Last Saturday was a good day to get to the half way mark of the summer season and I congratulate all students who have completed their summer sport on a job well done. I encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities that the Athletic Development centre and the sports programme offers for the remainder of term and holidays in preparation for the rest of the summer season in 2017.

However, there is still plenty of sport remaining and I wish all the best to Baseball, Waterpolo, Table Tennis, Summer Football, Volleyball, Summer Football and Track and Field for these players in their competition games and to Summer Rugby in their training.

Last Saturday at Waverley saw some great results and for the Basketballers it was amazing to be able to play in Waverley’s new facility which was very impressive. Those Basketballers that I saw playing enjoyed their games and all games were played in great spirit by both schools.

I would like to wish the students that are competing in the Sydney Metropolitan Swimming Championships all the best as well as those that are doing Track and Field and preparing for the Australian Schools Championships and the Knock-Out Championships over the last week-end of term.

Once again, well done to all for last week and good luck to those who have Sport this Saturday and go the Black and the Blue!
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'Be Yourself – Everyone else is already taken.'
Oscar Wilde

Water Polo - Prep

See the notice in Senior section.

Colours

Co Curricular Colours for 2016
Years 9-12 Colours have been finalised and a draft list has been posted on the Portal and in the Lawson centre.
Students need to check this list and raise any queries or concerns they have with the MIC of their activity.  To get colours embroidered on their blazers in the holidays, student then need to:
  • Meet with staff from the Uniform shop to do the paperwork for Blazer submission as follows: 
    •  Years 9 and 10 - Lawson Centre foyer - Wednesday 30 November, Thursday 1 December, Friday 2 December, Monday 5 December 
    •  Year 11  - the KSSA  at recess and lunch times – Tuesday 6 December and Wednesday 7 December.   
  • Hand their blazers in to be embroidered after Presentation Day or their last day of attendance in the Lawson Centre or KSSA. All blazers must be clearly named, pockets emptied and badges removed.
Blazers will be available for collection from the Uniform shop from Friday 27 January 2017.  
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Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

U16s 
An outstanding pitching performance by Charlie Hennessy with the support of the team, led Knox U16’s Baseball team to a 9-2 victory over St Pats of Concord.

A very good performance from each player.  The team is growing in confidence. 

U19s
The students put in a very strong team performance but unfortunately going down to a very strong team.    Conor Rockwell and Andrew Johnstone both pitching to a very high standard, with younger brother Harry Rockwell catching and pitching also.  This was a good effort with each player giving 100%
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

As the first half of the CAS season comes to an end, I would like to congratulate all boys who have played this term. We have done incredibly well with a total of 18 teams being undefeated in CAS games this term! Special mention to our Year 8 and 9 basketballers who combined, have won a remarkable 77 out of 80 CAS games (96%).

The Open’s year group continued their dominate form in the final round of term 4 finishing with An 11 win and 1 loss record. The 1sts put another win on the board beating Waverley in a tight game 68-64. Waverley have shown great form this season and were coming off a one point win against Barker last week. Waverley were leading throughout the game but our boys managed to take the lead in the final three minutes of the game and claim victory. Peter Sherlock had an outstanding game scoring 18 points and being relentless on defence. The boys have worked hard this term and it is pleasing to see this reflect in their recent success. The 2nd’s went down to Waverley 42-51. Coach Harry Fotopoulos is looking forward to regrouping with the boys and working hard to get some wins in the second half of the season. The undefeated 5th’s continue to impress with their stellar team play, winning their game 89-11. The 10th’s are also undefeated and won their game 22-8. The overall record for all teams playing CAS games in the Opens is 39 wins, 3 draws and 17 losses (66%).

The 10’s age group finished the round with a 1 win, 1 draw and 4 loss record. Coming off a fantastic team effort last week the 10A’s struggled to find form going down Waverley 30-42. Team ball movement and defensive accountability are areas that need to be addressed in order to achieve success next term. The 10B’s had a fantastic game winning 40-12. Tom Simes led the boys and was impressive offensively. The overall record for all teams in the 10’s is 8 wins, 1 draw and 21 losses (26%).

The 9’s continue to dominate across the board finishing the round undefeated. The 9A’s continue to shine with all players contributing to their 57-34 victory. The B’s were also impressive winning 45-11. The 9A’s, B’s, D’s, E’s, F’s, G’s, H’s and I’s are all undefeated in CAS games this term. This is a tremendous effort by our boys and they are all congratulated on their hard work and success this term. The overall record for all CAS games in the 9’s is 35 wins and 1 loss (97%).

The 8’s year group had another fantastic round finishing with 7 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! The 8A’s continue to develop as a team and solid cohesion was proven in their 40-27 victory. The 8B’s won 41-18 with solid contributions from all players. Special mention to the 8B’s, C’s, D’s, F’s, G’s, H’s, I’s and J’s who are all undefeated in CAS games this term. The overall record for CAS games in the 8’s 42 wins and 2 losses (95%).

Due to the size of our program, a number of our teams play extra fixture games against many different schools. I would like to commend all the boys who play in these games for their dedication and improvement. They often are playing teams who are graded higher but yet they compete and quite often win these games. Well done boys and keep up the fantastic work!

I encourage all boys to continue to develop their basketball skills during the holidays. The Basketball Holiday Camp will be on the 19th & 20th January, 2017 (more details to come shortly). This camp will be taken by David Nurse who is an NBA shooting coach and is an incredible opportunity for the boys to learn from a world class coach and refine their shooting skills coming back into the basketball season in term 1!  
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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, 1sts Cricket Coach

1st XI
Knox were put in to bat on a flat Curagul wicket and a solid start saw us 1/48 after 21 overs. Then a disastrous period saw 4 wickets fall for 9 runs which left us precariously placed at 5/57, Max Glover (34) and Tom Ivers (49) put on 66 for the 6th wicket before some soft dismissals let Trinity take back control. The lower order showed courage with Nic Gallu (18) and Todd Anderson (12) contributing some late runs to allow Knox to scrape together 190, a good fightback after the position we found ourselves in.

Trinity opening batsmen negotiated the new ball watchfully and no wickets fell until  the 16th over bowled by Henry Kinsey which saw a quality delivery trap Selvaratnam  LBW and then a spectacular reaction caught and bowled to remove Edmed. When Tom Ivers struck removing Dedes caught behind, Trinity were 3/54 and all the pressure was on Trinity. A very tense hour of high quality bowling followed with Knox throwing everything possible at the batsmen. Scott (88) and Dinesh (51) showed their class and composure throughout and were able to soak up the pressure,  a great partnership was only ended when Scott was out trying to reach his hundred quickly before the game was called off. Trinity outplaying us finishing up 5/209 when play was called off. 

2ND XI
Friday was hot and very uncomfortable and not ideal bowling conditions. Throughout the afternoon our bowlers displayed an enormous amount of courage and determination to keep fighting and this ultimately paid off for the team. We bowled more consistent lines and lengths, which put the trinity batsman under continued pressure. At the end of Friday Trinity were 7/140 from 63 overs. It is difficult to single one bowler out but Cam Hewitt was amazing with 4/20 from 17 overs
 
Returning on a much cooler Saturday morning out bowlers got straight back to work dismissing Trinity for 182.
 
Our batsman got off to a difficult start with 2 early dismissals but things settled when Jonny Lang and Tom Moscou came together. The boys slowed Trinity’s momentum with a very controlled partnership which was highlighted by some exceptional running between the wickets. When Tom Moscou was dismissed Matt Wedlock supported Jonny and Trinity’s total got closer and closer.
 
Jonny Lang was eventually dismissed on 99 while trying to hit the winning runs for the team. The last 2 runs where a very nervous 2 overs but a fantastic shot from Sean Stuart got the job done with 1 ball remaining.
 
This was a magical team performance and every player deserves a massive pat on the back!

3RD XI
Knox won the toss and decided to bat first. The openers got them off to a fantastic start with a partnership of 106. Tom Lee making 51 and Ollie Graham making 64 not out.  Jack Hennessy came in and continued their momentum with a very quick 37 before being dismissed in the final overs. Knox finished their batting innings 2-179.

They continued their momentum in the bowling putting pressure on the Waverley opening batmen restricting runs in the opening 10 overs. No bowlers leaked more than 16 runs and thus made the run chase very difficult. Rahul Bhatnagar and Alex Zatz finishing the day with the best figures with 2-4 and 2-0 respectively. Knox showed great enthusiasm and energy in the field and that helped them bowl Waverley out for 63 continuing their unbeaten season.

4TH XI 
We lost the toss and were sent in on a very green Astro turf wicket. Much to the regret of the opposing captain, our openers Tasman Rooke and Jackson Fenton Orford got us off to a flyer with an opening stand of 122. Tasman and Jackson were dismissed for 92 and 34 respectively. We pushed on to a secure and respectable 178 from 25 overs. 

The fast bowling cartel of Finn Douglas (1/21 off 5), Hugo Grundy (0/18 off 2) and Zac Graham (1/18 off 5) proved tight. The middle overs were secured by Luke Bray (1/11 off 4) and Ollie Garrett (2/26 off 4) as well as some handy fielding which saw 2 crucial run outs. Finally, Matt French captained well, he made strong decisions and ensured everyone was active and involved. Waverley finished 9/128 off their 25 overs. 

10A
The Friday/Saturday fixtures are always a great opportunity for teams to bond and come together as a unit. Following a string of mixed performances in the last few weeks, Knox won the toss and elected to bat first. With short boundaries and a flat surface, a big total was always going to be pivotal. A combination of some fairly tight bowling by Trinity and some loose batting meant that Knox reached the first drinks at 3/57. Knox’s top order paid the price of hard hands. Captain and opener Jason Whiffin (60), stood strong and looked in ominous touch before falling mid-way through the second session. For yet another week, the middle and lower order dug in against some disciplined bowling, wearing Trinity’s bowlers down and looking to cash in on any loose balls. Will Seitam (100*) played a masterful innings, full of exquisite stroke play and was aptly supported by Henry Cross (37) and Viruna Tennakoon (41) during the 2nd and 3rd session. These two respective partnerships displayed an astute match awareness, coolness under pressure and real grit, taking Knox from a troubling 5/70 to an imposing 8/279, with Oli Sloan and Ed Toole both finishing on 11*. Watching the jubilation of his teammates as ‘Seats’ walked off the field following his hundred shows how far this group of boys have matured as a team in recent times. Knox declared at 8/279, with 10 minutes left in the day. Trinity ended up seeing through this period, reaching 0/18 at stumps. Knox resumed on day 2 with a real hunger to win the game. Knox’s bowling was a little bit wayward with the new ball, reflected in yielding 30 sundries in the innings. Nonetheless, Harry Charalambous bowled without luck and finished with 0-17 off his seven overs, keeping pressure on Trinity’s top order. Trinity reached the first drinks at 0/49 and then pushed on in the second hour, bringing up the century opening stand at 0/104 after 29 overs. Enter Toby Craig. ‘Badge’ got the wicket of Trinity’s opener, before Karthik Surendra picked up the other opener. ‘Badge’ then picked up another one to swing the momentum back Knox’s way, as Trinity navigated to the second drinks at 3/129. Jamie Cerezo then picked up an excellent run out, with a superb throw from the deep before Will Seitam picked up the fifth by rocking the castle, finishing with 1-18 off his 8 overs.  Seeing that the wicket was ripe for the spinners, captain Jason Whiffin backed leggies Ed Toole and Toby Craig to do the business in the 3rd session. This session was all Knox, with Trinity losing 6/58. Toby Craig was the pick of the bowlers, and finished with 5-41 after 11 overs. He bowled with superb flight and control and was well backed up by the slick glovework of John Nevell. Ed Toole finished with 2-47, featuring an unplayable wrong-un to take the 10th wicket. Trinity was eventually bowled out for 218. Knox executed their plans and played with great pride and passion. It was a resounding team performance featuring multiple contributions, with many players stepping up and leaving their mark on the game. Well done lads!

10 B
BYE 

10C
 Sydney Grammar scored 128 and Adam Holmes who nobly volunteered to fill in for the opposition batted superbly for 26 and helped steady their innings, Duncan Thompson took 2-7 and Harley Clifton snared two sharp catches at short cover. Unfortunately Knox could not get any momentum in their innings and Ollie Harding’s 28 was the only innings of note and Knox fell 9 runs short. Adam Holmes bowled superbly and beat the bat many times and showed his considerable improvement this summer!

9A
Knox won the toss and elected to bat first on the 34 degree day. With plans to bat time and keep trinity in the field for as long as possible and capitalise at the end of the day, the innings didn't start well. Knox lost 3 early wickets in a cluster with poor shot selection, forcing a middle order revival of the first innings. Lachie Donaldson was outstanding at this, scoring 70 before the heat got to him causing a loose shot for his dismissal. Kale Gabila batted well but again failed to capitalise on his start, a theme which is becoming consistent across all teams in the age group. Dan Hardyman batted superbly, rotating the strike, playing with soft hands and putting away the bad ball. He was the first person to put in to practice what we have been learning at training! Our tail performed well with Penn (18) and Thomas (23) scoring some valuable runs to take us to 178. Bowling was hard work. With swinging conditions on day 2 Jack Delaney looked the most likely to break through but unfortunately we bowled too short, with periods of pressure released far too often by poor fielding. More mature and patient cricket needs to be played in the future and a return to the basics. Trinity passed our score 4 wickets down, their number 3 scoring an unbeaten 101*. Our performance really summarised by the fact he was dropped 4th ball of the day. 

9B
Knox lost the toss and were put in the bowl first. Their full and straight bowling assisted them in getting some very quick early wickets as well as restricting Waverley’s runs. All bowlers bowled extremely well with everyone contributing with wickets. Schofield and Quigley finished the day with the best figures of 2-9 and 2-6 respectively and helped Knox bowl Waverley out in the 21st over for 70. 

The opening batsmen began their innings extremely well putting the bad balls away as well as respecting the good bowling. Angus Kellaway showed great patience and displayed some excellent cricket shots finishing the innings 14 not out whilst Lachlan Gee came in and made a phenomenal 33 not out helping Knox chase down Waverley’s score 1 wicket down in 10 overs giving them a convincing victory. 

9C
The mighty 9Cs faced a Waverley team who were short on players today, so Harry LeBoursicot and Hamish Wood nobly volunteered to play for them. Knox batted first and Hugh Peden and Ethan Wood put on a solid 21 run partnership before they both fell in consecutive balls (inc a run out by Harry LeBoursicot). Fraser Goldthorpe and Liam Serra then came together and put on a great 67 run partnership in just under 13 overs, albeit with many lives. Fraser finally fell for 46 to a beauty off the bowling of Hamish Wood and Knox finished on 3/108. 

The boys' bowling throughout the Waverley innings was quite tight, but for a while it was without a breakthrough. Waverley's openers put on 66 runs before Rishikesh Deshpande picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls, both caught by Hugh Peden. Hugh Peden then chimed in with the wicket of the other opener at the start of the next over to leave them at 3/66. Some tight bowling from the spinners, and Fraser Goldthorpe picking up another wicket (also caught Hugh Peden), meant the required run rate ballooned and Knox ended up winning by 18.
Well played boys, and great sportsmanship from Harry LeBoursicot and Hamish Wood!

9D
The day started off with Knox winning the toss and electing to bat. The openers came in and set up a solid partnership to start the innings with Will Lovell scoring 17 in the process. However, wickets soon fell at an uncomfortable rate until Xavier Singarayar and Nimay Kallianpur solidified the innings scoring 24* and 13 respectively. Knox finished with a defendable 7/102. 

Knox then came in to bowl and began by triggering a top order batting collapse for Sydney Grammar. Dominic Singarayar contributed well, producing enough swing to earn 2/8 off his 3 overs. Nimay Kallianpur kept up the performance taking 3/7 as the game looked like it was coming to a swift end. Henry Hill finished the match taking the tenth wicket with his second ball to finish with 1/0. All in all Knox always looked in control once they had ball in hand and it was a convincing win as Sydney Grammar were bowled all out for 67.

8A
The 8As travelled to Death Valley to try and go undefeated for the first part of the season. Winning the toss we chose to bat. Our usual batsmen who had fired in the previous games failed to do so this game. We played some soft shots against the spinners. Andrew Jenkins who opened, batted well for his 16 and Avinash Mirando for his 17. Enter Will Shortis who struggled early on only to send the bowler back over his head for 6 to get off the mark. Our problem was that we kept losing wickets. Miles Ball and Ed Ogilvy batting 9 and 10 respectively pushed our score from a mere 100 to 150 with a 52 run partnership. It was amazing to watch these boys stand up and do so for the team. We ended up with 148.

We knew we could defend the total if we bowled well but when we started we didn't bowl well at all. We bowled too short and too wide giving the batsmen too much lee way. The first wicket came in Will Shortis' first over. For a year 7 player to bowl with such speed and ignite as much fear of getting out in the batsmen was edging on that of Will Graham or Nic Gallu. Most of his 2-19 off 7 came from edges between two gullies and two slips. But still they trotted on. We started to realise that they were actually very close to our score. Tom Osborn stood up as captain, putting away his speed for swing and getting the players driving and ending up with 2-23 off 5. The fielding at times let us down but overall it was great. They needed 7 off the last over but only managed 2 runs. Well done boys. Undefeated this summer and we look forward to next year. 

8B
Knox lost the toss to Waverley who elected to bat first. To put it simply, Knox started poorly. Our bowling was way too short which allowed the Waverley batsmen to easily gain confidence. A lack of focus in the field also cost Knox some valuable runs. At the 16 over mark, Waverley still had 9 wickets in hand and close to 100 runs on the board.

Luckily, Knox managed to turn the tide later in the second half of the innings and claimed 8 wickets for 19 runs. Among the wicket takers was Jack Copeland who got a marvellous hat-trick!!! Waverley were all out for 172.

Knox's start to its innings was steady but nervous. We allowed too much pressure to pile on by not rotating the strike which in turn forced silly shots and the wickets fell quickly. At one stage it looked as if Knox were going to lose the match before the drinks break. However, Harry Clydesdale and Tobey Finegan helped to steady the ship and built a crucial partnership. Jack Craig and Jack Copeland also pitched in with some much needed runs.

The most spectacular part of the match was the 10th wicket partnership between Jackson Young and Carlton Hogan. With their backs against the wall, these two batsmen faced a formidable task of chasing down 64 runs off 12 overs. They managed to get 44 of those runs in what was an incredibly courageous chase.

Alas, it was not meant to be Knox's day in the end, falling short by 20 runs. However, this game proved that this group of boys are tough and will not back down from a challenge. I am very proud of the way they have played this season and it has been a pleasure to coach them.

8C
The journey out to Waverley saw Knox 8C’s determined to keep its perfect record intact in its final T20 of the season. Winning the toss and electing to bowl brought together the ever-dependable Bouwer and surprising pace of Kell, keen to take advantage of the new ball. Kell’s opening ball took the off stump, but Waverley’s remaining opening batsman proved effective at dispatching the loose ball to the boundary, leaving Waverley 1/22 after the first four overs. The slow bowling trio of Stevenson (2/3), Stocks (2/14) and Rich (3/1) then combined to have the opposition reeling at 8/45. Ably supported by Shannon’s reliable pace (2/8), an excellent reflex catching by Pike at slip and a calm catch by Ferguson at gully, Knox soon had Waverley all out for 50 runs in the 13th over. Knox’s batting got off to a slow start with Jones and Ferguson dismissed cheaply in the same over by the Waverley opening bowler. Hendriksen and Pike began to steer the team in the right direction through quick singles, putting the fieldsmen under pressure. Regular boundaries, overthrows and a well timed maximum saw Hendriksen (23 not out) and Pike (22 not out) reach the total in the seventh over with eight wickets to spare. Knox 8C’s once again proved itself a formidable unit, combining accurate bowling, skilful fielding and confident batting to build constant pressure on the opposition. Each member of the squad should be proud of the way they all contributed to each victory through their enthusiastic cricket that was a joy to watch for both parents and coach throughout the season.

8D
The Knox 8D's welcomed Waverley to the Gillespie fortress on this sunny Saturday. The match today began with Waverley's captain choosing to bowl first. Cracking scores from Hamish Chan (50* off 45), Ben Kellaway (51* off 22) and Ethan Ang (33* off 16) gave Knox a huge advantage heading into their bowling innings. Knox finished at 4/179 after 25 overs.
Waverley responded extremely well with their big hitting opening batsman wreaking havoc and scoring quick runs. Great fielding by Michael Tucker saw him take 2 catches, with catches also going to Zac Scott, Ethan Ang, Will Bailey and Ben Napton. Captain Will Tighe took 2 wickets, with James Tighe also taking 2 early on. Zac Scott, Ben Kellaway, Ben Napton, Will Bailey and Ethan Ang took 1 wicket each, adding to their tallies. Special mention to Amekav Samra who bowled 12 consecutive unanswerable deliveries, bowling the only 2 maidens of the match. Overall, a very strong bowling performance by Knox, as Waverley were bowled out for 118 off 23 overs. Meaning that Knox won by 61 runs.

A great match to finish on before the holidays, with a convincing win. Thank you also to the boys' parents for continually encouraging the lads both on and off the pitch, and well done again to the boys on their win.
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Fencing

Mathew Dall’asen success
Congratulations to Matthew, year 11, who has won the Men’s Super 8 Fencing Open Championship in NSW. This has qualified Matthew a position in the Men’s NSW State A Team to fence in the nationals in December in Canberra.

Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

Round 4
Our last race of a very successful 2016 season took our Mountain Biking riders to Riverview. In addition to a 3-lap race, the riders also competed in a one lap sprint race and a relay.

The Junior race was a fierce battle between Riverview and our riders with a very talented Riverview rider taking out the race ahead of Jordan Fowler and Jack Vizard. A great overall performance meant that our Junior boys won the team challenge equal on points with Riverview.

The Intermediates were next and a strong Waverley rider finished ahead of Harrison Ward. Gil Garrett finished 4th in this very strong field of riders. A great Knox team effort meant that the Knox Intermediates won this category convincingly. 

The senior competition was an all Knox affair with Matt Dinham winning the race ahead of Luke Routledge. Our captain Ben Fitton finished in a strong 4th spot. This Knox dominance resulting in a clear win in the overall standing for our seniors.

Jordan Fowler turned things around in the sprint finishing ahead of the Riverview rider who beat him earlier in the 3-lap race. Jack Vizard finished 3rd, AJ Richter 4th and Ethan Han 5th.

The Intermediates sprint race was closely contested with a Barker rider just finishing just ahead of Harrison Ward. 

The senior sprint was again dominated by the Knox riders with Matt Dinham winning ahead of Luke Routledge and Ben Fitton finishing 4th.

The relay race also saw some great performances from our riders finishing 1st and 3rd respectively.  

Knox took out the school competition ahead of Riverview and Barker and a big compliment goes to all Knox riders who competed at the tricky Riverview course.


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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 1st lost 1-2 to Willoughby led by N You Lee who won a five setter focusing on the back of court with well-placed drives and cross court shots. Nick played to his strengths grinding away with some hard fought rallies.

F Hellen-Ford also played a five setter working the court to his advantage Finn played some well-placed back and forehand drives along with some clinical drops but lost focus going down 2-3.  Focusing on the positive the last time these two played it was 0-3 so itis only a matter of time. R Rattan found his opponent hard going varying his plays trying to settle into the game with well played forehand and cross court drives just not working credit to Ritwik he never stopped chasing playing to the last ball.

K4 won 2-1 over Barker 2 with J Price setting the pace early playing some well-placed forehand and cross court drives.   James stayed focused and went on to control the game with ease.  E Bakker continued the dominance with some well-placed back of court shots and quality drops proving too strong for his opponent.  K Ramcharan started slowly giving his opponent to much space on the court Kiano found it hard going as he varied his plays and chased every ball to his credit he never gave up.  

K5 won 2-1 over Barker 4 with L Tilley setting the tempo early playing forehand and cross court drives Leo focused on his drops giving him the edge.   L Marinaki continued with the team dominance with some well-placed back of court shots Luke played a very controlled game giving very little away, D Loyzaga stepped up from team10 and never looked out of place, with some well-placed serves and back hand drives.  Daniel fought hard taking it to a five setter only to be beaten by some inexperience allowing his opponent to take the last game 15-11, a great effort.

K8 won 2-1 over Briars 4 with E Pincott playing as no 1.  This was a game that had it all - great rallies quality forehand and cross court drives, and for Ethan an opponent who never gave up.  This presented a mental challenge but to his credit he stayed focused and went on to win 3-2, T Murray won by forfeit.  J Merhi started well playing some quality front of court shots and drops but unfortunately lost focus giving his opponent an opportunity to settle and this made it hard for Jesse but to his credit he chased every ball never giving up.

K10 won 2-1 over Barker 6 with A Xu playing to his strengths with some high quality serves and forehand drives.   Arthur went on to dominate and take the game.  E O’Sullivan set the pace early working the court to his advantage with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives and boasts.  I Lu played a more attacking game with some well-placed serves and drives.  Ivan is slowly finding his feet and is improving every game.

K12 won 3-0 over Barker 10.   V Zhong set the pace early varying his drives and boasts proving too much for his opponent on the day.  A much focused Victor never looking back. D Pathirana played to his strengths with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives giving Dylan the edge, W Degotardi playing up from team16 never looked out of place with some well-placed forehand and back hand drives.   Will stayed focused and went on to win comfortably .

K14 lost 0-3 to Barker 14.  This team L Thomas, S MacKay and M Walker played some much older boys with more power in their serves but to these boys credit they made their opponents work and at times we rushed our plays giving away some cheap points but this is a valued lesson which will only improve our game.

K16 won 3-0 over Barker 16 J Allen Ewan Bryant W Degotardi won by forfeit.

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 19 November saw Knox take on Waverley away in the last match for 2016. The 1st team were without two of the normal 1st team players, which meant this gave a chance for the younger players in the team to play up. The 1st team did well with a great performance from Pedro Papangelis in his singles to beat an experienced player 7-6 in a tight battle. He showed great mental strength to get the win.

The 2nd team had a very young team with Harry Wagstaff making his debut for the Open team and managed to split sets in the doubles, which was great. The team were 4-3 down with the last match needed to win. Cohen Rinas (Year 8) stepped up once again on the decider and won brilliantly to get the win for the team. The 3rd and 4th team both won well with the 3rds winning 6-0 and the 4th team winning 5-1. The 5th team had a great match tying 3 sets all and 25 games to each side. The 6th team lost due to lack of players that showed up, but special mention to Ben Van Der Laan De Vries on an outstanding singles showing.

Team 7th- 9th played an internal match play at Morona Avenue and continued to improve.
The 10A team had a fantastic match tying 3-3 but losing by 1 game only to split the two teams. The B team had a very similar score line but won by 1 game, with special mention to Reyon Desai winning both singles and doubles. The C team showed their strength winning 5-1 overall whilst the D team won 4.5-1.5. Teams E-G played an internal match play with the boys finishing off the year showing great improvement.

The Year 9A, B and C teams all showed their strength winning 6-0 in all teams and only dropping 1 game in the C team. The 9D played Knox 8D and had a great match winning 4-2 with great sportsmanship shown and also a valiant effort by the year 8 team. The E team beat the year 8E team, but with a real challenge put up by the year 8s. Teams F- G played an internal match play and also showed great improvement from the beginning of the season. The NSTA teams did well playing alongside the CAS draw. Well done to Knox 6 team winning their division (Maxwell Gillman, Samuel Carroll and Ken Kawaura). Knox team 7 unfortunately lost in the final in a closely fort match, but played superbly throughout the term. Knox team 5 finished 3rd in their division whilst team 3 finished 5th in their division.
The Year 8A team played some outstanding tennis to win 5-1 overall, whilst the B team won 4-2 with special mention to Alex Baylis for winning both singles and doubles. The C team blew their opposition away winning 6-0 and not dropping a single game. Teams D-J all played internal matches with the D and E playing against the Year 9s. The Year 8 teams have really shown a greater understanding of tennis as the season has progressed. This is exciting to see for our teams for the future.

Overall it was a great weekend for Knox winning 88% of matches. Well done to all the boys to their hard work throughout the term and keep up the tennis during the holidays to finish of the summer season strongly.
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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

1st Grade - Bye

2nd Grade vs Kings
Won 23-3.
Goalscorers: N. DiJohn 5, O. Ley 4, J.Cavanough 3, J.Park 3, X.Wall 2, T.Cartwright 2, T.Harrison 3, W. Harte 1.
A brilliant result! Special mention to Jason Park who scored a hat trick.

16A - Bye
 
16B vs Kings
Drew 4-4.
Goalscorers: M. McAsey 1, B. Phillips 1, L.Pudney 1, A.Hindmarsh 1.
 
Leading 3-1 at half time, many thought the boys would have 'gone on' with the scoring, but it was not to be. A 0-2 third quarter set the match up for a thrilling finale, which saw the points shared.
 
15's vs Kings
Won 13-2.
Goalscorers: W. Bondy 5, E. Heys 2, T.Krenkels 2, O.Utteridge 1, D. Harrison 1, C.Cormio 1, J.Norris 1.
 
Four goals in the first quarter from Will Bondy set the team up for a very dominant performance where no less than seven players got onto the score sheet.  Tyler Krenkels scored his first two U15 goals and demonstrated his ability at this age group. A very good overall performance from the boys.
 
U14A - Bye
 
U14B vs Kings
Drew 2-2.
Goalscorers: K. Park 1, J. Sung 1.
 
Despite dozens of scoring opportunities the U14 B boys were thwarted by the excellent Kings goalkeeper.  We could only manage to beat him on two occasions.  With a 2-0 half time lead, the boys were unable to consolidate and a 2-2 final score eventuated. Good performances from Kevin Park, Tom Wilson and James Sung.
 
Prep Blue vs Scots
Won 13-0.
Goalscorers: R. Johnson 4, N.Walker 3, W. Parker 2, A. Rowe 2, E.Talway 1 and E. Ericsson 1.
 
In a very dominant performance the counterattack game of the 14B's was consistent and never ending, with players looking for the best shooting opportunity on most occasions. Edward Ericsson had a strong game as did Wyl Parker and Nic Walker.
 
Prep Black vs Scots
Won 10-1
Goalscorers: J Robens 2, X. Mercer 2, H. Miller 1, W. McDonagh 1, S. Bahl 1, D. Ferris 1, F. Worner 1, A. O'Neill 1.
 
Earlier in the season the team drew 3-3 with Scots, but the improvement in team work was most evident today in a very prominent display. The future of Knox water polo looks bright for this team!  
 
A very successful day for Knox water polo . Thanks to all referees, table officials, supporters and players.
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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Online: Download the 'Prep Skoolbag' or 'Senior School Skoolbag app' - search 'Knox Grammar' in the app store
Sport fixtures are advertised on the fixture schedule on the Knox Portal.

These fixtures can change due to many factors and changes after 3pm on Fridays due to wet weather, cancellations or forfeits will be advertised on the sports info website and wet weather number. 
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Boarder Travel to Sport

Any boarder who needs assistance with travel arrangements to each Saturdays sport should check with their coach to assist in arranging transport.
Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.
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No Dogs Allowed Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. Dogs are prohibited, leashed or unleashed, on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs.

Dogs may not be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

Signage has been installed and our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are a dog-free school. If you bring a dog onto school property, you may be approached by the School's Security Team and asked to leave.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this safety initiative.

Mouthguards

It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  


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