Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Welcome to Week 4 of Term 1. I hope that all students have enjoyed their Sports so far this season as we are now approaching the half way point with only three Saturdays and two weeks to go. The focus for the term continues to be about attitude and behaviour towards opposition and referees and I ask that we continue the good work done so far. » Read More

It is also about enjoyment and I hope that all students continue to learn and develop the skills that will assist in ensuring that this is able to occur.

I congratulate the boys who will be acknowledged at this year's NSW CIS Awards night this Friday and a full article will be in next week’s bulletin for both Prep and Senior. This is a fantastic achievement for these students and I congratulate them and wish them all the best for the night.

This being the last home game for our 1sts teams this weekend, I encourage any student to come along and support other teams and if possible especially the 1sts for Cricket, Tennis, Basketball and Waterpolo. Finally I hope to see everyone competing next week at the 6 Event I look forward to enjoying what is always one of the best days in the House Sporting system.

Finally, a reminder that the CAS Swimming and Diving Championships are on Thursday 12 March and full details will be in next week’s bulletin.

Quote of the Week

'Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.'
Matt Cameron

Eleven students from Knox competed at the Northern Beaches Branch Carnival 2015 at Palm Beach on the weekend.

HIGHLIGHTS

Matt Dall’Asen - Fencing

Matt trained in Canberra at the AIS, then went on to Japan training at the JIS. He competed in the Tokyo Olympic Cup with 1500 competitors over all events. Matt had to qualify in the top 128 to go through to DE. » Read More

Matt qualified, ranking 28 after pools. He then went through to the DE losing in the second round dropping to a final ranking of 43.  Matt said that he should have made the top 16. He said his ability didn’t let him down but his mental focus did.

There were long delays of up to 3 hour between fencing bouts and he found trying to keep mentally focused hard. This is an area that he will have to work on as all future international comps now in this category are of this size.

This competition will give him a world ranking but the FIE has not updated rankings yet.

Matt has 4 major international comps coming up and will keep everyone posted. Matt is still having lessons with Angelo, but is training with AFT fencers under the Australian National Coach Antonio Signerlo. He fenced on Sunday in the NSW Open, ranking 6th, putting him in the top 8 for open age division. He leaves on 26th Feb for the Asian Championships in Dubai.

Matt is finalist in the Sport Star of the Year in NSW winner to be announced at “Waterview” at Homebush on 18 Feb.

Achievements 2014:
  • Australian National results at end 2014  Australian Open ranking 24th   Junior U/20 ranking 12th   Cadet U/17 3rd
  • NSW Rankings   Open ranking 12th  Junior U/20 5th   Cadet U/17 1st
  • Gold Australian U/20 Team Championships
  • Gold National Senior Boys Foil Championships
  • Gold National Senior Boys Foil Team Championships
  • Gold State U/15 Men’s Foil Championships
  • Bronze State U/17 Men’s Foil Championships
  • Gold Southern Highlands Open Championships 
  • Bronze State Junior U/20 Men’s Foil Championships
  • Gold Southern Highlands U/17 Championships
  • Bronze Brian McCowage Open Men’s Foil Championships
  • Gold Riverina U/15 Men’s Foil Championships
  • Gold Riverina Open Men’s Foil Championships

PREP SPORT

2015 Sports Trainings and Fixtures Term 1 Schedule

The Term 1 summer sports training schedule is posted on the Portal at Prep sport under ‘Training Schedules’. » Read More

Basketball, Cricket, T-ball and Tennis Saturday fixtures are posted on the portal under ‘Sports Fixtures’. It is imperative parents check the Portal every Friday in case there has been a fixture change. Saturday fixtures for Fencing, Karate, Orienteering and Golf are given to the boys at their training sessions.

We ask parents to please not to contact other schools where your son may be playing for a fixture. Please contact Ms McDonald for any fixture/venue query before Friday 3pm.

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

6 Event Track and Field Day

The House 6 Event Track & Field Day will be held on Wednesday 25 February, Week 5. » Read More

This is a very exciting day where it is compulsory for all Year 7 to 12 to compete in 200m, Shotput & 800m at Gillespie Field and the 100m, Turbo Jav and 400m on Knox 1. Students will rotate from one event to another in their House groups at the specified times.

The boys compete in Year Groups and will serve as heats for our school Track & Field Championships as well as deciding Cockhouse Points.  For the School House Track & Field Championships the results are based on age as of 1st January.  

Boys may come to School in either normal School uniform or house t-shirt, Knox crested shorts and appropriate sports shoes (no slip ons). The boys will compete in House T-shirt, crested black shorts and joggers or spikes depending on the event.  Computers should not be brought to School.  Sunscreen and a hat are vitally important.

The day will start with Mentor meetings and Roll marking at 8.25am.   After Mentor groups are finalised, Mentors will walk their group to the stands on Knox 1, where students will assemble in House groups.    

Once all Houses are assembled, those Houses competing at Gillespie Field (MO, MI, MK, GI, TU and MU) will walk to Gillespie in their House group. The remaining Houses – AD, AN, BR, RE, MN and SI will complete their first 3 events before lunch on Knox 1.

All boys will have lunch at the Senior School. The School canteen will not be open for recess, but will be opened at lunch and students should bring adequate drinks and snacks from home for the day.  Those competing at Gillespie for the morning sessions will all return to Knox for lunch in the same manner at 12 noon.

Following lunch, students will assemble in Houses at the Knox 1 stand and walk down to Gillespie at 12.50pm returning to Knox at the completion of the day’s events at 3.15pm.  Normal sport training will continue after the 6 event.  

Inclement weather: If it is raining or a very hot day please call 9901 7701 or visit www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport. If the 6 Event is cancelled boys should be prepared for a normal school day. If cancelled please note that the canteen will operate as normal for lunch but will only serve drinks for recess and students will need to bring their own food.

Swimming Information

CAS Swimming and Diving Championships
Thursday 12 March, SOPAC, Homebush
The CAS Swimming and Diving Championships will be held on Thursday 12 March from 4.30pm-8.30pm at SOPAC at Homebush. » Read More

This is one of the best CAS Sports events of each year and Knox has a long and successful history both in the pools and also with the largest group of supporters.  This year again we hope to follow tradition and do our best.  

Attendance at this event is compulsory for all Year 8 students as part of their tradition and voluntary for all other year groups.  The school looks forward to being the biggest and loudest again!  
Full details will be available on Scholaris on the Sports section next week.    

Athletics

Knox athletes had a busy weekend for the Little Athletics Region 5 Championships at Narrabeen from the 14th-15th February 2015. » Read More

Nicholas Frost completed a demanding program which included a 1st place 64.26m throw in the discus, a 2nd place 15.21m throw in the U15 shot put, a 4th place 44.82m throw in the javelin, 3rd place in the 100m hurdles in 14.22sec and a 7th placed jump of 5.33m in the long jump. Amazingly, Nick broke the NSW record in the discus with 64.26m being 1m clear of the old mark. Nick now has his sights set on a world junior qualifier. William Constable completed the challenging 800m and 1500m double with a 3rd placed 2:28.51sec and 2nd placed 5:07.50sec in the U11 800m and 1500m respectively. Austin Thomson returned to the track after a 2014 trip to the National All Schools in Adelaide with a 2nd place 58.59sec run in the U14 400m.

Max Hirst who is new to Knox in year 7 was electrifying throughout both track & field. Max took a 1st place in the U12 long jump with a huge 5.16m clearance. Max then added another 1st place with a 10.79m jump in the triple jump. His blistering start in the 60m hurdles to clock 9.60sec added another 1st place to an already impressive tally. Max then showed great conditioning to tackle the blue ribbon 100m event in a time of 13.88sec and earned himself a 3rd place. Well done Max.

Lachlan Antoinette revelled in the opportunity to compete against fellow Knox athlete Nick Frost with some impressive results. Lachlan posted a 5th place 12.74m shot put, 5th place 45.44m in discus, 10.93m triple jump and a 1.40m clearance in high jump. Jasper Spiller continues to emerge as a great young sprinter clocking 56.74sec, 26.14sec and 13.16sec in the 400m, 200m and 100m respectively. James Constable was at his efficient best taking two 1st places in the U12 800m in 2:20.23sec and 1:01.47sec in the 400m. Michael Newbrun earned himself two 3rd places in the U13 high jump with 1.50m and 13.96sec in the hurdles. Jaden Georgoulas cleared 1.35m in the U12 high jump.

Sean Williams continues to reap the rewards of his committed training program with a 2nd place in the U9 800m 2:39.83sec, 4th place in 400m in 1:14.28sec and a 4.81m throw in the U9 shot put. Max Purcell threw 8.75m in the U11 shot put. John Hunter moved ahead of the competition with a 2nd place 32.65m discus and a 10.84m shot put. James Roffe sent a strong message in the sprints with two 3rd places in the U14 100m 13.02sec and U14 200m 26.62sec. Charlie Lovegrove battled a strong field in the U14 800m running a time of 2:41.27sec. Harrison Muller put a disrupted end to 2014 behind him with strong performances in the U14 triple jump 10.03m, long jump 4.51m and 100m hurdles 14.85sec. Benjamin Suleyman threw an impressive 23.87m in the U13 javelin. Lachie Sky claimed an impressive 2nd place in the U13 1500m walk in a time of 8:33.92sec.

Any students wishing to undertake Track & Field training are reminded that Knox conducts regular (year round) Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions. All students are welcome and I would encourage any student wishing to improve their athleticism to attend:
Tuesday Am 6:45-8am at Gillespie Field.
Thursday Am 6:45-8am at Gillespie Field

Baseball

Under 19s first team
Way to rally Knox and if there had been another inning, the result might have been different! » Read More

Unfortunately Knox was not able to hold the Thornleigh Blue team and they won 13-9. Our opening pitcher, Chris Layman, pitched 4 strike outs. The other team came out batting hard with 5 hits off Chris. Michael So stepped up to the mound in the 3rd innings and pitched 26 pitches with only 1 hit, but several BB’s unfortunately. The opposition had 12 runs by the end of the 3rd inning. Greg Bradford went to the mound and pitched only 17 pitches with 1 strike out and amazing fielding work by the team allowed only 1 over the plate in the 4th inning. Our fielders were fearless – with outs awarded to Nick Gongolidis and Chris Layman on first base, and assists to Michael So, Alex Stone, Greg Bradford, and Nick Gongolidis.  An awesome play was made by Nick Gongolidis to Jaidyn Leong behind the plate to stop the steal at home. Unfortunately some errors in the field did allow Thornleigh Blue to obtain 3 unearned runs.  Jaidyn Leong worked hard behind the plate adapting to the different styles of the 3 pitchers.  We came out swinging with hits to Jaidyn Leong (2), Chris Layman (2), Nick Gongolidis (2), Max Voysey (2), Woody Wu (1), and Hamish Clarke used his body as a bat and was hit by the pitcher! Our last innings saw 5 over the plate.  A terrific game against a much older team!
 
Under 16s
Knox 16’s played Riverview at North Ryde on Saturday. James Layman opened the pitching with a heavily taped right arm – unfortunately his arm was not up to his normal standard causing some problems on the mound and he relinquished 5 runs in the 1st innings. Riverview were keen for a win and came in guns blazing, pitching extremely well. The only hit in the first innings, coming from James Layman, who cracked the bat with a huge hit to centre field which was unfortunately caught. Knox did manage to score a run with a base awarded to Steve Koroknay.

In the 2nd innings a newbie took over the pitching from James, Lachlan Strang. Even though he had not pitched before Lachlan gave it his best shot. There was an amazing double play where Andrew Johnstone took a great catch in centre field and shot the ball back to James Layman playing second base who took the second out. Knox gave up 2 runs in that inning mainly attributable to the double play by James and Andrew.

The 3rd and 4th innings saw some great hitting from Knox with an awesome smack from Ryan Lin into the outfield; a hit by James Layman to score a run and a hit by Harry Rockwell to score a run. Joel Butler hit as well but was caught out. Lachlan struggled to find the zone and conceded eleven runs. Harry Rockwell also took a great catch in the outfield. The final inning saw Harry awarded a base on a passed ball which led to finishing the game 16-4.

Basketball
Dom Finlay, Director of Knox Basketball

Overall
In the 7th round of the C.A.S. season Knox played Trinity. The men from Summer Hill and Warrawee have been two of the strongest programs in recent years. » Read More

Great coaching on both sides ensures all games are played in the right spirit with an abundance of skill. Knox finished with a 28 Win, 2 draw, 12 loss record the day.

Opens
Our opens finished the weekend with an 8 win 2 loss record. The 1sts match was a tight game up until our boys were able to string together a number of strong defensive trips, leading to easy transition scores. This ensured another win on the back of an outstanding final quarter. Our 2nds struggled to make some easy baskets throughout the game. Trinity have improved through the Xmas break and showed great teamwork to walk away with a win. Our 4ths continued their strong season with a turnaround result from term 4 beating Trinity 45-37. Our 5ths and 10ths remain undefeated so far this season.

10’s
Our 10’s had a very strong weekend winning 6 out of the 8 games played. Our 10A’s had a difficult game, missing some easy shots and failing to secure the ball at the defensive end. After speaking with some of the boys in the group, they feel confident they are continuing to learn how to play together through difficult stages of the game(s). Our C’s had a very strong performance keeping their undefeated record intact. In the F’s game, the score see sawed for 39 minutes 58 seconds, until Jimmy Bennett stepped up and nailed a free throw to seal the win for Knox.

9’s
Our 9’s finished with a 4 win, 2 loss and 1 draw record. Our A’s are proving a real handful for the other schools, with a deep year group. We expect big things going forward for this generation of fine young Knox Basketballers. Our B’s lost a nail biter down the stretch although they played very strongly throughout the game. Our C’s, D’s, H’s, I’s and J’s remain undefeated.

8’s

The 8’s had a very strong weekend winning 7 of the 9 games played. Our A’s struggled to break the strong press put on by the Trinity side, which will be a point of focus this week through practice. Our H’s and I’s continue to play great basketball and remain undefeated for the season.

7’s
Our 7’s struggled at the weekend playing against a very strong Trinity outfit. Our boys will be even more motivated after experiencing such a strong program. All coaches acknowledge the areas we need to work on, with a focus on defence being consistent throughout the 12 teams.


Cricket

Week two of the new term saw our 1st XI slip out of contention to win the CAS competition. Despite this, the school as a whole witnessed some fantastic wins and personal performances of note. » Read More

The continued education of our year 7’s of whom many are playing on grass for the first time is a joy to watch. Team unity is always high at Knox. This was especially evident this weekend in some close finishes and big moments. We must remember that whatever the result in the game, we are here to enjoy ourselves and learn. These are the only two consistent choice processes that exist. If we approach the game to only gain if we win, then we will not win when we lose! Great work this weekend everyone.

1st XI vs Trinity (Away)
The CAS competition as it stood before the last five games was: ‘if we lose one game we cannot win the comp’. So every game became a cup final. A big week of training and our boys were as ready as they could ever be for the biggest match of the year so far.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, skipper Harry Chapman was not surprised to see the amazing Will Graham snare an early wicket. Despite some early poles, Trinity continued to attack reaching 3/70 with relative ease off 20 overs. Enter Matt Beatty. Left arm spinner ‘Beat’ bowled with flight and guile conceding only 18 runs from his 10 over and taking two wickets including a fantastic caught and bowled even though he has a small fracture in his hand. The Trinity innings never gained momentum again as they finished on 141.

In reply we started slowly. The game plan, keeping wickets in hands, is proficient with rotation of the strike. Unfortunately the Trinity bowlers were tight with their line and length and we became bogged down very quickly. 2/20 became 6/40. Only James Knox and Matt Turner showing the heart needed in such a big game with Turner particularly stoic making a fantastic 41 runs. Despite the late rally, Knox capitulated for only 120 in chase of 141.

The CAS Championship is something we are not used to losing so this pill is a bitter one to swallow. We will however come back better players and better people for the experience.

2nd XI vs Trinity (Home)
Batting first Knox was eager to post a defendable total on a typically flat Curugal wicket. The opening stand of Sherwood and Morton executed the game plan to near perfection right from ball one. After seeing off the new ball Morton (26) and Sherwood (72) in particular, began to take control of the game combining positive running and potent hitting to produce the highest opening stand of the season; 0/102 after 20 overs. Some late hitting and somewhat surprisingly strong running from Will Petro (22) steered Knox to a competitive 5/169 at the close of innings.

Our bowling innings again began with early wickets, however this time it was Rob 'The Viper' Jones who struck with a nicely shaped delivery in his first over of the match. From there the wheels fell off as we again produced the sloppy sundry ridden bowling which has plagued us too often this season. Enter Hayden Todoroski (3/26) - in what is arguably one of the stories of the season. Overcoming significant mental demons Todo produced a consistently aggressive spell, snaring wickets at crucial times. Ably supported again by a luckless Callum Maritz (0/19) and a steady Hugh 'The Metronome' Sherwood (2/14) Knox squeezed the runs out of Trinity. Eventually Knox was able to restrict Trinity to 7/122 off their 32 overs, ending the day's play in the midst of a strong thunderstorm. Another sound victory takes the 2nd XI into three difficult fixtures to close out the season.

3rd XI vs Trinity (Away)
Winning the toss and batting first our 3rd XI racked up an impressive 209 all out. Ben Feather, who has been in good form all year without a really big score, made a fantastic 82. Well supported by Will West and Tom England who made 37 and 36 respectively.

In reply the Trinity innings never looked like threatening the high Knox total. Duncan Ballantine, who has a five wicket haul in the 2nd XI this year finished with 3/11 and Alex Gilbert 3/24. Trinity were all out for 148.

4th XI vs St Aloysius
It was an outrageous win for the 4ths who bowled Trinity out for 41. Cam Jenkins took 2/6, Connor McFadden 2/7 and David Taylor 2/6.

The performance was less than convincing with the bat but we managed to chase the score 6 wickets down.  

5th XI/10C’s vs Shore 6th XI (Home)
The Knox 5th/10Cs had a good turn out and elected to bowl first against the Shore 6ths side. Tate Jenetsky and Kurt Thomas did well collecting some early wickets with the help of some good fielding by all boys. On the small field Shore wracked up 225 runs being bowled out in the last over by Alex Hepworth. Knox then went into bat and after a few early wickets Max Kench and Alex Hepworth were able to stick around and get a few runs as well as Tate Jenetsky who once in stayed around until the end. The boys unfortunately only got 59 runs due to some excellent fielding by the Shore boys, but a fun day of cricket was had by all.

10A vs Trinity (Home)
After a surprising loss last week to St Aloysius, our boys were keen to react with a clinical and tough performance against a good Trinity unit. Batting first on a juicy deck our low score of 129 was always going to be defendable. Alex Doling-Cook hitting 21 off the last over proved a huge moment in the game.

With over 40 sundries last week, everyone was looking to our talented pack of seamers to see how they would react. They did brilliantly. Despite not taking too many early wickets, we were miserly and the pressure mounted. Trinity ended up with only 110. Knox won by 19 runs.

10B vs Trinity (Away)
It was an easy win on the road for the 10B’s. Batting first we amassed a fantastic score of 6/173 thanks to a fifty from Daniel Bell who made 53.

In reply Trinity were pegged back by a second five wicket haul in two weeks from Tom Moscou who took 5/12.

9A vs Trinity (Away)
Trinity won the toss and elected to bat. A couple of early wickets had trinity under pressure, though some loose bowling relieved that immediately. We lost Henry Kinsey to a head injury so had to play with 10 for the rest of the match. Trinity fought back against Knox bowlers to set a modest 142 runs for victory.

The Knox batting innings started with an early loss, though Pat Coburn and Nick Astridge steadied the ship with smart running between wickets. Soon after these two were dismissed, a mid-order collapse began. Sam Chapman and Ned Young worked hard to put a 68 run partnership together, giving Knox some respectability in the run chase. Knox was dismissed for (9 for) 123 with Henry not returning to play.

9B vs Trinity (Home)
Winning the toss and bowling on a good cricket pitch but with only 9 men was going to be a tall ask for the 9B’s who played a strong Trinity team. Keshav Manaktala has been the stand out performer all year and yet again made runs with 25, nearly half the team score of 67.

In reply our energy in the field was phenomenal with Keshav taking 2 wickets to complete a fine day. We had Trinity 6 down as they chased the score slowly due to some great bowling.

9C vs Trinity (Home)
 
A dominant performance with the ball saw Knox bowl Trinity out for only 28 with Year 7 boy, Angus McHue taking 3/5 and Finn Douglas 2/5.

Such a low score was never going to be in doubt so once we chased it the boys were allowed to continue batting until drinks. James Meldrum and Finn Douglas were the pick of the batsman as we cruised to victory.

8A vs Trinity (Away)
Batting first on a decent batting pitch our openers, Henry Wines and Sam Druce, once again provided a fantastic platform for the innings with 57 opening partnership (Wines making 34 and Druce 22).

Unfortunately a massive batting collapse saw Knox lose 8/33 in 14 overs as we finished with 8/90 off the allotted 32 overs.

In reply some wayward bowling offered Trinity the chance to get off to a flyer. Viruna Tennakoon then pegged things back with Tom Ivers who continued their fantastic seasons with miserly spells. Trinity however chased down the score with ease.

8B vs Trinity (Home)
A fantastic bowling performance limited Trinity to only 104 runs on what seemed like a good batting pitch. Zac Graham has been a form bowler all season. He took a fantastic 2/16 backed up by captain Jason Whiffin who took 1/7 including a crucial wicket.

In reply the batting labored as it has done for periods of the season. Jamie Cerezo making 12 and Ed Toole a useful 11 but unfortunately we could only muster 77. Some poor batting mixed in with some great lower order batting showed there were positives to be taken and areas to work on.  

8C vs Trinity (Home)
8Cs have done it again. Another classy all round performance has delivered victory by 6 wickets. Will Coe was on fire. He took 3/5 in a brilliant display of seam bowling, which included a very sharp caught and bowled. He chipped in with two more catches in the field. The remaining wickets were shared amongst the bowlers, all of whom demonstrated good control of line and length. Tim Shannon’s left arm quick deliveries snaffled a useful 2 poles as Trinity were bowled out for 47. After a slightly shaky start, the Knox batsmen batted steadily to victory, steered by Charlie Sargent. Chris Laniewski chipped in with a flashy cameo innings, much to the delight of his team- mates.

7A vs Trinity (Away)
Batting first the 7A’s got off to a flyer thanks to Jayllen Naganayagam who belted 38 off only 25 balls. He was ably supported by the rock-like Angus Kellaway who faced 77 balls for his 36. The innings was finished well by Captain Kale Gabila and Adi Srivatsan as we made 143 runs from the 32 overs.

In reply Trinity had two superb batsmen in the top three that challenged our bowlers until the end with Sharma making 47 and Buchanan making 56. This big partnership was to prove match winning as Trinity chased down the score with relative ease.

7B vs Trinity (Home)
A dominant performance by the 7B’s saw us dismiss Trinity for only 50 runs. Will Fernandez has been exceptional in his first two games and he continued that with 3/5 well supported by Hugh Peden 3/5 and Delaney 1/3.

In reply Henry Roberts was the mainstay of the chase making 18 not out, supported well by Daniel Mulcahy who made 16.

A great win for the boys!

7C vs Trinity (Away)
Batting first on a two paced pitch our boys showed great application on the way to 3/113 off 25 overs. Liam Ridley was the pick of the batsmen with 32 not out.

Trinity proved a tough nut to crack with their number 3 looking like he could win the game single handedly. Enter Lucas Chamen who bowled superbly taking 2/16 off 3 overs. Liam Ridley finished a fine all round match with ½ and Adam Barnes bowling well with 1/9.

7D Trinity (Away)
The 7D’s completed a dominant performance against Trinity after batting first and amassing 112. Ollie Harding was the pick of the batsmen with 27 off only 9 balls. Hamish McMaster was 16 not out.

In reply Trinity could only manage 46 runs with Will Stammers taking an incredible 5/3 and Zac Thomas 2/11.

7E vs Trinity (Away)
Our 7E’s dominated Trinity bowling them out for only 11 runs. Max Couvret took 3 wickets for only 4 runs. Bradley Boyd chased down the runs and then continued to bat on making 30 not out.

A special mention to Maxwell Evans who bowled tightly, fielded amazingly and last week was retired out.

7F vs Sydney Grammar E (Home)
The F’s had a fantastic win again Sydney Grammar. Bowling first we bowled Sydney out for only 52 thanks to Nimay Kallianpur who not only took a terrific catch but took 2/1 off 2 overs.

In reply Winston Lian’s strong innings of 29 not out enabled us to chase down the score 5 wickets down from 18.3 overs.

Fencing

The sounds of foils clashing drew an admiring crowd to the prep grounds as the boys practised their fencing skills. » Read More

MIC Santangelo emphasised control, concentration and seeing (three "C's") to the boys during their drills. The art of concentration is essential for the boys to master so they can learn to "read" their opponent. They practised their footwork and agility, learning to stay balanced while moving quickly. Learning to judge a bout was also an important skill and to watch carefully for the hits (which is difficult when foils are moving so fast). Accuracy was the key for the older boys with the ring exercise which enabled them to refine their skills and they practised their sparring in bouts against different opponents.

Golf

A good start to the year! Knox 2 defeats Barker. The Knox 2 team has started the season well, securing a 2½ to 1½ victory against Barker. » Read More

Although Pat Ferris and Will Bayliss had started their matches with confidence, Doug Fox and Josh Hourmouzis had a tough start and had to fight hard throughout the remainder of their rounds.

Will was impressive throughout his match, displaying the shot making you expect from a low handicap player. His victory was secured on the Par 3 15th and he finished at
-3 on the card at this hole.

Pat’s game was also solid, although he found it a little harder in the middle of his round. His match went onto the 16th and in the end he had a comfortable 4/2 win.

Doug showed a typical “never give in” approach to his match and fought back from a difficult start to be +1 at the 17th Tee. He faced tough competition on this hole but managed to square the hole. His opponent took the last however, resulting in an “All square” finish.

Josh was unsteady from the start and had a difficult time against a solid opponent, who consistently played comfortably from the fairway throughout. Although it was clearly not his day, Josh took time, after his match had finished, sorting out his difficulties and hitting some fine shots on the remaining holes.

Next week:

Knox 1 against Riverview at Terry Hills Golf Club (timings TBA)
Knox 2 has a bye

Practice on Monday at Avondale (weather permitting)

Surf Life Saving
Jono Giles, MIC SLS

A small team of Knox Surf Lifesavers competed in the annual Northern Beaches Branch Carnival 2015. » Read More

The competition was of a high standard and the students did a great job in competing against the local surf lifesaving clubs.  Well done the following boys who competed on the day:

Aedan Curtis
Thomas Sanderson
Fraser Ross
Sam Baptist
Harrison Drummer
Charles Kellaway
Tom Kite
Ryan Paul
Macauley Powell
Matthew Stafford
Jeremy Tysoe

Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 14th February 2015 saw our Open team away at Trinity College. » Read More

This was always going to be a tough assignment against a team full of tournament players. The boys didn’t get off to a good start with both pairs losing their doubles matches. This was now an even tougher assignment for the boys having to win all 4 singles matches convincingly to maybe sneak a win on games. Lewis Lambert and Max Nguyen both played well to get a win in their singles matches. Jamie Fraser and Pedro Papangelis unfortunately didn’t play their best tennis. The 2nd team also had a tough task and lost 6 sets to 2. The 3rd team unfortunately found their opponents too strong and lost 1 set to 5. The 4th team worked very well together and won 6 sets to 0. The 5th to 7th team all played an internal competition at Morona Avenue with some good tennis played by the boys.

The Year 10 boys were at our temporary home venue Waitara Tennis Centre. The A team showed some promise with the team winning 5 sets to 1 with some good play from Joel Sved and Andy Xuan. The B team played some outstanding tennis to win 6 sets to 0 with Matt Dall’Asen putting on a good display of tennis. The C and D teams couldn’t quite get it to work with the team losing 1 set to 5. The E and F teams played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9 teams were away at Trinity Tennis Centre. The A and B teams both played some outstanding tennis to win 5 sets to 1, with some great tennis played by Lachlan Walker in his singles. The C team played very well to win 6 sets to 0 with Jason Polczynski playing some good tennis. The D team won 5 sets to 1 with Ethan Chan moving up into the team and then to win his singles 6-0. Teams E to I all played the Fast 4 Tennis competition at the Glade Tennis Courts.

The Year 8 teams found their opponents to be too strong on the weekend. The A and B team both lost 1 set to 5, but the boys’ fought valiantly against some quality tennis players. The C team lost 0 sets to 6, but the D team rescued the day winning 4 sets to 2 with Nathan Lui showing signs of a good understanding of the tennis game. Teams E to G played in the Fast 4 Tennis competition at the Glade Tennis Courts.

The Year 7 boys are showing their depth and quality in the teams. The A team played some fantastic tennis with some close battles to win 5 sets to 1, whilst the B team won 6 sets to 0 with a good show of tennis by Kiran Anker and Hugo Stabback in their singles. The C and D teams both won 6 sets to 0 only dropping 8 games between the two teams. Well done to the year 7 teams on a great performance on the weekend. Teams F to L all played an internal Fast 4 Tennis Competition at the Prep School and all played some great tennis.
Overall this didn’t go down as one of our best weekends but the boys were up against a very strong tennis school. Knox won 60% of all matches played on the weekend. Good effort to the boys that played this weekend and lets come back bigger, better and stronger for next weekend!

Volleyball

With a simplified approach to trainings Knox showed up to Saturday’s game with a clear objective; to contest every point! » Read More

With a couple of players away the 2nd’s team rallied together to play their formidable opponents, Trinity. The first point was a long 20 hit point going to Trinity. It was evident Knox’s motives were spot on, passing and attention was what kept them in the set as well as some diving saves by Joshua Needs. A 2 point lead midway through, dwindled away with some poor serving. Trinity however were on key with theirs, with one specific opponent serving un-returnable points giving them a 10 point buffer. Although Captain Arslan Ahmed stung them back with a powerful drive down the line, Knox lost the 1st set 15-25.

Following on from Josh’s determination Adam Bowen and Aaron Chu copied with diving saves in the 2nd Set. The latter also stepped it up with strong work at the net. On the back of this fighting spirit they found themselves ahead 6-0 up going into a Trinity time-out. It didn’t slow down the momentum as our serves improved and Josh and Thomas Robinson both served well and scored a couple of aces for their team. The much deserved celebration from the boys after taking out the 2nd set lifted the whole mood of the Lawson Centre. This however woke the “Green Beast” and Trinity rolled on to a 7-0 lead in the 3rd set, from strong serving from ‘that guy’ again. Unable to get any momentum through some loose touches and miscommunication Knox 2nds eventually went down in the 3rd 3-15.

Majority of the 2nds then had to back up for Knox 1sts, with one special inclusion of young Year 8 student Adam Bowen debuting as a starter. As usual Trinity provided another intimidating team, although not without its own faults. Knox surprised Trinity every time with some unstructured plays, which kept them in each point. Knox 1sts have a knack of finding their feet in the 2nd set, however this is at the detriment of dropping the 1st and finding themselves playing catch up volleyball. Today was no different. Catching themselves out of position and with some loose touches they lost the first set 15-25.

As is the custom Knox approached the next set with nothing to lose, and like the 2nds to fight for every point. Off the back of strong spiking from David Balfour and Jackson Green as well as consistent serving from Captain Nathan Brackenrig they found themselves ahead 20-15 going in to a Trinity time-out. Trinity then produced some stinging defence and played some clever points rolling past Knox’s lead and demoralising the Knox team to take the 2nd set 25-22.

The final set was a mirror image of the 1st, with Trinity taking out the match 15-25. Highlights of the day were Adam stepping up against his older more experienced counterparts, which keeps Knox’s volleyball future in stable hands. Also the fighting spirit every player showed as well as the accomplishment of pushing both Trinity teams will put the whole squad in good stead heading into the final games of the season. Hopefully with the prospect of some much deserved wins.

Allan M. Glassie
Summer Volleyball M.I.C




MIC KNOX TENNIS

Waterpolo

Knox boys excel at NSW Water Polo Championships
The Under 14 Boys State Waterpolo Championships were held in Tamworth over the weekend which saw 10 Knox boys representing their clubs across Sydney. » Read More

Will Kablau represented Drummoyne who beat UTS Balmain Gold in their quarter final playoff 6 – 3 to finish 5th in the tournament.

The remaining 9 Knox players represented Sydney University who fielded 3 teams in the tournament were; Sydney University Lions (Alex Heintze, Mitchell Westhuizen and Sam Matruglio) –this was a development team and they finished 4th in their pool with a great win over UTS Balmain Black. The Sydney Uni Gold Team (Austin Wagner & Richard Lonsdale) finished a very respectable equal 9th with a spectacular 10 – 1 win against the Northern Beaches Breakers White Team. The Sydney University Blue Team (Harry Kyrikos, Nicholas Trobec, Josh Mercer and Antonio Matruglio) were runners up in the tournament playing several nail biting games to play the favourites Cronulla in the final. The final was a very close game with both teams on 1 – 1 at half time however Cronulla managed to gain the lead in the second half of the match to win 5 – 2.

It was a wonderful weekend for all players involved and we look forward to the National Championships which will feature teams from WA, Qld, VIC and South Australia and Tasmania and will be played on the Gold Coast over Easter.

Congratulations to all for their great achievements.

CIS/NSW All Schools Triathlon

Entries for this year’s CIS/NSW All Schools Triathlon to be held at Penrith on Thurs 26 and Fri 27 February close this Thursday 19 February. » Read More

Any student wanting to nominate to attend should see Mr Cobb in the Lawson Centre by the end of school Wednesday. No late entries are accepted by the CIS.

Diving

The results of the Knox CAS invitational diving competition held at SOPAC on Friday 13th February were as follows: » Read More

Junior
9th Otto Thomas (yr7)
10th Sebastian Smith (yr7)
11th Tate Osborne (yr8)

Intermediate
3rd Nicholas Gordon (yr10)
4th Jack Gutmann (yr9)
10th Christopher Darley

Open
1st Christian Holman

All boys competed well especially the juniors who are mostly new to the school.

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.

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