Girls’ Hockey

Girls’ Hockey Report 2018

In 2018, Pearson fielded 15 Girls’ teams across all the age groups. This resulted in 199 girls participating in hockey this year, and our teams played 178 matches during the season across all age groups, with an overall loss-ratio of only 21%. This figure includes the various tours and tournaments that the senior and A-teams participated in as well.

Our sponsor, KFC provided valuable financial support to the programme, and we thank them for their support. We made use of 10 outside coaches for the girls, with 1 specialised goalkeeper coach.

Girls’ hockey had a very good year, and our first team, although being very young, have done well to uphold the school’s name. A highlight was the Cape Town International tournament where the team finished 4th overall, competing against the best schools in the country. Notable wins were recorded against Kingston Grammar from the UK (1-0), Fairmont (3-0), Stellenberg (2-1); and Chispite from Zimbabwe (2-1). This year the girls’ programme produced 18 EP representatives across all age-groups. Kyra Jurgens was selected for the EP u/18A team, and captain Megan Snyman, along with Tori White both made the EP u/18B team. First team players who were selected to the two EP u/16 teams included Izaiah April, Jess Coltman, Jade Singleton, Hannah van Wyk, Cara Venter, who were all selected to the EP u/16A team, and Rachel Barry who made the EP u/16B team. Jaimie Giltrow was a non-travelling reserve for the u/16B team. Three players were also recognized in the SA u/16 HP squad for 2018, namely Hannah van Wyk; Jess Coltman and Alu Dunga. We also had two players who achieved 100 caps for the school’s first team, namely Kyra Jurgens and Megan Snyman.

Pearson has reason to be optimistic about the 2019 season, because in spite of the large number of u/16 representatives in the first team, the u/16A team completed a remarkable season of their own, being one of the three unbeaten teams at Pearson during 2018. The other two teams were the girls’ 3rd and u/14B teams respectively. The fantastic results achieved by the u/16A team saw them finishing 8th in SA on the SA Schools’ ranking log. Outstanding victories were recorded against Collegiate (1-0) and DSG (2-1), with other notable wins including DF Malan (1-0), Wynberg Girls (3-0), and Parel Vallei (2-0). Siya Bakaco and Alu Dunga were both selected to the EP u/16B team this year.

The u/14A team completed a great season and showed good improvement throughout the year. Draws against Collegiate, Clarendon, Somerset College and Bloemhof, who is rated as having one of the strongest girls’ hockey programmes in SA, reflected how well the team has progressed. The team also recorded wins against Hudson Park (3-1), Parel Vallei (1-0) and Oakhill (1-0) respectively. Six players were selected to the various EP u/14 teams, namely Megan Baxter, Hayley Engler and Silja Ferreira, who all made the B-side, with Abigail Fouche, Hayley Brugh and Tarryn Webb making the C-team.

In terms of staff, Pearson 1st team coach, Jeanette Makkie was invited to be a national u/18 Girls’ selector that selected a team to play against the Australian u/18 team at the junior IPT this year.

The school is extremely proud of all the achievements of our hockey girls!