It was great to finally get the Term 1 summer season started on Saturday with the majority of our teams playing against Barker College. The atmosphere around the various venues was terrific with some great results, the boys all looked terrific and having a lot of fun and showing great signs of sportsmanship.

I would like to mention the performances of our Years 7, 8 and 9 Basketball squads who won 34 of their 35 scheduled games. A great start to their summer campaign and a reward for the hard work and effort from all in our Basketball program.

Waterpolo also has similar success winning 8 of their 9 fixtures last Saturday. A sport that is just growing in popularity.

Well done to all and I’m sure we are all looking forward to hosting St. Aloysius’ College this weekend across most of our sports.


Swimming and Diving

With the CAS Swim Championships not far away, the team is preparing well and travelled to Homebush last Friday in their final 'hitout' against fellow CAS teams. The night is one of two major CAS events and is always a thrilling spectacle and I encourage as many parents and students to attend and cheer on the Black & Blue. That little bit of extra help from the stands will make an enormous amount of difference to the boys. Reminder that this event is compulsory for all Year 8 students.

Snow Sports

The annual parents support and information meeting for Snow Sports 2017 season will be  held in the Knox Cultural Centre on Tuesday 7 March from 7pm ( AGM ) then 7.30pm where information regarding the inter-schools competition and the Snow sports trip will be circulated. This evening is for both parents and students. 

Parking – under cover off Borambil Street.   

Winter nominations

A reminder that all students have been asked to complete the Winter sport nomination for 2017.

Please see the link below to make your Winter Sports Choice. You need to select your Sport by Friday 24 February.

If you are unsure of what Sport to choose, or you need any more information, please look the Sport up on Scholaris, or come to the KSAA office and ask.

Please note that every student must select a sport from the list, and all Sports to be played are dependent on numbers.

No student is automatically exempt, if you had an exemption for Summer sport, it does not follow through to winter.  A request for an exemption can only be made by your parents to Mr Haywood for consideration.

https://goo.gl/forms/vR4XmuY2l49RHcWg2

I look forward to sending on all results of our boys entering the NSW All School triathlon this week at Penrith. Good Luck team.


Team of the week


Year 9A Tennis squad defeating Barker 6-0. A great start to their term 1 summer Tennis.

Individual performance of the week

Tim Shannon (10c Cricket ) bowling figures 4/4 as his team defeated Barker by 10 wickets.
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Gymnastics

Two Knox Year 11 students, Ben Dempsey and Angus Laurie, have represented Australia as members of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Team at the Vitaly Scherbo Invitational Event in Las Vegas.

Angus won the Level 9 U16 Division with first place results in floor, rings, vault and high bar, second place in pommel and a fifth place on the parallel bars.

Ben placed second in the Level 9 U16 Division, with equal first place in the pommel and high bar and third place in the floor, rings and parallel bars.

In addition, the Australian Level 9 U16 Australian team won first place overall in the team event.

“Overall the competition was a whole new experience and really gave me a new perspective on the competitive nature of men's gymnastics on a global scale,” said Ben.
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Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

It was very a strong team performance from the Knox U16's Baseball team going down to Riverview, 11-5. Charlie Hennessy pitching a total of 80 pitches, striking out several of the Riverview batters. William Papantoniou had a strong game playing in his second time as catcher. We also welcome three new players to the Knox U16' Baseball team from Year 7: Ethan Ellis, Bailey Dietz and Caleb Loewy. Good luck for the rest of the season.

U19s
Going up against the top team was always going to be a hard game. The Knox U19's showed real strength and character throughout the game. Year 10 student, Andrew Johnstone, started as pitcher for the game and together with Year 8 student, Harry Rockwell as catcher, they had an outstanding game.

At the end we went down to a very strong Thornleigh team, 9-1.
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

Our first games of CAS basketball came in Week 3 against our local rivals Barker. Our Open’s competed against an impressive Barker unit finishing the day with a 6 win and 7 loss record. In a must win game for the 1st’s, Barker managed to out muscle our boys winning a highly entertaining game 71-75. Lachlan McKimm had a big game for Knox finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds but our inability to connect on shots, making only 32% from the field and 55% from the free throw line gave Barker the edge. Our 2nd’s competed in a tight match but also struggled to make baskets shooting 10/50 from the field which resulted in a loss, 29-34. The remaining results include 3rd's (L – 36-41), 4th's (W – 20-19), 5th's (W – 46-17), 6th's (W – 38-31), 7th's (L - 33-44), 8th's (W – 44-12), 9th’s (W 33-14), 10th’s (L - 19-23), 11th’s (W - 32-6), 12th’s (L – 10-22) and 13th’s (L – 12-36).

Year 10’s continue to improve through the season finishing a solid round against Barker with 3 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. The A’s went down, 19-42, team defence accountability and containment continue to be a focus for the boys. The B’s battled hard but went down 18-24. The remainder of the results include: C’s (W 31-19), D’s - (D - 20-20 impressive foul shooting by Mike Vinci!), E’s (L- 21-26), F’s (L - 28-38), G’s (W – 23-16) and H’s (W – 43-12). I encourage all the boys in this year group to continue to work hard and focus on improving each week.

Year 9 had another superb round finishing with 10 wins and 1 loss. After a sluggish start, the 9A’s remain undefeated and won their game convincingly, 50-30. The B’s also won their game, 30-15, with post players Lucas Chamen owning the rebounds and being a force inside. Game of the round goes to the 9H’s who won 48-5 – well done boys!! The remaining results include: 9C’s (W – 27-24), 9D’s (W - 29-21), 9E’s (W – 32-14), 9F’s (W – 42-18), 9H’s (W - 36-19), 9I’s (W - 48-5), 9J’s (L – 10-59) and 9K’s (W – 22-12).

Year 8 continues to impress with an undefeated round against Barker. The A’s have started the term slowly and are still working to come together as a team winning in a tight game, 36-30. The B’s are following suit with a gritty 31 – 22 victory. The remainder of the results were equally as impressive: 8C’s (W – 42-26), 8D’s (W – 46-10), 8E’s (W – 45-9), 8F’s (W – 42-4), 8G’s (W – 34-12), 8H’s (W - 30-6), 8I’s v Scots F (W – 32-10), 8J’s v Scots G (26-4), 8K’s v Newington G (W - 18-14) and 8L’s v Newington H (W – 43-11).

Term 1 sees the introduction of our Year 7’s playing basketball and they started with a bang winning every single game on Saturday. The A’s and B’s both played great basketball winning their games, 37-16 and 37-34, respectively. The remainder of the results include: C’s (W – 15-6), D’s (W- 32-8), E’s (W – 17-1), F’s (W – 30-6), G’s (W – 28-6), H’s (W – 39-0), I’s (W- 32-4), J’s (W – 40-2), K’s (W – 20-12) and L’s (W48-3). As this is such a short season for our Year 7’s as we are still in the process of grading the boys but every boy did Knox proud.

Knox finished the CAS round with 36 wins, 1 draws and 11 losses resulting in a gutsy 75% win rate against one of the strongest schools in the CAS basketball competition. Congratulations to all boys who competed in the Barker and extra fixtures games on the weekend!

Next up will be St Aloysius with our Open’s and Year 8 age group at home and Years 9 and 10 away. Our 1st and 2nd's will be playing on Friday night at St Aloysius with 2nd’s at 6pm and 1st’s at 7.15pm in the Great Hall. I encourage boys to go witness what will be an exciting match up between these two schools.
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CAS Swimming and Diving Championships

Thursday 16 March at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush

This is a compulsory event for Year 8 to attend as spectators. Any requests for exemption need to be addressed in writing to Mr Scott James.

This is a whole school excursion that students are invited to attend as spectators from Years 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12. All Senior School students attending are to wear winter uniform to school on Thursday 16 March and no blazers or boaters. There is an exception for Year 7 who will wear their summer uniform. Please log onto the Knox Portal and accept the excursion in Parent Lounge if you wish your son to attend.

All students attending will travel by bus only. However, students wishing to return home with parents must bring a request letter from their parent/guardian to Mr James by 9.00am on Monday 13 March. It will be signed off and retained by the student. These students are permitted to take their bags on the bus handing their signed note to the bus supervisor prior to boarding the bus.

A food pack will be provided to all spectators and they will board buses to SOPAC, Homebush at 2.50pm. The first event will commence at 4:30 pm. Canteen facilities are also available at SOPAC.

The buses will be numbered and students should ensure they travel both ways on the same numbered bus.

The final event is scheduled for 7.50pm. Buses will then return to Knox, departing Homebush at 8.15pm. Spectators will start to arrive back at school at approximately 9.00pm.

Parents and supporters are welcome to attend the traditional CAS Assembly at 1:35pm on Thursday 16 March in the Great Hall.
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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, Director of Cricket

1st XI
Barker Main Oval was in amazing condition after the huge storm on Friday afternoon, a credit to the ground staff. Barker lost two early wickets with Henry Wines taking a great catch at gully and Nic Gallu then shattering the stumps of the number 3. A solid partnership began before Wines had the dangerous Cheng caught behind leaving Barker at 3/53. This brought Lloyd to the crease and a superb innings of 93 off 82 balls took the match away from Knox, Will Giacometti (55) played a smart knock soaking up pressure early but rotating strike well to allow Lloyd to hit boundaries at will. A strong finish with the ball from Knox kept Barker to 269 which was a score well under what it was looking like at one stage. Todd Anderson was the standout performer with the astonishing return of 1/18 off 10 overs.

Unfortunately wickets tumbled at regular intervals and Knox ended at 5/83 off 31 overs when hail stopped play. Will Navratil played well for a confident 36, but a lack of footwork meant the majority of batsmen gave their wicket away.

A lot to work on this week, improvements in all areas are required.


2ND XI
Knox won the toss and elected to bowl first. Knox started very well with early wickets. James Caprarelli and Felix Walsh started with their best opening spell’s of the season. James was helped by an outstanding catch at 2nd slip by Alex Doling-Cook.

The first session also included an outstanding run out from Sam Chapman fielding at point. Knox were clearly on top at this stage, however Barker batted very well in the last 10 overs and ended their innings on 156. 2 run out’s and at least 30 runs saved in the field gave the boy confidence that they could manage 156.

Unfortunately, the sky lit up and hail the size of golf balls ended the game at the tea break.

Great effort from all the boys.

3RD XI
Knox had a tough loss against Barker this week on a very unpredictable wicket. Barker won the toss and elected to bowl first considering the dampness and moisture in the pitch. This decision worked in their favour tying Knox down getting 5 wickets in the first 14 overs for just 40 runs. Barker bowled full and straight and moved the ball exceptionally, however a few loose shot selections from Knox's top order batsmen saw Barker coming out on top. The opener Oli Graham managed to fight out these bowlers batting for the first 20 overs scoring a hard fought 21 before being dismissed. Alex Zatz then came in at 7 and scored a very fast 28 before being caught at mid off. Knox was eventually bowled out in the 25th over for the low total of 90. 

Barker then came out to bat with confidence and the upper hand. Knox were lucky to get 2 early wickets which fired the team up in the field. However Barkers number 4 batsman and first change built a strong partnership of 70 taking them to 84 after 16 overs. The game seemed wrapped up but Knox had a little fight left in them. They were able to get 3 wickets for 2 runs putting barker at 5-86. Ned Young was the bowler that applied this pressure, bowling full and straight and forcing the errors from the Barker batsmen. Their finals efforts were strong but not strong enough with Barker getting a total of 91 in the 20th over 5 wickets down. 

4TH XI 

Knox had a tie due to bad weather. Barker won the toss and decided to bat first which worked in their favour managing to score 217 off 32 overs 8 wickets down. The two standout bowlers were Luke Bray and Keshav Manaktala who both got 3 wicket hauls in their 6 overs. Keshav finished with figures of 3-27 and Luke finishing with figures of 3-26. James Meldrum was unlucky to not get more wickets with multiple catches being dropped off his bowling however he finished with 1-36 off his 6 overs.

Knox came in to bat when the weather was turning for the worse. Meldrum and Fenton Orford opened the batting and managed to score 25 runs off 7 overs before being called off. Meldrum top scored with 14. 

10A
After almost securing their first ever win against Barker in the 2 Day season, the 10As were keen to go one better. Cricket is sometimes described as a contest between two teams to see who can do the little things better than the other. Unfortunately for Knox, Barker were clinical in all facets of the game while Knox was late to the show, with a wayward warm up unfortunately setting the tone. Barker won the toss and the start was always going to be crucial. Harry Charalambous (0/20 off 5) bowled without luck and caught the edge on numerous occasions without it going to hand. Will Seitam also bowled well, finishing with 2-24 off his 6 overs, including two wickets in his final over. Despite this, some lacklustre fielding and loose balls meant that Knox was unable to wrestle the momentum away from the Barker juggernaut. Barker reached drinks at 0-70 after 16. Following the break, Barker launched from this imposing start. Knox got caught in the trap of bowling length to set batsmen with good natural eyes. The other wicket takers were Ollie Sloan (2), Ed Toole and Viruna Tennakoon. The pick of the bowlers was Toby Craig, whose 1-18 off 5 overs came when Barker was hurtling towards 10 an over before a few wickets halted their advance. Barker finished with 7-190 off their 32 overs. Unfortunately, Knox paid the price of a slow over rate and felt the pinch of scoreboard pressure from the get-go. Barker was excellent with the new ball, snagging a few early wickets to leave Knox under pressure at 4-44 at drinks. Viruna Tennakoon (25), Will Seitam (18) and Karthik Surendra (13*) showed some fight during the middle and later overs but unfortunately it was all too late, with Knox finishing 9-95 after 29 overs (the game finishing short due to a slow over rate with the 2nd XI inbound). Credit must go to Barker on an impressive performance. In the end, Knox was simply outclassed, outgunned and out enthused. Knox will look to bounce back next week starting from a good week at training and a review about the importance of ‘playing for each other’. 

10B
Welcome back Sam Druce! You would never have known he has been away from the game having watched his knock. After the loss of Ollie Garrett for 1, both Sam Druce (77) and Tasman Rooke (16) went about their business before Tasman was dismissed with the total at 73 in the 17th. Unfortunately when Sam was dismissed in the 24th we were not able to push on as well as we would have liked, being restricted by a strong middle session of bowling and fielding from barker. Their were positive signs with Trent Muskens showing his class with a handy 11* at the end.

Our bowling has proved our strength, and it's great to see this continue through the break. The dual pair of Sam Carmen (2-8 off 2) and Sam Lilley (2-7 off 2) proved too much and overwhelmed Barker to leave them reeling at 4/15 when bad weather intervened. 

10C
With only 7 players present at 1.20pm, Barker won the toss and chose to bat. Their numbers grew to 9, at which point it was decided that they could bat 2 players a second time, so that we could play a full innings. 

Wickets tumbled early and Barker were in all sorts of trouble at 3-4 from 3 overs. There was panic in the sheds as batsmen rushed to be padded up and out in the middle. Adam Holmes was the initial destroyer. It seemed that Barker had recovered momentarily to be 4-56 from 11 overs when Tim Shannon was introduced to the attack. Tim took 4 wickets and at one stage was on a hat-trick, finishing with 4 wickets for 4 runs, from 4 overs. Adam Holmes finished with 2-3 from his 4 overs. Khoby McDonald and Oscar Cheal also chipped in with one valuable wicket each. The last wicket was taken in the 30th over, with 106 runs the target for victory. All players had the chance to bowl and the keeping duties was shared between Oscar Cheal and Jeremy Jenkins.

It is history now that not only were the winning runs scored in very quick time (8 overs) but what also seemed to be about 1 minute before skies opened up! Oscar Cheal was the aggressor and cleared the boundary on many occasions to be not out on 59. He was ably supported by the left handed Jeremy Jenkins who worked the ball behind square on the off side and readily dispatched the loose ball to the short boundaries of Gillespie No. 1 to remain 39 no. 

Both teams played the game in the right spirit and lots of fun was had by all involved. All players shook hands at the end of the game and thanked umpires in a genuine display of appreciation. The 10C's are a happy bunch of lads who enjoy each others company and support each other throughout a game of cricket. The opportunity to bat will be shared around for each new game that we play. Well done boys! 

9A
With new co captains and a change in the batting order Knox won the toss and elected to bat at Rosewood. The coach couldn't have been more happy with the start, with new opener Kale Gabila getting off to a flyer hitting the ball out of the middle from ball one. The highlight however was the running between the wickets between Kale and his opening partner Adi Srivatsan as they put pressure on the Barker bowlers immediately which is required in one day cricket. Kale reached 29 and Adi 20 before both being dismissed. Jayllen Naganayagam was keen to build on his last school innings of 232 and second ball hit a crisp pull shot for 4. Getting a start Jayllen too reached the 20s, but after drinks was dismissed leaving the score at 3-90. From here it was nothing short of catastrophic Knox losing their remaining 7 wickets for 26 runs, with poor shot selections and a lack of game awareness. Bowling was always going to be tough defending the low total but Ollie Penn took the game head on taking a wicket in his first over. Dan Hardyman bowled exceptionally well varying his pace and flight and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Adi Srivatsan was the pick of the bowlers and didn't bowl a bad ball showing he was more than up to the standard of A's cricket after his promotion last game. Overall a disappointing outing with plenty to improve on next week. 

9B
Barker won the toss and elected to bat and began their innings with aggression by hitting a boundary off the first ball. By the eighth over, barker had reached 56 without loss and it looked as if the opening batsmen would continue the onslaught; however some sharp fielding by captain Dan Mulcahy saw a run out, breaking the opening partnership. The aggressor of the two batsmen was still in and causing trouble for the Knox bowlers until he was dismissed through a brilliant catch by Alex Stuart. Following the dismissal of the openers, a small collapse began for Barker as they went from being 0/58 to 6/79. Barker were able to recover too post a respectable total, being bowled out for 127 in the final over. 
With the clouds darkening above, the Knox innings began with little hope of being finished. A couple of early wickets made for a shaky start however after the sixth over the heavens opened and the match was unfortunately abandoned.

9C
The rain and the Barker numbers 10 and 11 conspired to hold Knox 9C to a hard fought draw amid an excellent bowling and fielding display and some fireworks at the top of the order.

Knox bowled first and picked up an early wicket. A small partnership developed before the boys took 5/21 in 4.4 overs to rip through the Barker line up, including Hari Lakshminarayanan (3/15 off 4 overs) being on a hat-trick at one point. Another batch of 3 wickets left Barker at 9/80 before their last pair put on 47 valuable runs in 7 overs, taking time and building a target with rain on the way. Harry Le Boursicot and Ethan Wood chipped in with 2 wickets each and Hamish Wood, Adam Barnes and Jono Cole picking up one each. The boy's fielding was excellent all round, with Jacques du Plooy taking 3 catches and Jono Cole taking 2.

With rain threatening, Jacques du Plooy (35) and Ethan Wood (23) played safely but aggressively, piling on 57 runs in 7.2 overs. But when the rain came in after 10 overs, the boys were 2/70, finishing the game as a draw.

Man of the Match was Jacques du Plooy for his batting and fielding.

9D
The 9D’s played Barker and lost the toss causing them to bowl first.
Barker’s top 3 proved stern opposition on an extremely narrow wicket that did not help the Knox bowlers. Overall they batted through 22 overs getting all out for 169 runs in the process with the boys fielding well to claim three run outs including a direct hit from Dominic Singarayar. The pick of the bowlers was Dylan Campbell who took 2/1 off his two overs. On a small field with a narrow pitch the team did well to limit Barker to only 169 runs.
Knox then took to the crease as the weather began to take a turn for the worse. The openers, Michael Adams and Xavier Singarayar, batted through the opening 5 overs with Knox having put on 0/19 before the game was abandoned due to dangerous conditions.

9E
The 9E’s travelled out to Kings this Saturday with the aim of kicking off the New Year with a big win over the Kings D team. After some initial confusion regarding exactly which of Kings’ many various grounds we were playing on, captain Duncan Thomson won the toss and elected to bowl. He along with Will Wells opened the bowling and, despite an unlucky drop in the field, they finished up four overs apiece with economical figures of 0/8 and 0/9 respectively. A special mention however has to go to Will Stammers who, after a ‘loosener’ first over, produced some brilliant bowling in his second, picking up 2 wickets for 1 run that over. He finished with figures of 2/30. A mention also goes to Hamish O’Reilly with 1/9 after four. Sadly after 28 overs the heavens opened, washing out the Kings innings at 4/142 and the rest of the game, but nonetheless it was an impressive effort in the field by the boys and we look forward to hopefully a full game next week.

8A
The 8As came to Lower Gillespie hoping to continue their unbeaten run of 6 games. Unfortunately we went down to a strong Barker team in the last over. A game that is sure to ignite some heavy rivalry in the years to come. Losing the toss and being sent in to bat on a wet and grassy pitch was difficult for our openers and other batsmen who struggled to hit the ball to the boundary with all the dew on the ground. Tom Osborn and Andrew Jenkins played the ball late and under their eyes. A silly run out and an unplayable ball sparked a collapse with Will Feather once again standing out as a very reliable batsmen and all rounder with a reliable 27 finding the boundary many times off his unique cut shot. Lachie Voukelatos and Ed Ogilvy steered the team to a defendable total of 105. Once again our poor shot selection and undoing against quality spin let us down. We started our bowling off poorly. We bowled too many extras and in the end it cost us. Barker chased our total down 7 down. Voukelatos bowled well in his 3 overs for 2-10. The boys will work on their batting and bowling this week to take on the test of next week. 

8B
The Knox 8B's made their way to a familiar ground in Cliff Oval, Wahroonga, to face the old enemy Barker. Upon arrival the energy and enthusiasm of the Knox Boys was noticeable and showed the chemistry and mateship of the Knox side. Having won the toss the Knox captain Matt Taylor sent the Barker boys into bat on a slow outfield. The Knox opening bowlers remained calm after a quick fire opening partnership and were able to keep Barker to a total of 4-88 off the first 16 overs. A strong fielding and bowling performance by the Knox side was able to restrict Barker to a low scoring second half of their innings. A strong bowling performance by Jackson Young (2-19) and Oliver Hamilton (2-9) contributed to restricting Barker to a total of 134. 
Further Harrison Clydesdale, Carlton Hogan, Max Black , Jack Copeland and Tobey Finegan all contributed with one wicket a piece 

Jack Copeland (11*) , Jack Craig (11) and Matt Taylor (3*) were able to hold out the Barker opening bowlers as bad weather was approaching. An ominous black cloud engulfed the suburb of Wahroonga as Knox started their batting innings. Having been 3 wickets down the heveans opened with the combination of an electric storm rain and hail sent the whole field scrambling for cover. Thus a decision was made to call off the game, resulting in a draw. Knox finished on 3/31. 

Knox will look to build upon a strong bowling performance in its next fixture.

8C
Barker won the toss in a 25 over match and batted first, an impressive bowling performance restricted them to 7/88 off their allotted overs. Jake Buchanan (4-1-7-2) James Coughlin (2-0-8-2) and Harry Gosper (3-0-10-2) all shone showing their skills with the ball.  In reply Knox were 58/2 in 14 overs when the hailstorm hit. James Coughlin batted superbly to be 28 not out when the match was abandoned. 

8D
Knox welcomed Barker in the derby at Yeldham Field, with Knox Captain Josh Pritchard winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Cameron Stocks (17 off 10) started Knox's innings with plenty of boundaries, whilst opening partner James Kirk earned a KFC Man of the Match performance with 83 off 51, putting Knox in pole position early on. Josh Parsonage retiring with 31 off 44 batted strongly, alongside Robbie Ferguson (22 off 32) and Tom Milne (10 of 20), each boy showcasing their skills with the bat. Knox played out all 32 overs, with a phenomenal 224 runs. The clouds began ominously creeping in, leaving little time for the Barker innings. Wickets to Josh Pritchard, Angus Gray and Ethan Jones saw Barker finish with 3/29, after 7.3 overs before it was too dangerous for the match to continue. 
With the aid of the Duckworth-Lewis Method, Knox won by 42 runs. A great performance from the boys in today's match.

8E
A warm afternoon saw a beautiful day for a T/20 against Sydney Grammar. The 8E team turned up confident even though they were short on numbers with two late pull outs. Never the less the days captain, Ethan Ang won the toss and chose to bowl. Opening up with the new ball was Finn Carolan, who delivered a near perfect over with only one wide, setting the tone for the rest of the bowlers. The 2nd over was handed to Michael Tucker who was the first wicket taker splitting the batsman's defence, cannoning into middle stump. Another great two overs brought about Tucker's second wicket, again bowled. The Knox boys played some classy cricket as Zac Scott broke through as well with a wicket of his own. The Grammar boys were not down and out with a strong partnership putting on 35 runs. Until strike bowler Will Baily delivered a double wicket maiden the over before drinks. After drinks a storm began to brew in the distance. Bringing to the bowling crease Usman Karim, who warmed into his spell taking two wickets in two balls. One last wicket to Zac Scott saw the end of the innings. 

Before the boys walked put to bat a flash of lighting cut the game short. Shaking hands with the opposition team they settled for a draw. The mighty 8E's can be proud of their performance as the bowled as a unit. It's great to see that the boys are enjoying their cricket and encourage each other and the opposition, creating the real spirit of cricket.

7A
The 7a's were keen for their first game of cricket for the senior school after the first round was called off due to the heat. Knox lost the toss and was given the new ball to start off the game against Barker College. The strong opening bowlers Charlie Anderson (0/20) and Anthony Segrato (2/22) set the pace off the game with the ball swinging both ways, missing the bat and leaving Barker without many runs on the board. At the 16 over mark Barker were none for 60 and it was looking like a  good game. After the drinks break Barker came out strong with a big partnership with Nick A reaching 91. How ever his innings was ended in a beautiful runout from the Knox boys. Trystan Kennedy (1/23) and Alex Rammesmayer (2/18) brought the game back towards Knox and left Barker with a total of 183 at the innings break. Unfortunate due to lightning and severe rain an hail, the game was then called off before Knox could attempt to chase down the total.

7B
After a long wait for the first game of the year in the Black and Blue, the mighty 7B team came face to face with a strong looking Barker outfit. Losing the toss on a cool morning, we were sent into bat. Facing up to the first rock, Chris Yanco, watched the ball through before showing off his class with a flick off his pads for four. Hugo Boulden, opening at the other end, nudged some clever singles before feathering one to the keeper. Some great bowling from Barker saw more wickets fall leaving the boys struggling at 4/22 at the end of the 7th over. Chris Beaton put on a hard fought innings before looking for the rope where he was caught. Daniel Hoare realised his team needed to knuckle down for the long run if they wanted to stay a part of the game and took on the role of the key batsman. A lot of dot balls faced and clever cricket played saw the Knox boys dry up some overs, but a determined Barker side were persistent and a wicket was never far away and saw the boys bowled out for 44 by the 20th over. 

The innings break brought about positive talk and tactics to keep Barker from the under par total. Opening up with the ball were Nick Baker and Chris Beaton. After four overs of good batting from the Barker openers Nick Baker's pace and bounce was to much catching the top edge, flying down to Sam Harlow at third man where he took a tricky catch. At the 7th over Barker were cruising at 1/31, this brought together the bowling pair of Hamish Cooper, a clever spinner, who knows exactly where to pitch the ball when looking for dots, and Ben Holmes a crafty paceman, who with a swinging ball delivered a much needed wicket maiden. They together off their combined 6 overs brought about 2 wickets for only six runs. This lifted the boys, who could now sniff an upset. Daniel Hoare picked up where he left off with the bat, bowling leg spin to a standard well beyond his years as he delivered a maiden. The 13th over bowled by Sam Harlow was filled with action, with barker needing 5 to win a big swing saw a tough stop for Harry Ridley at keeper, and with a short boundary, 4 byes saw Barker tie the scores. The next ball saw a leg side delivery helped on its way by the batsman only to find the ball in Harry's gloves, an awesome catch!. Unfortunately a wide saw the end of the game with Barker chasing the score with 6 wickets in hand.

For a first game, the 7B's can hold their heads high as they displayed great courage as they never gave up and were always in the game even when it seamed impossible. This team has great potential and should not be underestimated in coming games.

7C
Barker won the toss and sent Knox into bat. Barker’s bowlers quickly had Knox on the back foot at 4/15 after the 5th over. Justin Hirsch (13 retired) and James Hardyman (19 retired) quickly steadied the innings with some quick singles and well-placed boundaries to take the team to 81 by the 16th over. A good partnership by Stubbs (6retired) and Moorthy (7 retired) and some late aggressive batting by Sanderson (20 retired) saw Know reach a competitive 7/143 off 26 overs. Barker started their run chase aggressively scoring at a rate of almost 6 runs an over. If not for a superb run out by Jack Cooper and some tight bowling by James Oliver, Barker would have laid the perfect foundation for their innings. Unfortunately rain and hail stopped play in the 8th over and the match was abandoned. The Knox 7C’s demonstrated some of the hallmarks of excellent cricket, namely some confident fielding and determined batting that bodes well for the rest of the season. 

7D
A warm afternoon at Phipps field, Barker College had the Knox 7D's keen to start their season well. Knox, captained by Toby Harding lost the toss and were sent in to bat.  Early wickets quickly found the middle order with some serious work do but, Harding (33*) and Herman (30*) showed great strength and experience beyond their years to further consolidate and go to 3-72 in the 14th over. Further support from Fred Kellow (8) and Harper Walsh (15) in particular saw the Knox boys reach 5-129 in the 20th over to set a very competitive score going into the second half of the match.

With a strong score on the board, Knox opened with Jed Walsh (0/5 off 2) and Jaiden Brown (0/8 off 2) and looked to attack the batsman with an attacking field. Harper Walsh took the break through in the 7th over by dismissing the Barker opening batsman with an impressive catch taken by Thomas Heap at cover. From here Knox managed to gain a strong advantage with Haper Walsh gaining figures of 1/5 off 2 and Daniel Birkbeck 1/6 off 2. Scott Herman was a stand out with 2/2 off 2 - really showing his ability to attack the stumps with a bowled and a catch in the in field by Kellow. From here, Toby Harding and Fred Kellow furthered Knox's advantage with 2/1 off 2 and 1/8 off 2 respectively. Sadly with thunder storms stopping the game in the 15th over, Knox had Barker 7/51. A great effort from every Knox boy showed their impressive skills and ability to work as a team to gain a strong advantage over their opponents. 

7E
The Knox 7E's first ever Summer sport fixture sent them to Old Boys field at Newington. Having lost the toss and been sent in to Bat, the Knox captain Alex Honey looked upon this outcome favourably, as Alex Honey  and Iwan Beamount Conway opened up the batting for the Knox side. Some fierce Newington bowling restricted Knox to 2-25 off its first 10 overs. However a scintillating performance by Hunter Hellen-Ford produced an innings of 57*. His performance featured an array of shots finding the boundary frequently. His performance was coupled well with the support of Marlon Schatteman (10). Having fought back in the second 10 overs Knox managed to pull off a very respectable total of 8/108 of its 20 overs. 

Coming off an exciting batting innings Knox was enthusiastic and supportive coming into their bowling innings as they attempted to restrict the strong Newington side. Henry Day darted in some quick off spinners and dismissed the Newington opening batsman for a duck. Accurate and attacking bowling from Ocean Lin, Blake Soffer, Henry Day, Lachlan Kirkham and Owen Jenkins restricted Newington to 2/19 off the first 10 overs. Sharp fielding by the Knox side was inherent in its success in the field, a brilliant catch from Lachlan Kirkham saw him running back, one handed plucking the ball from the heavens, lifting the Knox side to an assured victory.  
George Edie and Marlon Schatteman were able to close out the Knox innings by bowling good line and length. Newington managed to notch up a score of 90, thus giving Knox 7E's their first win of the season (1-0) 

Well done to every Knox boy for contributing to the win, especially to Hunter Hellen-Ford (57*), being awarded by the captain Alex, man of the match.

7F
On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, the might 7Fs hosted close rivals Barker at the Prep School's Yeldham Field. After losing the toss and being sent into bat, the opening pair of Nicholas Gummerson and James Loekmann survived a fierce spell of fast bowling, with James Loekmann managing a hard fought 12 runs. Following a few quick wickets, Mac Wettenhall came to the crease to steady the ship, reaching a quick-fire 26 runs blasting four consecutive boundaries. Harry Gee and Thomas Donnelley formed a much needed partnership, however some great fielding from the opposition lead to the fall of quick wickets, with Lawson Henaghan managing to sneak a few quick 2’s off the final over. After reaching 84 runs off our allotted 20 overs, Caellum Cummings put together a wicked spell of fast bowling with figures of 0/1 off 2 overs. An early break through from Lawson Henaghan in the second over of the innings put the opposition in a bit of trouble at 1 for 1. Some tight and economical bowling from Jasper Wilson, Oliver Hilliard and a break through from Harry Gee saw Barker reach 2 for 24. But unfortunately, rain saw us end play early. A great team performance, well done boys! 

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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, MIC Fencing

After their warm-ups, students were taken through the basics of footwork and learning about parries. Parries are used in fencing to deflect or block an incoming attack. They are also important to use to take over priority from another person’s attack as part of the rules of foil and sabre. A good parry gives maximum protection to all target areas with minimal wrist and hand movement. It is also important that following a successful parry that the fencer ripostes as soon as possible to score the point. The boys learnt how to vary their attacks and to parry them, using different tempos and speed. They also practised their salutes which are used at the beginning and end of each bout to show courtesy to their opponent and the referee. Following some drills, the boys then bouted each other to practice their new skills.

Mountain Biking

Mr Cameron Smee, MIC Mountain Biking

After last week’s extreme heat the first round of racing for 2017 was the complete opposite at St Andrew's home ground in Kirrikee. Light rain during the morning was keeping the dust down and helping with grip out on the track. The new track that had been built over the summer consisted of various new features including fast downhill turns and tight technical climbs which made for and tough but enjoyable track.

The format for the morning was going to be a multi lap race where riders had to complete as many laps in 45mins with the overall total determining the winner.

Unfortunately 20 minutes into the race the respite from the rain ended and the race was cancelled due to the sodden condition and large sections of slippery terrain. Fortunately the only injuries that were sustained was a thorough coating of mud!

A huge thank you goes out to all the parents for enduring the weather and driving the boys to the venue. Mountain biking couldn’t happen without you!

Well done to Gil Garret and Ollie Heys who pushed hard and were leading the bunch for the race.

Going forward we will continue to prepare for the Australian Interschool’s Championship in Thredbo.
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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

Welcome back to Orienteering for Term 1 2017. This term we have two exciting new events held at Knox Senior and Prep campuses. These will be held by Orienteering NSW after extensive work has been undertaken to produce an orienteering map of each location! The season will also conclude with an awards ceremony and BBQ at Buffalo Creek in March.

The entire Knox Orienteering squad performed incredibly well. Thomas Gordon (Year 12) placed third in the Long Line High School competition, competing against national champion runners. Within our squad, William Liu placed first in Division 2, while Alex Kock-Lowndes took out the top place in Division 3. Experienced prep orienteers; Matt Fisher and Alex Kidston/ placed first in Division 4. All students new to orienteering performed exceptionally well, completing their final course with coach guidance. Next week they will graduate to independent courses! A special mention also to Dhruv Hariharan (Year 8) and one of our new Year 7 orienteers; Swairatawa Roy, along with Judah and William from the Prep School, for staying and competing a second time in the relay competition!

MetrOLeague 2017
A reminder that MetrOLeague applications are due for submission on Wednesday 22 February. Any student who has orienteering experience may join, you do not have to be enrolled in Orienteering as your school sport! The competition is held one Sunday every month from March to August, culminating in a finals event if we place in the top two during heats. The competition is an incredible opportunity for exposure to professional orienteering and an excellent way to experience the sport beyond the school program. For more details, please find a letter here If you would like to express your interest, please fill out the slip at the bottom of the letter and return it by email to Mr Dylan Sherman.
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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox1st 3-0 Briars N You Lee F Helen Ford R Rattan this teams determination to improve is starting to show with a dominating performance by all.

K2 3-0 K3 led by A Soonius and E Xie N Huang (absent) both boys had strong games with well-placed forehand drives being the difference on the day ,like to thank Evan for playing twice. K3 Z Slonim C William and P Koch played well with some very close results Chris nearly came back with some quality boasts played. Zach started slowly came back in the second game only to lose momentum in the last but to his credit competed till the end.

K4 3-0 Barker3 E Bakker K Ramcharan J Price these boys play a very attacking game with some quality placement in forehand and backhand drives are looking good as we near the finals.

K5 2-1 Northmead1 L Tilley L Marinaki C Lee another strong performance with Leo playing to his strengths with some well-placed cross court and forehand drives, Luke played well working the space on the court to his advantage but had an opponent that wouldn't go down and finally lost 2-3 in a very close match, Chan dominated from the start and did not relent with consistent serving being the strength of his game.

K6 1-2 Barker4 O Ellard A Lin Lacy d Wade (absent) Ollie set the pace early focusing on the back of court plays along with some well-placed boasts. Andy played well and was only beaten by one or two points in his first match, he then played a second match and to his credit never stopped running chasing every ball. Well done.

K7 1-1 Briars4 P Mehta B Fraser both boys played well having strong games on the day.

K8 1-2 Barker5 T Murray E O Sullivan J Merhi Tyler started slowly and went two down only to come back in the third and was looking good forcing his opponent to the back of the court but could not sustain the pressure going down in a very close match, Eddie dominated early varying his plays with some well-placed drops and forehand drives, Jesse had a very hard match trying to counter his opponents powerful serves proved too much but to his credit he never gave up.

K10 1-1 Briars5 H Mendes played one of his best matches starting slowly he became more confident as the match progressed with some well-placed drives and cross court shots Harrison took control and never looked back unfortunately we had to forfeit the next game.

K11 1-2 Barker8 P Mehta E Denton F Bryant Pranav playing twice wining both in a fantastic comeback effort with some great rallies played good length and consistent serving. Ewan played a gutsy match narrowly going down. Flynn played well with a great come back performance to narrowly miss out 2-3.

K12 2-0 Barker V Zhong had a strong performance with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives, D Pathirana set the pace early dominating front of court with some quality drops Dylan worked hard playing some hard fought rallies.

K13 1-1 Barker12 L Yu S Suresh Luke played twice giving a strong performance to win one game and narrowly loose the other, Shiv played a dominating game with some hard fought rallies

K14 2-1 Barker13 J Ngo L Thomas S MCkay Jackson started strong going into a two nil lead only to find his opponent not giving up credit to Jackson he stayed focused and took the match, Liam used the court to his advantage with some well-placed boasts and drives, Sam had a strong game with a great come back Sam nearly won his final match going down by two points.

K15 3-0 Barker16 O Weeding A Pan Cassin J Ng this team has improved with all the boys playing with a positive attitude and great support for each other.

K16 3-0 Barker15 M Walker W Degotardi E Bryant all boys had strong performances with some quality rallies played, highlight of these matches was the sportsmanship shown by both Schools.

Great start to Term one with only a few games to go before the finals Knox Squash is looking strong. I would also like to ac knowledge our Knox Internal players with a great turnout on the weekend. Well Done!
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Surf Life Saving

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Surf Lifesaving
Knox, in collaboration with Whale Beach SLSC and Barker College hosted the 2017 Knox/Barker Invitational Carnival. The Knox Surf Lifesaving team put in great performances against Shore and Barker.

The day commenced with a 2KM beach run inwhich Braeden Campbell took out the top spot with Harrison Penn placing 3rd. The Year 10 Surf Lifesavers saved their energy for the Beach Sprint, with Knox placing 1st and 2nd (Harrison Muller/Will Sanderson).

Knox displayed some great water skills with Matt Stafford taking 3rd place in the board race before Angus Kellaway (Year 10) and Ryan Paul (Year 12) both took 6th place in the surf swim.

With some great races throughout the morning, Matt Stafford was named as the Opens Age Champion!

The Surf Lifesaving team will head to Long Reef SLSC this Saturday to contest the Shore Carnival.
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Surfing

Noah Derwent, Captain of Surfing

Saturday 18 February saw a small two foot onshore swell await the Knox High Performance Surf Team. With small surf and the sun shining, the coaches from the Northern Beaches High Performance Surf Centre ran a Knox tag team contest. Displaying a positive attitude, each team put their all into each wave, with Jai Walsh taking the overall win in the dying seconds of the day. Each team is displaying great improvement in their surfing and we look forward to testing our skills against Shore School in the coming weeks.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 18 February saw Knox take on Barker away. The 1st team unfortunately got off to a bad to start losing all 4 sets of doubles meaning we had to win all singles matches. The boys were finding hard to get their rhythm in their matches, but Pedro Papangelis and Lachlan Walker did well to win their singles and contain their composure. The 1st team lost, 2-6 overall with that being our second loss in 26 matches played against Barker.

The 1st team lost 2-6 overall with that being our 2nd loss in 26 matches played against Barker. The 2nd team won 6-2 overall with an impressive debut from Year 7 Aston Bloom winning both sets of doubles and his singles match. The 3rd and 4th team found things a little too hard this time losing 1-5 overall whilst the 5th team lost 0-6. The 6th team however turned things around winning 4-2 overall. Teams 7th- 10th all played at Morona Avenue in an internal singles and doubles challenge.

The Year 10A team got out played but a great effort by Harry Wagstaff to win a closely fort battle of singles 7-5. The B team won a nail bitter match winning on games to split the two teams. The C and D teams both won comfortably 5-1 overall with special mention to Angus Mcbarron winning both singles and doubles. Teams E- H all played an internal competition at Morona Avenue with each boy looking to work their way up the teams.

The Year 9 boys played at Barker with a very impressive display from the A team winning 6-0 overall. The team all worked well together with some impressive singles play by Joshua Tait making his debut and Robert Khattar. The B and C team both won 5-1 overall showing great team unity throughout their doubles matches. The D team outplayed their opponents to win 6-0 overall only dropping 7 games overall. The 9E- I teams all played at Morona Avenue in an internal competition with all of the boys furthering their skills and match practise.

The Year 8 A and B teams both lost some close matches with an impressive effort by Rene Sun and Patrick Bolger in their singles. The C and D team outplayed their opponents showing great focus and dedication to each point played. Teams E- J all played in an internal round robin tournament held at Mills Park Tennis Centre in Asquith. The boys all played timed matches with each point going to their overall score.

The Year 7 boys finally played their first match for Knox. The A team played a very competitive match to win 4-2 overall with a great all round performance by Frederick Ong in both singles and doubles. The B team found things a little harder but fort valiantly all the way to the end of their matches. The C and D team both had some great wins with both teams winning overall comfortably. Teams E- J all played in an internal round robin tournament held at Mills Park Tennis Centre in Asquith. The boys all played timed matches with each point going to their overall score.

Overall it was mostly a successful weekend and great to see our Year 7 boys competing well and the coaches are all looking forward to our future tennis with some great talent pouring through the school. Knox won 64% of matches played against Barker. The coaches look forward to next week to working hard to improve on this week’s performances.
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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.