The KSAA has fielded a number of enquiries this week with regard to the wet weather arrangements and how best to know if any game is cancelled on Saturday. Please note:
• Our Knox Sportsmaster makes a 6am inspection of all Knox facilities every Saturday morning and will have a clear message on our wet weather line (9901 7701) at precisely 7am. The exact content of that message will also be posted on our Knox Portal and Skoolbag App at 7am. Please ensure all parents have the Skoolbag app and sign up for push notifications for the sports you are involved with. Alerts are sent when there is any variation to our published draw or training schedule.

• We also rely on our opposition Sportsmaster/School and local Councils to advise us of any cancellations and ground closures. Unfortunately this is not always by 7am so some messages and alerts are sent again after 7am as was the case last weekend where Scots notified us of some changes at 7.15am and AFL closed some grounds after 8am. This is out of our hands but alerts are sent as soon as we know – we are all mindful of the inconvenience of travelling across Sydney to find a ground closed and no fixture for your son.

Congratulations
To all of our Tennis squads who again dominated their opposition and are well placed to win the CAS Winter Tennis competition. Well done to Ben Higgins, Ian Pack and all of the Tennis Coaching staff for having the boys so well prepared.

To Nick Shannon who so competently refereed our Preps on the weekend and is receiving great feedback from parents and spectators. A thankless task and without Nick and other referees our boys do not get a game each weekend.

Tyler Krenkels has been selected in both the NSW Swimming State Squad and the NSW Water Polo U14’s Squad. No mean feat!

Leon MacAlister has also been selected in the Australian Youth Swim Team to represent at the World Youth Swimming Championships. Wow – what a season Leon is having.

Our 1sts team Water Polo coach, Mr Jai McNamara, has just returned from Hobart competing in the Australian Country Water Polo Championships. Jai was an integral part of the NSW Blues team that went through the competition undefeated to claim the Gold medal.

Week ahead
Another huge weekend of Winter sport on 27 May with the Rugby squads playing St Joseph’s College and our Footballers needing to get their title campaign back on track with a fixture at home v Waverley. Good luck fellas.

Reminder that any boy wishing to participate in the Knox Track & Field Championships on June 21 need to complete an event nomination sheet and return to Mrs Liz Smith in the Lawson Centre Gym as soon as possible.

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
1st Tennis squad defeated a strong Barker squad 8 sets to 0. A great effort and well led by Pedro Papangelis. The 1st squad comprised – Pedro Papangelis, Hugo La Hei, Charlie Wong, Lachlan Walker.

Individuals of the week
Josh Collett (Year 8) and Tane Bidois (Year 7) – Swimming

Across two Championship carnivals ( CIS & All Schools ), Josh won a total of 18 medals (14 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze) with Tane taking home 14 medals – across the strokes of Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly with both boys contributing significantly to Knox success in many of our relays.
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Football - Prep

Mr Kai Lammert, Football Coordinator

Round 4:
Unfortunately, the wet weather took its toll on our opens teams with all five games washed out. Our U9 age group faced a tough encounter with the Cranbrook boys. Pick of the group was our Silver team that won 5-3 and our B team entertained the crowd with a 7-7 draw.

Our U10 teams had five wins and only one loss playing some great football. Our U11 had another successful Saturday playing very strong St Aloysius teams. The A's won 3-2 in the game of the round.

With good weather forecasted this weekend, we should have a great Saturday full of football ahead of us.

Rugby - Prep

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Rugby Coordinator

This weekend saw our teams return to the home of Prep Rugby, Lower Gillespie. The 2nd XV had a hard fought victory over a fast finishing Shore side, while the 1st XV had easily their best performance of the year in a dominant 62-0 win over Shore. The Under 11B’s also rose to the occasion of playing at home, and despite being on the wrong side of the result they played some of their best rugby of the year. The Under 11A had a good win in a see-sawing match against Mosman Prep, with plenty of room for improvement as the season progresses. Our littlest men, the Under 9’s gave it their all in their match against Mosman Prep. The highlight of the morning was watching the 1st XV tunnel on the Under 9A’s side – the spirit of rugby in action!

Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Water Polo
Congratulations to Sam Matruglio, Gabe Carmody and Lachlan Reeve who have recently been selected for NSW Water Polo U14 Squads. This is a huge achievement that recognises the current and future talent of these students. Sam, Gabe and Lachlan will join Nick Trobec (U16), Antonio Matruglio (U16) and Tyler Krenkels (U14) and in NSW Squads (as announced in the Week 4 Sports Bulletin).

Well done to Josh Collett (Year 8) who won 8 medals at NSW All Schools as well as a further 10 at the NSW CIS Championships.


Congratulations to our Swim & Dive Team who have continued their success from the CIS Championships through to the NSW All Schools Swimming & Diving Championships. 
 
Held at Sydney Olympic Park last Friday, our team of 22 students won a total of 39 medals and set several new records!
 
TEAM KNOX was made up of  Tane Bidois, Kaea Bidois, Mark Buddee, Josh Collett, Jack Edie, Bailey Farris, Joseph Hamson, Brendan Hee, Josh Johnson, Lachlan Kelly, Tyler Krenkels, Justin Lee, Euan Liney, Josh Mercer, Leon MacAlister, Sydney Robertson, Ben Rothery, Jack Ryan, Dylan Zhang, Declan Owers, Otto Thomas and Ben Dempsey. 
 
NEW SOUTH WALES TOP 6 PERFORMANCES:  
Tane Bidois: Gold 50m Freestyle; Gold 50m Butterfly; Gold 100m Freestyle; Gold 100m Backstroke
Josh Collett: Gold 50m Freesyle; Gold 50m Butterfly; Gold 50m Breastroke; Gold 100m Freestyle; Silver 100m Breastroke
Justin Lee: Silver 50m Butterfly
Joseph Hamson: Gold 50m Freestyle; Gold, 50m Butterfly; Gold 200m Freestyle; Gold 100m Freestyle 
Tyler Krenkels: Gold 200m Backstroke; Silver 400m Freestyle; Silver 200m Freestyle
Euan Liney: 4th 400m Freestyle 
Dylan Zhang: Silver 50m Breastroke
Bailey Farris: Bronze 50m Backstroke
Josh Johnson: 5th 50m Butterfly 
Lachlan Kelly: Silver 100m Backstroke; Silver 50m Backstroke; Silver 200m Backstroke
Josh Mercer: Bronze 200 Butterfly
Ben Dempsey: Gold 17yrs Springboard Dive 
Otto Thomas: 6th 15yrs Springboard Dive 
Sydney Robertson: Bronze 50m Freestyle
Jack Edie: Silver 200m Freestyle; Silver 400m Freestyle
Leon MacAlister: Gold 50m Freestyle; Gold 100m Backstroke; Gold 50m Back
Kaea Bidois: Silver 50m Freestyle, Silver 100m Freestyle
Ben Dempsey: Gold 17yrs Springboard Dive 
 
KNOX TEAM RACES:  
12-14 Freestyle Relay: Gold! Tane Bidois, Ben Rothery, Josh Collett, Joseph Hamson
12-14 Medley Relay: Gold! Tane Bidois, Dylan Zhang, Josh Collett, Joseph Hamson
17-18 Freestyle Relay: Gold & New Record Set! Leon MacAlister, Josh Ryan, Jack Edie, Kaea Bidois
17-18 Medley Relay: Gold & New Record Set! Leon MacAlister, Jack Ryan, Jack Edie, Kaea Bidois
All Age Freestyle Relay: Gold & New Record Set! Tane Bidois, Joshua Collett, Joseph Hamson, Brendan Hee, Sydney Robertson, Leon MacAlister 
15-16 Freestyle Relay: Silver! Lachlan Kelly, Brendan Hee, Sydney Robertson, Mark Buddee
15-16 Medley Relay: Bronze! Lachlan Kelly, Declan Owers, Sydney Robertson, Brendan Hee
 
Thank you to coaches Nick Dobson, Rebecca Manuel and Steve Goodier for their hard work at these championships as well as Captain Jack Ryan for his continued leadership and success throughout the season. 
 
We also have eight students who have been selected for NSW Swimming Talent ID Squads. Congratulations as well to Mr Nick Dobson who has also been selected as a coach for each of these squads.  
 
NSW Emerging Talent Squad: Leon MacAlister, Jack Edie, Joseph Hamson and Tyler Krenkels  
(It should be noted that this squad is a pathway towards the Australian Swim Team) 

NSW Age Development Squad: Lachlan Kelly and Josh Collett 

NSW Junior Sharks Squad: Justin Lee and Euan Liney 
 
Well done to our swimmers and divers for their hard work and dedication towards their training. 
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

On Saturday, the Knox Winter Basketball attended the 4D Health and Performance training facility in the city. The boys were put through an Energy System Development (ESD) training session which was designed to target the three different energy systems of the body. The boys completed a high-intensity 45-minute work out where they pushed themselves to the absolute limit. In addition to the gruelling work out, led by the Leadership Group, the boys were able to identify five core values in which they wish to identify as a program and will push to further develop this culture in their basketball careers at Knox and beyond. It was a fantastic team building experience for the boys and their behaviour, willingness to participate and challenge themselves was exceptional.

The Patty Mills award of the week goes to Renier Lambinon in Year 10. Renier is one of the hardest workers in the program and we are really starting to see the results of this in his impressive improvements so far this term. Great job Renier!

Week 4 also saw the Senior 3v3 competition take place. It was fantastic to see so many Year 12 boys get involved and have some fun during their busy assessment period. The Senior 3v3 Champions were the Boarders - Josh Ellis, Fred Guest and Sam Piper. The Boarders went up against our Junior Champions, the Swimming Jocks, in a highly entertaining and intense final. Led by Joshua Pain behind the arc, the Swimming Jocks were too skilled and won the match. Well done boys! Our next lunch time competition will be a 3 Point Shootout. Please refer to the Lawson Centre noticeboard for more information coming soon!

Combined Sports

AFL
Yrs 7/8 Div 2 Def St Ignatius White
Goals - Kyeton Reardon 2, Alexander Benson 2, Will Hornery, Angus Rowe, Harry Lawson, Rhett Masters
Best - Baxter Wilson, Justin Hirsch, Will Hornery, Louis Bebb, Angus Rowe
Player’s Player - Baxter Wilson

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Black Def by St Aloysius
Goals - Berend Hollander 3, Saxon Liddle, Carlton Hogan
Best - Saxon Liddle, Berend Hollander, Joel Weiser, Hamish Cooper, Carlton Hogan
Player’s Player - Saxon Liddle

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Blue Def Trinity
Goals - Daniel Beattie 5, Liam Puncher 3, Will Blackburn 2, Patrick Bolger 2, Will Hopkins 2, Lachie White 2, Will Aylward, Will Francou, Will Shortis, Lachlan Voukelatos 
Best - Daniel Beattie, Lachlan Voukelatos, Will Blackburn, Lachie White, Patrick Bolger. 
Player’s Player - Daniel Beattie

Yrs 9/10 Def Shore
Goals - Jordan Moses 4, Jay Naganayagam 3, Tasman Rooke 3, Henry Wines 2, Kale Gabila, Henry Smith
Best - Lachlan Dowling, Jordan Moses, Henry Smith, Kale Gabila, Jude Yates. 
Player’s Player - Lachlan Dowling 

2nds Def By Cranbrook
Goals - Luke Bray 2, Zac Stewart 
Best - Jesse Cavanough, Damon Reynolds, Zac Stewart, Luke Bray, Rory Nyssen
Player’s Player - Jesse Cavanough 
 
Target Shooting
Date: Saturday 20 May at Hornsby Rifle Range. Long Range - 300m.
Conditions: overcast with weather improving as the session wore on through the morning. 
Students shot 2 sight round and 10 shots rapid fire. 
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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

After strengthening exercises the boys were keen to practise their bouting skills. Fencing each other in a round robin they gained experience from fencing different strategies against each opponent. The épée boys also bouted each other and concentrated on landing wrist and arm hits as well as learning about the importance of keeping distance and developing speed to outfox their opponents.

Football

Mr Stephen Roche, Director of Football

Knox vs Barker CAS round 4
Round four dished up the derby between Knox and Barker. Knox 1st X1 had plenty to prove after the loss to St Aloysius the week before, determined to show the competition they are contenders for this year’s crown. The beauty of the game can also be its worst feature, sometimes the bounce of the ball doesn’t go the way it should. The boys from the 1st X1 dominated Barker for 95% of the game, but were unfortunate to be scored against early in the first half. Controversy followed after half time when Knox were denied twice by the linesman’s flag, questions murmured throughout the crowd, but the boys showed great maturity by playing the whistle. Coach Kai Lammert said he was proud the way the boys came back from last week’s loss, especially in such a new look side. Knox 2nd X1 drew 2-2, while Knox 3rd X1’s drew their goal fest 3-3. The 4th’s unfortunate in a 2-0 loss, as were the 5th’s in a game that saw Barker score all three goals in a 2-1 loss for Knox. The Knox 7th X1 also drew 1-1, meanwhile the 6ths victors 2-0.

The results for Year 10 this week varied with two wins, a draw, and a loss. The 10A’s played well for a solid 1-0 win against Barker. Liam Gorman and Ryan Maddison controlled the game well, while Nick Boyd netted the only goal of the match. The 10B’s took a point in a 1-1 thriller, Tom Supple giving it his all backed up by Harry Borbilas scoring for Knox. The 10C’s 1-0 win facilitated by Jamie Boyd’s performance and Will Seitam’s goal. The 10D’s suffered a 4-1 loss this week, but can take plenty from the match. The 10E’s & 10F’s had the week off.   

Year 9 continue to impress, with 44 goals scored across seven games for Knox. The 9A’s came away with a point this week, drawing their match 3-3. Strong performances from Billy and Jordy contributed to the result, with Jordy ending the game with a brace. The 9B’s enjoyed success in a convincing 4-1 win, H. Baker the pick of the players. A draw for the 9D’s provided the crowd with a strategic display, Ethan Moody impressing his coach and onlookers. From there it was goals, goals, and more goals with the remaining grades vying for the Year 9 most goals scored award. The 9C’s started it all with a 7-0 victory, goal scoring supremo Marcus knocking in four goals to close out the one sided affair. The 9E’s backed that effort up with a 10-0 win, four goals also to Daniel while Adam and Duncan finished with two apiece. The 9F side top scored this week, beating the keeper 12 times to one. Joshua Pain and Matt Lahoud each finishing with 5 goals. 9I wrapped up this week with a 7-1 win. 

Feature Game of the Week is the 8A’s five goal thriller against Barker. Knox started the game in dominant fashion. Early goals to Will Smith and Lachlan Hui asserting authority on the game. The undefeated Barker team kicked into gear to pull a goal back to make it 2-1. The Knox defence would be tested throughout the match, but grit and determination would lead to Max Mandera scoring the goal of the day with a solo run from halfway. Barker showed their class through an immediate response to make the score 3-2 and provide a gripping finish for the excited crowd. Knox eventual winners 3-2, defeating the table leaders and making a statement to the rest of the competition. The 8B’s Dan Wartho impressive in their 2-0 win, so too the 8C’s Justin Scott in their 1-1 draw. The F’s and E’s both went down to Barker, while the 8D’s walked away with the points winning 2-1. 

Year 7 scored a collective total of 58 goals this week, continuing to show their hunger for hitting the back of the net. The 7 A’s were the only casualties this week, going down 3-1 to an impressive Barker outfit, Fraser Thomson the strongest performer in a losing side. From there on in, it was a great day for the 7’s goal keepers with the remaining Knox teams all completing their games with clean sheets. The B’s Jordan Chong scored a brace in his team’s 5-0 win, while Flynn Macgregor netted a hat trick for the C’s in their 12 goal romp. The F’s and the I’s both enjoyed more modest victories, getting up 2-0 each, while the G’s and the H’s entertained their respective crowds scoring 10 apiece. The 7D’s scored five goals for victory, with Bo Verbeek Wolthuys scoring a hat trick of goals. The 7C’s lead the charge this week scoring a mammoth 12 goals to nil victory.  
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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Track & Field Championships
Just a reminder that the deadline to submit nominations for Knox Track & Field Champs is this Friday 26 May. Please return forms to Mr Nick Bromley or to Mrs Liz Smith in the KSAA office.

The Track & Field Champs will be held at Sydney Olympic Park again on Wednesday 21 June.

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


Cross Country
Knox had a sensational start to the day with Sam Rockcliff winning the Junior Division, continuing his winning form. Rockcliff remains the only athlete this season to be undefeated in his respective division. 

Our Intermediate team continued their solid season with Josh Tait and Mitch Westhuizen placing 3rd and 4th respectively. The performance of the meet went to Jackson Croker (Intermediate Division) who stormed home over the last lap to help Knox move into second place overall. A great performance by all the boys!

The Cross Country team now move into a heavy training block over the next few weeks in preparation for the CIS Championships coming up later next month.

KnoxFit
This weekend’s workout of the day (WOD) involved working in teams of four to complete as many rounds as possible in 24 minutes, including:
20 x burpees
20 x wall ball shots
20 x anchored sit-ups
Rest
 
Teams were not able to move on to their next task until all members had completed their station tasks and were ready to move on. Thus, they had to work as a team, communicate effectively and motivate each other to keep moving throughout the 24 minutes.

Congratulations to the following boys who top scored for their age group:
Yrs 7/8 - William Gleave, Finn Kane, Charlie Kellaway and Nick Sherlock (Yr 8) with 32 repititions
Yrs 9/10 - William Chung, Carl Giacomo, Hunter Holmes and Baxter Wyatt (Yr 9) with 32 repetitions 
Yrs 11/12 - Jon Duff, Warren Lee, Andrew Men (Yr 11) and Jerry Wu

Also, just a reminder that as per email sent to all KnoxFit students, you will be required to attend your after-school KnoxFit session until at least 4:30pm. Students will not be permitted to leave early.

Orienteering
Rained out.

Senior Weights & Training
There was better attendance at SWaT on the weekend which was great to see. 

As per email sent to all SWaT students, your minimum commitment to SWaT is at least one session midweek, as well as your Saturday session. You must attend in the allocated time slot for SWaT to ensure a SWaT coach is present. 

Students are also asked to wear your SWaT shirt to ensure you can be identified and supported with your program.

2017 SWaT Schedule 2017 SWaT Schedule (113 KB)


Track & Field
Athletics NSW Winter Series, Campbelltown
The Knox T&F team continued it's great build up to the CAS athletics season by having a hit out at the Athletics NSW winter series at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on the weekend. Many of the boys have been training weekly and it was great to see all of the hard work they have been putting in starting to pay off, with all sprinters running personal bests in the 100m and 200m! This was a great confidence boost to many of the boys and we are looking forward to having a few more hit outs over the coming weeks. 



Just a reminder that we have some great coaches available for everyone to reach their athletic potential, so we encourage and welcome anyone interested in sprinting, jumping, throwing, hurdling or middle distance running to come down to Gillespie Tuesday and Thursday mornings 6:45am. The earlier you start the better results you will get come September.



Gold Coast Tour EOI
Knox Track & Field will again be attending the DownUnder Championships on the Gold Coast from 6-9 July.
 
If you are involved in the track & field program (or would like to be) and are interested interested in attending, please confirm your interest with Mr Kieran Donohue by COB Friday 26 May.

2017 Down Under Track and Field Tour 2017 Down Under Track and Field Tour (129 KB)


Places are limited, so please ensure you review the selection criteria.

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Rugby

Mr John Rownes, Rugby Coordinator

The continued trial matches with the GPS schools has been an excellent means of providing genuinely good quality opposition. The rugby program is only benefitting from this strong competition.

The 1st XV produced a sensational performance to defeat Kings. Kings started well establishing a 13 – 0 lead but the Knox team responded to the challenge to score an unanswered 24 points to secure a very strong win. The last two weeks have been a little tougher against Newington and Scots. A strong and physical Newington forward pack laid the foundation for a Newington victory but the Knox team never relented in the 17 – 29 loss. Last Saturday Knox travelled to Scots and once again performed well. Scots held a narrow 21 – 19 lead well into the second half and Knox were looking good. Scots finished with two tries to take the final score to 33 – 19.

The wet weather unfortunately caused the cancellation of several matches last Saturday. However, the U14’s and U15’s played their respective matches at Gillespie Field. All U14 teams won their matches against Scots while all U15 teams also won their matches. The 15A’s won 22 - 10 which was an immensely pleasing result after suffering defeats in their previous games.

This week is the final week of trials. Knox will play against St Joseph’s College.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 20 May saw Knox take on Barker on a wet Saturday. The 1st team just got on the only 2 dry tennis courts around the area. The 1st team played some brilliant tennis to win 8-0 overall with special mention to Perdo Papangelis who came back in his singles from being 0-3 down to win 6-4. In the doubles the whole team worked well to get the wins and showed great focus especially in their first sets.

The only other matches that got on the courts were the 7A and B teams. The 7A team had a close match and unfortunately lost 2-4 with only 3 games splitting the two sides. The B team played some outstanding tennis to win 5-1 overall with special mention to Lachie Bill winning both singles and doubles 6-0.

Unfortunately no other matches or internal tennis took place due to the courts being too wet. We are looking forward to next weekend and getting back on the court.

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.