The Orienteer of the Week award is given to James Reed (Year 7) this week for completing the challenging Division 2 course, even though he is a division 3 runner.   A great demonstration of perseverance and commitment.

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Rugby

Rugby Refereeing Information Night
There will be an information night for all prospective and current referees on Thursday 3 March (venue TBC). Come along to find out how to become a referee, and hear from our existing referees on their experiences from the best seat in the house. For more information contact Nick Brown, Knox Rugby Referees Co-ordinator.

Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

With only one more round left to play Knox Squash had another very successful Saturday.
Knox 1st won 3-0 with a very dominant display over Briars this team has worked very hard throughout the summer comp and hopefully will continue to improve well done to B Arnold N Y Lee V Kumar.

Knox 2nds won 2-1 F Hellen-Ford N Huang both winning their games with some hard fought rallies and clever drops being the difference ,E Xie went down in a very close game.

Knox 3rds v Knox 4ths 1-2 lose first of the season, these games were played in great spirit with the 4ths setting the tempo early. M Gee L Hiller both having convincing wins made it hard for the thirds to come back. Credit to R Rattan he played the game of the season to defeat .
S Ragavan who made his opponent work for every point. Both teams showed great sportsmanship towards each other which is a pleasure to see. Knox 3 R Rattan T Joseph P Koch Knox 4 S Ragavan M Gee L Hiller.

Knox 5 v Knox 6 again no team giving anything away E Bakker coming from behind to win his match kept his father on the edge of his seat with some well played shots only to give away unforced errors credit to Eugene he settled and went on to win.

Z Slonim set the standard early and did not relent playing some quality drives and boasts to win convincingly , C Lee gave Knox 6 one win in defeating T Ballinger in straight games . Chan is applying himself at training always seeking to improve well done.

Knox 5 T Ballinger E Bakker Z Slonim   Knox 6 C Lee K Ramcharan T De Solom.
Knox 7 travelled to Willoughby their opponents forfeiting but not letting the opportunity of a game go to waste they played against each other and had a good work out - great attitude boys.  P Kwon O Ellard  C William who filled in for injured E Yan.
 
Knox 8 v Briars 5 playing a team 3 divisions higher E Pincott A Soonius played with determination out pacing with short drops back court boasts.

Knox 9 v Barker 5 also playing a higher team had a convincing result with F Prince leading the way with some great drives and back hand volleys.

Knox 10 v Barker 9 E Denton E O’Sullivan continue to climb the ladder whilst not giving much away.   Continued practice at getting the little things right and not too many errors - keep at it boys. 

Knox 11 defeated Bondi 3-0 S Gibbs J Price A Michaels improving in their ability to read the play with some great counter moves.  All three of these boys stayed back and played some social games with the Bondi team which was good to see.

Knox 12 v Barker 10   V Zhong F Bryant both won to make it a clean sweep at Barker on the day!  This team has started to find their way and are playing some good cross court shots.

Knox 13 v Knox 14 both teams pushing each other with some good court running and back hand volleys.  The aim is to reduce the unforced errors which tend to take the gloss off the game, but they are progressing well – keep going boys! 
 
Knox 13 J Henery D Loyzaga O Rady       Knox 14 H Mendes C Beauchamp
Knox 15 v Knox 16 both teams had their chances to close the other team but just couldn't put the final shot away.  These student try hard and with continued effort and desire to improve these boys will turn it around.
Knox 15 L Marinaki E Sutton   Knox 16 B Sterrett   S Mckay
 
A great effort by all the teams.

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Swimming and Diving

CAS Invitational – Series 2 - Friday 19 February 2015, SOPAC
A team of 42 swimmers and 8 divers, travelled to the Olympic Aquatic Centre to have a final dress rehearsal before CAS.
With less than three weeks to go until the 85th CAS Swimming and Diving Championships, many boys were aiming to put in a good performance.
With large teams from Barker, Cranbrook and Trinity, it was a busy carnival. The Knox boys stood up and were counted, with some great swims.
Most notably from Cody Adam (Yr11) who swam considerably faster than at Wednesdays School Championships. Cody qualified for Nationals in the 50m freestyle, and put himself into a strong position for CAS selection.
George Zhu (Yr10) also swam a fast 50m freestyle and is squeezing himself into CAS contention.
Congratulations to Bailey Farris (Yr7) also qualified for his first Nationals in the 100m backstroke.
With training at 5am that morning, and only arriving back at Knox for 9:30pm, it was a long day, so well done for a huge effort

School Swimming Championships 2016 - Wednesday 17 February, Knox Aquatic Centre

It is always a keenly contested carnival, with positions in the CAS school teams to be decided.
After last year’s 12 records, Knox swimmers didn’t disappoint, with another 7 new school records.
The first record to be broken was by William Yang (Yr12) who broke a 10 year record in the 18/over 50m freestyle. Will set a new marque of 23.84. Will also broke the 50m butterfly record, which was held by former Swim Captain Paul Van Westing, by over a second. His time of 24.87 will be a tough one to beat. Will also made it a trifecta of records, in setting the backstroke record of 26.47.
Leon MacAlister (Yr10) joined his team mate in the record book. Leon smashed Will’s record from 2014 by a whole second, and posted a 26.92. Leon also swam a rather surprising 32.00 for the breaststroke, which broke current Swim Captain Andrew Hemsworth’s 2014 record.
Andrew Hemsworth (Yr12) broke one of the oldest records in the book, breaking the 50m breaststroke which dated back to 1988. With his time of 29.99, Andrew was the first swimmer to break the 30 second barrier in the School Championships.
Joshua Collett (Yr7) swam an outstanding 34.63 in the 13yr breaststroke. What makes this swim even more astonishing, is that Josh is only 12 years old this year, and can swim in the same age group in 2017.
With some excellent racing, and good team spirit, all swimmers who competed deserve plenty of credit, in making it a memorable evening.

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)

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 20 February saw Knox take on Trinity in a must win match. The 1st team were all ready and pumped to get a good win. The boys started off well in their doubles with Knox taking the lead 3-1 after both doubles. Pedro Papangelis and Cooper Cole getting both sets with some fantastic tennis played from both boys. Cooper Cole had a brilliant win against trinity No.1 to beat him 6-1, whilst Pedro Papangelis continued to impress beating a tricky player 6-2. Max Nguyen unfortunately lost his singles to a very consistent player and Hugo La Hei won his singles 6-1 to get the win for Knox 6-2 overall. This has helped our cause to win the title only putting us 0.5 points behind Trinity with Trinity to play Barker still.

The 2nd team had some strange results losing all 4 sets in their doubles, but came back and won every singles match convincingly to get the win by 3 games splitting the two teams.

The 3rd team won 6-0 overall with some great tennis played by Anton Luger.

The 4th team also won well 5-1 overall with a good win form Simon Sharp. Teams 5th -8th all played an internal competition at the Glade Oval Tennis Courts.

The Year 10A team had a close battle 3-3 sets all but won by 1 game to get the win. The B team won 4-2 with some great tennis played by Lachlan Smith in both doubles and singles. The C team won 5-1 overall with some beautiful tennis played in the doubles by the Knox boys. The D team also won 5-1 overall with a great performance by Alex Berell. Teams E- G played an internal competition at Morona Avenue tennis courts.

The 9A and B team both had a good battle drawing 3-3 in sets but losing in both teams only by a couple of games. The C team got the win for the Year 9 teams winning 4-2 overall with some great tennis played by Thomas Robertson to win both singles and doubles. Teams E- H played an internal round robin competition at mills Park.

The Year 8A team had a great battle with both teams winning 3 sets each, but Knox won overall by 4 games. There was some impressive tennis played by Kiran Anker & Adrian Si in their singles. The B team had a solid win 5-1 whilst the C team won 6-0 overall with Oscar Wang stepping up and playing some outstanding tennis all day. The D team won 5-1 with a great show of tennis by Allen Chen winning his singles and doubles very well. Teams E – J played internal at Morona Avenue tennis courts with all the boys showing great improvement each week.

The Year 7A and B team won 6-0 overall with some outstanding tennis played by both teams especially in the B team not losing a single game. The C team won well 5-1 whilst the D team had a close battle tying 3-3 in sets and also drew 25 games each. Teams E –K all played internal competition at various venues. The boys are becoming more tactically smart against one another which is creating some close matches.
Overall it was one of the best performances we have had against Trinity for a while with Knox winning 85% of matches played on the weekend. Let’s keep up the good work and hope to see you all there supporting.

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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

Huge congratulations to Knox’s Y11 student Alex Trobec for being selected in the Water Polo Australia’s, B’00 Men’s Talent Camp. He also had an outstanding round of testing last week. Good luck with the camp Alex.

A solid performance from all teams provided Knox with some great results which holds in good stead for an opportunity to win the CAS championship for the very first time in Water Polo

1st Grade vs Cranbrook.
Won 21-8
Goal scorers: James Winterton 4, Will Turner 3, Andrew Hemsworth 3, Alex Trobec 2, Francis Carmody 2, Kyle Daniels 2, Brent Mitchley 2, Henry Studdert 1, Kevin Zhang 1.

After trailing early the Knox boys took a while to get momentum and the scores were close until half time. The second half of the game is where the fitness and speed of the boys showed, and a comfortable win resulted. Andrew Hemsworth was particularly dynamic. Knox dominated in most facets of the game with goalkeeping, defence, counterattack and centre forward play very pleasing. Extra Man attack still needs some fine tuning for the crunch games against SJC and Aloys in weeks to come.

2nd Grade vs Cranbrook
Won 14-3
Goal scorers: Spencer Wagner 4, John Kyrikos 2, Rhys Taylor 2, Josh Peruch 1, James Jennings 2, Jacob Wardley 1, Harry Drummer 1, Tom Cartwright 1.

Whilst missing key centre forward Wes Van Zyl through injury, Jacob Wardley stood up and acted as the quarter back, directing and feeding key passes to his team mates. A great backhand from centre forward from Jacob was his only goal but his value to the team was immense. Harry Drummer, James Jennings and Rhys Taylor were benefactors of Jacobs play. John Kyrikos and Amrit Williams were standouts.  This game became a little ‘firey’ late in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but replacements at key times allowed Knox to maintain the upper hand and capitalise on both attack and extra man situations. Spencer Wagner read the play beautifully and finished his shots with accuracy and venom to be the top scorer.

16A Bye

16B vs Cranbrook
Drew 5-5
Goal scorers: Liam O’Neill 3, Lachlan Pudney 1, George Zhu 1.

A second half hat trick from Liam O’Neill led the great fight back from the boys in the closest match of the day. The addition of some more experienced players allowed the boys to learn more about positional play and taking their opportunities and the team is all the better for it. Nic Desmet and Lachlan Pudney continue to improve and George Zhu and Campbell Goodall keep displaying impressive performances. Jason Park had a solid game as goalkeeper.

15’s vs Cranbrook
Won 11-1
Goal scorers: Nic Trobec 5, Antonio Matruglio 2, Will Kablau 3, Harry Kyrikos 1.

The u15's played a great defence the entire game. They focused on pressing their opposition ball side and trying to steal the ball. This worked really effectively, dominating Cranbrook, not leaving them any options in attack. Extra man defence was the only time in the third quarter of the game where Cranbrook could score a single goal against Austin Wagner, who was a league of his own saving every other shot. In attack Antonio and Will were quick counter attack converters, and Nick Trobec scored 5 goals including a great backhand from centre forward. Harry Kyrikos made the most of the counter attack goals possible with an agile and quick defence stealing the ball on many occasions.

14A’s bye

14B’s vs Cranbrook
Lost 7-9
Goal scorers:  Mitchell Longstaff 3, Elliot Heys 2, Jeremy Cartwright 1, James Riordan 1.

Our Knox boys were up against it form the ‘get go’ this round playing against Cranbrook’s top team. The opponents were physically dominant and were able to find space early on. From a 2-7 score line at half time, the boys did extremely well to reign the game in to a respectable 7-9 loss, dominating the last quarter. Player of the match was Mitchell Longstaff who scored 3 goals with excellent attacking play. Matt Lahoud provided outstanding defense shutting down Cranbrook’s goal scorers in the last. Will Bondy also had a stellar game. A great effort against Cranbrook’s A team.

13 Blue vs Trinity
Won 10-4
Goal scorers: Daniel Beattie 3, Tyler Krenkels 3, Lachlan Robertson 2, Josh Collett 1 and Angus Stevenson 1.

Speed and fitness was the key in this tough but well earned win. 5 boys got on the score sheet with all boys making valuable contributions in both attack and defence.

13 Black vs Trinity
Won 8-1
Goal scorers: Sam Bennett 8

A fantastic solo effort from Sam Bennett scoring the teams total of 8 goals secured the win for the 13 Black team against Trinity. Sam continued his good form from previous weeks and has been the saviour of this team with his fitness, skills and awareness.

Prep Blue vs Scots
Won 8-4
Goal scorers: Flyn Worner 3, Wyl Parker 3, Sayan Bahl 1 and Edward Ericsson 1.

Another solid game by Wyl Parker and ably assisted by Sayan Bahl, Flyn Worner and Edward Ericsson in both attack and defence, help this ever improving team to another victory. Scots were no pushovers, but a 3-0 final qtr finally determined the deserved winners.

Prep Black vs Scots
Won 8-6
Goal scorers: Xander  Mercer 4, Jacques Horbach 1, Ryan Johnson 1, Declan Farris 1, Will McDonagh 1.

An outstanding 4 goal haul from Xander Mercer set up this tough win over a very competent Scots team.  Ball security, safe passes and quick counter attack proved the key to this win.
Ryan Johnson and Will McDonagh were vital and great defense from Harry Miller and Aiden O’Neill helped secure maximum points.

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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. 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. 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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