A lot of work has being going on behind the scenes in an effort to improve the sporting experience offered to students at Knox. In October 2016, the CAS Headmasters announced a change in the structure to the winter sports season. The traditional Home & Away CAS Rugby draw has been revamped to include five fixtures with GPS schools around Sydney. We believe this will prove to be a positive step towards something special for schoolboy Rugby in Sydney, better matching those schools with similar team numbers.

Since that decision was made our KSAA staff have worked tirelessly to get each and every boy prepared for the rigours of playing the likes of St Ignatius’ College Riverview. Much credit must be given to the work of our Director of Athletic Development, Mr Oliver Scott and his team of Strength and Conditioners who have our boys in great shape in preparation for the physical challenge of competing with the likes of a traditional sporting powerhouse such as St Ignatius’.

I have often talked about the special culture and wonderful spirit here at Knox. It was on display on Friday night and again on Saturday on the main sporting ground Knox 1. We have a special group of Yr 12 leaders who have worked very hard to get support for our sports teams. Win, lose, or draw, this has created an amazing atmosphere for our players to experience as they strive to achieve their best. The singing, chanting and support is much appreciated by all players.

As a spectator and staff member at Knox it makes me very proud that this is done is a friendly, respectful, positive tone which reflects well on the culture of our school. That extra bit of support got us over the line at the friday night Basketball fixture in February, the CAS Swimming Championships, it helped the 1st XI soccer team on Friday night to a win over a strong Cranbrook side. Undoubtedly, it made an enormous difference to the result on Saturday on Knox 1 when both our 1st XV & 2nd XV rugby teams among others, defeated St Ignatius. Thanks and well done to all involved.

Selections
Can I please remind parents to be patient and respectful of the decisions made by our coaches and their selection panels. Without doubt, the selection of teams is the most difficult and thankless aspect of organised sport. While many decisions are obvious, where boys have similar skill proficiency it is necessary to make a subjective decision which inevitably results in a degree of disappointment.

With weeks of wet weather in term 1 we are all still working through difficult selection issues. Some year groups have had as little as 2 sessions together and one trial game so it is obviously very difficult to get selections perfect. I would appreciate if all parents were understanding and allow the KSAA staff the time and space to work through team selections. It is always very difficult and everyone has an opinion. Please help us to remind players to stay positive and go out and enjoy their sport representing Knox in whichever team they are selected.

Detailed reports from each of the sports played over the weekend are provided below.

Week ahead
The Rugby community will host The King's School whilst Football, AFL and Tennis will play a strong Trinity Grammar across majority of teams.

Training schedule
I trust all would have received our winter training schedule on the Skoolbag App. Should there be any changes to that schedule an “alert” will be sent to all. Same details are also available on the Knox Portal in the Sports section. If you do not yet have the Knox Senior School Skoolbag App please download and stay in touch with all the latest sports information in both the Senior and Prep School.

Any Rugby refs out there?
• Knox Rugby is looking for adult referees to help out with senior home games for the 2017 season.
• Minimum requirement: Smart Rugby (online course takes about an hour to complete)
• If you are interested, please contact Craig Milligan or 02 9487 0486

Team of the week
Cross Country - Intermediate age group. The team of Josh Tait, Max Evans, Angus Kellaway, Jackson Croker and Angus Matthews won the CAS intermediate point score for the first time in over 10 years which was a fantastic achievement.

Individual of the week
Nick Tanna ( Rugby – 14s Age group ) Played 2 full games against Riverview in the U14s. Stepping in and playing two huge games at short notice. Without this sort of commitment some teams miss out on getting games each Saturday.
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AFL - Prep

Mr Joe Britton, AFL Coordinator

Yrs 7/8 C Def by St Ignatius College (White)
The opening round of the seasons was also for many of the boys the first time pulling on a Knox guernsey and for some their first game! Met with prefect conditions at Tramway Oval, taking St Ignatius’ was always going to be a challenge. Winning the first clearance showed signs of promise but once the St Ignatius’ side got up and running they were able to tick the score board over with a couple of goals per quarter. The effort of the Knox team was consistently throughout and paid off with a late running shot on goal from Justin Hirsch after a couple of bounces.

Goals - Justin Hirsch
Best Players - Will Baily, Angus Murphy, Kyeton Reardon, Josh Laing, Justin Hirsch
Players Player - Angus Murphy

Yrs 7/8 B Def Trinity Grammar
It was an impressive performance from the 7/8 B side to overcome a strong Trinity side. Led from the midfield by Tyler Krenkels and Hugh O’Reilly the ball was getting down the forward line with ease. Ben Hollander and Hamish Cooper were very solid up front and capitalised on the good work from the midfielders. Whilst Trinity looked at times like they would get back into the game, the Knox defence rebounded the ball out very well and a solid 4 goal victory was reward for a great effort.

Goals - Ben Hollander 3, Hamish Cooper 2, Tyler Krenkels
Best Players - Tyler Krenkels, Hugh O’Reilly, Ashton Kendall, Dan Braiding, Jack Roberts, Declan Ravenhall
Players Player - Tyler Krenkels

Yrs 7/8 A Def St Ignatius College
Taking on St Ignatius’ College at Riverview #1 in the opening round was going to mean a great game of footy and both sides were up to the task. Knox were able to turn some early possession and time inside 50m into goals. Players competing for the contested football and moving it quickly into the forward line was the theme of the day. St Ignatius rallied to close the early advantage and ensured that the game wouldn’t be decided until the 4th quarter. Knox were able to hold firm and come away with an opening round win.

Goals - Ed Ogilvy 4, Pat Bolger, Will Shortis, Lachlan Voukelatos
Best Players - Will Blackburn, Will Aylward, Pat Bolger, Will Shortis, Ed Ogilvy, Will Francou
Players Player - Will Aylward

Yrs 9/10 Def St Ignatius’ College
Following on from the Yr 7/8 performance in the game earlier the Yr 9/10 was not going to be out done when they took their turn on Riverview #1 taking on St Ignatius. In a closely contested free flowing game the result was determined by which time capitalised on its chances inside opposition 50m. Knox where able to share around its goal kickers placing the St Ignatius’ defenders under pressure every time the ball entered the forward 50m. The Knox defenders stood tall repelling the St Ignatius forward line. The game was decided late in the 4th quarter through a goal with minutes to play providing Knox with a 10 point buffer to see them start the new season with a win.

Knox 57 Def Riverview 33
Goals - Jay Naganayagam 3, Henry Wines 2, Kale Gabila, Angus Menzies, Jordan Moses, Henry Smith
Best - Henry Smith, Ethan Ravenhall, Kale Gabila, Jude Yates, Tom Simes,
Players Player - Henry Smith

2nd XVIII Def by St Ignatius College 2nd XVIII
The first-time Knox has been represented by a 2nd XVIII and with many of the boys playing their first game it was always going to be a testing afternoon at Riverview #1. From the opening bounce St Ignatius’ were quick with their ball movement which meant the backs were under sustained pressure. The scoring end followed St Ignatius’ with regular goals. 2nds should they were up to challenge and competed for 4 quarters hitting the scoreboard in both the 3rd and 4th quarter through Luke Bray and Duncan McMaster. With a bye next week, it provides the opportunity to sharpen their skills before taking on Barker in Rd 3.

Goals - Luke Bray, Duncan McMaster
Best - Amir Faeghi, Duncan McMaster, Max Richards, Crawford Lees, Jesse Cavanough
Players Player - Amir Faeghi

1st XVIII Def by St Ignatius College
Aiming up against St Ignatius College 1st XVIII, the 2016 benchmark was always going to be a line in the sand game for Knox. Met by a vocal St Ignatius crowd at Riverview #1 it was a fast-starting St Ignatius that got the jump kicking the first 2 goals of the game before Knox were able to hit the scoreboard. At the first break, there was only a point separating the two teams with St Ignatius’ taking the advantage. The second quarter followed a similar path to the first with a fast-starting St Ignatius’ kicking a couple of early goals before the momentum again could be controlled. Knox went into the main break trailing by 4 goals. A rousing half time address from Coach Tom Harvey had the desired response for the team kicking the opening goal of the third term but were unable to turn time inside forward 50 into goals through some inaccurate kicking. St Ignatius road out the Knox pressure and were able to challenge late to extend upon their half time lead into the final break. The final quarter, St Ignatius were able to close out the game leaving Knox with plenty to improve upon before their Rd 2 clash against Trinity Grammar.
 
Goals - Campbell Saddington, Zac Stewart, Braeden Campbell
Best - Jack Brasher, Mitch Parker, James Bennett, Leo Tilley, Campbell Saddington, Tom Kite
Players Player - Jack Brasher
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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

The boys commenced the session with some fun conditioning exercises which aim to strengthen and develop fencing co-ordination. Concentration and focus were also emphasised as important to watch their opponents and learn to look for opportunities to land their hits. Students also practised their footwork, salutes and parries. There were some exciting bouts as the boys put their skills into action.

Football

Mr Stephen Roche, Director of Football

Knox vs Cranbrook CAS round 1
The 2017 season kicked off on Friday night under lights with the highly anticipated 1st X1 matchup against the formidable Cranbrook outfit, a fitting Feature Game of the Week. Cranbrook created a stir performing well in the St. Andrews Cup, heading into the regular season with good form and reputation. Knox impressed the crowd early with some good combination play in attack, backed up by solid defence. The first half would see Knox dominate possession, control the tempo of the game, and Ed Yoong slot one into the net for the first goal of the season. Cranbrook responded well after the break, controlling more of the possession and creating a few tense moments for the Knox coaching staff and fans. While Cranbrook showed their class, they were unable to equalise, with the Knox defence holding on to start the season with a tick in the win column. Head coach, Kai Lammert, was impressed with the team’s determined performance to come away with the win. “I’m very happy to start with the three points from a very gutsy team performance in the second half,” Lammert said. “There’s a few things to work on, and judging by the results this week, it’s going to be a tough competition,” he said. Knox 2nd X1 enjoyed a 2-1 win in the only other close contest in the opens. Knox 3rd X1 won 4-1, the 4th’s victorious 4-2, the 5th’s and 6th’s kept clean sheets winning 5-0 and 6-0 respectively. The 7th’s suffered a 4-1 defeat.

Year 10 started the season strong, netting 25 goals across six games. The 10A’s learned some lessons in their 5-1 loss, but can take plenty from the match to build on for the season. The 10B’s were clinical in their 2-1 win, while the 10C’s took away a point in their nil all draw. An 11 nil score line entertained the fans of the 10E’s, while the F’s did their share of entertaining with a convincing 7-1 win. The 10D’s started the season with a 4-2 victory.

Year 9 enjoyed wins across the board scoring 31 goals collectively. The 9B’s started their campaign in fine style, notching up a 5-0 win with the goals shared by Hugo Howell (3) and Jonathon Bishop (2). The 9A’s and 9C’s earned themselves 2-1 victories to take three points, while the 9F’s and 9G’s also conceded one goal each in their 4-1 and 2-1 wins over St Patrick. The 9D’s came out on top in their nine goal entertainer finishing 7-2. The 9E’s didn’t concede a goal in their 9-0 victory, with two goals apiece to Ethan Moody, Daniel Plastourgos, and Mitchell Volk. Aiden Jacobson made a name for himself early in the season, starting the year with a hat trick.   

Year 8 showed their class with the 8A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s all starting the season with clean sheets. Strong performances from Tynan Skidmore and Lachlan Hui contributed to the A’s 4-0 victory, with Lachlan netting himself three goals. Barnaby Clarke and Zac Scott were the standouts for the B’s 4-0 win, meanwhile Tom Rugers and Justin Scott earned high praise in the third match in year 8 to finish 4-0. The 8D’s wowed the crowd, scoring ten goals without conceding. Ryan Thewlis scored a whopping five times in the match, while Sam Reeves impressed the coach with his two goals and team play. Unfortunately, the 8E’s and 8F’s suffered at the hands of St Patrick, but will no doubt improve as the season progresses.

The coaching staff were keen to see their new recruits perform for Year 7, and they didn’t disappoint. The 7A’s were all business in their 6-2 win. Sean O’Connell and Fraser Thomson showed promise in their first outing, while Alex Rammesmayer scored a brace for the team. The 7B’s were convincing in their 5-0 win, with Robert Sanderson the hat trick hero backed up by a great performance from Dom Allen. It was a tighter contest for the C’s, grinding out a 1-0 win facilitated by a Man of the Match performance from Patrick McDonnell. The D’s and E’s both maintained clean sheets in their respective 9 and 10 goal wins. W Fisher hit the net four times for the D’s, while Charlie Sherlock finished the game for the E’s with a triple. The 7F’s and I’s were defeated by St Patrick, but the 7G’s and H’s both finished with six goals to nil over their opponents. A great start to 2017 for Knox overall. The coaching staff are very happy with the way all the boys played for their team mates, and are looking forward to seeing improvement as the season continues.
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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Cross Country
Mutch Park was the venue for the first official round of 2017 CAS/GPS Cross Country season. Knox had athletes in all races but demonstrated some fantastic improvement in the Intermediate age group by coming 2nd overall. The Intermediate team consisted of Josh Tait (2nd), Max Evans (7th), Angus Kellaway (11th), Jackson Croker (12th) and Angus Matthews (17th).

Competing in the Open category was Ben Fitton who was placed 18th in the 8km event. Knox Cross Country team now plans to build off a solid Round 1 and continue their momentum for Round 2 at Sydney Park next Saturday.

Pictured is Josh Tait (Y9) who continued his sensational form, with a 2nd place in the Intermediate age group at Mutch Park, Pagewood.

KnoxFit
A reminder that like all sport choices at Knox, Saturday sport for KnoxFit is compulsory. Any students who do not attend will be marked as absent and will be followed up for an explanation. Similarly, KnoxFit also has a compulsory after-school training session. Training days are as follows:
Mondays - Years 10, 11 and 12
Tuesdays - Year 9
Wednesdays - Years 7 & 8
Thursdays - Years 11 & 12

Workout of the Day
Saturday’s Workout of the Day (WoD) involved working in pairs to complete five sets of the following:
15 x Air Balls
10 x Burpees
5 x TRX Pullups
200m run

Congratulations to the following boys who top scored for their age group:
Yrs 7/8 - Avinash Mirando (Y8) and Dhilan Sharma (Y8) with a top score of 17”50’ 
Yrs 9/10 - Angus Denton (Y9) and Daron Manoukian (Y9) with a top score of 15”40’

Orienteering
The Orienteering team started with great energy and enthusiasm on Saturday, tackling a lengthy course set at Whale Rock. While controls were set mostly on track, a difficult descent of bush bashing between two controls challenged both the experienced and novice. A particular congratulations to all the new Years 7 and 8 students, who were incredibly attentive and responsive to an induction run with Coach, Mr Lachlan Mitchell. A special mention also to our orienteer of the week, Alex Koch-Lowndes, who preserved and completed his course despite a significantly ripped and disintegrating map!



Congratulations also to the following orienteers who placed in their divisions on Saturday:
Division 1 - Thomas Gordon with a stunning time of 51 minutes and 13 seconds (20 minutes ahead of second place!)
Division 2 - A strong performance placed Lachlan Yelds (Y9) in first place, with Thomas Bartnik and Eric Zhao (Y10) closely behind in second and third
Division 3 - Dhruv Hariharan (Y8), followed closely by Henry Lake (Y7)

Our training this week will focus on taking bearings and managing navigation during these tough intervals, along with preparing the team for their first sprint event this weekend at Sydney Olympic Park - a course which focusses on short distances but complex navigation. 

Senior Weights & Training
A reminder that the nominated time for SWaT is 11am-12:30pm each Saturday.

If you are not able to attend during this time, you must email Head Coach of SWaT, Harry Fotopoulos, to arrange an alternative time. Otherwise, you will be marked as absent.
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Rugby

Mr John Rownes, Rugby Coordinator

The lead up to the season has been somewhat disrupted with a very wet end to the term and various school camps held over the final week. On Saturday 25 March, Knox travelled to Bathurst to play St Stanislaus’ College in a series of trial matches. As is always the case, Stannies made the Knox teams very welcome and whilst early in the season and with much still to be organized, a very worthwhile day of trial matches was completed. On the same day, CAS 7’s matches were played at different venues for each age group. This was a new initiative and provided the opportunity for a number of players to experience this style of rugby.

During the holidays, a 1st XV, 2nd XV and 16A squad travelled to New Zealand. This was an exceptional tour with some extraordinary experiences for the boys. The tour started in Queenstown and amidst the beautiful and scenic surrounds of this region, several intense and focused training sessions were completed. Whilst the boys worked hard on the field there was still the opportunity to engage in some exhilarating activities including jet boating and luge rides. The team travelled to Christchurch for final preparations and matches with Shirley Boys High School. Whilst in Christchurch, the boys enjoyed the experience of watching super rugby in New Zealand with the Crusaders much too good for the Sunwolves winning 50 – 3. The following morning the boys were privileged to have a training session with four local coaches with extensive coaching experience in the Canterbury district, the Crusaders and overseas. The two and half-hour session was a wonderful opportunity and the boys gained much. Certainly one of the highlights was the chance to meet two All Blacks. The boys experienced an extraordinary occasion with two All Blacks, Ryan Crotty and Cody Taylor meeting and speaking with the boys, providing a wonderful insight into their rugby careers and answering questions. They joined the boys at breakfast and continued to chat informally with the boys.

Match day was keenly anticipated and as is to be expected, each of the three teams met strong and determined opposition. The 16A’s produced moments of good rugby to win 27 – 0, while the 2nd XV lost 12 – 20. The 1st XV was a high quality match with Knox performing extremely well to record a sound 21 – 5 win.



Gala Day provided the perfect backdrop for the first complete round of rugby fixtures for the season. On a glorious day, Knox played Riverview in a return to the once traditional GPS school trial matches. In most cases, Saturday was the first opportunity for each respective age group to come together. Nonetheless, the manner in which the boys participated and their level of cooperation filling in where required was impressive and appreciated.



In front of a large crowd, an extremely entertaining 1st XV match was played with two good teams giving of their best. Knox performed well against a fine Riverview team to win 26 – 19. Tom Woodcock directed the team around the field, while the uncompromising duo of Ollie Harvison and Billy Collins worked hard in the backrow. Nicholas Frost proved devastating with the ball in hand. His metres gained and try scoring would rank him high in the NRL Fantasy. The next round of trial matches this Saturday are with The King's School and the 1st XV are again at home.  
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Sailing

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

NSW Teams Racing Championships
The Knox Sailing Team finished the 2016-17 season in fine form, contesting the NSW Team Sailing Championships in Rose Bay. Over the 7th, 8th and 9th of April, the team consisting of Harry Parker, Will Adams, Alastair Hunter, Nathanial Martin, Tom O’Sullivan, Tawhid Rahman and Toby Wilson contested the Schools championships with around 70 short races.



After a season of working strongly together in various other races, including the ACT State Championships, the team used their strengths to their advantage taking out prime position in many races against Riverview, Scots, PLC and Pittwater House.

After three days of sailing in superb conditions, the team came out with a great result – gaining 12th place out of all NSW contesting schools.

Following the Teams Racing State Championships, Harry Parker and Alastair Hunter were selected to represent Knox Grammar School at the Combined High Schools Sailing Championships held at Belmont Sailing Club. This opportunity gave our boys the opportunity to network with sailors from other schools as well as to race alongside other high level competitors.

Congratulations to all Knox Sailors for representing the school so positively.
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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, Snow Sports Coordinator

Knox Thredbo Perisher Snow Sports Trip
2-9 July 2017
Email Mr Reardon or visit the Knox Skoolbag App or Knox Portal
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Squash

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports and Ms Annie Gleason, Squash Coach

Saturday 29 April saw Knox Squash take on Barker on Gala Day. This is an annual event vs Barker College. The teams all performed very well with some outstanding squash played by the boys. This was very impressive with a few players moving up into a higher team for this and playing against very strong teams.

Knox 3 had a good battle with Barker 1, but unfortunately lost 1 set to 2. The Knox 6 team played brilliantly against Barker 2 to get the win 2-1. Knox 8 v Barker 3 also won 2-1 overall with the match played in good spirit. The boys especially had some very intense long rallies and great attacking serves. Knox 10 beat Barker 4 (3-0) overall with the team playing some outstanding squash with a couple of new players to join squash. Special mention to Ryan Soutar who worked very hard to get the win in his singles match. Knox 11- 15 all were too strong for their opponents to win 3-0 in all matches which was a great effort by all of the teams. The boys all had some fantastic rallies to get the win for their teams. Team 16 had a tough match and lost a close one to Barker 10 (1-2). Knox 17 won well 2-0, whilst team 18 won 3-0 overall. This was the first match for the Year 7 boys who were all feeling nervous to start with, but settled down and played some incredible rallies that lasted for at least 20 shots. This was great to see.

Round 1 of the season starts next week. Knox won 84% of all matches played.

Swimming

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

2017 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships
25 Knox Boys competed at the 2017 National Swimming Championships, held Brisbane during the holidays from Sunday 15 - Friday 22 April. 1800 swimmers headed to Brisbane from over 200 different swim clubs with all States and Territories well represented as well as a touring team from New Zealand. The qualifying times are so tough, that in some events there are only 15 swimmers in Australia who make them, in most events there are about 40 qualifiers.

Qualifiers
Congratulations to all those swimmers who swam the qualifying times for this year’s Australian Age Nationals:
Kaea Bidois (Y12), Jack Ryan (Y12), Jack Edie (Y11), Leon MacAlister (Y11), Sydney Robertson (Y11), Ben Yates (Y11), Hongyi (George) Zhu (Y11), Lachlan Kelly (Y10), Josh Mercer (Y10), Mark Buddee (Y9), Bailey Farris (Y9), Ethan Hansen (Y9), Josh Johnson (Y9), Angus Menzies (Y9), Shane Ting (Y9), Louis Bebb (Y8), Joshua Collett (Y8), Joseph Hamson (Y8), Tyler Krenkels (Y8), Euan Liney (Y8), Lachlan Robertson (Y8), Ben Rothery (Y8), Dylan Zhang (Y8), Tane Bidois (Y7), Justin Lee (Y7).

Finals
The top 10 fastest heat swims from the morning sessions, qualify for the evening finals session. This year Knox boys were in over 30 finals, and seeing Leon and Jack both on the dais together in the 100m and 200m Freestyle was great. The following all made finals:
Tane Bidois (Y7) 100m and 200m Backstroke
Joshua Collett (Y8) 100m and 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM
Jack Edie (Y11) 400m Freestyle
Tyler Krenkels (Y8) 200m and 400m Freestyle, 200m IM
Joseph Hamson (Y8) 200m Freestyle
Ethan Hansen (Y9) 200m Fly, 400m IM
Andrew Hemsworth (Old Boy) 100m Fly
Lachlan Kelly (Y10) 100m and 200m Backstroke
Josh Mercer (Y10) 200m Fly

Relays
18/under FS team - Will Yang, Jack Ryan, Andrew Hemsworth, Kaea Bidois
14/under Medley team – Bailey Farris, Shane Ting, Josh Johnson, Mark Buddee

Medals
Leon MacAlister (Y11) grabbed two Gold medals in 100m and 200m backstroke, two Silver medals in 50m and 100m Freestyle and two Bronze medals in 200m Freestyle and medley.
Tyler Krenkels (Y8) won Gold in 13yrs 200m Backstroke.
Old Boy William Yang won Silver in 50m Freestyle and a Bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Also winning a Silver and a Bronze medal was Jack Edie (Y11), Jack won his first National medals in 200m Freestyle and 100m freestyle respectively.
Joseph Hamson (Y8) picked up two Bronze medals in 50m and 100m Freestyle.
Rounding off the medal haul was our 14/under Freestyle relay team of Bailey Farris, Mark Buddee, Josh Johnson and Shane Ting (all Y9), who won Bronze in a tight race.
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Table Tennis

Mr Ben Higgens, Director of Racquet Sports and Ms Amy Chen, Head Table Tennis Coach

Saturday 29 April saw our Winter Season get under way. The Saturday training had 12 boys in the early session for our competition players. There were 24 boys in the second session for our non-competition players who all showed some great potential. Among the boys, there are few previous players as well as new players from across Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Boys are excited to learn and have enjoyed some very basic target hitting practice, doubles games as well as learning some basic scoring rules.

They all worked well, enjoying the sessions and are looking forward to the upcoming season.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 29 April saw Knox take on Cranbrook for our first match of the winter 2017 season. The 1st team got off to a great start with the boys eager to get the win. The 1st team won 8-0 overall with some outstanding play from Pedro Papangelis who gave a very professional approach to all of his matches. The 2nd team won 7-1 with some impressive singles played by Andy Xuan. The 3rd team won well with great play by the team to win 5-1 overall and the 4th team winning 6-0. This was a great start for our Open teams. Teams 5th-9th all played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10A team were very dominant winning 6-0 overall with a great display of tennis from Harry Wagstaff. The B team, also showed some good team work to win 4-2. Unfortunately Cranbrook didn’t have a C and D team for the winter. Teams C- E played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9A boys won 6-0 with a very dominant overall team performance. The B team also showed their strength to win 5-1 overall. The C and D teams both won well with the C team winning 4-2 and the D team winning 6-0. Teams E- I played an internal match play at Regimental Park with all of the boys showing promise and hard work to improve their own individual tennis skills.

The Year 8A team won a close battle 4-2 with Cohen Rinas showing great overall match play improvement. The team worked well to get the win. The B team unfortunately lost 2-4 in a very close match with only 2 games separating the teams. The C team won 6-0 overall, but the D team lost due to a few boys pulling out from Knox leaving the team short and having to forfeit matches. Teams E- G played played an internal match play at Regimental Park with all of the boys working hard to further their skills and gain match play tactics.

The Year 7A team played some good Tennis to get the win 4-2 in a very close match, with the team losing on games but winning on sets. The B team also had a close battle winning by only 2 games to split the two sides. The C and D teams both won 6-0 to start off the season. Teams E- H played an internal match play and coaching session at the Knox Prep School Tennis Courts. The boys all worked well and were eager to improve.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for Knox Tennis with Knox winning 88% of all matches played. Well done to the boys on a great start and thank you to the parents for the support and getting the boys to their acquired venues.

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Track and Field

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Knox Track & Field looking to find their edge through Energy System Development (ESD) training
During the April school holidays, Knox Track & Field attended 4D Health & Performance in the City for a training session with a difference. Energy System Development (ESD) training aims to provide the opportunity for any athlete to fulfil their sporting potential and is designed to ensure all of the bodies energy systems are well trained and prepared when called upon.

ESD is designed to specifically target the three different energy systems of the body - anaerobic a-lactiv energy (high bursts of start-up energy for activities that last less than ten seconds), anaerobic lactic energy (energy for medium to high intensity bursts of activity that lasts from ten seconds to two minutes) and aerobic energy (energy for low intensity activities that last anywhere from two minutes to a few hours).



The intensive one hour session was split into two elements:
Pillar/movement prep and movement skill - where students were educated on efficient and effective ways to prepare their body for physical activity whilst trying to improve movement quality.
Energy system development - where students developed their ability to perform at a more intense level by ensuring that their muscle, nervous system and hormones combine into higher quality movement patterns.

We are always looking for sessions that will challenge our athletes both mentally and physically,” said Head Coach of Knox Track & Field, Nick Bromley. 4D provides a level of training that helps the boys to take their body to new levels of intensity, whilst also reducing impact and overload. This helps each and every athlete prepare for the season by maximising output under the watchful eye of professionals - hopefully this will give us an edge!

The Track & Field season commences on Saturday 12 August at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre with the first of five CAS invitationals. A number of Knox’s Track & Field athletes will also participate in CAS Cross Country which kicks off with St. Aloysius/Waverley sharing hosting duties at Mutch Park Pagewood on Saturday 29 April.
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Water Polo

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Water Polo NSW State Squad
Congratulations to Tyler Krenkels, Sam Matruglio and Lachlan Reeve who have been selected for the NSW Water Polo State Squad!

U14 Australian Water Polo Championships 
Congratulations to Alexander Mercer, Harrison Miller, Flynn Worner and Sam Matruglio who competed in the U14 Australian Water Polo Championships throughout the holidays. 

Alexander, Harry, Flynn and Sam travelled to Albury-Wodonga for the Championships, representing Sydney Uni Water Polo Club. The team did extremely well coming within the top 20 of all U14 Water Polo Teams in Australia. 

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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Online: Download the 'Prep Skoolbag' or 'Senior School Skoolbag app' - search 'Knox Grammar' in the app store
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. 
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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.
Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.
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Uniform

Any student attending any Knox sporting fixture and/or venue must be properly attired in either track suit or school uniform.

No Dogs Allowed Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. Dogs are prohibited, leashed or unleashed, on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs.
Dogs may not be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

Signage has been installed and our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are 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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Parking for Saturday sport at the Senior School

Due to construction of our exciting new Knox Performing Arts Centre/Junior Secondary Academy, we are no longer able to provide parking at Woodville Ave for families attending sports fixtures at the Senior School campus. Parking is available in the Borambil Street underground carpark for weekend sport. Where possible, we encourage boys and parents to use public transport for travel to and from the Senior School campus.