The Track & Field season started on Saturday with a great turnout of students trying their best and giving their all on a beautiful Saturday morning at Homebush. At the completion of the short five week season, a team is selected to represent Knox at the CAS Track & Field Championships. A magnificent event held under lights where our very best will get to perform in front of 5,000 screaming spectators. Knox is determined to have a big season and wishes all students and coaches the very best. Each week in the lead up to the Championships I will post a small story on some great performances at CAS.

Jim Thomson, 1931
In 1931 Jim won the Mile event at the Knox Athletics Carnival and later presented a cup for this event known as the J R Thomson cup. It was a very proud moment for him when his son Tony won it on three occasions (1955, 1956, and 1957) and then two of his grandsons won it in 1986 and 1988. When the last event of the 1931 CAS Carnival (- the first division of the Open Mile) started, Cranbrook School led Knox by seven points. Team as well as individual points were involved in the race. The Knox representative ran with the knowledge that not only was his own success but the final place of the Cranbrook representative were factors in the destination of the Cup. The severe pace he set in the first lap and the resolution with which he maintained his lead to win in four minutes, 44 3/5th seconds – a new record – were mainly responsible for Knox wrestling the Cup from Cranbrook by a mere three points. The School boy who ran this record mile was J R (Jim) Thomson. He had been a member of the 1929 Knox team which won the first Associated Schools Athletics Carnival and again played a major role as Captain of Athletics in 1931.

The Sports Academy has also started a pre-season program this week to help prepare each student for sport trials late in Term 3. All boys were given all information of the season ahead for their chosen sport – as always if there are any queries please do not hesitate to call the School or check the Knox Skoolbag App.

Aston Bloom played the Merimbula Junior Tennis Championships over the weekend and won the U14s boys singles tournament. Aston was number 4 seed but played some outstanding tennis to take out the #1 seed (rank 581) in the semi-finals. Congratulations to Aston Bloom (Year 7)!

Track & Field Performances of the week
13 Years – Ben MacNamara ( HJ 1.67m )
14 Years - Tom Plasto (400m 64.1)
15 Years – Davey Sherlock (Long Jump 5.60m)
16 Years – Charles Barclay (100, 200m, Hurdles)
17 Years – Josh Batten (400m 51.4 and 200m 23.6)
OPENS – Ben Fitton (800m 1.59.1)

Team of the week
The Years 5/ 6 AFL team WON the Paul Kelly Cup on Monday at the one and only SCG. This is a state wide competition open to all schools in NSW and is the first time Knox has won this competition. A great effort from our youngsters.
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AFL - Prep

Mr Joe Britton, AFL Coordinator

Knox Prep Boys Crowned AFL State Champions
Yesterday our Year 5/6 Paul Kelly Cup AFL team played on the Sydney Cricket Ground in the State Finals.

The top eight Regional Champions came together to compete against each other all hoping to take home the trophy!

This competition began early in the year with 850 teams & 14,000 players. To reach the finals was a feat in itself let alone win the grand final.

Our boys played amazing footy defeating Marist College, Canberra 43-12, then Bermagui 41-1, and Kempsey West 33-16 in the round games. Finishing top of their pool they were drawn to play St Therese Kings Langley in the semi-final. Result – 45-12 Knox’s way!

In an upset, St Patricks College Albury were defeated by Kempsey West in the other semi. So it was Knox and Kempsey West in the grand final!

The boys were ready for the challenge, playing as a team and fighting hard for the ball. Thus, coming away with an outstanding win 47-12 to be crowned Paul Kelly Cup State AFL winners for 2017.

Knox is only the 3rd Sydney team to win the trophy in 18 years and the 1st Independent School in its history!

Congratulations to Oliver Ryan, Tom Ballantyne, Henry Anderson, Callum Irish, Ben Williams, Vasili Sotiropoulos, Aidan Barry, George Taylor, Ronan James, Nick Johnston, Lachlan Hall, Angus Wines, Daniel Rose, Conor Milliken & Jack Vanasek and their coach, Mr Joe Britton.

Mrs Sharon Dewar, Sports Coordinator K-6

Squash

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports, Mr Eric van Arkkels, Head Coach and Ms Annie Gleason, 1st and 2nd Squash Coach

Knox1 2-1 Briars1 N You Lee started strong with some great forehand drives Nic fought hard to come back at 1-1 unfortunately he lost focus finding himself down 1-2 Nic varied his plays chasing every ball just not enough on the day to go down 1-3. A Soonius set the tempo controlling the "T" with good length Adam played a very attacking match with great forehand and cross court drives to win 3-0 , F Hellen-Ford dominated from the start varying his shots Finn never looked troubled with some clinical drops and drives giving him the match 3-0.

K5 2-1 Willoughby2 E Bakker played a very controlled match varying his shots with good length Eugene set about playing to his strengths with great drives and drops to win 3-0, C Lee stepping up from team6 set the pace early with good length Chan played some well-placed drives and boasts to win 3-1, F Prince played a hard fought match chasing every ball unfortunately retiring early due to injury.

K6 2-1 K7 C William played to his strengths with some well-placed drives and cross court shots Chris dominated to win 3-0, B Fraser tried very hard to stay in the match chasing every ball Brendan varied his plays but unfortunately just not enough on the day going down 0-3, L Marinaki won by forfeit along with E Albany also wining by forfeit credit to these boys they both played each other as training. Great Commitment.

K8 2-1 Barker2 H Partridge set the tempo early focusing on length Harry played a very attacking match with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives to go on and win 3-0, J Ngo started strong playing good length to go up 1-0 Jackson lost focus and quickly found himself down 1-2 fighting to stay in the match Jackson chased every ball varying his plays to come back and win 3-2, Great Determination. A Bradshaw played his toughest match of the season chasing every ball with the result not going his way Archer never gave up working towards helping his team make the Grand Final. Great attitude.

K10 2-1 Barker4 T Murray played to his strengths with some well-placed front of court boasts Tyler focused on length going on to take the match 3-0, R Soutar dominated early with some good placement Ryan varied his plays with some quality forehand and cross court drives to win 3-0 , S Koroknay set the pace early controlling the "T" playing good length Steve lost his rhythm and found himself trailing to his credit he fought hard to stay in the match just going down 2-3 .

K11 2-1 K12 with injury affecting both teams J Merhi and C Beauchamp H Partridge playing up team11 went thru M Goodge S Kim H Meendes all injured team12 out.

K14 0-3 Briars4 S Suresh J Harris playing up O Weeding these boys all tried very hard never giving up Shiv found the game tough with a few to many unforced errors not helping going down 0-3, James narrowly went down 0-3 finding the back of court serves at times hard to return credit he never gave up, Oliver dominated early with his forehand drives but lost focus hitting the tin with a few unforced errors to his credit he fought hard going down 0-3. 

K15 2-1 Barker8 J Brooke started slowly 0-2 down Jordan refocused got back to 2-2 working hard chasing every ball with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives finally just going down 2-3, W Degotardi played his match of the season finding his opponent frustrating at times in a match that changed leads several times Will worked to his strengths playing good length he managed to control the "T" and go on to win 3-2. Great Determination.

W Thomas Year 7 playing a Year 12 opponent chased every ball grinding away Obi wore his opponent down with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives he never relented and went on to win 3-0.

K17 1-2 Barker9 L Merhi started well varying his plays with some well-placed front of court drives Luke unfortunately wasn't well just going down 1-3. Great effort. EW Poier played good length with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives giving EJ the match 3-0, X Webster playing his first semi-final was very nervous down 1-2 Xavier found his rhythm focusing on the back of court he leveled at 2-2 chasing every ball the score changing several times with Xavier just loosing 16-18 in game five final result 2-3. Great effort considering this was his third competitive match.

K18 3-0 Briars7 EW Poier , J Watts ,  J Ahmad all dominated there matches with good placement EJ varying his drives to win 3-0 , Josh played to his strength with some well-placed serves and Johar found the back of court with some great forehand drives.

Congratulations to K1 , K2 , K3 , K4 , K5 , K6 , K8 , K9 , K10 , K11 , K13 , K15 ,K16 , K18. These teams are all in the Grand Final at Thornleigh Squash Courts on Saturday 19 August starting at 8am. Please come and support the boys.

To all the boys - well done!
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Aston Bloom (Year 7) played the Merimbula Junior Championships over the weekend and won the U14s boys singles tournament. Aston was the number 4 seed but played some outstanding tennis to take out the #1 seed (rank 581) in the semi-finals.

Congratulations, Aston! We are very proud of your achievements and hope for many more to come.

Track and Field

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Track & Field CAS Invitational 1
Knox Track and Field kicked off its 2017 CAS campaign on the weekend with the first of five invitationals held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre in the lead-up to the CAS Championships in Week 9. Knox had over 100 students participate on the day with some fantastic results.

The middle distance team continued its solid form from last year with wins in the 13s, 14s and Opens 800m races. Sam Reeves and Will Constable showed great promise for the rest of the season with solid openers in the two lap event. Will Constable ran untouched from the front to record 2:14.10 which was very close to a personal best. Sam Reeves kicked home strong in the 14s championship event to record Knox’s second win of the morning. To finish off a great round of 800m Ben Fitton stormed to victory with a season opener of 1:59.45.

In the throws, Tom Shannon and Lucas Chamen teamed up well to dominate the shotput events in their respective age groups. There were also solid performances from Rupert Foley in the 13s shot and discus. Foley’s mark of 9.80m in the shotput placed him in the top end of his age group. New Head Coach of Throws, Nick Sawaszenko suggested, “There were some really positive results for the first week. With more technical training over the next few weeks, we can continue to build the throws program at the school.” In the older age groups, Lachlan Antoinette enjoyed a good series of throws in his first competition back, throwing 40.50m in the 17 years discus and 12.80m in the shot.
 
Knox’s excellent sprint program has worked extremely hard over the winter season and certainly didn’t disappoint in their first outing of the season. Year 7 speedster, Aiden Lau started the season well with another improvement in the 100m and 200m running 12.2 and 26.4 respectively. Huge improvements continued throughout the morning with 100m and 200m events. Max Mandera dominated the 14 Years events, placing 1st in both, with swift times of 24.2 and 11.90 in the 200m and 100m. Head Coach of Sprints, Cathy Walsh, was “very pleased” with the opening weeks’ performances. 
 
There were also encouraging signs for the Knox jumps team with notable performances in the high and long jump events. Davey Sherlock was a standout along with Jackson Ellis in their respective age groups. In the high jump Ben MacNamara jumped a huge personal best with a leap of 1.67m.
 
Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded the performance of the week for their respective age groups.
13 Years – Ben Macnamara  
14 Years – Tom Plasto (400m 64.1)
15 Years – Davey Sherlock (Long Jump 5.60m)
16 Years – Charles Barclay (100, 200m, Hurdles)
17 Years – Josh Batten (400m 51.4 and 200m 23.6)
Opens – Ben Fitton (800m 1.59.1)
 
2017 School Sport Australia Cross Country National Championships
Knox Grammar School has two students representing NSW in the 2017 Australian Schools Cross Country Championships in Hobart over the weekend.



Sam Rockliff (Y8) finished 14th overall in the 14/15 Years event (6th for his age group) with a time of 12:36. Mitchell Westhuizen (Y9) finished just behind in  17th with a time of 12:40. A fantastic result to have two boys in the top 20 in the country!

Well done to both boys who represented Knox, CIS and NSW valiantly in bitterly cold Tasmania conditions.
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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.