From the Head of Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy
Mr Martin Haywood
Over the Christmas holiday period there were still many activities and sporting events that Knox were involved in and more examples of how proud we are here of all of our students that wear the Black & Blue. To name a few:
• Our Track & Field team competed at the National Championships in Adelaide. Our team came within one race of qualifying for the World Championships - amazing effort
• Our Basketballers competed in the National Championships in Melbourne along with a development team who performed brilliantly
• Our Open Waterpolo squad competed in the annual Trans Tasman tournament in Melbourne
• Our CAS Swim squad enjoyed a camp at Port Stephens as they start to prepare for the rigours of the CAS Swim season
• Our Open Cricket squad competed superbly in the Neil Dansie annual Cricket tournament and made it through to the Grand Final
A short report will be found on each of these tours on Skoolbag in their relevant sport section this week. We are all extremely proud of their achievements, yet also thankful to the staff who gave up their valuable family time over the Christmas break. Well done all!
A few important notices to help us begin the year from a KSAA perspective:
Can I encourage ALL parents and students to download the Knox SKOOLBAG App – then press for “alerts” for the specific sport that you/your son has committed to for 2018 (Term 1). This will ensure you get all information including fixture lists, training schedules and any late changes/cancellations for your sport as soon as it happens. There could be nothing worse than travelling across Sydney on a Saturday morning only to find out a game has been moved or cancelled at short notice for various reasons beyond our control.
For the families just joining the Senior School from the Prep school this year, please note the Senior School SKOOLBAG App is different to that of the Prep School so you will need to download the Senior School App as soon as possible.
This week (Week 1) there is plenty going on and our Directors of Sport are busy getting all the information out to all families. We start our Swim trials this week for all year groups as well as P7 training and information sessions. Then in Week 2 we will get into a more regular routine of our weekly P7 training and the afternoon sessions for ALL summer sports.
All students in Years 8 - 12 are invited and are strongly encouraged to attend Swim Trials being held on Saturday 3 February. These trials will begin at 10am and conclude by 12noon in the Knox Aquatic Centre.
All students in Year 7 will have their Swim trials on Friday 2 February which will leave Saturday free for a number of sports to hold their own trials.
Further information and a program can be found on the Skoolbag App in the Swimming section.
Sports training schedule for Term 1
A full list of the sport training schedule for all summer sports can be found on Skoolbag in the 'Sports section/Training Schedule'.
All families should have received a detailed letter from the Prep School recently about all that is happening over the next two weeks regarding sport. If you did not receive or still may have some queries please call the Prep sports office on 9473 9308.
Finally, if any family is in any doubt about all that will be going on over the next fortnight, please do not hesitate to call Mrs Smith in the KSAA 9487 0127 and she will be able to assist you or direct you to our relevant Director of Sport for clarification. My team in the KSAA are absolutely determined to ensure all students and families are fully informed of anything going on in the KSAA and that it is a great experience for all involved.
Go the Black & Blue.
Knox Uniform Shop
Mrs Julie Blackburn, Knox Uniform Shop Manager
Below are the instructions for the process of having Honour Awards and Colours embroidered onto student blazers. Deadlines are critical and any received after 5pm on Friday 8 December will unfortunately not be accepted. Uniform Shop staff will be in the Lawson Centre from Thursday this week to sign off the awards with students. Boys are encouraged to approach staff if they have any questions.
Please note the Uniform Shop will close at 2.30pm after Presentation Day.
Honour Awards and Colours
For Term 4, the new Honour Awards are being presented for the first time to Years 7-9 along with Colour Awards to Year 10.
The awards entitle the student to have embroidery added to the pockets of the school blazer. This can only be organised through the Knox Uniform Shop. To facilitate this, please note the following:
1. The list of Honour Awards and Colours will be on display in the Lawson Centre (near the Squash Courts) from Monday 27 November. This is the responsibility of the student to find out if they have received an award. Academic Awards will be on display at the start of the last week of term.
2. A member of staff from the Uniform Shop will be in the Lawson Centre at recess and lunchtime from Thursday 30 November until Wednesday 6 December for students to confirm and sign off the awards presented.
3. A Blazer submission form must be completed and signed by the parent and handed in with the blazer after Presentation Day. Without the completed form, the embroidery will not be done.
The Uniform Shop will be in the Lawson Centre to receive the blazers. Your son must put the submission form in the top pocket of the blazer and put on a hanger on the rail.
5. The last opportunity to hand in blazers is Friday 8 December from 9am until 5pm. Any blazers received after this time will not be accepted and the next opportunity to have them done will be end of Term 4, 2018.
6. The embroidery will be done over the holidays and the blazers will be available for collection on Monday 29 January from the Uniform Shop. If they are ready earlier, a notification will be on the Skoolbag app.
7. All embroidery will be charged to the boy's school account unless otherwise stipulated on the submission form. It is not compulsory to have the embroidery done but it must be organised through the Uniform Shop and not through an independent embroiderers.
8. For further information regarding criteria for Awards & costs of embroidery, please refer to the full document on the Knox Portal.
SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT
Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports
Over the weekend, 26 Knox Surf Lifesavers undertook the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion assessments at Whale Beach. The training conducted over the past six weeks put these boys in good stead for the assessment process with all students graduating as Surf Life Savers.
These boys undertook a five hour assessment at Whale Beach this morning that included resuscitation, first aid, secondary body checks, radio communications, signals, board & tube rescues, a run swim run, patient carries, spinal carries and a scenario.
• Lachie Orth
• Jonah Watkin
• Harry Gosper
• Zack Bannigan
• Oliver Gordon
• Noah Smith
• Kane Edwards
• Saxon Liddle
• Nick Rogers
• Bill Parker
• Hamish Lapsley
• Finn Carolan
• Ed Press
• Sam Bennett
• Angus Humphrey
• Ben Hiller
• Ben Krelle
• Lachie Marlow
• Jonah Nethercott
• Will Gibson
• Harry Millard
• Charlie Slack-Smith
• Mike Huang
• Bohdi Phillips
• Zach Sternberg
• Braeden Campbell
Good luck to Ben Rothery and Ethan Hansen who will undertake their Surf Lifesaving assessments this coming weekend at South Curl Curl Beach.
1st Grade: Won 14-7
It was a return to form for 1st grade this week after two consecutive losses. Playing against CAS opposition, the team exploded into the first quarter converting 4 goals to 1. The lead was extended in the second period with 5 goals added to the tally to hold a 9-3 half time lead. Waverley’s Nikita Strabac struck back with 4 solo goals in the third term and the lead at 11-7 looked a little shaky. However 3 unanswered goals in the last period sealed a 7 goal win. Antonio Matruglio scored 4 valuable goals, Oscar Ley was on the spot with 3 goals, but top scorer today was Nic Trobec with 5 goals. Congratulations to Alec Heintze on his successful first grade debut.
2nd Grade: Won 12-3
A slow start did not stop 2nd grade from converting a 3-1 half time lead to a 12-3 demolition of Waverley today. Despite our top competition goal scorer not playing today, seven different players scored goals, showing the depth of talent in this team. Harrison Sturrock stepped up his attack and scored 4.
3rd Grade: Bye
16A’s: Won 8-3
It was a convincing win for the 16A’s today with a solid effort from all players. Dylan Cooke returned from illness to score 2 but goalkeeper - come field player Pat Hogan, topped the scoring with 3 goals.
16B Won 6-3
James Wu led the scoring with 3 goals and was assisted by Alvin Fu, Kevin Park and James Song with 1 each. This team is improving from week to week and it was a good win in a tight game.
15A’s: Won 8-1
Another outstanding performance from the undefeated 15s considering they only had one reserve for the game. A commanding 7-1 lead at half time was enough to seal the win as the players tired considerably in the second half. Flynn Worner Jett Roben and Aiden O’Neil lead the attack. Harrison Miller had a quiet game but still managed 3 goals. Tom Wilson and Alex Benjes added some toughness to the defense.
14A’s: Lost 5-7
Illness and circumstance took its toll on the u14A team this week with only 8 players available, leaving the team with only 1 reserve. The game was close until the final quarter when several mistakes and some inconsistent ref calls favoured Waverley. They scored a 4 goals to 1 in the last quarter to win the game 7-5.
14B’s: Lost 4-9.
The 14B’s effort earned them with the title of the best water polo team of the weekend despite being beaten. Playing the game with only 6 players, the boys battled hard but found themselves trailing 0-5 at half time. All boys responded to the challenge in the second half where the scores were 4-4, which demonstrates what can be done when ball security and game awareness improves and when ‘full press’ defending is implemented effectively. It was a great effort from all with Sam Choi proving to be impressive in both attack and defence.
Mr Julien Manuel, Director of Cricket, Baseball and Tee-Ball
Knox travelled to Summer Hill on the back of an excellent team performance versus St Aloysius in the previous round. Knox won the toss and took advantage of excellent batting conditions to post a very competitive score of 9 declared for 258. Jayllen Naganayagam continued his excellent form with the bat blasting a quick fire 81 at better than a run a ball and he was well supported by Max Glover who posted his fourth half century this season scoring 74 before being dismissed. James Caprarelli also deserves special mention for his fighting innings which helped Knox post a very competitive total.
In reply, Trinity showed why they have remained undefeated over the first 5 rounds of the competition. Despite some good bowling from our boys, Trinity chased this score before declaring at 7-413 on a very good batting wicket which was evident by the fact that neither side was able to bowl each other out. Trinity's hopes of achieving an outright victory over the Black n’ Blue were thwarted by a great opening stand between Nick Astridge and Pat Coburn who batted through until play was called off late on day two. It’s not often that you see over 700 runs scored in less than 2 full days of cricket and I would like to recognise the efforts of our bowlers, led by Nic Gallu and James Caprarelli in tough conditions.
The other two day fixtures were tough games as expected and there were some outstanding performances recorded by our boys including:
Ed Toole: 2nd XI – 8/58 and 41 not out
Will Shortis: 9A – 7 /15
Liam Ridley: 10A – 101 not out
Alex Stuart 10A - 59
As we break for the summer holidays, we would like to wish all boys success as they continue to play their club cricket and we look forward to following your results and success over the coming weeks.
Individual of the Week
Liam Ridley – with his team at 7-50 chasing 301 for victory, Liam set about a rescue mission with and together with Alex Stuart (59), they denied Trinity victory. Liam showed great patience and grit to post his maiden century for Knox finishing the day on 101 not out.
Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports
The first “KnoxFit Games” was an epic success with athletes travelling to Mona Vale for KnoxFit’s first off-site “ThrowDown.”
Students in mixed year group teams of three battled it out in three workouts:
- Workout 1 - 75 Calorie Row, 75 Calorie Air Bike
- Workout 2- 1200m Run with shared weight vest
- Workout 3- 100 Burpees, 100 Box Jump Overs, 10m Overhead Walking Lunge
A huge congratulations to all those that participated and pushed their bodies to new limits.
Shout out this week goes to teams “The Boyz”, “The Invisibles” & “More Muscle Than Mr. Cav” for taking out the weekend.
Bigger and better KnoxFit Throwdowns to come, with sights set on going head to head with other schools come Term 1 2018!
Harriet Roberts, Head Coach of KnoxFit
Knox Invitational - Terry Hills BMX Track
This weekend, it was Knox’s turn to host the weekly mountain biking competition and the venue was Terrey Hills BMX track. The track encompassed a variety of terrain utilising the BMX track, the small road circuit and the horse riding tracks and obstacles.
Once again, the Juniors remained dominant taking the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th places. Strong riding from Will McDonagh and Travis Cox in Year 7 meant we had the majority of our riders in the top 20.
In the Intermediate Division, two Year 10 riders from Riverview took 1st and 2nd, but they were closely followed by five Knox riders - Charlie Sargent, Lachie Sky and Luke Derry (Year 10) and Alex Richter and Jack Vizard (Year 9)
The Senior boys spent most of the morning on the PA system Interviewing riders and providing commentary on the races. However they had a tough challenge in their race, with two Barker riders coming in 1st and 2nd, with a strong ride from Vice-captain, Ollie Heys (Year 12), putting him in 3rd position, closely followed by Captain Gil Garrett in 4th.
The inaugural school BMX challenge was held on the BMX track, with two riders from each year group, sprinting over the jumps and rollers to claim victory. Well done to Jordan Fowler (Year 8), Alex Richter (Year 9) and Chris Palser (Year 12) who each won their respective races.
On Saturday 11 November, it was Riverview’s turn to host the mountain bike competition. The Riverview course tested all riders fitness levels, with long straights of thick grass making building up speed very difficult.
Minor changes to the course from previous years, including a small section of single track, helped keep racing interesting and technical.
Strong performances in the junior race meant Knox secured all positions in the Top 5, plus a number of other riders in the top 20. Oliver Glastonbury (Year 7) did well to come 4th overall against older counterparts in Year 8.
The senior and intermediate riders were combined into one four-lap race. With over 120 riders, the first lap was a rush to get in front in order to hold a position without getting caught up in the single-track section.
Matt Dinham (Year 12) did well to hold the lead for the entire race. The small Year 10 group of Lachie Sky, Luke Derry and Joseph Shaw also did well to position themselves in the front group of riders.
The relay race at the end provided a good opportunity for riders in all year groups to ride and race together in different teams. The team now shifts focus to training in preparation for our home ground race next Saturday at Terry Hills BMX track.
Cam Smee, Head Coach of Mountain Biking
Treloar Shield #5
On Saturday, the Knox Track and Field team continued its season with another exciting round of the Treloar Shield at Olympic Park Homebush.
Although we had a smaller team competing, there were still some sensational results throughout the events.
Sam Reeves (Year 8) had a brave front running effort in the 800m run to earn him a personal best time of 2:09.37.
In the field, Lachlan Antoinette (Year 12) threw a solid 30.53m with the 2kg Discus.
On the track in the 100m sprints, the Knox sprinters continued to impress with Aidan Lau (12.76s), Lachlan Antoinette (12.92), Tom Plasto (14.45s), Lewis Clabburn (11.09 - PB), Michael Dibiase (12.93s - PB).
In the other sprint events, the Knox athletes continued to run well, including:
• 200m sprints
• Jasper Spiller - 23.57s
• Lewis Clabburn - 22.56s
• Tom Plasto - 29.61s
• Michael Dibiase - 27.85s
In a busy day, Tom Plasto also ran the 800m event in 2:37
A special mention is due to Michael Dibiase for his dramatic improvement in the sprint events in the last month.
Well done to all who competed!
Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports, Mr Eric van Arkkels, Head Coach and Ms Annie Gleason, 1st and 2nd Squash Coach
J Price found his opponent challenging but credit to James he never gave up just going down 0-3, L Marinaki also found his opponent challenging, Luke tried to get into the match unfortunately going down 0-3, P Koch went behind early 0-1 but to his credit Peter fought back to level at 1-1 with some well delivered cross court drives only to lose focus and go down 1-3.
K2 0-3 Briars1
K4 1-2 Willoughby1 K Ramcharan fought very hard against a very strong opponent, to his credit Kiano never gave up just going down 0-3, E Bakker started strong going up 2-0 playing good length
with some well delivered cross court and forehand drives , Eugene lost focus and quickly found himself level at 2-2 finally going down 2-3 , C Lee fought hard to win his first game 31/29 in a game full of never ending rallies with Chan attacking every ball to go on and win 3-1.
K5 3-0 Briars2
K6 1-2 Barker Red L Hincks found his opponent very challenging but credit to Lachy he never gave up chasing every ball just going down 0-3, F Prince fought hard in a match that had everything with long rallies Finn played good length varying his shots with some well delivered cross court drives to just go down 2-3 , L Page playing his second match of the morning , set the pace early playing good length varying his shots Lucas took control focusing on the back of court with some great forehand and back hand drives to win 3-1.
K7 3-0 K8 P Mehta fought hard focusing on length he chased every ball in a match of long rallies with Pranav finally winning 3-2, L Page set the tempo early attacking everything with some strong serves Lucas took control to win 3-0, V Zhong dominated early with good length Victor varied his shots with some well delivered boasts and drives to win 3-0. W Degotardi started slowly but quickly recovered to go up 2-1 playing to his strengths Will found the back of court with some strong forehand and cross court drives , unfortunately he lost focus to go down 2-3, H Charalambous started slowly to his credit Harry fought back just going down 16/18 chasing very ball only to finally go down 0-3 , J Merhi found his opponent challenging going down early he fought back to be 15/17 in the second varying his plays with some well delivered drives only to go down 0-3.
K9 3-0 Briars3
K10 3-0 Barker5 E Albany played to his strengths with some clinical drives and drops Elliot took control to dominate and win 3-0, R Soutar started well playing good length varying his shots Ryan found his opponent frustrating but to his credit he stayed focused to win 3-2 in a hard fought five setter, T Murray dominated from the very first ball controlling the "T" Tyler played good length along with some well-placed front of court boats to win 3-0.
K11 2-1 K13 B Fraser set the tempo early working the court playing good length Brendan took control with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives to win 3-0, H Mendes started slowly going down 0-1 Harrison fought back to level with some good serves and drives only to lose focus and go down 1-3, C Beauchamp played to his strengths varying his plays with some well delivered drives and front of court boasts to win 3-0. W O'Sullivan fought hard narrowly going 12/15 in the first Will played good length but unfortunately lost his focus to go down 0-3, B Boyd played a very attacking match focusing on length Brad found the back of court with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives to win 3-1 in a very strong performance, M Davidson found his opponent challenging but credit to Matt he fought hard narrowly going down 0-3.
K12 1-2 Barker6 J Ngo played to his strengths varying his plays with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives Jackson took control to dominate and win 3-0, O Weeding fought hard playing good length varying his attack Oliver just went down 0-3 in a very close match, E Rogers played a very challenging opponent but to his credit Ethan never gave up going down 0-3.
K14 1-2 Barker8
K15 2-1 Barker7 S Burhop tried hard to stay in his match but unfortunately lost focus to go down 0-3 , R Berlee played to his strengths with some well-placed serves and forehand drives Ryan went on to dominate and win 3-0 O Spiers also dominated with a strong attacking game Oscar focused on his forehand drives to win 3-0.
K16 2-1 Barker10
K17 1-2 Barker9 W Wu played the match of the season against a year11 student who was twice his height Will chased every ball never giving up he focused on his drives and front of court boasts to finally take the match 17/15 in the fifth game to win 3-2 , T Hey found his opponent challenging but to his credit Tim never gave up to go down 0-3 in a close match , M Illing-Kelly tried hard to stay in the match chasing every ball Max unfortunately went down 0-3.
K18 2-0 K19 I Lin set the tempo early playing good length Ian focused on his drives to win 3-0 , A Guo played a tough five setter that had some long rallies with Anlong focusing on the back of court with some well delivered drives and cross court shots to win 3-2, L Hogan worked hard to stay in the match varying his plays with some great drives Lachlan unfortunately went down 0-3, D Zhang played his best match of the Term to narrowly go down 2-3 credit to Daniel he chased every ball and fought hard playing good length to go down 12/15 in the last game.
K20 2-1 Barker
Internal League was well attended with William Rutherford setting a Year7 record wining every match on the day. Well done.
To all Knox Squash Players: well done and as always, all boys played with great sportsmanship.
Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports and Amy Chen, Head Table Tennis Coach
Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports
The Sunday was the first day of the Schools Tennis Nationals. Knox took on Marryatville (SA) team and got off to an exciting start against a very strong team. Jason Xu playing at No.2 had a cracking match losing 4-6/4-6 with every rally played with such high intensity and standard. Unfortunately the South Australian teams were too strong for Knox on the day. Knox then re grouped to play Kelvin Grove (QLD) team. The boys were starting to understand the grass a little better. The team played some great tennis to win overall with a solid performance from Pedro Papangelis playing at No.1. Knox then finished off the day against local grass court specialists Albury School. The boys took it to the local school and won very well with some impressive tennis played by Aston Bloom who won his singles comfortably. Alongside Aston, Harry Wagstaff was playing his singles. He had a marathon match going into the super 3rd set tie break to eventually win 10-3 in a near flawless tie break.
Monday matches started nice an early after a long day of tennis on the Sunday. Knox took on McDonald College and found the team too tough after some great singles played by Pedro Papangelis against their no. 1 to lose 6-7/ 3-6. McDonald College won overall with a very strong team of scholarship players. Knox then played Maribyrnong College (VIC) who we have played before. Thy have won the competition or been runner up a few times. The boys came out firing with some close singles matches. It came down to the doubles where Knox got one of the matches but lost a close doubles match. Overall Knox lost 2-4 which was a valiant effort against a very strong sport scholarship school.
Tuesday saw Knox take on Westfields Sports High School to finish off their last group match. The boys had some tough battles on their hands with some great tennis played. Knox got the win on count back on number of sets won. It was a solid performance from the team to do so well.
This meant Knox were now playing off for 5th/6th position. Knox played Prince Alfred College (SA) who had some very strong players in their team and have been a strong team over the years. The boys lost 2-4 overall with a good singles match between Hugo La Hei and their No.3 player. The last match was against Applecross Sports High School. Knox were playing for 7th or 8th position. The boys were slow off the mark and the weeks’ worth of tennis was taking its toll. Knox finished 8th in Australia overall which was a great effort.
Overall it was a successful week with a lot learned by the players and coaches. It brought the team together more with great support shown for one another. Knox also finished in 1st place for ‘Best Sportsmanship shown award. Unfortunately it came down to the referee’s final decision who chose Prince Alfred who also showed great sportsmanship and manners on and off the court. It was great to be recognised for sportsmanship. Well done to the Knox boys for a great Albury Schools Nationals Tournament.
Sport Wet Weather Information
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 Skoolbag apps.
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 relevant Prep or Senior School app.
Boarder Travel to Sport
No Dogs Allowed Policy
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.