Week 6 of Term 2 was the start of the CAS Rugby competition and Knox were drawn to play Cranbrook School. I would like to thank all players, parents and staff for their understanding and willingness to “manage” games with Cranbrook. Cranbrook are a school of just over 900 students and 14 Rugby teams so a lot of effort went in to trying to find the right level of game for many teams. For example our 7th XV played the Cranbrook 3rd XV. It was a terrific fixture that went down to the last minute and Cranbrook won, 36-31. A great game for all involved and rather than a score line to Knox of 70-0 hopefully keeps many boys playing the game and enjoying themselves in a safe environment.

The 1st XI Knox Football team had an interesting fixture with as many as nine goals scored with the end result to Knox, 6-3 moving our boys to outright 2nd place at just one point behind St Aloysius with four games remaining. The CAS Football competition is the strongest schoolboy competition in Sydney and would be a wonderful achievement to defend the 2016 title. I have had the pleasure to witness all of our football teams training across the various venues midweek and there is a great buzz about all teams and staff. All boys are engaged and enjoying all that is on offer by our wonderful football program.

Tennis continues to dominate with 17 teams winning across a possible 18 matches last weekend in the Senior School. A lot of work is being done with regard to culture and commitment with some guidance from our Rugby staff and this is showing in some great tennis and everyone willing to help and encourage each other. It is particularly pleasing to see the strengths of each code willing to help each other and share their skills and thoughts.

AFL also had a strong weekend. For a sport still very much in its infancy in the Independent School system, our boys are enjoying strong fixtures against the majority of CAS and GPS schools.

Our 120 squash players are improving all the time with many hours spent training in the Lawson gym. There were many highlights on Saturday with many hard fought games and some good wins. Well done boys.

Week ahead:
The launch of our Track and Field season with the 3000m Championships held around Knox 1 on Tuesday 6 June. Knox is determined to put on a strong showing this year at CAS and feed off the momentum of the CAS Swim results and great spirit in this school at present. If you are keen to get involved in the Track and Field program please come and see Mr Donohue in the Lawson gym and get some details. It simply is not possible to start training at the end of your winter season and expect to run, jump, throw at a competitive CAS level in a five week season. The work must start now.

This will then lead into our School Track and Field Championships on Wednesday 21 June at SOPAC. Any boys that have not completed a participation form and handed to Mrs Smith in the gym must do so immediately.

Also this week will be the CAS Rugby trials on Thursday 8 June at Cranbrook for our U16s. Squads have been chosen and now are in the hands of the CAS selectors. Good Luck boys.

From the Archives

KGS Athletics Team Premiers 1929

Knox won the first CAS Athletics Championship in 1929 (The Andrew Reid Challenge Cup) when it was said “we trained as a team, and we ran as a team the result being that there was not a single event in which we did not score”

Long weekend
There will be no sport this weekend. Enjoy the rest, some family time and a safe weekend.

Team of the week
Our 8F Football team had their first win of the season. A cracking game with the winning goal scored right on full time after a penalty was saved. This team has showed great determination all season and have worked particularly hard to get this win. Well done fellas. Great strength of character brought out in the sporting arena.

Individual of the week
Will Chamen (Y8) had a huge day and ended up playing in three Rugby matches on Saturday. Will jumped in at short notice and helped where we had some injuries and late withdrawals. Without this sort of commitment we have to cancel fixtures or play with reduced numbers making games difficult to handle. Well done Will and thank you.


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Gymnastics and Olympic Weight Lifting

On 6 May Angus Laurie (Y11) competed at the Burwood Open Weight Lifting Competition hoping to obtain a qualifying total for the Australian Youth Nationals. Olympic weight lifting involves both the Snatch and Clean & Jerk where you have three attempts at both lifts but must make at least one successful lift in each in order to obtain a total. Angus not only successfully made the qualifying total but also won his weight division against boys 5 years older and has now qualified to represent NSW at the Youth Nationals.



During the week of 22-26 May, Angus travelled to Melbourne for the National Gymnastics Championships representing NSW in Mens Artistic Gymnastics in the Level 9 Under 17 Division where he picked up a Team Bronze with NSW and placed 8th in the All Around competition.

Karate

Check out some of the highlights of our Karate boys across the Prep School and Senior School.




School Holiday Camp

Train Like a Wallaby with a Wallaby
- 10-12 July July at Knox Grammar School.
- Wallabies participate in a Q&A and autograph sessions
- Two - three day camps filled with great rugby skills and drills
- For boys and girls aged 5-14 years

2017 Camp Wallaby Sydney Flyer 2017 Camp Wallaby Sydney Flyer (883 KB)

Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Swimming NSW Development Camp
Congratulations to Lachlan Kelly and Josh Collett who were selected for the NSW Development Squad and competed over the weekend. All accounts indicated they had a great weekend training under the top coaches from NSW, including our own Nick Dobson. The weekend included a series of team based races with the top 13-18 year old swimmers from the State.

Carlile Cup
Samuel and Solomon Tan, Ethan Bailey, Justin Lee, Lachlan Robertson, Ben Rothery, Ashton Smith, Adam Soonious and Leon MacAlister each had a successful Sunday, competing in the Carlile Cup at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. A number of Personal Bests were produced and several medals were picked up by our small team attending.

Congratulations to our team for continuing their amazing performances:
- Lachlan Robertson, Bronze Medal 100m Backstroke
- Ben Rothery, Bronze Medal 50m Butterfly
- Justin Lee, Gold Medal 100m Butterfly & Bronze Medal 100m Freestyle
- Leon MacAlister, 5 X Gold Medals in the 200m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke
- Ashton Smith – who knocked a huge 5 seconds off his Personal Best Time in the 200m Freestyle

Combined Sports

Target Shooting
Saturday 3 June. Hornsby Rifle Range. Long Range- 300m
Students shot two sight rounds and ten rounds rapid fire.

Alexander Bahramali - 29
Alexander Voinovich - 32
Angus Ball - 43
David James - 31
Ethan Hanley - 42
James Cole - 19
John Hunter - 41
Nathan Wong - 31
Nic Simpson - 48
Nicholas Ferry - 33
Ross Cameron - 48
Brendan Sutton - 24
Nelson Bowen - 46
David Tan - 18

Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

The use of surprise is important if you want to outfox your opponent. The boys practiced that mechanical footwork and arm actions, learning to change tempo in their footwork and blade work is very important. The use of slow footwork and then a fast, smooth lunge is often underestimated and can be very effective in landing points. Also when facing a new opponent it is important to test their reactions with some feints to enable an effective attack to be set up. The boys then practised their strategies in bouts.

Football

Mr Stephen Roche, Director of Football

Knox vs Cranbrook CAS round 6
Coming into CAS Round 6, Knox 1st X1 looked well poised for a surge on the ladder, sitting in 4th position on equal points with 2nd place, behind only on goal difference. Opponents Cranbrook have struggled to find their feet in the competition so far, the only team yet to notch up a win. In an entertaining display of finishing and determination, the Knox boys did their best to ramp up their attacking play and make a statement to the rest of the comp. The game would go down as a pure goal fest, providing the crowd with some great attacking play from both sides. The match would end 6-3 in favour of Knox, boosting the boys into 2nd place on the ladder, and providing the team even more confidence as the season progresses. With only one point separating Knox from 1st place St Aloysius, the run to the pointy end of the season promises to be nail biting. Plenty of goals were scored elsewhere in the Open’s this week. The 3rd’s put on 7 goals to nil in their encounter, while the 4th’s also netted 7 and conceding just 1. Special mention goes to Angus Grant for the 3rd’s, he had the ball on a string as he orchestrated the impressive win. The 5th’s showed attacking prowess in their 11-0 win, while the 6th’s and 7th’s suffered defeats. Knox 2nd X1 remain top of the table after their third draw of the season maintains their undefeated status.

A top of the table clash for the 10A’s lived up to the hype, neither team able to get the better of the other in a 1-1 arm wrestle. Alex Sun and Sam Lilley performed well in the draw, while Max Davis scored Knox’ only goal. The 10B’s remain in striking distance on the table, goals to Harvey Mackenzie and Henry Cross in a 2-0 win this week leaves them in 2nd place on goal difference. The 10F’s suffered a loss this week, while the 10E’s Ewan Denton scored a hat trick of goals in their 4-2 win. The 10E’s Hugh Falconner-Flint and Joseph Shaw netted themselves a double each in a 5-2 victory, and the 10C’s Thomas Raymond played well in their 2-1 win.

Year 9 suffered no losses this week, coming away with eight wins and a draw. The 9A’s sit just two points behind league leaders Trinity after a 1-0 win, while the B’s remain undefeated after their 3-0 clinic. The F’s finished 2-2 with Newington, while the G’s and 9H were winners against their Newington counterparts. The D’s conceded no goals in their 3 goal win, while the C’s went one better winning 4-0. Both the 9E’s and 9I’s convincing winners 8-0 in their match ups. Special mention to Joshua P of the 9E’s for his four goals on the back of an outstanding performance. 

Feature Game of the Week is the 8F’s thrilling victory, their first of the season. A tightly contested ball game turned to drama when a penalty was awarded just before the final whistle. The crowd, and the score line, couldn’t split the two teams throughout the match, neither able to dominate for any great period of time. Rajdeep Parmar and Nicholas Kan played the game of their lives to earn praise from Coach Albin Mikulski and the supporters. In the closing minutes of the game, the referee pointed to the spot as the crowd held their breath, a penalty to Knox and a chance to break the 1-1 deadlock. The Sydney High keeper managed to keep the penalty out, but quick reactions from Knox would see the ball go in the net from the follow up strike. Goal scorers Eric Choi and Grant McCasey grateful for the opportunity to showcase their talents. The boys and the coach hope this is the kick-start for a strong season finish. In other matches for year 8, the A’s Sam Banks score two in a 4-0 win, while the B’s finished 0-0. The 8C’s and D’s both enjoyed 5-0 wins, while the E’s also drew 0-0.

Year 7 registered a couple of big wins this week, with the 7D’s and 7E’s sharing 25 goals between them. A hat trick to 7D’s Luke Tan earned praise from his teammates and coach in their 11-0 win, while the 7E’s Oliver Sved top scored with four in their 14 goal victory. Ashton Bloom also scored a hat trick for the 7E’s, while the B’s and C’s remained modest with 3-0 wins each. The 7A’s Joshua Foley played well in their second win of the season, the team defeating Cranbrook 5-0. The F’s and G’s were unlucky this week, while the 7I side won a close one 2-1. 7H round out the week with a 4-4 entertainer, Ben Price netting a double and the crowd definitely getting their money’s worth in a goalathon.


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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Cross Country
Round 6 of the CAS/GPS Cross Country season was at new Cross Country course in Curl Curl, hosted by Shore. Sam Rockcliff had another fantastic run and remains unbeaten in the junior division, with a victory by over 100m! Rockcliff was ably supported by team mate and new recruit to the Cross Country team, Will Denton who also had a good run in the Junior division. In the intermediate race Angus Kellaway had a solid run placing 14th with Zac Wyatt and Angus Matthews just behind him in 16th and 19th place respectively. In the senior division Captain Ben Fitton and Luke Bray represented well with 10th and 12th placing in the 8km event.

At the International Equestrian Centre both Mitch Westhuizen and Josh Tait represented Knox at the Athletics NSW Cross Country Festival. Both Mitch and Josh have had sensational seasons so far and they didn’t disappoint with both Mitch winning the mixed event, closely followed by Josh in 2nd in the 3km event! Both boys are aiming to be selected in the NSW Team to compete at the National Cross Country event in Wollongong later in the year.

KnoxFit
This week’s Workout of the Day (WoD) was a very active circuit, including:
an 800 metre run
five rounds of:
o 4 Push Ups
o 8 Box Jumps
o 16 Kettlebell Swings 
a 400 metre run



Congratulations to the following boys who gained the top time for their age group:
Years 7 & 8 - Christopher Abberton (14 min 30 sec.)
Years 9 & 10 - Toby Chantharasy / Alex Chung / Declan Owers (13 min. 10 sec.)



Orienteering
Orienteering was harbour-side this weekend, with the Senior School running on the picturesque Balls Head at Waverton. The map was intricate with many similar track and road junctions, placing increased importance on accurate map-reading. In Division 3, Tom O’Sullivan placed first with a sensational time of 40:54, followed by Henry Lake and Ian Lin. Congratulations goes to Lachlan Yelds for placing first in Division 2, closely followed by Lachlan Hwang, with Callum Perl finishing third. Thomas Gordon took out the title in Division 1, with Jackson Booth and Isaac Roberts finishing soon thereafter.
 
Meanwhile at Ingleside, the Prep team competed in the hinterland on a challenging map. Well done to Cameron McDonald and Thomas Niederegger for their performance on Saturday.
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 3 June saw Knox take on Cranbrook away in our Open teams. The 1st team continued to show their dominance in the winter season winning 8-0. The 2nd team had a new look this weekend with a young side playing this week. The 2nd team won 7-1 overall with special mention to Harry Wagstaff who played some outstanding tennis to win both singles and doubles. The 3rd and 4th team both had very solid wins 6-0 overall. Teams 5th- 9th teams played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10A and B teams both played at home and won 5-1 overall with a good performance from Arshia Naderi. Teams C- E played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9A team won 5-1 whilst the B team won a close match 4-2 at Dangar Tennis courts. The C and D team played away also at Lyne Park. The c team won 4-2 overall whilst the d team played some great tennis to win 6-0 in a very dominant performance only dropping 1 game. Teams E and F played an internal round robin at the Knox Senior courts with all boys working hard to move up into higher positions in the teams. Teams G- I played an internal round robin also at Regimental Park with some impressive tennis played.

The Year 8A and B teams both had good wins 4-2 overall with special mention to Tony Du winning both singles and doubles and showing great concentration throughout the day. The C and D teams won comfortably 6-0 overall and not dropping many games between the two teams. Teams E and F played an internal round robin at Regimental Park.

The Year 7A team lost 1-5, but fort on valiantly whilst the B team won 5-1 overall. The 7C and D teams played away at Lyne Park and won 6-0 overall with some good tennis played by both teams. Teams E-H played an internal round robin also at Regimental Park with some impressive tennis played.

Overall it was another dominant performance from Knox Tennis winning 95% of matches played. We are looking forward to our next match on Saturday 17 June 2017.
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Volleyball

Ms Alexandra Charles, Head Volleyball Coach

The 2nds started the day off with a very close game; pushing Scots to five sets. In the end they fell victim to the awesome serves of Jack Grellman and the powerful hitting of Alfred Zheng as we took the game by just winning the 5th set, 15-13.
Result - Knox defeated Scots 3:2

The 1sts followed this up with a strong performance. As two very evenly matched teams, Knox and Scots were going point for point for much of the game. Scots consistency and well developed skills challenged our defence, and unfortunately in the first two sets they crept ahead. The third set saw some strong serving streaks from the opposition, allowing them to finish the game with a convincing 3:0 win.
Result - Knox defeated by Scots 3:0

The 3rds finished up the day by winning not only their first set of the season, but their first game! They showed off some excellent skills and challenged Scots by not giving up and pushing for every point. Hunter Hellen-Ford had a brilliant week, with awesome passing and serving throughout the game. Congratulations 3rds!
Result - Knox defeated Scots 2:1

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.