Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Welcome back to all for what I know will be an exciting 2015. As we start the term off some activities and sports will occur this Saturday for trials, except for Baseball who will be competing and Basketball who will have a Basketball Blitz. » Read More

The full normal sporting schedule will resume from Monday of week 2 and all students and parents should check the portal for full details.

During the holidays there were many activities and sporting events held and reports for all these are in this Bulletin.

I ask of any student has competed over the holiday in a championship event please email us at the contact details on the right of this page with details.

I welcome all new students and their parents to Knox Grammar School and look forward to the KSA providing opportunity and information for them to grow and develop and achieve their sporting goals.

Quote of the Week

“Believe you can and you're halfway there..”
Theodore Roosevelt

Congratulations to Jamie Fraser (Year 12), who reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Australian 16/u Tennis Championships at Melbourne Park.

HIGHLIGHTS

Fraser upsets in 16s Nationals

The unseeded Jamie Fraser (Year 12) scored upsets to reach the semifinals of the 2014 Australian 16/u Championships on what was a mixed day for the seeds at Melbourne Park. » Read More

Unseeded New South Welshman Jamie Fraser (Knox No.1) powered past eighth seed Benard Nkomba, 6-1 6-3, to progress to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian 16/u Championships on what was a mixed day for the seeds at Melbourne Park.

It was Fraser’s fourth win on the trot at this year’s championships after he was forced to come through qualifying on Tuesday before going on to defeat Timothy Gray, 6-0 6-2, in his first round match a day later.

Nkomba was coming off a two-hour opening match and struggled to put any consistent groundstroke or serving pressure on his less fancied opponent.

Nkomba finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth game but that would be his only imprint on what was an error-riddled first set.

Things didn’t fare any better at the beginning of the second as Jamie broke immediately to continue his momentum. It wasn’t until late in the match where his run was disrupted as Nkomba mounted a small comeback.

Jamie was 5-1 up and sailing towards the quarterfinals, before Nkomba turned the tables to hold serve and then break to love, bringing scores back to 5-3.
However, he was too far back and the power of the Jamie Fraser game prevailed as he broke Nkomba to confirm the unexpected ending.

Jamie was surprised by the result given he had lost to Nkomba in their last matchup.

Jamie said “I went into it feeling pretty nervous. I lost to him the previous time I played him so I didn’t know what to expect. I just went in with nothing to lose and came out on top.” he said.

“I talked to a few people who have beaten him, so I got a few game-plans and tried to execute them and it worked.”

Jamie then continued to progress to reach the semi-finals of the nationals winning 6-4/6-3 at Melbourne Park where the Australian Open is held. 

Jamie unfortunately lost in the semi-finals after leading 1 set to 0, but lost in the 3rd set. 

This was a great effort from Jamie (Knox Tennis Captain and No.1). Knox Grammar School and NSW are very proud of the efforts shown by Jamie Fraser.

PREP SPORT

Prep Sports trials

For information about this Saturday's sports trials for boys in Years 3 to 6, please see the Prep Sport page on the Knox Portal.

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

CNSW Schools Croquet Championships 2014

The 8th annual schools competition was held at Chatswood Croquet Club on Sunday 30th November with eleven secondary students participating, ten 10 boys and one girl representing five schools - Narrabeen High School, Maitland High School, Barker College, St Pius X and Knox Grammar School. » Read More

Eager and enthusiastic Year 9 Knox participants were: Simon Sharpe, Charlie Sharpe, Will Tingey, Adam Goodge, Dhruv Behl, Tom Colfer and Alex Duffy.

The players were divided into 2 blocks (A & B) and this was followed by semi-finals and a final.  All games were Golf Croquet 13 point and all were played in excellent spirit.  There were flashes of brilliance from all players and great concentration from all the students.

In the Block Rounds Charlie Sharpe (Knox Grammar) and Lana Sexton (Narrabeen Sports High) were both undefeated.   The semi-final consisted of Lana Sexton playing against Alex Duffy & unfortunately Alex Duffy was beaten by Lana.  The other Semi Final was Simon Sharpe playing against his brother Charlie Sharpe. Following a great battle Simon proved to have the upper hand and beat Charlie with a score of 7-5.

That left Lana and Simon to play the final while Charlie Sharpe and Alex Duffy played off for 3rd and 4th position. 

Lana emerged the winner of the final 7 -3 and Charlie Sharpe finished 3rd overall.

All students commented on how they enjoyed the day and are already looking forward to next year.  All participants were presented with Certificates, the winner and runner up with medallions and thanks to the CNSW executive a lovely perpetual trophy was presented to the winner.

Baseball Report

29 November 2014 - It came down to the last innings in the 1st IX Baseball team, as the Knox team fought hard to hold onto the lead through to the end! » Read More

With our starting pitcher Chris Layman pitching the first two innings making 4 strikeouts to hold the run count to 8.  Brett Mullen stepped to the mound and worked the next 2 innings with 3 strikeouts, then our closing pitcher Greg Bradford took the mound.  Unfortunately the Greenway team got their bats swinging in the final innings and were able to take the game 15-12.  Our fielders worked hard with a terrific play from Brett Mullen at shortstop to Nick Gongolidis on first base. The combination of Jaidyn Leong at catcher and Nick on first base took another scalp. Greg Bradford made a terrific catch in centre field to stop the run count at 2 for the innings.  

Our bats were on fire with hits to all over the field by Jaidyn Leong, Nick Gongolidis, Alex Stone, Chris Layman, and Greg Bradford. Everyone came around the diamond for a run, except Brett Mullen who was left on base due to the 5 run mercy rule being applied.  It was an unfortunate loss for the team.

The junior Knox team successfully won their game with a walk off hit by James Layman to win 16-15. James Layman opened the pitching with a strong start striking out the first batter and then great fielding work by Joel Butler on second to Conor Rockwell on first, and James Layman to Conor Rockwell for the 3rd out in the first inning. Unfortunately the Thornleigh team rallied in the next innings bringing home 5 runs for the next 3 innings.  

It again fell to Knox to make the final result count in the last inning. Our batters worked hard with hits to Steve Koroknay, Harry Rockwell, James Layman, Conor Rockwell and Ryan Lin.  

Baseball continued throughout the holiday season, with students playing three more games before Christmas. 

Holiday Basketball Report
Mr Dom Finlay, Director of Basketball

During the 2015 January holidays a number of basketball activities occurred. Our prep and senior basketballers were involved in a three day camp. » Read More

Twenty prep boys worked hard through the morning sessions, focussing on the basic fundamentals of the sport, working on body balance, footwork, and early stage cognition and team principles. 

Thirty senior students worked in the afternoon sessions focussing more on some of the advanced principles of the sport.  Coaches introduced transition rules, defensive structures and shot technique as focal points of the camp. The camp plays an important role for many of our keen basketballers moving into the Term 1 section of our basketball competition. Our 1sts and 2nds were involved in a two day camp followed by a two day tournament. These are primarily used as an opportunity to dust some of the cobwebs that may have set in over the Christmas break. 

Our 2nds fought hard in all of the games narrowly missing out on beating some of the toughest teams in the tournament. They are positioned in third place for the CAS and look to have an undefeated run home during the second half of the season.

Our 1sts played well through the tournament. They eventually defeated Sydney Grammar winning the plate final for the first time since 2010. 
Term 1 is the second half of the season for our teams (year 8-opens) and the start for our (year 3 4’s, 5 6’s and 7’s). Good luck to all boys for an enjoyable and successful season ahead.

Holiday Cricket Report

The Knox senior cricket squad completed a holiday program including training and matches. » Read More

On Monday 12th January Knox played The Southport School at Grahame Mapp Field. This served as an ideal opportunity to gain match practice after the Christmas, New Year break. The Knox team performed well to win the match and with a follow-up training session had completed some valuable preparation for the annual cricket festival. This year the Neil Dansie Cricket Festival was hosted by St Peter’s College, Adelaide and the other schools participating included Toowoomba Grammar School and Camberwell Grammar.

On Thursday 15th January the team met at Sydney airport for the flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival the team completed a training session and over the next three days played matches against each of the other schools. Knox defeated Toowoomba Grammar in the first match with Matt Wesley scoring 53 runs and taking 3 wickets. 

On day two Knox played St Peter’s College and in a close match lost to a very sound St Peter’s team. Knox captain Harry Chapman led by example scoring a fine 51 runs. In the third match Knox played Camberwell Grammar who had been impressive in their first two matches. Excellent fielding by Knox and a solid batting effort from Hugh Sherwood with 36 runs proved decisive in a strong win.

Monday 19th was a rest day and the players enjoyed the opportunity to have a break completing a tour of the newly revamped Adelaide Oval and then a trip on the tram to Glenelg Beach for lunch and a swim. The final was played on Tuesday with Knox against St Peter’s College. After the loss in the earlier fixture the Knox team was keen for the chance to reverse the result and clinch the shield. However, Knox was restricted to 133 runs and St Peter’s proved a little too good once again to reach the required runs to secure victory. 

The team performed admirably on and off the field and will undoubtedly benefit from the experience of the tour in the lead up to the final five CAS matches. 

Holiday Rugby Report
Matt Williams, Director of Rugby

Over the Christmas holidays the Summer Rugby program had players from the Under 16s and Open teams attend three weekly strength and conditioning sessions in the gym. » Read More

In addition to these sessions, Mrs Cathy Walsh, our sprint and agility coach, conducted speed endurance and agility session twice a week for all the boys. 

The Acting Director of Strength and Conditioning Mr Ollie Scott, supervised any athlete suffering an injury. Ollie works with our physiotherapists to ensure the boys are working safely and appropriately to recover and return to training.

Knox is very fortunate to have such great coaches supporting the boys as they strive to improve as young men and as rugby players. It was great to see over thirty boys at every session over the holidays.

A three day rugby camp was run over January 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The weather was hot and so is the competition for places in this years teams. More than forty boys turn up to this non compulsory camp for players wanting to play 1st XV or 16A - an outstanding number.

The boys were coached in scrum, lineout, team organization and contact skills. Classroom sessions were conducted on team culture, sports psychology and tactical analysis of rugby. There was also testing of speed, endurance and strength.

The attitude, conduct and effort from every boy involved was outstanding. The boys improved in their skills, learned a lot more about the game they love and all the time having fun!  


Swimming Report

A total of 21 Knox Boys competed at 2015 NSW Age Championships. The six day meet was held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, and ran from 19th-24th January » Read More

With heats warming up from 7:30am and finals only finishing at 9pm at night, it was a marathon for many of our swimmers.

Winning five individual gold medals, Leon MacAlister (Year  9) was very busy!  Leon won 100m and 200m backstroke, 200m and 400m freestyle and the 200m Medley.  Well done!  

Vincent Dai (Year 12) won gold medals in both the 50m and 100m freestyle, and was narrowly beaten in the 200m freestyle and 100m fly, where he won two silver medals.

Justin Lee (Year 8) won 200m butterfly, was second in the 100m butterfly and was third in the 100m breaststroke too. Justin qualified for seven individual finals.

Andrew Hemsworth(yr 11) had a busy week too, managing to make the finals in seven events. Andrew won silver in 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, with bronze in the 200m breaststroke and 400m Medley.

Definitely the highlight of the week was the age 13-14 Years boys freestyle relay team of Justin Lee, Jack Ryan, Ben Shariat and Kevin Zhang winning the gold medal. Their winning time of 1:40.28 is a new AUSTRALIAN RECORD.  This is a fantastic achievement and they should all be very proud!  

The same four boys also picked up the silver in the medley relay.

Individual Finals qualifiers

Vincent Dai (Year 12) 50m free 1st, 100m free 1st, 200m free 2nd, 100m fly 2nd.
Andrew Hemsworth(Year 11) 100m fly 2nd, 200m fly 8th, 100m brst 2nd, 200m brst 3rd, 200m IM 9th, 400m IM 3rd.
Lachlan Kelly (Year 8) 100m back 9th, 200m back 6th.
Justin Lee (Year 8) 100m fly 2nd, 200 fly 3rd, 100m brst 3rd, 200m brst 5th, 50m free 5th, 100m free  6th, 200m free 4th.
Leon MacAlister (Year 9) 100m back 1st, 200m back 1st, 50m free 4th, 100m free 3rd, 200m free 1st, 400m free 1st, 200m IM 1st.
Joshua Mercer (Year 8) 200m fly 10th
William Yang (Year 11) 50m free 4th
Kevin Zhang (Year 10) 100m free 9th

State qualifiers

Cody Adam (Year 10), Sam Druce (Year 8), Nicholas Dijohn (Year 9), Declan Owers (Year 8), Sam Ritchens (Year 11), Sydney Robertson (Year 9), Ben Shariat (Year 9), Alex Trobec (Year 10), Xavier Wall (Year 9), Tom Williams (Year 10), Hortin Zeng (Year 8), George Zhu (Year 9).

Congratulations to all those who swam. 

With school swim trials starting next week, we can start to build and improve for the upcoming CAS competition in seven weeks.


Holiday Tennis Report
Ben Higgin, MIC Knox Tennis

During the December 2014 holidays saw Knox Tennis hold and Round Robin Tennis Event at Knox Prep Tennis Courts. » Read More

There was a good turnout of competitors and all eager for some match play with a chance to win some prizes. The boys were all split into different groups for singles depending on standards and experience of each player. The winners list below:
  • Division 1 Winner Andy Xuan (7-6/ 6-1)
  • Division 1 Runner Up Ben Cousins
  • 3rd Bruce Farquharson (6-2/6-0)
  • 4th James Lu
  • Division 2 Winner Harry Wagstaff (6-1/3-6/6-2)
  • Division 2 Runner Up Mitchell Mcasey
  • 3rd Andrew Lee (6-4)
  • 4th Johnie Holland
All the boys behaved outstandingly on and off the court and showed great sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Not to mention the boys played at least 6-8 sets of tennis per day and every player improved dramatically from getting some match play experience.

Looking forward to the next tournament.


Holiday Track and Field Report
Mr Chris Pittman, Director of Track & Field

The Knox Track & Field and Cross Country program was fortunate to run regular training sessions over the Christmas Holiday period. » Read More

Head Coach Cathy Walsh was extremely impressed with the large number of athletes engaging in the holiday program and our athletes are to be commended on their commitment to training. Additionally, the partnership between the Summer Rugby and Track & Field programs continues to build momentum. The partnership looks to build speed, agility and explosive power in preparation for the upcoming Rugby season and it is yielding some positive results and feedback from the players involved. 

Prior to the Christmas holidays, Nick Frost and Austin Thomson travelled to Adelaide from the 5th-7th of December 2014 to represent NSW in the National All Schools Championships. 

Nick cemented himself as one of Australia’s best throwers with a 59.20m throw in the Discus to rank himself as the 4th best Discus thrower for age in Australia. Nick will now begin to focus on the NSW Multi Event Championships which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Saturday and Sunday, 7 & 8 March 2015. Austin Thomson continued to rise as one of Australia’s premier Middle Distance / Sprinters. 

Austin made his first National All Schools Final in the 400m and gained some important high level race experience running a time of 55.28sec to rank himself as the 8th fastest in Australia. 





Many may have overlook the amazing achievements of William Constable U10, Sam Rockliff U11 and James Constable U12 in the rush to begin the Christmas holidays. William, Sam and James travelled with the NSW team to Penguin Tasmania to compete in the School Sports Australia National Track & Field Championships over three days of competition from Saturday 29th November to 1st December 2014. William represented NSW in the U10 800m and in a very fast heat to progress to the final with a time of 2:23.83sec. Sam ran an impressive 2:18.18sec to be the fastest qualifier for the U11 800m final and James battled an extremely fast second heat in the U12 800m to be the second fastest qualifier in a time of 2:13.53sec. Sunday delivered perfect conditions for the finals and the three Knox athletes did not disappoint with extremely exciting races. William claimed a National Gold medal with a time of 2:23.94sec and backed this up shortly after with another National Gold medal in the U10 800m Sprint Medley with a combined time of 1:55.68sec. Sam earned a National Silver Medal with a time of 2:16.00sec to add to his National Cross Country Gold Medal achieved in Albany WA earlier this year. James produced a very exciting finish to claim a National Silver Medal with a time of 2:14.20sec. Supporters in the crowd commented on the fine sportsmanship displayed by the Knox students and both the Preparatory and Senior schools as a whole are extremely proud of such amazing achievements.   


Holiday Water Polo Report
Mark McNamara, Head Coach

The Knox Water Polo group has been busy over the holiday period with Training, Camps and special events. » Read More

Training continued for all school teams on Tuesday and Thursdays and invitees attended a camp after this training. Quite a few of the Knox Prep School boys were in attendance and gained increasing confidence and skills.  

The Knox/Sydney University Academy continued to train and play in the Sydney Metropolitan competition in the U16A and U14A competition where results and efforts are improving steadily with every game.  Some students were lucky enough to watch the World Club Challenge where our Sydney University Men’s team defeated the Serbian Champions Radnicki by a goal in an exciting and entertaining match.  This was the first high quality Men’s game that many had watched.  

The improvement in standard is showing at school level where both our U16 teams are undefeated, the U14 A’s and B’s are in the upper part of their tables and 1st Grade are playing some great polo and hope to get their 3rd win early in the New Year. This improved standard has resulted in many of the boys selected to attend the NSW State Championships this year.  Alex Trobec and Kevin Zhang have been selected in the Sydney University A team and Amrit William, Louis Clarke, Aiden Robertson, John Kyrikos and Tom Winterton will compete with the Sydney University Gold team at the same tournament in Canberra.  Our U14 representatives are Harry Kyrikos, Nicholas Trobec and Antonio Matruglio in the A team. Austin Wagner, Richard Lonsdale and Josh Mercer are in the B team with Alex Heintze and Knox Prep school boys Mitchell Westhuizen and Sam Matruglio selected in the development team to compete in Tamworth in February.  Good luck to all!  

All boys were also invited to attend a special event at Knox Aquatic Centre where our Australian ‘Stingers’ Open Women’s team attended and put students through a rigorous training session, sponsored courtesy of the Knox Old boys and Sydney University Masters Men’s team. We thank them for their generosity and also thank Coach Greg McFadden and Sydney University Head coach Dusan Krystic for their attendance and enthusiasm.  Both coaches were very impressed with our fantastic Aquatic Centre as well as the potential of many of the players. Our Australian Women’s team won a Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and are always ranked among the top teams in the world.

Our juniors and beginners have also been busy with eleven students competing in the Balmain 12 and Under tournament held in early January.  The boys held their own and finished 3rd in their group, all thoroughly enjoying the day.  A further competition for younger boys is scheduled for Canberra over the Anzac Day weekend and expressions of interest are being asked for now – please see Mr McNamara.  

We welcome our new coaches, former students, Brett van Zyl and Will Crosling and also thank our Hungarian coach, Hunor Kicsi for his efforts and enthusiasm. Hunor is off to Hungary for the next 12 months and we wish him well.

Yours in Water Polo

Year 7 Sports Trials - Week 1

Year 7 will commence trials for Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Water Polo meeting in the Lawson Centre on Wednesday 28th January from 1.30pm to 4pm. Water Polo will finish at 3.15pm. » Read More

ALL other students will meet in the Lawson Centre to confirm their sports choices and get information for their sport at 1.30pm and conclude at 3.15pm. 

All students will need their Knox PDHPE shirt, Knox crested shorts and sports shoes as well as aquatic sports will need their plain black swimmers and goggles. Only students doing tennis will need to bring a tennis racquet as all other equipment is supplied for training and trials.  

Further Trials

Year 7 students will have trials again on Friday 30th January in period 7 commencing at 2.20pm and concluding at 3.15pm for all sports.

FINAL trials for Basketball, Cricket and Tennis will be held on Saturday 31st January and are as follows:
  • Basketball in the Great Hall and Lawson Centre from 10.00am until 11.30am
  • Cricket at Gillespie between 8am and 10am
  • Tennis at the Eastern Road Turramurra Courts from 9am till Noon. Specific times and groups will be advised on Friday.
  • Water Polo will be advised if required. (Games at Scots College TBC)

Year 8-12 Sport - Saturday 31 January

Years 8–12 students should make sure they check the fixture sheet for Saturday 31st January as there are only a few sporting activities on this day. » Read More

Years 8–12 students should make sure they check the fixture sheet for Saturday 31st January as there are only a few sporting activities on this day. 

The full Summer Training Schedule will re-commence on Monday 2nd February.   

A full round of Saturday sports commences on Saturday 7th February.

REGULAR NOTICES

Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Ph: 9901 7701
Website: www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport » Read More

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. 

A mini website has been created for Prep and Senior School students and parents to get the latest sport wet weather information via their smartphone. Please visit and bookmark www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport.

Representative Honours List

Knox compiles a representative honours list each year for the following achievements. » Read More

Students who have been selected and competed for the Combined Associated Schools, the Combined Independent Schools or NSW All Schools teams. Knox also acknowledges students who have been selected and competed in a NSW or state representative team or has been selected and competed in an Australian representative team. Please advise the Sports Office of any selections that occur so that we can acknowledge the fantastic

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. » Read More

Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.

Knox Dog Policy

Please note that Knox Grammar School has introduced a policy regarding dogs on our property and that all dogs on Knox property must be restrained on a lead at all times. » Read More

Owners must also immediately clean up after their dogs.

Uniform

Any student attending any Knox sporting fixture and/or venue must be properly attired in either track suit or school uniform.

Knox Portal

Prep School Sport
Senior School Sport

Fixtures

Prep School fixtures
Senior School fixtures

Wet Weather and
Sports Information

www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport

Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701

Prep Sport Office

Phone: 9473 9308
Email: Bonnie McDonald

Senior Sport Office

Phone: 9487 0127
Email: Liz Smith