Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Welcome back to Term 3 and the final 4 weeks of the Winter season.  Not only is Term 3 the final part of Winter season, it is also will see the commencement and conclusion of the Track and Field season.» Read More

Over the holidays there were many students who took advantage of the opportunities provided by the KSA and its staff.  The Athletic Development Centre and Aquatic centres were open and training opportunities were provided for Football, Rugby Tennis and general fitness for any sport.

Cricket development sessions were also offered along with winter Basketball continued to offer its strength fitness and skills sessions Track and Field also provided opportunities for all students interested at Gillespie and in the Athletic Development Centre and these sessions along with girls from PLC proved very popular.  At the start of the holidays Knox hosted the NSW Schools Opens and 16’s Rugby Trials and championships at Curagul.  From this Lachlan Swinton (year 12) was selected to represent NSW 2’s and Joe Williams (Year 12)  was selected to represent Combined States at the Australian championships held in the middle week.  

Further congratulations to Lachlan Swinton who has also been selected in the Australian Schoolboy Barbarian side to play later in Term 3.  Our CIS Football team played Mariah College in the CIS Cup game and after an exciting game that finished at 1 – all went down in the penalty shoot-out.  

Congratulations to all our boys who did well in their Tennis tournaments, a full report is included in this Bulletin.    

Rugby also braved the cold in Bathurst to play St Stanislaus on the last Saturday of the holidays but unfortunately due to the weather the games in Orange were cancelled. 

The highlight of the holidays was the outstanding success of both the Snow Sports trip and the Inter-schools competition that 93 of our students were involved in.  I would like to thank Mr Reardon and his staff for the great job that they did in ensuing the success of both the trip and the competition and I wish those who will be selected to go through to State all the best.

Finally, with just 4 rounds to go I encourage all students to approach their games and sport in the same manner they have done all year with a positive attitude, dressed appropriately and to support in the manner that Knox is known for.

Welcome back everyone and good luck in all your Sports.  

Quote of the Week

'Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.'
Bo Jackson

The Knox Team on the Knox Snow Sports Trip at Thredbo.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PREP SPORT

Prep Rugby Skills Camp
Tai Glassie, Coach

The Prep Rugby Skills Camp was held on Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th July. » Read More

This is the first time that we opened up the camp to K-2 players and it was great to see these children give rugby a try and work within a team environment!

The coaches and the camp program organised great agility and rugby skilled drills, conditioning and skilled based games to develop them over the 3 days.

We were very lucky to have great weather to allow the boys to show their individual skills.
It was great to see all the students participate and work hard during the time they spent on lower Gillespie field.

We wish all the students good luck for the rest of the season and we hope to see them soon during the next rugby camp.

Semester 2 Tennis lessons K-6

Semester 2 (Terms 3 and 4) Tennis Lesson enrolment forms are posted on the Portal under ‘Forms’. Please complete the appropriate year group form and return to Ms McDonald to reserve a place. All information is on the form. Tennis lessons commence as of Week 2.

Sport Venues

There is a Directory of Venues listed on the Knox Portal under 'Directory of Venues' and on the Prep Skoolbag app. » Read More

Term 3 Athletics Development and Fitness for the Brain programs

The abovementioned programs are posted on the Portal under ‘Forms’ and commence as of Week 2.
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Term 3 weekend sports fixtures

Weekend fixtures for all sports commences this Saturday 18 July and have their last fixture on Saturday 8 August. » Read More

Term 3 winter sports trainings

The Term 3 winter sports training schedule is posted at Prep sport under ‘Training Schedules’. » Read More

There is a schedule for Term 3, Week 1 and another for Term 3, Weeks 2-4. All winter sports trainings (except Track and Field) will conclude as of Week 5 (10 August).

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Cricket - Holiday Report
Simon Cusden, Director of Cricket

Batting and fielding was the focus for the school holiday skill sessions that were attended by both prep school and senior school boys over the holidays. » Read More

Over 20 boys ranging from Year 7’s to 1st XI players hit hundreds of tennis balls working on the basics that will hold them all in good stead in the middle for the coming season. 

Our prep boys worked on all skills involved in fielding, bowling, batting and wicket keeping. 

Our main goal this year is to build on last year’s results by improving our awareness as batsman. This begins with the technical work in Term 3 and will move into tactical aspects as we move towards the season. 

Physical training and athletic development was the focus for Term 2, as we now move into our preseason period, we will begin to work on team skills, game plans and further physical work. 

A huge congratulations to those boys who have showed professionalism and incredible work ethic over the past term and holidays. 

Let’s continue this momentum and great preparation. 

Cross Country - NSW Cross Country Championships (Club)
Nick Walker, Head Middle Distance and Cross Country Coach

On Saturday 20 June three Knox boys took on an unbelievably muddy course at Dapto near Wollongong. » Read More

They were running for their club (Asics Wests) in the NSW Cross Country Championships in the Under 14 race. Sam Rockliff (Yr6) won gold in the 3km race comfortably in 10:30 and was ably backed up by James Constable (Yr7), 12th in 11:12, and William Constable (Yr5), 19th in 11:29. As a result with one other club runner their team finished 3rd so all the boys came home with bronze medals. A great effort all round at this Club event.  


Firsts Rugby and Football supporters

It is a tradition that our Year 7 and 8 boys attend to support either our 1st Football or 1st XV Rugby teams during the CAS competition when they are playing at home. » Read More

We ask boys if they are able to attend the Football at 11.15am at Curagul or the Rugby at 3.15pm at Knox 1. Boys are to show their support by wearing either full school uniform or full tracksuit.

We understand that boys might be playing school sport at this time, and are therefore unable to attend. If you are unable to attend a 1st Football or 1st Rugby home game please contact Mrs Liz Smith

Home games in Term 3 - Saturday 25 July.

Football - Holiday Report
Steve Roche, MIC Football

Football camps and training for the years 9 and 10 and Opens continued through the holidays with great numbers turning out for the camps. » Read More

90 boys and girls for the junior camp in the second week and over 50 for the senior camp in the third week turned up for 3 days of coaching and fun, finishing off with a mini world cup on the third day which is always a favourite with all the players.

The Firsts and Seconds continued training through the holidays and also played the quarter final of the CIS cup against Moriah in the first week. Knox played with two year 9 boys and two year 10 boys joining the ranks due to the game landing in the holidays. Knox acquitted themselves well in the first half creating the better of the chances only to be countered from a corner 30 seconds from halftime and thus go into the break a goal down. 

The boys came out after the half and continued to pressure the Moriah goal again creating the better of the chances and finally broke through with a Matt Lee strike to level the score. Nick Diamond had a chance right at the death to take the game away from Moriah but sprayed his shot just wide with only minutes remaining. The game ended at one apiece and went to penalties to find the winner. Knox converted the first penalty and Moriah missed to give the edge to our boys but unfortunately from there the Moriah Keeper made two saves to put the game out of reach for Knox going down 4-2 on penalties.



Knox Track and Field Championships

Thursday 23 July Sydney Olympic Park, Warm-Up Track » Read More

The Track and Field Championships are a formal House based event where students can contest for Age Champion, Event placing(s), Schools Knock Out team selection and CAS team selection. 



Rugby - Holiday Report
John Rownes, MIC Rugby

Training sessions were conducted during the holiday period with the annual tour to Bathurst and Orange held over the last weekend. » Read More

Unfortunately, the prediction of severe weather conditions forced the cancellation of the match in Orange against Kinross Wolaroi on Sunday but the teams from each age group travelled to Bathurst to play St Stanislaus College. On a cold morning the teams travelled to Bathurst and played throughout the afternoon. The U13’s produced some excellent attacking rugby in their 38 – 19 win. The U14’s faced a bigger “Stannies” team who effectively hit up on the edges of the ruck and led 7 – 0 at halftime. 

The Knox team looked to play with greater width in the second half and found space out wide on several occasions. Will Sanderson surged to the line with a 30m run to score under the posts. The try was converted by Darcy Fitzgerald to level the scores and the game ended 7 – 7. The U15’s were down 5 – 14 at halftime but produced a better second half, inspired by a couple of strong tackles by Joseph Choi. The final score 12 – 19. Tom Brown excited the crowd with a great try under the posts for the U16’s to win narrowly 7 – 0. The 1st XV encountered a strong and determined “Stannies” team and in a close tightly fought match lost narrowly 24 – 26. The matches afforded a considerable number of players from each age group the opportunity to play and they will have benefited enormously from playing a match after a long break.

This Saturday Knox plays Trinity in round 7 of the CAS competition.



Snow Sports Trip
Mr Dom Finlay

After waiting an entire year, finally the time had arrived for the Knox snow trip to head off six and a half hours from Sydney down south to the Kosciusko National Park. » Read More

The touring group comprising of 46 students and 9 staff met on the chilly early hours of Sunday morning 28th of June.

Departing Woodville Ave gates, the procession of vehicles (cars, mini buses and a chartered bus) travelled swiftly to ensure the odyssey of reaching the snowline was as minimal as possible. Over 50 people required a variety of hire gear en route to our final destination, the ‘River Inn’ Thredbo.

The boys arrived tired, but very excited. A quick and very efficient exit off the bus combined with check in, ensured all boys had a chance to relax before a thorough briefing hosted by Mr Reardon followed by a hearty meal in the hotel restaurant.

The first day saw all ski trippers meet and stay in Thredbo for the entire day.  As with all days while at Thredbo the day started early with breakfast at 7am, followed by free ski time before a 10.15am meet up at the clock tower for roll call and lesson allocation. All the boys were extremely well behaved when moving into their groups. 

Between 10.30am-12.30pm all boys were provided with outstanding coaching by 5 of the best instructors on staff at the Thredbo mountain resort. Following thsee lessons, all boys were treated to an exceptional lunch on the deck of ‘River Inn’.  After lunch, most boys headed out for more free time supervised by staff who were strategically allocated throughout the available runs.

The afternoon saw most staff and students off the mountain by 3.30pm for a quick shower before meeting for short walk across to the Thredbo recreational centre for a stretch down with tour physio, Mr Tim Holman a swim/water slide and or sport session. This generally went for 2 hours, providing all boys with a chance to either relax their sore bodies or drain any surplus energy in the safety of a supervised facility. 

Dinner was always welcomed with ravenous enthusiasm. However, no matter how hungry the boys were, their manners and deportment always remained of a very high standard.

There were a number of extraordinary actions that occurred during the trip that are worth mentioning.

On the first ski morning of the trip, a number of the new skiers had trouble navigating the difficult task of combining the balance of learning their first turns with dodging other skiers at the similar stage of the learning curve. Two of our senior skiers stepped up and actually spent the entire morning coaching their younger peers with regards to the X’s and O’s of skiing and general skier decorum. 

The second instance of a Knox student exemplifying ‘Virile Agitur’ was on the second last day of the trip. A young lady had fallen heavily on a run shared by one of our Knox students. He immediately stopped, spoke to the injured skier before instinctively placing his skis a few metres up hill in an X (a well known alpine sign for injured skier). He waited for the snow patrol to arrive before exiting the site with no fuss or fanfare.  

The racing side of the trip was a huge success. The Knox Pymble and Interschools competitions proved just how strong Knox Grammar School is within the realm of Alpine Sports in NSW. Congratulations to all of the skiers and snowboarders who proudly represented Knox with vigour, energy and profound sportsmanship in challenging circumstances.  A big thank you as well is extended to all parents and supporters for their on-going support prior and during the events.  

Knox Snow Sports results 2015 Knox Snow Sports results 2015 (48 KB)



Swimming - 2015 NSW Metropolitan Championship

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) Saturday 11 - Sunday 13 July » Read More

From 70 different swim clubs from the Sydney Metropolitan area, 1100 swimmers raced at SOPAC for a final rehearsal before State Champs next month.

25 Knox swimmers were competing and had some great results.

Leon MacAlister (year 9) picked up 6 Gold medals, with the Open 50m backstroke title amongst them. As Leon is only 14 years old, this is quite an amazing effort. Leon also won Gold in 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m medley.

Prep school student Joshua Collett (year 6) swam a massive personal best to win the 11yr 100m breaststroke.

Justin Lee (year 8) won medals in three different strokes, winning Silver in 100m breaststroke and butterfly events, with a Bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Also on the dais were Jack Ryan (year 10) winning Silver in the 100m freestyle, and Joshua Johnson (year7) also winning Silver in the 12yr 100m butterfly.

Congratulations to all our qualifiers.

Cody Adam (year10), Mark Buddee (year 7), Nicholas Dijohn (year 9), Bailey Farris (year 7), Andrew Hemsworth (year 11), Angus Hornery (year 7), Lachlan Kelly (year 8), John Kyrikos (year 10), Antonio Matruglio (year 8), Lachlan Robertson (year 6), Sydney Robertson (year 10), Adam Soonius (year 7), James Stark (year 7), Oliver Utteridge (year 7), Oliver Weeding (year 7), William Yang (year 11), Kevin Zhang (year 10).

Tennis - Holiday Camp
Ben Higgins, MIC Knox Tennis

During the third week break at the end of Term 2, there was a lot of tennis played. » Read More

The first and third week saw the Knox FAST 4 TENNIS TOURNAMENT held at the Knox Prep School. There was a great turnout and the boys played some great tennis throughout the tournament with some epic battles on court. It was amazing to see the boys hungry to win and further their tournament experience. The winners and runners up of the FAST 4 TENNIS TOURNAMENTS were as follows:
  • Clive Marolt (Yr 7): Singles Winner, Division 1 and 2, Week 1
  • Aston Bloom (Yr 6): Singles Runner Up, Division 1 and 2, Week 1
  • Kiran Anker (Yr 7): Singles Winner, Division 3 and 4, Week 1
  • Zach Slonim (Yr 8): Singles Runner Up, Division 3 and 4, Week 1
  • Thomas Otto & Clive Marolt: Doubles Winners, Division 1 and 2, Week 1
  • Aston Bloom & Hugo Thomas: Doubles Runners Up, Division 1 and2, Week 1
  • Clinton Lui & Ryan Khattar: Doubles Winners, Division 3 and 4, Week 1
  • Zach Slonim & Ryan Soutar: Doubles Runners Up, Division 3 and 4, Week 1
  • Edward Zhang (Yr 7): Singles Winner, Division 1, Week 3
  • Ryan Khattar (Yr 4): Singles Runner Up, Division 1, Week 3
  • Adam Soonius & Eddy Zhang: Doubles Winners, Division 1 and 2, Week 3
  • Ryan Khattar & Luke Rowbottom: Doubles Runners Up, Division 1 and 2, Week 3
During the second week we saw 10 Knox boys play in the NSTA Junior City Open 2015 Tournament. This was a great way for the boys to gain valuable tournament experience. The boys performed brilliantly through the whole tournament against some very experienced tournament players. The Knox boys were very professional in their approach to each match they played and gave it everything on the court. The majority of the boys got through to the quarter finals of the consolation draw in their age group which was a great effort considering there were seeded players who were also knocked out of the main draw tournament. Pedro Papangelis had a great tournament reaching the quarter finals of main draw beating the No.1 seed of the tournament with an impressive display of tennis.

In the U/16s draw Max Nguyen (Yr 10) played some positive tennis against some full time tennis players and pushed them all the way. He eventually lost in the main draw and made it through to the semi-finals of the consolation where he met fellow team mate Thomas Burwood (Yr 10) who won the semi-finals against Max. Thomas had a great tournament beating a full time player with an outstanding display of tennis. After beating Max, Thomas made it to the final of the consolation but the opponent was too good this time.

Overall it was great to see how the boys took to the tournament and if they manage to play more they will show a significant improvement in their own game and also raise the standard higher for school tennis. Congratulations to all the boys on a successful tournament and here’s looking forward to another one soon.

Other tournament happenings for some of our Knox Tennis Boys: 
  • NSW TCA Little Masters - Hugo La Hei reached the final (u14).
  • Sydney Junior Closed - Aston Bloom reached the quarter-finals (U12), Hugo La Hei reached the quarter-finals (U14), Pedro Papangelis reached the final of the consolation (U14) and Charlie Wong qualified for the main draw (U14) while Bruce Farquharson reached the semi-finals of the qualifying consolation (U14).
  • NSTA City Junior Open - Clive Marolt reached the quarter-finals (U12), Hugo La Hei reached the quarter-finals (U14), Pedro Papangelis reached the quarter-finals (U14), Bruce Farquharson reached Round 3 (U14), Lachlan Walker reached Round 3 (U14), Hugo Thomas reached the quarter finals of the consolation (U14), Max Nguyen reached the semi-finals of the consolation (U16) and Thomas Burwood reached the final of the consolation (U16).
  • Hills Winter Junior Open - Clive Marolt qualified for the main draw and reached the final (U12) and Pedro Papangelis won the consolation (U14).
  • Hawkesbury Junior Open - Charlie Wong reached the quarter-finals (U14) and Pedro Papangelis won the tournament (U14).
  • Ulladulla Junior Open - Clive Marolt reached the semi-finals (U12).




Track and Field and Cross Country

Knox and PLC again combined their respective holiday programs with both schools actively preparing and looking forward to the upcoming competition season. » Read More

Knox athletes came out in force to post the strongest numbers of participation for the program in recent years. Athletes took advantage of the favourable weather conditions to target their skills across all events and all 8 sessions on offer. The program provided some much needed variety in the third week with strength and conditioning sessions followed by targeted recovery sessions in the Athletic Development and Aquatics Centres.

Students are encouraged to get involved in the Track & Field season and sign up for the School Track & Field Championships. Entries close Friday 17th July 2015 after Sports Assembly. Alternatively, students can email Mr Chris Pittman with their event nominations on pittmanc@knox.nsw.edu.au

Important dates for Term 3

Cross Country:
  • Saturday 18th July - North Ryde Common (Barker hosted).
  • Saturday 25th July - St Ives Show Ground CAS v GPS (Knox hosted)
  • Saturday 1st August - Centennial Park (Sydney High hosted)
  • Saturday 8th August - North Ryde Common CAS Championships (North Harbour hosted)
Track and Field:
  • Thursday 23rd July - Knox Track & Field Championships
  • Saturday 15th August - CAS/ISA Invitational No 1
  • Saturday 22nd August - CAS/ISA Invitational No 2
  • Thursday 20th August - NSW Schools Knock-Out (teams to be selected after Knox Championships).
  • Saturday 29th August - CAS/ISA Invitational No 3
  • Saturday 5th September - CAS/ISA Invitational No 4
  • Thursday 10th September - CAS Track & Field Championships

REGULAR NOTICES

Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 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.

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.

Mouthguards

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

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


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