The hockey scene at St Mary’s has been overwhelmed with excitement since half-term. The first challenge was completing a successful league with one last fixture against Roedean. After the first team’s drawing 1-1 to St Stithians, a win against Roedean was imperative in order to take the league title. The first hockey team accomplished this by winning 4-0 with all other seven teams following suit.
The U18 and U16 Southern Gauteng teams took part in the annual inter-provincial tournament. In each of the four provincial teams, a St Mary’s player was captain. U18 A was captained by Julia Fleming, U18 B by Carly du Toit, U16 A by Kiara Fitzhenry and U16 B by Sarah Grinyer. At the conclusion of the tournament, Kiara Fitzhenry was selected for the South African U16 squad, which remained in Bloemfontein for a threeday hockey camp. Julia Fleming was selected for the South African U18 B team. This is a great achievement for both players and we congratulate them on their selection.
In the U14 provincial teams we also had a number of girls in leadership positions. Ghita Economakis was the captain of the U14 A team and Sarah Millard and Ashley Simonato were the vice-captains of the U14 B and U14 C teams respectively.
We have welcomed two touring teams from the UK. The U16 A team played Wakefield, beating them 8-0 and drawing 0-0 to Kings School Canterbury. The U15 A team played Kings School and drew 1-1 in a tightly contested match.
With the World Hockey League taking place at Wits, the opportunity to expose our hockey players to international games was essential. Over the course of the two weeks, all St Mary’s teams were given the opportunity to attend the games. The U14 players watched the South Africa vs Argentina game and were photographed with South African players and St Mary’s Old Girls, Shelley Jones (Russell), Lisa Deetlefs and Lilian du Plessis. The U15, U16, 2nd and 1st teams accompanied their touring team, Kings School, to the semi-final matches.We have been privileged to have three-time Olympian Dutch player, Eva de Goede, address the hockey girls. With two gold medals and one silver medal at the Olympic Games, Eva had insightful messages and experiences to share with us.
Roxy Coetzee-Turner Head of Hockey