Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Round 2 of the CAS inter season saw Knox take on Waverley at Waverley and Queens Park Teams had some fantastic results and these were led by the 1sts and 2nds Rugby, the 1sts and 2nds Tennis and the 1sts and 2nds Football.» Read More

I would like to thank all those involved as they did the school proud and continue to show how good they are by showing that the values Knox espouses are upheld. Students were dressed appropriately and behaved in the correct manner throughout the day with discipline and commitment for their team.

With round 3 approaching and Knox playing Trinity, I encourage all to keep it up - as all teams work towards their goals of enjoyment, participation and victory where possible. But when not they still maintain those standards and expectations.
Representative season is approaching for the Opens in Football and Rugby and I wish all students the best with these.

I would ask anyone who has achieved state or national, global competition or selection that the KSA office know as last Friday it was fantastic to present at Sports Assembly those who have achieved success so far this year. It is a feature of these sports assemblies on a Friday and I need your support in letting me know how you are going to ensure we acknowledge the efforts and achievements by students at Knox.

Good luck this weekend – go the Black and Blue!

Quote of the Week

You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims. Harriet Woods

Boys and coaches from the Knox Orienteering Team.

HIGHLIGHTS

Gymnastics - Benjamin Dempsey

Benjamin Dempsey, Y9, has been selected to compete in the NSW Gymnastics Team to compete at the National Championships in Melbourne this month alongside Angus Laurie. Ben will now also be heading to the National Championships. » Read More

The KSA congratulates Ben and Angus on their State selection and wish them all the best at the National Championships.  

Matthew Dall’Asen wins Olympic grant

Matthew Dall’Asen was one of five young athletes from different sports who won a 2015 Athlete Grant awarded by the NSW Olympic Committee at their recent annual meeting. » Read More

Matthew was selected for the grant from more than 200 applicants from many different sports.

The NSWOC President, Helen Brownlee, spoke of the dedication of each of the winners to their sport, noting that Matthew couldn’t be present to collect his award as he was competing for Australia in Manila.

PREP SPORT

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SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

AFL

Under 16 Match Report
Waverley 15.12 – 102 defeats Knox 14.9 93
9 May 2015 saw the first game of the season pitting Knox against Waverley. After a strong contest last year Knox knew Waverley were going to come out strong. » Read More

The first quarter saw Waverley come out strong and kick the first goal. Followed by a strong return attack from Knox as they then kicked the following two. Whilst the Waverley defence was strong, Knox managed to overcome this from a strong midfield set up that gave Knox a two goal lead at the quarter break.

Following the first quarter break, Knox kick the first goal of the term following a strong first quarter. This then put Knox in a good position to hold out Waverley for the rest of the quarter. However, after a strong attack from the Waverley forward line they clawed back at Knox’s lead and managed to come within two goals at the half.

The third quarter saw Knox dominate from the beginning to the end. From a strong forward line to an efficient midfield to a stable backline, everything just seemed to work. Knox managed to boot 6 goals and had a strong 4 goal lead by the end of the term.

The fourth quarter Waverley were just too good, following a strong showing from there players. They managed to crawl back at the lead and eventually get in front with 4 minutes to go. To Knox’s credit they managed to maintain a strong contest while clearly momentum was with Waverley. However unfortunately Waverley’s last quarter surge was too much for Knox and they ended up winning by 9 points.
Coach – Mitch De Vries

Under 14 Black Match Report
The Under 14 Black team had an extremely successful win against Trinity for the first round of the season. The final score: Knox 11.14(80) defeating Trinity 1.3(9). Knox was able to establish a strong dominance early in the game, with two quick early goals in the first quarter. However, with Jack Puncher dominating the ruck taps, it was no surprise. The hard working center men were able to string together smart ball movement to the forwards. Even though our goal kicking could’ve been a bit straighter, the forward pressure was superb. This forward pressure presented the forwards with more opportunities to get the points on the board. The backmen, led by Ethan Ravenhall and Dylan Gay at rotating Center Half Back, showcased their skills, only allowing for one goal against the team. The team’s tackling intensity, especially by Oscar Geddes, and skill level is worth mentioning with an impressive effort. Overall, the team has definitely set a path for a bright future for the season.  
Coach – Lukas De Vries

Under 14 Blue Match Report
The Knox Blue Under 14 took to the ELS Halls field for their first game of the season after a rain-delayed start to the year. The game was against a well drilled side in their barker rivals and despite a slow start to the first quarter the boys seemed to gel quickly as they recovered to head into the first change three goals to two thanks to some handy work in the midfield from Harrison Rowles, Jude Yates and Zayne Hookham. The second quarter was a much more free flowing game as the ball went end to end with some good passages of play between Angus Kellaway, Xavier Pereira on the wings to our undersized forward line in Will Fernandez, Liam Parnell and Owen Lees. The second half was a far more dominant display from the Barker side and despite the barrage of inside 50s from the opposition our defence held their own with the likes of Cam Cormio, Christian Knight, Nathan Plenge and Henry Smith. The boys will hope to improve on this effort after showing glimpses of their talent in each of the quarters in the game and put a big effort on the track this week. Under 14’s – Knox Blue 7.3 (45) defeated by Barker 16.14 (116)
Coach – Andrew Morris

AFL success
Last week we had a number of our year 9 boys trial for selection into the 15 years NSW CIS AFL Team.

Throughout the day’s trial games the initial 100 boys were cut to 36, then down to the final 22.

Ryan De Vries (9) played exceptionally well and has been rewarded with selection into the NSW CIS Rep side.  Congratulations Ryan!

Fencing

The Prep boys were practising their footwork in a number of drills including advancing and defensive steps and lunging. » Read More

Learning to do a correct lunge is always difficult at first as the boys must keep their balance and learn to stay on the lunge to train their muscles to get used to the stretch. The boys were also taught the value of focusing and concentrating which is essential to keep up with the footwork drills. Bouting came next and the boys enjoyed putting their newly learned skills into action. 

The older boys learned the finer points of judging, each taking turns at fencing and judging so they understand how to phrase the actions and have a better understanding of the priority rules.

Firsts Rugby and Football Supporters - Year 7 and 8

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

We ask boys 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 Rugby game, please contact Mrs Liz Smith

Home games in Terms 2 and 3  

  • Saturday 16 May 
  • Saturday 30 May 
  • Saturday 13 June 
  • Saturday 25 July 

Football

Knox vs Waverley CAS Round 2
Round 2 has seen another long standing record broken along with numerous hat tricks from boys across all year groups and grades! » Read More


Stats for the day were 25 wins 5 losses and 1 draw with a record number of goals scored in a round of 145 with 34 against.

Our 1st XI had arguably the toughest round of the season to play, going away to Queens Park which is a notorious ground for any visitor to gain points at. The boys went up 2-0 in the first stanza with goals from Ben Bradford and a Charlie Baker free kick only to run out of gas in the second half after a big week of catch up matches conceding twice to make for an exciting finish to the match, both sides hitting the woodwork in attempts to break the deadlock. But it was not to be and ended 2-2 with the teams sharing the points. The 2nd XI put 6 goals past Waverley to continue an impressive start to their season with doubles to Nick Pearson and Farbod Nasseri. A first win for the 3rd XI was a good sign and the 4ths and 6ths also opened their account with solid wins.

Year 10 had a tough start to the day going down 2-1 in the As and the Bs after leading both games early but conceding late in the match. The 10 Cs Ds and Es made up for the morning and recorded good wins 2-0, 4-3 and 1-0 respectively.
Year 9 is the first year group to manage a clean sweep winning 5 from 5 while scoring 27 goals and conceding only 4. 9As were in for a battle in the first 20 minutes with Oliver Wiggin finishing off the first goal only for the boys to let one slip in off a corner which gave the Waverley contingent some hope before goals from Sam Baker, Charlie Candrick and Zach Harvey-Latham put the result in the bag.

Year 8 also finished the days preceding with a clean sweep scoring a whopping 43 goals in 6 matches and only letting 3 past their custodians in goal. The 8As the pick of the matches showing off the hard work they have put in on the off season program winning in an entertaining 5-1 score line with striker Harrison Muller scoring 4 goals.

Year 7 winning 5 of their 6 matches rounded out the day with two seesawing games in the As and Bs the Bs coming out on top after missing a penalty 5-3 and the 7As going down 6-4 after leading early 3-1. Score line of the day went to the 7Es relishing the opportunity to get on the park after last week’s rained out match putting 14 goals in the net and keeping as clean sheet at the other end.

Futsal
This week’s year 7 Futsal competition witnessed the 1st ever transfer with Kai Chan leaving Team Messi and being signed by Team Ibrahimavic. Initially the offer was a Mars bar, but after negotiation all parties agreed on a standard Kit Kat. Boys are having a great time and developing both their close skills and combination play nicely and are playing some entertaining competitive football.

Orienteering
Dylan Sherman, Orienteering MIC

Allambie Heights and Metroleague success
A difficult first course was set at Allambie Heights this week for the Orienteering Squad. New orienteers participated in a final stage of their induction, completing a guided course with one of our coaches, finessing their navigational skills. » Read More

Experienced orienteers tackled some challenging, but most rewarding, bush navigation performing exceptionally well. Congratulations to everyone for their great enthusiasm and energy on the course. 

Sunday saw Knox compete in the second NSW State Metroleague competition, held monthly against all NSW orienteering clubs. 

The event was held at Macquarie Fields, with a brand new map to explore. Competing in Division 4 against adult teams, the Knox team won the round against Bennelong Orienteers, scoring a total of 31 points. In division 4, consisting of 6 teams, Knox is now placed second overall - A huge achievement! We also currently hold the individual first place in Division 4. Congratulations to Jackson Booth, Isaac Roberts, David Tan, Giacomo Rotolo-Ross and Heath Wallace for competing in the Knox team. Within the division, Knox took the individual 1st place and 6th place along with 3 other times within the top 15, against 30 other competitors.

Rugby
John Rownes, MIC Rugby

The second round of the CAS competition was played last Saturday 9th May with Knox confronting the traditionally strong Waverley College. » Read More

After a resounding first up win against Barker the 1st XV travelled to Queens Park to meet a Waverley team that produced a comfortable win against Trinity in their first match. Knox however, approached the match determined to be strong and resolute with both their defence and discipline. This they achieved with an outstanding result, inflicting a 41 – 0 defeat of Waverley. Once again, the magnificent back row of Harry Chapman, Milan Basson and Lachlan Swinton produced impressive performances and they were well supported by Lachlan Begg in the forwards. The ever reliable David Stenning is in fine form and scored an absolutely sensational try down the left hand side of the field.

The Opens won all their respective matches. The 2nd XV came from behind to defeat Waverley 31 – 22, the 3rd XV won 24 – 5, the 4th XV 24 – 7, while the 5th XV produced an exceptional display to overwhelm their opponents 61 – 0. The 16A’s showed grit to win in a tight contest 12 – 10, the 16B’s and 10C’s both went down narrowly 10 – 15 and 19 – 24 respectively, the 16D’s won 12 – 0 and the 16E’s lost to Barker 16D’s 5 – 28. The U15 age group enjoyed a successful day. Unfortunately the 15E’s didn’t have a match but combined with the 15D’s to win 27 – 17. The 15C’s are a team of true potential and possess a very positive and mature approach towards their rugby. A sound start to the game had them establish a 12 – 0 lead just prior to halftime. 

Knox won a close encounter 12 – 7 in the 15B’s.  The 15A’s won 15 – 12 and their efforts highlighted the ongoing development of this team. The U14’s had some mixed results. The 14E’s, 14D’s and 14C’s lost their matches but the 14B’s won 19 – 12 in a close match where the structured defence was particularly impressive. The 14A’s continue to evolve and the fine 21 – 5 win was an example of the growing maturity of this team. 

The 13F’s, 13E’s and 13B’s lost their matches while the 13D’s, 13C’s and 13A’s won. At this early stage of the season there is much to admire about the U13’s and their wonderful approach.


 

Sailing

A full Sailing report will feature next week.

Shooting

The shooting team enjoyed great weather last Saturday at the Hornsby Rifle Range. » Read More

A dozen boys were there to hone their skills including a couple of new starters who were being helped and encouraged by the more experienced boys. The team will get the taste of competition when they go to the GPS shooting championships where they are allowed to compete as guests later in the year.

Squash
Annie Gleason, MIC Squash

Last Saturday was a great start to the season. All the Knox boys played well although they were a bit nervous as this was their first match in the new season. » Read More

  • K1 v Briars 1: T. Wilson, A. Li and K. Johns unfortunately lost their match 1-2.
  • K2 v Barker 1: B. Arnold, V. Kumar and L. Mayo won 3-0. This was a great team win.
  • K13; W. Navratil, D. Behl and N. Barclay set up another great team win especially as this was these boys first ever match 3-0 (19/3).
  • K15; A. Nelson, W. Cheung and W. Qian earned another good team win 3-0 (20/2).
  • K16; P. Joseph v T. Ballinger. This was a fantastic match with long rallies in a hard fought 5 setter with the final result at 3/2 (71/67 points).
  • K27; what a great match D. Harrison v J. Harris was. This was an hour long competition with quality shots all round. It was also a happy birthday for James in winning 3-2 65/63 points.
  • K38; these first games for our year 7 boys also resulted in a fantastic win with great team spirit finishing at 3-0 21/1. A. Bradshaw was joined by S. Ragavan and Z. Slonim. Special mention goes to the latter two for playing twice.
Also a special mention goes to O. Ellard who also assisted the new players by scoring and refereeing their matches.

For all the boys these first matches were really hard but are a good indicator that there are great things ahead. We had good support from the teams and the spectators were surprised with the new found skills displayed by the boys.

Training this week concentrated on length and control of the “T”.

House Squash Winners;
1st Montgomery
2nd Sinclair
3rd Angus

All boys played with good sportsmanship.

Surfing

The Knox surfers went to the Regional Schools Surfing Competition at the weekend. The best surfers from the north and south of Sydney compete at this carnival, so progression through the heats is not easy. » Read More

The following boys competed in the U/16 and U/19 age groups. These boys have trained hard for this and their improvement is obvious….a visible testament to the surfing program at Knox.

Jack Anderson
Noah Derwent
Cody Adam 
Angus Grant
Laurie Shaw
James Donaldson
Fraser Dovell

All boys surfed well with Noah, Angus, James and Fraser making it past round 1. The other boys just missed out in very close heats and have undoubtedly benefited from the experience.

Fraser was successful at winning the event. In addition to the win he received the highest wave score and the best wave total.  

Swimming

NSW CIS Swimming Championships 2015 on 29 and 30 April at SOPAC
Senior school swimmers representing Independent Schools from the whole of NSW competed last week at Sydney Olympic Park. » Read More

The standard was extremely high this year, with an astonishing 40 individual records being set.

Swimmers who make the dais, will get selected to compete for CIS at Pacific School Games trials on 18 May.

A total of 20 Knox boys were selected to compete over the two day meet. Many of the Knox team were involved in the relays, all of which were involved in some tight races.

Knox won five out of the seven relays, setting two new records throughout the evening. 

The All Age Team of James Stark (year 7), Ethan Hansen (year 7), Justin Lee (year 8), Jack Ryan (year 9), Stephen Sheahan (year 10) and Vincent Dai (year 12) smashed the record by five seconds.

The 17/over freestyle team of Andrew Hemsworth (year 11), William Yang (year 11), Sam Ritchens (year 11) and Vincent Dai (year 12) also broke the record. These four boys have broken the relay records for the last three years on the trot.

Leon MacAlister (year 9) set four individual records in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and also in the 200m medley.

Justin Lee (year 8) set new marks in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

The record breaking would not be complete without Vincent Dai setting a new 50m freestyle standard.

Andrew Hemsworth had a great sequence of races, taking out the 200m medley, 200m breaststroke, 50m fly and 50m breaststroke.

William Yang won the 100m backstroke, and rounding off the Knox gold medal count was Jack Ryan in the 100m freestyle.

Our boys won a total of 14 Gold, 11 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

Congratulations to Joshua Johnson (year 7), Angus Menzies (year 7), Nicholas Dijohn (year 9), Alex Trobec (year 10), Kevin Zhang (year 10) on representing CAS.

The following 15 swimmers will compete for CIS at the PSG trials/All Schools on the 18th May.

Ethan Hansen (year 7), James Stark (year 7), Ben Bradshaw (year 8), Lachlan Kelly (year 8), Justin Lee (year 8), Joshua Mercer (year 8), Leon MacAlister (year 9), Sydney Robertson (year 9), George Zhu (year 9), Jack Ryan (year 10), Stephen Sheahan (year 10), Andrew Hemsworth (year 11), Sam Ritchens (year 11), William Yang (year 11), Vincent Dai (year 12).

Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Knox Tennis

Saturday 9 May saw Knox take on Waverley away for our Open teams. » Read More

The 1st team were looking forward to having a match after last week’s match got washed out. The 1st team played some very solid tennis to get the job done winning 8 sets to 0. 

There was a good win from Max Nguyen in his singles after losing to the same boy last time. He won his singles 6-2. In the 2nd team Lachlan Walker (Year 9) was making his debut in the team and started nervously in the doubles, but Thomas Burwood was there to help keep the team in check to get the win 6-1/6-0 in the doubles, whilst Lachlan played some great tennis to win his singles 6-0. The 2nd team also won 8 sets to 0. The 3rd team also showed a solid team performance winning 6 sets to 0, with a good singles performance from Chris Brereton. The 4th team also won 5 sets to 1. The 5th-7th teams all played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10 boys were at our new temporary home venue Knox Prep Tennis Courts. The A team made light work of their win 6 sets to 0 and only dropped 2 games between them. The B team also had a convincing win 6-0. The C and D teams played an internal competition and showed some great tennis.

The Year 9 teams were away at Mutch Park over in Waverley. The A team completely outclassed their opponent to win 6-0 and only dropped 1 game between the team. The B team nearly followed suit winning 6-0 and only dropped 8 games between the team. The C team also performed well as a team to win 6-0 and only lost 3 games. The D team fought valiantly as they were without 2 players from their team and nearly won. They drew 3 sets all, but lost by 3 games. Teams E-H played in the internal Fast 4 Tennis competition at Regimental Park. The boys played some great tennis and were all very competitive.

The Year 8 teams were at Turramurra Park. The A team unfortunately lost on games, with only 4 games splitting the teams. The B team did well with just 3 players in the team and won 4 sets to 2. Nathan Guo played some outstanding tennis to win 6-0 in his singles. The C and D team played an internal match against the Year 7 C and D teams. There were some great shots played through the day and there was great sportsmanship from the boys. I would like to congratulate the Year 8s supportive attitude and advice they gave to the Year 7s throughout all matches. Teams E-G all played in the internal Fast 4 Tennis competition at Regimental Park.

The Year 7 boys were away at Waverley. The A and B team showed their strength and depth in the teams to win 6-0 and only dropping 4 games between the 2 teams. The Year 7 C and D team played well against the Year 8 C and D team and showed great character and effort. Teams E-H all played in the internal Fast 4 Tennis competition at Regimental Park.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for the teams winning 85% of matches played. Well done to all the boys that played and thank you to the parents for all their support. We are looking forward to next weekend’s matches against Trinity.

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