What a great day and way to finish for most Sports the summer season of 2015 - 2016. I congratulate and thank all the students who, for the most part, have done the right thing with regards to Attitude, Attendance and Attire. I appreciate the effort, thought and work that goes into achieving not only with results but the expectations that Knox requires.

It was great to see the boys competing hard in all their games, both competitions and internals. It was also great to see our Basketball 1sts win in the manner in which they did and finished up second in the overall competition.

I congratulate the Tennis 1sts and 2nds and the Cricket 1sts on their CAS Championship wins, and again all teams involved in these sports, on their victories and their losses. It was great to see these students and the teams uphold the traditions of Knox Grammar School.

Last week saw students competing in representative Tennis trials and this week sees students representing CAS in the state championships. I congratulate and wish them all the best.

It also saw students competing in the NSW CIS Triathlon championships and we had some fantastic results by all, but especially Mitchell Westhuizen, year 8 who won the individual championship for his age. See full report in the bulletin.

This week is the CAS Swimming and Diving championships and all information for this is in this week’s Bulletin. Again I ask of all those that attend to support the teams in the right manner and ensure that our behaviour is at its best. On Saturday the Winter Sport induction day occurs for AFL, Football, Rugby and Tennis. Squash teams are in the grand finals which will be played at Thornleigh and I wish them all the best, as I wish the Golfers all the best as they play for the championship this week and next.
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'Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.'
Matt Cameron

Knox Snow Sports Trip - 3-10 July 2016

After the repeated success of the Knox Snow Sports Trip for the last five years, which were fully booked in advance, Knox will be continuing on with the exciting programme introduced last year. This will encompass skiing and boarding at Thredbo with the ability to advance competition skills through the Knox Snow Sport Ski/Board program.

Bookings are now Open with full information on the Snow Sports page of the Portal. 

Any enquiries to 
snowsports@knox.nsw.edu.au

Mr Michael Reardon
MIC Snow Sports 
reardonm@knox.nsw.edu.au 

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Tyler Krenkels - Year 7 - NSW Surf Life Saving Titles, Umina

Congratulations to Tyler who has come home from the NSW Surf Life Saving State Titles with a gold medal in the U13 Ironman as well as a 3rd in the U13 Surf Race, 3rd in the Cameron Relay & 3rd in the All Age Board Relay.


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Prep sport training and fixtures

Prep Summer sports trainings will finish on Friday 11 March with the final fixtures on Saturday 12 March.

For Years 3 to 6, Winter sport choices selected are listed on the portal under Announcements.

We will commence our Prep Winter sports trials on Saturday 19th March for AFL, Football, Rugby and Winter Tennis.
Boys are required to have the correct equipment for the trials such as mouthguards, boots, shinpads, and racquets.

Winter Fencing, Golf, Karate and Orienteering will commence as of term 2.

The Winter Schedules for the Trials and the Term 2 and 3 training sessions are posted on the portal under Training Schedules.
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Period 7 Sport Arrangements in Week 7

Please note the following arrangements for Sport in Period 7, Week 7
1. Year 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 AFL, 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. 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  

Saturday 12 March – Winter Sport Induction Day for AFL, Football, Rugby and Tennis 
Please note that ALL students who have chosen AFL, 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

AFL
ALL Saturday 12.30pm Gillespie Field  



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Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

Congratulations to Knox Baseball U16’s on an outstanding season. Making the semi-final for the first time.

It was the final game of the regular Baseball season. With the U19’s leaving their best game to last - winning the game against 2nd place Greenway 11-7. This was a well-deserved victory for the Knox boys, showing all the hard work they have put in this season. 

The future is looking bright for Knox Baseball, with Andrew Johnstone (Year 9) pitching the last 2 innings with several strike out to seal the game.

From Chris Layman – Year 12  

To the original Knox Baseball,

If only you knew...

If only you knew what this team would become. For we never held a trophy above our heads, never got put in the newspaper, never even cracked the top 2. We never had to. For the titles, the trophies were not what we were ever after. We were brothers. We were family, whether it be a 7:30 start on a freezing cold morning, or an 11:00 start in 40+ temperature we were there. Whether we wanted each other to know it or not we were there for each other every step. 

It was never about Baseball, it was just a catalyst for the friendships we enshrined in Knox history. 

There will never be another "original baseball team". No one will ever be able to say they were on the first ever Knox baseball team. 

That is us. We weren't the best. Yet, we were. 

So thank you, for all you have done. For the support you gave each other. For the pressure you placed on others to get the best out of them. The road has come to an end. A memory that will go on forever. We wish you luck.  We believe in you and all you have to offer. 

We will never be forgotten. 

To the original Knox Baseballers. 

From the leavers of 2016:

Chris Layman - 2011
Jaidyn Leong - 2011
Hamish Clarke – 2011
Michael So - 2011
Alex Stone - 2012
Max Voysey - 2014
Nick Gongolidis -2014


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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

The Open’s year group continued their dominant form in the final round of the season finishing with an 8 win and 2 loss record. The 1sts finished their final game of the season in style beating Cranbrook 90-61. Our Year 12 boys; Matthew Horsley, Alex Selvarajah, Nick Roberts and Will Bernhardt put on a show for the fans and their legacy in the Knox basketball program is one they should be proud of.

The 1st’s needed Barker to defeat Trinity in order to claim split victory in the CAS but Trinity won the game and the CAS competition. The 2nds also won their game 62-43 – a highlight of this game would be Alex Moss’ three point shot. The boys have worked very hard this season and it is pleasing to see this reflect in their recent success. The undefeated 7th’s continue to impress with their stellar team play, winning their game 28-18. 

The 10’s age group finished the round with a 5 win and 3 loss record. The 9’s year group had a solid round finishing with a 4 win and 2 loss record. Both these year groups have worked very hard throughout the season and have improved drastically. With continued hard work, these boys are set to impress in the 2016/17 season.

The 8’s year group shone this week to finish the round 5 wins and 1 loss. This year group works particularly hard right down to the 8L’s and are to be commended on their relentless effort and dedication to improve through the season! The 8A’s continue to develop as a team and solid cohesion was proven in their 42-20 victory. The 9B’s won 41-11 with solid contributions from all players.

The Year 7’s continue to impress and develop in their last game in their first season at Knox. Our colour squads did a fantastic job against Cranbrook and were competitive in all games. The A’s, B’s, C’s and D’s all won their games in impressive form. This is a particularly exciting year group with a strong work ethic and plenty of potential to improve in their time at Knox.

All Star Night
The All-Star Night was an opportunity for members of the Knox Basketball community to come together to celebrate the season. The evening started with the awarding of the Most Valuable Player to one boy in each of our 56 teams in the program. Following that was the coveted three point shootout with James Steel, Henry Colyer and Luke Lagunowich representing the Prep school, Luke Tucker Year 7, Will Rapley Year 8, Davey Sherlock Year 9, Damon Reynolds Year 10, Matt Rapley Year 11 and Dylan Taylor and Yoshi Ikeuchi Year 12. A big congratulations to Yoshi for winning the shootout! The boys were then treated to an impressive dunk display by Dylan Taylor, Nick Roberts and coach James Andrews. To wrap up the night was the very entertaining game between our Year 12 1st and 2nd’s players and a mixture of coaches, old boys and special guest Arnie Selvarajah with the old boy’s teams just managing to sneak away with the win. A big thank you to all those boys and families who came to the evening and made it so enjoyable for all involved.

From both myself and the coaches, thank you to all the boys in the program for all your hard work, dedication and support this season. Also, a heartfelt thank you must go to all the parents of our boys for your support and dedication to ensure that the boys are able to compete on Saturdays.

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CAS Swimming and Diving - Thursday 10 March 2016

All Senior School students attending are to wear WINTER uniform to school on Thursday 10 March and no blazers or boaters. There is an exception for Year 7 who will wear their summer uniform.

All students attending will travel by bus only. However, students wishing to return home with parents must bring a request letter from their parent/guardian to Mr James by 9:00am Monday 7 March. It will be signed off and retained by the student.  These students are permitted to take their bags on the bus handing their signed note to the bus supervisor prior to boarding the bus.

A food pack will be provided to all spectators and at 2:35pm they will board buses to SOPAC, Homebush at 2.50pm. The first event will commence at 4:30 pm. Canteen facilities are also available at SOPAC.

The buses will be numbered and students should ensure they travel both ways on the same numbered bus.

The final event is scheduled for 7:50pm. Buses will then return to Knox, departing Homebush at 8:15pm. Spectators will start to arrive back at school at approximately 9.00pm.

Parents and supporters are welcome to attend the traditional CAS Assembly at 1:35pm on Thursday 10 March in the Lawson Centre.



8.25am Period 1 9.15am Period 2
10.00am Recess
10.25am Period 3
11.15am Period 4
12.05pm Period 6
12.30pm Swim and Dive Team Photos
12.50pm Lunch for school
12.50pm Swim & Dive Team Lunch - Portrait Room
1.35pm CAS Assembly
2.15pm Swim & Dive Team depart
2.25pm Period 7 for non CAS spectators
2.30pm ALL spectators collect meal packs
2.45pm Assemble at bus boarding areas
2.55pm Buses depart for SOPAC
4.15pm First Diving event
4.30pm First Swimming event
7.50pm Last event - war cries cease after completion of last event
7.55pm Presentations
8.10pm Board buses
8.15pm Depart SOPAC
9.00pm First buses arrive Knox and pick up bags

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Cricket

1st XI vs Cranbrook (H)

The final game of the CAS competition left much to be played for, Cranbrook and Knox knowing the winner of their game would take the title if Trinity could beat Barker so a large crowd gathered and watched a very tense days play unfold.

Knox were in some serious trouble early slumping to 69/7 before a partnership of 104 between skipper Harry Purcell and Will Graham firmly swung momentum back in Knox’s favour. Some very intelligent batting early in the partnership saw the two key bowlers from Cranbrook, Stenmark and Hayward played with respect, strike rotated well and picking off the odd loose deliveries before Purcell showed why he is considered one the most destructive batsmen going around - unleashing a wide array of powerful shots including a huge six which was retrieved from Turramurra Golf Club. Will Graham played a very skilful innings and rotated the strike beautifully before providing some big hits to finish the innings off at 182.

Intensity in the field was evident as all the bowlers stuck to their task, Graham 2-10, Cornford 2-9, Beatty 3-23 and Anderson 3-28 were all amongst the wickets. The fielding was of the highest standard and a very pleasing way for the season to finish as Cranbrook were bowled out for 116. With Trinity beating Barker this meant Knox were 2015/16 CAS Champions. A great summer full of individuals standing up when pressure has been on, not always easy to watch but the work that has been put in by these young men over the last 8 months has certainly paid dividends. A season to be proud of. Thanks to everyone for their support and bring on the challenge of next season. 

2ND XI vs Cranbrook (A)
The Knox 2nd XI travelled to Cranbrook for the final match of the season. Winning the toss amidst great batting conditions, Captain Moscou started the day well. Coming off a strong batting performance last weekend, our batting unit was in a good frame of mind and it showed on the scoreboard as Rob Towers (20) and Will Navratil (18) looked to be doing it easy to see the score to 0/32 after 12 overs. After two quick wickets, Joe Bissett (24) stepped up to the crease, somewhat emotionally and nostalgically, to produce a trademark innings of flare and aggression, highlighted by a rare six over long on. When he was dismissed Ben Feather (17), a two game debutant who still was without a bat, was into the action. First ball he was gifted a half volley - 4 runs. Second ball full toss- same result. It was refreshing to see someone play with the same intent and freedom as he would in the lower grades, right from ball one. Whilst he only had one innings in the 2nd XI it was memorable for all the right reasons. 6/97 after 25 overs and you’d say the game is in the balance. Tom Moscou (34*) after hearing of Harry Purcell’s captain knock in the 1st XI match at Curagul was seemingly a man possessed. Right from ball one, the hard working, unassuming captain took the attack to the Cranbrook bowling unit. Three fours and a sweetly timed six over deep mid wicket and Moscou had produced the innings we had all been waiting for. After 32 overs, Knox 2nd XI had constructed their best all round batting performance of the season 7/141. 

Somewhat uncharacteristically we started slowly with the ball. Whilst 0/19 off 5 overs is nothing to panic about, we knew we could do better. Duncan Ballantine had exactly the same thoughts- pulling of a superb full stretch, diving catch, coming forward at cover to dismiss the Cranbrook opener. From there handy spells from Duncan Ballantine himself (1/20), Josh Tighe (1/2) and Tom Moscou (1/1) provided the perfect foil for what became the Joe Bissett show. The great man at the start of the season, wasn’t even bowling in the nets let alone a game. Despite all his doubters though, he never gave up hope of throwing down the T-Rex to a couple of hapless batsman. I for one have come to appreciate the value of his bowling, in that he rarely pitches a ball that isn’t going on to hit the stumps. He keeps it simple - end to end, full and straight, little bit of movement through the air. Well, for the Cranbrook batsman it was anything but simple. The great man produced 6/9 off 6 overs. After a slow start with the ball, our fielding and energy picked up just when it was needed. Cranbrook were dismissed for 56, and the boys and parents had secured an early mark.  It was a great way to finish the season for a great bunch of young men who have improved remarkably in all aspects of their game. They’ve worked hard, stuck together, and actively shown a hunger to learn the game of cricket. I want to thank them all for their efforts this season, and for giving me a truly rewarding season as coach. Well done lads.  

3RD XI vs Cranbrook (H)

Bowling first at Gillespie. The Knox bowling was accurate and persistent as Cranbrook was reduced to 109 all out. Stefan Du Plooy continued his great form with 2/9. In reply, despite the loss of early wicket, Hamish Cole (19 not out) and Matt Wedlock (20) saw the boys home with the loss of 5 wickets. 

4TH vs Cranbrook (H)
Batting first Knox never gained enough momentum to make a big score, with Hamish Scott showing maturity to make 25. Cam Cromme supported well with 13. Knox eventually all out for 101 runs. In reply, Cranbrook never looked in doubt chasing the score with 10 overs to spare. Pick off the bowlers was Matt French who took 2/15. 

5TH vs Riverview (A)
Knox 5th XI batted first and made the huge score of 5/237 from their 20 overs. Jack Upton smashing an incredible 101 not out. Harry Newbury supporting with 40 not out. In reply, Cranbrook were bowled out for 130 with Jack Upton continuing his good game with 2/2. Matt Grattan also picking up two incredible run outs. 

10A vs Cranbrook (A)
Knox finished off the season with a win to end a great year for boys in black and blue. Bowling first efforts from Hodge 4/14, Gallu 2/11 and Kinsey 2/11 allowed Knox to bowl out Cranbrook for 88. In reply scores from Pat Coburn 37 and Nick Astridge, 21 allowed Knox to be sitting comfortably at 1/53 at drinks. From there, Knox collapsed losing 5/5 needing 8 runs to win. However, James Caprarelli managed to steer Knox home and cap off a remarkable season for the 10a's.

10B vs Cranbrook (H)
Knox lost the toss and were put in to bowl first. The first 16 overs were bowled extremely well with Shore only scoring 84 runs on such a small field. Special mention to Felix Walsh and Crawford Lees for their tight opening spell. Crawford with the best figures of 1-21 off 5 overs. Shore finished batting the 32 overs making 219. Knox struggled with some superb shore bowling losing a few quick wickets early. No one quite gained momentum with Ned Young top scoring with 23. Knox were eventually bowled out for 114 in the 25th over.

10C vs Kings (A)
Knox 10Cs batted first to make 8/128 from their 32 overs. Ethan Schokman making 19, Luke Bray 15 not out and Tim Shannon 12 not out. In reply, Kings 10Cs were bowled out for only 70 runs in a fantastic bowling performance. Luke Bray beat the bat 6 times in his 2 overs and finished with 1/0. Hedley 2/13, Schokman 2/13 and Somaiya 2/5 in a great win. 

9A vs Cranbrook (A)
Batting first and with a changed batting order, the 9A’s produced the performance of the year, despite the result being a loss. John Nevell and Jason Whiffen combined and made 27 and 44 respectively to set a strong platform for captain, Tom Ivers to make a blistering cameo of 24 off only 10 balls. Knox setting the total of 156 from their 32 overs. 

In reply the fielding was great and the bowling consistent. Credit goes to the Cranbrook batsman who chased the total 3 wickets down. 

9B vs Newington B (H)
In the final game of season 2015/16, Knox lost the toss against a strong Newington side at Gillespie 1. Surprisingly, they sent us into bat. Hungry to keep their undefeated streak alive they came out strongly with the ball in hand. In the 16th over Knox were on the ropes at 5/87 after losing Toby Craig for 33. After setting a goal of reaching 150, Knox lost two quick wickets to be 7/98 after 19. Enter Jeremy Jenkins and Karthik Surendra. Jeremy and Karthik combined for a fantastic stand of 98 featuring plenty of grit, batting awareness and tremendous flair.  Karthik was eventually dismissed for 50 while Jeremy finished on 60*. Unrelenting energy in the field is what Knox cricket prides itself on above all else.

All of the boys deserve credit for their job with the bowl in hand and in the field. While we spilled two chances the fielding was electric featuring a well-timed run out. Will Seitam (1/5 off 5) was the pick of the bowlers but he was well supported by Jamie Boyd (1/17 off 6) and Tom Supple (1/2 off 3). Newington finished on 5/151. Season 2015/16 has been very successful for the 9Bs and the boys should be very proud of their efforts. While having a positive season of results is always pleasing in the way that their team spirit and mateship strengthened over the course of time.
  
9C vs Grammar D (A)
Knox won the toss and elected to bat, aiming to post a high total. Knox's batting innings began by losing two early wickets brining Sam Leafe to the crease. Sam began to dispatch the ball to the boundary on a regular basis. Unfortunately Jared Meyer was dismissed just before the 10th over and saw Michael Pinn come to the crease and he also began to hit boundary after boundary, allowing Knox to continue scoring at a fast rate.

Sam Leafe was retired after posting his first fifty, and unfortunately Michael was dismissed for 43. Late hitting by Sam Lilley and Harley Clifton allowed Knox to finish their innings 7/175. Knox began economically however could not take any early wickets. Grammar were unable to chase down Knox's formidable total, ending their twenty overs 5/135. Notable bowling performance went to Sam Lilley who claimed 3/12 off 3 overs.

8A vs Cranbrook (A)
Batting first, the 8A top order came up against high quality fast bowling from Cranbrook and were quickly reduced to 3/20. Some strong hitting from Jayllen Naganayagam opening the batting, supported by the middle order intelligence of Ollie Penn and the lower order hitting of Oscar Petro, the 8A’s put up a strong total of 133 from their allotted 32 overs. 

In reply, despite Cranbrook starting brightly. The boys never gave up and kept the intensity high thanks to keeper, Harrison Ferry. Then entered, Oscar Petro. The leg spinner who has done the basics right all season was rewarded with a five wicket haul as he spun the team to victory. Taking 5/19 as Cranbrook were all out for 70. 

8B vs Cranbrook (A)
A great bowling performance from our opening bowlers set the platform for an all round bowling performance. An even contribution from all the bowlers helped restrict Cranbrook to 83. Hamish Quigley with a fantastic leg spin performance of 3-8 which included a sensational catch from Alex Stuart. With the bat- we started off shaky with Cranbrook’s opening bowlers taking 5-19 and we looked in trouble. However a very mature innings from Lachlan gee who was well supported by Angus Sloane and Alex Delaine saw us comfortably get home by 4 wickets.

8C vs St. Pats C (A)
We arrived at a beautiful turf ground, a treat for some of the boys who had never played on turf before. After Dylan Campbell won the toss and elected to bat, Hugh Pedan and Carl Giacomo walked out to bat, putting on 26 before Carl was run out for 10. Rhys Owen then came in and put on a 44 run partnership with Hugh eventually falling for 32. Rhys went on to score 24 not out with Rishi Deshpande adding a quick 12. We ended up on 105 after 20 overs, below par but defendable. 

We had to start off well to defend our total but unfortunately our bowling was short and wayward, allowing St Pat’s to be at 3/75 after 10 overs. We came out after the drinks break a new team, stopping the runs and taking 3 quick wickets but we couldn't stop St Pats getting the total with 4 overs to spare. Best of the bowlers were Hamish Wood with 0/3 off 3, Hugh Peden with 2/0 off 1 and Micheal O’Day with 2/4 off 2. A disappointing end to a fantastic season with the boys only losing 1 game. All credit to the boys for this special feat.

8D vs Barker E (A)
With Co-Captain Will O'Sullivan unable to play in the final game, Jono Cole, Co-Captain won the toss, which meant that Knox would bat in the first innings. A great opportunity for the Knox batsmen to reach personal bests and milestones. Openers Aiden and Benjy Jacobson ripped apart the bowlers and took advantage of the small boundary throughout both their long lasting innings. The cover drive of the season went to Benjy in today's match, with impeccable technique and fanciful footwork to compliment the drive. Aiden (47 off 33) unfortunately hit wicket, just as he was about to reach his half century. A wonderful performance from the left-handed batsman, reaching his top score which is great to see. At the other end, Benjy retired after his 50*, clapped off by both Knox and Barker boys and parents. Finn Elliott (29* off 27) and Michael Adams (34* off 25) created an impermeable partnership as they saw Knox reach 202 runs after 20 overs. An incredible score to chase for Barker. After the start of the second innings, Jono Cole (3/9 off 2) and Duncan Thomson (3/2 off 2) opened the bowling, and showed why the rivalry is so fierce, knocking over 6 batsmen in just 4 overs, with Jono nearly taking a hat-trick. Although Henry Hill deserved a wicket with his masterful bowling, he bowled 11 unanswered dots consecutively, nearly getting back-to-back maidens. Nimay Kallianpur's return from injury proved vital as he cleaned bowled their number 8 batsman, leaving him with figures of 1/3 off 2, similarly Ethan Rogers, who took a well-being 1/7 off his 2 overs. Charlie Cooper, took 2 catches as keeper, and after he swapped with Ethan, caught the penultimate wicket in cover. Matt Gamble (Salamander) unfortunately didn't have the chance to bat or bowl, but his chat on the field kept everyone smiling. Finally, Hamish O'Reilly, who ended last week's game with a couple quick wickets, did the exact same here, with Charlie's catch, directly followed by a cracking delivery that actually sent middle stump flying. Barker were bowled out for 28 runs, meaning that Knox won by 174 runs. 

8E vs Kings E (A)
The 8E's batted first and started well with opener Will Wells scoring a solid 21. With the loss of wickets in quick succession, Dominic Singarayar, Will Stammers and Xavier Singarayar were able to get Knox's total up to a defendable 80. Things started well for Knox in the field with Winston Lian taking a wicket in the first over. However with Kings drawing near to the total, the hero for Knox was Severin Fairfax who took a staggering 4 wickets in 2 overs, which included being on a hat trick, leading Knox to victory by 10 runs and a man of the match performance. 

7A vs Cranbrook (H)
The 7A’s unfortunately ended their half-season with a 7 wicket loss to Cranbrook. Batting first with a new look order we mustered a 113 much to the help of Captain Tom Osborne with 51*. At drinks we were only 2-33. Helped along the way by Dom Goddard and Will Feather. The Knox bowling was consistent and relentless, but credit is given to the Cranbrook batsmen. Tom Osborn was once again the stand out bowler with sheer pace sending shudders down the batsmen and their coach. Well supported by Will Shortis and Avinash  Mirando. 

7B vs Cranbrook (A)
Bowling first on a good grass pitch, Matthew Taylor was again the star with the ball taking 4/10 as Knox reduced Cranbrook to 87 all out. In what was a close finish, we were bowled out with 2 balls to spare, losing by 2 runs only. Matt Taylor capping a man of the match performance with 18 runs and top scoring. 

7C vs Cranbrook (A)
Our 7Cs batted first and made a reasonable score of 3/77 off 20 overs. Lots of batsman stepping up and batting with poise and patience on a seaming grass wicket. In reply Cranbrook chased the runs in the last over in what was a fantastic game of cricket. The fielding from the 7C’s was of an exceptional standard with Daniel Kell standing out throughout. 

7D vs Cranbrook (H)
The final game of the season was another emphatic victory for the 7D’s, this time at home to Cranbrook.

The toss was won by the away side and they elected to bat due to having only 9 players. Our boys took to the field and had a sluggish start as 33 runs were leaked off the first 8 overs, not the greatest based off of the boy’s high standards in previous games. Knox then fought back though, managing to limit Cranbrook’s final score to just 108, bowling them all out in 23 overs. Special mention to Jack Kirk for his 3/2 off 2 overs.

Knox then took to the crease yet unfortunately the top order suffered a mini-collapse. This was resurrected by some smart batting by Cameron Stocks (30) and Jack Kirk (35), who were both forced to retire after hitting numerous boundaries. This was followed by some strong hitting from Robbie Ferguson as he came in to wrap the game up. Knox surpassed Cranbrook’s score in the 16th over, and Knox’s innings was concluded in the 18th.

7E vs Barker E (A)
The 7E’s season was drawing to the close with a rematch against a fired up Barker side desperate for revenge. Captains Angus Rich and Will Tighe won the toss and sent Barker into the field. After the loss of an early wicket, James Coughlin went on the offensive hitting 21 runs out of his 22 in the second over of the innings, including FIVE 4s! James was supported by steady batting by Nick Grattan (15), Will Tighe (14*) and Michael Raymond (16) along with the big hitting pair of Angus Rich (30*) and Ben Napton (32*). Knox finished on an outstanding 6/200. In the field, the boys were energetic and not allowing the game to slip away and some tight bowling by James Tighe (1-4), Michael Raymond (2/5), Ben Napton (1/4), James Coughlin (1/11), Ben Kellaway (2/1) and Charlie Kellaway (2/1) meant that Barker was bowled out for 72. A great finish to a great season. 

7F vs Barker (A) 
The Knox 7Fs put up a brilliant display away at Barker this week to gain a well-deserved win. Barker won the toss and opted to bat. The Knox blowers and fielders did a fine job of containing the batsmen and stoping as many runs possible. Special mention to Tom Stewart who took 1/4, Mitchell Penn who took 1/11, and Amekav Samra who took 1/6. In the end barker made 3/78 off their 20 overs. In reply a great opening partnership between Hamish Chan and Caylen Nield kicked off the innings for Knox. Clearly showing their developed batting skills they both retired not out at the half way mark of the innings. Respectively making 9no and 7no. The boys then went on to chase the runs down with ease for the loss of only 1 wicket inside 13 overs. A very well deserved win after a hard fought season. They have grown so quickly as cricketers and their skills have increased dramatically since the start of the season. Particularly in their running between the wickets and consistently bowling a good line and length. We hope to see these boys back next year as they are proving to fine cricketers and young men of Knox.

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Fencing

After some fun exercises praticising hand eye co-ordination, the boys completed some fast bouting against each other remembering to keep their blade work neat and accurate and footwork fast but precise.


Good footwork will improve timing and distance and helps score points during a bout. The older boys broke into two groups refining their foil and sabre skills. Quick bouts meant that boys got to fence against a variety of opponents to assist them in learning about different fencing styles.

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Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

Our last race of the Mountain Biking calendar took our boys to Riverview. This was the last chance to get some good racing kilometres in to our legs before heading off to Thredbo for the Interschool’s Championship.

The Junior race was a fierce battle between Riverview and our riders with the Riverview boy taking out the race ahead of Alex Richter and Chris Abberton. A great overall performance meant that our Junior boys won the team challenge.

The Intermediates were next and Harrison Ward took out the race on his new bike ahead of Oliver Heys and Gil Garrett. Tobias Marchant with a 5th spot and Harrison Evans with a 6th spot finish rounded up the dominance of Knox riders in the Intermediates today.

The senior competition was a much tighter affair, but Kent Felton finished the race on top with a near perfect race. The Knox senior’s also won their team challenge ahead of Riverview.

This was the last race for our 2 inspirational leaders captain Jack Virgona and vice-captain Tobias Murray. Jack and Tobias have been with the Knox MTB team from year 7 and displayed not only outstanding leadership, but they also helped growing the sport at the school. They have been great role models for our younger boys and they leave a big legacy for the program.

We are looking forward to the Interschool’s championships at Thredbo.



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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

A suburb finish to the season was held at Buffalo Creek and the Fields of Mars reserve. The brand new location provided challenges to the orienteers with complex navigation and new terrains - including marshes.

The courses set were by far the most challenging of the season to test all the skills learnt during the season. The team spirit and collegiality between all year groups was on show with our end of season BBQ and party, with everyone joining together to celebrate a great season. Old boys also returned, including old coaches Alex Hairs, Duncan Moss, Alex Legg and old captains such as Oliver Stoakes (OKGA 06). They completed the course and also spent time at our end of season party providing a fantastic opportunity for boys to meet and engage with enthusiastic past orienteers. 

Congratulations to our season division champions: Jackson Booth (Division 1), Nick Ang (Division 2) and Marcus Hu (Division 3). Each champion received a medal at the season ceremony on Saturday. Full results will be released later this week. 

Thank you to all the parents for your continual support and transportation to the many remote locations. The coaching team is looking forward to seeing many of you return in winter. 

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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox Squash played their Semi finals on Saturday with another strong performance. Knox will now be represented in the Finals with 14 out of 16 teams making it through.

Knox 3 v Briars 4 winning 2-1.  A special mention to L Hiller playing up to cover for T Joseph.   He  played with confidence and determination in beating his opponent 3-0. R Rattan set the tempo early with some quality back of court drives along with some clinical drops left his opponent on the back foot and not able to recover.  P Koch tried hard to get into the game but never settling and this play can be frustrating. 

Highlighting things to work on at training but overall a great team effort.

Knox 6 v Willoughby 6 winning 2-1 with strong performances from K Ramcharan and T De Solom along with C Lee who narrowly went down.

Knox 7 v Briars 5 going down 1-2.  Injuries at the wrong time of the year forcing O Ellard our Number 3 player to play their Number 1 but not being flustered,  Oliver went on to beat him 3-0 – a great  effort!  Then we had C Beauchamp playing up from Knox 14 going down 0-3 but he never stopped trying.  We also called on J Price from Knox 11 who was narrowly beaten in his last game 16-17.  For  both boys it was pleasing to see that even though this team bowed out they could smile and take the positives out of the game.  Well done.  

Knox 11 v Barker 9 winning 3-0.  This team continue to improve with S Gibbs showing great leadership skills and support to his team mates who seem to lift at every challenge -  J Price A Michaels well done!  

Knox 12 v Knox 14 congratulations to both teams making into the semi finals but unfortunately one team goes through Knox 14 being victorious.   L Strang H Mendes C Beauchamp.  

Knox 12 V Zhong J Merhi D Loyzaga  this game was played in the right spirit very pleasing to watch.

To the 14 teams playing in the finals this week. Good luck.

To team 7 and 12 well done.

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Swimming

IPSHA Swimming and Diving Championships
The IPSHA Swimming and Diving Championships were held on 2nd March at SOPAC with a team of 27 swimmers and 2 divers representing Knox.


The day saw many fantastic swims with many boys recording personal best times in their events.

Knox’s Junior relay, featuring Henry Anderson, Jensen Arthur, Tyler Harris, John Lagunowich and Marcus Walsh finished second and our Senior relay team with Benji Allen, Charlie Anderson, Travis Cox, Will McDonagh and Alex Ruygrok finished in third place. Both teams will represent IPSHA at the NSWCIS Championships

Benji Allen placed 1st in the 11yrs 50m breaststroke, Henry Anderson 2nd in the 10yrs 50m freestyle and 8-10yrs 50m backstroke, Angus Rowe 2nd in 11yrs 50m breaststroke, Alex Ruygrok 5th in 11yrs 50m freestyle, Charlie Anderson 5th in 11yrs 50m butterfly and Will McDonagh 1st in the 12/13yrs 50m freestyle, 2nd in 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

Our divers, Jacques Horbach and Xander Mercer finished first and second respectively in the 12/13years Springboard.

Congratulations to all our Knox Swimmers and Divers on a great day of racing and good luck to those boys representing IPSHA at CIS on Tuesday 22nd March.

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 5th March saw Knox take on Cranbrook at home in our last match of the summer season. It was the big day for the boys to try and get at least a 7-1 win overall on the 1st team or 8-0 to be able to win the competition.

The 1st team got off to a clinical start winning both doubles to put the boys 4-0 in front. The singles went just as well with Captain Cooper Cole winning 6-1 as well as Pedro Papangelis. Max Nguyen had a close battle with his opponent but unfortunately lost 4-6. It was down to Hugo La Hei to get the win for us. He played some great tennis against a tricky opponent to win 6-0, meaning that Knox 1st team won the CAS Summer competition. The 2nd team performed very well with the team winning 8-0 overall with some great tennis played by Andy Xuan throughout the day. The 3rd and 4th team made light work of their opposition winning 6-0 in both matches. The 5th team winning by 7 games in close battle. The 6th team worked hard but their opponents were too strong this time. The 7th and 8th team played an internal competition at the Glade Oval.

The 10A team found things a little tough this weekend losing 0-6 whilst the B team also lost 2-4. The C team turned things around with the team winning 5-1 with a great performance from Harry Hunter winning both singles and doubles. The D team were too dominating for Cranbrook winning 6-0 and only dropping 4 games between them. Teams E- G played an internal round robin at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9 teams turned things around from last week. The A team won 5-1 with some brilliant play from Harry Wagstaff. The B, C and D team all won 6-0 overall with all of the boys working well in their doubles together and playing a lot smarter tennis. Teams E- H played an internal round robin competition at Mills Park tennis club with some huge improvement shown by all players tactically and technically. 

The Year 8A team had a great battle with Cranbrook tying 3-3 and winning by 9 games to split the two teams. The B team had a similar story winning by 3 games to get the win. There was some great play by Kiran Anker, Adrian Si and Justin Nelson. The C team had a great win 5-1 overall whilst the D team had an epic match winning by 1 game to split the teams with great wins in both singles and doubles by Timothy Leong. Teams E-J played an internal round robin at Morona Avenue with again improvement by all boys.

The 7A team found their opposition too strong this time losing 2-4 overall whilst the B,C and D teams all won 6-0 overall with some brilliant tennis played by Thomas Johnson and Cohen Rinas in the B team, Zachary Scott in the C team and Samuel Reeves in the D team. Teams E –K played an internal round robin at The Knox Prep Courts and Morona Avenue. The boys continued to work hard and improve their own games.

Overall it was a great weekend all round especially with the 1st team winning the CAS Summer competition Knox won 82% of matches on the weekend. Well done to all the boys for their commitment throughout the summer season and always working hard to improve which keeps the depth at Knox Tennis and makes the teams even stronger. Thank you to the parents for your support and making sure the boys arrive to their allocated venues on the weekends. If I don’t see you at Tennis in the winter season good luck in your other sport choice. GO KNOX!!

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Triathlon

New South Wales All Schools Triathlon Championships – Sydney International Regatta Centre (Day 1)
Hot and humid conditions greeted the small but elite squad of Knox Triathletes for day 1 of the NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships at the iconic Sydney International Regatta Centre.
First event of the day was the Intermediate Boys event with Tom Constable being the solo competitor for Knox. In a talented field, Constable got off to a great start by exiting the water in 7th position and after a well-executed transition onto the bike he was able to sit in 6th and hold his position throughout the bike leg.  Constable found himself running the final leg by himself and worked hard to the finish to be the 6th place overall and the 3rd 15 year old home in his first ever NSW All Schools Triathlon. After the race Tom said, “the run was the hardest part, but I felt good and I’m pleased with my result”.
 
In the junior boys race, Knox was represented by 4 athletes who all where all motivated by Tom Constables lifting performance earlier that morning.  In the opening swim leg, Mitch Westhuizen exited the water in the lead, followed closely by 9 competitors, which included team mate Angus Menzies who was jostling for a position in the pack throughout the transition. Just like Constable, Westhuizen executed his transition beautifully and gained valuable second’s, which helped him consolidate in the bike leg. Westhuizen was passed in the final stages on the bike but steadied his nerve and once again transitioned sensationally to enter the run leg in the lead. Westhuizen “high fived” his way to victory and won by over 50 seconds cementing his position in the NSW team to compete at the National Championships in April.
  
Newly selected Olympian who will represent Australia in the Rio Olympics in the Triathlon, Aaron Royal said. “I won this exact title back in the day. It was a while ago, but I was just like him. I was a good swimmer but then I started to work on my run.” He then continued to say. “What a talent! From what I have seen in the splits and results today, I look forward to seeing his improvement in the next few years”.

Official Results and Splits
Intermediate Championship
 
Tom Constable 
6th Place
 
Junior Championship
 
Mitch Westhuizen
1st place
 
Angus Menzies
15th place
 
Angus Kellaway
30th C.I.S
 
Jake Buchanan
39th C.I.S

New South Wales All Schools Triathlon Championships – Sydney International Regatta Centre (Day 2 – Team Relay’s)
Day two saw Knox field two quality junior trios to take on over 330 teams in the largest junior field ever assembled in the 20 year history of the championship.
 
In the opening swim leg, two of the schools top junior swimmers, Charlie Bladon and Angus Menzies, both found clear water early to then exit side by side in a small pack of 4. The black and blue duo both entered the transition area for the transition change over together and put their teammates in excellent positions for 3rd and 4th respectively. 
 
During the bike leg both Knox teams fought  hard with Westhuizen holding his position and Ashton Smith moved strong to the transition hand over to the final run leg for both teams. At this stage the Knox Blue team was in 6th with Westhuizen handing over to James Constable. Constable was 45 seconds down from the leading team when he begun his 3km run. Showing his class and maturity as a distance runner Constable gradually pulled in the leaders and stormed home the last 1km to pull clear and take the victory.  Angus Kellaway did very well in his run leg especially backing up from the individual event the day before.
 
Overall it was an amazing performance by all the boys over the past two days and congratulations everyone who competed. The next step for Mitch Westhuizen will be the National Schools Triathlon in Harvey Bay in a few months time.
 
Results 
 
Junior Teams Event
 
Knox Grammar Blue       1st
Knox Grammar Black      87th

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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

1st Grade vs St Aloysius College 

Lost 8-13




Unfortunately a failure to convert opportunities caused the slow start and a 4-0 deficit early on.

The boys tried hard and a mini revival resulted with the scores 5-7 mid way through the 3rd term. However the powerful outside shooters of Aloys caused too many problems. Knox only converted 2-8 Extra Man situations and missed a penalty. If these were converted we would have won the CAS competition and this game, but sadly, it was not to be.

Scorers: J Winterton 2, W Turner 2, B Mitchley 2, A Hemsworth 1, K Zhang 1.

2nd Grade vs St Aloysius
Drew 8-8


In a close and exciting affair, it was the pace and anticipation of Antonio Matruglio that caused the damage with 2 goals and a penalty earned. Jacob Wardley defended well but was excluded early and had limited opportunity in attack. John Kyrikos, Tom Cartwright and Harry Drummer played strongly.

Scorers: A Matruglio 2, H Drummer 1, John Kyrikos 1, Harry Kemp 1, Wes Van Zyl 1, Rhys Taylor 1, Josh Peruch 1

16A vs St Aloysius
Drew 7-7


Knox were behind on the scoreboard until late in the last quarter when it seemed they had done enough to win the game. A few incorrect calls kept the scores close but a goal conceded late in the game (with only seconds remaining), and forced a draw. Ben Yates led from the front with 3 goals and several assists.

Scorers: B Yates 3, T Winterton 1, Liam O'Neill 1, O Ley 1, A Robertson 1

16B vs St Aloysius
Lost 0-11

Playing against a strong Aloys team, who did the damage, Knox were not able to get a look in.  

15's vs St Aloysius
Drew 7-7

The 15's are used to winning and winning big, but this week they were met by a strong Aloys team who matched them in every department. Nic Trobec and Harry Sturrock stood tall and were ably assisted by Ben Nyar, Will Kablau and H Kyrikos.

Scorers: N Trobec 2, H Sturrock 2, H Kyrikos 1, W Kablau 1, B Nyar 1

14A vs St Aloysius
Lost 4-6

The 14A competition is one of the closest and toughest contests of all age groups this season and many games have been decided by only 1-2 goals.  This was another of those games. Goals were shared amongst four players and all the team played well but sadly could not manage the win.

Scorers C Bladon, A Menzies, M Westhuizen, P Hogan

14B vs St Aloysius
Drew 8-8


The 14B's had a tough game but managed to pull it all together to even the scoreline on Saturday. We were behind all game but thanks to some excellent plays by Jeremy Cartwright, Mitch Longstaff, Elliot Heys and Will Bondy we turned the game around. The boys showed some excellent skills that have developed over the season. A great game to finish off a great season for the boys! 

Scorers: J Cartwright 2, E Heys 2, J Mace 1, J Riordan 1, Mitch Longstaff 1, Will Bondy 1

13 Blue: vs Trinity Green
Won 9-7


Scorers: L Reeve 6, M Aschoff 1, D Green 1, A Robertson 1.

Lachlan Reeve was the star of the show today with 6 goals, leading the boys to a tough but well earned win over Trinity.

13 Black vs Trinity White
Won 8-4


Scorers: S Bennett 4, William Gleave 3, Tom Wilson 1 

Sam Bennett was once again dominant in his teams performance but Will Gleave also stepped up by adding 3 goals of his own, for a comprehensive win over tough opposition.

Prep Blue vs Waverley
Lost 3-12


Scorers: E Talwar, Flyn Worner, Edward Ericsson.

Prep Black vs Waverley
Won 12-4


Scorers: Xander Mercer 4, Harry Miller 3, Aiden O'Neill 2, Ryan Johnson, Jett Robens and Jacques Horbach.
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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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