As the summer Sports season draws to an end, I am pleased to once again compliment the manner in which our students have represented our School in an array of sports. Pembroke was represented with teams competing in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis, Touch, Triathlon, Volleyball and Water Polo. The strong numbers in many of these sports help lift training intensity as players battle for positions in teams, consequently helping all the students strive for their best.
Cricket continues to be a popular choice at Pembroke, with two teams being nominated in all year levels from Year 7 upwards. The First XI competed in the one-day Knock-out Cup but unfortunately were on the wrong side of some close finishes. Congratulations must go to Sam for being chosen as First XI Captain. Congratulations also to First XI player Oliver for his five-wicket haul against Prince Alfred College, and to Matt for his hat-trick against Westminster School in a recent Second XI match.
Volleyball has exploded in the Junior ranks, with Pembroke filling four teams in the Years 7–9 competition. Dr Miller has done a tremendous job managing these teams, with excellent support from new staff member Ms Ireland and a team of four coaches. Mr Clark has continued in his role as Open A coach, this season being joined by Mr Hilditch. Together they have moulded the Senior players into cohesive and organised outfits.
Tennis has continued to be popular, with Pembroke nominating 11 teams from Year 7 and above. Mr Hopkins has continued in his role as Drive Coach/Manager and has been pleased with the development of the young players in the Drive team. Head Tennis Coach Mr Gould (old scholar) has done an outstanding job leading our coaching team and ensuring that the players make the most of their training time.
Badminton players have been working hard to maintain Pembroke’s strong reputation in this sport. The Open A team continue to be strong, winning most of their games and suffering only two very narrow losses. Open A Coach Mr Reed and Middle teams Coach Mr Bawden, together with staff managers Mr Derrington and Mr McCann, have done an excellent job developing the players’ skills and knowledge of the game.
Our Water Polo teams continue to do well, with our Open A team dropping only the first game of the season. The Middle A team have also recorded mostly wins, suggesting that we should remain a strong force in the sport in the years to come. Water Polo has benefited over the years from the experience of old scholars and this year has been no different. Adele has done well to maintain the high standard that her father and former staff member Mr Langusch developed in his long and illustrious coaching career at Pembroke.
Pembroke swimmers have made some pleasing improvements this season. After missing out last year it was great to see Pembroke represented in the SAAS final.
We also maintained our position in the SSSSA Div 1 competition. The Open Boys team came third in the teams relay and the Open Girls team finished a creditable fifth. Emily from Year 7 Hill broke a longstanding IGSSA record for the 50m butterfly event in a time of 30.13 seconds; Pembroke old scholar Whitney was the previous record holder for this event.
Athletes have been training hard on Haslam Oval in all extremes of weather. Mr Woon and Mr Duffy have been training over 30 students in track and field events. Our athletes recorded some pleasing results at the State Championships held in February, with Joe winning the 3000m walk and Caleb the 2000m steeple, and Oscar winning gold in the 90m hurdles, triple jump, discus and javelin events. A group of athletes are competing on 16 May in the state knockout competition and I wish them all the best for this event.
Mr Shillabeer has been taking a group of students to the beach every Wednesday afternoon to undertake sailing training. Specialist instructors have been developing the new students’ skills in reading weather conditions and the basics of sailing. These students are displaying great improvement and may compete in various events throughout the year.
This season we entered a record number of students (63) in the SASSSA Triathlon Championships event held at West Lakes. The majority of these students entered the come ‘n try event and were exposed to the challenges of triathlon for the first time. There were some pleasing performances in the individual event, with Hamish (Yr 10) winning the Intermediate Boys division. Pembroke School came second in the Sam White Trophy for the most successful school in the State Championships, come ‘n try and team events. The team was coordinated and managed by Mr Lentakis.
As I write, a number of students are well into their pre-season preparations for various Senior winter sports. The Football teams, under the guidance of Mr Casserly, began training in Week 2 of this term. The large number of players (in excess of 80) has resulted in Pembroke entering three teams for the first time since 2011. Soccer has a new Head Coach, Mr Moore, and he has been overseeing the teams’ training since Week 5 of this term. Basketball teams have held their trials already and Hockey players will embark on their pre-season shortly.
Director of Sport
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