It was another great weekend of Knox sport with a number of highlights across all sports. Knox Grammar Cross Country hosted the CAS/GPS Invitational at St Ives Showground. A terrific event across a tough track with Sam Rockliff (Year 8) winning the Junior division race. Cross Country is a terrific sport and a very worthwhile option for those boys still not sure what to do through the winter months. Running 4-5kms around some beautiful venues is well worth some consideration. The more boys we can get to run, the more depth and strength our team will have, however the healthy aspect of running to get the weekend started should be considered. Cross Country could also be considered for boys that may be playing sport later on a Saturday afternoon. Please see Mrs Liz Smith in the Lawson Centre if this may be of interest. Certainly a great way to stay fit and healthy.

The majority of our winter teams played against St Aloysius’ and Newington College with many strong performances. It was great to see our Prep Year 6 Rugby boys having some fun at half time of the 1st XV with a short game of Tag Footy in front of a big crowd. Who knows in 6 years time how many of those boys will be running on to Knox 1 with the whole school cheering them on. Let’s hope the experience on Saturday has given them something to aim for.

One thing that really struck me on Saturday afternoon was some boys, after a loss, dropped their head and looked like they had let everyone down. Please help us to remind all – winning is not what sport is about here at Knox. If you have given your best, remember to walk off the ground with your head up and be proud of your efforts.

Congratulations
• Nic Trobec from Knox Waterpolo named in NSW U16 Blues team and Antonio Matruglio named in the NSW Waratahs team. Great work boys!

• The following boys have been selected to represent the CAS Football squads in two weeks –

CAS Opens: Hugo Forlico, Oliver Wiggin and Alex Duffy

CAS U16: Liam Gorman, Oliver Scott and Max Davis (train on)

Week ahead
We will be starting to ask boys to commit to our Knox Track & Field Championships on June 21 at Homebush. A lot of effort is going in to our Track & Field team for CAS this year and this is one of many opportunities to do well and gain selection in our Knox team. More information will be passed on at the next student assembly regarding nominations for the various events.

On Saturday Knox Rugby will be away to Scots whilst Tennis, Football and AFL will play Barker College in the majority of games. Good Luck everyone.

Team of the week
Tennis - 7A team who lost by 1 game against Trinity and turned things around this week to win 6-0.
7A Boys: George Edie, Mathew Ifield, Nathan Ma, Chris Beeton

Individual of the week
Sam Rockliff – Knox Cross Country. Winner of the Junior CAS/GPS Cross Country event at St. Ives.
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Football Supporters Group on Skoolbag

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

Football - Prep

Mr Kai Lammert, Football Coordinator

Another strong display from our Knox Prep Football boys. Our first XI boys made it 3 out of 3 with a 7-0 win against a highly-fancied St Aloysius outfit. Pick of the week was the 9A game on Ireland Field with an exciting 7-6 win versus St Aloysius. Some big thanks go out to all the participating players and coaches for their enthusiasm and great sportsmanship.

AFL

Mr Stuart Newman, Director of Combined Sports

Yrs 7/8 Div 2 Def By St Ignatius College, Blue
Best - Will Baily, Baxter Wilson, Angus Murphy, Angus Rowe, Justin Hirsch
Player’s Player - Will Baily

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Black Def Trinity
Best - Daniel Beattie, Jordan Menzies, Joel Weiser, Hamish McInerney, Andrew Jenkins
Goals - Daniel Beattie 5, Berend Hollander 3, Jordan Menzies 2
Player’s Player - Daniel Beattie

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Blue Def St Aloysius
Best - Will Francou, Ed Ogilvy, Jack Harty, Lachie White, Patrick Bolger
Goals - Jack Harty 6, Will Shortis 5, Lachie White 3, Ed Ogilvy 2, Charlie Anderson, Will Aylward, Will Francou, Lachlan Thompson, Mitch Smith, Lachlan Voukelatos
Player’s Player - Lachie White

Yrs 9/10 Def Trinity
Best - Jude Yates, Jordan Moses, Jack Smith, Lachlan Dowling, Dominic Singarayar
Goals - Kale Gabila, 3, Jordan Moses 3, Dominic Singarayar 3, Angus Menzies 2, Jack Mitchell 2, Henry Smith 2, Zac Sternberg 2, Jude Yates, Ethan Ravenhall, Nicholas Reynolds. 
Player’s Player - Jude Yates

2nds Def by Barker 1st’s 

Best - Duncan McMaster, Max Richards, Riley Freeman, Jordan Moses, Ben Buchanan
Goals - Duncan McMaster 2, James Bennett
Player’s Player - Duncan McMaster

1st Def Cranbrook 
Best - Jordan De Vries, Nic Gallu, Harrison Muller, Campbell Saddington, James Bennett
Goals - Nic Gallu 3, Harrison Muller 3, Josh Officer 3, Aiden Robertson 3, Zac Stewart 3, Braedon Campbell 2, Ryan De Vries 2, Tom Kite 2, Damon Reynolds 2, James Robertson 2, Jesse Cavanough, Nick Barclay, Jordan De Vries, Leo Tilley. 
Player’s Player - Harrison Muller
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

The boys in the winter basketball program are continuously impressing the coaching staff with their dedication and work ethic. The boys are working hard both on the floor and in the gym and you can see the improvements already. Keep up the great work boys! In order to recognise the boys for their achievements; The Patty Mills award will be distributed each week to the player that goes above and beyond in every session for their team mates and works at 110%. The first recipient of the Patty Mills award is Buster Scarr of Year 9. Great work, Buster!

This past week, Years 7, 8 and 9 competed in the 3 on 3 lunch time tournament. Well done to all boys who competed throughout the week as your skills and sportsmanship were exemplary. The winners of the Junior Comp were the Swimming Jocks. Congratulations to Mikey Yoong, Josh Pain, Ashton Smith and Derek Zhou. Ashton Smith was awarded the finals MVP and played with impressive tenacity and spirit.

Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

After some footwork and strengthening exercises, the boys bouted each other in teams. They practised their ripostes and learnt to keep distance which enables them to successfully defend attacks. There was also some épée training which the boys found interesting. Épée uses different rules and target areas which enabled the boys to practise wrist and arm hits as opposed to deeper attacks to the body which usually results in both competitors scoring simultaneously.

Football

Mr Stephen Roche, Director of Football

Knox vs St Aloysius CAS round 3
This week’s big news is the naming of the CAS Opens and 16’s teams. Congratulations from the coaching staff and all of the supporters goes out to Hugo Forlico, Oliver Wiggin, and Alex Duffy for being named in the Open’s squad. The 16’s CAS team has named Oliver Scott, Liam Gorman, and Max Davis from Knox in their squad. The Knox Football Family is very proud of you boys, well done.

Round three produced an overall successful outing for Knox with 29 wins, three draws, and just four losses across all grades. The Knox 1st X1 suffered their first loss of the season to a more determined St Aloysius outfit. The first half started well for the visitors, but the tide quickly turned with St Aloysius muscling their way to the lead. A goal in the first half from Matt Hildebrand wasn’t enough to bring Knox back before the break going in 3-1 down at half time. The second half saw the Knox boys start to match their opponent’s physical approach to the game, but it would prove too late with the final score 4-1. Head Coach Kai Lammert says he is determined to get the boys up for the derby with Barker next week. Knox 2nd X1 remain undefeated and in 2nd position on the ladder after their 1-0 win. Flynn Stallworthy scored the only goal in the match for the 3rd X1 to take the points, while Angus Grant made a strong contribution to the win. The 4th’s Lennard Lai and David Kokolich each hit the back of the net in their 2-1 victory, while the 5ths and 6ths both enjoyed 3-0 wins. The 7th’s Jack Kirkham played well in their 4-1 loss. 

Feature Match of the Week is the 10F’s impressive win in the heat at Cranbrook this week. With only one sub on the bench, the boys really put on a show for the crowd while they soaked up some sun. Bodhi Oliver scored first for Knox, the team ahead 1-0 at the break. Coach Brendan Leung asked his boys to push hard in the second half, and push they did. Sean Ringrose requested a substitution, but managed to score twice in ten minutes to lift his team. The game quickly ascended into a goal fest with Charlie Sargent scoring a double, Bodhi netting his second for a brace, and Sean converting for a hat trick to take the game 7-2. David Li impressed in goals, preventing critical plays from the opposition with his confidence and presence. Coach Leung, impressed by his team’s efforts, praised the boys for taking on coaching tips to win in tough conditions away from home. In the other matches for Year 10, the 10A’s were clinical in a 3-1 win, as too the 10D’s in their 3-0 victory. The 10C’s worked hard for their 1-0 triumph, while the 10E’s convincing in their 2-0 win. The 10B’s finished with a 1-1 draw to remain top of the ladder.

All of Year 9 finished the weekend undefeated while hitting the back of the net 52 times. The 9A’s set the benchmark for scoring this week, finishing the game 6-0 victors. Jordy showed his class hitting the back of the net twice. The 9B’s, C’s, and D’s all registered much closer victories, taking their fixtures 1-0, 2-1, and 2-0 respectively. The 9E’s boosted the grade’s aggregate winning their match by a whopping 16 goals to nil. Hat tricks to Max and Aiden were supported by a double brace for Duncan finishing with four goals. The 9F’s slightly more conservative with a 5-1 win over St Patrick, while the G’s even more so with a 4-1 victory over the opposition. 9H and 9I’s took on Newington, winning their ties 9-1 and 7-1 respectively.

The Year 8 defence in the top grades was impressive this week, the 8C’s conceding once in their one goal win while the 8A’s, B’s, D’s, and E’s all finished with clean sheets. Max Mandera the standout in the A’s 3-0 win, while Barnaby Clarke impressed the coach for the B’s in their 2-0 clinic. Some great performances from Tom Rugers for the C’s, Aiden Lowe-Yip for the D’s, and Ewan Bryant for the E’s all contributed to the wins. The F’s learned a few lessons in their loss, but will come out of it better for the experience.

The 7A’s this week finished with a 2-2 draw in a thriller, while the 7B’s match netted six goals to excite the crowd in a 3-3 tug of war. The 7C’s, D’s, and E’s conceded zero goals in their wins, with the 7F’s and G’s each conceding one in theirs. Finishing up the round, the 7H side won 10-0, while the 7I’s lost 5-0. 
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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Cross Country
Knox Cross Country welcomed over 400 athletes to St Ives Showground on Saturday morning for the annual Knox Invitational. It was great to see some more fantastic results on our home turf, with Sam Rockliff (Year 8) taking out the overall Junior division for the 4km event. Our Intermediate division continued its strong season with another impressive performance placing 2nd behind Trinity.

Cross Country Captain, Ben Fitton was very pleased with his team’s performance; “That is a great result all around and the intermediates will be a lot stronger in the next few week with Mitch Westhuizen returning to full fitness.”



I would like to give a special thanks to all of the Knox parents who assisted in the running of the canteen throughout the morning, particularly Ms. Thompson who coordinated the parents’ roster and Mr Westhuizen who manned the BBQ all morning.



The season continues to heat up with The Riverview Invitational this Saturday. If anyone is interested in giving Cross Country a go, particularly in the Junior (14 years and under) or Senior divisions (19 years and under) we are always on the lookout for more runner.

KnoxFit
Saturday’s Workout of the Day (WoD) involved a 20 minute AMRAP challenge, where students aim to complete As Many Reps As Possible in the allocated timeframe. 
 
In teams, the boys aimed to complete 10 burpees, 20 kettle bell swings and 30 lateral hops and a 200m run as many times as possible in 20 minutes.

Congratulations to the following boys who top scored for their age group:
Yrs 7/8 - Cameron Gee and Simon Swiderski (Yr. 8) with 17 reps
Yrs 9/10 - Angus Denton, Angus Dickey (Yr. 9), Hayden Frith, Jonah Marsden, Declan Owers and Sherwin Xiang (Yr. 10) all with 18 reps.
Yrs 11 & 12 - Andrew Uen with 15 reps. 

Orienteering
A lengthy course was set on the weekend at French’s Forest. Running through the maze-like cemetery and winding roads of the surrounding suburb, occasionally meeting alcoves of bush between residential properties, was an exciting challenge for all. Equipped with new protective orienteering pants the team tackled the course with determination and strength all achieving excellent times. A particular congratulations to William Wu, Year 7, who persevered in Division 3 upon taking the wrong direction that lead him into very dense bush which he bush-bashed his way through to finish the course! This week also saw the employment of a drone to track the runners on the course, which helped us to elevate our feedback to a whole new level! Lookout for some incredible footage that will be posted in the coming weeks from our aerial eyes. 



In Division 1, Jackson Booth placed first, closely followed by Oliver Pitman. Lachlan Yelds again placed top in Division 2, defending his overall title, but was very closely followed by Alex Koch-Lowndes (31 seconds difference) and Thomas Bartnik (53 seconds difference). In Division 3, a stunning run by Tom O’Sullivan placed him first, followed closely by Oliver Gordon and Dhruv Hariharan. 

This week we continue our bush courses, tackling some complex tracks in Cumberland State Forest before the appropriately named ‘Incinerator’ course on Saturday to heat the competition up! 

Senior Weights & Training
While SWaT (Senior Weights and Training) isn’t normally a sport that recognises athletes for their performances, Head Coach of SWaT, Harrison Fotopoulos, and new assistant coach, Jeremy Atkins, wanted to recognise Maclean Nicholls for beating his personal best for the squat with a lift of 130kg. 

For those who aren’t aware, SWaT teaches technique and correct form before lifting heavy weights. If any boys are aiming to beat a personal best, we encourage them to notify Harry or Jeremy so we can ensure it is completed safely and effectively.

Track & Field
Knox Track & Field continued their great off-season training over the weekend, with a sprints session at St. Ives show ground before the Knox Cross Country invitational.

It is great seeing these boys putting in the effort to supplement their natural talent and give them every possible chance to make the final CAS team and perform well in September.

CAS Track & Field
For those hoping to represent the school in Track & Field during the CAS season, we anyone who is interested to attend track & field training at least once a week at Gillespie Fields from 6.45am.

Making the CAS Athletics team is a privilege and honour and is not guaranteed. The best and only way to give yourself every opportunity is to take it upon yourself to find the time to dedicate yourself to at least one morning of training per week. 

This will not only help your chances of selection in September but also assist in getting you more athletically conditioned for your current winter sport.

If you are interested in attending Track & Field training, please contact Mr Nick Bromley, Head Coach of Track & Field/Cross Country or Ms Cathy Walsh, Head Coach of Sprints.

Announcements
Knox Track & Field Championships
The Knox Track & Field Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Wednesday 21 June. 

2017 Knox Track and Field Championships Flyer 2017 Knox Track and Field Championships Flyer (2258 KB)


Nomination forms will be handed out at Year Assemblies over the coming week.

2017 Track and Field Championships Nomination Form 2017 Track and Field Championships Nomination Form (135 KB)


Please complete and return by Friday of Week 6 (29 May).  If you have any queries please contact Mr Nick Bromley.

Gold Coast Tour - 6-9 July
Knox will be again be taking a team of 20 students to the DownUnder Tour on the Gold Coast from July 6-9.

This competition sees us testing ourselves against some of the best athletes from high schools all across USA.

Keep an eye out for a nomination form and further details. If you do have any questions, please contact Mr Nick Bromley.

Balmoral Burn
Knox will be entering a number of teams in the King of the Hill component of the Balmoral Burn on Sunday 28 May from 9am.

If you are interested in entering, please complete form here or email Mr Nick Bromley.
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 13 May saw Knox take on St Aloysious away. The 1st-3rd teams played at Tennis Cove with the boys on a high from the weekend before. The boys settled down and got on with the task in hand. The 1st team got off to a great start with the boys winning all sets in their doubles matches. The singles was no different with the boys completing outplaying their opponents in the singles match. Well done to Max Nguyen who was 1-4 down in his singles and came back to win the match 7-6. The 1st team won 8-0 overall. The 2nd team was too different with the boys showing the strength and depth we have in our teams winning 8-0 overall and only losing 6 games between the team. The 3rd team unfortunately didn’t really have a tough opposition, but went about things in a professional manner and won 6-0 overall and only lost 1 game between all the matches played.

Teams 4th- 8th teams played an internal match play at Morona Avenue with the boys all working hard to further their positions.

The Year 10A and B team both won 6-0 overall with the boys showing their knowledge in match play tactics to make light work of their wins. Teams C and D played an internal match against the Year 9C and D team at Knox Senior Courts. 

The Year 9A and B team both won 6-0 overall also with some impressive tennis played by our Knox boys. The boys all showed real professional attitude on the court and great sportsmanship. Teams E-I played an internal match play at Regimental Park and are all showing great signs of improvement each week.

The Year 8A team had a comfortable win 6-0 and only dropping 4 games overall. St Aloysious unfortunately didn’t have any other teams for Knox to play against. The 8B team played internal singles and doubles matches against each other. The C and D team played against the Year 7C and D team played an internal match at Regimental Park with the Year 7C and D team both beating the older year group 4-2 overall in each. Year 8 E-G played an internal match play also at Regimental Park.

The Year 7A and B teams both played some great tennis to win 6-0 in both matches. Teams E –H had an internal match play and coaching session at Turramurra Park with the boys improving each session they are having.

Overall it was one of Knox Tennis most successful weeks winning 100% matches and 100% of sets. Well done to all of the boys for such a professional attitude shown and also great sportsmanship in all matches.
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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.