The 2016 summer Sports season started with energy and enthusiasm from Pembroke girls. We entered teams in all IGSSA sports and also competed in the Catholic Schools Touch and Water Polo competitions. Overall it has been a successful term of Girls Sport and I would like to thank the students and their families for their commitment.
This term Pembroke entered eight Tennis teams in the IGSSA competition. This is the second year of the Monday afternoon Premier League A Grade competition and, due to a successful first season, IGSSA introduced a Premier League Reserves competition, also played on Monday afternoons. The standard of Tennis played is extremely high and our A team have come up against some very strong opponents over the term. Our other teams also enjoyed success throughout the term. Special thanks to Mr Gould and his coaching team for their first-rate coaching, support and encouragement of the Pembroke Tennis teams. Thanks also to staff members Ms Abbott, Mrs Ballard, Mrs Lobban, Mr Baack and Ms McNamara for coordinating the teams and encouraging and supporting our players.
Our Volleyball teams have been progressing nicely with specific game skills and tactics. Although wins have been hard to come by this term, the players are really starting to put these new skills into their game play. We entered a record four Senior teams this season, which has been fantastic. Thanks to Ms Krieg, who stepped into the role of Senior A/B Coach while Ms Jang had a knee operation. Mrs Heath and Miss Lizzio, along with the coaches, have ensured that all teams are managed and coached well.
Our Senior A Touch team are developing new leaders and have come up against some tough opponents this term, recording one win and two losses. Although the team may not win as many games as in previous years, it has many young players who will play together for a number of seasons to come. The Senior B and Junior teams also have many young and new players who are developing their skills and Touch fitness. Staff member Ms Steph Martin and her team of coaches are doing a great job getting the teams up for competition each week.
The Basketball players have been improving and have played some exciting games this term. Our Senior A team have been very competitive, recording two wins, two draws and three losses. Our Senior C side have seen a growth in numbers, with some players coming out to play Basketball for the first time. The games and the spirit in which they are played are pleasing to watch. Our Middle School Basketball numbers have increased and we entered A, B and two C teams into the competition. All teams competed with enthusiasm and represented Pembroke to the best of their ability. Mr Cielens and old scholar Sarah continued coaching the Middle A/B teams, and Holly and Sam are coaching the Middle C team. Thanks to staff members Mrs Gransbury, Ms Schultz and Ms Rice for organising these teams.
Water Polo is a popular mid-week sport during the warm weather of Term 1. Games have been competitive and exciting to watch, and we hope to have some Pembroke teams finish on top of their division. Coaching staff have done a fantastic job preparing their teams this term. Thanks to staff members Mrs Wedding, Ms Martin, Mrs Braun and Ms Winterfield.
All students have now completed their online nominations for winter sport. Week 11 will see the girls being called out for trainings and trials. Some Senior players have already begun their training, working hard to try and secure a position in a nominated team. I look forward to seeing many girls enjoying the winter sports on offer.
Director of Girls Sport
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