Summer sport has finally finished and I would like to congratulate the golfers on their achievements this year as they have had had great success, and I would like to thank Mr. Dave McGowan who has been at the helm of Golf since the inception of the programme. I would like to thank him for all his assistance in guiding and running the programme and his never-ending enthusiasm for Golf.

Last Saturday saw the U14’s and U16 AFL teams play Cranbrook in trials and in Rugby Knox played St Augustine’s. Both these sports have some good results and Rugby also had some lessons learned at some stages and the boys were able to utilize the opportunity provided by these games to work hard and gain experience.

Squash, Table Tennis and Volleyball trials were also held and it was great to see students involved in these sports.

The Prep school held its induction for AFL Football, Rugby and Tennis and all these went well.

Congratulations to all those both Prep and Senior students who competed in Little Athletic’s NSW State Championships last weekend. A full report is included in this Bulletin.

Good luck to the boys the CIS Hockey trials as well as to well those swimmers who are swimming for the Knox Pymble swim club and other clubs at the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

The rest of the term sport practice and trials continue as per the schedule. I ask that all students remember to wear the right attire and keep working hard to help prepare themselves for the coming winter season.

I wish everyone a Happy Easter this coming weekend. The Athletic Development Centre (Weights Room), Lawson Centre and all sporting facilities are closed for the long week-end (Friday – Monday). Normal schedule resumes on Tuesday 29 March.

Well done and go the Black and Blue.
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'Every moment is a fresh beginning.'
T S Eliot

Sports Facilities closed over the Easter Long Weekend

The Athletic Development Centre (Weights Room), Lawson Centre and all sporting facilities are closed for the long week-end (Friday-Monday). Normal schedule resumes on Tuesday 29 March.

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.

2016 NSW State Little Athletics Championships – Prep Results

Little Athletic’s NSW hosted the largest ever State Championships in its 70 year history last weekend. Knox Grammar had a number of quality performances throughout the 3 day event including some from the Prep. Read the full article in the Senior School section.

House Cross Country Championships and Fun Run

On Thursday 17 March, Years 3-6 ventured out to our new cross country location – St Ives Showground. Blessed with fine weather the boys enjoyed a great day of running through the bush testing themselves both physically and mentally.
This year we combined the Championships with a Fun Run and raised money for Juvenile Diabetes as part of a ‘Walk Around the World’ Campaign. The boys walked the course before racing so covered either 4kms or 6kms in the day. So far the boys have raised just over $11,000 towards research in finding a cure for diabetes and covered a total of 2,800kms.
House point score: 1st place – Fuller, 2nd – Burns, 3rd – Lang, 4th – Haslett and 5th Ewan.

Our Champion boys:
8/9yrs – 1st Charlie Follett (Lang), 2nd Michael Riddell (Ewan) and 3rd Hayden Roberts (Ewan).
10yrs – 1st Ben Williams (Haslett), 2nd Charlie Moore (Haslett) and 3rd Toby Caspari (Haslett)
11yrs – 1st James Bradford (Lang), 2nd Flynn Horley (Fuller) and 3rd Alex Ruygrok (Ewan)
12/13yrs – 1st William Constable (Haslett), 2nd Matthew Pearson (Burns) and 3rd Spencer Selikowitz.

In our parents race Jeremy Follett was the first dad across the line and Joy Gu the first mum to finish.

Congratulations to all boys and parents who raced on the day for your great sportsmanship and House spirit.
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2016 NSW State Little Athletics Championships

Little Athletic’s NSW hosted the largest ever State Championships in its 70 year history last weekend. Knox Grammar had a number of quality performances throughout the 3 day event.

Knox' junior throwers were out in force throughout the weekend with a strong showing in all disciplines. John Hunter kicked off the throwers strong weekend with a bronze medal in the U14 boys Discus. Hunter was also 4th in his second event of the championships with a put of 13.84m.

Without a doubt the busiest athlete throughout the weekend was Riley Hemsworth who did a total of 6 events (including his heats and finals). Hemsworth showed why he will be one of Knox Grammar School’s most valuable athletes in the Track and Field season by placing 3rd in the Javelin, 6th in the Discus, 4th in the High jump and stormed home over the last 3 flights in the 60mH to take the gold medal in a personal best of 9.31s. The weekend didn’t stop there for Riley as he was a part of the winning 4 x 100m relay team which broke the state record.
The Knox middle distance athletes continued their sensational season with Sean Williams (Year 5 Prep) running a personal best in the U10 boys 1500m’s with a time of 5:11.87 which placed him in 5th. But it was the two Constable brothers, Will (Year 6 Prep) and James (Year 7) who came away winning their respective age groups over the 800m’s.
James displayed great maturity to turn around a “personal disappointment” in the 400m’s on the Friday night to power home in his 800m’s to win by over 2 seconds in a time of 2:09.59 . James said “I was disappointed with my result in the 400m’s so I am happy with the 800!”
One of the runs of the meet was younger brother Will, who went out strong in the first lap and was passed with 50 meters to go by a fast finishing rival but Will bravely fought off the challenge to take the win in a new personal best of 2:20.21.
“What a great weekend of results for the boys who competed. We had a great spread of results in all disciplines from Hurdles, Sprints, Throws and Middle Distance” said Former Knox Track and Field Captain and Assistant Sprint Coach Nick Bate. 
Congratulations to all the boys who competed throughout the weekend!

Knox Results

Sean Williams  - 800m 2:37.59 (11th); 1500m 5:11.87 (5th)                 

Riley Hemsworth - 60MH 9.31 (1st); High Jump 1.54 (4th); Javelin 32.70m; Discus 36.05m           

Will Constable - 800m 2:20.21 (1st); 1500m 4:51.13 (4th)

John Hunter - Discus 13.83m (4th)
Tom Shannon - Shot 13.26m (5th)

James Constable - 400m; 57.84q Heat; 58.60 Final (6th); 800m 2.09.59 (1st)

Nick Frost  - Javelin 48.59m (3rd)
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Mr Joey Britton, MIC AFL

Under 14s - Knox vs Cranbrook
A Knox team of largely new players took on a skilful Cranbrook side in a trial game at Acron Oval. The game was a close battle that ebbed and flowed throughout the day.

Will Blackburn led the way with some impressive runs. In the forward line Tyler Arndt took some strong marks and assisted in several goals. Will Aylward’s attack on the ball and second efforts were a highlight of the Knox play. The second half saw Knox take hold of the game and run away with the contest thanks to a fantastic team effort.  

Knox 57 Defeated Cranbrook 45

Under 16s - Knox Vs Cranbrook

Knox started well out of the blocks however some wayward goal kicking cost the boys. This was the theme throughout the game, with Knox often dominating possession but were unable to build any scoreboard pressure. Cranbrook ran away with the game in the second half, with a stretch of five unanswered goals. Although the team lost there were some very pleasing individual performances. Aiden Robertson and Josh Officer were strong in defence. Ethan Ravenhall’s speed on the wing was instrumental in setting up many passages of play. Isaac Selvarajah played well in the midfield as did Harry Muller and Mitch Parker.

Cranbrook: 74 Defeated  Knox 45

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Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

What a great day for golf!
Saturday’s matches were played at Avondale Golf Club, with Knox A up against Trinity, and Knox B up against Riverview.

Knox A defeat Trinity 4-0
The boys in the A-team played some amazing golf today, to finish off their summer sport commitments. 

Pat Ferris (C) led the charge, with a comfortable 2/1 win. Pat has represented the school in this sport for a number of years, and has been a tough competitor in the Black and Blue, winning most of his matches. I look forward to seeing Pat continue to lower his handicap.

Greg Bradford saved the best for his last match today, fighting back from 4 down in the later parts of his round to win 2+. It was a hard fought win for Greg, who has played with passion for the Black and Blue.

Matt Finfer turned his game around as expected this week, securing a solid 4/3 win. Matt has a great swing and puts a “good shape” on his tee shots. I hope that he continues to enjoy the game into his future.

Doug also saved his best for the last match of his senior summer sport career today, scoring a resounding 9/8 victory. Doug was very impressive against an opponent who found Doug’s easy going style 'too much to handle'.

Knox B Defeated 4-0 by Riverview
Sam Druce led out the B-team today, with a good start to his round. Unfortunately he found the going tougher as the match progressed and he was defeated 3/2 by a strong Riverview opponent. I look forward to hearing of Sam’s progression into the 2016-2017 season.

Will Ryan played some great tee shots in the early part of his round today, but his approach shots and putting allowed his opponent to take full advantage, and he was faced with being “dormie” to his opponent on the 16th Tee. Will fought back, but was unfortunately defeated 2 down on the last green.

Nicholas would admit that he did not have a good day today. Such is the nature of golf. Many a good golf coach explains that golf is a game of recovery, rather than perfection, and I am confident that Nic’s game will continue to grow as he matures. He was defeated 8/6.

Ricky Zhang played a great game of golf today. Although he was defeated 3/1, he has shown continued improvement each round. He should be impressed with his performance this season since coming in to replace another team member at short notice.

So at the end of the competition, Riverview achieved a well-deserved victory after 6 yrs. Knox as achieved two victories in the last 4 years, so in some ways it is pleasing to see the trophy shared amongst the other competitors. 

I want to thank the Knox A side for coming second this year. They have represented their school with enthusiasm, and I am confident that they will remember their last summer sport season beyond their school years.  Thankyou Boys!

And finally, please feel free to pass on some thanks to Avondale Golf Club, who has been keen to sponsor 4 games at their club this season. All players should be reminded that it is a great privilege to be allowed to play at such a fine golf club. I would also like to thank the Avondale Professional Mark Patterson, for looking after the boys during the season.

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Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

MetrOLeague Round 1: Mt Annan
Congratulations to the Knox Orienteering team for taking out first place in the first round (out of 5) at the NSW State MetrOLeague competition.

Knox is now placed first overall in the higher division 3, competing against a team comprised entirely of adults. Division 3 brought a whole new level of intensity and competition, with undulating terrain and slopes of over 65 degree inclines that the boys had to ascent and descent. Jake Evans, Heath Wallace, Thomas Gordon and Isaacs Roberts rose to the occasion though, performing with positivity, commitment and passion. 

We took out the top three positions in our round, Thomas Gordon placing second and Isaac Roberts placing third. A very determined performance by Heath resulted in an excellent time.

Jake Evans participated in his first ever MetrOleague to complete the team of 5, preventing us from disqualification. Jake performed admirably, persevering to run the entire challenging course.

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Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 5th March saw Knox take on Cranbrook at home in our last match of the summer season. It was the big day for the boys to try and get at least a 7-1 win overall on the 1st team or 8-0 to be able to win the competition.

Pedro Papangelis (Year 9) played in the NSTA Junior Championships last weekend. The tournament was spread over 3 separate weekends with Pedro finishing as the tournament winner for the U14s singles. He managed to win the tournament without dropping a single set too. This was a great effort from Pedro who is in our 1st team and is always looking to improve. 

In the same tournament Hugo Thomas (Year 8) won the 2016 NSTA Junior Sportsmanship award. 

Well done to Jimmy Wang  and Rahul Grewal (Year 7) are pictured collecting their trophy's upon winning the NSTA Division 1, term 1 Sunday morning Comp.

Rahul Grewal had further success making it to the NSTA 12s singles final and finishing as runner up in a fantastic tournament for him.

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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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It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  

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