It was another wet and miserable day on Saturday with most outdoor sports cancelled against Trinity Grammar. When you consider the enormous amount of time and effort put in by the students and their coaches since late January, it has been really hard for us to cancel games but the safety for all is our priority. Thanks for understanding.

This gives me the opportunity to talk about the second half of this term and all that will be going on at Knox.

Boys in the Senior School will finish their summer sport with a fixture at home against Waverley College. Always a tough encounter and a number of premierships up for grabs.

Next week we build up to the CAS Swim & Dive Championships at Homebush on Thursday 16 March. I have mentioned this event previously in recent Bulletins so please make the effort to come along and support our Knox Swimming team. The boys are training superbly at the moment and ready to peak in front of a huge Knox crowd. Trinity have won the last 13 CAS Championships, and the time is right to bring the Shield back to Wahroonga. Please get on board and come and experience an amazing evening of schoolboy swimming.

From the week starting Monday 20 March, our winter teams will start to trial and play some pre-season “friendlies” as we build up to Term 2 and the CAS competition. The Rugby boys are excited about the prospect of some more trials against some big GPS schools in the early part of Term 2 so that will be a great experience for all involved whilst the Football, Tennis and AFL will also be participating in their respective competitions through Term 2 and into Term 3.

Also going on later this term is a Rugby tour to NZ, a Mountain Biking trip to Thredbo, the 6 event House Athletic carnival in late March and many more great opportunities for our boys to experience - all part of the Knox Sports Academy’s commitment to keeping the boys engaged and healthy!

Team of the week
Squash K14: Jackson Ngo, Samuel McKay and Liam Thomas. These boys have never lost their spirit this season with results up and down they have persevered and now find themselves in the Grand Final. Great effort.

Individual performance of the week
Pedro Papangelis - selected in the CIS Tennis squad last week to compete at the NSW All Schools tournament later in the term.
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

The Open’s finished the round with a 2 win and 4 loss record. The 1st’s played a great game but were unable to defensively contain Trinity’s penetration and 3 point shooting going down, 77-87. The boys will need to bounce back quickly as they are playing Cranbrook in a makeup game this Tuesday and then back at home for their final game of the season against Waverley. The 2nd's also played a great game but went down, 52-56. The remainder of the games include: 3rds (W – 28-21), 4ths (L - 25-41), 5ths (W – 36-28), 6ths (L 29-33-27), 11ths (W- 38-31), 12ths (W – 24-15) and 13ths (W – 21 -25).

The 10’s had a fantastic round finishing with a 9 win and 1 loss record. All boys in Year 10 have put in such great effort throughout the season and are commended for their perseverance and work ethic. The 10A’s played incredibly well as a team defeating Trinity, 43-27. The B’s won in a close game, 36-31. The remainder of the results include: C’s (W – 31-28), D’s (W – 30-28), E’s (W – 37-26), F’s (L- 15-18), G’s (W – 24-22) and H’s (W – 35-5).

The 9’s continue their dominance of the CAS finishing the round undefeated with 6 wins. The A’s bounced back from their disappointing loss last week to convincing beat Trinity, 43-29. Tom Paterson had a blinder for the B’s helping them to a 32-24 victory. The C’s won 30-23, D’s won 40-12, E’s won 36-16 and the F’s won 68-2. The remainder of the teams played in extra fixture games and also went undefeated! G’s (W – 74-7), H’s (W – 30-22), I’s (21-20), J’s (W – 25-15) and K’s (W - 26-12). Another fantastic round by our 9’s!

The 8’s also continue to impressive finishing the round with 5 wins and 1 loss. Trinity A’s are a tough match up for our boys but they improved drastically from when the last time the two teams met losing the game, 32-46. The remainder of the CAS games were wins with the B’s winning 42-21, C’s 30-29, D’s 25-23, E’s 44-8 and F’s 25-17. Our L’s versed the 9K’s and played a great game against older and stronger competition! Great work by our Year 8 teams this week!

The 7’s had their first taste of Trinity Basketball and competed with great sportsmanship and determination finishing the round with 4 wins and 4 losses. The A’s struggled with Trinity’s full court press and were defeated, 26-55. The rest of the results are as follows: B’s (L – 11-55), C’s (L- 23-32), D’s (L – 16-27), E’s (W – 37-23), F’s (W – 40-0), G’s (W – 25-9), H’s (W – 24-2), K’s (W – 14-10 and L’s (44-22). Our J’s versed Sydney Grammar G’s and lost – 10-23. 

This will be our final Saturday of basketball for the season with Opens, 8’s, 7’s at home and 10’s and 9’s away against Waverley. We have our end of season celebration on next Friday 17 March from 5pm - 7pm in the Lawson Centre. It would be great to see as many of our basketball players there to celebrate such a successful and fun season. Also, a reminder that ALL boys need to return their playing singlet to their coaches at the completion of their game on Saturday. Failure to do so will result in a $40 fee. Good luck to all boys competing in CAS games and extra fixtures on Saturday. 
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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, Director of Cricket

The weeks rainfall plus challenging conditions meant only one Knox side took the field this week. The 8C’s took on Trinity away who won the toss and chose to bat. An aggressive start from their top order was soon halted by some brilliant bowling. Jake Buchanan took 4-16, Angus Stevenson 2-0 and Angus Rich 3-1 in a very disciplined bowling effort, commendable considering the wet conditions meant the ball was tough to hold. Trinity were all out for 61, Seb Henriksen batted aggressively to quickly take the game away from Trinity scoring 29 off 21 balls, James Coughlin (24* off 21 balls) saw Knox secure the chase for loss of 1 wicket with Angus Rich 7*. Well played boys!

Diving

Mrs Rebecca Manuel, Head Coach

Last Thursday, a team of eight divers travelled to Trinity Grammar School to take part in the Trinity Invitational Carnival.

The team consisting of Michael Xenofontos, Otto Thomas, Thomas Mountstephens, James Riordan, Cam Mitchell, Jack Gutmann and Nick Gordon displayed skill beyond repair across a series of 1 & 3m dives. Otto Thomas impressed the judges winning the Intermediate Point Score while Cam Mitchell received the most points overall. Michael Xenofontos and Nick Gordon were also recognised on the same day winning the OKGA Most Improved award in the category of Diving.

Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, MIC Fencing

This week, learning about the history of fencing sparked great interest in the students. Early duelling swords evolved into the modern foils, epees and sabres which we have today. The rules also changed to make allowances for lighter weapons and the foil which was the original practice weapon for épée became a sport in its own right with separate rules and target areas. During skills training, emphasis was placed on remembering to riposte directly after a parry to gain priority. The boys practised their parries and attacks and then bouted each other.

Refereeing

Rugby Refereeing
Calling all parents, Old Boys, and students.
Knox Rugby needs you ... to ref!
If you are interested in refereeing at Knox this season, you are invited to attend an Information Evening.

Date: Monday 20 March
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Thistle Room
Contact: Craig Milligan

Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 3 won 2-1 over Willoughby 3. A big thank you to L Marinaki for stepping in as number 3 player replacing C William (absent ) Luke played a very determined match giving little away with some well placed forehand and cross court drives along with some great rallies, this was a very entertaining match.

P Koch set the pace early playing the back of court with some quality back hand and forehand drives Peter varied his plays and went on to have a good win. Z Slonim played well with some well placed back of court shots but unfortunately Zach let frustration get the better of him and found it hard to get back into the match but credit to Zach he didn't give up and fought till the last ball.

K6 lost 1-2 to Northmead 1 with O Ellard playing to his strengths varying his shots. Ollie controlled his game from start to finish with a very strong performance. A Lin Lacy started well chasing everything focusing on front of court boasts and forehand drives Andy unfortunately lost focus allowing his opponent back into the game, credit to him he never gave up, D Wade tried very hard to stay in the match with some great rallies played just not enough on the day.

K7 lost 0-3 to Briars 4 this team led by L Hincks, B Fraser F Prince tried very hard with great rallies played by all and credit to Lachy Brendan and Finn they never gave up.

K11 lost 1-2 to Barker 8 with P Mehta determined and focused. Pranav played to his strengths with some well placed back of court shots and cross court drives being the ace plays of the match, E Denton started well playing his favourite front of court boasts Ewan looked settled but unfortunately lost his focus and found himself behind and with his opponent gaining momentum. All credit to Ewan he chased hard and never gave up. F Bryant played the best game of the season going into a five setter Flynn played some well placed back of court forehand and cross court drives along with some hard fought rallies this game went to the end with Flynn unfortunately loosing 14/16 in the last game. Great Effort.

K13 won 2-1 over Barker 11. Both S Suresh and A Nipatcharoen coming off defeats the previous weeks both Shiv and Akito played to their strengths with some great serves, forehand and cross court drives played. They stayed focused and both went on to have convincing wins, L Yu found it hard going from the start with a few errors early on in the match Luke never settled into the match but he also never gave up and chased every ball until the last.

K14 won 3-0 over Barker 13. Team: J Ngo S McKay L Thomas. This team played to their potential using the length of the court well. They all played some well placed back of court drives with Jackson focusing on his serves and Liam his forehand shots Sam varied his plays giving this team a great result and a place in the Final. Well Done.

K16 won 3-0 over Barker 15. W Degotardi started slowly with a few errors but settled in quickly and never looked back playing to his strengths. Will varied his plays with some well placed drops and fore hand drives, M Walker played well dominating the front of court with some great cross court shots Mark set the pace and went on to have a convincing win. E Bryant continued the team form with some strong rallies and is now finding the back of court regularly with some great back of court shots Ewan continued and went on to win comfortably .

Special Mention

Mark Walker K16 has shown great sportsmanship throughout his match to earn a special mention.
Team of the Week
K14 J Ngo S McKay L Thomas these boys have never lost their spirit this season with results up and down they have persevered and now find themselves in the Grand Final. Great Effort

To all the Knox Squash Competitive teams - well done throughout the season! Good luck to the teams in the Grand Final this Saturday 11 March: K2, K3, K4, K5, K10, K12, K13, K14, K15, K16.
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Surf Life Saving

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Knox Nippers leave their mark at State Championships
Over the weekend 3-5 March, several Knox students represented the School and their club at the New South Wales State Junior Surf Lifesaving Championships.

Competing at Swansea Belmont (Newcastle), Cooper Hennessy (Newport SLSC), James Simmonds (Newport SLSC), Romeo Bray (Mona Vale SLSC), Travis Cox (Newport SLSC), Tyler Krenkels (Manly LSC) and Will McDonagh (Manly LSC) tested their skills against the top Junior Surf Lifesavers from across the state.

With the event attracting several thousand competitors, Travis Cox performed admirably winning a Bronze Medal the Swim Team Event. Cooper Hennessy made the final in board relay coming in the top 20 within NSW while Will McDonagh made the finals for board relay, swim team and Cameron relay events. In his last year as a Junior, Tyler Krenkels won Gold in the individual swim remarking that “despite bad luck in previous years it was an honour to win in my final year as a nipper”.

James and Cooper stated that the large shore break made the weekend “challenging but fun” with Tyler stating the best thing about Surf Life Saving is the “friendships made over many years”.  

Well done to James, Cooper, Romeo, Tyler, Will and Travis. 
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Swimming

Mr Steve Goodier, Head Coach, Swimming

NSW State Open Championships
Congratulations to Bailey Farris, Shane Ting, Josh Johnson, Lachlan Kelly, Sydney Robertson, Samuel Druce, George Zhu, Jack Edie, Leon MacAlister, Jack Ryan, Kaea Bidois, Tom Williams and Kevin Zhang who represented the Knox Pymble Swim Club over the weekend in the NSW State Open Championships at SOPAC.

A number of fantastic results were witnessed, with a full report to come over the coming weeks.

Volleyball

Ms Alexandra Charles, MIC Volleyball

This week the Knox Volleyballers came up against last year's CAS Champions, Trinity Grammar. Starting off the round with the 3rds putting on an awesome show. They fought hard with great team work, nice control and a lot of energetic cheering. The first set was taken by Trinity as they demonstrated the strength of their Volleyball program. However, Knox pulled it together as a team and fought back with energy and determination in the second set. There were stand out performances from Hayden Bartlett, Marcus D’Angelo and Alec Denisenko who played with strong serves and great control. After a very tight end to the set Knox was able to capitalise on errors from the opposition and even the scores to one set each. The third and final set was hard fought by both teams. We saw some very good high energy volleyball from both teams, but in the end Trinity took the game.

The 2nds were missing a few key players this week so Raghav Lall and Hayden Bartlett stepped up from the 3rds to help the team. They started well with some strong, controlled serves and great defence from Matt Connellan at the net. Campbell Wilson and Euro Raguvanish provided consistency and control while Matt, Hayden and Jack Grellmen gave us a good attacking line up. The 2nds followed in the 3rds footsteps and took advantage of Trinity’s mistakes, taking the first set. However, Trinity fought back with power and precision in the second set, dominating at the net and finding the holes in our defence. They continued this momentum into the third set and despite our 2nds’ increasing skill and confidence, they took the game. 

The last game of the day saw the 1sts coming up against their undefeated counterparts from Trinity. This game was always going to be our hardest of the season and it didn’t disappoint. Trinity began the game well with strength in all areas of play. They worked seamlessly as a team and challenged both our defence and attack. Our team rose to the challenge in all aspects of the game, with Alex Singhi and Angus Lorimer putting up an excellent defence while Jason Choong, Charlie Lorimer and Jacob Yang passed exceptionally in the back court. This game was a true demonstration of how far the 1sts have come and despite the loss this week, they have come together this season as skilled and focused team. 

Knox vs Trinity Results
3rds defeated by Trinity 2-1: 14-21, 22-20, 21-23.
2nds defeated by Trinity 2-1: 26-24, 15-25, 5-15.
1sts defeated by Trinity 3-0: 9-25, 17-25, 12-25.
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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, Head Coach, Waterpolo

The past weekend saw Knox Water Polo perform to the highest regard in all of their games.

With a weekly quote of “GOOD athletes inspire themselves, but GREAT athletes inspire their team” each team jumped in the water ready to play.

After six years of competing for Knox, the Firsts narrowly went down to St Josephs College, 10-11.

Thank you to our opens team of Thomas Cartwright, Harrison Drummer, John Kygrikos, Josh Peruch, Rhys Taylor, Alexander Trobec, Amrit William and Kevin Zhang for their contribution to Water Polo at Knox over past years. We hope they will continue in their contribution over the coming years.

The 2nds, 16A’s, 15A’s, 14B’s, 13A’s and 13B’s all had strong wins against a range of opponents including Trinity, Newington, Cranbrook and St Josephs College.

The 16B’s tied with Cranbrook 5-5 with the 14A’s with fewer than usual numbers were defeated by Cranbrook.


The 13A’s and 13B’s games were two of the best games of the weekend inspiring parents and coaches alike. Alex Ruygrok was acknowledged especially for his brilliant defending skills. Without Alex’s defending skills, the 8-5 result of the 13B’s game could have easily been different. Each 13’s player displayed grit and determination to keep two eager Newington teams at bay with brilliant attacking an defending skills from the whole team. Both 13’s teams remain undefeated so far this season.
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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.