Thank you for the positive feedback regarding last week’s report, particularly my comments regarding the importance of ensuring our boys are prepared mentally and emotionally for the challenges sport can throw at our students. As I pointed out, my team of Directors are working hard at this and will be passing a lot of information and holding workshops with our coaches over this summer and into 2018 focussing on resilience in our students.

Last Friday night we held the annual Knox Cricket Season launch at Curagul Pavilion. All parents who attended were treated to a great night of stories and laughs with the highlight being an interview by respected journalist Malcolm Knox (OKG84) with Test Cricketer Michael Slater. Michael spoke passionately about the role we all have in kids' sport and we are very grateful to have him give us his time. We were also fortunate to hear some words from Knox Cricket Head Coach Anthony Stuart regarding our direction and his philosophies on coaching schoolboy cricket and the role cricket plays in each boy's life. Our next Test Cricketer cannot be far away with all of this wonderful support around this school.

Last weekend it was great to see our summer competition get started and see so many boys working hard with their new teammates and coaches.

Congratulations to all who contributed to the preparation of all teams and thanks to the parents for their positive support around the various venues. There was a lot of success which you will read about below but the spirit and sportsmanship makes us all proud here in the Sports Academy. Well done everyone.

Week ahead
This Saturday is Round 2 of the Summer program with many teams playing Cranbrook. Please understand that due to the huge difference in number of enrolments, we cannot get all teams a game against Cranbrook so our Sportsmaster has worked tirelessly to find games for ALL teams this weekend against various independent schools around Sydney. The final schedule is available on Skoolbag.

Saturday Commitment
Another reminder that sport is compulsory here at Knox, and that includes Saturday fixtures. Please do not send late emails to coaches on a Saturday morning advising of a clash. It is too late to rearrange teams and can have a huge impact on the enjoyment of the team and coach that has been let down at short notice.

Waterpolo
Congratulations to the following boys selected in the CAS U17 rep Waterpolo squad to compete later in the season. Alex Trobec, Tyler Krenkels, Austin Wagner and Antonio Matruglio.

Team of the Week
Open 3rds Waterpolo v St Aloysius' 15 – 1
St Aloysius’ is a very strong waterpolo school and this is a huge win in their first game together as a team.
Team members: Lachlan Pudney,
 Alex Wardley,
 Adam Swiderski,
 Ben Nyar,
 Ryan Maddison, Adam Hussain, Angus Hindmarsh,
 Zac Hill,
 Jack Gutman, 
Ken Park,
 Nick Van Veen, Sean Kennedy and Luke Routledge

Individual of the Week
Jason Whiffin – Knox 2nd XI Cricket scored 105 runs. His first century for the school in an outstanding innings at Curagul Field. His partnership with Josh Owens put on 198 runs after losing 2 early wickets.

Have a great week,

Go the Black & Blue

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Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Talent, ambition and dedication was abundant from students within all Knox Aquatic Sports over the weekend!

SURF LIFE SAVING 
At Whale Beach SLSC, our Trainee Surf Lifesavers from year 8, 9 and 10 spent the morning perfecting their CPR and First Aid Skills in preparation for their upcoming Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion assessments. This group, with a mix of students from Year 8 - Year 10 supported each other well to perfect their skills across this area. 

Out in the water, the Patrol & Competition Group challenged themselves with board relays and wave skills in a heavy 5ft swell before embarking on a long-distance board paddle offshore. 

After completing their Bronze Medallion last season, twelve Knox Surf Lifesavers commenced the Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew Course training alongside Whale Beach Vice Captain, Alex Burchett and Whale Beach IRB Captain, Lindsay Kershaw. This is the first season in recent years that Knox has run an IRB Crew Course - for this Knox would like to thank Whale Beach SLSC for its support in assisting this to happen. 

SURF LIFE SAVING - Sydney Northern Beaches High Performance Inter-Branch Squad
A number of Knox students have been selected as members for the Sydney Northern Beaches High Performance Squad. 
Congratulations to Luke Blahuta (Year 8), Tyler Krenkels (Year 8) and Dylan Mackenzie (Year 6) who have been selected within this squad. 



SURFING
The surfers were faced with solid 4ft swell coming from the south combined with a strong southerly wind. Despite this the team remained positive with Cooper Hennessy and Hugo Stabback performing well in this swell.  




WATER POLO
At the Knox Aquatic Centre, the Knox Water Polo Teams commenced the first round of the season in fine style. Lining up against the competitive St Aloysius, all Water Polo Teams displayed great talent and potential. 

Week 1 Water Polo Results: 
1st Grade: Won, 10 - 9
2nd Grade: Won, 6 - 4
3rd Grade: Won, 15 - 1
16A: Lost, 2 - 3
16B: Lost, 3 - 10
15A: Won, 17 - 2
14A: Lost, 8 - 12
14B: Won, 8 - 6

The 15A’s Water Polo Team played in front of a packed and atmospheric Aquatic Centre with a large win against St Aloysius. The Team focused on creating space which resulted in Knox scoring in the first seconds of the game - this then became a pattern for the remainder of the match. Jett Robens stated “we had such a strong lead however the team continued to defend throughout the game to keep pressure on St Aloysius”. Jett continues - “A great win for Knox!”. 

In 3rd Grade, a mix of new and experienced players saw the team work fluently throughout all four quarters to secure a win. Of the win, Angus Hindmarsh stated that the game was “exhilarating to play in”. Angus continues “the team was able to synergise effectively to secure this major victory against a challenging foe”. Nick van Veen, goes on to highlight “an outstanding game from Ben Nyar, who was the top goal scorer” in the team. 

SWIMMING

Over the past week, The Knox Swim Team has been involved in a number of early season meets with Louis Bebb swimming 4 second PB at an internal Knox-Pymble Carnival held at PLC last weekend. Meanwhile, Alex Ruygrok and Oliver Glastonbury both gained new Personal Best Times in the 50m Freestyle Event at the U13 Sydney Metro North East Sprint Carnival held at Sydney Olympic Park. Josh Riggien also travelled to the Central Coast over the weekend to compete in the Woy Woy Open Carnival. 

DIVING 

The Dive Team once again displayed their skill at Abbotsleigh Aquatic Centre with Olly Ritchie impressing off the 3m dive board while Bill Hirst perfected his dives from the 1 & 3m boards. 

SAILING

The Knox Sailing Team once again capped off a great week of training on the fleet of newly refurbished boats, with a solid wind gusting through Pittwater. Training through the week saw plenty of thrills and spills - but also great racing as the team sails towards the start of the Teams Racing Season. 

Though out the week, students from Knox Prep School and Wahroonga Prep School are continuing to impress our swim coaches within their Term 4 Aquatic Program - with many of our students learning new water skills. 


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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

The Open’s started off the CAS season finishing with a 6 win and 2 loss record. The 1st's head into what will be a very competitive season going down 62-66 in a tightly contested game. The lead changed multiple times throughout the game and Knox had the lead heading towards the final 3 minutes. Waverley connected on two three pointers and we were unable to convert on offense. The boys have a lot to take from this game and will continue to build this week to prepare for Cranbrook. The 2nd's also went down in a tightly contested game 38-41. The remainder of Open’s games were very successful with the results as follows: 3rds (W- 52-20), 4ths (W- 44-38), 5ths (W – 50-24), 6ths (W – 36-21), 7ths (W – 40-15) and 8ths (W- 55-16). Our 9ths – colours squad played internal matches to further grade them into their respective teams.

The 10’s age group finished the round with a 5 win and 1 draw. The 10A’s held on to an early lead and fought through a solid run by Waverley to finish the game 50-41. The remainder of teams played some great basketball with the results as follows: 10B’s (D – 32-32), 10C’s (W – 33-24), 10D’s (W - 41-29), 10E’s (W – 39-23) and 10F’s (W – 49-7). Our 10G’s and H’s played in an internal match and the G’s won 27-16. The remainder of the games were against Shore with the results as follows: 10I’s (L – 10-33), 10J’s (W – 31-26), 10K’s (L - 17-22) and 10L’s (L – 8-16).

The 9’s year group had a fantastic round finishing with 7 wins and 1 loss. The 9A’s defeated Waverley 41-24 in an impressive team display. The 9B’s were victorious 32-18 in another solid team game. The remainder of the games were as follows: 9C’s (W - 52-13), 9D’s (W – 40-11), 9E’s (L – 23-27), 9F’s (W – 55-8), 9G’s (W – 52-4) and 9H’s (W – 34- 8). The 9 I’s, J’s and K’s played against Barker and won 27-25, 31-11 and 49-2 respectively.  

The 8’s year group finished with 6 wins and 2 losses. This year group works particularly hard right down to the 8L’s and are to be commended on their relentless effort and dedication to improve! The 8A’s and B’s struggled to defensively contain two strong Waverley teams and were defeated 37-52 and 23-35 respectively. The remainder of our teams played some awesome basketball defeating Waverley 8C’s 27-20, 8D’s 23-16, 8E’s 24-14, 8F’s 41-12, 8G’s 55-8 and 8H’s 20-0. The 8 I’s, J’s, K’s and L’s all played against Trinity and respective scores were 18-20 (L), 21-37(L), 15-26(L) and 56-14 (W).

Knox finished the CAS round with a 24 win, 1 draw and 5 loss record (80%). Congratulations to all boys who played on Saturday for their hard work and sportsmanship. Round 2 will be against Cranbrook with the Opens and 8’s away and 10’s and 9’s at home. 


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Cricket

Mr Julien Manuel, Director of Cricket, Baseball and Tee-Ball

Round 1 of the new CAS summer season started off in strong fashion for Knox. The boys have been putting in lots of hard work at training and now it was time to showcase their skills in a match environment.
There were many outstanding performances on the day including:

Jason Whiffin - 105 vs Cranbrook 2nd XI
Josh Owens - 86 vs Cranbrook 2nd XI
Trystan Kennedy - 53 and 3-20 vs Waverley 8A
Tom Osborn - vs cranbrook 9A
Chris Breton -  4-5 vs Waverley 8A
Zac Steinwede -  54 vs Waverley 8C
Harper Walsh - 57 vs Waverley 8C
Seb Henriksen 58 vs Sydney Grammar 9D
Stuart Peters  - 51 vs Sydney Grammar 9D

Congratulations to all boys of a fantastic start to the season. It was fantastic to see so many boys enjoying their cricket on Saturday. Remember to keep working hard at training to that your individual game continues to improve.


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Golf

David McGowan, MIC Golf

This week’s match was against Trinity at Strathfield Golf Club. The course is undergoing a significant transformation at present with many holes playing considerably shorter to temporary greens. This made play uncomfortable for some of the boys, with club selection and putting a challenge throughout the day.
Will Ryan (Hcp 6) hit his first tee shot into the new housing construction site alongside the first tee, and although it looked ominous right from the start, he worked hard to stay in touch with his opponent throughout his round. Unfortunately he was defeated 3/2.

Nicholas Anderson (Hcp 6) also found the going pretty tough at times and his match was over early. Nicholas has worked hard on his game over the winter months to get down to his current handicap, and I am confident that some additional practice should bring about a quick return to form in future rounds.

William Wells (Hcp 11) played some excellent golf throughout his round and had to give a number of shots to his opponent, who was also in good form. This was an excellent match-up that went “down to the wire”, with William winning One-up with his last putt on the last green. Awesome finish!

Calvin Su (Hcp 14) played some solid golf on most holes and was simply too strong for his opponent winning 4/3. Calvin hit some excellent tee shots on his way to victory and he has started the way he finished last year’s season. Well Done!

Training is on Monday (23rd October) please be on time (before 3:30PM) for the bus from Woodville gates.

Next week’s round is at Strathfield again, and we are up against Riverview. Same time as this week’s match 12 for a 12:30 start.

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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

TRACK & FIELD
Head Coach of Track & Field, Nick Bromley

Week 1
NSW All Schools Championships

Day 1
A record nineteen Knox Track and Field students contested Day 1 of the NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships.
The Knox boys had a dream opening of the Championships with Tom Shannon (Year 9) and Nicky Lake (Year 9) placing 1st and 4th in the 14 years hammer throw. The victory for Shannon confirmed the first Knox student to be selected for the National Championships in December. The boys continued their winning streaks with Will Constable (Year 7) in the 13 years and Sam Reeves (Year 8) in the 14 years, both winning their races in the 800m preliminaries. Constable also had a reason to smile with a Personal Best (PB) time of 2:09.76.
 


Ben MacNamara (Year 7) and Shayne Williams (Year 8) both ran well in the 13 years 90m Hurdles heats. MacNamara was fast enough to qualify for the final which will be held on Day 2 of the competition. Ben also followed up with the 13 years high jump to place 3rd.
 
Sam Rockcliff (Year 8) showed no signs of slowing down after his CAS record breaking form with a solid win in the 14 years 1500m run. Sam Reeves (Year 8) also backed up from his winning 800m heat earlier in the day with another great run in the 1500m behind Rockcliff.


                                                        
Mitch Westhuizen (Year 9), Max Evans (Year 9) and Jackson Croker (Year 10) also enjoyed great runs in the 1500m preliminaries. Croker’s return from 3 months on exchange in the United States guided him to a new personal best with a time of 4.43.09, whilst Westhuizen qualified second fastest through to the final.
 
Other notable performances on the day included:
Max Mandera placed a very close 5th in the 14 years 200m final.
Richard Hildebrand running a season’s best in the 14 years 1500m
Jordan Menzies personal best in the 13 years 1500m final.
Josh Tait’s return from illness to place 5th in the 14 years 2000m steeplechase final.
Freddie Harris throwing 11.35m in the 13 years shootout
Daniel Groves throwing 24.48m in the 13 years Discus.
Rob Sanderson and Tom Plasto running 27.06 and 29.49 respectively in the 13 Years 200m heats
 
 A record nineteen Knox Track and Field students contested Day 1 of the NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships. 
 
The Knox boys had a dream opening of the Championships with Tom Shannon (Year 9 - insert photo) and Nicky Lake (Year 9) placing 1st and 4th in the 14 years hammer throw. The victory for Shannon confirmed the first Knox student to be selected for the National Championships in December. The boys continued their winning streaks with Will Constable (Year 7) in the 13 years and Sam Reeves (Year 8) in the 14 years, both winning their races in the 800m preliminaries. Constable also had a reason to smile with a Personal Best (PB) time of 2:09.76.
 
Ben MacNamara (Year 7) and Shayne Williams (Year 8) both ran well in the 13 years 90m Hurdles heats. MacNamara was fast enough to qualify for the final which will be held on Day 2 of the competition. Ben also followed up with the 13 years high jump to place 3rd.
 
Sam Rockcliff (Year 8 - insert photo) showed no signs of slowing down after his CAS record breaking form with a solid win in the 14 years 1500m run. Sam Reeves (Year 8) also backed up from his winning 800m heat earlier in the day with another great run in the 1500m behind Rockcliff.
                                                        
Mitch Westhuizen (Year 9), Max Evans (Year 9) and Jackson Crocker (Year 10) also enjoyed great runs in the 1500m preliminaries. Croker’s return from 3 months on exchange in the United States guided him to a new personal best with a time of 4.43.09, whilst Westhuizen qualified second fastest through to the final.
 
Other notable performances on the day included:
Max Mandera placed a very close 5th in the 14 years 200m final.
Richard Hilderbrand running a season’s best in the 14 years 1500m
Jordan Menzies personal best in the 13 years 1500m final.
Josh Tait’s return from illness to place 5th in the 14 years 2000m steeplechase final.
Freddy Harris throwing 11.35m in the 13 years shootout
Daniel Groves throwing 24.48m in the 13 years Discus.
Rob Sanderson and Tom Plasto running 27.06 and 29.49 respectively in the 13 Years 200m heats
Daniel Groves in the 12 years discus with a throw of 21.41m
 
Day 2
 
Knox Grammar Track and Field had a very successful Day 2 at the NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships.
 
Will Constable (Year 7) won his first 800m title in the tightest of finishes in the 13 years age group with a new personal best in blustery conditions with a time of 2:09.24. Constable held on by .01 of second in a thrilling last 100m to out dip his larger component Delroy Kasawaya from Marian Catholic College. 
 
The finish was so close it took the photo finish team to split the two across the line. Constable’s run gained him selection into the National All Schools Championships to be held in December in Adelaide. In the 14 years 800m final, Sam Reeves (Year 8) continued his great form from the CAS season to place a sensational 3rd . Reeves has been a revelation this year over the two lap distance and had the added bonus of being spurred on by his grandfather who was out there to support him on the day.
 
The Black and Blue domination didn’t stop there with Sam Rockcliff (Year 8) sailing to a dominate victory in the 14 years 3000m. Rockcliff’s sensational display of front running also gained him his second selection into an event into the National All Schools Championships in Adelaide.
 
In the field, Tom Shannon (Year 9) continued to shine with a wonderful series of throws in the 14 Years shotput. Shannon won his second title of the Championships with a throw of 15.79m. Nicholas Lake also competed in the event placing 7th.  “What a fantastic performance from Tom. That was the first time I have seen him challenged in a Shot event and as soon as he lost the lead he responded with a greater throw the very next round. That’s the sign of an exceptional competitor,” said Nick Sawaszenko (Head of Throws at Knox).
 
Other notable performances on Day 2 included:
Flynn McGregor - 5.16m in the 13 years Long Jump to place 8th
Max Mandera – 5th in the 14 years 200m final.
Mitch Westhuizen – 9:28 in the 15 years 3000m
Josh Tait – 9:51 in the 15 years 3000m
Max Evans  - 15th in the 15 years 3000m’s
Jacques Du Plooy – 36.41m in the 15 years  Discus final
Ben MacNamara – 5th in the 13 years 90m Hurdles Final
Jackson Croker – 2:19.10 in the 16 years 800m
Zac Wyatt – 2:08.51 in the 16 years 800m
James Constable – 2:05.23 in the heat of the 15 years 800m.
 
Day 3
 
Day 3 of the NSW All Schools Championships saw more wonderful results from the Knox Grammar Track and Field team.
 
Throughout the CAS Athletics season, the 13 years age group has been the most promising and they didn’t disappoint.
 
In the 13 years 100m Aidan Lau (Year 7) progressed to the final with a swift time of 12.78. Also, Rob Sanderson, Benedict MacNamara, James Stathakis and Shayne Williams (Year 7) all great runs in the heats but failed to qualify for the final. In the Final, Lau placed 9th with a time of 12.86 which he was pleased with. In other sprint events Lewis Clabburn (Year 12) had another improving run to place 7th in the final of the 17 years 200m.
 
James Constable (Year 9) confirmed he is getting back into form with a tough run in the 15 years 800m final. Constable placed  5th in the final where the winner Angus Beer of Newington College broke the NSW Record in a time of 1:55.42. James’ younger brother William, topped of a great week with a 7th placing in the 13 years 400m final with a time of 58.05.
 
In the field Lachlan Antoinette (Year 11) contested the 17 years hammerthrow picking up a bronze medal with a throw of 47.37m.
 
Other notable performances on Day 3 included:
 
Robert Sanderson – a time of 13.50 in the 13 years 100m
James Stathakis – a time of 14.30 in the 13 Years 100m 
Shayne Williams – a time of 14.32 in the 13 Years 100m
Christian Martinez – a time of 65.53 in the 13 Years 400m 
Tom Plasto – a time of 64.00 in the 13 Years 400m
Charles Barclay - a time of 24.19 in the 16 years 200m
James Coughlin –  a throw of 41.39m in the 14 years discus
 
Day 4
 
The final day of competition saw the Knox senior high jumpers compete. Duncan McMaster earned the first medal of the day for Knox placing 3rd in the 19 years High Jump. Also in the 17 years high jump, Sam Nichol, placed equal 10th with a leap of 1.70m.
 
In the throws, Josh Luton threw a credible 27.98m to place 8th in the 17 years javelin.
 
The Knox hurdlers were on show with Charles Barclay finding his form again by sneaking in to the final of the 16 years hurdles then executing a strong finish in the final to come away with a 5th placing. Daniel Lum also made the final of the 15 years hurdles event and placed 7th.
 
Knox had a great day in the sprints, making multiple finals. A stand out run from Lewis Clabburn saw him place 4th in the 17 years 100m final, running a personal best of 11.09.  James Constable, Josh Batten, Jasper Spiller and Austin Thomson also competed in finals for their respective 400m events.
 
Other notable performances on Day 4 included:
Lachlan Antoinette – 41.28m in the 17 years discus final
Harry Hunter – running 11.94 in the 16 years 100m heats
Jasper Spiller – 54.46 in the 17 years 400m final 
Josh Batten – 51.83 in the 17 years 400m final 
Austin Thomson – placing 7th in the 16 years 400m final
James Constable – placing 8th in the 15 years 400m final

Week 2

NSW PSSA Athletics Carnival

Knox Preparatory School had three athletes representing CIS at the NSW PSSA Athletics Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park on 18 and 19 October.

Congratulations to Ben Williams (Yr. 6) who came 3rd in the 11 Years 800 Metre Run with a time of 2:22.80. Ben will now represent Knox Preparatory School and CIS as part of the NSWPSG Primary Athletics Team to compete at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.

KNOXFIT

Head Coach of KnoxFit, Harriet Roberts

Week 1

Term 4 of KnoxFit began with a testing week, with a range of one-minute max effort pieces. 
 
There were a number of outstanding performances during the day, with standouts including:
Travis Hilton (Year 9) who performed 30 double unders (double skips) in a minute
Jeremy Rotenstein (Year 8) with an impressive 67 air squats!
 
Saturday’s session consisted of a tough conditioning piece which challenged KnoxFitters to move a weighted ball for a solid half hour in pairs.


 
Saturday’s “shout out” goes to Angus Fuller, who although recovering from an injury, was able to complete his own modified workout while continually supporting other students! Final mention goes to Tom Joseph for his massive workout effort and perseverance through a couple of mid-session setbacks.

Week 2

With the goal of Term 4 being to differentiate between squatting and hinging movement patterns, students completed a range of front rack and goblet squats, as well as kettlebell swings & deadlifts in this week’s KnoxFit strength component.
Period 7 then involved a tough Coplet of 30-20-10 goblet squats and box jumps. Leaving with heavy legs, the stand out performance went to Sean Choi (Year 9).

Saturday’s session involved a tough challenge for all, where students completed a partner “chipper” which involved running, squatting and burpeeing with the added load of a weight vest. While all boys are certainly being tested, it has been fantastic to see everyone get stuck in and simply give it a go!

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Head Coach of Mountain Biking, Cam Smee

Week 1
 
For the last eight years, it has been a tradition of the Knox mountain bike program to commence the season with a visit to Ourimbah Mountain Bike Park on the Central Coast. The large network of trails and light rain made this year’s trip especially challenging. 
 
An early start for the senior riders of the group meant they were able to complete the infamous downhill track. High speeds and large berms (corners) forced them to stay on their toes for the duration of the ride and the changing track condition added an extra layer of complexity.
 
For the junior riders of the group, Ourimbah provides a unique set of trails that are unmatched in Sydney. Small jumps and drops and well as flowing corners provide an excellent arena for the boys to improve their skills. The technical climbs also challenged the team’s fitness levels.
 
Those riders in the intermediate group were able to make the most of the track and attempted the infamous Jurassic Park drop. Varying line choices over boulders and rock sections meant competitive spirit was high.
 
All in all, a great start to the official mountain bike season after two week so grading late last term.

Week 2

Rained out

ORIENTEERING

Orienteering Coach, Dan Schofield

Week 2

Orienteering is back for the Summer season, and what a start we had over the past two weekends! For week 1, the boys enjoyed a particularly long course in Lane Cove, which involved a combination of urban navigation and bush-track bashing. The boys encountered an unexpected challenge at one of the checkpoints, as a local bird was not impressed with our trespass in their bushland and proceeded to swoop all those who dared try and complete the course. Nonetheless, it was a great start to the season and we are looking forward to the events to come!
 
On Saturday, the boys participated in “Racing Towards A Cure,” an orienteering-based fundraiser run by the Clinical Science Society at Macquarie University. The boys enjoyed a selection of four courses, and were highly competitive in this public event. Special congratulations to Ethan Ang for the fastest time overall in the Level 1 course, Jake Evans for placing 1st overall in the Level 3 course (a massive 6km course!) and to the boys as a group for winning the team competition!
 
Congratulations to all – a great start to the summer season!

SWAT

Week 1

Head Coach of SWAT, Jeremy Atkins 
 
The first week of SWAT involved a series of tests to determine current capabilities of students, followed by some goal-setting to determine what students would like to achieve before the end of the term. Tests included:
Bench Press (3 reps)
Chin ups (max reps)
Deadlift (5 reps)
Squat (5 reps)
Static hold
Sit and reach
6 second power test on watt bike
2 minute time trial on rower 
 
To level the playing field, a number of performances were based on a power to weight ratio, rather than total weight lifted. Top performers from the first week of testing include:
Bench Press – Edward Yu (125% of body weight)
Chin ups – Edward Yu (23)
Deadlifts – Jamie Cerezeo (147% of bodyweight)
Squats – Alex Pemberton (127% of bodyweight)
Prone hold – Borty Oung (2:34 mins)
Sit and reach – Edward Yu (+25cm)
Watt bike test (peak power) – Angus Verhuel (1031 watts)
Watt bike test (power to mass) – Jeremy Jenkins (17. 41 watts/kg)
2 minute row – Ollie Longhi (675m)

Mr. Kieran Donohue
Director of Outdoor Sports
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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 0-3 Briars1 A Soonius F Hellen-Ford K Ramcharan Finn played a fantastic match great length good positioning narrowly going down 2-3 in a very net set match, big thank you to Kiano for playing up he played well good experience at this level.
K2 3-0 K3 R Rattan played a controlled match with good depth making it very hard for his opponent to settle Ritwik went on to win 3-0 in a clinical performance , K Tse set the tempo early with some well delivered drives and drops giving Karlon a 3-0 victory , Z Slonim played to his strengths with some quality cross court drives and drops Zach went on to win 3-0 , J Price found his opponent challenging but credit to James he never gave up going down 0-3 , L Marinaki worked hard to stay in the match chasing every ball Luke tried varying his plays just going down 0-3 , P Koch also had a tough opponent but credit to Peter he never gave up going down 0-3.

K4 2-1 Briars2 All boys played well, good length totally controlling their matches.

K5 2-1 Willoughby1 L Tilley played a marathon five setter with both players chasing every ball Leo finally got the edge with some well delivered drives and drops to take the match 3-2, J Ngo had a tough match but he never gave up and made his opponent work for every point with Jackson just going down 0-3, H Partridge set the pace early playing good length and controlling the "T" Harry chased hard to win 3-0. 

K6 3-0 Barker Blue E OSullivan was determined to start strong playing good length Eddie delivered some great forehand and cross court drives to win 3-0, L Hincks played a very disciplined match with good length Lachy worked the court with some great serves and clinical drives to win 3-0, F Prince went down 0-1 early to come back and chase every ball playing to his strengths Finn settled finding the back of court with some well delivered cross court and fore hand drives to win 3-1 .

K7  0-3  Barker3 P Mehta ,L Page ,V Zhong Pranav had a good hard fought 5 setter , good length, good positioning , powerful drives , Lucas played equally well , this match could have gone either way, long rallies , good length.
Victor played well most of his points won on a very good serve.

K8 3-0 Northmead2 J Brooke played to his strengths with some strong forehand and back hand drives Jordan took control going on to win 3-1, W Degotardi set the tempo early with some well delivered drives Will focused on his strengths varying his plays to win 3-0, J Merhi dominated from the start with some great forehand drives and boasts Jesse took controlto win 3-0.

K9 3-0 Barker5 C Lee A Bradshaw E Denton Chan had a superior game, dominated from the first point. Archer played an attacking match totally controlling the match. Ewan played a very good length game.

K10 2-1 Briars3 E Albany set the tempo early playing good length Elliot controlled the "T" with some well-placed drops and cross court drives to win 3-1, T Murray found his opponent challenging 
but credit to Tyler he never gave up going down 1-3 , R Soutar played to his strengths with some quality serving Ryan took control working the back of court to win 3-0.

K11 1-2 K12 B Fraser worked so hard chasing every ball Brendan never stopped trying with some great cross court drives and boasts he managed to level at 2-2 to narrowly go down 2-3 in a very competitive match, C Beauchamp dominated early with some clinical drives Cameron then varied his shots with some well delivered boasts to win 3-0, H Mendes started well with good length Harrison just lost his focus to find himself chasing every ball but credit to him he never gave up going down 1-3 , S McCaughey played a marathon match that had it all great rallies Sebastian stayed focused playing to his strengths he managed to come back with some well-placed drives and drops to win 3-2, E Rogers found his opponent challenging but to Ethans credit he never gave up chasing every ball to go down 0-3 , S Kim started slowly but quickly settled playing good length Simon delivered some great forehand drives and boasts to win 3-1 .

K13 0-3 Barker6 W OSullivan found his opponent challenging but credit to Will he never stopped chasing and tried hard to vary his plays just going down 0-3 , B Boyd played a tough match with the difference in each game being only a few points Brad never gave up chasing every ball he tried varying his shots only to go down 1-3 , M Davidson also played in a match where the points in each game were few between and again Matt fought hard to stay in the match just going down 1-3 . This team will only get better each week as they improve. Well Done!

K14 1-2 Barker7 L Thomas found his opponent challenging but credit to Liam he stayed focused working on his strengths with some well delivered forehand drives taking one game only to finally go down 1-3 ,S Dimon played a five setter match that had it all good rallies both boys chased every ball with Sebastian working the back of court well with some great forehand drives he just lost the fifth game to go down 2-3, J Watts dominated early with some good service play Josh then focused on his drops and varying plays to win 3-0 .

K15 2-1  Barker8 S Burhop , R Burlee , O Spiers Sean started the matches with a dominated 3-0 win , both Ryan and Oscar played well with this only being their second match.
 
K16 2-1  Barker9 F Bryant , S Mckay , M Walker All boys played well against much older opposition Mark had a marathon match , just going down 2-3, playing good length moving his opponent all around the court .

K17  0-3 Barker10 J Law started well attacking every ball playing good length Jamie unfortunately was unsettled by his much older opponent but to his credit he never gave up going down 1-3 , T Hey found himself 0-2 down fighting to stay in the match Tim varied his plays with some great drives to win the next game only to go down 1-3 in a well contested match , M Illing- Kelly set the pace early with some well-placed serves and forehand drives this match went to a five setter with both players chasing every ball Max just went down in the fifth 15/17 .

K18 2-1 Barker I Lin , A Guo , W Wu , these 7 boys played really well for just their second match against much older opponents . At first seemed overwhelmed by their year10 opponents, settling down and concentrating on length put them in a wining position. Anlong played a marathon match, with long rallies, never say die attitude wining 2-1.

K19 0-3 Willoughby2  L Robertson fought very hard to stay in the match chasing every ball Lewis varied his shots trying to get settled only to go down 0-3 .

K20 1-2 Briars5 J Patel set the tempo early playing to his strengths Jay delivered some great forehand and backhand drives to win 3-0.
 
To All the Boys in Competitive and Internal Leagues Well Done! Everyone played with good sportsmanship.



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Table Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 21 October saw Knox Table Tennis take on Trinity in their 1st round match up. Knox had 6 teams represent the school made up of 2 players in each team. Team 1 won 3 matches to 2 with some impressive standard by both teams. Team 2 were unstoppable winning 5-0 overall, whilst team 3 also won 3-0 overall with some impressive table tennis. Teams 4 and 5 had some tough matches with team 4 losing 1-3 and team 5 losing 0-3. Team 6 played did well to win some tight matches 3-2 overall.

Overall it was a great effort from the Knox team with some of the boys playing competition for the first time. Well done to the boys!

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday the 21st October saw Knox start the Summer 2017/18 season against Waverley away. The 1st and 2nd teams both won comfortably 8-0 with some impressive tennis played by both teams. The 3rd team won 5-1 overall with a good singles win by Oscar Geddes. The 4th team won 5-0 overall. The 5th team were away at Mutch Park along with the 6ths. The 5th team won 4-2 in a closely fort battle whilst the 6th team made light work of their opposition to win 6-0 overall. Teams 7th and 8ths were playing an internal round robin at Morona Avenue Tennis Courts.

The Year 10 A and B teams played some brilliant tennis to completely outclass their opponents with both team winning 6-0 overall and only dropping 4 games between both of the teams. The C and D teams played an internal match at the Knox Senior Courts. The rest of the Year 10 group played in the Internal Competition at Waitara Tennis Centre, with some good tennis played and improvement showed by the boys.

The Year 9A team were unfortunately the only team to play against Waverley in their Year group on the weekend, but all showed great professionalism to get the job done to win 6-0 overall with special mention to Patrick Bolger on a good performance. Teams B-D all played an internal match play with all of the boys focusing well on the task in hand. Teams E-G played an internal competition at Regimental Park.

The Year 8A- D teams were away at Mutch Park. The A team won very well 6-0 overall with a good performance from Adam Van Horen in both singles and doubles. The B team had a close match, but won 4-2 overall whilst team C and D both won 6-0 overall with an impressive display of tennis. Teams E-K all played an internal competition at Regimental Park. The boys showed good concentration and from that great improvement.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for Knox Tennis winning 100% of matches played against Waverley. Well done to the boys to a great start for the Summer Season.


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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
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 Skoolbag apps.

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 relevant Prep or Senior School app.

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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.