Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Congratulations to all teams who competed last weekend in what at one stage looked like it was a wet weekend with cancellations, but fortunately there were few, and the majority of teams were able to take to the field or the court. » Read More

It was great to see all the 9’s and 8’s Football win their games but more importantly it was the way in which they won these games.  Whether it be the scorers, or the Goalkeeper saving the goals it was the fact that these teams were always a team and supported each other and whilst many teams have reserves, which means not all get to play a full game, it did not matter as the boys continue to show the Knox spirit and support each other.  These boys led the way but were well supported by all teams on the day, across all age groups and all sports. 

Congratulations to all the swimmers involved in last week’s NSW all schools championships.  Some outstanding individual results as well as Knox winning 6 out of the 7 relays.  This is the highest level competition of schools in the state and our results were outstanding, and I congratulate and wish those who were selected for Pacific Games later this year all the best.  

I wish all those selected for the CAS team to compete at the CIS trials and the Rugby Opens and 16’s all the best for their selections in the CAS Rep teams in the coming weeks.  

Finally, I look forward to watching the 1sts and 2nds Football play on Knox 1 this Friday night and as usual I know there will be plenty of support for these boys.  Go the Black and Blue!   

Quote of the Week

Winners don't wait for chances, they take them. Anon

Members of the Knox Sailing Team.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PREP SPORT

Prep House Track and Field Carnival

On Monday 25 May, Knox Prep boys travelled to Narrabeen to compete in the House Track and Field Championships. » Read More

We were blessed with superb weather, ideal for racing. Each boy participated in a number of track and fun game events to gain points for their house.

Three records were broken on the day, all in the 800m events. Sean Williams ran 2.49.49m in the 9 years, William Constable 2.29.45m in the 11 years and Sam Rockliff 2.20.95 in the 12 years. 

Champion boys
  • 9 years – 1st Sean Williams – Haslett, 2nd Henry Anderson – Haslett , 3rd Max Roach – Lang.
  • 10 years – 1st Charlie Anderson – Haslett, equal 2nd Benji Allen – Fuller & Lachlan Georgoulas – Burns.
  • 11 years – equal 1st William Constable – Haslett & Alex Sherlock – Burns, 3rd Lucas Banfield – Lang
  • 12/13 years – 1st Tom Osborn – Haslett, 2nd Max Purcell – Ewan, 3rd Harry Gosper – Lang
Champion House for 2015 was Haslett, followed by Burns, Lang, Ewan and Fuller.

Congratulations to all boys on their wonderful House spirit and sportsmanship through the carnival.

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

AFL

The second game of the season saw Knox take on Riverview, with eager enthusiasm from the boys. » Read More

Right from the siren the Knox boys looked hungry for a win. The first quarter saw a strong middle field attack from Knox that led to four goals whilst the Knox defense held together and only conceded 1 goal. 

The second term was met with just as much passion however due to poor kicking this only translated into three goals from Knox. The defense again held steady with Riverview only kicking one goal for the term.

Whilst Riverview came out strong in the third term by kicking the initial goal Knox responded with strong forward pressure and kicked six goals for the term. The continual midfield work to hold the ball in and work around the stoppages was the main cause for the spike in goals.

The fourth quarter came around and the boys, to their credit, managed to hold on.  They booted two goals in the term, however Riverview came back punching but fell short due to a lack of converting. They kicked four behinds to zero goals meaning the game could have been a lot closer if they had converted. This can be accredited to our strong defensive pressure and the midfield working hard both ways to cover the ball.
 
Goal Kickers: James Robertson 4, Luke Parks 2, Duncan McMaster, Ryan de Vries, Alex Doling-Cook, Jack Brasher, Jordan de Vries, Campbell Saddington and Nicholas Taylor 

Best play: Luke Parks, Harry White, James Robertson, Jordan de Vries, Harry Potter and Alex Doling-Cook
 
Coach: Mitchel De Vries

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

Round two of the GPS/CAS cross-country kicked off at Sydney Park hosted by Cranbrook. » Read More

The Knox cross-country team had to tackle one of the hardest courses of the season and they did so with finesse. It was evident that the hill training they have been doing recently had paid off which was definitely reflected in the team’s overall result.

In the juniors, the team finished 3rd overall with some great CAS results in the 4km. Ewan Shingler, finished in 7th place which was an improvement from last week’s race, with Jackson Croker not too far behind in 11th place. Tom Ivers and Aidan Kumarasinghe also improved from last week, both finishing in the top 30.  Zac Hartmann, Charlie McCann and Riley Dwyer also improved their positions, all finishing in the top 50.

In the intermediates, Ben Fitton had a strong run in the CAS 6km finishing in 11th place, which was a great result after only a week of recovery after his solid half marathon the previous Sunday. Not too far behind was Ben Jackson who improved from last week finishing in 15th place. Luke Bray also improved from last week’s run finishing in the top 30. 

In the seniors, Knox cross-country Vice Captain, Duncan Ballantine made his debut in the 8km finishing in a strong 11th place. Not too far behind was Captain of the team, Vaughn Wickenden who finished in 15th place followed by Andrew Crosling in 17th place. This was a great result for the open team as they had to tackle the hill of pain four times. 

A big thank you to Mr. Chris Pittman for all his work getting the teams together for the day and to coach Ben Moss for all his help on the day encouraging the boys and warming the boys up for their event. Thank you also to Dale Thompson and Richard Winstanley for all their support throughout the competition. 

Fencing

This week, Footwork drills emphasised the importance of balance and strength in fencing. » Read More

The boys had a good work out from practising their lunges and focusing on movement cues to enable them to remain alert and agile. Fast bouting then followed with the boys refining their attacking and defending moves as they fenced each other in teams.

The senior boys had a tough agility and strength session followed by electric epee fencing. They all had turns bouting against each other and learned more about the rules of epee and how to score their hits.

Congratulations to Matt Dall’Asen who goes from strength to strength in the Fencing world, he competed at the week-end and at the State Championships and won the title of NSW U/17 Cadet Foil Champion.  Well done!  

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  

  • Friday 29 May, 7.15pm - Knox Football 1sts game - under lights Knox 1
  • Saturday 30 May, 3.15pm - 1sts Rugby only 
  • Saturday 13 June
  • Saturday 25 July

Football
Steve Roche, MIC Football

Round 4 Vs Aloysius had the Knox boys showing some character to bounce back from last week and record some solid wins to keep them at the top of their respective competitions. » Read More

Statistics for the day were impressive scoring over the 100 goal mark for the second time this season with 102, conceding only 24 goals. With 24 wins and only 2 losses the Knox teams have set a high bar to reach for in coming weeks.

The Opens had 5 wins and 2 draws with the 1st XI answering the call and after going behind a goal early in the game they clawed their way back to gain the 3 points with a 2-1 win. The goals came from Charlie Baker and from Hugo Forlico with a long range strike. The 3rds had a 1-1 draw with the goal scored by Rob Nelson. Meanwhile the 4ths are on a roll with their fourth win on the trot at 1-0 with Andrew Zhou netting the only goal.

Year 10 had 3 wins and 2 losses. The 10As grabbed their first win of the season 1-0 with an Alex Duffy goal to go with his man of the match performance. The 10Bs and 10Ds went down 3-0 but the 10Cs and 10Es steadied the ship with 2-1 wins apiece.

Year 9 had the first clean sweep, a great day by the Yr 9 boys not to concede a goal vs Aloysius (scoring 19 goals in the process). The 9Fs and 9Gs played against St Patricks D's and E's, and our boys winning both games was a great effort.

Year 8 rolled through the days’ games winning every match with the 8Bs and 8Ds having very close encounters getting up 2-1 each but keeping the supporters on the edge of their seats until the final whistle with the end to end battle. The 8As got up 3-2 with a goal in the final seconds as did the 8Cs, 8Es and 8Fs all recording strong wins.

Year 7 rounded out the day with 4 wins and a draw in the 7As with the boys coming back from 2 goals down. Goals to Massimo Forlico and Alexander Vaughan got it back to 2-2 where it stayed. Two huge wins in the 7Ds and 7Es both getting double figures in the 11-0 wins only to be topped by the 7Bs win at 13-0, goals going to a long list of goal scorers; Lachlan Cummings 3, Benjamin Snushall 1, Lucas van de Scheur 3, Nicholas Browne 3, Robert Dundas-Smith 1 and Henry Roberts 2.







Karate

The Knox karate boys were in full training at the dojo in Turramurra on Saturday morning ahead of their grading day this weekend. » Read More

Their sensei had them practicing their moves and also had them work through their katas as this is an important part of the grading. 

Rugby
John Rownes, MIC Rugby

On Saturday 23rd May Knox travelled away to play St Aloysius. The lower grade Opens in their respective matches with St Aloysius continued with their fine form. » Read More

The 2nd XV won 27 – 8, 3rd XV 53 – 5 and the 4th XV 54 – 0. The 5th XV drew with St Ignatius 6th XV 5 – 5 while the 6th XV lost to St Ignatius 7th XV 5 – 14. 

The 1st XV proved that their defensive line was strong having to hold out against a St Aloysius team that enjoyed plenty of possession during the first half. The territorial advantage allowed St Aloysius to kick a penalty goal and score a try for their 8 first half points. Knox replied with a penalty goal and then late in the half an excellent try down the right hand side of the field was converted from near the touch line by a very composed Tom Woodcock to provide Knox with a 10 – 8 half time lead. Whilst Knox would take their total to 21 points, St Aloysius scored a try from a charge down and on full time scored a try out wide on the left hand side of the field to bring the score to 21 – 20. The conversion attempt to win them the game kept to the left of the posts and Knox secured their fourth win of the CAS competition.

The 13A’s bounced back well from last week to defeat St Aloysius 39 – 17 and the 13B’s drew 5 – 5 with St Ignatius C. These two teams are working hard at training and developing well. The 13C’s defeated St Aloysius B 28 – 24 and the 13D’s defeated St Aloysius C 37 – 7. The 13E’s had a tough day against St Ignatius but to their credit persevered throughout the match. The U15’s and U16’s both performed well while the U14’s demonstrated their potential with a series of fine performances from all teams. The 14E’s had a difficult assignment against a very competent St Patricks D losing 12 – 50 while the 14D’s never relented losing narrowly to St Ignatius E 5 – 10. The 14C’s defeated St Aloysius B 22 – 14 and the 14B’s produced a tremendous effort to defeat St Ignatius C 21 – 19 in an exciting match. The 14A’s can be quite an impressive team. There is no doubting their potential and they produced some exceptionally good rugby in their fine 67 – 0 win against St Aloysius. They were well led by their captain Dan Breden, who possesses the ability to be at the right place at the right time and make the right decisions and he was well supported by his close ally Oscar Cheal. Tom Constable at half back consistently provided quality service to those outside, Sam Rechner was strong in defence and has some excellent footwork in attack, while Austin Thomson exhibited great speed to score.

Sailing

Knox Sailing State championships results
From the 1st to the 3rd of May, Knox entered 2 teams in the State Secondary Schools Teams Racing Championships. It’s been a long wait but finally, the results have been released. » Read More

Final rankings: - Knox A 8th and Knox B 15th.

From the knock-out rounds, teams knocked out at the same stage are ranked in order of their placing in the round robins.

The weather for the 3 day regatta was wet and miserable from a landlubber’s perspective but was absolutely fantastic from a sailing stance with fabulous winds for the entire regatta. Over the 3 days, 181 races were held with some amazing competition from this co-ed event. Due to the ever present drizzle/rain, many teams were forced to endure the 3 days aboard a helicopter transfer barge with no shelter or toileting facilities. Not the Knox team. We were so fortunate to be hosted by Mark and Kirsty Hunter aboard their 49 foot ketch “Evening Star”. Never has the Knox Sailing team been so appreciative of a warm comfortable mother ship with the opportunity to get hot drinks, warm clothes and relax between races in a dry environment. A massive thankyou is extended to Mark and Kirsty Hunter for hosting the Knox team and making this opportunity happen.

Over the years, the level of competition has been building with all of the successful teams fortunate to have practicing sailors in their entire teams as opposed to students taking sailing as a compulsory sport. These well skilled teams certainly issued the challenge and when complacency snuck in, came very close to being toppled by lesser ability teams on numerous occasions. Given the level of competition, the Knox team were exemplary in their role of ambassadors for Knox and served the school proudly with well-deserved final placements.
 
The Knox A team was superbly captained by Oliver Parker (12) and accompanied by fellow steerers Ed Fay (12), Alex Cross (12) and Alex van Veen (12). The team would not be complete without the vital input of crews Harry Parker (8), Alastair Hunter (8), Nick van Veen (8) and Ewan Shingler (8). 

The Knox B team was magnificently captained by Toby Wilson (10) and joined by fellow steerers Scott Chestney (12), Callum Davis (11) and Nat Martin (10). Their admirable crews were Bodhi Oliver (8), Aidan Kumarasinghe (8), Lachlan Marlow (7) and Alex Phipps (7).

A big thank you is also extended to parents and supporters who assisted the team with nourishment, drinks and encouragement over the 3 days of competition.

We now reflect on the year past and look to build towards the 2015/2016 season.

Squash
Annie Gleason, MIC Squash

There were some very close matches on Saturday. » Read More

We had some very close matches this week.

  • Knox 7 went down in a close match v Briars 1-2
  • Knox 23 V Barker 5 some exciting rallies with the boys going down 1-2
  • Knox 25 had all improved from the first two weeks of play special mention to F. Kite, H. Falconer-Flint and A. Wardley.
  • Knox 27 V Barker 7 very close matches well played boys, D. Loyzaga, R. Somaiya, D. Harrison.
  • Knox 28 v Willoughby 4 a very hard fought match A. Lin Lacy,  A. Soonius, J. Harris.
  • Knox 29 v Barker 8  played two great matches all going down to the wire, S. Koroknay 2-3, J. Henery 2-3,with long rallies and very good placement.
  • Knox 30  great team win D.Ledger,L.Sherman,B.Sharpe.2-1
  • Knox 33 v Barker 10 A. Bahramali had a fantastic match going down in a five set match 64/68, some long intense rallies, it could have gone either way.
  • Knox 35 v Barker 11  great team win O. Ellard played a superior match winning convincingly 3-0 to start the team on their winning way, giving good encouragement to his team mates, which secured the win                                            2-1,J.Andrews,E.Hanley.
  • Knox 36 v Barker 12 also had some tough matches just going down 1-2
  • S. Gibbs had a thrilling match with long rallies and hard chasing of the ball. W. Wu, J. Chen.
  • Knox 38 v Briars 6 fantastic match Z. Slomin winning 3-0, also  S. Wang filled in to secure the win 3-1   A. Bradshaw also  played well.
Training concentrated on serve and returns this week, which let the boys down last week, the circuit set up for the year 10 boys has been well received.

Year Champs were played again this week the winners were:  
Year 10 N. Huang, N. You lee, K. Suresh.
Year 9 T. Joseph, M. Gee, R. Rattan.
Year 8 E. Hanley.
Year 7 A. Lin Lacy, A. Soonius.

Special thanks to J. Andrews, A. Michaels who stepped up and played twice to assist other teams.

The challenge ladder is working overtime as the boys challenge to climb the ladder with some high contested positions being sought, each year group has a ladder, then the school ladder is also in place.

It is always interesting to see the outcomes of matches, with some younger, newer players challenging the older boys.

As always, all boys played with good sportsmanship.

Swimming

The NSW All Schools Swimming Championships was a hugely successful meet for our team of 16 Knox swimmers. » Read More

Swimming Captain Vincent Dai (Yr 12) swam a new record of 22.76 sec (!!) knocking a whole second off the previous best time in the 50m freestyle! That is basically skimming across the top of the water to get to the other end! Fantastic!! And it was done without flippers!!

Leon MacAlister (Yr 9) also showed individual brilliance in his clean sweep of the backstroke records, winning the 50m, 100m and 200m events! Leon also won the 200m medley! What a herculean effort!! Again, no flippers to be seen!

Andrew Hemsworth (Yr 11) claimed the 200m breaststroke and 50m fly Gold medals! Wow! In a very busy day, Andrew managed to qualify in 6 events for the Pacific School Games and competed in 11 events including the relays. Stupendous!!

Jack Ryan (Yr 10) saw off extremely tough competition to win Gold in the 100m freestyle. Brilliant!!

Added to this, we won 6 out of 7 relays, and set a new record in the 17-19 Yr medley relay! Awesome!
Congratulations to all our relay winners:
12-14Yr Boys Relay Team - Ben Bradshaw (8), Lachlan Kelly (8), Justin Lee (8) and Sydney Robertson (9).
15-16Yr Boys Relay Team - Cody Adam (10), Leon MacAlister (9), Jack Ryan (10), Stephen Sheahan (10) and George Zhu (9).
17-19Yr Boys Team - Vincent Dai (12), Andrew Hemsworth (11), Sam Ritchens (11) and William Yang (11).
All Age relay members - James Stark (7) and Ethan Hansen (7).

Knox finished with a total tally of 14 Gold medals. Brilliant! 

But wait... there’s more...


The Pacific Schools Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics, only the PSG are for school aged athletes.  This year, the week-long competition will be held across nine Olympic sports in Adelaide in November. Please congratulate the following boys on their selection to compete at the Pacific Schools Games due to their brilliance at the NSW All Schools:
James Stark (7), Lachlan Kelly (8), Justin Lee (8), Joshua Mercer (8), Leon MacAlister (9), Sydney Robertson (9), Jack Ryan (10), Andrew Hemsworth (11).

Both Vincent Dai (12) and Will Yang (11) would have been in the team as well but declined the invitation to concentrate on the Open National Short Course Championships on at the same time …. and on their academic studies!


Lastly, a huge well done to our team of swim coaches – headed by Steve Goodier and John Bladon – and their assistants - in getting our boys prepared and up to this extraordinary level of competition.

Tennis
Ben Higgins MIC Knox Tennis

Saturday 23rd May 2015 saw the Knox tennis team take on St Aloysius away in the Opens. The boys were aware that this wasn’t going to be a walk over after Aloysius beat Barker the week before. » Read More

The 1st team got off to a shaky start after winning both first sets in the doubles and then dropped the ball to lose both 2nd sets in both doubles. They got things back on track in their singles with Jamie Fraser making sure he got the job done in a tough singles match to win 6-3. The 1st team ended up winning 5-3. The 2nd team did well to win 5-3 overall with a good doubles performance from Thomas Burwood and Charlie Wong. Thomas Burwood played some solid tennis in the singles also to win 6-1. The 3rd and 4th teams both won very convincingly 6-0 only dropping 5 games between the two teams. The 5th team played a friendly match against St Ignatius College at Morona Avenue. They ended up winning 6-0 with a good team performance. The 6th and 7th teams played in an internal competition at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10A team showed their strength winning with no problems 6-0 and only dropping 7 games between the team. Teams B to D played in an internal competition at the Knox Prep Courts.

The 9A and 9B teams played at Tyneside Courts and won with ease 6-0 dropping 11 games between the two teams. Well done to both teams on a very solid team performance. Teams C- H unfortunately got washed out at Regimental Park in the morning time slot.

The 8A team had a good battle with some excellent tennis played on a very slick surface. The team won 5-1 overall with some great tennis played by Harry Wagstaff in his singles as well as Henry Wines. The B team were just too strong for St Aloysius winning 6-0, dropping only 8 games between the team. Team C were supposed to have a friendly match against St Ignatius, but not many of their team showed up on the day due to pull-outs the night before, which meant the Cs’ played an internal match with the few St Ignatius boys. Teams D- G managed to get on Regimental Park courts after the sun came out and dried the courts. The boys played an internal Fast 4 Tennis Competition.

The year 7A and 7B teams continued their unbeaten record, both teams winning 5-1, with some outstanding tennis played by Kiran Anker in the A team and James Robertson in the B team, both winning their singles 6-0.  The boys then played an internal competition at Turramurra Park. Teams D - H played an internal Fast 4 Tennis Competition at Regimental Park.

Overall the weekend was very successful, the Knox teams won 100% of matches played and only lost 9 sets of a possible 70 sets. Well done to all the boys on a very professional approach to the matches and keep up the good work.


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
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Fixtures

Prep School fixtures
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Wet Weather and
Sports Information

www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport

Prep: 9901 7982
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Prep Sport Office

Phone: 9473 9308
Email: Bonnie McDonald

Senior Sport Office

Phone: 9487 0127
Email: Liz Smith