Boys’ Hockey Report 2018
In 2018, Pearson fielded 13 Boys’ teams across all the age groups. This resulted in 173 boys participating in hockey this year. Our teams played 114 matches during the season, across all age groups, with an overall loss ratio of 49%. This figure includes the various tours that the senior and age-group A-teams participated in.
Our sponsors, Eye and Laser, provided substantial and valued financial support to the boys’ programme, and we thank them for their commitment to the school. We made use of 10 outside coaches for the boys and 10 for the girls, with 1 specialised goalkeeper coach.
Boys’ hockey experienced a mixed season, and there is much more work to be done in 2019 if we want to improve our win-loss ratio and become more competitive against the top hockey schools in the country. There was great improvement in the u16A and 2nd teams in this regard, and that bodes well for the school, as these players will become our future 1st team going forward. The first team went through a steady growth phase in 2018, and we look forward to seeing them build on the solid foundations that have been laid this year. The highlight of the boys’ 1st team season was the Cape Town International tournament, where we were able to test our strength against some of the best schools in the country. Notable results at the tournament were recorded against Uppingham from the UK (1-1), SACS (1-1), and Clifton (3-0), whilst at the annual Tony Godding tournament in East London, Pearson beat Dale College (1-0) and Stirling (4-1). The team also recorded a good win against Hudson Park (4-2), but a lot more work is needed if we are to match up to Grey and St Andrew’s.
The boys’ programme produced no fewer than 20 EP representatives across the three age-groups, and we are very proud of that achievement. Julian Dalton, Tristan Dougans, Jessie de Kock, Delron Simons, Matthew Lewis and Josh Armstrong were selected to the EP u/18B team, with Aidan Hall making the non-travelling reserves list. First team players who were selected to the two EP u/16 teams included Jason Saptoe and Jayde Ross, who were both selected to the EP u/16A team, and Cameron Dalton and Ryan Jordan who made the EP u/16B team.
Our u/16A boys experienced a tough season and were on the wrong side of the majority of the results, albeit often by a solitary goal. At the 2018 Founders’ Tournament in Pretoria, the team managed an unexpected 1-1 draw against Kearsney College, whilst they also achieved an excellent victory against St Andrew’s (1-0) during the regular season. From this team, Michael Gill was selected to the EP u/16B team this year.
The u/14A team completed a good season and we have unearthed exciting young talent that gives Pearson reason to be positive about the future of the sport over the next few years. At the Founders’ Tournament in Durban, the team secured draws against Waterkloof, Glenwood and Afrikaans Boys (Affies), whilst achieving a good win against St Albans (3-0). Back home, the team also recorded a comfortable win against Hudson Park (3-0). Eight players were selected to the various EP u/14 teams, namely Bjorn Slabbert, Mika-eel Osman, Cadin Delport and Alex Willimott, who all made the A-side, with Blaine Armstrong, Joseph Barry, Trent Minder and Luke Mounsear-Wilson making the B-team.
In terms of staff, Pearson 1st team coach Karl Lavender was an EP selector in the u14 Boys’ category, and he also coached the EP u/14B team at the Inter-provincial tournament.
The school is extremely proud of all the achievements of our hockey boys!