Wow – where do I start ? Yet another huge weekend of sport at Knox Grammar School. Knox welcomed another big, traditional GPS Rugby school last Saturday - The King’s School and all of our teams performed extremely well.



Across all age groups and grades we walked away with a good number of wins and most importantly another great experience for all. Success can’t be judged by the number of wins but by the experience each player has on Saturday. The feedback from all of our coaches has been very positive and we are all very proud of the boys and their efforts so far this term.


I want to give particular mention to our brave U15 Rugby teams who have had a tough time of it so far this season. Last week v Riverview they experienced some huge losses – yet, in true Knox spirit they never gave up. The boys got back to training, worked hard, listened and committed then executed to the best of their ability at King's. That is what sport is about.

Knox also hosted CAS rivals Trinity Grammar in Tennis, Football and AFL on the weekend. They have always challenged us in all sports, and did so again on the weekend with a terrific round of fixtures.

Pedro Papangelis and his First Tennis team deserve particular mention. There was a time midway through the morning after the Doubles matches that we were facing an uphill battle. Pedro and his team regrouped and went about winning all of their singles matches and win their “top of the table” clash. That win will go a long way towards a CAS Tennis premiership and give the team a lot of confidence.

Up at Curagul Fields the Football fixture v Trinity Grammar was another big fixture that may have a big bearing on the CAS premiership in so many age groups. The 1st XI had a terrific 2-1 win against a skilful Trinity side and now lead the CAS competition with 2 wins from 2 games. Across all ages in the Senior School against Trinity our Football managed 25 wins and 6 draws from 35 games.

The majority of AFL sides also played Trinity and managed more success. A huge win in the Firsts was the highlight with 5 wins in 8 games across all Senior teams.

Also last week some of our best young Prep swimmers represented at the NSWPSSA Championships.

Six Knox boys (Benji Allen, Henry Anderson, Ryan Manuel, Angus Rowe, Lochlan Stevenson & Marcus Walsh) represented NSW Independent Schools in swimming and diving, competing up against the best in the State. Many of the boys achieved a personal best.

Congratulations to the following boys who were placed in the top three in the State:

Bronze medallists - Benji Allen (12-13yrs Breaststroke) & Senior Freestyle Relay (Angus Rowe, Henry Anderson, Lachlan Stevenson and Benji Allen).

Finalists: Henry Anderson (11yrs Backstroke).

Congratulations to Benji Allen who will go on to represent NSW at the Pacific School Games later this year.

Positive Coaching
The Knox Sports & Aquatic Academy and it’s team of Directors have now had a number of sessions with Mr Matt Cavallaro (Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Centre) regarding the many benefits of Positive Coaching. We are committed to giving every boy and coach a quality sporting experience here at Knox regardless of what level, age group or sport played. Messages are continually being passed on to our coaches and being received very positively across all codes. Our Coaches are reminded if you are here only to teach boys skills and to win, you are in the wrong place and that sport is an opportunity for our boys to grow as people. Sport is an opportunity to capture ‘Teachable Moments’ using evidence-based techniques (Positive Psychology) to help boys live their best life. We are helping our coaches understand these techniques and we look forward to continuing these sessions through the season and beyond.

Team of the week
The 16A Rugby team – winning 27-0 against a very strong Kings 16A team.

Individual of the week
Nick Granger (Y7) – eight goals in one Knox Football match! Wow!
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Football Supporters Group on Skoolbag

In a bid to improve communication within the Football Supporters Group we will now be using the Knox Skoolbag App. To make sure you receive the latest on all events and activities, please subscribe to the Football Supporters ‘push’ group on the App. Whilst information will still be available on the Knox Portal, this will be our preferred method of communication. If you need help subscribing to the App or the ‘push’ notification, please contact communications@knox.nsw.edu.au.

Sports Captains

Congratulations to the following boys who were announced at last week's full School Assembly as Captain of their chosen sport for the Winter 2017 season:

2017 Sports Winter Captains 2017 Sports Winter Captains (11 KB)


AFL - Prep

Mr Joe Britton, AFL Coordinator

It was a dominating clean sweep for the Prep AFL over the weekend with all teams recording big wins. The 1sts continued their great early season form with a 15 goal win over Newington. Vasili Sotiropoulous, Ben Williams and Lachlan Hall the pick of the players. The seconds Black showed great determination and spirit to fight off an early challenge with great team work and kicking skills on display. Marcus Walsh, Sam ten Pas and Henry Williams all having great games. The seconds blue juggernaut continues to build, having only conceded one point in their first two games. Outstanding performances from Noah Pillinger, Harry Forsyth and Sean Williams helped the side to a comprehensive victory over St Aloysius’.

Football - Prep

Mr Kai Lammert, Football Coordinator

The Knox Football Boys had one of their most successful weekends yet. The boys won all of their games while scoring a record 102 goals and only conceded 11.

Our Open’s going from strength to strength beating Scots College in all grades with our first XI winning in emphatic style 9-1. Our U 11 beat Newington and played some terrific Football doing so. The 10’s played in the local derby against Barker and our 9’s enjoyed a Mini World Cup.

AFL

Mr Stuart Newman, Director of Combined Sports

Yrs 7/8 Div 2 Def By Waverley College
The Knox Yr 7/8 Div 2 team had their first home game of the season at Acron Oval and it was always going to be a tough morning for footy with the squad missing some numbers through illness. Taking on Waverley College the team showed desire and effort across the 4 quarters but were beaten by a good Waverley team. The team improved upon their Rd 1 performance and highlights include Kyeton Reardon’s goal.
Goals - Kyeton Reardon
Best - Gus Murphy, Jasper Wilson, Baxter Wilson, Josh Laing, Ben Moss, Kyeton Reardon.
Player’s Player - Gus Murphy

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Black Def By St Ignatius College
With their first home game of the season, Knox were taking on a strong St Ignatius College team which was always go to be a tough ask. St Ignatius started well early which set the tone for the game. The effort and willingness to compete from the Knox team was there across the 4 quarters which was pleasing to see and rewarded with goals to Hugh O’Rielly, Ashton Kendall and Joel Wiser. 
Goals - Hugh O’Rielly, Ashton Kendall, Joel Wieser
Best - Jack Roberts, Berend Hollander, Finn Carlon, Ashton Kendall, Hugh O’Rielly
Player’s Player - Jack Roberts. 

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Blue Def Waverley College
Looking forward to their first home game of the season, the team was keen for a strong start to the game. With the ability to capitalise on the ruck dominance the midfield was able to get the ball into forward 50 quickly giving the forwards excellent service for the full game. The forwards were able to make the most of the ball coming in with multiple goal kickers. 



Goals - Will Shortis 7, Mitch Smith 4, Liam Puncher 4, Edward Ogilvy 3, Will Francou 3, Will Hopkins 2, Gabriel Carmody, Jack Harty, Lachlan Voukelatous, Lachie White
Best - Pat Bolger, Mitch Smith, Liam Puncher, Will Shortis, Will Blackburn, Will Aylward
Player’s Player - Mitch Smith

Yrs 9/10 Def By St Aloysius
With the rare opportunity of being the main game of the day at Acron Oval the Yr 9/10 team were looking to follow on from their Rd 1 victory. In a hard-fought contest that again was taken deep into the last quarter it was St Aloysius that was able to come away with narrow victory. The effort of the team was there across the four quarters and will leave them in good stead to return to the winner’s circle next week. 



Goals - Angus Menzies, Jordan Moses, Tasman Rooke, Jude Yates
Best - Kale Gabila, Jude Yates, Oscar Sims, Henry Smith, Jay Naganayagam, Ethan Ravenhall
Player’s Player - Kale Gabila

2nd XVIII BYE

1st XVIII Def Trinity Grammar
Traveling to Tramway Oval the 1st’s were looking to bounce back after last week’s performance and record their first win of the season. Taking on Trinity Grammar it was fast and free flowing game which saw each team taking the ball end to end. The first quarter had both teams trading goals, during the second quarter Knox were able to win the clearances on the back of some strong ruck work which gave the forwards good supply resulting in a 2-goal buffer at the main break. The third quarter, Knox were able to continue to build upon the midfield dominance and good work rate from the forwards kept the scoreboard ticking over. Knox were able to run the game out returning a 5-goal win. 



Goals - Nic Gallu 2, Aiden Robertson 2, Braeden Campbell, Harrison Muller, Luke Parks
Best - Luke Parks, Braedon Campbell, Campbell Saddington, Harrison Muller, Nic Gallu, James Robertson
Player’s Player - Mitchell Parker
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CIS Swimming and Diving Championships

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Less than two months after dazzling the crowds at SOPAC in bringing the Thyne Challenge Shield back to Knox, the Swim & Dive Team has continued their success bringing home 50 medals from the CIS Swimming and Diving Championships.

The team made up of 28 Swimmers and Divers competed against all other CAS and GPS Schools as well as schools and associations from as far afield as Wagga Wagga and the Tweed Region. The 28 strong team took out a number of key races including the Open Freestyle Relay and Open Medley Relay.

Josh Collett, spent his time adding to the Knox/CAS Medal Tally, contributing a total of 10 medals including 7 Gold, while Tane Bidois took home 7 medals.

Ben Dempsey and Otto Thomas took home two medals from the diving platform, while Cameron Mitchell placed fourth and Olly Ritchie placed 6th.



The 2017 Knox/CAS Swim & Dive Team was made up of Charlie Anderson, Tane Bidois, Alex Ruygrok, Justin Lee, Tyler Krenkels, Euan Liney, Ben Rothery, Lachlan Robertson, Joseph Hamson, Josh Collett, Dylan Zhang, Bailey Farris, Josh Johnson, Cameron Mitchell, Otto Thomas, Oliver Ritchie, Mark Buddee, Brendan Hee, Josh Mercer, Declan Owers, Lachlan Kelly, Ben Dempsey, Jack Edie, Leon MacAlister, Sydney Robertson, Ben Yates, Kaea Bidois and Jack Anderson.

All medallists will go through to the next round of competition, being the All Schools Championships. 

The team representing Knox at this meet includes:
1. Tane Bidois 
2. Kaea Bidois
3. Mark Buddee
4. Josh Collett
5. Jack Edie
6. Bailey Farris
7. Joseph Hamson
8. Brendan Hee
9. Josh Johnson
10. Lachlan Kelly
11. Tyler Krenkels
12. Justin Lee
13. Euan Liney
14. Josh Mercer
15. Leon MacAlister
16. Sydney Robertson
17. Ben Rothery
18. Jack Ryan
19. Dylan Zhang
20. Declan Owers
21. Otto Thomas
22. Ben Dempsey

The success of the team is indicated in their results below:  
 
Tane Bidois (Gold 50m Freestyle, Gold 100m Freestyle, Gold 50m Backstroke, Gold 50m Butterfly) 
Josh Collett (Gold 50m Freestyle, Gold 100m Freestyle, Gold 50m Breaststroke, Gold 50m Butterfly, Silver 100m Breaststroke, Silver 200m Breaststoke, Bronze 200m Individual Medley)
Bailey Farris (Gold 50m Backstroke) 
Josh Johnson (Silver 50m Butterfly, 4th 100m Butterfly)
Lachlan Kelly (Silver 50m Free, Silver 200m Backstroke, Bronze 50m Backstroke, Bronze 100m Backstroke, Bronze 200m Individual Medley) 
Sydney Robertson (Silver 50m Freestyle, Silver 50m Butterfly)
Josh Mercer (Bronze 200m Butterfly) 
Justin Lee (Silver 50m Butterfly, Bronze 50 Freestyle, 4th 100m Butterfly)  
Joseph Hamson (Gold 50m Freestyle, Gold 100m Freestyle, Gold 50m Butterfly, Gold 200m Freestyle, 
Dylan Zhang (Silver 50m Breaststroke) 
Euan Liney (4th 50m Backstroke) 
Tyler Krenkels (Gold 200m Backstroke, Silver 200m Freestyle, Silver 100m Backstroke, 5th 100 Freestyle) 
Ben Rothery (5th 50m Butterfly) 
Lachlan Robertson (5th 200m Backstroke) 
Leon MacAlister (Gold 50 Freestyle, Gold 50m Backstroke, Gold 100m Backstroke, Gold 200m Backstroke) 
Ben Yates (5th 50m Backstroke, 5th 100m Backstroke) 
Jack Edie (Gold 200m Freestyle, Bronze 50m Butterfly) 
Kaea Bidois (Gold 100m Freestyle, Silver 50m Freestyle) 
Ben Dempsey (Silver, Diving) 
Otto Thomas (Bronze, Diving) 
Cameron Mitchell (4th Place, Diving) 
Oliver Ritchie (6th Place, Diving) 
  
Relays
GOLD: 12-14 50m Free (Tane Bidois, Ben Rothery, Josh Collett, Joseph Hamson) 
GOLD: 12-14 50m Medley (Tane Bidois, Dylan Zhang, Josh Collett, Joseph Hamson) 
GOLD: 12-19 6X50 Free: Tane Bidois, Josh Collett, Joseph Hamson, Brendan Hee, Sydney Robertson, Kaea Bidois
GOLD: 17 4X50 Free: Leon MacAlister, Jack Ryan, Jack Edie, Kaea Bidois
GOLD: 17 4X50 Medley: Leon MacAlister, Jack Ryan, Jack Edie, Kaea Bidois
SILVER: 15-16 4X50 Freestyle (Lachlan Kelly, Brendan Hee, Sydney Robertson, Mark Buddee) 
BRONZE: 15-16 4X50 Medley (Lachlan Kelly, Declan Owers, Sydney Robertson, Brendan Hee) 

Congratulations to the team on continued success under the dedication of coaches, Steve Goodier and Nick Dobson. 

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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

Students were given refreshers on the rules and target areas for each weapon. In foil and sabre the priority rules prevail while in épée, any hit on the target area will score, including double hits. Students took turns as referees and fencers to improve their knowledge in this area, learning to make their actions clear so that the referee can easily see the point land. Bouting then followed to enable further practice of their skills.

Football

Mr Stephen Roche, Director of Football

Knox vs Trinity CAS round 2
Round 2 would see Knox take on rivals Trinity, with every matchup a spectator’s delight. The 1st X1 enjoyed a 2-1 victory after going into the break at one-all. That man again, Ed Yoong, would score the first goal for Knox in an even first half, reflected in both the play and the score line. Following the break, Knox found their possession game to gain control of the tempo. A number of close chances could have impressed the scorers, but were unlucky not to convert. Eventually, Hugo Forlico sealed the match with a penalty. Head coach, Kai Lammert, appreciated the effort from the boys, and the improvement they showed in the second half. “I think it was a well-deserved win. We had the better chances and were unlucky not to close out the match sooner,” Lammert said. “In such a tough competition, it’s great to start the season two from two with six points, now we look forward to our game against St Aloysius” he said. Knox 2nd X1 & 3rd X1 both finished their ties 2-2, Flynn Stallworthy playing brilliantly for the 3rd’s. The 4th’s won 3-1 with Aedan Curtis and Ronan Kennedy praised by the coach, the 5th’s Matthew French scored a brace in their 4-2 win, while Xavier Bolger and Will Ryan each scored twice in the 6th’s win of 6-1. The 7th’s bounced back this week with a 2-1 victory.

This week would produce nothing but wins for Year 10 up against some very talented Trinity teams. The 10A’s proved they learned a few things last week, bouncing back this week to earn themselves the Feature Game of the Week. Up against a widely favoured Trinity outfit, Knox were aware of the effort they needed to produce a win. This week saw the Knox boys control possession and work their systems to unravel a shell-shocked Trinity. Liam Gorman took control of the match, linking with the frontline to assist the team to a resounding 4-1 win. Max Davis scored twice, supported by Nathan Brading and Tom Weber with the other two goals. The win puts the boys back on track to work their way to the top of table. The 10B’s claimed a clean sheet in their 2-0 win, while the 10C’s found winning form with a stylish 4-1 three point earner. The 10D’s showed the depth of the Knox Academy with a 7-0 win, two goals going to Hugh Falconer-Flint. Eddie O’Sullivan was outstanding in the 10E’s 2-1 victory, while the F’s continued to trouble the scorers with a 5-0 win. 

Year 9 experienced a mixed bag this week. The 9D’s were brought back to Earth with a 1-1 draw, while the 9B’s and 9C’s enjoyed wins. The 9A’s suffered a loss this week going down 1-0, along with the 9G’s defeated by Sydney Boys High 4-1. 9H and 9I both recorded big margin wins, as did the 9E’s with an 11-0 win. 

8A’s Max Mandera played well in their 3-1 loss, while Dan Wartho and Nick Gratten made big contributions in the 8B’s 2-1 win. The C’s and D’s only conceded one goal each while netting two each themselves. Joseph Kim earned best on ground honours for the C’s and Tim Allsop for the D’s. Trinity proved to be a high standard opposition for the usually goal happy 8F’s, finishing the match at one goal apiece. Knox 8E’s grafted out a 1-0 win, Ashton Lee receiving the coach’s points.

Year 7 followed up from their impressive start to the season, completing the round with five wins, two draws, and one loss. Goalkeeper, Hugo G, performed well in the 7A’s 3-0 loss, along with support from Joshua Foley and Alex Rammesmayer. The 7B’s came away with a 1-1 draw in an even contest, with Flynn Macgregor and Max Graham impressive in a tough game. The C’s continued their form with a 1-0 win, Adam Van Horin pivotal in the team’s efforts. The D’s are yet to concede a goal, just settling this week with one goal courtesy of Daniel O’Hanlon. The 7E’s added another 8 goals to their already inflated season tally, still holding onto a clean sheet for the competition. Ashton Bloom top scored with a hat trick for the E’s. The 7F’s Oliver S earned the honours with a triple, supported well by Jeremy L. Rivals Barker took on 7H, Luke Baker the standout in what was a bit of a wrestle which finished goalless. The 7G’s had the analysts thinking they were playing a different code, hitting the back of the net 19 times without reply. Nick Grainger scoring eight goals in a performance to be talked about for years to come. Next week sees Knox play St Aloysius in what should be some very entertaining football.
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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Cross Country
We had our first “official” win in the Intermediate division for the CAS Schools, placing 3rd Overall, with Josh Tait continuing his sensational form by placing 6th overall in the Intermediate event.

In the seniors, a great performance from Tom Gordon who took out the CAS section in the opens event after coming straight from winning seniors Orienteering event! Matthew Pearson and Angus Matthews had great runs in the juniors.

Knox are hosting the Cross Country next weekend at St Ives Showground so it would be great if we could get as much support as possible! Juniors from 9am and intermediate and seniors following on immediately afterwards.

KnoxFit
Workout of the Day
Saturday’s Workout of the Day (WoD) involved the 100 challenge; completing 100 x Air Squats, 100 x Push Ups and 100 x Box Jumps with a partner in the quickest possible time (whilst still maintaining good form).
 
Congratulations to the following boys who top scored for their age group:
Yr. 7/8 - Will Denton, Tony Lee, Alex Sky and Chris Yanco (Yr. 7) tied with a top score of 18”50’
Yr. 9/10 - Edward Hill (Yr. 10) and Declan Owers (Yr. 10) with a top score of 12”00’
Yr. 11 & 12 - Zac Hartmann (Yr. 11) with a top score of 18”27’

Senior KnoxFit
Attendance by senior students at compulsory Saturday sport and after school training has been far from satisfactory for KnoxFit. As leaders of the school, it is expected that you set the standards and that attendance improves next week!

Orienteering
Bicentennial park was the setting for the Senior School Orienteers first competitive sprint event for the season. Weaving between the fountains, paths, lookouts and pavilions the orienteer’s short distance navigational abilities were put to the test. Congratulations to division 1 champion, Thomas Gordon (year 12), for a phenomenal time of 24:38 on a course over 6 km! After Tom, both Jake Evans and Sam Pitman ran very strong times, placing second and third. Division 2 saw Alex Koch-Lowndes lead by 8 minutes to Lachlan Yelds in a competitive time for second place. Division 3 was very tightly contested, but Tom O’Sullivan placed first, closely followed by Dhruv Hariharan, The new orienteers to the team also continued their very strong early performances, achieving excellent times on their first independent course! 



This weekend also saw the Years 5-6 orienteers compete at the Orienteering NSW Saturday Orienteering Series event held at Cumberland State Forest (see photo). Under the canopy of dense forest they boys enjoyed a difficult but most educative course, learning many new skills and approaches to orienteering with the assistance of professional orienteers at the event. 

This week the Senior team returns to bushland courses, training in Pennant Hills to prepare for a difficult course at French’s Forest this Saturday. A reminder that the orienteering pants are now in stock at the Knox Uniform Shop and need to be purchased by all Winter Orienteers (7-12) for our event this Saturday. 

Senior Weights & Training
There was some slight improvement in attendance by senior students for Senior Weights & Training, but it still isn’t at an acceptable level. To clarify any confusion, please see below note around attendance:

Y11
Training – students must attend at the time as advertised for the training. To be clear, Yr. 11 sessions include Monday from 3:30-4:30pm and Wednesdays from 7-8am. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm is also available (if confirmed with Harry Fotopoulos first). You MUST attend two sessions per week, in addition to your weekend commitment.
Saturday – students must attend at the time as advertised for the Saturday session - 11am-12:30pm. If you are not there, you will be marked as ABSENT.

Y12
Training – students must attend at the time as advertised for training (7:00-8:00am) plus one other day/time of your choosing. You MUST attend two sessions per week, in addition to your weekend commitment.
Saturday – it is preferred that students attend their advertised SWaT session (10:00-11:30am). If they will not be attending this session they need to notify Harry Fotopolous to coordinate another time, but it must fall within the times of 7:30am-12:30pm (when Harry is present). Note: Attending SWat as your Saturday Sport is compulsory unless you have applied for and received approval for an exemption. 
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Squash

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports, Mr Eric van Arkkels, Head Coach and Ms Annie Gleason, 1st and 2nd Squash Coach

Knox 1st 3-0 Briars2 good start for F Hellen- Ford as our new Captain playing to his strengths Finn played some quality back of court shots along with some great gets this game provided some well contested rallies.

N You Lee and A Soonius won their games on forfeit, disappointed they couldn't play they look forward to next week’s game.

K2 2-0 K3 R Rattan started well with some quality cross court and forehand drives giving Ritwick the confidence to go on and have a 3-0 win, while Z Slonim tried hard playing some well-placed back of court drives Zach gave his all but just not enough on the day, E Xie started slowly giving his opponent space on the court but as Evan Settled he found the back of the court with clinical forehand and cross court drives, K Tse started well playing to his strengths using the court well with some quality drops and boasts Karlon unfortunately lost his focus but to his credit didn't give up.
K4 1-2 K5 E Bakker played two outstanding matches for his team both five setters he gave his all with some hard fought rallies played Eugene played some well-placed drops and back hand drives. Great mindset.

P Koch started slowly with a few uncharacteristic errors Peter found his way and played some quality forehand and cross court drives just not enough on the day narrowly beaten 2-3 , with R Despande keen to play he was full of energy playing some well-placed drops and back hand drives Rishi started well but lost focus and went down 2-3 , T Joseph set the tempo early full of energy Thomas played very direct with some well-placed forehand and back hand drives, F Prince tried to match his opponent but just not enough on the day credit to Finn he never gave up.

K6 3-0 Northmead1 C Lee set the tempo early varying his plays with some well-placed drops and drives Chan never relented and went on to win 3-0, L Marinaki played to his strengths placing his shots with some quality drops and boasts Luke went on to win 3-0, L Hincks stepped up to play as no3 and had a very convincing win with some well-placed forehand drives.

K7 1-2 K8 L Hincks playing his second match of the morning set the tempo early using the court well Lachy played some quality cross court and forehand drives giving him the edge on the day . Great Effort , A Bradshaw started slowly with a few unforced errors he then  settled playing some quality drives and boasts  Archer was looking confident but lost focus going down 1-3. This game had it all with some lengthy rallies both B Fraser and V Zhong gave their all. 
Brenden played some well-placed forehand drives but Victor stayed focused with some quality drops and boasts played he went on to win 3-1.

K9 2-0 K10 R Somaiya set the pace early with some well-placed drives and drops Ricky stayed focused winning 3-0, T Murray found his opponent hard going never settling into his rhythm to Tylers credit he never gave up. 
This game had it all S Koroknay and L Gee with some lengthy rallies played both boys gave there all Lachlan going up 2-0 playing with confidence with some well-placed forehand drives it looked like a resounding win on the way but Steve fought back with some well-placed back of court drives and cross court shots, level at 2-2 Lachlan unfortunately fell and injured himself retiring from the game after consulting with Steve the deciding game will be played during the week. Great Sportsmanship from these boys.

A Lin Lacy set the pace early with some well-placed drops and drives Andy continued applying the pressure winning 3-0, R Soutar found his opponents serves difficult at times but credit to Ryan he never gave up and managed to get one back with some well-placed forehand drives.

K11 1-1 K12 H Partridge played to his strengths chasing everything Harry got into his rhythm and played some well-placed drops and back of court drives. H Mendes found it hard to settle making some unforced errors but to his credit Harrison never gave up.

K Pishar playing up from team15 thrived on the challenge to play up setting the pace early Kasra never looked back with some well-placed forehand drives and boasts going on to win 3-0. C Beauchamp found his opponent challenging but credit to Cameron he tried varying his plays just not enough on the day.

K13 2-0 K14 J Harris set the tempo early using the court well James played some quality cross court and forehand drives going on to win 3-0, O Weeding found his opponent challenging not able to settle into his pattern of play Oliver fought hard just not enough on the day, J Ngo played a very direct game not changing his play much Jackson played some clinical cross court and forehand drives along with some very neat drops. A Nipatcharoen found his opponent challenging while Akito varied his plays nothing was working but to his credit he chased every ball and fought all the way . Good effort K15 0-2 K16 This was another game that had everything W Degotardi and J Brooke with Jordan taking a 2-0 lead it looked like this would be a very convincing win but Will fought back to level at 2-2 both boys played some great forehand and back hand drives varying there plays with some quality drops played as well finally Jordan going on to win 3-2. K Pishar playing his second match was very focused and set the pace early with some well-placed drives and boasts Kasra continued applying the pressure to win 3-0, A Pan - Cassin never settled into his game but to Antons credit he chased every ball trying to vary his shots but just not enough on the day.

K17 1-1 Barker9 M Walker started well varying his plays with some well-placed boasts and forehand drives Mark lost focus going down 1-3, J Ng set the tempo early finding good length in his back of court forehand and back hand drives Jordan continued varying his shots winning 3-0.

K18 3-0 Barker 13 L Merhi  J Watts  L Cheng had very convincing wins with all boys playing quality forehand and back hand drives a reflection of their great effort at training Well done.
 
A Great effort by all! 
 
Welcome to all the internal players great start by all on the weekend with some very hard fought matches played this competition is looking very healthy for future competitive players.
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Table Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 6 May saw Knox Table Tennis practise in the Great Hall Foyer. There was a very good turn out by the boys who were all eager to learn and improve their new found skills.

The boys have been placed into three different groups on a Saturday to help handle the large numbers table tennis has now. This also helps the boys get extra court time and work on different drills set up by the table tennis coach.

Each week the boys are learning how to score in a match and learning tactical awareness to get the boys ready for some matches against other schools.

Overall there is great enjoyment by all of the boys involved who are having fun with their friends in a relaxed competitive environment.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 6 May saw Knox take on Trinity at home in our 1st and 2nd teams. The boys were eager to play against Trinity after not being able to play due to wash out during the summer season. The 1st team got off to a good start in our 2nd pair winning both sets of double whilst the 1st pair unfortunately lost both sets. This had the teams even on games and sets going into the singles matches. he boys took the time to compose themselves after their doubles and came flying out of the blocks to win all four singles matches with great conviction. Special mention to Pedro Papangelis who got revenge on their No.1 playing after losing to him during the holidays in the tournaments, nut showed great heart and passion to win 6-2. Also well done to Lachlan Walker who stepped up into the 1st team and played some superb tennis throughout the day. The 2nd team was just as impressive with two boys stepping up into the 2nd team Harry Wagstaff and Thomas Johnson. The whole of the 2nd team were very strong and played some outstanding tennis to win 8-0 overall.

 The 3rd continued the form to win 5-1 overall whilst the 4th team had a great battle but lost 2.5-3.5 sets. The standard of tennis was very high in all of the matches. The 5th and 6th team had a match against Trinity too with the 5th team winning very well 6-0 and only dropping 2 games overall. The 6th team had a great match losing on count back only by 4 games. Teams 7th – 9th played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The 10A and B teams found things very tough on Saturday with a few players moving up into the Open teams meaning everyone playing in a higher position. The C team had a good go at challenging their opponents, but Trinity were too strong this time. The D team had to forfeit too many matches from no shows which was very disappointing for Knox.

The Year 9A team played some brilliant tennis to win 6-0 overall with an outstanding show of tennis played by Thomas Otto. The B team won very well 5-1 overall whilst the C team won a very closely fort battle by 5 games to split the two teams. The D team were too strong for Trinity winning 6-0. Teams E- I all played an internal round robin at Regimental Park. The boys showed a great work ethic and were all working very hard to improve.

The Year 8A team did well to win 5-1 with some good tennis played by Rahul Grewal in both singles and doubles. The B team had an entertaining match to watch with the team losing a close one 2-4 overall, but the boys all worked very hard to try and get the win for Knox. The C team played some beautiful tennis to win 5-1 overall whilst the D team lost 0-6 with the game scores a lot closer than that. Teams E- G played at Regimental Park in a round robin match play.

The Year 7 team played at Knox Senior Tennis Courts. The A team had a great match with their opponents with both teams tying 3 sets all but losing by only 1 game. The B team played some great tennis to win 5-1 overall with special mention to James Loekman winning both singles and doubles. The C and D team outplayed their opponents to win 6-0 overall in both. Teams E- H played at Knox Prep tennis courts with some match play and coaching. The boys are all working well each week and improving each session.

Overall it was again another successful weekend against our strongest rivals with Knox winning 60% of matches played. Well done to all of the boys and keep up the good work.


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Volleyball

Ms Alexandra Charles, Head Volleyball Coach

3rds: Excellent work from Yr 7s who are working hard to develop their skills. Hunter Hellen-Ford and Sebastian Dimon passed some very strong serves with beautiful precision. Overall the team is working together really well and showing a lot of potential.
Results: 3:0 to Newington. 25: 15, 25:5, 25:8.

2nds: The 2nds team started strong and won first two convincingly however Newington fought back to win the game. Stand out performances from Hanson Han and Adam Barnes who blocked exceptionally as well as Oscar Wu, who put up an excellent defence, and Euro Ruangvanish, who set consistently well for the whole game.
Results: 3:2 to Newington. 24:26, 23:25, 25:11, 25:11, 15:6.

1sts: Our 1sts had a slow start against the Newington competitors, however, they were able to pull together and push the game to 5 sets. We saw some excellent passing from Charlie Lorimer and Campbell Hayes, while our newest member of the team, Yewzark Mony, made his mark with some brilliant hits. In the end, it was a tight game but unfortunately Newington pulled together for the final set and we lost the game 3:2.
Results: 3:2 to Newington. 25:15, 19:25, 25:20, 19:25, 15:6
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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.