Last weekend saw many of the large sports finish their sport for term 4. With only Baseball, Summer Football and Summer Rugby continuing until next Monday. Congratulations to the Cricket teams who played last week-end as they all has some fantastic wins A big congratulations to Jayllen Naganayagam who hit 24 sixes to score 232 - in my time here this is the highest score by a Knox student.

Waterpolo finished their term sport with some hard fought games against St Aloysius with the 1sts unfortunately going down. However it was a good game and congratulations to all water polo players on the results so far.

Volleyball had their last fixture for the term and the boys continue to improve with the 3rds playing well despite losing their match and the 1sts and 2nds having good wins against Scots.

Table Tennis competed against Riverview and did very well and the boys continue to enjoy this new sport.

Summer Football played against Riverview in the Lawson Centre and again all teams did very well with some tight contests being played.

In next week’s Bulletin there will be details of all the holiday happenings and opportunities for students to take advantage of over the break

Again, well done to all who competed and good luck to those few sports that are still on this coming week-end.
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Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

U16s
Going down in a tight fought game 7-10 , the Knox boys put in another top performance. Another game pitching display from Charlie Hennessy, that kept the boys in the game till the end.

U19s

A challenging game for the Knox U19’s going down 10 – 0 to a well drilled Five Dock team.   Steven Koroknay, pitching for the first time this season, showed he has the talent to be a starting pitcher.  Special mention to Harry Rockwell (year 8) age 14, who is playing who is playing up in many age groups and showing great potential.    

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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, 1sts Cricket Coach

1st XI
The side knew this week that the trip away to Waverley was a must win match. Players had talked long and hard about what we needed to change but this required people to stand up and be counted. Fraser Wilson won the toss and elected to bowl first on a dry Queens park wicket. 2 early caught and bowled wickets for Nic Gallu were the only rewards Knox could get. Waverley were well placed at 2/74 but Tom Ivers and Henry Wines made two crucial breakthroughs in consecutive overs to open up the middle order. Waverley batted very slowly to end the first day at 7/145 off 83 overs.

Todd Anderson turned the game on its head the next morning with 3 quick wickets to finish off Waverley for 156. A superb effort to quickly wrap up the tail, Anderson 3-26 off 15.4 overs was superb and ably backed up by the economical Henry Wines 2-35 off 24 overs, Tom Ivers 3-16 off 14 overs, and Nic Gallu 2-33 off 13 overs. 

Knox lost early wickets but starts from Coburn (20) Glover (28) saw Knox in control at 3/87, unfortunately some soft wickets quickly brought Waverley back into the game, but a partnerships of 35 between Fraser Wilson and Jack Hoyle took the side to within 20 runs of victory, Nic Gallu played responsibly to bat for Captain Fraser Wilson who showed his class and determination to get his side home. A brilliant match winning innings of 80 sealed the win. 

A quality win to finish the term, this side has undoubted potential and it is down to players to work hard over the break and come back ready to show our skill in the one day competition. 

2ND XI
Tom Moscou won his 4th toss from 5 games, which was a very good result in hot conditions on Friday afternoon.
 
Josh Owens and Sam Chapman have developed a very solid opening partnership throughout term 4 and this was great reward for all the hard work. At the tea break we were 0/105, both boys demonstrated outstanding focus and determination to keep out some very good bowling from Waverley.
 
Sam Chapman was removed shortly after tea for 56 and Josh Owens continued into the last hour of the days play to make his first fifty at Knox, He was dismissed for 58. We also had handy contributions from Alex Doling-Cook and Matt Wedlock late on Friday.
 
We returned on Saturday morning and continued batting while the outfield grass dried out. Nick Astridge made a very entertaining 40 runs before Tom declared our innings at 7/256.
 
Our quest for a victory started very well when Felix Walsh took an early wicket, however it was slow work from this point on. Waverley batsman put their heads down and didn’t give us any chances.  Cam Hewitt 2/7 from 5 overs and Tom Moscou 2/23 from 10 overs were the pick of the bowlers.
 
Our bowlers showed maturity and patients throughout a long day in the field. They never gave in and each boy should be congratulated for what I thought was our best effort this season with both ball and bat.
 
I would like to thank all boys who have contributed to the 2nds cricket this term and I look forward to us continuing to improve throughout term 1.

10A
With a loss, an elusive draw, a rain affected draw and a win on the board, the 10A’s were keen to finish the first part of the season on a high note. On a picturesque Friday afternoon at ‘Fortress Gillespie’, Waverley won the toss and elected to bowl first – meaning that Knox’s openers were set to face the music for the fifth successive time this season. On a good ‘cricket wicket’ on Gillespie Centre that offered plenty for both sides, Knox was complacent in the warm up. A few early wickets featuring some tidy Waverley bowling left Knox frazzled and under pressure. Capitalising on such a wayward mindset, Waverley was ruthless; with laser eyed consistency leaving Knox vulnerable and reeling at 3/21 at the first drinks. Karthik Surendra (24) and Will Seitam (39) steadied the ship in the second session, reaching drinks at 3/62. The third hour was all Waverley. Some disciplined bowling and poor shot selection reflected a lack of game awareness with the blade in hand. Rather than looking to rotate the strike to relieve the pressure, Knox’s middle and lower order fell into the trap of going for one big shot too many. Knox eventually reached drinks at 9/101 before the tenth wicket fell in the 45th over (the first after drinks). Knox was set a big task in defending 101 on a good batting wicket, but which still had plenty in it. With a modest score, it was imperative that Knox started well. Will Seitam (2-19) was fantastic with the new ball. He picked up some ‘Mitchell Starc’ esque late swing to the right handers, trapping one of Waverley’s openers in front and ‘rattling the castle’ of the other. Waverley reached stumps at 2/20. Returning on Saturday morning with the game in the balance, it was likely that the result would fall to the team who could remain composed under pressure. Waverley started steadily, reaching 3/39 at the first drinks – with Toby Craig (1-26) getting the breakthrough. The rest of the day belonged to Ed Toole. Coming on with the game in the balance in the 2nd session, Ed finished with incredible figures of 7-10. This was a truly special spell that changed the game for his team. Waverley was eventually bowled out for 94 in the 48th over (early into the third session). For the second week in a row, the two leg spinners have done the lion’s share of the damage – reflecting great confidence in their abilities – in backing themselves to bowl with flight and turn. While Knox certainly got out of jail, they displayed impressive fortitude to bounce back from the disappointment of the batting innings. Positivity and team spirit can certainly make even the slimmest of horizons look wider. 

9A
Day 1 against Waverley saw Knox win the toss and elect to bat. With early wickets lost consistently throughout the season, Knox finally had a good start, surviving the first half an hour before losing our first wicket. Enter Jayllen Naganayagam who executed the most dominant display of schoolboy batting I have ever seen, hitting 24 sixes on his way to 232, an unbelievable innings from a 14 year old. Although you could look at the scorebook and see Jayllen dealt in boundaries, the innings itself was crafted very maturely with a solid defence to the good balls and patient leaving outside the off stump. By the end of the day however even good balls were being sent into the Queen's Park bushes. Knox declared at 5/332 with further contributions from Kale Gabila and Lachie Donaldson. With an hour left to go Waverley were sent in but the score finished 0-28 after 18 overs. Day 2 again was dominated by Knox and despite no early wickets, saw pressure building. Adi Srivatsan on debut took 2 handy wickets with Jayllen Naganayagam also finishing with 3-9. Wickets were spread out amongst the rest of the bowlers in what was a crushing win. We have finished the first half of the season 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses and look forward to becoming a more disciplined side to make the most of the undoubted potential of this team.

Midseason Report
The attitude of players across all teams has been superb, it has been a pleasure to work alongside our great group of coaches, and to see the level of passion amongst the boys to improve, and work hard as a team!

The 3rd XI have been dominant all summer and alongside the mighty 8C’s are the two sides that remain unbeaten! The depth in the Opens age group is a real positive and a credit to that group of players. Their commitment is to be commended! 

Incredible performances have been notable both individually and as teams. The 8C’s match vs Trinity won’t be forgotten anytime soon, winning the toss and piling up an impressive 2/200 off their 20 overs the bowlers went to work doing their job. A fantastic performance saw Trinity only score 1 run off the bat, and being bowled out for 7!

The 1st XI had their first win away against Waverley for a long time, Captain Fraser Wilson adding a match winning innings of 80 to his first round 103 vs Cranbrook. Year 10 Henry Wines also etched his name onto the Honours board with 136 vs Cranbrook. Other century makers this term include Sam Chapman who scored 103* vs Cranbrook and Will Seitam 100* vs Trinity 10A’s. 

Ed Toole led the bowling perfomances with a mesmerizing spell of leg spin bowling vs Waverley 10A’S taking 7-10, Nic Gallu taking 6-52 on debut vs Cranbrook 1st XI, Oscar Petro taking two big hauls with his leg spin, 6-20 vs Barker 9A & 5-46 vs St Aloysius 9A, Toby Craig 5-41 vs Trinity 10A, Tom Ivers 5-23 vs Barker 10A and Jack Copeland took a Hat-Trick vs Waverley 8B. 

But undoubtedly the stand-out performance of the term belongs to Jayllen Naganayagam. The big hitting all rounder scored 232 vs Waverley 9A in an incredible display of strength and timing. Jayllen hit 24 6’s!! To get a standing ovation from the 1st XI teams and crowd on the main ground and virtually stop a 1st XI fixture by way of your power hitting is an unforgettable performance. To cap it off he also took 3-9 with his off spin to be Man of the Match in a fantastic win away at Waverley!

The onus is on the boys to use this break wisely, continue training hard, work on their weaknesses and come back Term 1 ready to be better than before. 

Thanks to all the parents for their support of the boys and their sides this summer. 
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Swimming and Diving

2016 NSW Metropolitan Championship
Sydney Olympic park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC)
Friday 25 November - Sunday 27 November

Over 1200 swimmers from the Sydney Metropolitan area, representing 68 swimming clubs, raced at SOPAC for a final rehearsal before State Champs next month.

26 swimmers from Knox qualified to compete. Any medals were well earned, as many swimmers are still in hard training leading into Decembers State Championships.

Leon MacAlister (Y10) was still able to win Gold in 100m and 200m backstroke. He also won Silver in 100m freestyle and a Bronze in 200m medley. Joshua Collett (Y7) also made the dais in 100m and 200m breaststroke. Finishing off our medal count was Lachlan Kelly winning Bronze in 200m backstroke. Congratulations to all members of Knox Pymble Swim Club as the Club came second at this meet. Well done.  

Congratulations to all our qualifiers:
Louis Bebb (Y7), Kara Bidois (Y12), Charlie Bladon (Y8), Mark Buddee (Y8), Josh Collett (Y7), Nic Dijohn (Y10), Sam Druce (Y9), Bailey Farris (Y8), Brendan Hee (Y9), Angus Hornery (Y8), Josh Johnson (Y8), Lachlan Kelly (Y9), Leon MacAlister (Y10), Antonio Matruglio (Y9), Angus Menzies (Y8), Josh Mercer (Y9), Declan Owers (Y9), Lachlan Robertson (Y7), Sydney Robertson (Y10), Ben Rothery (Y7), Jack Ryan (Y12), Ashton Smith (Y8), Shane Ting (Y8), Kevin Zhang (Y12) and Hongyi Zhu (Y10).
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Knox Tennis has been going well in the first half of the season. The 1st team are finding their feet a little with all moving up into higher positions, but are managing fairly well. Knox Tennis are moving a few of our younger players up in the 2nd team where possible to gain experience and create a strong team for the future.

This then has a knock on affect for our age group teams once taking the strongest players from their year group out. On the flip side this is fundamental for Knox to grow their teams and help improve each year group. Especially for the younger boys to play against older more experienced tennis players which will help improve them individually and have a greater chance of making their goal of playing college tennis.

Overall the teams are in a good place with a bit of work to finish 1st for the season but great to see no teams lower than 3rd position. The program is reflecting on our results and the coaches will endeavour to continue working hard and helping the boys improve each session. It is great to know that Knox is one of the strongest Tennis School programs in NSW and are attracting players from the country etc to come and join Knox to be a part of our program.

Teams and positions
1st - Second
2nd - First
3rd - Third
4th - Third

10A - Third
10B - First
10C - First
10D - First

9A - Second
9B - Third
9C - First
9D - First

8A - First
8B - First
8C - First
8D - First

Overall teams and positions
1st place: 10 teams
2nd place: 2 teams
3rd place: 4 teams
No teams lower
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

NSW Relay Championships
The under 18 4x400m quartet Rory Cheal, Lewis Clabburn, Jasper Spiller and Josh Batten started the championships off on the right foot for the Knox machine claiming bronze.

Next up the under 16 4x800m team of James Constable, Jackson Croker, Max Evans and Zach Wyatt had a great run, narrowly missed a medal in 4th. The Under 18 4x100m team consisting of Hunter Nicholas, Jackson Ellis, Josh Batten and Lewis Clabburn are much better for the experience after going into the final ranked 3rd, a dropped baton bought an early finish to their day.

Day 2 began with another bang.  The under 18 4x200m boys consisting of Charles Barclay, Lewis Clabburn, Jackson Ellis and Josh Batten claimed bronze.  This was followed by a close 4th in the under 16 4x400m, thanks to great work from Zach Wyatt, Tom Constable, Michael Hitchcock and a barn storming finish from Austin Thomson.  The under 16 4x100 consisting of Daniel Lum, Rhys Williams, Austin Thomson and Charles Barclay threw down an amazing run to narrowly miss the podium in 4th place.



Australian Primary Schools Championships
Well done to Sean Williams finishing 12th in the 10 years 800m.  Fantastic stuff Sean, you have certainly represented your school and state well.

Australian All Schools 
Best of luck to Riley Hemsworth, Tom Shannon, John Hunter, Mitchell Westhuizen and Cameron McEntyre as well as the Junior and Senior Knockout teams contesting the Australian Championships in Canberra on Friday to Monday. 
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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

Knox 1sts
Knox 9 def by SAC 8
Goalscorers: N. Trobec 3, A.Trobec 3, L. O'Neill 1, A. Robertson 1.

After a great start in this very important clash where Nic Trobec scored 3 goals, the team played well to be leading by a goal at half time.  Unfortunately the effort could not be maintained and SAC slowly got back into the game.  A last second opportunity was blocked which prevented a draw and resulted in a disappointing loss. The Trobec brothers shared top scorers with 3 goals each.
 
Knox 2nds
Knox 6 def SAC 5
Goal scorers: X. Wall 2, O.Ley 1, J.Cavanough 1, T. Harrison 1, T. Winterton 1
 
In a very close and hard fought match, 2nd grade produced a fantastic 3-0 third quarter to eventually win by a goal. Xavier Wall, Oscar Ley and Ted Harrison used their fitness and experience to lead the team to another victory in what is turning into a very good season.
 
Knox 16A
Knox 5 def by SAC 15
Goalscorers: W. Kablau 2, O. Utteridge 1, C. Bladon 1, A. Farquar 1.
 
The very strong SAC team dominated this game. Whilst Knox ' hung in there' to be down 3-5 at first quarter, the game got away from them with a loss by 10 goals the final result. All boys played well.  
 
Knox 16B
Knox 5 def by SAC 15
Goalscorers: N. Van Veen 3, K.Park 1, N. Desmet 1.
 
Two SAC players did all the damage against the 16B's this week scoring 11 from 15 goals.  Knox battled hard but were not as experienced and could not contain the opposition stars. Nic Van Veen had a good game scoring 3 goals, with Mitch McAsey and Nic Desmet reliable in defence.
 
Knox 15
Knox 9 def SAC 3
Goalscorers: D. Cooke 2, E. Heys 2, D. Harrison 2, C. Cormio 1, M. Longstaff 1, W. Bondy 1.
 
In what looked like was going to be a very close game, the U15 team played 'out of their skin' today to gain a very comprehensive win. The team work displayed was fantastic. Generally, the proof is in the pudding that those who train well, play well,   Pat Hogan was again very dominant in goals and Dylan Cooke and Douglass Harrison proved to be very precise with attacking options.
 
Knox 14A

Knox 5 def SAC 3
Goal scorers: L. Reeve 2, M. Reeve 1, L. Zhu 1, S. Bennett 1.
 
Due to swimming commitments, many of the 14A team were missing from this game, and without young Angus Rowe stepping up and volunteering, the team may have had to forfeit.  Angus had a fantastic game and played his heart out.  Without any reserves, all boys gave 100%. Tobey Rowe was strong in goals and Lachie Reeve had his usual strong game. Sam Bennett was ever reliable and Leo Zhu is starting to realise that his gift of a dynamite shot should be used more often.  Kevin Park was not out of place in this A team. Another good result from this very promising group of boys.
 
Knox 14B
Knox 9 def SAC 6.
Goalscorers: L. Zhu 3, L. Blahuta 3, W. Dixon 1, W. Gleave 1 and J. Sung 1.
 
Scoring was shared amongst the boys today with Will Dixon, Will Gleave and James Sung all continuing to improve and becoming valuable members of this team.
 
Team of the week was our U15 boys with a great win. Player of the week was Nic Van Veen from 16B's. Congratulations!
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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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