With 9 rounds in the CAS competition completed I am looking forward to the last round of Summer fixtures. This week sees Knox play Cranbrook at home and it is an opportunity for all teams to finish the season on a positive note.
Results across the board have been excellent however it is not just results, but attitude, attendance and attire which so far have also been excellent. Well done to everyone for their participation.
Therefore I ask that we finish the way we started – all students are asked to exemplify the values that Knox espouses and play their games hard, but always fair.
I congratulate those students who have made CAS rep teams and I wish the students involved in the Australian Athletics championships in Perth next week all the best.
Finally, I remind students that next week is CAS Swimming and Diving championships and I encourage you all to come along and enjoy one of the best sporting events in the calendar. Permission forms need to be returned to the KSA office no later than 5pm on Monday 7 March.
Again, good luck this week-end and go the black and blue!
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'A positive attitude brings strength, energy, motivation and initiative.'
Anon

6 Event 2016 - Wrap Up

Last Wednesday saw the senior school come together for the running of the annual 6 Event track and field program. This day is a highlight on the school’s calendar as it allows the students to participate in athletic events as part of the House system and gain so many valuable outcomes.

The day commences with the whole school seated on the Knox 1 stands in their House groups. Many of the boys go to considerable lengths to show their support of their House by putting on face paint, hair colour or wearing outrageous costumes in their House colour in order to attract the judge’s attention for ‘Best Dressed’ House. This year it was a close contest between Gillespie, Turnbull and MacNeil Houses with the ‘Men in Black’ finally taking out the coveted award for Best Dressed 2016.
Throughout the day it was very gratifying to see our senior students leading the junior boys in their House through the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Shot and Javelin events. House spirit was palpable with encouragement of the students performances by their peers noted at every event. Boys competed on crutches, ‘hobbled the hundred’ with a boot cast or walked the 800m to be part of the day.
While the 6 Event acts as heats for our Track & Field Championships on Thursday 22 June in week 9, term 2 at SOPAC it also provides the opportunity for students feel a part of a group, interact with their mates, reflect on their performances, lead by example, and, most importantly, have a great day and enjoy the physical activity which is so often lacking in some boy’s lives. It also allows all our teaching staff, who act as officials throughout the day at each event, to see the boys outside the classroom and get to know them on another level.
With the appointment of new staff member Mr Andrew Ferris as Director of Track and Field, we hope there will be a huge swell of participation in this year’s track program following on from the 6 Event, and the momentum will carry us forward through to the CAS Championships at SOPAC on Thursday 15 Sept – Week  9 Term 3.

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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 (EXCEPT Year 7 students who have chosen Rugby) do not get changed at lunchtime, all students go to the Lawson Centre at the start of Period 7. Period 7 will finish at 3.15pm. 
For year 7 students doing Rugby as their Winter Sport they are to get changed into plain black rugby shorts and blue PDHPE shirt and gym shoes. 
They report to the Lawson Centre foyer where they will be dismissed to get their jersey, boots and mouthguard from their locker and go to Gillespie and will finish at 4pm. 

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.   Volleyball will hold trials on Saturday 19 March 

5. Squash Trials will take place during Period 7 time in week 8 commencing Monday 14 March.

Year 10  Monday 14 March
Year 9   Tuesday 15 March
Year 8   Wednesday 16 March
Year 7   Friday 18 March 
Opens   after school on Thursday 17 March

There will be further Squash trials on Saturday 19 March and students will be advised of their time slots.

6. All other Sports will commence the Winter Training Schedule from Tuesday 26 April.

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Winter Sport Induction Day for Football, Rugby and Tennis – Saturday 12 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 are below.

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. 

For Tennis at Prep School – please note there is currently no access through Sutherland Avenue and students should be dropped off at Billyard or Cleveland and walk through Prep school to the back Tennis courts. 

Football        Curagul                             Tennis - Prep Courts
Year 7            9.00am – 10.00am            8.30am – 10.00am
Year 8            10am – 11.00am               10.00am – 11.30am
Year 9            11.00am – Noon               11.30am – 12.30pm
Year 10          12.30pm – 1.30pm            12.30pm – 1.30pm
Opens             1.30pm – 2.30pm              1.30pm – 2.30pm

Rugby                                                       Knox 1  
Year 7 and U13                                         Friday March 11 at Gillespie – 4pm finish
U 14s and U 16s not in 16 A squad          8.30am - 10.00am
U 15 and Opens not in 1st XV squad        9.30am - 11.00am
1st XV and 16 A squads Field training     7.30am - 9.00am
1st XV and 16 A squads Gym                    6.30am - 7.30am

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Additional Information

Congratulations and good luck to the boys competing in the CAS 1st Cricket, CAS Tennis Team and NSW Schools Triathlon Championships.

Congratulations to the following Year 12 students who have been selected into the CAS 1st Cricket Team to play in the NSW Schoolboy Cricket Week which takes place next week at Queens Park. 
Matthew Beattie
Will Graham
Harrison Purcell
Charlie Sennitt

Also, congratulations to the following boys who have been selected into the CAS Tennis Team to play GPS next Wednesday 9 March at Homebush. 
Cooper Cole (Year 12)
Hugo La Hei (Year 10) 
Pedro Papangelis (Year 9)

On behalf of the Knox Sports Academy we wish all our boys involved in the individual and team events at NSW Schools Triathlon Championships taking place today (Wednesday 2 March) and tomorrow (Thursday 3 March) the best of luck.

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Athletic Development Centre Closed to Students on Saturday 5 March

Please be aware that the Athletic Development Centre (Weights Room/Gym) will be closed to students on Saturday 5 March.
Summer Knox Fit games are taking place at this time – students who are involved have been notified.

Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

This week saw two outstanding games.
U19's
The U19’s going down 7-8, - a hard fought clash against top of the table Macquarie.
Special mention to Andrew Johnstone making his debut on the pitching mound for Knox. This was an outstanding effect and great to watch.

Several memorable moments in the game, from Alex Stone catch at 2nd base to make the double play, to Max Voysey with a fly ball catch hard up against the fence. Outstanding baseball.

U16’s
Unfortunately lost game - 11-10, but congratulation to Knox U16’s for making the semi-final.

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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

The Open’s had another successful round finishing with a 5 win and 1 loss record. Eager to continue with the momentum of their crucial win against Trinity last round, the 1st’s dominated the game from the outset defeating Waverley 94-58.

The 2nds played one of their best team games of the season and were victors 52-35. The 6ths also had a fantastic game, particularly on the defensive end, winning 56-8.

Year 10 finished the round with a 5 win and 1 loss record. The 10A’s game was a closely contested physical battle with Waverley winning the game 25-30. It was a tough game but our boys upheld the school ethos of Virile Agitur and are commended for their attitudes and sportsmanship throughout the game. The 10B’s found their form again winning their game 53-27. The B’s dominated the game from early on and never gave Waverley a chance to bridge the gap. Another highlight of the round would be the 10F’s big win 37-2.

The year 9’s continue to work hard and improve, finishing the round with 5 wins and 1 loss. The 9A’s were unlucky to go down in a tightly contested battle 27-30. In round 5, Waverley defeated this team by 23 points and although injuries have plagued this team throughout the season, the boys continue to improve and were unlucky to not come out as victors in this game. The 9B’s won in a thrilling game 27-26. Newcomer Jeffrey Hung made an impact in the game and was a presence inside the paint. A highlight for the round was the 9J’s, with a tremendous win against Barker H’s 45-31

This round saw our Year 8’s find their form again finishing the round with 5 wins and 1 loss. The 8A’s were eager to make up for two disappointing losses from the previous weeks and did so convincingly, defeating Waverley 51-28. The 8B’s were in a similar position and dominated the game finishing 45-11 victors. Other round highlights include the 8E’s and 8F’s who continue to impress, winning their games 40-10 and 40-14 respectively.

The year 7’s finishing the round with 7 wins and 1 loss. After a slow start the 7A’s won their game 31-21. The boys are still learning how to play together and within coach Murphy’s offensive systems but are showing improvement every week. The 7B’s had a solid defensive game defeating Waverley 28 – 5. The boys capitalised off transition opportunities from forced turnovers out of their stifling half court press. The 7 Blue’s had an outstanding game defeating Shore I’s by an impressive 66-4.

Our last round of this season will be against Cranbrook with the Open’s, 8’s and 7’s home and 10’s and 9’s away. This Saturday night will be the annual All Star Night in the Great Hall from 5-7pm. The night will involve the presentation of team MVP’s, three point shootout and an exhibition match between the All-Star Knox Basketball Old Boys and the 2015/16 1st‘s team. It will be a fun night for all Knox boys in the basketball program and their families to come celebrate a successful season.

A reminder that all boys are to hand their playing singlets back to their coach immediately after the competition of their game on Saturday.

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Cricket

1st XI vs Waverley (A)
Losing the toss in typical Waverley conditions Knox held the advantage at 98/8 after 39 overs with Jonty Cornford ripping through the line-up taking a well-deserved 5-11 off his 10 overs. His bowling this summer has been a vital part of our success, keeping it tight and creating wickets at the other end through pressure.

Unfortunately as has been the case many time this year Knox couldn’t finish the tail off and a hugely important partnership of 28 saw the total creep up to 133 which was a lot more than it sounds due to the extremely long outfield making anything over a single hard to achieve.

Cornford (33) and Beatty (13) kept a watchful eye at the start with a slow and steady start, but wickets fell regularly with no-one standing up and taking responsibility to win the game, Schofield (24) and Graham (17) tried valiantly at the end but the damage had been done and Knox ended up 7 runs short.
The competition is now Barkers to lose when they come up against Trinity next weekend. The competition is very tight and this is shown by the fact a win for Knox will see us finish 2nd at worst but a loss would see us finish 4th. A huge week of training for us to sign off the hard work which has served us so well 90% of the season.

2nd XI vs Waverley (H)
On a lovely summers day the Knox 2nd XI welcomed Waverly across the bridge for what would be our last home game of the year. Losing the toss we were sent into the field. As has come to be the case in recent times Ben Close (1/14) managed to secure an early wicket in the fifth over of the day. From there however a reasonable Waverly partnership, frustrated the Knox crowd. As the sun’s rays intensified onto the ground, two dropped catches and some timid bowling placed the visitors in control of the match. Enter Duncan Ballantine (1/12). You could make the case that the rave machine turned spin king, has been underutilised so far in 2016. Pleasingly for Duncan and the team however that smile and exuding energy produced the goods when it mattered the most. Breaking the partnership in the 13th over 'The Croc' began what become a memorable bowling innings for the Knox 2nd XI of 2015/16. As we have become accustomed, Tim Fisher and Joe Bissett (1/0) produced their usual steady and frustrating line and lengths (1/10) through the middle overs. The real hero of the day however, was none other than El Capitano Tom ‘Siz’ Moscou. Even though it shouldn’t be, it is always an eye raising move bringing yourself into the attack as Captain. Proof was in the pudding on this occasion however, as the skipper produced a wicket with his very first ball- good start! His next two overs went wicket less for 7 runs- not too bad. His final two overs however recorded incredible figures of 5/8 to finish with a highly impressive 6/16. Whilst unquestionably playing a crucial leadership role in the teams performances so far this year, Tom’s performance with the bat and ball has at times been somewhat compromised by the captaincy. Taking advantage of many optional morning sessions, the 2nd XI captain has worked tirelessly on balancing the leadership with his individual performance. His figures in this match were match winning and a fitting testament to his continued hard work and dedication. From 3/50, the Knox fielding and bowling effort produced an incredibly memorable 6/18 to dismiss Waverly for 68. 

Another quick tea break, this time highlighted by some glorious chicken sandwiches from Mrs. Tighe and Knox had begun their run chase. Eager to show more intent with the bat early, the opening pair of Rob Towers (3) and Will Navratil (18 n.o) got off to the perfect start. Rotating the strike and taking advantage of some loose deliveries the batting innings began in superb fashion, 0/10 off 1. A mix up between batsman had Rob Towers run out cheaply in the second over, after again looking promising, seeing the score to 1/15 off 2. From there however, Joe Bissett (28) and Will Navratil produced a partnership full of positive determination and confidence. Knox eventually passed Waverley’s total in the 14th over, 3 down. I was incredibly proud of not just the result in their final home match of the season, but the manner in which these young men went about their cricket. In light of some questionable sportsmanship by the Waverly side, the Knox 2nd XI reminded parents and spectators alike exactly why and how we all enjoy the gentleman's game. Well done boys. A trip to Cranbrook awaits for the final round of the season.

3RD XI vs Waverley (A)
Batting first at Waverley, the 3rd XI made a fantastic score of 175 thanks to Captain Will West who made 90 not out. Will has been a consistent and enthusiastic member of this team all year, it was particularly pleasing to see him get such a big score. In reply, the Waverley innings never got off the ground, thanks to Michael Loong 3/15 and Hamish Cole 3/16. Waverley eventually out for 80.

4th vs Shore (A)
Bowling first against a strong Shore team, the Knox boys bowled with discipline without luck as Shore made 185 runs. James De Meyrick taking 2/20 and Wood with 1/6 off 2 overs. In reply, the Knox innings struggled to gain momentum after some good bowling from Shore. Charlie Grellman was the star performer in an innings of 101 runs with 45 runs batting up the order.

5TH XI vs Riverview 5th (H)
Bowling first against a strong Riverview batting line up, the run rate stayed high even though the wickets tumbled. Luke Chapman continued his impressive season with 3 for 7, well supported by Jack Upton who took 3 for 17. Chasing 144 to win in the 20 overs would be a tough ask. All batsman making meaningful contributions as the 5Th XI chased the runs for the loss of 6 wickets. 

10A vs Waverley (H)
A winning performance from Knox against Waverley in a match that showcased the 10A's highly clinical performance. Knox won the toss and elected to bat and posted a competitive score of 158. Scores from Nick Astridge (43) and newly promoted Tom Lee (48) ensured Knox maintained a steady pace throughout the innings. Some big hitting at the end from Gallu (23) rounded off a solid innings. Knox then came out with purpose in their last home game of the season. Knox bowled out Waverley for 58 with Kinsey (4/11 off 6), Gallu (2/5 off 7) and Hodge (2/5 off 4) all making contributions to allow Knox to take home the points.

10B vs Waverley (A)
Waverley won the toss and elected to bat first. A good start from the two opening bowlers, Felix Walsh and Crawford lees kept the run rate down as well as a couple of wickets. Waverley recovered slightly however some good bowling from josh Owens who finished with 3 overs, 3-19, Waverley were bowled out for 119. After a few early wickets some big hitting from Jack Hennessy 30 and Felix Walsh 36* chased down the runs with 8 overs to spare. Final score: Waverley 119 v Knox 4-123

10C vs Waverley (H)
The 10C’s have had some tough games this season and deserve much credit for their will power, determination and ability to stick together during the game. So it was a well-deserved and pleasing outcome this weekend when they chased down a very competitive score of 143 against Waverley. Key men in the chase were Khoby McDonald (40 not out) and Tim Shannon (40 not out). A fantastic win!

9A vs Waverley (A)
Batting first on a tiny oval, the 9A’s made their way to a very competitive total of 171 runs. Thanks again to Henry Wines who made 68 runs opening the batting in what continues to be a fine season. Unfortunately some wayward bowling and a destructive innings from the Waverley opening batsman meant that the score was not big enough to defend. Tom Ivers and Oliver Stace the stand outs in the bowling.

9B vs Waverley (H)
Waverley won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite not having their usual intensity in the field Knox’s bowling was impressive. While yielding an uncharacteristic amount of sundries, Knox looked to be aggressive and made the Waverley top order work very hard for their runs. Quicks Harry Charalambous, Nick Boyd and Will Seitam made scoring very difficult in the early stages of the Waverley innings. The wickets were fairly evenly shared across the board but a special mention must go to Tom Supple; with figures of 3/3 off just two overs. Spinner Toby Craig was also excellent, bagging 2/3 off two overs. Knox was able to limit Waverley to 98. On a wicket still offering plenty for the bowlers Knox was under early pressure losing two quick wickets before Karthik Surendra (34*) and Tom Supple (37) put on an excellent third wicket stand. Knox ended up reaching Waverley’s total 4 wickets down after 15 overs. It was a solid performance by the boys – particularly with bat and ball but there will still be some fine-tuning to do come the final round of the season next week. It has been an excellent season thus far and it would be great to go out on a strong note.

9C vs Waverley (A)
Knox elected to bowl following winning the toss, and started off strongly taking 4 wickets within the first 6 overs. However, although Knox began their bowling effort strongly, some loose bowling and very poor fielding saw Waverley hit boundaries consistently. Waverley finished their 20 overs at 141.
Knox felt confident in chasing down the total, however knew they needed a positive start. Knox took advantage of the small boundaries and poor Waverley bowling by scoring at 9 runs per over. Wickets fell throughout the innings, however opener John Hunter maintained the run chase posting 50 not out as Knox reached the total 3 down after 14 overs.

8A vs Waverley (H)
Knox won the toss and elected to bat first. There was plenty in the wicket early for the Waverley bowlers with the ball popping off a length making it tough for the Knox top order. Nonetheless, Knox managed to get past this tricky early period without losing too many early wickets. We reached 3/73 at drinks with our target of 150 very much still in sight. Captain Kale Gabila (39) and Lachlan Donaldson (27) put on a positive 3rd wicket stand. Waverley bowled well at the death claiming a few late wickets to slow Knox’s scoring rate before reaching 7/141 at the close of innings. It was a solid total on a tough wicket but feeling that we were 10-20 runs short Knox was keen to make a statement with the ball in hand. Openers Oli Penn (2/17) off six overs and Zac Thomas (3/23) off six overs made scoring difficult for the Waverley top order sustaining pressure and yielding early wickets. The game was still in the balance at drinks with Waverley 4/53 but some outstanding fielding gave Knox the ascendancy. Kale Gabila brought back memories of Jordon Silk’s spectacular catch at in the BBL in 2014 with an incredible one handed grab at full stretch at mid-off. This was almost outdone by Daniel Hardyman with a brilliant direct hit at backward square leg. This late pressure eventually saw Waverley dismissed for 103. The boys should be rightly pleased with an excellent display of technical skills yet their relentless enthusiasm and energy was even more pleasing to see.

8B vs Waverley (B)
Bowling first on a tiny Gillespie 2, the Knox 8B expected to be chasing a decent score. However due to some fantastic bowling from Will Fernandez and Adi Srivatsan who both bagged two wickets apiece, Waverley were all out for only 80.
In reply, it was the Ryan Schokman and Gus Kellaway show. Putting on over 50 for the opening stand, they ensured the score was chased with ease.

8C vs Waverley (A)
We arrived at the ground to find a very small pitch with quite small boundaries. After losing the toss and being sent into bat, Jacques Du Plooy and Liam Serra shared a 110 opening partnership, both playing beautiful strokes with controlled aggression. Liam fell for 21 but Jacques went on to score a massive 107 not out, his first hundred for Knox. Hugh Peden came in at 3 to score a well compiled 52 not out, sharing another large partnership with Jacques. We finished with 230 off 26 overs, a total we were very confident in defending.

We proceeded to come out to bowl with great discipline and accuracy, starving the Waverly batsmen of runs. This was shown with 6 bowled wickets out of the 10. The boys took wickets at regular intervals at very economical rates, meaning no Waverly batsmen could get going. Best of the bowlers were Liam Serra with 2-1 off 1, Dylan Campbell with 2-4 off 2.3 and Jacques Du Plooy with 1-0 off 1. Waverly finished up bowled out for 63, once again showing how good this undefeated team really is.

8D vs Grammar D (A)
A great start with the bat by Hamish Wood (61* off 47), who truly showed what he can do, alongside his long-lasting partner Jono Cole (41 off 40), both demolishing every Grammar bowler. Unfortunately, in our batting innings, two Run-Outs due to hesitation and running blind gave Grammar a glint of hope in their otherwise dull bowling innings. The Knox batsmen finished with 3/195 off 32 overs, so far being their best run rate and highest score this term. With a daunting task, the Grammar batsmen begrudgingly took to the crease, but wouldn't back down from the relentless pursuit of the opening bowlers. Throughout the innings, wickets slowly but deservedly came, however, there were many missed opportunities, both with catches, but especially run-outs. The game heated up as their tail knocked 4's and the only 6 of the game, lowering their run-rate significantly. With the Grammar boys shouting from the sideline, encouraging their team, the Knox boys realised that it was going to be a walk in the park, rather, an intense sprint to the finish. The Grammar boys punished nearly every ball for 4 at the death, and needed only 26 off the final 2 overs. It certainly wasn't a time to be complacent. Fortunately, the final over saw Hamish O'Reilly take 3/19 off 3 overs, and 2nd highest wicket taker Michael Adams receiving figures of 2/11 off 3, both helping Knox see the game out in an entertaining style. Knox won the game by 14 runs, as Grammar ended with 9/181, but the boys should use this game as a reminder to not become lazy. Instead, the boys need to be on top of the game for all 5 hours, because clearly they have the talent, skill and motivation to knock over any team that dares face them.

8E vs Barker (A)
The 8E's bowled first and faced a formidable opposition in the 8D's barker. William Wells was the standout for the bowlers and got things off to the perfect start by claiming a wicket in the first over.
Knox ended up needing 193 runs off 25 overs. Despite the early flow of wickets, Dominic and Xavier Singarayar were able to build a healthy partnership which was also contributed to by Andy Lin Lacy and Will Wells. However, Knox unfortunately fell short by being bowled out for 79.

7A vs Waverley (A)
Batting first at Waverley, the 7A’s got off to a flyer and were 1/40 after only 5 overs. Some good bowling from Waverley through the middle and a batting collapse kept the boys to 120. In reply the Knox bowling was tight but not backed up by the fielding and Waverley became close to the target at the death of the innings. Fortunately, Tom Osborn and Harry Gosper were in fine form with the ball and managed to win the game for Knox by 13 runs.
The 7As made their way to the elusive Death Valley of Waverley. To the pitch next to us the firsts battled it out whilst we did as well. We batted first and were 1-40 after 5 but good bowling kept us to a mere 120. Batting notables were our keeper Liam and newly promoted opener Will. Ed gave us some fireworks at the end. The Waverley coach had told me before that they were a slow batting side and courtesy to our bowlers they did their job and restricted their batsmen. Unfortunately some average fielding from us let them get close to us but luckily to some crucial death bowling from Tom and Harry they ended up being 13 runs short of our total.

7B vs Waverley (H)
Waverley won the toss, chose to bowl and were on top right from the very start. (Knox 2-5) Andrew Jenkins and Jackson Young worked well together to take our score to 3-32, although we did not take advantage of their encouraging partnership to find ourselves 7-68 at the drink break. (16 Overs)

Whilst our plan was to bat for the remaining 16 overs, Waverley had other ideas. Unfortunately we added only 5 more runs as our final 3 wickets fell, for a total of 81.

A positive team talk prior to entering the field decided that the 7B's were literally 'on the jog' between overs, building pressure on the batsmen to make Waverley to work for every single run. The enthusiasm to work together coupled by some nice glove work from Miles Ball was a real highlight of our time together in the field. Waverley's opening batsmen were impressive, although our boys maintained their focus and put in a spirited display to go down in the 19th over.

7C vs Waverley (A)
A nail biter at Queens Park subjected the 7C’s to their first loss of the season with outstanding morale and team ethics on show for all to see. Batting first, Knox made 93 off their 25 overs. Harrison Clydesdale making 16 and Jack Craig 14 not out off only 4 balls. In reply, Oliver Hamilton was impressive with his bowling and leadership as he took 3/5 off 2 overs. Rudy Harricks, 2/1 off 2 overs and Dylan Bouwer 2/1 off 2 overs. The game came down to the wire with Waverley edging home with a wicket to spare.

7D vs Waverley (A)
Knox won the toss and chose to bat first, showing a master class with a final score of 1/166 after 25 overs. Top performances came from Christian Wells, Cameron Stocks and Carlton Hogan who were all forced to retire during the innings.
This was then backed up by impressive bowling as Marlon Dosanjh, Campbell Wilson and also Robbie Ferguson all took double wicket maidens. Along with this Joel Weiser also took 3 wickets. Waverley’s final score was 24 after Knox bowled them out in 13 overs, a winning margin of 142 runs.

7E vs St Pat’s C (A)
After a tough loss to Shore, the 7Es wanted to make amends and recapture the winning feeling. After losing the toss and being sent into the field, Captains Michael Raymond and Nick Grattan aimed to restrict the runs on a large yet slow outfield. Some tight bowling from Michael Tucker (2/11) and James Coughlin (2/12) in particular helped St Pats finish on a total of 71. One highlight in particular was when one opposition player came in to bat, the Knox boys provided great encouragement for him and showed that the game is greater than any individual. What happened next would make any coach, parent or player nervous. After being reduced to 4/8, James Coughlin (26) and Charlie Kellaway (7) went about rebuilding the innings and pushed the score to 47 before Kellaway fell. Then in the blink of an eye, the score was 8/50 with 9 overs to go and 21 to win. Some nervous moments came but the luck turned out to be on our side with edges going for crucial runs and a brilliant partnership from Michael Raymond (10*) and Will Tighe (9*) helped set up the victory with 2 overs remaining. As I said earlier, the game is greater than the individual and the boys after today should be proud of themselves for allowing all 22 players in the match to enjoy playing the great game known as cricket.

7F vs St Pats D (A)
The Knox 7F team were put up against a strong St Pats side on Saturday. Winning the toss and batting first runs were hard to come by as regular wickets fell. Special mention to William Bailey for a well improvised 11, greatly showing his improved placement and running skills. Unfortunately Knox was bowled out for 19 in 10 overs. In reply the Knox bowlers fought hard to defend the total. However St Pats were too good on the day and chased down the total in 3 overs without losing a wicket. 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 to grow their love for the game.

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Diving

The Knox divers competed very well at the Trinity invitational held on Thursday 25th February. The results were as follows.

Junior Division
Tom Mountstephens - 1st - 141.40pts
Sebastian Smith - 10th - 91.00pts
Cameron Mitchell - 12th - 90.10pts
Otto Thomas - 15th - 85.10pts.

Intermediate Division
Ben Demosey - 1st - 177.30pts
Tate Osborne - 9th - 67.70pts

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Fencing

Learning the priority rules was an important lesson last Saturday. In foil and sabre, an attacking motion, beat on the blade, riposte after a parry all ensure priority. It is important to perform clear actions so that the president can see them and call them and the Fencer is able to score the hit.

The boys then practiced their parries and ripostes in bouting. The Seniors enjoyed fencing sabre and learning the different parries and target areas. Some quick fire bouting then followed in both foil and sabre with boys showing plenty of energy and improved skill.

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Golf

Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

Saturday’s matches were played in some pleasant conditions at Massey Park, With Knox A up against Barker and a depleted Knox B up against Trinity.

Knox A All Square against Barker
Matt Finfer was first to hit off today for the A side, and played some very consistent golf against a Barker opponent who was literally in all-sorts. Matt easily won his match 7/5, and made an early departure to study.
Pat Ferris also had an excellent round today, hitting some impressive drives and approach shots to keep his opponent at bay 3/2. Well Done Pat!
Although a little slow to start, Greg had an impressive match today. He had to give up 4 shots to a confident Barker opponent, who took advantage of the conditions to take an early 3 up lead. Greg fought back brilliantly however, and it was “all-square” on the last tee. Both boys reached the green in regulation and it looked like it would go “down-to-the-wire” until Greg’s opponent canned a 6-metre putt for a birdie to secure the victory.
Unfortunately Doug was unavailable today.

Knox B Defeated 4-0 by Trinity
With two boys away at Wagga this weekend, it was left to Sam and Ricky to defend the honour of the B Side.
Ricky is still developing his game, and although he lost his match 6/5, some significant milestones were achieved against a stronger opponent. Ricky won some holes today and although he did his best to stay in touch, was outplayed by a more experienced golfer. I am confident that Ricky’s game will continue to grow as he matures. I am very impressed with the maturity he shows on the golf course, and encourage him to persist in his practice.
Sam also lost his match (1 down at the last) today, but his unwavering tenacity has impressed everyone who has had the opportunity to play against him. With an improving game, Sam takes every opportunity to score against his opponents.
Whilst his putting was a strong point today, further practice with the driver and approach shots will help Sam to secure victories in the future.

Next Week
All teams in the competition have a bye, so there will be no practice until the following Monday 7th March, which will be at Avondale.
Finally - Please be advised that although most summer sport finishes soon, there are still two rounds to go (12th and 19th). Both teams will be required for both matches, which will be played at Avondale (1pm start). If you know of any reason why you may be unavailable, please let me know well in advance.

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Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

Terrey Hills - 27 February 2016, Knox Grammar School
The second last race of the Mountain Biking calendar saw us hosting our very own race for the first time in two years. Our coaches Jacob and Cam together with the boys designed an exciting cyclo cross course at Terrey Hills earlier in the week. Over 140 riders from 6 participating schools participated in our event and that made it one of the biggest School Mountain Biking event up to date.

The home ground advantage paid of early with Alex Richter taking out the 3 lap’s junior race ahead of a highly competitive Riverview rider. Oliver Heys won the intermediate race with a “man of the match” performance while Matthew Dinham was in a rush to finish his senior’s race to go back to complete his school assessments. The dominant display of our relay team was the icing of the cake and further demonstrated the great shape the boys are currently in for the Interschool’s Championship in Thredbo in two weeks.
The feedback from the boys and parents from all participating schools was very positive and I’d like to thank everyone involved for making this event such a success.

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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

The harbour bridge shadowed a challenging course at Balls Head this Saturday. A tougher course was set, testing higher navigational skills such as taking bearings and employing stopping features. Considering not only the map, but also the control features, was required for the course.

The day ran very successfully again with sport Ident, the orienteers now getting very used to honing in on the beeping noise of controls to find their way around.

On Wednesday this week, the orienteers extended their control feature understanding, completing a short theory and practical course. Using sport Ident the boys were also able to see a breakdown of their time gained and lost from the winning time for each segment of the Saturday event, allowing for detailed advice and forward planning to improve their times on the next course.

Congratulations to Nick Ang who remains the unbeaten division 2 champion, winning for a fourth week in a row. William Liu and Oscar Spiers also achieved an excellent time. Sean has taken Division 1 for a second time this week, followed closely by Heath Wallace and Isaac Roberts. Congratulations to Jonathan Van Es and Marcus Hu for placing first in Division 3 - a fantastic result. Well done also to the three year 7 orienteers who completed a very difficult course with times very close to first place.

 

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Rugby

Rugby Refereeing Information Night for all prospective and current referees
Thursday 3 March, KG1 classroom.
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

For the first time in the history of Knox Squash every team playing competitive Squash are through to the Semi Final 7 teams or straight into the Grand Final 9 teams. Congratulations to all the boys playing Competitive Squash you have made this possible.

Knox 1st defeated Willoughby 2 for the first time 3-0 led by their captain V Kumar who set the tempo for the others to follow and they did.   N You Lee dominating his game but the matchup of the day was left till last with B Arnold playing a very controlled and disciplined game to out play his opponent.

Knox 2nds Bye

Knox 3rds lost 1-2 to Briars with R Rattan winning his game playing some clinical drops and for hand drives.   T Joseph and P Koch tried hard but couldn't settle into the game, with some solid training this week they should be ready for the weekend.

Knox 4 won 2-1 playing with determination and purpose, this teams focus on front of court play has given them the edge on their opponents.  Well done to S Ragavan  M Gee  L Hiller

Knox 5 won 2-1 with E Bakker leading the way with a well-earned win followed by T Ballinger just going down in a close match . Z Slonim not needing to play as his opponent forfeited  .

Knox 6 won 3-0 C Lee  K Ramcharan  T De Solom. These boys are finding the back of the court with some well played for hand drives along with some quality boasting paving the way, keep it up.

Knox 7 won 2-1 This team are starting to find their way on the court with some hard fought rallies short drops and plenty of energy - they will be hard to stop, P Kwon O Ellard  E Yan

Knox 8 unfortunately did not play their best but still made the final.  Boys – re-focus,  train hard and I am sure you will give it your best!  E Pincott  C William  A Soonius.

Knox 9 v Briars 6  were out played on the day, these boys have been playing very well it was just not their day.  B Fraser  F Prince  D Wade  J Geng

Knox 10 v Bondi 2 winning 3-0 taking them into the final . E Denton  E O Sullivan  T Murray These boys have reduced their unforced error rate along with some improved drives and boasts and are ready to meet the challenge.

Knox 11 v Barker 9 S Gibbs  J Price  A Michaels  won 3-0 and a place in the semi final ,well deserved result.

Knox 12 v Knox 13 both teams a few points apart with competition fierce on the court with some front to end drives and cross court plays enjoying to watch.  J Merhi and F Bryant  J Henery  D Loyzaga  O Rady

Knox 14 v Barker 10  H Mendes  C Beauchamp winning 2-1 This team at the start of the season looked lost struggling with their drop shots and unforced errors but they have settled into their game and all credit to them they have worked hard and this weekend are in the semi final.

Knox 15 v Briar 7 L Marinaki  E Sutton  join 8 other Knox teams to go straight into the Final – very well.
 
Knox 16 Bye B Sterrett  S Mckay  also into the semi final.

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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)

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday saw Knox take on Waverley away in a must win match. The 1st team got off to a great start winning both doubles matches. The boys then turned it on in the singles to win all singles very comfortably to get an important win 8 sets to 0 overall. This is helping us going into our last match against Cranbrook to hopefully get a convincing win whilst Trinity have Barker last match.

The 2nd team were also very clinical in their wins only dropping 2 games the whole day. The team won 8 sets to 0 overall. The 3rd and 4th team also won well 6-0 overall dropping 13 games between the two teams. Teams 5th – 8ths played internal challenge matches at the Glade Oval with some good tennis played by all who attended.

The Year 10 A to C teams were way too strong for Waverley with all teams winning 6 sets to 0, with each team only dropping only a few games. The D team also played some great tennis to win 5-1 overall, with Peter Badenhorst showing great improvement. Teams E- G played an internal round robin at Turramurra Park.

The Year 9A team didn’t perform as they as they could have losing 2 sets to 4 whilst the B team also didn’t perform losing 1 set to 5. The C and D teams turned things around for Year 9 with the C team winning 5-1 whilst the D team had a close match winning 4-2 with having to forfeit 2 matches due to a disappointing no show from our team. Teams E- H played an internal competition at Morona Avenue with some great tennis played by the boys.

The Year 8A team played some solid tennis to win 5-1 overall with Robert Khattar winning a close singles match 7-6. The B team won 6-0 with some good tennis played by Michael Drever in both singles and doubles. The C team won 6-0 with only one of the opposition showing up and Hugo Stabback winning convincingly 6-0. Teams D- J played an internal competition at Mills Park and Morona Avenue.

The Year 7 A team had a good win 4-2 overall with some good tennis played by Rene Sun in both singles and doubles. The B team won 6-0 overall with an impressive show of tennis by Rahul Grewal. Teams C and D played an internal competition. Teams E- K played an internal round robin with some fantastic improvement shown by all.

Overall it was another successful weekend winning 89% of matches. Let’s keep up the good work going into the last week and finish off the season strong.

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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

1st Grade vs SJC
Won 10-4
Scorers: A Hemsworth 5, K Zhang 1, L Daniels 1, K Daniels 1, F Carmody 1.

Playing without regular starters, goalkeeper Harry Phelps and utility Alex Trobec, the team knew they had to perform well to beat a well drilled St Joseph's team. After a shaky start the boys slowly got into their rhythm although a few defensive errors crept into our game. Amrit William, making his 1st grade debut, played strongly in goals and made a couple of crucial saves. Andrew Hemsworth was outstanding in attacking, taking it upon himself to drive and shoot resulting in 5 goals for the game.  The team will need to be a lot more consistent and finish off our shots and improve both extra man attack and defence if we are to challenge St Aloys in our important final game.

2nd Grade vs SJC
Won 12-6
Scorers: J Wardley 6, J Jennings 2, H Drummer 2, W Van Zyl 1,  S Wagner 1.

Jacob Wardley stole the show today scoring 6 crucial goals and leading the other players into their correct positions and demonstrating how and when to give good pass and find the break. Harry Drummer, Tom Cartwright and John Kyrikos played strongly.

16A vs SJC
Lost 6-11
Scorers: A Robertson 2, L O'Neill 2, N DiJohn 1 and O Ley 1.

Unfortunately a loss, but with close scores early on.   St Aloys will provide another opportunity.  

16B vs SJC
Lost 7-13
Scorers: N Va Veen 2, S Doerner 1, L Pudney 1, M Hee 1, G Zhu 1, A Hindmarsh 1.

The 16B boys tried hard and were periodically able to match their opponents, but fast swimming breaks against our weaker swimmers proved costly and the boys were unable to bridge the gap. Nic Van Veen and Angus Hindmarsh were standouts on a beaten team.

15A vs SJC
Won 16-5
Scorers: N Trobec 6, A Matruglio 4, E Ravenhall 3, B Nyar 2, H Sturrock 1.

A 6 goal haul from Nic Trobec, aided by 4 from Antonio Matruglio allowed the U15 team to continue their run of big wins and remain near the top of the competition ladder. Ethan Ravenhall played well causing the opposition defence plenty of problems and Ben Nyar and Harry Sturrock were solid in both attack and defence.

14A vs SJC
Lost 8-10
Scorers: M Westshuizen 4, A Hornery 2, A Menzies 1, W Saddington 1.

The 14A's let an early 2 goal lead slip, and despite some very desperate play and scoring some great team goals, SJC scored late to take the game. Some crucial calls went against the Knox boys at vital times, but in a thrilling match in this very close competition, the boys just could not get 'over the line!'

14B vs SJC
Won 5-4
Scorers:J Riordan 2, C Cormio 1, M Longstaff 1, E Heys 1.

In the "Match of the Day", the 14 B team showed their grit and determination in scoring vital goals and desperately defending. The winning goal came very late in the game to send the home crowd into raptures. The rewards of persistently training hard and applying themselves 100% in games, as expressed by coach Rachel, have been proven. Many of these players will be pushing for spots in the A teams in next seasons competition. Congratulations!

13 Black vs Trinity
Won 10-1
Scorers:S Bennett 5, W Gleave 2, W Dixon 1, E Henry 1, Kevin Park 1,

Will Gleave contributed 2 goals to the Black team's big win over Trinity, but it was Sam Bennett who again stole the show with his swimming and shooting skills helping to add 5 goals in an impressive display.  Sam would certainly be close to the top goalscorer for all teams this season!

13 Blue vs Trinity Lost 3-7
Scorers:T Krenkels 2, L Blahuta 1.

Coach Nixon stated that the team actually played quite well despite not getting the win today.  Trinity were a fast and determined outfit and strong performances from Tyler Krenkels and Luke Blahuta could not prevent this very talented team from suffering a narrow loss.

Prep Blue: Bye

Prep Black vs Reddam
Won 16-4
Scorers: A O'Neill 4, X Mercer 4, A Rowe 2, J Horbach 2, H Miller 2, D Farris 1, Unaccounted 1.

Seven different boys got onto the score sheet this week but it was the type of goals scored which was the most impressive aspect of this win.  Cross passes to players in better shooting positions, shots 'off the hand', and strong counter attack showed that this team is destined for further success if they remain committed to their training and swim squads. Xander Mercer and Aiden O'Neill showed their experience, but Harry Miller, Declan Farris, Angus Rowe and Jacques Horbach played vital roles in this emphatic win.  Well done boys.

 

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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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