With so many sports cancelled again last Saturday, it was a chance for me to drop in without notice on a sport that may not have the profile of many other sports at Knox - Sailing.

Regardless of the tricky conditions, our Knox Sailing team all met at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Newport) and hosted Scots College.

The team start their Saturday by preparing their boats, assessing weather conditions, listening to instructions by Mr John Parker then going about their business with the support of Knox staff together with the help of the RPA Yacht Club.

About 35 boys participate with abilities ranging from “beginners” to the very skilled and they can pull off manouvers the Knox Head of Sport can only dream of! They all completed seven races over approximately two hours then returned to clean up, pack the boats away, dry off and listened to a de-brief by their coaches.



The spirit in the squad as they encourage and support one another on the water together with their sportsmanship has to be seen to be believed.

I can't help but feel this wonderful morning of sailing was built around the enormous amount of time and effort of Mr Parker and his dedicated team of Knox coaches, the support of our parents and the attitude of the sailing squad. I did not hear one boy talk about the rain as they were too focused on wanting to get out onto the water. John has built this program over a number of years and the boys are now reaping the rewards. Knox defeated Scots (State Champions) but it wasn’t about the result; it was how they went about their sport and the support they had for one another was fantastic to witness.

I was also fortunate to see another example of how our School can get together and support one another at a sporting event. This time I found myself watching the 1sts and 2nds Basketball teams host St Aloysius College in The Great Hall last Friday night. If you have never experienced this before please make an effort next time we host a Friday evening event. The atmosphere was electric and lifted our teams to two big wins over a strong St Aloysius squad. A great reward for the hard work and effort by the Open Basketballers and their coaches.

Finally, if you want another opportunity to witness the type of spirit that makes this School so great then come and see 700 boys cheering on our Knox Swim & Dive team on Thursday 16 March. We have an amazing team full of State and National Age champions eager to do well. The team would love to see everyone out at Homebush from 4.30pm with the last race on at 8pm. It is sure to be a great night.

Team of the week

Our 9G Basketball team who won, 90-8, against St Aloysius.

Individual performance of the week

Alex Jones selected in the NSW team to compete at the Australian Junior Track Nationals.
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Triathlon

Triathletes win gold at NSW Schools Championships
Congratulations to Year 9 students James Constable, Angus Menzies and Mitch Westhuizen who achieved a gold medal in the NSW Team Championship Event at the NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships in Penrith on Wednesday.

The event involved a 600 metre swim, 15km cycle and 4km run.

Mitch Westhuizen won a bronze medal in the Intermediate Individual Championship with a time of 50 minutes and 58 seconds.

Nearly 500 individual athletes and over 280 teams competed in the championships.

Prep House Cross Country and Fun Run

Mrs Sharon Dewar, Sport Coordinator K-6

Once again, our House Cross Country Championships will be held at St Ives Showground on Thursday 9 March with the first race commencing at 10am.

Boys will have the choice of competing to gain a top ten place in the Knox Cross Country team to compete at IPSHA or be part of the Fun Run. 8yrs-10yrs will run a 2km course and the 11yrs-13yrs will run a 3km course commencing in the Main Arena and working their way around the Model Plane Flying area out to The Princess Anne Equestrian Arena and back into the main area to the finish line. The older boys’ course will take them down a horse riding track into the bush before making their way back up the hill and finishing with another lap of the Main Arena. Course maps will be posted on the Sports portal under 'Cross Country'.

Prep House Swimming Carnival

Mrs Sharon Dewar, Sport Coordinator K-6

On Tuesday 24 February, the Preparatory School held their House Swimming Carnival at the Knox Aquatic Centre. It was a full day of racing, cheering and war cries with all boys participating in events to gain points for their House.

Our Junior Carnival (8/9yrs & 10yrs) saw Fuller set the pace for the other Houses. This lead continued into the Senior Carnival (11yrs/12yrs+) with Fuller being crowned Champion House, followed by Haslett, Lang, Ewan and Burns.

Our Champion boys were:
9 years: 1st  Solomon Tan (Fuller), 2nd Ryan Bambach (Ewan) & 3rd Soara da Silva Pedruco (Lang)
10 years: 1st Dylan Leupen (Fuller), 2nd Henry B Liu (Haslett) & 3rd Zak Barrett (Haslett)
11 years: 1st  Henry Anderson (Haslett), 2nd Marcus Walsh (Haslett) & 3rd Lochlan Stevenson (Ewan)
12 years+: 1st Benji Allen (Fuller), 2nd Angus Rowe (Lang) & 3rd Ethan Bailey (Fuller)
Form Stroke Trophy Winner: Angus Rowe (Lang)

Our 2017 Swimming Captain is Benii Allen and Vice Captain is Angus Rowe.

Congratulations to all boys on great sportsmanship and house spirit on the day.
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

1sts Basketball Report
Inspired by our 2nd’s team’s fantastic team performance, the 1st’s players were eager to also put on a show. Our boys had complete control of the game from early on and played some incredible team basketball. Our shooting percentage was drastically increased from last week which really put a lot of pressure of the Aloys boys as our execution of plays was spot on. Our ability to connect on high percentage shot in the paint (42 points) made it a very tough match up for the opposition. Oli Evans had a stand out game playing stifling defense and finishing the night with 15 points (2/3 three point shots). Marcus Hayden did a fantastic job controlling his team from the point and finished the game with 7 points and 7 assists.

It was such an incredible atmosphere for our boys to play in front of and a big thank you to everyone who came supported our boys! Congratulations to our 1sts for their impressive win, 81-61, against St Aloysius.

The Open’s group performed well finishing the day with an 11 win and 2 loss record. The 3rds (W – 39-28) and 4ths (W – 29-1) stepped up significantly from their performance from last week winning both their games convincingly. The 13ths played a fantastic game of basketball coming away 43-16 victors. The remainder of the results are as follows: 5ths (W – 31-15), 6ths (21-20) Special mention to Lennard Lai who connected on a 3 point shot and a free throw very late in the game to secure the win for the 6ths!, 7ths (W – 44-15), 8ths (W – 30-22), 9ths (W - 35-12), 10ths (W- 45-5), 11ths (L – 15-24) and 12ths (L – 27-28).

The Year 10 group faced another tough round finishing with a 2 win and 6 loss record. The A’s and B’s both showed great glimpses but could not execute coach Paul Brotherson’s game plan losing 24-40 and 19-29 respectively. The E’s and F’s gained the only two victories of the year group winning 44-20 and 20-15 respective The C’s lost in a tight contest 32-35, D’s lost 22-30, G’s lost 9-43 and H’s lost 18-21.

Year 9 continues their fine form with a 6 win and 1 loss record. The team of the week goes to the mighty G’s who had a tremendous game finishing 90-8 victors. Well done boys! The 9A’s dropped their first game of the season losing 28-29. The boys are looking forward to getting back on the court and working hard together to finish the rest of the season with wins. The B’s played some great basketball finishing the game 27-14 victors. The 9C’s bounced back from being defeated by Aloys last time these teams met and won 28-17. The remainder of the CAS games results include: D’s (W – 48-14), E’s (W- 34-10) and F’s (W – 35-12). Unfortunately the remainder of the games were washed out this week.

The 8’s also had another great week finishing undefeated with 6 wins. Our A’s and B’s won 26-23 and 40-9 respectively. Both teams having working hard on fundamental spacing and transition principals and coach Michael D’Agostino was please that both teams executed this successfully on the weekend. The remainder of the CAS results were fantastic including: C’s (W - 26-20), D’s (W – 42-16), E’s (W – 47-7), F’s (W - 53-2). The remainder of our teams played in some excellent games against GPS and CAS schools including: G’s v Scots (W - 48-19), H’s v Shore (W – 40-13), I’s vs Shore (W – 40-3), K’s v Barker (L – 33-39) and L’s v Barker (L – 21-22).

Our Year 7’s are playing some incredible basketball in the early days of their Knox Basketball careers finishing the round with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Our 7A’s lost in a heartbreaker 29-31, the boys will work hard at training this week to get a win against top of the table Trinity. The B’s also had a tight game but were able to come away as 22-20 victors. The C’s drew 18-18, D’s won 24-14, E’s won 41-18, F’s won 52-6, G’s won 14-10 in a friendly game against Barker where our boys displayed fantastic sportsmanship and the H’s won 50-2. Unfortunately the remainder of the games were washed out for our Year 7 boys.

This Saturday’s game is against arguably the best school in CAS basketball currently, Trinity with our Opens, Year 8’s and 7’s away and 10’s and 9’s away. If your son is going to absent from his game please let Ms Ellie Manou know prior to Saturday so we can make arrangements to ensure that all teams can compete on Saturday. 

Just a reminder that all playing singlets are to be handed back to coaches at the completion of their final game on Saturday 11 March.

2nd’s Basketball Report

Friday night’s game against St Aloysius was one for the ages and you knew this from the moment you stepped foot into the Knox grounds as you could hear the Knox crowd gradually getting louder and louder as you got closer to the Great Hall awaiting the 2nds game to start. 

As the game begun, the crowd erupted into a frenzy and as a coach I was worried that the boys would get caught in the moment, from the start that wasn’t the case. They stayed focused at the task at hand which was to be aggressive getting to the basket, aggressive denying the ball on the perimeter and knocking down our shots including free throws. 

For the first time this season we were able to do all those things and it couldn’t have come together at a better time with over 200 fellow peers watching and cheering them on in one of the most flawless games the 2nds have played this season, yet at the same time in control and having fun in the moment that they were in. 

There were moments where we thought Aloys were going to make a run and make the game close, but our boys persevered and stuck to what got us this early lead….our defence and with that we were able to close the game out and give the crowd their first win of the night (34-21) and have them going for 1sts game afterwards. 

Overall the night was one to be remembered and one the boys involved, either as a spectator or player, they will always cherish. 

As a coach I couldn’t be more proud for the 1st and 2nds boys and the boys involved in leading chants and singing chants. It was a night I was proud to say I am a part of the Knox Community. 
By Coach, Harry Fotopoulos

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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, Director of Cricket

On a day when most games were washed out it was great to be able to settle for a 20/20 game played at TKS Doyle No.5 turf wicket. The TKS coach, players and ground staff are to be congratulated on their willingness to play some cricket. Not to mention the Knox boys who turned up with very good numbers, moving into a pre-match net session whilst a decision was being made on the state of play. The covers were immediately on when the game prior to ours was finished, which didn’t look good. Although we started a little late, we were going to get some cricket in on a dark and gloomy afternoon that threatened more rain at any minute. Not only were the players happy to play but also the parents of boarders from both schools who had travelled ‘many-a-mile’ to grab the opportunity to watch their sons play some cricket.

Oscar Cheal won the toss and elected to bat. Kings appeared to have the upper hand early and had the Knox boys reeling at 3-13 from 8 overs. The Kings bowlers hit our stumps a total of 5 times, but not before Khoby McDonald was able to smash 8 boundaries and a straight hit over the bowlers head for 6!!! Khoby finished with 45no and certainly quietened down a few of the opposition wicket takers and spread the field to all parts of the ground. The support from additional boys who found their way to TKS by train and bus is typical of the friendships that exist within this team. 
 
The bowling order was the reverse of the batting order allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute in what turned out to be a very easy win to the Knox C’s. The TKS innings lasted only 14 overs. Adam Holmes started well once again and took 3 wickets for 2 runs. Khoby McDonald appears to be a pretty handy cricketer for a rugby player and took out the man of the match honors with the amazing figures of 4-0 from 2 overs complimenting his aggressive display of batting. At one stage the scorebook read, wicket, wicket, dot ball, wicket, dot ball and wicket. Khoby claimed 4 wickets in 6 balls, although the hat trick unfortunately eluded him. The mood of the day was good and we look forward to our next game together.
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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, MIC Fencing

There was plenty of excitement when two North Sydney Boys High School fencing teams attended Knox for a friendly match. Composite Knox and North Sydney teams were formed to ensure that boys from all levels could compete. There were some close matches, but all agreed it was a great competition and the boys enjoyed it. The competition honed the Knox boys' skills and provided insights into developing their styles. Those boys not competing were taken through some agility games and bouting practice to enhance their technique

Golf

Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

Knox against Barker results
Will Ryan - Won +2
Nick Anderson - Lost 2/1
Calvin Su - All Square
Ricky Zhang - Lost on Forfeit due to injury

This week’s match brought us up against the competition leaders Barker, who bring along a strong team on all occasions. The venue was Strathfield Golf Club, which is undergoing a significant transformation over much of the course, with many of the holes playing short to temporary greens as the work progresses. Under a cloudy sky, our boys made a good start, keeping pace with their more experienced opponents. 

Will Ryan led the charge, playing an excellent game throughout. So tight was his match that the boys tee shots were literally 2 metres apart on the last hole, with Will 1UP. Will’s second was superb and he finished on top at +2.

Nick Anderson had a mixed round, and was a little wayward off the tee, costing him valuable ground on his opponent. Nick did his best to recover, however, playing some great approach shots - particularly to the 12th green. In the end his more experienced opponent proved too strong in the drizzle towards the end of the match, and Nick was defeated 2/1. 


Newcomer to Knox Golf, Calvin Su (Yr11), played some great golf at times and will no doubt prove a force to be reckoned with as becomes more accustomed to competition at this level. He finished “All-Square” to an impressive player from Barker.

Calvin’s chip shot at the 13th - Over the path, trees and ornamental garden - no problems!

Next Week: Knox has a bye!
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Mountain Biking

Mr Cameron Smee, MIC Mountain Biking

For the second race of the mountain biking season students headed down to The King's School in Parramatta, which has a fantastic trail network on the grounds. With the persistent rain that had been occurring over the last 24hr’s it was going to be a muddy morning of racing. The soft ground meant slippery and fast descent would challenge the riders.

The endurance style format had riders completing as many laps as possible in a 1 hour period. A mass start of nearly 150 riders made for some close racing across all divisions and they were pushing hard to maintain and overall lead for the School.

Congratulations to Jack Vizard who came 5th in the overall race - and he's in Year 9! Well done also to Charlie Sargent and James Derry who were racing up a division and placed 4th and 5th respectively in the senior’s race.
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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash and Ms Annie Gleason, Head Coach

Knox 1st 0-3 Willoughby1 with N You Lee injured F Hellen Ford stepped up as the number 1 player with most probably his best performance of the season, Finn chased every ball forcing his opponent to continuously make unforced errors. This match had it all hard fought rallies end to end plays neither player giving in it was only Finn's inexperience that beat him in the end going down, 1-3. This was not an indication of the match as each game was won or lost by only 2-3 points . Finn has shown that his hard work and persistence is setting the foundation for himself and his team mates to become better players and equally have shown there sportsmanship in defeat, very pleasing to see.

R Rattan moving up to number 2 player gave his all as he always dose trying to unsettle his opponent with some well-placed drives and cross court shots Ritwik unfortunately found it hard going and went down, 0-3. A Soonius moved up into the first team giving his all with some well-placed cross court and back hand drives Adam unfortunately met an opponent with more experience but to Adams credit he continued working the court also going down, 0-3. All three boys should be very proud not only in there performance as players but the way they conduct themselves off the court - great attitude!

K2 3-0 Briars3 E Xie playing as the number1 showed that determination and never say die Attitude is a powerful tool in life Evan continuously fought and chased every ball varying his plays to eventually take the match, 3-2. Z Slonim, not only played up but backed up to play two matches. Zach played to his strengths with some well-placed back hand volleys along with forehand and cross court drives Zach going on to win both matches 3-0. Outstanding effort.

K3 0-3 Barker1 C William moving up as the number1 player showed that there is very little difference between the top divisions for Chris to be beaten by only a few points in each game and nearly taking the match to a five setter is huge positive and should give him that extra determination when these teams meet again . P Koch played two outstanding matches both five setters with end to end plays chasing every ball Peter went down 2-3 in both, to his credit he never gave up.

K42-1Barker2E Bakker J Price Big thank you to James playing twice, winning both matches with great length shot.

K5 2-1 Barker4 L Tilley L Marinaki C Lee Two fantastic matches Luke played extremely well unlucky to go downin a hard fought five setter, 14/16 in the last game. Chan played equally well dominating his match with good length shots to set up the team win.

K6 1-2 Northmead1 O Ellard set the pace early with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives along with some neat drops Ollie proving to strong on the day 3-0 win. A Lin Lacy found it hard going not being able to settle credit to Andy he never gave up. Harry Partridge stepped in as a late replacement and played great match only going down1-3 nearly taking it into a five setter Harry never stopped trying with some well-placed cross court drives.

Knox7 2-1 Barker5 B Fraser winning by forfeit F Prince played to his strengths with some well-placed boasts Finn used the court to his advantage with some powerful forehand drives. Harry Partridge playing as a replacement played a solid match with only his inexperience being the difference, Harry never stopped trying and played some great back of court plays.

K8 2-1 Briars4 T Murray E O Sullivan very hard fought match by Eddie with all games seesawing, Eddie finally dominating the fifth game 15/9 Great effort D Loyzaga stepped in to make up the third player playing well just going down 1-3.

K10 1-2 Barker6 H Mendes D Loyzaga Harrison playing twice winning one and just going down in a hard fought match 1-3.

K11 1-2 Barker7 P Mehta started slowly with a few unforced errors but soon adjusted and played some well-placed drives and cross court shots but as the match went on lost focus and to his credit he worked hard and the match went on to be a five setter with final game Pranav losing by only 2 points. Could come back. E Denton set the pace early with some well-placed boasts and back of court drives.

K12 2-1 Barker10 V Zhong D Pathirana Big thank you to Dylan playing twice winning both matches 3-0 .F Bryant fought hard chasing every ball but found his opponent a little to overpowering but to Flynns credit he never gave up.

Knox13 1-2 Barker11 L Yu played a very positive game proving too strong for his opponent Luke worked the court well with some well-placed forehand and back hand drives. S Suresh and A Nipatcharoen both played the same opponent finding the hard serves a challenge but to their credit they never stopped trying.

Knox15 3-0 Barker15 O Weeding A Pan Cassin J Ng this team had a very resounding win with some great squash played by all.

K16 3-0 Barker16 W Degotardi E Bryant Big thank you to Will playing twice winning both matches 3-0. Ewan played a good length service game to secure a 3-1 win.

To All the Knox Squash Competitive teams - well done! Six teams came first. Nine teams to play in the semi finals which start this week at Knox at 8am. Please come along and support the boys.

To All the Internal Teams - well done. These games were played in great spirit and hopefully we will see some of these players in the competitive league for the winter season
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Table Tennis

Mr Ben Higgens, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 25 February saw the table tennis team take on St Ignatius Riverview in a match. The boys performed superbly and showed great talent and ability in their matches. The rallies were outstanding with some very strong play by Nathan Barnes and Alex Wang.The Knox 1 team won, 3-2, overall. The 2nd team won, 5-0. The 3rd team lost, 1-4, whilst the 4th team won 5-0 with a very impressive display of table tennis.

In the internal groups the Knox boys showed a huge improvement and were all eager to further their skills. Their match play and techniques are improving with every training session.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 25 February saw Knox take on St Aloysious at home. Unfortunately due to the weather Knox Tennis didn’t manage to hit a ball the whole weekend. Knox has two rounds left for summer sport, so the coaches will ensure we keep up the hard work in training and get ready for the last couple of fixtures.

Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, Head Coach, Waterpolo

The Knox U13’s Water Polo squad has been dubbed as one of the most talented up and coming Water Polo teams at Knox. They chose a cold and damp morning at The Scots College to shine, lighting up the morning with two wins against Scots.

Both the 13A’s and B’s competed against evenly matched teams who displayed above average skill in the water.
Talented goal keeping by Angus Murphy, Josh and Lucas Banfield kept the Scots team at bay, while solid play from Jordan Menzies, Jack Harty and Tane Bidois enabled the Knox teams to take advantage of each goal scoring opportunity.

Both U13’s teams defeated Scots 9-8. 

The U15A’s then added another win to the Saturday tally board, defeating St Josephs College 11-1 at The King's School Pool.

Great attacking play and quality team work from all members assisted Knox in maintaining a lead over a quality opponent.

Goals from William Bondy, Patrick Hogan, Gabriel Carmody, Dylan Cooke, Mitchell Longstaff, Lachlan Reeve and Wilson Gu were well received by the supporting parents.

Well done to all water polo players for their hard work and commitment over the weekend.
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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.