Track & Field continued on Saturday at SOPAC with many more strong performances. With the CAS so close now (Thursday 14 September) it is vital that any boy wishing to be considered for selection is out there this Saturday and doing his very best. Knox has some terrific coaches and our boys who have committed to training and competition are achieving some amazing Personal Bests.

The Knox squash season finished up last Saturday with as many as 14 teams competing in Grand Finals at Thornleigh. A great season for all involved and seven Premierships.

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Track and Field Performers of the Week
13 years – Will Constable
14 Years – Tom Shannon
15 Years – Harley Clifton
16 Years – Toby Craig
17 Years – Jasper Spiller
Opens – Hunter Nicholas
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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Track and Field – CAS Invitational 2 (SOPAC)
The Knox Grammar Track and Field team continued its 2017 season with the second of five Invitationals held at Sydney Olympic Park.

Although a smaller number of students competed for Knox on the weekend, there were some quality performances which is suggesting that exciting times are ahead for Knox Track & Field.

Leading the throws once again was Tom Shannon who competed up an age group to throw 13.94m in the 16 years age group and then went back to his age group later in the day to throw 15.07 with the lighter shotput. Lucas Chamen also showed he is someone to watch with a launch of 41.52m in the 15 years age group. This was just one of many personal bests for the throws team on the day.

The great results in the jumps continued with Jackson Ellis (Opens) and Colin Ojah (15 years) jumping an impressive 6.29m and 5.29m respectively in the long jump. We also saw a fantastic jump from Harley Clifton in the 15 years age group, with a leap of 1.72m.

The action on the track was also heating up, with Hunter Nicholas (Opens) opening his season with a 11.21s in the open 100m sprint. Lewis Clabburn also kicked off his sprints campaign with a promising 11.30s in the 17 years event.
In the middle distance, Ben Fitton once again led the team by winning the 800m run against 2016 CAS Champion from Barker, Jack Mills. Newcomer to the middle distance team, Sam Reeves continued his winning form, winning the 14 years event.
The attention for the Track and Field Team now turns to a mid-week comp, with the NSW Schools Relay Championships at Olympic Park where they will take on the best schools in the state over multiple relay events on the track and in the field!

Performers of the Week
Congratulations to the following boys who received the performance of the week for their age group.

13 years – Will Constable (PB in the 800m – 2:13.7)
14 Years – Tom Shannon (PB in the shot – 15.07m)
15 Years – Harley Clifton (great performance in the High Jump – 1.72m)
16 Years – Toby Craig (big throw in the Javelin – 33.31m)
17 Years – Jasper Spiller (great run in the 800m for his first time – 2:13.3)
Opens – Hunter Nicholas (season’s best run in the 100m – 11.2 sec)

State Championship Glory 
For the 28th year, and 6th consecutive time, Knox has won the NSW Secondary Schools Orienteering State Championships. The championships were held over the weekend of 19/20 August, comprising of 3 events - a long distance run on Saturday at Cataract Scout Park and two sprint events around a building-based course within the University of Wollongong Campus. 
The team attending comprised of Daniel Zhang, Brandon Chung, Tom O’Sullivan, Ewan Shingler, Thomas Bartnik, Oliver Pitman and Sam Pitman (photo attached, including coaches, Carl Joisce and Dan Schofield)
Ewan Shingler, a member of the NSW representative team shortly to attend the Australian Championships, placed first in all events (M15A), leading 20 minutes ahead in the sprints with a total of 34 minutes - incredible! 
Tom O’Sullivan (Year 8), following his strong intraschool results, achieved third place in the long run and then second overall for the sprints in the highest division for his age. Daniel Zhang, a new year 7 orienteer, accomplished a second place for the long distance. Congratulations also to Tom, placing third for the sprint events and Oliver and Sam for contesting in a highly competitive division for their age whilst maintaining very competitive times. 

Australian Championships Tour
A reminder that this Friday is the deadline for all expression of interest forms for our inaugural Australian Orienteering Championship Tour, planned to depart at the end of this term for four nights at Bathurst. Racing in the gold mines, through rocky forests and concrete jungles will make the courses one of kind on this very unique tour. Along with masterclasses, engagements with other youth teams from around Australia and New Zealand, this is sure to be the most memorable and exciting of orienteering experiences yet offered at Knox. If you are interested in joining the team, please find the tour documents here on the Orienteering Knox Portal Page and email your expression of interest to Mr Dylan Sherman.  

Please note the final round of MetrOLeague will now be held on Sunday 3 September (not Sunday 27 August). Further information will be sent by email to the team this week. 

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

Grand Finals
Knox1st 0-3 Willoughby1 N You Lee had the perfect start up 2-0 then leading 9-1 in the third game Nic playing his old rival lost focus and two games latter went down 2-3 in a match that had everything long rallies end to end chasing drives and drops great placement but what really stood out was the spirit in which this game was played and for Nic being his last match for Knox 1st I can only say he gave his all and he should be proud of his effort and his contribution to Squash at the school. K Tse playing his second match found his opponent challenging but credit to Karlon he never stopped varying his plays unfortunately not enough on the day going down 0-3, F Hellen-Ford gave his all in a match that saw some clinically placed drives and cross court shots again Finn tried everything to stay in the match just didn't happen on the day losing 0-3. Overall this 1st Team can be very proud of themselves not long ago they were running last and now they just competed in the Grand Final. Great Effort!

K2 1-2 Barker1 K Tse started slowly down early Karlon came back varying his drives and drops only to finally go down 1-3, E Xie set the pace early with good length and placement Evan went on to win 3-0. Z Slonim found his opponent challenging but credit to Zach he never gave up going down 0-3.

K4 3-0 K5 P Koch, R Deshpande, T Joseph this team have set the pace all year and continued to dominate with Peter playing good length and cross court shots with some quality drops to go on and win 3-0. Rishi played a very controlled match varying his plays with some quality serving and front of court boasts also wining 3-0, T Joseph continued the team form with some great back hand and cross court drives giving him the match 3-0.

K5 0-3 K4 E Bakker , K Ramcharan, F Prince it was only ever going to be another Knox team that would beat team5 as all year Eugene Kiano and Finn dominated there matches with some great performances. This team can be very proud of their achievement. Well Done!

K6 2-1 Barker2 C Lee gave his all against a very hard serving opponent Chan never gave up chasing every ball unfortunately going down 0-3, C William played to his strengths with good placement and some clinical drops Chris dominated from the start to win 3-0, L Marinaki set the tempo early controlling the "T" Luke varied his drives and drops to also win 3-0.

K7 2-1 Northmead1 E Albany playing good length found his rhythm early and never looked back varying his plays with some great drives and drops to win 3-1, J Ngo dominated from the start playing good length Jackson took control going on to win 3-0, L Hincks found his opponent challenging but to his credit Lachy fought hard and never gave up chasing every ball going down 0-3.

K8 0-2 GISS1 P Mehta played to his strengths with some well-placed drives and boasts Pranav unfortunately lost focus going down 1-3 , V Zhong found his opponent challenging but to his credit Victor fought hard chasing every ball only to go down 0-3 .

K9 2-1 K10 R Somaiya playing good length along with some well-placed drops and boasts to go on and win 3-2 in a very hard fought match, L Gee likes to be challenged and this game had it all with some hard fought rallies and the score changing several times Lachlan was determined not to give in chasing every ball and finally winning the match 3-2, A Lin Lacy played a very controlled match with good length and great placement to go on and win 3-0, S Koroknay fought for every ball in a match that had everything long rallies well placed drives to unfortunately go down 2-3 , R Soutar played another five setter with end to end running Ryan chased every ball playing good depth with some well delivered forehand drives and drops to narrowly go down 2-3 T Murray found his opponent challenging but credit to Tyler he chased every ball unfortunately going down0-3.

K11 1-2 Northmead2 J Merhi played to his strengths varying his drives and cross court shots Jesse came back to level at 2-2 to narrowly lose 2-3 in a very hard fought Match, H Partridge found his opponent challenging 0-2 down Harry responded with a convincing 15-9 third game only to lose focus going down 1-3, C Beauchamp played good length with some well-placed drives and front of court boasts Cameron went on to win 3-1.

K13 2-1 Briars4 E Sutton tried very hard to stay in the match down 1-2 Elliot varied his plays but unfortunately just not enough on the day losing 1-3, S Suresh played the match of the season against an opponent he has never beaten Shiv stayed focused in a game that had lengthy rallies and scores changing several times he played good length to finally control the "T" and go on to win 3-2 , T Willoughby is no newcomer to playing senior players with Obi playing to his strengths focusing on depth with some well-placed drives and front of court boast he went on to win 3-0 in a very entertaining match.

K15 1-1 K16 W Degotardi playing his old school rival J Brooke in a match that had it all long rallies with both boys chasing every ball Will focused on length with some well-placed drives and cross court shots forcing Jordan into the corners but credit to Jordan he fought hard to level at 1-1 unfortunately Will stayed focused to go on and win 3-1. D Wade set the tempo early varying his shots with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives to win 3-0, A Pan-Cassin found his opponent challenging but credit to Anton he fought hard chasing every ball just going down 0-3.

K18 2-1 Barker10 with L Merhi setting the pace early playing good length with some well-placed drives and front of court boasts Luke levelled at 2-2 but unfortunately lost focus to go down 2-3 , J Watts played to his strengths with good placement varying his plays with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives to go on and win 3-0 , J Ahmad set the tempo early controlling the "T" with good placement focusing on front of court boasts and forehand drives Johar played to his strengths to go on and win 3-1.
A Good Day for Knox Squash with 14 teams making the Grand finals at Thornleigh with many matches going to five sets along with some hard fought rallies keeping the spectators entertained and Knox managing to win seven on the day.

To all the parents - thank you for your support and to all the players well played! Great Effort by all.

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Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Wednesday 16 August saw three of our Knox tennis boys represent the CAS team vs ISA held at Barker College Tennis Courts.

The boys from our 1st team were: Pedro Papangelis (Yr 10), Jason Xu (Yr 10) and Hugo La Hei (Yr 11).

The boys performed well to gain a lot of wins to help the CAS team defeat the ISA team on a very windy day. Congratulations to the Knox boys on your great efforts.

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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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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.