Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

What a great weekend to finish off most of Summer sport. Many teams had wins, with all teams playing to their best and doing a great job in representing the school and their teams. » Read More

It was great to see those students who got involved with Pink Day in support of cancer and I thank all those who contributed financially to this worthy cause.

Our 1st Tennis had a good win against Barker but unfortunately it was not enough to retain the CAS Shield and they went down by 1 point to Trinity. In the Basketball, it was a fantastic game played at Barker to an over-full Barker sports gymnasium. The lead see-sawed many times with Knox going down by 2 in the final seconds. The Cricket 1sts did well with the ball in fielding but unfortunately could not chase down the runs required for a win.

There are still some Sports to finish up their Summer programme and this includes the U14 Baseball team, our Golfers and all those involved in the Squash Grand Finals this weekend. I wish all those the best of luck in these fixtures.

This Saturday sees the start of Winter Sport with the induction days for AFL, Football, Rugby and Tennis. These are important sessions for staff to give information and promote their activity and I know that all will enjoy the day.

Tomorrow is the CAS Swimming and Diving Championships and I would like to wish all those students involved be it supporting, swimming or diving the best of luck and remember to always behave and compete in the black and blue way.

Quote of the Week

'If you can dream it, you can do it.'
Walt Disney

Volleyball action from last Saturday's final round against Barker.

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PREP SPORT

House Cross Country Championships

Boys in Years 3 to 6 will be participating in the House Cross Country Championships on Thursday 12 March at Gillespie. » Read More

Details will be emailed to parents who are most welcome to attend.

Summer sport trainings and fixtures

This week is the final week for summer sports trainings and Saturday 14 March is the final fixture. » Read More

Winter sport trials

A reminder that on the Knox Portal under Announcements is a list of all Years 3-6 boys and their chosen (Terms 2 and 3) winter sport choice. » Read More

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any changes as team entries have been submitted to IPSHA.

Trials for the Winter sports will commence on Saturday 21 March. The trials schedule will be posted on the Portal under Training Schedule in due course.

IPSHA Swimming Championships

The IPSHA swimming championships were held on 4th of March at SOPAC with a team of 21 swimmers representing Knox with Knox teachers along with many families also coming along to support the team. » Read More

The day saw many fantastic swims. Knox’s junior relay, featuring Alexander Ruygrok, Angus Rowe, Ben Allen and Charlie Anderson pulled up a 1st place. Our senior relay also had a great swim with Ben Rothery, Joshua Collett, Will McDonagh and Luke Tucker finishing a close 2nd to our old rival Trinity!

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have progressed through to the CIS carnival in individual events:

•    Ben Allen (50m Br),
•    Charlie Anderson (50m Bk, 50m Br, 50m Fr, 200 IM),
•    Joshua Collett (50m Bk, 50m Br, 50m Fr, 100m Fr, 200 IM),
•    Ben Rothery (50m Fly),
•    Angus Rowe (50m Bk) and
•    Alexander Ruygrok (50m Fly).

I would like to thank everyone on the team for participating and trying their best. Thanks to Mrs Dewar and Andrew Aebi – the Knox swim coach – for all their help on the day.

One of the most impressive parts of the day was the cheering and support shown by the team. What an awesome IPSHA swimming carnival we had this year.  

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

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.
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

 
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. 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 9pm.

Parents and supporters are welcome to attend the traditional CAS Assembly at 1.35pm on Thursday 12 March in the Lawson Centre.

Time        
8.25am    Period 1    
9.15am    Period 2    
10.00am    Recess    
10.25am    Period 3    
11.15am    Period 4    
12.05pm    Period 6    
12.30pm    Swim and Dive Team Photos    
12.50pm    Lunch for school    
12.50pm    Swim and Dive Team Lunch - Portrait Room
1.35pm    CAS Assembly    
2.15pm    Swim & Dive Team depart    
2.25pm    Period 7 for non CAS spectators    
2.30pm    All spectators collect meal packs
2.45pm    Assemble at bus boarding areas    
2.55pm    Buses depart for SOPAC    
4.15pm    First Diving event    
4.30pm    First Swimming event    
7.50pm    Last event - war cries cease after completion of last event
7.55pm    Presentations    
8.10pm    Board buses    
8.15pm    Depart SOPAC    
9.00pm    First buses arrive Knox and pick up bags

Snow Sports Trip 2015

When: 28 June - 5 July
Where: Thredbo » Read More

Basketball
Dom Finlay, Director of Knox Basketball

Overall
In a topsy turvy weekend of results, Knox and Barker came close to equal share of victories and losses. Knox won 64% of games played with a number of the games being decided by less than 5 points. » Read More

There were over 400 spectators on hand to watch a classic matchup between two old rivals in the CAS 1sts competition. The enormity of the vent was not lost on anyone. Countless early morning hours committed to the cause for both teams, spanning over many years. For Knox, this was the third straight year they had put themselves in a position to win the competition with victory in the final game. Our boys were pumped and had the back to back CAS title in their sites. Barker had other plans, stringing together one of the finest 1st quarter performances, they lead by as many as 17 points. Our boys, fought hard to get themselves back into the competition and with 4 minutes remaining, pandemonium set in with both schools trading blows on and off the court. The support for both schools was electric. The result of the game came down to the bounce of the ball, with our boys agonisingly close to a historic victory. Both schools formed huge circles to sing their significant school songs. It was hard to lose, but disappointment was quickly replaced with pride for this team and this school… Virile Agitur!
Results for the season have been excellent with Knox leading the C.A.S by winning 71% of all games played. Our coaching staff, facilities and approach are second to none. The boys have improved weekly and will continue to do so under the guise of hard work and application of the fundamentals skills being taught to them.

Opens
Our opens finished with a good overall record (6 wins 4 losses). Unfortunately the 2 of the losses came at the pointy end of the program with both our 1sts (76-78) and 2nds (34-50) losing in very close contests. In this age group Barker has always been very strong so it was no surprise that this was always going to be a tight round for these lads.

10’s
Our 10’s had a difficult weekend only winning 3 of their 8 matches. Our A’s and B’s both reversed their term 4 results with great wins against Barker. The 3 matches won were the AB and C squads. This year group has huge potential and with the help of the winter program will go from strength to strength.

9’s
Our 9’s age group had a roller coaster weekend, finishing 7 and 3 for the weekend. Coach Pitman has been over the moon with the progression of this year group. There is a tremendous amount of depth and passion coming from this year group. If they stay together and continue to work hard, they will be fairly rewarded. Their overall record reflects how hard these kids continue to work. Our 9E’s had a remarkable 20 point reversal of results between the 2 terms.

8’s
The 8’s finished sharing 6 wins and 4 losses against Barker. There are some spectacular players in this age group from both schools. The entire age group from both schools should be set to have very competitive games throughout their careers. Coach D’Agostino has acknowledge the tremendous camaraderie within the year group and expects this to catapult this age group forward.

7’s
Our 7’s finished with the weekend undefeated. This is a very strong year group with depth and skill scattered throughout the divisions. AB’s Coach Trikilis in his first year coaching in the program, has been astounded by the popularity and skill within this level of basketball at Knox.



Cricket

The final weekend saw our boys face ‘the old enemy’ in a very strong Barker. The depth of Barker’s squads across the whole school was a mouth watering prospect for some of our teams who have won all of their games this season. » Read More

This season has seen individuals stand up and be counted in the moments of the game where it can go one way or another. Consistent bowling and disciplined batting was a feature in the year 7 group in particular which is promising for the future of Knox Cricket. While our 1st XI lost, they did so admirably while our 2nd XI and 7A’s recorded wins against unbeaten teams. The best result was the 10A’s who defeated a Barker team that has remained unbeaten since year 7. This was a fantastic way to finish a brilliant season.

1st XI vs Barker (A)
With a slim mathematical chance of winning the CAS in play, our boys arrived to play the old enemy focused and ready to take on the best team we have faced this season. Losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Harry Chapman lead from the front with some fantastic new ball bowling, in unison with Will Graham who has shattered records left, right and centre this season. The Barker openers saw off the new ball and began to set a steady base to build a score from. From this stable base, the innings never really gathered big momentum on a good batting pitch and a fast outfield as Barker made their way to 9/168. Pick of the bowlers was the skipper, Harry Chapman who finished with 1/19 and Will Graham who finished off his outstanding season with 2/22.

In reply, the Barker bowlers hit us with what they have an abundance of, pace. A firey opening spell from both bowlers tested our ticker. Josh Trewin and Harry Chapman did what they have done all season and stood up to the barrage with some smart batting, putting on 44 for the third wicket before Harry Chapman fell for 23 with the score on 53.

Unfortunately the batting never regained momentum as we lost wickets in clumps. Only James Knox who made 24 and Josh Trewin showed the fight required to chase down even such a small score. In the end Knox were all out for 141.

2nd XI vs Barker (H)
‪What a way to finish the season, with a home fixture against the 'Old Enemy' from “up the road”. Somewhat surprisingly we were sent in to bat amidst perfect batting conditions. Looking to improve our efforts with the bat from previous weeks, we began poorly losing our top 3 for 14 runs in 6 overs. The left/right handed combination of Todoroski (20) and James (49) consolidated the innings in the best way possible, producing a 50 run partnership. After absorbing the pressure of some tight Barker bowling the boys began to bat with freedom. Oscar James in particular showed great determination and character to take charge of the innings with some splendid stroke play and gritty defence. Shocked commentators were quoted from the sidelines declaring 'he's batting out of his skin' (and yes maybe the big bomb down the ground for 6 was slightly out of character for Oscar), however according to this 'expert' his ability to accumulate runs and make a decent score was not the slightest of shocks. His innings would end in trying circumstances, as Jonty Cornford feeling no sense of occasion decided to run our lion heart of the day out on 49. Cornford (25) perhaps spurred on by the thought of his teammate eventually produced a strong knock of his own, characterised by near perfect two paced batting to lead us to a competitive total after 32 overs. Barker required 138 for victory. ‬‬‬‬‬

Surprise, surprise and spearhead swing bowler Alex McConnell (2/5) began the innings as only he knows how, providing a wicket in his second over. The unluckiest bowler of the season Rob Jones (3/17) managed to put another dropped catch behind him to also pick up an early wicket in his 3rd over. From there we were able to sustain pressure right through the innings on the back of strong energy in the field and disciplined bowling. After missing out with the bat, our under bowled Captain Olly Morton (3/17) produced a wicket in his first ball of his first two overs to end any hope of a Barker comeback. The 'Vibrant Viper' Rob Jones finished the match and his 2nd XI bowling career in style, sending the middle stump of the Barker no.10 cartwheeling all the way to Hornsby. Respectfully, Barker were never in the chase and after some questionable sportsmanship by the visitors earlier in the day it was an extremely satisfying victory to end the season. In all facets of the game, I was extremely proud of the way the boys carried themselves both technically and mentally, truly showing how this great game should be played. By my count, a successful 2014/2015 2nd XI season has come to a close.

3rd XI vs Barker (H)
The 3rd XI team has been in good form all season so a finish against Barker was a great prospect for the boys. Losing the toss and being asked to bowl, our bowlers responded brilliantly restricting Barker to only 109 all out. Ben Feather the pick of the bowlers with 2/9 off 4 overs.

In reply our batters made easy work of the total with Josh Navratil finishing a fine season with 27 runs and Joe Bissett finishing the innings off with 39 not out.

4th XI vs Barker (A)
The 4th XI came up against a strong Barker team and faced the challenge they have been awaiting for some weeks now. Bowling first, Barker made their way to 224 off only 32 overs with some fantastic hitting. Despite the big score our bowlers performed well with Connor McFadden getting 3/33 and Lachie Charaneka 4/24.

In reply, the batters now got going as a unit with great individual performances from David Taylor who made 38 and Liam Denning who made 20.

Unfortunately the innings fell short by over 100 runs and we were all out for 120.

5th XI vs Barker (H)
 Our 5th XI has had some tough games this season. Often facing defeat against stronger teams. Despite this their attitude has been phenomenal. They have stuck together in tough times and as a result, they have grown individually and collectively. So it was amazing to finish the season with their best batting performance against a strong Barker team. The star performance came from in-form Beau Luland who made 37 runs as we compiled 120 runs in the allotted 20 overs.

Defending a solid total Paul Joseph took two great wickets, Bryn Thompson bowled their best batsman and Jordon Davies took a wicket with his last ball as a Knox cricketer. Barker overtook our score in the 14th over but it was overall another fantastic performance.


10A vs Barker (H)
A daunting task lay ahead of our boys in this round as they faced a Barker team that have never lost since joining the school. Bowling first on a Curagul pitch that offered a little bit of moisture, our boys were exceptional bowling Barker out for only 102 in the 29th over. Todd Anderson going for only one an over creating pressure for the likes of Fraser Wilson 2/27 and Jack Hoyle 3/19. A chaseable total against a great bowling team with form on their side would prove difficult.

In reply Knox slipped to 3/10 and 4/24 before Jack Hoyle entered the crease. Batting with “nouse” and presence the boys put on a crucial 51 for the 6th wicket. Navratil finished with only 14 but it was a vital partnership with a strong hitter.

With 20 needed off the final two overs, Jack Hoyle went nuts! Hitting the final ball of the penultimate over for six to win the game and defeat a Barker team undefeated for nearly 5 years.

10B vs Barker (A)
A win for our 10B’s would have made it 10 wins in 10 for our boys. Coming up against the only team that had proved a real test in previous rounds meant that it would be a tough task on the day away at Barker. Bowling first, Hamish Cole continued his fine form with 4 wickets for only 4 runs as Barker could only muster 84 runs. In reply, with the pressure on, the ‘iceman’ Matt Wedlock made a crucial 18 to give the innings the momentum needed to complete 10 CAS win from 10 CAS games.

9A vs Barker (A)
The final match of the season is always a great occasion playing the old enemy, Barker for bragging rights until the next season rolls around. Coming off a loss in the two-day format to the hands of Barker, Knox was eager to rectify this with a dominant display. Again, our top order was unable to fire and although the loss of wickets was reasonably irregular, Knox was restricted by great fielding and tight bowling lines. Captain Nick Astridge was doing his best to take quick singles and turn over the strike, working hard for his 16 without any boundaries. Ned Young was able to put some respectability on the scoreboard with a quick-fire 17 not out. Nic Gallu also helped to bring up the Knox total with 14 toward the end of the innings.

Knowing Barker had a strong top order made us determined to make early inroads and get into their tail as soon as possible. Much to Barker's credit, their opening pair put on 82 runs to set them up for a dominant victory - they must have heard my change room talk before the game. Our bowling and ground fielding has been something that we, as a team, pride ourselves on and unfortunately we were not on song against Barker. Ned Young was the sole wicket taker as Barker cruised to victory in the 18th over.

A disappointing way to end the season, but what an enjoyable season it has been!

9B vs Barker (H)
Bowling first, showing great heart, our 9B’s bowled a good Barker team out for only 91 in the 27th over. Rahul Bhatnagar and Max Hodge both picked up two wickets in a fine all round performance. Starting with the bat, the start was not ideal losing two wickets. Bhatnagar and Hodge, the heroes with the ball, put on 50 with the bat as we chased down the total, 8 wickets down in the 28th over. A great win.

9C vs Barker (H)
The 9C’s played an epic match against an evenly matched Barker team. Batting first we posted our best score of the year with 148. Thanks to Finn Douglas (28) Hugo Grundy (22).

Bowling was equally as impressive with Luke Bray bowling with discipline finishing with 1/19 with some quality death bowling. Even though Barker chased the score with only the loss of 3 wickets, our boys took it down to the last over. Great work!

8A vs Barker (A)
Winning the toss, Wines chose to bat first on a good Rosewood deck. From the outset we were on the back foot - finding it difficult to score with Barker’s disciplined lines. In fact, sundries ended up being our largest score - 21 of our 41 runs. We lost Henry Wines early with a “jaffer” trapping him in front. We then went on and lost wickets very consistently. Martyn and Neville both fell for 1 in quick succession. Unfortunately there was no let up. Toole was run out with a superb outfield throw for 2. Druce went for 0 and Fountain was run out after a stuttered call. Smith also went for 0 and Garrett was caught for 2. The tail managed to show a glimmer of resistance - seeing us go from 6/22 after 9 overs to 8/30 at drinks after 16 overs. Tennakoon tried to guts it out before falling for 2 and was then followed by Seitam who played positively hitting a boundary before also falling for 7 - caught at mid off. Ivers finished 4 not out.

Barker ended up chasing our total in the 10th over but they showed some excellent enthusiasm. Ivers bowled 3 overs - finishing with 0/10. Tennakoon finished with 0/8 off 2. Seitam charged in like a raging bull and took our only wicket (caught by Sam at mid off) - 1/7 off two overs. Garrett finished with 0/14 off 2.5 overs

8B vs Barker (H)
The 8B’s bowled first against an undefeated Barker team and bowled superbly restricting them to only 109. John Bolack – Lees and Jamie Cerezo picking up crucial wickets. Jeremy Jenkins took as screamer at cover and Zac Graham affected a great run out. Unfortunately our batting came up short as we were dismissed for 70 runs. Mikey Glover making 13 and Jamie Cerezo finishing a fine all round game with 12 which included an enormous six!

8C vs Barker (H)
So it all came down to this. “High Noon”. “The duel in the sun”. “The final showdown”. State of Origin, Blue versus Red. Barker versus Knox.

The 8C's final match for the season was a 20/20 thriller that went down to the last over. Knox batted first, with Adam Holmes and Jared Meyer opening the batting. This pair established themselves at the crease before starting to attack the bowling. Jared brought the gallery to its feet with 3 boundaries with Adam playing the supporting role. The Knox innings stalled a little in the middle overs, as the batsmen struggled to stabilise the innings after a few quick wickets. With the score at 3/56, Harley Clifton strode to the crease. Harley proceeded to take the Barker bowling attack apart, finishing unbeaten on 29, and giving Knox a defendable score of 97.  

Barker started their chase well, the openers putting their foot down and accelerating quickly to 0/17. Only some exceptional Knox fielding, bringing about two run-outs, prevented Barker from running away with the match. The Knox bowlers survived another torrid attack from the Barker Number 4, who creamed 32 in a few overs. Christian Oliver eventually brought the carnage to an end with a slightly in-dipping seamer which the Barker man inside edged onto his stumps.  The final battle occurred in the last three overs, Barker needing 21 to win with plenty of wickets in the shed. But a brilliant closing bowling performance from Khoby McDonald, Harley Clifton and Adam Holmes squeezed the visitors out of the match. Adam was probably the star with the ball, getting amongst the wickets, but the win was made possible by a top Knox performance in the field, drying up singles, turning 4's into 2's and generally never allowing Barker to feel comfortable at the crease. The home side eventually sealed the win by 6 runs.

A great win was finished out by a short team end-of-season presentation on the boundary and then some of C's retired to the local “Maccas” for a celebratory lunch.  A great end to a great season. Bring on next summer!

7A vs Barker (A)
A 9am start saw the boys take on Knox’s rival, Barker. Having won the toss and electing to bat, Knox lost early wickets which put us on the back foot until a solid partnership between Kale Gabila and Lachlan Gee. These two built a solid foundation allowing our lower order to push towards a total of 107 after the allotted 32 overs. Heading into field, the bright pink ball had a bit more swing then usual, making it difficult at the start for our bowlers. After drinks though the fellas really came together and all pitched in. Barkers’ wickets fell as their total grew close to the 107 mark, some excellent run outs, bowling and fielding by all restricted Barker where it all came down to the final over. Barker needed 6 to win with 1 wicket in hand however Knox secured the victory with 3 balls to spare. A fine effort from all the boys today. They should be commended on their bowling and fielding which enabled them to defend a total that was very reachable. Kale Gabila stood out smashing 50 runs from 52 balls, the skipper leading from the front. Final congratulations to the boys on their first senior school cricket season, only upwards from here!

7B vs Barker (H)
Batting first on Lower Gillespie against an unbeaten Barker team, Knox racked up an impressive 7/148 thanks to Angus Sloane who made 70 runs, spectacularly supported by Harrison Rowles who made 40. These two put on a partnership of 101 in only 10 overs!

In reply Rishi Deshpande continued his fine form with 5/21 in only 6 overs, also throwing down the stumps for a third week in a  row. Harry Roberts 2/5 bowling at the death as Knox won comfortably thanks to a fine all round team performance.

7C vs Barker (H)
Upon meeting the Barker coach, it was related to me that his team was undefeated and so this match was to decide the CAS 7C Premiers for 2015. This was going to be a huge test for the boys’ self-belief.
 
Despite losing the toss, the outcome was to our liking. We wanted to bat and we did. To be fair, the Barker attack had more strike-power than us, that is, more bowlers who could bowl as quick, or quicker, than Knox’s fastest. Additionally, they possessed a very talented leg-spinner, the likes of which our boys had not met all season. Nevertheless, our openers provided a sound platform for our innings; the opening partnership yielding 20 runs. However, we endured a mini-batting collapse in the overs immediately preceding the drinks break progressing from 1/37 to 6/45. It hurt, but some excellent running between wickets by Adam Barnes steadied our cause and by innings end we managed a respectable 84 off 30 overs.
 
The boys knew they were in a fierce contest and instead of projecting resignation, they came out onto the field full of enthusiasm; more so than when Barker were fielding and it had the desired effect with a wicket-maiden to Sam Dickson in the first over. The pressure finally tolled in the eighth over when Michael O’Day pulled off a triple-wicket maiden. Barker were now 4/17 after eight overs. By the fourteenth over, Barker were 8/35 and the game seemingly decided. Not so! They Barker boys dug deep following the drinks interval and doubled their total in sight of six overs and in sight of victory. Hamish O’Reilly made the breakthrough in the twentieth over and a resulting mix-up between the last batting pair shortly thereafter eventuated in a run out and a thoroughly deserved victory to Knox. The Knox boys simply out-enthused their rivals.

7D vs Barker (A)
Batting first against a strong Barker team, Knox made their way to 118. Hamish McMaster making 32 not out and Zac Thomas making 29 not out.

In reply Barker made small work of the total as they chased it down in 12 overs. Despite this, Will Wells took 3/7 and Will Stammers affected a run out with a direct hit.

7E vs Barker (H)
Our 7E’s continued their great season making 123 off their 20 overs with Maxwell Evans retiring on 21 and Benji Jacobson 23 not out.

In reply Barker could only muster 51 thanks to Dylan Campbell who took 3/5 off 3 overs. Everyone fielding brilliantly, contributing to a fine team win!

7F vs Barker (F)
The afternoon saw the sun come out making way for an excellent cricketing afternoon. Winning the toss, Captain Charlie Cooper decided to put Barker into bat. This proved to be a strategic decision as Barkers wickets tumbled, were they quickly fell to 6/35 due to some brilliant team bowling in particular Charles Cooper (3/1 off two overs) and Lucas Van de Scheur ( 2-5 off two overs). Despite this excellent start, Barker rallied posting 103 off twenty overs. Going into bat, quick run scoring was going to be needed. Unfortunately due to some excellent bowling and fielding from Barker this wasn’t the case. Nearing the final 10 overs Knox increased the run scoring rapidly! Risky, yet smart running between the wickets and punishing the bad ball saw us creep towards the total. Unfortunately, it proved to be too big a total on the day. Winston Lian (33*) proved to be the anchor of Knox’s innings. The conclusion of the game saw the end of the season, the end of the boy’s first taste of senior school cricket. The boys should be commended on their dedication and effort to training and the games, They have been brilliant young men of Knox. Over the course of the season they have grown their physical and mental cricketing skills and I hope that each boy continues with this great game. Thanks to the parents who have transported the boys to all games, and to those who kept score as well. It has been greatly appreciated. Well done boys on a fine season!

Fencing

Correct footwork was the main focus on Saturday as the boys practised their forwards, backwards and lunging movements, while remaining balanced. » Read More

They practised blade-work exercises and were formed into groups for team bouts. The boys enjoyed fencing different opponents and practising different attacking moves to gain the best advantage. Riposting directly after parrying is very important as otherwise the boys will lose any advantage and their opponent will score the hit. Rotation of the groups also allowed the boys to experience different fencing styles and approaches and add to their knowledge about which attacks work best. Boys from the Zorro and Samurai teams also learned how to deal with left handers which is an essential part of their learning curve.

Update on Matt Dall’Asen
Matt competed in the Team event at the Asian Fencing Championships bringing Australia to 5th ranking and unfortunately missing out on a medal.

Matt competed in Canberra on Saturday in the Canberra Day Open Foil Championships coming third to get the bronze medal.

Golf

Mate against Mate
This week Knox 1 played against Knox 2 at the spectacular Avondale Golf Club. The boys approached their matches in the true spirit of the game, and were keen to establish some “bragging rights. » Read More

Ben Robinson (c) started enthusiastically, but found the going a little tough this week against Pat Ferris, who remains undefeated this season. Pat has achieved some amazing results throughout the year and is a strong opponent for anyone!

Ethan Chambers returned from his sound result in Wagga last week to defeat Doug Fox comfortably. Although Doug has improved considerably during the season, Ethan’s approach shots were just too good!

Greg Bradford stepped in for the injured Matt Connellan and hit some amazing drives. His impressive tee shot off down the 7th was a comfortable 280m in length, and he looked like he was going to win easily, but his opponent Will Bayliss was simply too hard to beat today. Will is in rare form at the moment and he won comfortably on the 16th green.

Andrew Connellan played some inspiring golf today, and has worked on his game throughout the season. He proved strong enough to defeat Josh Hourmouzis, who was a little disappointed with the result, but continues to build his game each week.

Although we will now find it impossible to beat Barker in the overall standings, the boys should enjoy their last round matches next week at Avondale.

Mountain Biking

A number of the Year 7s competed in the Australian Inter Schools Mountain biking championships over the weekend in Thredbo. » Read More

The Year 7 boys were Julian Kelly, Alex Richter, Tom McKernan, Jack Vizard & Chris Hughes.

Julian, Alex, Tom & Jack competed in the Dual Compressor on Friday, and as a team Knox came 7th in their division, with the help of Joe Andrews in Year 8.

Julian was the only Knox Year 7 boy to compete in the Downhill on Saturday, a very challenging event. He managed to complete the course safely, a great achievement as there were a number of crashes across all divisions.

Jack and Alex represented Knox for Division 3 in the Pump Track challenge.

All 5 boys competed in the Cross Country. Alex finished 24th and Jack 26th in Division 3 (Year 7 and 8) out of a field of about 80. As a team, Knox managed to place 5th out of 11 teams in Division 3 (again with the help of Joe Andrews who came 23rd).

The boys all did a great job, and were definitely inspired by the older Knox teammates in Divisions 1 and 2 who also had impressive results. The team all appreciated the help of their coach Jacob van Egmond who gave up his weekend to help the boys.

The full report for the Australian Mountain Biking Championships at Thredbo will be in next week’s Bulletin and we congratulate all those involved in a tremendous event as they achieved some outstanding results.  

Shooting

The sport of shooting very rarely finds its way into the public eye, with the main exception being when the Olympics are on. » Read More

Nevertheless a small band of Knox boys turn up regularly early on a Saturday morning to practice their chosen sport of Target Shooting at the Hornsby rifle range. Last Saturday was no exception with some getting into the swing of “Pink Day”.

Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 7th March 2015 saw Knox take on local rivals Barker College. Barker is a notoriously strong tennis team, so it was going to always be a tough and competitive match against them. » Read More

The 1st team had to go out and try and not drop a set to have a chance of winning the CAS Summer title. The 1st team got off to a fairly solid start after the doubles, only dropping 1 set out of 4 sets played. This was a great effort from a very strong Barker team. It was down to the singles and Jamie Fraser (No.1 & Tennis Captain) stepped up and showed the boys how to do it by winning 6-0 against Barker’s No.1. Hugo la Hei played some great tennis to win 6-3. Jake Hansen played a great set of tennis and gave his all, but his opponent was too consistent and experienced. Cooper Cole made a comeback to the team and won 6-3 against a very tricky player. The team won 6-2 overall which was a fantastic result against a team like Barker. The 2nd team found things tough against a strong team losing 2 sets to 6. The 3rd team also had a tough loss 1 set to 5, whilst the 4th team had a great battle and tied 3 sets all but won on games. The 5ths and 6ths played a match against Barker at Waitara Tennis Centre. The 5th team had an epic match tying 3 sets all and only 4 games splitting the teams for Barker to get the win. The 6ths had a fun match also winning 4 sets to 2, winning by 1 game. The 7th played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10A team showed the depth and strength Knox have in their tennis, with the boys winning 6-0 overall. The B team also had a great win, 4 sets to 2 with only 4 games dividing the two teams (with a good performance from Taron Ling). The C team unfortunately lost 2.5 sets to 3.5 sets. The D team had a great match winning by 1 game 3 sets all and winning by 1 game with a fantastic display by Ben Howard. The E team played against Barker at Morona Avenue losing on games after tying in sets. This was a good effort from the boys. The F team forfeited their match after 3 of the boys didn’t show up.

The Year 9A team won a tough match against a good team, 4 sets to 2, whilst the B’s tied 3 sets all but lost on games. The C team had a good battle and fought valiantly but lost on games also. A special mention goes to Jason Polczynski on a great performance on the day. The D team also had a loss due to being player down, but fought hard and played some great tennis. Well done to Ethan Chan on another good show of tennis. Teams E to I played at the Glade Oval in the “FAST 4 TENNIS” competition. The boys played some great tennis through the term and all showed a greater of understanding of match play.

The Year 8A team didn’t have much luck this week losing 1 set to 5. The B team had a great match, but lost 2 sets to 4 with only a few games dividing the teams. The C team had an exciting match tying on sets but losing by only 2 games. There was a great singles performance from Nicholas Harrison. The D team played some great tennis to win 5 set to 1, with an outstanding show of tennis by Toby Chantharasy and Nathan Lui in both of their singles matches. Teams E to G all played in the “FAST 4 TENNIS” competition at the Glade Oval. The boys also showed great promise for their tennis in the future and continued to improve.

The Year 7 boys continued to impress as they have done the whole season. The A team won 4 sets to 2 with a valiant effort from Mac Omm who played with an injured leg but still gave it his all. The B team played some very impressive tennis to win 5 sets to 1 with a great performance from the whole team. The C team showed their strength winning 6 sets to 0, with a great show of tennis from Harry Wilson. The D team won 4 sets to 2 with both pairs winning their doubles matches. Teams E to L played in the “FAST 4 TENNIS” competition at the Knox Prep Courts. The boys all improved dramatically from the first week and showed a greater understanding of the game.

Overall it was a great weekend of tennis for all year groups with some very close matches going either way. The boys won 52% of all matches played on the weekend. The tennis coaches couldn’t be prouder of all of the boys’ efforts in their matches against Barker this weekend. Congratulations to all on boys on a great performance through the Summer Season and the coaches are all looking forward to the upcoming Winter Season.  Thank you to the parents for all of the support through the season and thank you and good luck to the Year 12 boys who played their last Tennis match for the school, the Knox tennis staff wish you all the best in your Winter season and HSCs’ at the end of the year.

Track and Field

Nicholas Frost continues to make NSW records tumble with another outstanding performance in the NSW Multi Event Championships. » Read More

Nick posted two personal bests in the Long Jump (5.97m) and the 100m (12.76secs). Additionally, strong performances in the Shot Put, Hurdles, 800m and Discus saw Nick post an amazing 430 points. The total of 430 points improved the previous NSW record by 130 points.

Cameron McEntyre made significant preparations for the upcoming NSW and Australian Championships. Cameron threw a huge 73.39m in the Open Men’s Javelin to earn himself a 1st Place. Throws of this distance have Cameron vying for the Australian World Youth and Commonwealth Youth 2015 teams. Well done Cameron, an amazing achievement.

The NSW Little Athletics Championships will be held over three days of competition at Sydney Olympic Park (SOPAC) from Friday 20th March – Sunday 22nd March 2015. Knox is extremely fortunate to have 14 athletes representing at the Championships. Below is the list of athletes in Alphabetical Club order:

Lachlan Antoinette - U 15 Shot Put - U 15 Discus
Max Hirst - U 12 Long Jump - U 12 60 Metre Hurdles - U 12 Triple Jump - U 12 100 Metre
James Constable - U 12 400 Metre Sprint - U 12 800 Metre Run
William Constable - U 11 1500 Metre Run - U 11 800 Metre Run
John Hunter - U 13 Discus - U 13 Shot Put
George Newbrun - U 9 60 Metre Hurdles
Michael Newbrun - U 13 High Jump - U 13 80 Metre Hurdles
Lachie Sky - U 13 1500 Metre Walk
Jasper Spiller - Boys U 15 400 Metre Sprint
Benjamin Suleyman - Boys U 13 Javelin - U 13 Shot Put
Austin Thomson - U 14 400 Metre Sprint
Sean Williams - Boys U 9 400 Metre Sprint - Boys U 9 800 Metre Run
Thomas Shannon - U 12 Shot Put
Nicholas Frost - U 15 Shot Put - U 15 Javelin - U 15 Discus - U 15 100 Metre Hurdles

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

Chris Pittman
Director of Track & Field

Volleyball

There was a sombre aura in the Lawson Centre on Saturday afternoon. Not only was it the last game of the Summer Season, but it was also the last game for Knox’s Year 12 boys. » Read More

This gave Knox their last chance at gaining a win, albeit against a strong and experienced Barker squad.

The first match started slowly, and with a 25-11 score line in the first set we were all hopeful that things needed to change in the second for Knox. This change happened with the unlikely hero of the day Mitchell Roberts. His robust serving and surprisingly good setting gave his team hope. Knox pushed out to an 11-8 lead at a Barker time-out. Unfortunately some loose touches and lack of leadership from Knox led to their demise. Losing 12-25 Knox played some great points and hustled well however were no match for the quality of Barker. It was a disappointing end to what had been a fun and developmental season for Knox’s junior players. Playing against students 5 years their senior, Adam Bowen, Lachlan Pudney, Mitchell Roberts and Thomas Robertson all displayed an energetic attitude and made excellent use of their new found skillset each and every week at training and in the few matches they played in.

A determined look on the faces of Knox’s 1st team set the tone for the match. Blocking, passing and communication were all on key from the opening whistle. Knox had started the first set better than they had any other. They forced Barker to change their lackadaisical approach to the game to provide an entertaining match for all onlookers. It was a point for point affair with both teams compelled to work hard for each point. With a close score of 25-19 to Barker everybody knew that they were in for a captivating display of schoolboy volleyball. Knox fell away from their good form. After fighting for each point, they were unfortunately let down by their own poor serving. Although both teams were nervous in the second set Barker held their own to take it 25-17. Coach Joe had said that that was a good set for his team and that his payers needed to stop hiding. This motivated its team’s strongest players to step up. Nathan Brackenrig had a brilliant Captain’s knock leading from the front with tenacious blocking which then helped ease David Balfour into a flurry of stinging spikes, in turn intimidating their opponents. It was clear Knox wanted the set and this eventuated in their taking out the third 25-19. This new found energy motivated both teams to fight hard in the fourth set. It was another tough point for point affair. Both teams traded blows in the way of fierce spiking and staunch blocking. Seasoned athlete Aaron Chu joined in the fun adding to the punches, and with Knox’s most consistent server, Joshua Needs stepping things up, you couldn’t separate either team. Feeling the pressure both coaches were calling Time-Outs to refocus their teams. Barker inched further ahead at the end of the set and with a last ditch effort pushed ahead to an exhausting win, taking out the set 18-25 and therefore the match, 3 Sets to 1.

In what has been an enjoyable yet sometimes challenging season, Knox continue to surprise with athletes new to the sport developing into competitive volleyball players.

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