Collegiate Girls’ High School played host to eight local hockey first teams on Sunday, 17 April 2016, and walked away as regional champions. All the matches were played on the Sunday on the Collegiate astro turf.
In a match played in hot Queenstown conditions, Selborne had the better of what is always a tough encounter against one of the top Border hockey schools to emerge with what was their best away win over Queen’s for some years.
Collegiate travelled to Grahamstown for their derby fixture against Kingswood College. It is without doubt one of the toughest fixtures for any school, but Kingswood were wanting to bounce back after their derby loss the week before.
On the 29th May, 2015, the Xerox Selborne College 1st XI were expecting a stern challenge from a much-improved Cambridge team which has had a run of good results of late. And so it proved. It was an extremely well-contested encounter in which neither side ever gained a clear advantage.
The Xerox Selborne College 1st XI entertained St Andrew’s College in a match played in hot berg-wind conditions which were not ideal for top-level schoolboy hockey.
Celeste du Toit was enrolled at Kingswood in Grade 1 and has been an active member of the school ever since. She is presently the college Head Girl, Captain of the First Tennis and Hockey teams and a member of the First Squash Team. She is a chapel steward; she has Honours for academics and Colours for Hockey, Tennis, Swimming and Toastmasters and is involved in all the activities on campus.
Match Report: QUEEN’S COLLEGE VS DALE - 16 AUGUST 2013
The Queen’s First XI travelled to King William’s Town for the annual Derby fixture. The game was played under appalling lighting throwing large sections of the field into shadow, making it a challenge.
The Queen’s First XI played their last home game of the 2013 season on the Chris Harker Astro with a mission to end their home games of the 2013 season as unbeaten.
The Queen’s side knew not to underestimate their opponents as Cambridge, under coach Tim Stirk, are always a team to be reckoned with and the game was to reflect this. Queen’s came out with fire and were to dominate possession in the game continuing to build off their Selborne win by playing good structured hockey and working together as a team. QC were rewarded with a short corner in the first few minutes of the game but the shot was wide. The combination of Cheslyn Neethling with Ryelan Hardnick and Jono Cloete has proved a thorn in the side of their opponents in most games with their ability to launch counter attacks from their baseline and to use their speed and skill to control the centre field and set up attack after attack.
Cambridge maintained their composure and absorbed the pressure applied by the Queen’s lads not hesitating to launch their own attacks at the Queen’s goals whenever they had the opportunity. Both sides were to be awarded short corners which they were unable to capitalise on. The score line was to remain nil all at half time a testimony to the excellent composure and defence of the Cambridge men under concerted pressure from the Queen’s side. Queen’s came out after the break with intent and a good team effort was rewarded when QC Captain Ryelan Hardnick collected a loose ball in the circle and drove the ball home with 23 minutes still on the clock to take Queen’s 1 – 0 up. Cambridge were not to be outdone and with 19 minutes on the clock launched a fast attack down the right hand side with the cross into the Queen’s circle being driven home to level the scores at 1 all. The game flowed from one end of the field to the other with Queen’s enjoying more possession and territorial advantage.
A number of excellent attacking opportunities and a short corner came to nothing with the balls sailing wide of the goals. Queen’s continued however to maintain their composure and continued to stick to their game plan and with 5 minutes remaining Solulwe Bless launched a fast run down the field to see Aubrey Ferreira slot his cross into the circle into the bsck of the box to take Queen’s to a 2-1 lead. Cambridge refused to give up and were rewarded with 4 consecutive short corners within the last 3 minutes but the speed of the Queen’s rush by Jono Cloete was to deny them the equaliser and allow Queen’s to emerge as victors on the day. The Cambridge men are to be commended for their superb defence and certainly gave the Queen’s side a game to remember.
The season moves to its climax with the return derby day against Dale College. Hats off to Coach Luke Makeleni and Capatin Ryelan Hardnick for giving the home crowd a season to remember.
Queenstown Girls High Scool celebrated their Birthday weekend with victories over both Cambridge and Hangklip in what was a memerable display of attacking hockey.
The Xerox Selborne 1st XI capped a great night for their school’s hockey when they came out on top on a wet and chilly Friday evening at Grey High School by a score of 2-1. Following excellent wins by their U14A and U16A teams, the Selbornians were determined to finish their outstanding season with something that had never been achieved before, a victory for the 1st team at the Grey Astro. The last Selborne success in PE had been a 4-0 win in 2005 before Grey laid their own turf at the school.
The Xerox Selborne College 1st XI came out on top in an excellent game of fast-paced schoolboy hockey against their old rivals from King William’s Town when they edged home 3-2 to complete their second single-goal victory over Dale College this season.
The Xerox Selborne 1st XI suffered their first loss since March 2012 when they went down 2-1 at Queen’s College on Saturday. It was a closely- contested match in which Queen’s made better use of their opportunities and defended with composure when protecting their lead.
CHRIS Brothers, tournament director of the Under-18 Cape Town International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival, announced Wednesday that boys' and girls' first teams from The Netherlands, Australia, England, Namibia and Zimbabwe will be joing South African schools at the popular festival, which starts in Cape Town next week.
The Xerox Selborne Selborne College 1st X1 totally dominated their gallant but out-gunned opponents from
Port Rex to compile a massive 19-0 victory at Selborne on Saturday morning. From the start, the
Selborne pressure resulted in Port Rex giving the ball away too easily and after Dylan Billingham
had opened the scoring by converting a penalty-stroke, the margin was extended to 10-0 at half-time
through field goals from Craig Morgan (4), Reece Pienaar (2), Dylan Thatcher and Dylan Savage,
plus a well-struck penalty-corner by Sarvesh Naidoo.
In the early stages of the second half, Port Rex showed good resistance and Selborne dropped their
level by over-carrying of the ball instead of the quick distribution that had marked their play in the
first period, but soon regained their pattern and the goals started to flow again. Morgan and Pienaar
each added 2 more goals and the scoring was rounded off by Billingham, Thatcher, Tyler Sims,
Daniel Smal and a well-worked drag-flick by Alex Penhall.
Features of the match were Selborne’s good structure and efficient finishing. It was a very competent
performance by the home team who took advantage of the frequent turnover opportunities afforded
them by their opponents who, although never giving up, gave away possession too frequently, allowing
Selborne to control the midfield and apply continual pressure on the Port Rex defence.
The Xerox Selborne 1st XI was expecting a tough encounter on Friday night, 24th May, as the matric boys in the team had never experienced victory over Cambridge,
having lost in their U14 year and drawn at U16.
And how right they were – Selborne had to pull out all the stops to come away with a 5-4 win in an exciting and free-flowing match which kept the crowd entertained for the full 60 minutes.
Both teams played their part in this enjoyable game with Selborne dominating possession and territory and producing some quality inter-passing movements and
Cambridge always dangerous on the counter-attack and making the most of their opportunities.
Selborne seemed to have things under control after 20 minutes with a 2-0 lead through a skillfully-taken field goal from Reece Pienaar and a penalty-corner
strike by Sarvesh Naidoo. But Cambridge came back well and had equalized by half-time with an own-goal through an error of judgment by the Selborne defence,
followed by a field goal after a goalmouth scramble just before the break. Cambridge then went into the lead with a well-taken field goal early in the second
period with Selborne seemingly switched off.
This galvanized the home team into action and they replied with 3 goals in the space of 8 minutes with a powerful reverse-stick shot by Dylan Billingham, a good drag-flick by Alex Penhall and a
deflection at the right post by Damon Thompson, to take a 5-3 lead. But Cambridge were not finished and scored with a well-placed drag-flick 9 minutes from the end.
Selborne controlled the closing minutes but had to be on their guard against the quick-breaking Cambridge side. No further goals were scored, leaving the final tally
at 5-4 to Selborne.
The Xerox Selborne 1st XI put in a solid performance to come through a hard-fought encounter with a
2-0 win over the talented Queen’s College team in a match which featured constructive hockey from
The first half was a fairly even affair with both teams working hard to create opportunities which
they were unable to finish. Selborne were more measured in their approach and used the width of the
field well in keeping possession, while Queen’s were effective in transferring play from the back to their
forwards with accurate direct passes.
After the interval, Selborne stepped up a gear and gained an edge in midfield which 10 minutes into the
half, brought them a field-goal by Mark de Lacy, who worked space for himself in the circle and finished
with a good shot. 5 minutes later, Craig Morgan scored the second goal after excellent lead-up play by
Tyler Sims and Reece Pienaar. With no further scoring, the match ended at 2-0 to Selborne. The game
was played in a good spirit and credit must go to both teams for their part in making it an attractive
match to watch.
Grey Hockey was born in 1961, when a team of keen juniors, captained by Colin Hilder and coached by Roy Sutcliffe and Bruce Allen, was entered in the Men’s Leagues under the banner of the Old Grey Club.