Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Welcome to the last week of Summer Sport for 2015. It seems like only yesterday that our new Year 7’s started at Knox but after almost 6 weeks they and all other year groups are almost at the end of another season. I hope that all students have enjoyed their Sports. » Read More

I ask that we finish the season in the same way I asked that we start, with the right attitude, the right attendance, the right attire and the right manner of support for their own team, team mates, opposition, referees and umpires. It has been a successful season and let’s finish it in the right way.

I look forward to week 7 where we will finalise all Winter Sports choices and also compete in the CAS Swimming and Diving Championships and then quickly follow with Winter Sport Induction Day on Saturday 14 March for those involved in Football Rugby and Tennis. I wish all those involved in the Squash finals all the best. Good luck and go the black and blue!

Quote of the Week

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

The 9As Cricket Team, which defeated Cranbrook Team on Saturday.

HIGHLIGHTS

Pink Day - Cancer support

The final round of CAS summer sport this weekend v Barker will see the two schools coming together for more than just a great round of great sport displaying excellent sportsmanship, mateship, skills and effort. Saturday March 7 will see our two schools coming together to promote cancer awareness. » Read More

Students from both schools, in all sports, have been asked to wear something to pink to visually show their support for cancer awareness and donate a gold coin for the privilege of doing so. We hope to see an array of pink socks, pink shoe laces, pink hats, pink hair dye, pink zinc and pinks arm bands or ribbon resulting in a lot of money being raised.

Money donated by the boys, their parents and supporters will be collected by coaches and given in to our sports department on Monday morning where it will all be counted and distributed to various cancer organisations.

Few families have not been touched in some way by cancer, and we hope that all money raised will not only be useful to the organisations to which we donate the funds, but importantly that our boys will be more aware of the incidence of cancer in today’s society.

Thank you for your support of ‘Pink Day’ this coming Saturday. Please give generously.

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.

Winter Sport Choices Years 3-6

The winter sport choice listing is on the Portal.  Trials for the winter sports will be held on Saturday 21 March. » Read More

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Knox Snow Sports Competition and Trip 2015 - Information Evening

When: Tuesday 10 March, 7pm
Where: Paterson Centre » Read More

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 March in the Paterson Centre at 7pm for all of those interested in the 2015 Knox Snow Sports Trip and competitions.  This meeting will include information for those wishing to compete at the Northern NSW Interschool's Competition and races to progress to State and Nationals.  The 2015 Snow Sports Trip will be held from Sunday June 28th - to Sunday July 5th with students travelling to the snow via coach.

Applications will be open from the 17th of March for the ski trip and competition entries for NSW Interschools and Knox/PLC competition.
The Knox Snow Sports trip is a Knox staff supervised program over 8 days based at River Inn Thredbo for students in Years 7 - 12.  The program involves a mixture of professional ski lessons provided by Thredbo Ski School and supervised free ski in the afternoon.  The trip involves all transport, accommodation, clothing, ski hire and all meals. All levels of skill and ability are welcome from beginner to advanced skier or boarder. There will be 40 students on the trip so positions will fill quickly

Northern NSW Interschool’s Competition will be held at Perisher in 2015 from 1 – 4 July.  These are open for intermediate to advanced skiers.
Knox/PLC Pymble Race - 30 June 2015 to be held at Perisher.  These races are open to all students so please feel free to get involved.  It would be great to see a strong Knox team. This is a great opportunity for all beginning skiers to get involved.   

Full details will be available at the meeting and all information will be placed on the Knox Snow Sports Portal Page from 11 March.    

Period 7 Sport Arrangements in Week 7

Please note the following arrangements for Sport in Period 7, Week 7. » Read More

  1. Year 10, 9, 8 and 7 do not get changed at lunchtime, and all students go to the Lawson Centre at the start of Period 7.
  2. Students will be given the opportunity to confirm sport, change sport and get details regarding their Sport at this time. 
  3. Winter Sport Induction day for Football, Rugby and Tennis will be on Saturday 14 March.  
  4. Pre season training schedules and venues will be advertised in Week 7 as will the Winter Training Schedule for all Sports.  Pre season training for those Sports will commence from Monday 16 March, Week 8.  
  5. All other Sports will commence the Winter Training Schedule from Monday 20 April  
Saturday 14 March – Winter Sport Induction Day for Football, Rugby and Tennis
Please note that ALL students who have chosen Football, Rugby and tennis as their Winer sport option are required to attend this day.  Times and Venues below. 

  Football 
Curugal
Rugby
Knox 1

Tennis
Prep Tennis Courts

Year 7 or U13
9.00am – 10.00am
8.00am – 9.30am
1.30pm – 3.00pm
Year 8 or U14 10am – 11.00am 9.00am – 10.30am
11.30am – 1.00pm 
Year 9 or U15  11.00am – Noon
10.00am – 11.30am
10.30am – 11.30am
Year 10 or U16  12.30pm – 1.30pm 
11.00am – 12.30pm 
 9.30am – 10.30am
Opens 
 1.30pm – 2.30pm
 12 Noon – 1.30pm
 8.30am – 9.30am  

Squash will also have pre-season training which will start on Saturday 21 March with trials. 

Students will need jerseys, boots and shin pads for Football, jerseys and boots for Rugby and come suitably attired in the appropriate sports uniform. Mouthguards and head gear should be brought to all trainings for Rugby and please being sports shoes as well as boots. All students not matter what sport should always being a water bottle to all trainings and games.  

CAS Swimming and Diving Championships

Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush
Thursday 12 March 2015
» Read More

The CAS Swimming and Diving Championships will be held on Thursday 12 March from 4.30 – 8.30pm at SOPAC at Homebush.  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! 

Year 8 parents have been emailed information and attendance slips which must be returned no later than Monday 9 March.     

Full details have been emailed to all Years 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 parents directing them to the online attendance register if students in these year groups are attending the event.  Please see the Knox Portal.

ALL Senior School students attending are to wear WINTER uniform to school on Thursday 12 March and no blazers or boaters. There is an exception for Year 7 who will wear their summer uniform.

All students attending will travel by bus only. However, students wishing to return home with parents must bring a request letter from their parent/guardian to Mr James by 9:00am Monday 9 March. It will be signed off and retained by the student.  These students are permitted to take their bags on the bus handing their signed note to the bus supervisor prior to boarding the bus.

A food pack will be provided to all spectators and at 2:35pm they will board buses to SOPAC, Homebush at 2.50pm. The first event will commence at 4:30 pm. Canteen facilities are also available at SOPAC.

The buses will be numbered and students should ensure they travel both ways on the same numbered bus.

The final event is scheduled for 7:50pm. Buses will then return to Knox, departing Homebush at 8:15pm. Spectators will start to arrive back at school at approximately 9.00pm.

Parents and supporters are welcome to attend the traditional CAS Assembly at 1:35pm on Thursday 12 March in the Lawson Centre.

Baseball

Under 19s first team
Again Knox rallied hard in the final innings but it was just a little too late and the team completed the season with a loss 11-9 to Greenway. » Read More

Greg Bradford opened the game as pitcher with 3 strike outs, and only 4 hits, with 9 runs scored.  After Greg completed his allocation, Chris Layman completed the game from the mound only allowing 2 runs in, off 7 hits. Our fielders completed a double play with Chris Layman and Nick Gongolidis.  Our bats were struggling a little this week.  While there were hits, converting these to runs was difficult.  Jaidyn Leong, Greg Bradford, Chris Layman, and Nick Gongolidis all made hits, while Hamish Clarke took it for the team again this week with a hit by a pitched ball!  With the change of opposition pitcher in the 4th innings, the team capitalised on the stray balls and made 5 runs in the final inning to rally to within 2 runs of Greenway.

Basketball
Dom Finlay, Director of Knox Basketball

Cranbrook
In the 9th round of the C.A.S season Knox played Cranbrook. Although Cranbrook has a smaller pool of students to select from they certainly come to play every season. » Read More

The overall record does not truly reflect the closeness of the round in many of the matchups. The overall record had Knox eventually winning 77% of the games (27 wins 1 draw 8 losses).

Opens
Our opens finished with a very impressive 8 win, 1 draw and 6 loss record. Our 1sts continue to impress with some of the strongest defence seen in the CAS basketball competition. The first quarter saw most a close contest with Cranbrook winning 21-20. Mid-way through the second quarter birthday boy, Brad Ellwood hit 12 straight points in one of the most remarkable scoring displays in Knox basketball history. Outstanding team play and stout defence now sees our 1sts enter round 10 with a chance to win the CAS for the third straight season. Coach Strong is very happy with the unselfish play by all players. The 2nds had another difficult game. They will have to come ready to play against Barker next week.

10’s
Our 10’s had a very impressive weekend. In term 4 their record was 2 wins and 4 losses vs. Cranbrook. This week they finished with 6 wins, 0 losses. Coach Seiffert and all the coaches within the 10’s group have noticed a significant improvement in the application of the skills being addressed in the sessions during the week.  

9’s
Our 9’s continue to play very good basketball finishing another weekend without incurring a loss. Coach Pitman has been very impressed with the boy’s willingness to listen and learn. Team basketball has been a huge part of the development of Knox basketball. The year group has certainly bought into the idea of team first, wins first! They finished with 6 wins 0 losses for the day.

8’s
The 8’s age group finished with an impressive 5 win, 1 loss record. Coach D’Agostino has been very happy with the development of this year group stating, ‘it’s remarkable how well these boys play when they stay together’. There is still a lot more for these boys to learn, however they are certainly tracking well and will continue to grow throughout their time at Knox. A huge final round coming up this Saturday with the local derby Barker occurring…. I can’t wait to see these games unfold!

7’s
Our 7’s had a strong weekend winning 5 drawing 1 and losing 2 games. Our AB squad was very strong again, proving the potential promise that lies within this year group. With 1 round to go in the season it is imperative that these boys continue to work hard to finish well.

Cricket

CAS Cricket Selections
Congratulations to Harry Purcell and Will Graham, both year 11, who have been selected into the CAS 1st Cricket team to compete at the NSW Schoolboy Cricket Championships at Tamworth next week. » Read More

Good luck, boys.

Cricket Reports
The penultimate weekend of the season saw most teams take on Cranbrook with some year 7 teams coming up against St Patrick’s, Strathfield.

Some outstanding bowling was the feature across all teams. We have extraordinary fast bowling stocks at the school. Pace and accuracy will trouble the best batsman and we consistently show the patience and discipline required to bowl teams out for low scores. We need to focus on our batting, making sure one or two boys take responsibility and make the big scores necessary to give our bowlers something real to bowl at. A fantastic weekend was had and we meet the old enemy next week. We will be ready for the challenge!

1st XI vs Cranbrook (Away)
After a superb performance last week against Waverley, Knox were left with a mathematical chance of staying in the CAS title race if other results went our way.

Travelling to Cranbrook Knox found the going tough on a seemingly placid track, the slow outfield restricted scoring shots value but with an opposition desperately seeking their first victory of the season only Josh Trewin (32) and Harry Purcell (20) showed any fight as a meek effort of 99 all out looked dire at half time.

The old adage of "it's never over till both sides have batted" proved true as a brilliant team performance from the bowlers backed up by outstanding fielding saw Cranbrook all out for 42. Will Graham 4-8 off 8 overs, Harry Chapman 1-7 off 7, Matt Wesley 1-7 off 8 and Matt Beatty 3-7 off 5.1 overs all deserved just rewards for hunting as a pack. The bowling side of our cricket has been fantastic all year and with one game to go Vs Barker it is time for the batsmen to stand up and show what we are made of.

2nd XI vs Cranbrook (Home)
‪The second last game of the season saw the Knox 2nd XI play host to a competitive Cranbrook side. A good toss to win in the heat, Knox began the match with the bat and made a steady start to be 0/25 after 5 overs. The focus of the week was to rotate the strike, and bat with more intent. We began in strong fashion with Petro (20) and Morton (11) applying immense pressure on the fielding side with some strong running. Todoroski (26) continued the positive approach before guiding one to the keeper off a short delivery. From there, the wheels fell off as our middle order was unable to impact the scoreboard. Determined batting by Maritz and McConnell at the end edged the score to 8/99 after 30 overs. It was an improved effort as far as our intent to rotate the strike was concerned, however our execution in punishing the bad ball was lacking. This lack of execution inevitably cost us valuable runs on a near perfect day for batting. ‬‬‬‬‬

Defending a sub-par total, our bowling unit was desperate to put in a complete performance and pull off something special. Unfortunately for them it was Cranbrook who began in stronger fashion, taking advantage of some wayward bowling to be 0/20 after 5 overs. The adjustment was made and first change bowler Jonty Cornford (2/6) delivered, producing a stunning aggressive wicket maiden in his first over. With Hayden Todoroski (2/7) keeping it tight at the other end, wickets began to tumble. Maritz (2/19), Morton (1/3) and eventually Jones (3/7) continued to strangle the Cranbrook batsmen in overs to follow, eventually dismissing the visitors for 66. It was above and beyond our best bowling performance of the season, with some exceptional fielding to support. Our efforts were characterised by two pieces of brilliance; one a low diving catch from Hayden 'I don't like smiling' Todoroski at mid-wicket, and another by the reincarnated keeper Matthew Finfer who moved as quickly as he ever has to snatch a beautiful leg side opportunity. All the processes we discussed mid week were put into practice, leaving a very satisfied taste in the mouth post match. Bring on the Red Army next week, as we look to close out the season in style (especially with the bat).

3rd XI vs Cranbrook (Home)

Our 3rd Xi played Cranbrook on a good Gillespie pitch. Bowling first Cranbrook made 7/83 thanks to some tight bowling from McDermott and Pasquali.

In reply we chased the score bowl with less than ease as Joe Bissett made 17 and Josh Navratil 18 as Knox made the score with 3 wickets in hand.

4th XI vs Cranbrook (Home)
Winning the toss and bowling first our 4th XI restricted Cranbrook to only 94 runs with the loss of 8 wickets. Best bowlers were Will Griffin 2/17, Connor McFadden 2/8 and Dan Taylor 2/18.

In reply our batsmen made relatively easy work of the small total thanks to Zac Gilfoyle who make 34 not out. Ably supported by a few players, with Charlie Grellman making 17, Knox won by 5 wickets.

5th XI vs Shore 4th XI
Our 5ths came up against a very strong Shore XI who batting first rattled up an impressive 243. Bryn Thompson, Max Kench and Kurt Thomas all bowled well and were rewarded with wickets. Chasing a big total our boys showed fight and guts against some decent seam bowling, Al Currey top scored with 15, Beau Luland and Jack Laurie also batted well. Despite being bowled out for only 62, there were lots of positives to be taken from the game.

10A vs Cranbrook (Home)
Captain Fraser Wilson won the toss and elected to bowl first due to heavy dew on the ground. Cranbrook started positively with some good accurate bowling. Unfortunately Knox lost the early wickets of Navratil and Garing with the score on only 14.  Enter Jonny Lang and Fraser Wilson who have batted beautifully together all year. This time they combined for a magnificent partnership of 158 runs as Knox finished on 5/199 with Lang falling short of a hundred with 97 and Wilson making a worthwhile 46.

In reply the Knox bowling was at times accurate and other times wayward. The new ball spell of Jack Hoyle was fast and probing. After the allotted 32 overs Cranbrook finished on 9/162 with the wickets being spread around.

10B vs Cranbrook (Away)
Batting first, away at Cranbrook, Knox made their way to a competitive total of 5/146 thanks to 46 from bowling all-rounder, Stefan Du Plooy.  In reply the Cranbrook batsman came close and thanks to 5/13 from Harman Sunner Knox managed to win by only 8 runs in a very tight game.

9A vs Cranbrook (Away)

Saturday saw a much anticipated game between Knox and Cranbrook, two very strong sides in the CAS competition. Cranbrook were 1-up after the two-day format games, putting away Knox with a dominant display of batting and bowling.

Knox won the toss and elected to bat, though the wicket looked like it may just have something in there for the bowlers with a lush, green surface. Unfortunately, that was the case. Knox stumbled early with a first-ball wicket and had lost another 3 by the end of the fourth over. The small boundaries allowed for the likes of Ollie Graham and Nick Astridge to easily put away any short-of-length balls to the boundary. Ollie Graham batted superbly for his 58, keeping Knox in the game despite the continuous falling of wickets. Some big hitting from Caprarelli, Gallu and Zatz helped to post a respectable 148.

As the wicket flattened throughout the morning, we knew bowling Cranbrook out would be quite a challenge. The Cranbrook openers were thriving in the challenge of facing some serious heat from Caprarelli and Kinsey. The batsmen won the opening exchange, not losing a wicket until the 20th over with only one dropped opportunity in the midst from Knox. As Knox has shown throughout the season, the bowling has been tight and accurate, not giving the batsmen many opportunities to hit boundaries. This was even more pleasing on the small boundaries of Cranbrook's playing field, but also because we finished the match with 10 players as Sam Chapman was taken to the hospital with a suspected broken wrist.  Cranbrook finished their innings at 4/103 with Knox's tight bowling keeping them at bay. Alex Zatz was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-18-6.

Looking forward to finishing off the season with a tough match against the old enemy, Barker

9B vs Cranbrook (Home)

A dominant performance by the 9B boys saw us bowl Cranbrook out for only 34 runs, Ned Young taking 3/5 in his first 2 overs. Sam Piper chimed in with 3 wickets also for 1 run. The intensity and effort in the field was as high as it has been all season, Sam Piper showing the effect his has when he took an absolute screamer off his own bowling.

In reply Jack Hennessy and Patrick O’Day reached their score in only 8 overs.

9C vs Newington D (Away)
A Saturday afternoon fixture saw the boys travel out to Newington College to play on a great turf field. With the pitch offering no bias, Knox lost the toss and was in the field. From the outset the opening combination of Luke Bray and Finn Douglas had Newington 1-6 off 5 overs! As Newington’s innings steadied though, more wickets fell until a big partnership set up a sizeable total of 99 runs. Tight bowling and fielding was undertaken by all however Ricky Somaiya (2-4 off 2 overs) was the pick of the bowlers.

Going into the bat, the boys knew the logic of chasing a score in the triple figure region... punish the bad ball, and boy they did! Callen Tighe (31) and Huon Toombs (36) set up an opening partnership of 79 to have the momentum swinging Knox’s way. Following drinks 3 wickets were lost in quick succession, but smart batting from Johnie Holland and Will Coe brought us home in the end. Great all round effort from all the boys in the 9Cs!

8A vs Cranbrook (Away)
Winning the toss and batting first at their home ground, Cranbrook made their way to a very competitive total of 6/139. Our seam bowlers were tight and accurate throughout. Special mentions go to Viruna Tennakoon who took 2/15 off his 5 overs and Tom Ivers who once again beat the bat countless times. Karthik Surendra was impressive in his first over taking 2 wickets with only 8 runs from his 3 overs.

In reply the batting was all too familiar a story. Henry Wines making an attractive 26 and Sam Druce a tough and nuggety 27. A loss of 8 wickets for less than 10 runs meant that Knox went down fairly easily in the end.

8B vs St Ignatius (Away)

A second win in two weeks for the 8Bs was due to a great all round performance with both bat and ball. Trent Muskens made 40 not out with some great off side shots and aggressive running between the wickets.

8C vs Cranbrook B (Away)
This week saw 8c's go for the journey over The Bridge to lock swords with Cranbrook. In doing so, they got what they had been searching for some weeks, a tight game of cricket.   Cranbrook won the toss and sent Knox into bat.   After an attacking start, Knox lost three quick wickets to be 4/32, including Skipper Olly Morgan who rattled up 14 before being trapped LBW.  Cranbrook's fielding was also occasionally quite lethal. Khoby McDonald was run out before he could get into his stride. This brought Tim Shannon and new boy Jeremy Jenkins to the crease, combining for a peerless partnership, steadying Knox's innings and setting a platform for the lower order to attack from in the closing overs. When that partnership was eventually broken, Sam Lilley (28), Michael Pinn (8) and Jared Meyer (16) both strode to the wicket and contributed to Knox's final total with some attacking innings-death batting. Knox finished with a defendable 124.   When Cranbrook came to the wicket, it was to face a hearty Knox bowling attack. Charlie Sargent and Chris Laniewski chipped in with a wicket each.  Beyond that, it was a hard battle for the bowlers, who kept on task very well despite the stone wall that the Cranbrook batsmen managed to put up. They eventually reeled in the total to win by eight wickets.

7A vs Cranbrook (Home)
The 7A’s, fresh from a tight game last week went up against a strong and competitive Cranbrook team. Both teams full of talent, Knox batted first and made their way to 9/79 from their 32 overs. Alex De Laine making 15 from 69 balls showing determination and grit. Well supported by Ollie Penn who made 13 and Alex Stuart who made 12.

In reply, one batsman would easily make the difference and Cranbrook’s number 4 batter stood up with 34 not out to see his team home. All bowlers were miserly and consistent as has been the feature of our bowling this season. This was a good performance with lots of positives to be taken going into the final round vs Barker.

7B vs Cranbrook (Away)
The Knox 7B’s continued their amazing run of form and destroyed Cranbrook with a fantastic complete performance in which everyone contributed with bat or ball. Batting first Knox made their way to 3/133 with Donaldson 27, Sloane 33, Ridley 17 all making worthwhile contributions.

The bowling performance was exceptional bowling the opposition out for only 41, with Hamish Quigley taking 3 wickets for no runs in one over. Petro 2/1 in 4 overs was also miserly and impressive.

7C vs Cranbrook (Away)
Batting first against a fairly weak Cranbrook team, the Knox boys showed amazing sportsmanship allowing the Cranbrook boys a chance loaning them some of our players to bat and bowl for them. Batting first Knox made 2/93 with many retirements. Everyone batting well with Carl Giacomo making 16 not out and Sam Nicholl 11 not out.

In reply with the bowling, Cranbrook finished on 8/39 with Sam Dickson taking 3 wickets for no runs off his 2 overs. Sam Nicholl finished a good all round day with 2/2 off 2 overs and Adam Barnes 1/10 off his 3 overs.

7D vs St Patrick’s Strathfield (Home)
Winning the toss and bowling first in a 2020 game St Patrick’s made their way to a decent score of 78 from 20 overs. Zac Thomas bowled 1/3 off 2 overs and William Wells 1/12 off 3 overs. Will Stammers took a great high catch and Dan Plastourgos instigated a great run out with some smart fielding.

In reply we chased the scored with ease with Hamish McMaster retiring himself on 19, Hugh Kennard finishing with 15 not out and Cooper Barr also finishing not out on 9 not out.

7E vs St Patrick’s Strathfield (Home)
Batting first at home, Knox made their way to 79 runs from their allotted overs. Thanks to Dylan Campbell who made 22 and Aidan Jacobsen who made 18.

In reply bowling we restricted Patrick’s to 64 runs thanks to a fine all round performance from Aidan Jacobsen who finished with 2/1 off 2 overs. Everyone in the team bowled well and the fielding was something to make Knox proud.

7F vs St Patrick’s Strathfield (Home)
The boys representing the 7F cricket team possess a genuine passion for the game and truly enjoy playing each week. The manner in which they approach the game and their willingness to give of their best is most evident.
 
St Patrick’s College batted first and produced a fine effort to end with 3 for 109. There were some fine bowling efforts and perhaps none better than that produced by Xavier and Dominic Singarayar. The early morning cloud cover cleared and in glorious sunshine the Knox boys attempted to chase the St Patrick’s total. Knox ended with 8 for 59 runs but the highlight came from Charlie Cooper who batted well to score 11 runs not out.

Diving

Competition at Trinity
The boys competed very well and all their hard work at Training is certainly paying off. The junior boys are improving all the time and are looking forward to 2 weeks of training to polish their dives ready for CAS. » Read More

The results are as follows:

Junior
3rd Tom Mountstephens
10th Sebastian Smith
11th Otto Thomas
14th Tate Osborne

Intermediate
1st Ben Dempsey
2nd Nicholas Gordon
13th Christopher Darley

Open
1st Christian Holman
4th Patrick Adams
 

Fencing

Fencing – Asian Championships
Congratulations to Matthew Dall’Asen who recently competed in the Asians Championships coming 14th. » Read More

Matthew was hoping for a position somewhere in the top 64, so to get into the top 16 for the second largest world cadet fencing competition is just unbelievable.

Matt was down at one stage 8.13 and came back to win 15.14 in a very determined manner. He then went on to fence to attempt to make the top 8 losing to a Kuwaiti competitor.
We look forward to hearing how the rest of the event goes.  

Fencing Report
Learning the priority rules of foil was a key focus for the boys last Saturday. MIC Santangelo went through the rules by giving a demonstration and responding to the boys’ questions.

Learning the rules is important so the boys know the reasons why or why not they have scored a hit, particularly when there is a parry but no corresponding riposte. If there is no riposte and the other boy continues with his hit then that hit will score. This means that the boys must riposte directly after a clear parry to gain their hits otherwise their advantage will be lost.

The boys were also taught the different rules and target areas for epee and sabre. The session finished with some exciting bouting and putting theory into practice.
 

Golf

Knox 1
Knox 1 was defeated 4/0 today by Barker, who played some solid golf and were worthy winners. » Read More

Ben Robinson(c) played a great round of golf, including some fantastic tee shots, but was not able to hold on against a fast finishing opponent.

Greg Bradford stepped in again to support the team and enjoyed his match, although the score was not reflective of his play today.

Andrew Connellan stepped up to fill the shoes of his brother who was injured on Thursday and whilst he played his best throughout the day, was defeated on the last hole.

James Harris (Year 7) also stepped into the side for his first match in the senior school. Although somewhat daunted by the size of his opposition, he soon settled into the competition and won a number of holes against a stronger Barker player.  Thanks for helping out at the last minute James!

Knox 2
Knox 2 was defeated by Trinity today, who played extremely well on their “home turf”.

Will Bayliss played with his usual consistent flair, and managed to keep his opponent to all square on the last green. It was a hard fought match, with the result reflective of the effort put in by both players.

Pat Ferris again won comfortably, hitting some impressive shots from tee to green. A solid effort!

Josh Hourmouzis had a mixed game against his opponent, and was defeated 3/2.

Doug Fox kept his match going until the last green, but was unable to hold off his opponent, who fought hard throughout the game.

Mountain Biking
Tai Glassie, MIC Mountain Biking

Round 3 - Kings
Round 3 was hosted at The Kings School.  The riders were at the track early, familiarising themselves with the course. » Read More

There was only going to be one event for the day for each division.
Division 1 & 2 – 5 laps of the course (15kms)
Division 3 & 4 – 4 laps of the course (12kms)
Division 5 & 6 – 3 laps of the course (9kms)

Michael Potter (Yr 12) – 1st Division 1
Matthew Dinham (Yr 9) – 1st Division 2
Harry Ward (Yr 9) – 1st Division 3
Luke Routledge (Yr 9) – 1st Division 4
Luke Derry (Yr 8) – 2nd Division 5

With the great results from all riders, this gave Knox the overall win.

Junior Results
1st - Knox
2nd - Barker
3rd - Riverview

Senior Results
1st - Knox
2nd - Riverview
3rd - Kings

Congratulations to the Knox team once again for a dominant performance.

Round 4 - Riverview
Riverview hosted round 4 for this year's mountain bike season. The day was always going to be hard for Knox with almost half the team being away at either the Sydney to Wollongong charity ride or the Oceania Championships in Toowomba, Queensland.

Although we had a small Knox team, strong rides from our boys in Division 5 and 6 saw Knox still fall to 2nd place overall in the juniors. Div 4 was where Knox suffered the biggest dent in the team, with the majority of the team absent. However, a special mention to Louis Hancock (Year 8) who rode up a division to fill in for some of those riders absent; a great way to celebrate his birthday.

Although severely depleted, the senior divisions were still hotly contested by Knox. Captain Saxon Horn in his final race for the school was fired up to compete in Division 1. He rode a smart race but was out-classed in the final lap and ended up 2nd. Ben Fitton (Year 10) rode an awesome race in Division 3 to take the win by a mile.

Despite Knox's best efforts Riverview had strength in numbers and ended up taking the win on the day and Knox in second place. With Knox's 3 previous wins this gave Knox the overall win for season.

A special mention needs to go to the boys who were away in Toowoomba, Queensland for the Oceania Championships and the final round of the national series. Micheal Potter (Year 12) in his final year of Under 19’s competition claimed 2nd place in the Oceania championships and also 2nd in the final round of the nation series in the XCO. Matthew Dinham (Year 9) has also had a strong season placing 2nd on the Under 17’s Oceania championships. Congratulations to both of these boys, you have done the school and the team proud.

Special mentions go to:
  • Year 7 boys - Alex Richter, Jack Vizard, Chris Hughes, Julian Kelly, Hugh Phillips & Tom McKernan
  • Ben Fitton’s dominant win in Division 3
  • All boys who attended the 90km Charity ride from Sydney to Wollongong
  • Michael Potter (2nd in U19) and Matt Dinham for their podium finish in the Oceania Championships.
Well done to all!

Orienteering

Event 4 'Ferretville' - Forestville Parklands
The orienteering squad ventured into unexplored territory this week, running at the brand new location of Forestville Parklands. » Read More

The team immensely enjoyed the challenge of navigating a new map, discovering some new and unique landforms including the suspended bare rock creek crossing, large spanning rock platforms and water wells. Many also enjoyed a moment’s break from intense competitiveness to savour the picturesque city views from the many serene viewing stations along the course.

There was tough competition in Division 1 this week, seeing both Jackson Booth and Isaac Roberts (Year 10) taking out the top two places ahead of Year 12’s Giacomo Rotollo-Ross and Dan Schofield. Dan, however, still retains his overall lead in the division heading into the final event this Saturday, very closely trailed by Giacomo, only 42 seconds behind.

Congratulations to Heath Wallace (Year 7) who placed third in the higher division 2 this week, competing against year 9 and 10 students. Strong performances by Sean Edwards and Sam Pitman placed them first and second respectively in division 2.

A stellar performance by all division 3, Years 7/8, competitors this week. Well done to Mitchell for placing first this week, followed by Lachlan Yelds and Kyle Lassau-Wray.

Sailing

National Sailing Regatta - Careel 18ft and 22ft yachts
Spencer Foley of year 10 Bryden house and Rupert Foley year 5 Burns house, skippered and crewed their 18ft Careel on Saturday and Sunday last weekend in the National Sailing Regatta for Careel 18ft and 22ft yachts. » Read More

They competed with enthusiasm but unfortunately finished without placing due to a collision with another yacht whilst racing - forcing them to retire from several heats.

Disappointment for Frazer Foley Year 7 Bryden house - who was injured and could not compete.  His sail handling skills were sorely missed by his brothers!

Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 28th February 2015 saw Knox take on Cranbrook. The 1st team had a few changes to the team with Jake Hansen (Year 12) and Pedro Papangelis (Year 8) moving up into the 1sts for this week. » Read More

The 1st team performed very well together in their doubles and were up 4-0. The boys showed some real character in the singles to win 3 out of the 4 singles matches against an improving Cranbrook team. The 1st won 7 sets to 1 in total which is keeping Knox in the running to still try and sneak the title next week at Barker. The 2nd team had a debut player, Andy Xuan (Year 10) to the team. The 2nd team narrowly got the victory winning 5 sets to 3. The 3rds won a very tight match 4 sets to 2 with only a few games separating both sides. The 4th team also had a good battle tying 3 sets all but also winning by a few games. The 5th- 7th team played an internal match play at Morona Avenue with an impressive display from Alexander Vinokur.

The Year 10 boys were at Waitara Avenue. The A team didn’t play their best tennis making things hard after being 2-0 down after the doubles matches. The boys narrowly lost 2 sets to 4. The B team showed some great promise winning very comfortably 5 sets to 1 with a good performance from Cheran Ketheesuran. The C team had a tough lost 2 sets to 4, but were short a player due to injury. The boys showed great determination throughout the matches. The D team showed some great tennis played by all to win 5 sets to 1. The E and F team played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9A team won 5 sets to 1 with a very good team performance from the boys. Probably one of the best for this team. The B team unfortunately couldn’t follow suit losing 2 sets to 4. The C and D teams both won 4 sets to 2 with a good display of tennis from Andrew Lee. Teams F to I played in the “FAST 4 TENNIS” competition at the Glade Oval Courts.
The Year 8 boys performed more as a team this week which was great to see. The A team had a very close battle tying 3 sets all and only losing by 2 games. The B team won very convincingly 6 sets to 0 with a good performance from Mitchell McAsey. The C team showed some character through their matches against a solid group of Cranbrook players but unfortunately lost by 2 games after tying on sets. The D team played well after starting with a player short. They came out on top to 4 sets to 2 with a hearty performance from Nathan Lui. Teams E to G played in the “FAST 4 TENNIS” competition at the Glade Oval.
The Year 7 boys have continued to impress. The A team won 4 sets to 2 with a great show of tennis by Clive Marolt. The B team had a good battle with their opponents to eventually come out on top to win by 3 games after tying on sets. The C team played some very good tennis winning 5 sets to 1, whilst the D team won 4 sets to 2 after being a player short due to illness. Teams E to L played in the “FAST 4 TENNIS” competition at Knox Prep Courts where all of the boys showed great signs of improvement as well as encouragement for one another.

Overall this was a very successful weekend for Knox Tennis as a whole. The boys showed great teamwork and tenacity throughout the day. The boys won 75% matches played on the weekend. Well done to all the boys that played and thank you once again to all the parents for getting your son to their allocated venues on time and also the support given. Fingers crossed that the boys put in a similar performance against local rivals Barker next week. Hope to see you all there for some support. GO THE BLACK AND BLUE!

Representative Tennis Selection
Following the recent CIS tennis selections attended by our Knox players, congratulations goes to Jamie Fraser Year 12 who has been selected as the Number 2 seed in the 2015 NSW CIS Tennis Team.

Track and Field
Chris Pittman, Director of Track & Field

Knox athletes prepare for 2015 representative pathways
After difficult conditions during the week, Knox athletes took the opportunity to make those final preparations as we enter the business end of the season. » Read More

Lockyer Couvret completed a busy program that included 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. Max Couvret undertook the Shot Put. Alex Sky took on the 100m, 400m, 1500m and Shot Put. While older brother Lachie Sky completed the 100m, 200m and Shot Put.
William and James Constable continued their preparations for NSW Championships with William completing the 100m, 400m, 1500m and Shot Put. James Constable was committed across the entire competition with impressive results in the 100m, 400m, 1500m, Discus and Long Jump. Michael Newbrun showed great conditioning with solid results in the 100m, 200m, 400m and Shot Put. John Hunter showed his versatility by completing the 100m, 200m, 400m and Shot Put.

Sean Williams continues to impress every week with strong performances in the 70m, 800m and Shot Put. Jasper Spiller showed the competition a clean set of heels with strong performances in the 100m, 200m 400m and Shot Put. Nathan Taylor returned to Bannockburn Oval after Regionals by completing the 100m and Shot Put. Nathan was joined by Alessio Mazza who completed the 100m, 200m and Shot Put. Harrison Muller rounded out a strong showing from our Year 8 athletes with solid performance in the Shot Put.

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 encouraged any student wishing to improve their athleticism to attend:
  • Tuesday morning - 6.45-8am at Gillespie Field.
  • Thursday morning - 6.45-8am at Gillespie Field

Water Polo
Mark McNamara, Head Coach, Knox Water Polo

Knox vs Newington at Knox Aquatic Centre
1st Grade: Lost 4-16 (1-3, 2-4, 0-5, 0-4)
Our First grade finished off their season against the undefeated leaders and found the going tough. » Read More

Despite hanging in at 2-4 mid way through the second quarter, we conceded 2 late goals to be down only 7-3 at half time.  Our boys battled hard but the experience and better fitness of the opposition showed with a 0-9 second half.  Unfortunately we missed out on some scoring opportunities thus providing Newington with several more. Andrew Hemsworth, James Winterton and Will Turner were the team’s best players on the day. Goals were scored by Will Turner 2, Andrew Hemsworth and Jacob Wardley. Despite this loss, the team has had its best season in Knox memory finishing with 3 wins from our 9 games, and with most of the players available to play first grade next season, the prospects of future success remain ‘on the up’.

2nd Grade: Lost 2-18 (1-9, 1-3, 0-1, 0-5)
Fitness and swimming speed cost the team the ability to keep the scores closer. Wes van Zyl and Lachlan Begg were Knox’s best. Goal scorers were Westley van Zyl and Lachlan Begg.

16A’s: Lost 0-8 (0-4, 0-2, 0-2, 0-0)
In the top of the table clash, nerves seemed to get the better of Knox and the score was 0-4 before we settled down. The scores did not change until the last minute of the 2nd quarter when we conceded 2 five metre penalties to be behind 6-0 at half time.  A missed penalty and a couple of lucky saves (1 off the goalies head), enabled Newington to keep Knox scoreless and win this grade undefeated.  Newington’s keeper stopped five otherwise certain goals. Our boys should hold their head up high after finishing in 2nd place with only 1 loss and 1 draw and the commitment at training and during the game needs to lift to the next level with many of the team pushing for a place in the Knox top teams next season.

16B’s: Lost 1-11 (1-1, 0-4, 0-3, 0-3)
Despite the close first quarter, we did not win. Will Ryan scored the only goal, with Jesse Cavanagh and Tom Winterton giving their all to the game.

14A’s: Lost 5-9 (1-2, 2-5, 1-1, 1-1)
This was the game of the day with only defensive lapses in the second quarter costing the team a potential victory.  One opposition player scored four goals and this was enough to hand victory to a well skilled Newington team.  Antonio Matruglio, Richard Lonsdale, Harry Kyrikos and Jack Cougle played well and were supported by the ever improving Nic Trobec and Harry Kyrikos. Will Kablau and Josh Mercer were well contained and Austin Wagner showed his versatility with a goal ‘on the field’. The more this team plays together the better they will become, which certainly looks promising for the future of Knox water polo. Austin Wagner, Richard Lonsdale, Nic Trobec, Harry Kyrikos and Jack Cougle shared the goal scoring.

14B’s: Lost 3-10.
The team battled hard but were no match for a well drilled Newington team. Among the goal scorers were Dylan Horsfall and Ethan Ravenhall.

13 Black: Lost 5-14
The team is slowly getting the hang of the rules and the skills required and their ability is improving.

13 Blue: Lost 5-9.
This game was closer than the score suggests with the lead changing several times before a few big shooters cost the Knox Blue team their first likely win.

Well done to all teams for their efforts this year. Results and positions on the competition ladder are improving and we have received many comments about the promising future of Knox Water Polo. I would like to thank all our coaching staff, players, pool and school staff and supporters for their efforts this year and I look forward to further improvements and greater enjoyment when competing again in the future.

House Basketball

Senior Basketball
Although the activities of Six Event were halted by unfavorable weather conditions the spirit of the Cock House Cup was not withdrawn. » Read More

The Great Hall held the spectacle of the Senior House Basketball, which saw Angus House narrowly defeat the MacNeil maulers in the dying seconds, through Gareth Willis' unbelievable clutch play. A truly great day for all involved, highlighting the passion and dedication of every individual at Knox Grammar. Some special performances from Oli Roe playing through injury, and the “Tall Timber” Nick Frost sinking buckets!
(Written by Rhett Butler, MacNeil House Prefect)
  • MVP = Gareth Willis (Angus)
  • Virile Agitur ‘Have a Go’ = Ned Campbell (MacNeil)
  • Basketball Cock House Cup Winners = Angus
Junior Basketball
The excitement surrounding six event was seamlessly channeled into thrills and spills of the Junior Basketball Competition, which took place in the Great Hall. Passionate supporters lined the courts during every game that was played. The players of every house took advantage of this electric atmosphere and played each game with their hearts on their sleeve. From the first round, Murdoch asserted themselves as the team to beat, easily dispatching every team in their path. Turnbull performed consistently throughout the early rounds, and became the 'dark horse' of the competition. These two teams faced off in the final and ultimately Murdoch proved to be too strong through a combination of slick passing, communication and shooting deep three’s.
(Written by Tim Walsh, Bryden House Prefect)
  • MVP = Peter Sherlock (Murdoch)
  • Virile Agitur ‘Have a Go’ = Oliver Scott (McIlrath)
  • Basketball Cock House Cup Winners = Murdoch

House Cricket

Senior Cricket
The senior house cricket was a treat to spectators, various talents were show cased across all forms of batting, bowling and fielding. » Read More

Eventual winners MacNeil excelled in all these areas to out muscle the great Angus house in their home area the Poo Dome. Dark horses McKenzie boasted some firepower with two first players though were beaten by the dark horse Angus house in the quarters. Terrific batting by James Knox and Matt Wesley saw them not being dismissed the whole tournament. Overall, the senior house cricket competition was the most competitive and most entertaining that has been witness in Knox in many years.
(Written by Tim White, Angus House Prefect)
  • MVP = Matthew Wesley (MacNeil)
  • Virile Agitar ‘Have a Go’ = Hamish Cole (Reid)
  • Cricket Cock House Cup Winners = MacNeil
Junior Cricket
Junior house cricket provided an excellent showing of the future of Knox Cricket. Some superb bowling on display with one young man achieving a hat trick. We also witnessed some outstanding batting under pressure, notably a match winning boundary from Jack Anderson to send Mcilrath into the semis via a narrow victory over Murdoch. Ultimately though, it was an inform Angus house who had the ultimate batting and fielding combination to achieve victory, getting the best of Gillespie in an exciting contest in the Lawson Centre.
(Written by James Lawrence, Murdoch House Prefect)
  • MVP = Sam Chapman (Bryden)
  • Virile Agitar ‘Have a Go’ = Nick Astride (Turnbull)
  • Cricket Cock House Cup Winners = Angus

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