Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

As we resumed Winter Sports season last Saturday on a cold but at least dry day it was great to see the commitment put in by all students.

I would remind all students that whether we are winning or losing it is about commitment to the team and to each other that is the most important aspect and that over the years Knox was forged a ‘never say die’ attitude amongst its students. I remind and encourage all current students that this is an important aspect of Sport at Knox. I look forward to seeing this attribute continue and develop as the years go on. » Read More

This week sees the school hold Track and Field Championship and I remind all students to check the details in this Bulletin and also on the Track and Field portal page for the plan for the day. I wish all those involved good luck in any event they may be doing at the Championships.

Finally, I ask that students remember that it is important to wear the correct attire not only when turning up to their venue, playing the game but also when leaving. This is important not only for the image and pride that you have in your school, but also for the health of all students that when it is cold and your game has concluded you should dress appropriately and for your health and well-being.

This week-end sees Round 8 with it being a home game against St Aloysius and I encourage all students if possible to support not only their own age groups but also the 1sts in Football at Curagul at 11.15 and Rugby on Knox 1 at 3.15pm. Good luck and go the black and blue!

Quote of the Week

'The favourite part of the game is the opportunity to play.'
Anon

Action from last weekend's round of sport against Trinity.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PREP SPORT

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

Cross Country
Nick Walker, Head Middle Distance and Cross Country Coach

On the 17th of July, Knox had four of their finest prep and senior school cross-country runners compete at the prestigious N.S.W PSSA Cross Country Championships. » Read More

From the prep school, Sean Williams, Will Constable and Sam Rockliff represented Knox as part of the CIS team, and from the senior school, James Constable represented Knox as part of the CIS team. The boys battled the freezing cold to produce some highly commendable results.

Sean Williams dominated most of the 9 years boys 2k, finishing strong in second place. Sean improved by almost 6 places from last year’s result. His hard work and training is a reflection of his exceptional result! Sean is definitely an athlete to watch this year as he now works towards his favourite track event- the 800m. We look forward to following Sean’s progress.

Sam Rockliff once again dominated the field in the 12/13’s boys, leading from the start all the way    to the finish, winning by almost 100m in front of his fellow competitors! This is a huge achievement as Sam has won State Cross-country every single year since he has been at the prep school. Sam will be a huge asset to the senior Knox Cross-Country team next year! Sam will now compete at the PSSA National cross-country championships which will be held in Melbourne next month.

The Constable brothers, Will Constable (11 years 3k) and James Constable (13 Years 3k) both had solid runs with Will finishing in 12th place and James finishing in 16th place. A top 20 finish at the N.S.W All-Schools is a fantastic result. Both boys are now putting their focus towards the track and field season focusing on the 800m which is their prime event.

The Knox senior cross-country team also had some great results at the CAS/GPS cross-country carnival over the weekend at North Ryde common with Barker hosting the meet.

In the Under 14s we had some fantastic results with Mitchell Westhuizen finishing in 5th place, Jackson Croker finishing in a solid 7th place, Angus Menzies finishing close to Jackson in 8th place, Tom Ivers, finishing his best ever run in 12th place, Oliver Morgan, also having one of his best runs, finishing in 15th place, Charlie McCann also achieved a personal best, finishing in 22nd place, Aidan Kumarasinghe finishing 24th, Riley Dwyer finishing 31st and Zac Hartmann finishing in 34th. This is a fantastic result for our Under 14’S team and all the boys should be proud of their achievement. This placed the boys 2nd out of the CAS Schools which is a tremendous result.

In the Under 16s, Knox continued to show some amazing performances with distance runner Ben Fitton finishing impressively in 7th place. Ben continues to show improvement each week due to his consistency at training which was a reflection of his run last weekend in the Sydney Harbour 10, where he smashed his personal best by 5 minutes, breaking the 40 minute mark, finishing with a swift time of 38:32.

In the Opens Vaughn Wickenden continued his commitment to cross country, finishing the 8k in a solid 7th place. Vaughn ran consistently well over the tough, hilly, muddy 8k course.

We look forward to Knox hosting the CAS vs GPS Cross-country carnival next weekend at the St Ives Showground. Knox should have a big attendance with KnoxFit joining the cross country team. 
Below are the results of the boys from the CAS Cross Country Carnival at Riverview.

Under 14s
Mitchell Westhuizen 5th place
Jackson Croker 7th place
Angus Menzies 8th place
Tom Ivers 12th place 
Oliver Morgan 15th place
Charlie McCann 22nd  place
Aiden Kumarasinghe 24th place
Riley Dwyer 31sth place 
Zac Hartmann 34th place 

Under 16s
Ben Fitton 7th place 

Opens
Vaughn Wickenden 7th place

A big thankyou goes to Chris Pittman for all his efforts on the day of the carnival, Ben Moss for all his assistance with coaching, Dale Thompson and Richard Winstanley for their assistance on the day and to all the parents for their continued support.


Fencing

Congratulations to Matthew Dall’Asen (Year 10) who came 8th in the Cadet Commonwealth Games. Fencing against the No 1 British fencer he lost by only 2 hits 13.15 to miss out on a top 4 position. A great achievement! » Read More

Training update
Fresh from the holidays the boys practised their footwork and agility exercises. They then fenced each other practising step lunges and parries. Control and concentration are important to ensure that each boy is able to score their hits accurately. There were also some exercises with catching the rubber rings on the edge of each foil which required some fine motor skills as well as bouting and distance exercises.  

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
Steve Roche, MIC Football

Football report vs Trinity
CAS round 7 was a weekend full of cancelled matches due to the inclement weather leading into game day. » Read More

Year 7 and all but the 10As cancelled at the away venue at Flockhart oval, but the ever reliable Curagul Fields was ready to host our Trinity rivals in years 8 and 9.

The Opens also managed to get their matches played on the artificial pitch and the spoils were tipped in Knox’s favour winning 3 drawing 1 and going down in 2 matches. The 1st XI after going ahead in the first minute with a Mathieu Cordier strike and dominating the first 20 minutes eventually capitulated to a 1-4 loss. The 2nd XI had their top of the table clash with second placed Trinity, with end to end football and physical battles all over the park. The 2nds came out on top all be it with an own goal to win the match. A penalty save by Nathan Maddison between the sticks kept the 1-0 score line when the final whistle blew.

There was only one match in the year 10 age group and by all reports a cracking game by the Knox boys pushing the league leaders Trinity all the way to the end where we could have pinched a deserved win only for Ed Yoong’s strike on goal to be brilliantly saved by the Trinity goal custodian to leave the score tied at 0-0.

Year 9 recorded their third clean sweep of the season with the impressive 9As leading off with a strong 3-1 win with goals from Charlie Candrick, Sam Baker and a quality team goal scored by Toby Powell to round it off. The 9Bs also kept the day rolling with a 3-2 victory. The 8Ds were the pick of the day banging in 8 goals to win 8-1.

Year 8 started the day well with the 8Gs sliding in 5 unanswered goals against the Barker 8Fs. The 8As 8Bs and 8Fs all went down narrowly to Trinity but the 8Cs and 8Es resurrected the spirits for the year group recording hard fought wins, in 3-2 and 1-0 respectively, keeping them firmly entrenched at the top of the leader board and with their undefeated tags still intact at the end of round 7!


Knox Track and Field Championships

Boys have been placed in events that they have nominated for. Please see details below for those that are competing. » Read More

Date: Thursday 23 July 2015
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Warm Up Track (SOPAC)

Bus Departure Timings:
  • 3000m runners – Bus Departs Gillespie Field at 7:15am
  • All events – Buses Depart Gillespie field at 7:30am
  • Year 12 Students completing assessments will depart at 8.30am by bus from Woodville Avenue   
Bus Return Timings:
  • Students will return to Gillespie Field at 2:30pm in time for afternoon sport.
Uniform: Students compete in their House shirts with Black Knox crested shorts, and event specific footwear. Please ensure you have a Knox tracksuit and adequate warm clothing due to the recent weather conditions.

General Information: Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle, snacks and a packed lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are also essential.

Wet Weather : Students should check the wet weather line by 6.30am on the day. If cancelled a normal school day will occur for those students who were to be taking part.  


Orienteering
Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

A morning at Clifton Gardens commenced the term of orienteering with much enjoyment. A difficult and lengthy course was set, challenging the senior runners with some 'bush-bashing', running through open to light bush areas without tracks to guide them. » Read More

Congratulations to all runners for persevering and committing to compete on the course. You can find the results for each division on the orienteering portal page. 

During the holidays the Metro League team of 5 students, Heath Wallace, Jackson Booth, Isaac Roberts, Thomas Gordon and David Tan also competed at the fourth round of the NSW Metro league orienteering competition. They achieved outstanding results, winning the round in their division. They are now placed FIRST overall in their division (4). This is a huge achievement given the divisions are open to all ages!! This Sunday will see the team compete at the last round before finals in August. 

This is a reminder to all orienteers from the summer or winter season that the NSW Schools Championships will be held on August 16th.   As in previous years, we will be taking a team composed of any students who have orienteered at any stage this year. Details will be released shortly for how to register as part of the team.

Rugby
John Rownes, MIC Rugby

Congratulations to Tom Cameron who played in the Regional Rugby Championships during the school holidays and has been selected in the Sydney Under 15s Representative Team. Sydney will play NSW Country on 2nd August. » Read More

Zac Hutchison (year 10 boarder) is currently on extended leave as he is representing the Cayman Islands in Rugby. We are happy to report that he and the team played well in the NACRA under 19s championships. They lost their opening qualifying match to Trinidad & Tobago so that meant they were then playing for the "plate" (i.e. the runners up trophy). They then went on to win the plate defeating the USA B team in the semi-finals and then defeating Turks & Caicos in the final 29 to 26, with a penalty goal three minutes out being the decider! Zac played fly half for all games and put in a sterling effort for a 16 year old playing in an Under19s competition.

CAS Round 7
Rugby resumed after the holiday break with Round 7 of the CAS competition. Knox played Trinity and the 1st XV maintained their unbeaten progress with a very sound 22 – 5 win. Strong defence was a feature as they repeatedly denied Trinity the opportunity to make forward progress, at times driving them back with a forceful defensive line. The Opens teams all enjoyed a very successful day with wins across all games. The 2nd XV won 20 – 0, 3rd XV 48 – 5, 4th XV 22 – 0, 5th XV 43 – 7 and the 6th XV played Kings 10th XV to record a 28 – 0 win.
The 16A’s defeated Trinity 36 – 10 and the 16C’s had a fine win against the Trinity 16B’s 42 – 0. The 16B’s and16D’s travelled to St Joseph’s College. The 16B’s produced a strong effort to defeat the St Joseph’s 16C’s 27 – 19 while the 16D’e lost to the St Joseph’s 16E’s 0 – 10. The 15A’s have developed significantly and their performance against Trinity was impressive. The level of purpose and intensity showed maturity where every player appeared to understand their role and contribute to the team effort. This was combined with an astute kicking game from Josh McInerney and a wonderful performance from the back row of Henry Kinsey, Peter Sherlock and Fraser Ross. The 15B’s went down narrowly 5 – 10, 15C’s won 24 – 12, 15D’s lost to St Joseph’s 15E’s 7 – 24 while the 15E’s defeated St Joseph’s 15G’s 24 – 0. The 14A’s continued their fine season with a sound 21 – 0 win against Trinity. The 14B’s won 17 – 12, 14C’s 57 – 0 while the 14D’s and 14E’s encountered strong Waverley teams losing their respective matches. The 13A’s met a bigger and stronger Trinity team and while their attitude and effort was admirable they went down 5 – 34. The 13C’s lost to trinity 13B’s 19 – 24, 13D’s defeated Trinity 13C’s 22 – 17, 13E’s won 70 – 5 while the 13F’s lost to Shore 13G’s 17 – 41.   

Representative Selection
Numerous Knox players achieved the honour of selection in various representative teams. The representative teams include both school and junior club pathways. These players are to be congratulated on their fine achievement. In particular, the outstanding achievement of Lachlan Swinton who has been selected in the Australian Schools Barbarians team to play New Zealand Schools in September. 

Schools Representative Teams

Australian Schools Barbarians Team
Lachlan Swinton
NSW Schools 2nd XV 
Lachlan Swinton

Combined States Schools
Joe Williams

CAS U18 1st XV
Milan Basson, Harry Chapman, Hugh Margin, Nicholas Rowell, David Stenning, Lachlan Swinton and Joe Williams 

CAS U18 2nd XV
Lachlan Begg, Leo Bosch, Connor Grindal and Rhett Butler 

NSW Schools U16
Tom Woodcock

CAS U16
Max Cutrone, Brady Dawson, Nick Frost, Ben Hansen, Tom Humphrey, Jono Stenning and Tom Woodcock

Junior Club Representative Teams

Barbarians U16
Billy Collins

Sydney U15
Tom Cameron

MNZ U15
Tom Cameron and Alex Trobec

Barbarians U15
James Frear and Ben Shariat

Sydney U14
Tom Gratwicke, Sean Kennedy and Sam Rechner


Sport Photographs

House Photographs
Thursday 30 July. The following Houses are to meet at Assembly time (12.05pm) on the Great Hall steps dressed in full Winter uniform (blazer, no boater) for House photographs. » Read More

The remaining Houses will have House Assembly in their usual venues.  

Adamson
Angus
Bryden 
Gillespie
McIlrath 
McKenzie  

Thursday 6 August 
The following Houses are to meet at Assembly time (12.05pm) on the Great Hall steps dressed in full Winter uniform (blazer, no boater) for House photographs.  The remaining Houses will have House Assembly in their usual venues.  
MacNeil
Montgomery 
Murdoch 
Reid
Sinclair
Turnbull

Sports Photographs 
Please see below the list of photos that will be taken on Tuesday August 11 on Knox 1 at 3.30pm.
All students will need to bring their sporting uniform for the photos. 

Also see for state and national reps students should be wearing their state or national attire.

Winter Sports:
1sts and 2nds Rugby
1st Cricket  
16A Rugby
1sts and 2nds Football
10A Football
1sts Volleyball
1sts and 2nds Squash
1sts and 2nds Tennis

Representative Photos
For students that have made State and National Teams

Captains of Sport 
Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Karate, Lawn Bowls, Mountain Biking, 
Orienteering, Rugby, Sailing, Target Rifle Shooting, Squash, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Tennis, Track 
& Field, Volleyball, Water Polo.

 

Squash

Perhaps a little ‘rusty’ from the holidays, this week’s skills lessons concentrated on consistency and length. » Read More

K1 v Wby 1

A good win by K. Johns 3-1.

K2 v Wby 2
A hard fought match which saw L .Mayo just going down 2/3 in a very close game. Special thanks goes to Z. Partridge for playing twice and winning 3-0.

K4 v Wby 3
A great win for D. Price 3-1 with some fantastic rallies during the match.

K17vK18
This was a really entertaining match, T. De Solom v M. Kelly, which went down to the wire with Tim winning 3-2 67/69pts in the end.

K22vK21
This was another long match, J. Li v K. Thomas, with Jesse winning 3-1 54/44pts.

All boys played with good sportsmanship.

Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Knox Tennis

Saturday 18th July 2015 saw Knox take on Trinity away at Haberfield Tennis Centre. The 1st team got off to a slightly better start this time by halving the doubles matches in each pair. » Read More

The singles had some very close matches with our No.1 and 2 losing close matches. It was down to our young No.3 and 4 players to try and get it back for us. Pedro Papangelis won a tight match 7-6, leaving Hugo La Hei to try and win 6-2 or better for the win. Unfortunately he went down 5-7, meaning the 1st team lost 3-5. The 2nd team didn’t play their best tennis this week losing against a strong side 1-7. The 3rds won 4-2 whilst the 4ths lost 2-4. The 5th-7th played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10s were at home at the Knox Prep Courts. The A team won 4-2 with good performances from both Josh Hourmouzis and Joel Sved in singles and doubles. The B team had an epic battle with Trinity drawing 3-3, but losing by 1 game overall to split the two sides. The C team had a good win 4-2 with a good show of tennis by Marcel Lima in both singles and doubles. The D team found things a bit tougher unfortunately losing 1-5.

The Year 9s were away at Haberfield Tennis Centre also. The A team got a tight win 3-3 winning by 1 game. Well done to Bruce Farquharson on a good singles and doubles performance. The B team lost 2-4, whilst the C and D teams got unfortunately washed out due to the afternoon rain. Teams E-H played an internal FAST 4 TENNIS Competition at Regimental Park with some great tennis played by the improving boys.
Year 8s were at Turramurra Park. The A team found it hard against a very experienced bunch of tournament players. They fought valiantly against them, but just found it too strong on the day. The B team lost on games after drawing 3-3 in sets. The C team had some success winning 5-1 as well as the D team winning 5-1. Well done to Samuel Druce and Jackson Lee on some outstanding singles and doubles performances. Teams E-G played an internal FAST 4 TENNIS Competition at Regimental Park with some great tennis played. The boys had some close matches.

Year 7 boys carried on their unbeaten record. The A team won 5-1 with some good doubles played by the boys. The B team also showed great improvement on their doubles play to help get the head start in the matches to win 4-2. Well done to Luke Rowbottom for an impressive display of tennis. The C and D team won with ease 6-0 dominating their opponents. Teams E-H played an internal FAST 4 TENNIS Competition at Regimental Park. The boys played some good tennis even though a bit rusty after the holidays.

Overall it was a tough weekend as expected against some very experienced players. Knox still won 55% of all matches played. Well done to the boys on an improvement across the board and especially in the doubles matches. Keep up the good work and keep chipping away and we will endeavour to be even more dominant against Trinity next time.

Term 4 2015: summer sports options for Years 7 , 8, 9, 10, 11

Students will have the opportunity to choose their Summer Sport in Year Group times with their Mentor in Week 3. For more information, please see the PDF document below. » Read More

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