GRAHAMSTOWN school hockey players excelled at the various inter provincial tournaments during the school holidays.
There were numerous highlights. On the coaching side, Kingswood’s Mziyanda Mangi coached the girls U16B team, who won all seven of their matches, thereby winning the B Section trophy and gaining promotion to the A section next year, which is an incredible fete for a B team which had six Grahamstown girls in the side.
The U16A side were also incredibly impressive as they reached the final, but were unlucky to lose in a shoot-out after scores were tied at full time. That team had five Grahamstown girls including Zinathi Mbenyane, who was also selected into the SA High Performance Training Squad at the end of the tournament.
One of the main highlights was the fact that the U18A girls side went on to win their tournament as well, with three Grahamstown girls in the team. The girls U18B side ended 5th, coached by Kingswood’s Jason McLachlan, which included five Grahamstown girls.
The boys’ results are just as impressive. The U16A (two players from Grahamstown), U16B (five players from Grahamstown) and U18A (5 players from Grahamstown) sides all reached semi-finals. EP U16A and B finished 3rd, with u18B ending 5th and U18A ending 4th.
Graeme College’s Seth Faltain was selected into the SA U16 High Performance Training Squad. Thabo Sifumba from St Andrew’s College was selected into the SA U18B side while Luke Hobson and Peter Jarvis were selected into the SA U18A team. An impressive number, considering Ross Vides would in all likelihood also have been selected, but had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.
Not to be outdone, the U14 Winter Games Boys received gold after winning their tournament. The Eastern Cape girls won bronze. The Regional EP U14 boys and girls, are currently away in Bloemfontein this week, so more details will follow shortly.
Representatives from Grahamstown:
Boys U18A: Anele Makongolo (KC), Thabo Sifumba (SAC), Peter Jarvis (SAC), Richard Brown (SAC), Joshua Marx (SAC).
Boys U18B: Tao Varty (SAC), Paul Marriner (SAC)
Boys U16A: Ryan Stoddart (VC), Seth Faltain (GC)
Boys U16B: Cameron Chadwick (SAC), Mvuyelwa Tyibilika (KC), Caleb Daniels (KC), James Mullins (SAC), Thomas Russell (SAC).
Boys Eastern Cape U14: D Odunuga (KC), D Pharo (KC).
Girls U18A: Bianca de Klerk (KC), Jenny du Toit (DSG), Julie Jevon (DSG),
Girls U18B: Bailey Dovey (DSG), Ella Denton (KC), Emma Fraser – c (KC), Conna van Blerk (KC), Willow Gainsford (DSG).
Girls U16A: Bridget Mildenhall (KC), Amy Mills (KC), Zinathi Mbenyane (KC), Nina Own-Jones – c (DSG), Kiana Daniels (KC).
Girls U16B: Torva Sharwood (DSG), Diana Dixie (DSG), Anna Jones (DSG), Nicola Ralson (DSG), Lushana van Heerden (KC), Lukho Mbenyane (KC).
SA U16 HP Training Camp: Boys – Seth Faltain (GC), Girls – Zinathi Mbenyane (KC)
SA U18B Boys: Thabo Sifumba (SAC)
SA U18A Boys: Luke Hobson (SAC), Peter Jarvis (SAC)