Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Last week-end saw the conclusion of CAS Sport with some three great wins in the Cricket plus a very close loss. In Waterpolo it was great to see all seven teams win, which has put all the teams in great positions for the final four rounds next term. Golf had a great day – and enjoyed some tight competition with each other.

Summer Rugby and Summer Football continued as did Baseball and these three sports continue this week-end and on Monday night.

This edition sees many of the Sports with their Term 4 wrap and I hope you enjoy reading the articles and how the students have been going so far this season. » Read More

Today sees Knox play Ravenswood in a Touch Football games on Knox 1 and I am sure it will be an enjoyable experience. This Saturday sees the first of our Athletic challenges - this program will be developed further and will be held across all Sports, students and age groups to challenge the Athlete within each one. It is designed to put students through their paces in an athletic format, and not a Sport format, and sees many of our 1sts and 2nds players across all sports and disciplines involved. I look forward to cooking the breakfast that awaits them upon the completion of the morning.

Next week the holiday happenings will be advertised and I hope that students who are still around at this time take advantage of all that is on offer.

Quote of the Week

'The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Confucius

Knox mountain bikers at the start of their race.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PREP SPORT

Concluding Sports Programs

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

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

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

Cricket Holiday Camp

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

Fast 4 Tennis Holiday Tournament - Y6-10

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

K-2 Red Ball Tennis Holiday Tournament

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

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Baseball

Baseball has enjoyed a great start to the season with several new players joining the team. Even although we are only halfway through the season both teams are riding high on the ladder.

This is the first time that Knox Baseball have had two teams in the competition, a sure sign that popularity for the sport is growing.

Some highlights in the season so far have been Conor Rockwell demonstrating amazing pitching, skill, James Layman with a home run and Jackson Heap and Harrison Rockwell triple play.

Chris Layman scored 4 innings pitching again Thornleigh, Andrew Johnstone double play from short stop and Nicolas Gongolidis triple base hit.


Basketball
Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

The Knox Basketball program continues to grow in popularity and is now comprised of 44 basketball teams making it one of the largest programs in NSW. It has been pleasing to witness the significant improvement of all boys involved with the application of skills being developed during the week and the consistent demonstration of hard work in all sessions. Results for this term have been pleasing and at the midpoint of the CAS season the Knox Basketball program has won 65% of all CAS games played (102 wins, 3 draws and 51 losses). » Read More

The 1sts are playing some stellar team basketball under the guidance of Coach Jason Strong and are currently sitting second on the ladder behind undefeated Trinity. The 2nds have improved drastically in recent weeks and are in third position behind Barker (1st) and Trinity (2nd). The 10As have had a tumultuous first half of the season going down in their last three games by a culmination of only five points seeing them currently placed last in the CAS. The boys are keen to work hard during the Christmas break to ensure that they get some much needed wins in the second half of the season. Similar are the 9As, who have also had a mixed start with a shift of personnel from last season but the boys have regrouped in recent weeks to find themselves on score count back fifth on the ladder. The 8As continue to impress finding themselves second on the ladder behind the undefeated Trinity.  

Special congratulations to the 7ths, 8Ds and 8Fs who have all respectively played some remarkable basketball and remain undefeated midway through the season. 

After a successful term I encourage all boys to continue to develop their basketball skills during the holidays. The Basketball Holiday Clinic will be on the 18-20 January, 2016 in the Great Hall - Years 3-6 at 9am-12 noon and Years 7-12 at 1pm-4pm. This clinic will be a great opportunity for the boys to refresh their basketball skills coming back into the basketball season in Term 1. 

On 20-21 January and our 1sts will be competing in the Trinity Cup, the 2nds will be competing in the Newington Cup and 9As squad and 8As squad will be competing in the inaugural King’s Cup tournament. 



Colours

Term 4 2015 Blazer Colours Submission 
All 2015 Colours will be advertised on Monday 30 November 2015. » Read More

All year groups 9-11 can submit the Blazers for Colour Award embroidery at the end of Term 4 and they will be done over the school break.

Blazers MUST be worn until the last day of term or last day of attendance and can be handed in from Friday 4 December after Speech Day or between Monday 7 December and  Wednesday 9 December from 9am until 5pm only. Any Blazers submitted after this time will not be accepted.

As there will be a large number of blazers submitted, to avoid long queues after Speech Day, we have arranged the following:
  • Staff from the Uniform Shop will be in the foyer of the Lawson Centre between 12.45-1.30pm Monday-Thursday of the last week of term to complete paperwork. 
  • Parents may of course, still drop off blazers after Speech day or between Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 December from 9am until 5pm.
  • When dropping off at the Uniform Shop after Speech Day the students need to collect the paperwork from the folder and put in the top pocket and hang up on the rail outside. 
  • All Blazers must be visibly named, pockets emptied & badges removed. Any repair work must be requested at the time of the paperwork being completed.
  • Copies of certificates of the latest Colours awarded will be available in the Knox Uniform Shop (KUS) and with the Uniform shop staff in the Lawson Centre in the last week of term.  
  • For Colours from previous terms/years each student/parent MUST complete the form downloaded from the Portal with photocopies of supporting documentation i.e. school reports or certificates.  A photocopy of the documentation must be provided. 
  • Due to volume it is the responsibility of the student/parent to obtain the certificates or supporting documentation from the Headmaster's Report or the Grammarian. KUS will not be able to assist students in finding this supporting documentation for past Colours.  
  • Collection will be available from 9am on Friday 22 January 2016 at the KUS.

Cricket

1st XI CAS T20 Champions
The 2015/2016 season has begun with some extraordinary team and individual performances across all teams.

The term has seen three ‘Hundreds’ and over 40 ‘Fifties’ as hard work in Term 2 and 3, coupled with a new focus on the importance of runs and application at the crease. Nick Astridge compiled a phenomenal 137 not out for the 10As vs St Aloysius. Nick Woodward made a blistering 100 not out against Kings, and a 97 for the 10As in an outright win against Cranbrook. » Read More

Most notably though, a ‘Hundred’ was made by Michael Adams. Opening the batting for the 8Ds Michael achieved something that not many boys will be lucky enough to get to: a ‘Hundred’. Amazing efforts. 

‘Fifties’ have been made by over 25 boys this term. 10 boys have made more than two ‘Fifties’, and nearly a dozen boys have made their first ever ‘Fifty’. 

We have had two five wicket hauls and over 10 four wicket hauls. Five ‘Fours’ belonging to last year’s CAS top wicket taker, Will Graham and Cam Jenkins. 

Hat tricks do not happen very often at all. We have seen two of them this term. Hamish O’Reilly taking three in three for the 8Ds, sparking amazing celebrations. Joe Bissett finished off a game in the last over to win for the 2nd XI. Three wicket to win. One over to get them. A hat trick! 

Our teams have been winning lots of matches, played in the right spirit. The 1st XI are sitting on top of the CAS ladder. As are the 10As who remain unbeaten with an outright win in there also. The 9As have won two of their four games and are showing massive improvements. The 8E’s have named themselves, ‘The Excellent Eagles’ and have impressed everyone under the wise and mature leadership of Jono Cole. They have won all but one of their matches and show us how strong our Year 8 year group is with some superb batsman, bowlers and fielders. 

The 1st XI were crowned CAS T20 Champions. This year we won the final against Waverley thanks to an all-round performance with the ball and some blistering hitting from Captain Harry Purcell. Earlier rounds showed everyone the new ‘no fear’ approach that has been adopted by the squads. This culture has grown into other games, chasing 280 against Barker and recovering from 6/40 to chase 110 against Cranbrook in the last round to take over as leaders. 

So we finish the term in a strong position on the leader boards, but more importantly the term has been a lot of fun. Boys breaking their own personal bests, teams winning and enjoying each other’s company. All coupled with morning batting sessions being attended by over 50 young batsmen looking to learn and improve. The cricket culture is strong as Knox. Winning has been a strong feature of our past in the CAS and other competitions. With a new focus on enjoyment, togetherness and learning, our results as individuals and as teams will continue to improve and grow. 

Match Report – Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November

CAS T20 Final vs Waverley (H)
Gillespie was the venue for the second CAS T20 final to be played between Knox and Waverley. A hot and humid afternoon played in front of a strong crowd of Knox supporters provided the perfect scene for a fantastic bowling performance from Knox. Reducing Waverley to 4 for 6 from 4 overs thanks to Will Graham and Alex McConnell. After their allotted 20 overs, Waverley all out for 83. In reply, Knox lost two quick wickets but as has been customary this term there was no panic. Captain Harry Purcell guiding us home with some big sixes and well runs singles. Knox win by 6 wickets. 
ND Cup Quarter Final – Knox Development XI vs Asquith Boys

A young team took to Gillespie in our first game in the Northern Districts cup. Year 7 wicket keeper Harrison Ferry started the boys off with outstanding footwork and energy as our boys limited Asquith to just 40 runs from the first 10 overs. Some big hitting enabled Asquith to get to 116 off their 20 overs. In reply, Captain James Robertson hit down the ground with power and poise, ably supported by fellow opener Will Navratil. It was Navratil that took up the aggressors role once Robertson fell. Making his way to a maiden 50 for the season, well supported by year 8 boy, Henry Wines. Knox win by 8 wickets. 

1st XI vs Cranbrook (A)
Scorching temperatures greeted the players as Knox took on leaders Cranbrook in the last round of 2 day cricket, unfortunately Harry Purcell’s unlucky run with the toss continued and Knox faced a day in the field baking with the mercury nearing 40 degrees! The teams focus on fitness this summer paid dividends as a lot of skill and stamina was shown restricting Cranbrook to 110/9 off 74 overs on first day. Will Graham took keys wickets and was well rewarded with  3-11 off 14 overs, Jack Hoyle 2-22 off 11 overs and some tight partnership bowling from Alex McConnell and Jonty Cornford backed up the star of the day Matt Beatty. The left arm spinner was almost unplayable varying his pace and line well all day in the heat and justly rewarded with 5-24 off 22 overs.

Day 2 was completely different conditions with some rain around and overcast cloud cover all day, the Cranbrook bowlers were ruthless early and gained considerable movement sideways. At 39-6 the situation called for players to stand up for the team, Hayden Todoroski (34) and Jonty Cornford (66) played superbly to guide Knox to first innings points, the pursuit of quick runs to create a chance of an outright win meant that Knox were all out for 144 with still enough time to potentially take some early wickets and push for an outright. The Cranbrook openers played well to blunt the opening attack and the game was called off early. 

A very successful week of cricket with the CAS T20 title being won midweek and now sitting on top of the table at half way stage of the CAS competition. A lot of hard work ahead but this team has put themselves in a great position, the focus and calmness during pressure situations this summer has been great to watch. The side still hasn’t played to its full potential so exciting prospects ahead. 

2nd XI vs Cranbrook (H)

It has been somewhat of a painful and frustrating journey for the Knox 2nd XI so far this season, but thankfully in the context of 40 degree heat and our last 2day fixture the boys had a special effort within them, creating some much deserved success and confidence in the process. 

Having been mentally prepared all week for a gruesome heat wave, the Knox 2nd XI arrived on Friday afternoon in positive and upbeat terms. Stand- in- captain Josh Tighe gave them no reason to change moods winning a crucial toss and electing to bat. In what was trying conditions for all involved at the ground, Knox began in positive fashion as the wicket-keeping/opening batsman duo of Navratil (48) and Towers (11) produced our best opening stand to date, to be 0/24 after 8 overs. Unfortunately for Knox and the man himself, Rob Towers rotten luck with the bat continued dismissed shortly before drinks, which began a mini batting collapse. Bissett (29) and Navratil steadied the ship however combining for a match high 41 run partnership, and providing a solid platform for positive and fearless lower order batting. Positive and fearless was delivered in spades, as the newly promoted and ever enthusiastic Matthew Wedlock (37), in tandem with an entertaining cameo from our spearhead quick Alex Gilbert (28) took the Knox total over 200 for the first time this year (boy was there a loud cheer!). Having batted for a full afternoons play, the Knox 2nd XI indulged in 5 more overs on Saturday morning, to reach 9 dec/235, putting smiles on the faces of all concerned. 

Preaching patience pre-game, our bowling unit began slowly and was tested early by some very impressive and disciplined batting from the Cranbrook top order. At 2/62 after 23 overs, a supposed weak Cranbrook batting outfit was proving a more than worthy competitor. Enter Duncan Ballantine (2/29). Having gone for consecutive boundaries the previous over, the spin king was shown confidence by his captain and given the last over before drinks. Without fail, he produced one of his best balls of the season to dismiss what had become a comfortable and set Cranbrook batsman caught behind. From there the Knox side never looked back as all-rounder Josh Tighe (1/6) and that man Alex Gilbert (1/18) had the Kookaburra and the stumps flying! At 6/97 with 5 overs left in the days play, it looked as if time would rob us of victory. Joe Bissett (4/6) had other ideas. Continually on the receiving end of the label 'part-timer' and segregation from the bowling ranks during mid-week practice, Biss had fire in the belly to prove Cranbrook and his doubters wrong. Conjuring some handy away swing, he found an outside edge which was gloriously snatched by Will Navratil behind the stumps in a one handed screamer- 7/97. A maiden, and some lose bowling followed, which was seemingly the end of the resurgent Knox fightback. Again Biss had other ideas. Steaming in from 10 paces, arms, and legs flaying everywhere, he hit the stumps in the 3rd last over of the day, not once..... but twice in consecutive balls- 9/103 with two overs remaining! Having gone agonisedly close with no results Tim Fisher (0/11) left Biss with one over and one wicket needed for his hat trick and victory for his team (which post game Tim put down to being a selfless team player). Bissett only needed one ball, sending the bails and stumps flying everywhere and starting a celebration to end all celebrations. 8/16 in 14 overs, including a hat trick in the last over, you couldn't write a better script. 

The hard work and dedication showed by the team was beginning to appear somewhat pointless to many individuals. This result proved their efforts and commitment were every bit worthwhile. Momentum, confidence but most importantly pure enjoyment and love for the game of cricket was reignited as the Knox 2nd XI take a much needed mid season break. To everyone present over the two days it was an emotional and rewarding reminder of the power and influence that the gentlemen's game can have over all of us. 

10A vs Cranbrook (H)
The form team of the school has been the 10A’s. A dominant performance was almost never in doubt and quickly after being asked to bowl in the scorching heat, Cam Hewitt showed his value with the new ball taking 4 quick wickets. Waverley eventually all out for 105, with Hewitt taking 4/5 off 6 overs. 
An outright win was the call from the coach, Knox began the chase in outstanding fashion with opener Nick Woodward taking to the Waverley bowlers with no fear and complete belief. Well supported by Max Glover, Woodward was unstoppable until he reached 97. Knox eventually declaring on 176. 
The Second innings for Waverley was going to be a real test for our boys but with the spin of Alex Zatz on a deck that was beginning to take spin, Knox bowled out Waverley for 79. 5 runs would be needed to win off 1 over. Nick Woodward and Ollie Graham seeing the boys home for an outright win! 

9A vs Cranbrook (A)
Losing the toss and being asked to bowl on a 43 degree day could squashed the spirits of our 9A’s but thanks to some outstanding opening bowling from Zac Graham and Tom Ivers Cranbrook were pegged back quickly. This set up the stage for star leg spinner, Ed Toole to take his second 5 wicket haul in a row. 5 for 32. Cranbrook eventually all out for 119. Needing 120 to win, the top order fell slowly but surely. Tom Ivers showing good technique and patience, batting for nearly an hour and a half in the heat. Eventually out for 29. Michael Glover and Henry Smith  provided a glimpse of brilliance in a well compiled partnership but eventually Knox were all out for 109. Losing on first innings. A spirited attempt at the outright saw an end to proceedings with Knox having Cranbrook 7/105. 


Cricket Holiday Camp

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

Fast 4 Tennis Holiday Tournament - Y6-10

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

Golf
Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

Knox A defeats Knox B – but only just!
Today was the chance for our Knox B team to score “Bragging Rights” against the more experienced Knox A team, and the B team didn’t disappoint, taking most of their matches well into the back 9. Although our Captain Pat won his match on the 12th after Sam had to withdraw with a sore back, the other matches were hard fought. » Read More

Nick played an impressive game today, winning his match 4/2 against Matt, who really wasn’t playing up to his usual standard. Greg and Will played some great golf today, with both players taking advantage of the favourable conditions, eventually ending up all square on the last Green. 

Charles and Doug also fought it out to the last hole, with Doug hitting an impressive bunker shot to within a metre on the 18th to secure a 2up win.

Final result: Knox A 2 ½ to Knox B 1 ½. Looking forward to next year…….

Karate

This term has been a successful one, our first grading for the season has raised a number of students in their belt grades, including one student, Jack Bushell, who has been raised to Brown Belt.

In doing this he has joined the top rank of the class, consisting also of the captain, Karan Mehroke, Hani Rifai, and James Tan. Our aforementioned new Captain, Karan Mehroke, has shown an enthusiasm for his new role, and, along with most of the other students, has been improving greatly over the term.

Our new students have shown enjoyment in the sport, and a willingness to learn. Returning students have shown again their dedication and love for Karate.


Knox Fit

Knox Fit is a unique sport. The Sport gives students the opportunity to move from basic exercises into more complex training. This involves strength/fitness testing as well as teaching boys programming and more complex exercises. This gives students the skill to construct and understand a basic exercise program once they leave school.

All students are highly engaged in the program, a weekly challenge was introduced which has brought in a competitive element - everyone wants to be on the leader board! Twice in the term we do a relative strength test that has not only shown the boys a different view on understanding strength but shows them their own progress.

The exercise selection has increased dramatically as the boys have continued to demonstrate strong fundamental movements and patterns. They are all working hard and pushing their physical limits – but also having lots of fun!



Mountain Biking
Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

The Knox MTB riders started off the season with an excellent all round performance at Herron Park. The team made its intentions clear to hold on to the prestigious Greg Whealing Cycling trophy dominating the race from the start and eventually winning the 1st race ahead of Barker, Riverview, St Andrews and Waverley. » Read More

Round 2 brought us to Kirrikee in the Southern Highlands. A well prepared course making the trip down south worthwhile. Some riders took the opportunity to further their skills after the race to stay for an extra night. I am sure more riders will take up this opportunity once we go back in term 1. The Knox boys finished again in top spot, but Barker looked very competitive and nearly snatched the win at the end. 

Barker hosted the next event at Sydney Olympic Park and looked strong early on, but our senior team dominated the later stages of the contest, only to go down to Barker in the relay. Knox still came good at the end and on an exciting day of racing. 

The next Round brought us out to Kings on a very wet and challenging track. The boys had to compete in their first endurance race for the year. They had to race for 1.5 hours around the newly build track. Knox Juniors and Senior’s both dominated the competition and took out the win ahead of Barker and Kings.

The last round of the competition saw us racing at Riverview where the boys secured a record 14th win (ahead of Riverview 13) of the prestigious trophy. 

The boys lead by captain Jack Virgona are commended for a great attendance record, a never giving up attitude and a fantastic team spirit. Congratulations to the whole team and their coaches Jacob van Egmond and Cam Smee for a successful season. A big thank you also goes out to the Parents for supporting the boys and creating a great atmosphere on race day.

I am looking forward to some great racing in term 1 with the highlight of the term the Australian School Mountain Bike Championship in Thredo mid-March.

Jetblack NSW All schools Cross Country MTB Championship 2015
Four Year 9 students from our MTB Team competed in the NSW All Schools Championship and brought back a Bronze medal in the Seniors Category back to Knox.

The seventh championships were held at the beautiful Yellomundee Regional Park in the Blue Mountains. Our Boys registered early on in the year for the event, which was postponed mid-July. It was great to see that they challenged themselves by nominating for the Seniors competition, all other riders were either in Year 11 or 12. The top class field also include some current U 19 Australian riders as well as some “torq” riders who are sponsored National riders. 

It was an exciting finish to the race and Knox only missed out narrowly to cause an upset and finish second in the top class field. At the end the Bronze Medal is a great achievement for the boys and they should be very proud for being very competitive in this top class field.

The future at Knox Mountain Biking certainly looks bright and congratulations to Harrison Ward, Gil Garrett, Oliver Heys and Matthew Dinham on winning the Bronze Medal. 

Squash
Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Our Competitive Teams have started very well with seven teams undefeated and another four teams on top of their league. At the half way mark of the season we have seen some enduring rallies played throughout. With special mention of the following players: N Huang (Team 2), M Gee (Team 4), O Ellard (Team 7), C William (Team 8) and A Soonius (Team 8). » Read More

A special mention to D Wade (Team 9) and J Price (Team 11) – these boys not only played their own game but also played a second as substitutes for team members absent on the day. With many of these games going to five setters it was gratifying to see that their desire to keep going along with the support they give each other contribute to the end result.  Very well done – you are an example to others.  

As an end of term Round Robin Challenge the boys were placed in teams of eight and really enjoyed the challenge of playing each other, with some very interesting results. 


Tennis
Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

The last CAS fixture of the first half of the summer term has been completed. The teams have all performed very well over the term against some tough opposition. » Read More

The Open 1st and 2nd teams have been working hard throughout the term not just on the court but in the gym and sprint training. It has been paying off well for the team which is showing in their endurance and movement on the court. The 3rd and 4th team have created great depth in our teams with the 3rd currently undefeated whilst the 4ths in 2nd place. Teams 5th-8th continued to work hard each week to further their tennis skills.

The Year 10A, B and C team all finished 2nd for the first half of the season, with some tremendous play. The D are equal 1st currently. Teams E and F continued to work well at Regimental Park in the FAST 4 TENNIS internal competition.

The Year 9A team have found things tough who are currently 3rd in the table. The B team have continued to work well to sit equal 1st on the table at the moment. The C team are 2nd whilst the D team are 3rd. Teams E- H have showed great improvement throughout the term to further their tennis skills.

The Year 8A team are currently equal 1st position whilst the B, C and D team are 2nd. Teams E- J have also been showing greater understanding of the game and are improving each week which is creating great depth in our team.

Overall it has been an exciting season with the boys working hard to improve dramatically. They have all worked well with the fitness coach during their training sessions which is showing in every player an improvement of their overall fitness.

Team Position 
1st 2nd
2nd 2nd
3rd Undefeated
4th 2nd
10A 2nd
10B 2nd
10C 2nd
10D Equal 1st
9A 3rd
9B Equal 1st
9C 2nd
9D 3rd
8A Equal 1st
8B 2nd
8C 2nd
8D 2nd

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope you all have a relaxing holiday and keep up the Tennis ready for Term 1 2016.

Albury 2015

The Knox Tennis boys took off to the Australian Schools National Team Challenge held at the prestigious Albury Lawn Tennis Club. On the Saturday 14 November the boys had a chance to practise on the natural grass which was a first time for some of our players. Knox had a young team consisting of a Clive Marolt (Year 7), Pedro Papangelis (Year 8), Hugo La Hei (Year 9), Lachlan Walker (Year 9), Charlie Wong (Year 9) and Cooper Cole (Year 11). The boys were all getting to grips with changing their game styles to use the grass to their advantage.

Sunday saw Knox take on our toughest opponents Maribyrnong College from Victoria in our first match which all boys performed well against a tennis school but couldn’t get the win. Knox then took on Prince Alfred College from South Australia. The team were improving each match using the court bounce to their advantage better and managed to get a win in one of the matches against a very strong school who consisted of most Year 11 or 12 boys.
 
Monday then saw Knox take on Brisbane Grammar School were a strong school as they all are at the tournament. Pedro Papangelis had a great win against a strong opponent in a nail bitting 3rd set super tie break. Knox then player Endevour School from NSW, where the boys had chances to win in their singles matches and couldn’t quite claim the victory. Clive Marolt (Year 7) went on for his singles against a highly ranked player who was in Year 11 and beat him 6-4/ 7-5 in a great performance throughout the whole match and showed great maturity and composure. Knox then played The Kings School (NSW) which went on until 8 p.m. with the doubles having to be played first thing the next morning. The match was tied after the singles with Lachlan Walker putting on a great performance to get a great win against a very strong player in the 3rd set super tie break. Pedro also went the distance to help the team get a tie in the singles with a 3rd set nail bitting win. Cooper and Pedro had a very solid performance in their doubles to get the win, but the team lost by 1 set on count back. Knox then took on another NSW school Oakhill where the boys tied 3-3 with Pedro and Charlie Wong won their singles. Then Charlie and Lachlan Walker played a great doubles to get the win in their match. Unfortunately again we lost on count back. 

The last day Knox played North Sydney BHS and started off well with Cooper Cole winning his singles match very well against a strong player. Pedro got another win under his belt in the singles as well as Clive beating a Year 10 boys very comfortably. Overall the boys won 5-1 overall to finish off a great week of tennis. Cooper Cole and Clive Marolt also combined very well to get the win.

The boys took some great experience from playing on natural grass and having to learn to change their game styles not only on the surface but also the player they were playing against. It was great being a part of such a strong competition with the top 14 schools in Australia which improved the strength of our team as the week went on.
Well done to all the boys on a great team effort!

Water Polo
Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

Knox vs Barker (Home) - Saturday 14 November 2015
The much talked about local derby provided plenty of excitement at Knox on Saturday, as Knox came away with 6 wins from 7 games.  The stands were packed with spectators and there were plenty of photographers on hand to capture images of the day’s play. The U16A’s and U15A’s were dominant today with good performances also by 14B, 14A, 2nd and 1st grade.

Knox scored a total of 98 goals in all grades and conceded only 31. » Read More

Knox Water Polo has had a wonderful start to the year with the majority of teams in the Top half of the competition table. All of the A teams have performed exceptionally well and the less experienced players in the B comp are improving with each training session and each game.

1st Grade            
3 Wins 1 Loss 1 Draw and 1 Bye. Several tough games in the New Year will determine if the 
accolades received to date are truly justified but with the results to date, the team is on track for 
their best ever year. 62 goals scored and 54 against shows that each game has been relatively close 
but the boys have learnt how to maintain a lead or more often than not, to win games.

2nd Grade             
3 Wins and 3 Losses. Sitting mid table, the team has won their last two games convincingly and the boys who are new to the sport are starting to play some great water polo and their enthusiasm is welcoming. 62 for and 27 against

16A        
               
This team is one of the standout teams of the school with some fantastic wins. Only one loss has been conceded and the boys are headed for a top two finish if they can maintain consistency. 76/22

16B                       

The 16B’s recorded their first win of the season last week and the smiles on their faces told Coach 
O’Rielly that they are beginning to understand the game by making improvements in skills and 
fitness. More wins will follow if this attitude is maintained. 30/49

15A                 
After a disappointing loss in their first game of the year, the team have experienced a 5 game winning streak to be well placed on the competition ladder. This group of committed boys have done what has been asked of them and the positive results have shown their ability to win this competition. 81/28

14A                 
This group of boys are another of the standout teams of the Knox Water Polo program only losing 1 
game narrowly. All with strong swimming backgrounds, a fitness to burn, the team is destined for 
greater glory - well done to all concerned. 79/35

14B                 
It has been a positive year for the U14 B team with 3 wins and 2 losses. Mid placed on the 
competition ladder, the skills and knowledge of the game are continuing to improve as can be shown 
by the goals being shared around among each player and positive team play being evident.   55/27

As we have our mid-season break I would like to thank all our coaches (Frank, Nathan, Jai, Rachel, Cian and Hunor) who should be congratulated for their coaching and progress this year. Thanks to Aquatics Manager John Bladon and his staff for the wonderful support that he continues to provide which has no doubt been instrumental in assisting our overall improvement. Thanks for the support and encouragement of Head of Sport Chuck Ardron and his continued enthusiasm to see our sport continue to grow and see results improve, and thanks to the school community.

A big thank you to all our parents, relatives, well-wishers and supporters who have turned out in great numbers.  The entire atmosphere is improving along with our results and it has been mentioned many times to me of the much improved standard of play and general water polo growth of Knox and with this growth it won’t take long before Knox will be known as a powerhouse of school water polo.

The biggest thanks of all should go to the players who have been dedicated and enthusiastic in their training and play and the many who go beyond what is required of them. (e.g. playing club water polo, attending training camps and academies, officiating and offering to help around the pool.) This is all very much appreciated. 

The 1sts will be competing in the Trans-Tasman Schools tournament at Newington during December against some of the best Australian and NZ school teams and we wish them well. Several boys will also be playing in the World Club Challenge against some tough Australian and overseas teams and I am sure they will do the water polo program proud.

Thanks once again to all and enjoy your break. (Keep up the training!)

Water Polo 21 November 2015 – Knox vs Waverley (H)

Another home game for Knox water polo teams and another successful day overall with all teams undefeated and some very impressive results. Both the 14A's and 16A's had huge scores whilst 16B', 2nd grade and 14B's were convincing. 
1st grade came from 3 goals behind to win by six goals and the 15's 'did the job' on the previously unbeaten Waverley team. The school can be proud that we have really put our CAS rivals Barker and Waverley 'to the sword' in the last two rounds. After today's round it would appear that Knox are now top of the CAS competition ladder and in third place overall in 1st grade. 

1st Grade
Knox 15 defeated Waverley 9. (3-5, 2-0, 4-1, 6-3)
Goal scorers: Brent Mitchley 4, Liam Daniels 3 and James Winterton, Will Turner, Liam and Kyle Daniels with 2 each.
1st grade were pumped full of enthusiasm for this vital clash and were very much aware of Waverley's attacking prowess. However nerves got the better of the boy's early conceding several early goals to be 1-4 down before mounting a comeback. Captain Brent Mitchley led from the front, leading the team to a wonderful team performance. The final score did not really do justice to how tough the game was but the Knox fighting spirit got the boys home.  

2nd Grade
Knox 10 defeated Waverley 5.(2-2, 3-1, 3-1, 2-1)
Goal scorers: Tom Cartwright 2, Wes Van Zyl 2, John Kyrikos 2, Rhys Taylor, Amrit William, James Jennings and Spencer Wagner.
The 2nd grades hot and cold season must have been influenced by Friday's 40+ degrees temperature as they were on fire today with a solid counter attacking game and great ball awareness. Shots found the net today and Wes Van Zyl, John Kyrikos, James Jennings played some great attacking polo. Getting back to their winning ways!   

16A
Knox 23 defeated Waverley 1 (4-0, 6-1, 8-0, 5-0)
Goal scorers: Nick Di John 6, Tom Winterton 6, Jack Edie 3, Oscar Ley 3, , Xavier Wall 2, Will Harte 1, Jesse Cavanagh 1,  and Liam O'Neill 1.
The 16A's topped the 14A's for the biggest win of the day with a dominating performance against Waverley.  Superior speed and fitness proved decisive and the swimmers scored plenty of goals. Tom Winterton carried on with his hot form in front of goals contributing 6 today as did Nic Di John. Without getting carried away by the win, Coach Cubirka reinforced the importance of thinking about defence while attacking to avoid the potential of conceding a counter attack. Congratulations boys!

16B
Knox 13 defeated Waverley 3 (3-0, 2-0, 4-2, 4-2)
Goal scorers: George Zhu 4, Nic Van Veen 2, Nic Desmet 2, Jason Park, Matt Hee, Sam Fitzmaurice, Campbell Goodhall, Lachlan Pudney.
Fear of being the only defeated team today spurred the boys to victory with an impressive and enjoyable display.  Every player looked more confident on the ball and awareness and ball handling skills looked much improved. George Zhu used his speed to advantage and scored his first 4 goal haul of the season. Jason Park had a rare escape from his goalkeeping cage and his excursion into the attacking areas of the pool resulted in his first goal. Well done to Coach Cian and all the players on a fine effort.

15A
Knox 11 defeated Waverley 6 (3-2, 2-1, 6-1, 0-2)
Goal scorers: Nic Trobec 5, Will Kablau 2, Alex Heintze, Antonio Matruglio, Ethan Ravenhall, Harry Sturrock.
It was another outstanding goal scoring performance from Nic Trobec and a solid defensive performance from the team that provided Knox with a victory over the previously unbeaten Waverley team today. Trobec was assisted by Harry Sturrock, Harry Kyrikos and Alex Heintze, providing a solid start and a huge 3rd quarter scoring spree to set up the win.

14A
Knox 20 defeated Waverley 3. (7-1, 4-0, 5-0, 4-2)
Goal scorers: Charlie Bladon 4, Mitch Westhuizen 4, Oli Utteridge 4, Pat Hogan 3, Angus Hornery 2, Angus Menzies 2 and Dylan Horsfall.
A huge first quarter set the scene for the 14A's demolition of the opposition today with Charlie, Mitch and Oli scoring 4 goals apiece. Pat Hogan had a great game on the field scoring 3 goals. Considering that Oli and Pat also played in goals shows how dominant they were in the pool today. The boys were too fit and fast for the inexperienced opposition and the final score truly reflected Knox's domination of the game.

14B
Knox 11 defeated Waverley 6 (4-1, 3-0, 2-2, 2-3)
Goal scorers: Elliott Heys 6, Ashton Smith 2, Jay Mace, James Riordan and Mitchell Longstaff.
The boys started at full strength this week and easily kept this pace all game. From the outset Elliot Heys was firing and had a stellar game scoring more than half our goals (6). Alvin Fu again performed very well in goals and was critical to our win this weekend. Mitch Longstaff showed agility in centre forward and creating passing options when needed. Jay Mace  dominated our opponents and displayed great determination in defense. Ryan Thom was also relentless in defense and shut down numerous plays. Ashton Smith made an impressive return to the game after injury, with outstanding speed, skill and shot selection. Ryan again teamed up with James Riordan to display co-operation in well set up goal scoring. Waverly was starting to make a dent in the score line towards the end of the game, but the boys' focus, teamwork and strength saw them through.

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Knox Dog Policy - New Policy for Parents

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

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

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

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

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