Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Last week was disappointing for the Cricketers due to the weather and I know that they are looking forward to resuming play this week-end. To all the other sports who managed to play last Saturday, well done and congratulations on another good round of representing the school. » Read More

This week sees the last round for this term, except for some Cricket teams, and Waterpolo also has one more round.

I would like to wish all the best to The Tennis players going to the Australian Tennis school championships to Albury Wodonga this week-end and know that they will have a great experience.

Remember to continue in the same way you have gone all term and good luck this week-end.

Quote of the Week

'Every day brings new choices.'

Martha Beck

Knox Surf Life Savers practise resuscitation on Saturday.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PREP SPORT

Basketball singlets

All basketball players please return your washed basketball singlets to the MIC, Mr Stephenson by Tuesday 17th November. Any singlets not returned will incur a cost.

Concluding sports programs

The following are the finishing dates for our Prep sports programs:
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K-6 Prep Tennis lessons
Prep Tennis lessons conclude as of Friday 27 November

Athletic Development and Fitness for the Brain programs 
The above mentioned programs conclude as of Wednesday 2 December.

Football Skills programs
The prep football clinics conclude as of Friday 4 December.

Cricket Holiday Camp

Boys and girls aged 7 to 16 are invited to participate in a Cricket Clinic from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 December from 9am to 1pm. For more information, download the flyer below. » Read More

Fast 4 Tennis Holiday Tournament - Y6-10

Students in Years 6 to 10 are invited to participate in a tennis tournament from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 December. For more information, download the flyer below. » Read More

K-2 Red Ball Tennis Holiday Tournament

K-2 students are invited to participate in a tennis tournament on Thursday 10 December from 8.30am to 10.30am. For more information, download the flyer below. » Read More

Summer sports finish after Week 6

All prep summer sports (except Futsal) finish their trainings as of this Friday 13th November and final fixtures, Round 12, are Saturday 14th November. Futsal finishes as per their program. Summer sport results are on the portal under Sports Results.

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Basketball
Ellie Manou, MIC of Basketball

The Open’s year group had a tremendous round finishing with a 10 win 1 draw record. After a disappointing loss last week, the 1sts re-gathered to defeat Waverley 88-40. » Read More

With key post player Lachlan McKimm sidelined with an ankle injury, Nick Roberts stepped up and was a key presence in the paint for Knox. Led fearlessly by Co-captains Matt Horsley and Alex Selvarajah, the entire team contributed to the victory and it was another step in the right direction as Knox strives towards regaining the C.A.S championship. After an arduous start to the C.A.S season the 2nds were able to pull together and get their first victory (41-32). Coach Terry Johnson was very pleased with the boy’s defensive energy and cohesion on offense.  Game of the round goes to the 6ths who were unstoppable in their staggering 93-5 victory against Waverley. 

The 10’s year group finished the round with a 6 win 4 loss record. Waverley were able to take an early lead in the 10A’s game which resulted in a nail biting 30-31 loss for Knox.  The 10A’s have lost a couple of tight games now and will need to continue to work hard during the week to ensure that they defeat Cranbrook on Saturday. The 10B’s remain undefeated in the C.A.S with their gritty 44-35 victory. The 10C’s were impressive in their 60-27 win as were the 10D’s (78-24).

After a hard week of training the 9’s produced a stellar 8 win 2 loss record for the round. The 9A’s were outrebounded by Waverley in their 23-49 defeat. The team needs to continue to work on defensive containment and rotations. The 9B’s had a gutsy win 25-19 with solid contributions from all players. The 9J’s had a fantastic game dominating the rebounds to win 20-4. 

The 8’s year group were dominant across the board finishing the round with a 9 win – 3 loss record. The 8A’s played fantastic team basketball with crisp ball movement and all players stepping up and contributing both offensively and defensively. The 8B’s held on to win a tight 23-20 game. James Constable was a key contributor for the B’s controlling the game from the point. The 8D’s won in a thrilling one point victory (30-29) and the 8F and 8G’s impressed all winning 49-18 and 45-16 respectively. It was pleasing to witness the 8L’s continual improvement with the team scoring a season best 24 points. 

Our last round of this term will be against Cranbrook with the Open’s and 8’s away and 10’s and 9’s at home. 


Cricket

1st XI vs Trinity (A)
Trinity continued batting on day 2 and set Knox the imposing target of 315 off 86 overs. Early wickets fell and at 39/3 the onus was on our middle order to show some discipline and bat through the day. » Read More

Harry Purcell led the way again batting over 2 hours for his patient 61, ably helped by Matt Beatty occupying the crease for 90 minutes showing great technique to resist the spin threats of Trinity, but at 126/6 with 29 overs still to bat we needed players to stand up. Charlie Sennitt and Jonty Cornford showed superb discipline to resist their natural games and get us close to the end, a flurry of wickets at end of day left it down to the last two batsmen to play out last over. A great result points wise as it keeps a strong Trinity side 6 points behind us. The Friday/Saturday component of the 2 day competition is upon us and Knox will be looking to avenge last year’s defeat to Waverley this week, a strong performance here gives us an opportunity to put a gap between us and other sides.

9A vs Trinity (A)
Resuming the second day, Knox were looking to push home a win after an imposing score of 258 was put on the board. Thanks largely to 95 from Tom Ivers. Zac Graham continued his impressive form with the new ball removing the opener early on for a duck. 

It was then the Ed Toole show. The young big spinning leg spinner ripping through the Trinity middle order as 5 wickets fell for only 40 runs. 

Trinity eventually out for 190. With Ed Toole finishing with his maiden five wicket haul, 5 for 50. 

A great win! 

8D vs Trinity (A)
Bowling first, Cranbrook made their way to a decent score of 121 runs. Great bowling from a few boys, including Duncan Thomson and Daniel Plastourgos who bowled miserly and with aggression. 

In reply, Knox could not get near the target from their 20 overs eventually finishing on 4/67. O’Sullivan making a decent 14 not out, and Hamish Wood batting superbly for 23 not out. 

8E vs Trinity (H) 
Batting first the in form 8E’s continued to impress making a big score of 2 for 171. Aidan Jacobson amassing 71 not out, well supported by brother Benji (31) and Charlie Cooper who made a well compased 33 not out. 

In reply, Kings never looked like getting near the target. Bowled out for only 32. Jono Cole taking 4/4 and Henry Hill 3/2. Another fantastic win! 


Cricket Holiday Camp

Boys and girls aged 7 to 16 are invited to participate in a Cricket Clinic from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 December from 9am to 1pm. For more information, download the flyer below. » Read More

Fast 4 Tennis Holiday Tournament - Y6-10

Students in Years 6 to 10 are invited to participate in a tennis tournament from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 December. For more information, download the flyer below. » Read More

Fencing

Italian Relay 

The Italian Relay was a huge success with all of the boys, Prep and Seniors, fencing in combined teams. Every team represented a country and there were ten countries in all. Ireland won on the day! » Read More

The boys enjoyed the competition, both fencing and taking turns at presiding. Skills were tested, but a great display of sportsmanship and teamwork was on show.  Barracking for their team members, the boys relished the challenge of meeting and fencing with the different combined teams and different skill sets. The competition certainly honed the boys’ attacks and defences and will hold them in good stead for future competitions.

Mountain Biking

A beautiful Saturday morning saw the Knox MTB riders off to King’s school for an exciting morning of racing on the newly build King’s MTB track. The boys faced a daunting task by competing in a 1.5 hours endurance race on a very technical course. » Read More

The race started after a warm up lap led by the Coaches; giving the team some valuable advice not only on the technical aspects of the course, but also on how to tackle the rather long distance compared to past races. 

Knox seniors were up first shortly followed by the juniors. It didn’t take long for the Knox boys to take a commanding lead ahead of the competitor’s from Barker, Waverley and Kings.  The lead stayed with our tough competitors and it ended up being a well-deserved win for the juniors and the seniors and an overall Knox victory.  Congratulations on a great team effort and a big thanks goes out to all riders who doubled up with another race in Hornsby in the afternoon and to William James and Luke Routledge for their great team spirit, coming out to support the boys despite the fact not being able to race due to an injury. We hope to see you both back on the bike soon.

The win was the 4th win in a row by the team and we are hopeful to make it a “clean sweep” this weekend at Riverview. 


Senior House Football
Ben Bradford, Murdoch House Captain

With the sun shining over a glittering Knox 1, the Senior House football kicked off to a great start! » Read More

All Houses fired up and fighting hard during the lunch hour to get one over there opposing teams. The highlight for Day 1 - Monday’s lunchtime meet, saw MacNeil house respectively looking the goods out of all teams with a flawless 4 - 0 victory over McKenzie house. Managing to hold onto a much deserved clean sheet thanks to Football First XI goalkeeper Nathan Maddison and seeing goals galore from the boys upfront including Rugby First XV's Connor Grindal slotting in a tap in! Regardless of victory or defeat, all boys from each house marched off the oval with smiles across their faces enjoying some quality Spring sun with one another. Sadly, the ensuing constant wet weather put a halt to the rest of the competition which will resume in week 7 following the Junior Competition.


Squash
Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 1st Team won three nil in a match they controlled from start to finish with Bryn Arnold leading the way along with Nic You lee and Viney Kumar. This this is a team with desire to work hard and do the little things well. » Read More

Knox 2 Won 2-1 in a match that challenged them more mentally than physically with Evan Xie totally dominating his match and Nathan Huang losing his first match then having to back up and  play again winning the last game 3-1. 

Knox 3 - 4 played each other with most probably the best squash played on the day, not giving each other an inch these boys showed the work ethic and desire to become better players.  Well done to Ritwik Rattan, Thomas Joseph and Michael Gee.

Knox 7 Oliver Ellard and Ethan Yan won 2-1 in a match with some great rallies Oliver showing he maintained the upper hand to win 3-0, Ethan started well and never gave up.

Knox 8 made up of Ethan Pincott, Chris William and Adam Soonius are a winning formula!  This team has the “never give up” mentality they grind away, and it is clear to see the work they put in to their agility sessions at training contributing to their game. 

Knox 14 lost 1-2.  The boys are training well with some games going down to the wire.  Harrison Mendes winning 3 - 0 played with determination and was clearly enjoying the action. Lachlan Strang and Cameron Beauchamp played well showing commitment and determination throughout.  

Knox 15 Luke Marinaki and Elliot Sutton won 2 – 0.  These boys are the silent achievers, they come to training get on with the task in hand – they are an example to other.  Keep it up boys!  
 
With Squash coming to an end for this year it pleasing to see the boys training and enjoying them selves and most importantly playing with the sportsmanship that makes us all very proud to be part of this program.


Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 7th November 2015 saw Knox take on Waverley at home. The 1st team got off to a great start winning all doubles sets very comfortably only dropping 4 games between the two pairs. » Read More

The boys continued the good form into their singles with a business like performance from Hugo La Hei to win 6-1. The 1st team won 7-1 overall. The 2nd team played some great tennis to win 8-0 overall with Lachlan Walker continuing his great doubles and singles record. All round was a superb team performance from the 2nd team. The 3rd team are still unbeaten with the team completely outclassing the away team only dropping 4 games between the whole team. The 4th team did nearly as well, but only dropped 5 games overall. Well done to Ben Sargent on a great debut performance. The 5th-8th teams all played an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The 10A team played some solid tennis considering a lot of players were out with injury or illness. The team ended up winning 5-1. The B team didn’t go so well with 3 players out of the 4 not showing up to the correct venue or time slot which let the team down to lose 2-4. Well done to Harrison Binks for his team effort. The C team had a close battle going down to games with Knox winning by 6 games. The D team won 4-2 with a great display of tennis by Hayden Nelson. Teams D-F played a FAST 4 TENNIS Competition at Regimental Park with some good matches being played by the boys.
The 9A team won 4-2 overall with a solid show of tennis by Alex Wang in both singles and doubles. The B team won comfortably 5-1 whilst the C team also won by the same score line. The D team won 4-0 due a player absent from both sides, but the boys still put on a good performance, especially by Jack Tomlinson to win both singles and doubles. Teams E-H played a FAST 4 TENNIS Competition at Regimental Park with great signs of improvement by all of the boys.

The 8A team had their first loss since arriving at the school due to being short a team member due to unforeseen circumstances. The boys still fought valiantly only to lose by 10 games overall. The B team drew 2-2 overall and 22 games all. It was a great battle to watch with no games able to split the two deserving sides. The C and D team stepped up and showed their strength to win 6-0 with the D team only losing 1 game overall. Well done to Kristian Grubisa on a solid show of tennis. Teams E-J played a FAST 4 TENNIS Competition at Regimental Park with the boys’ tactical awareness improving each week which is great to see.

Overall it was a great performance by the Knox Tennis Boys winning 87% of all matches played. Keep up the good work boys for our last round match of the term next Saturday. Let’s finish on a high!

Track and Field
Chris Pittman, Director of Track & Field

With wet weather disrupting some of our Little Athletics venues it is a good opportunity to catch up on some recent major achievements.

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Congratulations to our Junior and Intermediate Knock Out teams on their qualification for the National round of the Schools Knock Out in Melbourne on Monday the 7th December at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.

Congratulations also needs to go to Benjamin Fitton and Ewan Shingler who both earned 1st places in their respective age groups in the Bare Creek Trail Run. The Bare Creek Run is an emerging competition and it allowed Knox athletes to show their versatility and gain some all-important variety into their training programs. 

James Constable has been selected in the NSW team to contest the National All Schools in Melbourne from December 4-6th December at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. James continues to fine tune his training and competition with some impressive results. James recently bested the impressive Ku-Ring-Gai Little Athletics record held by our own Austin Thomson. James sliced 5 seconds off Austin’s previous mark of 2:18 to run 2:13 which is very fast for a grass track. Knox is beginning to build an impressive legacy around the 800m, with Austin Thomson, James Constable, Sam Rockliff, William Constable and Sean Williams all running successive age groups. The future is bright for Knox middle distance.

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 - new policy for parents

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we are moving to a No Dogs Allowed policy. It is unlawful for dogs (Companion Animal Act 1998), leashed or unleashed, to be on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs. » Read More

Dogs may no longer be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

New signage will be installed over the coming weeks reflecting this change in policy. Our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are moving to a dog free school.  If you bring a dog onto school property, you may be approached by the School’s Security Team and asked to leave. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this safety initiative.

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