Firstly, I would like to congratulate Mrs Martin and her husband Chris on the birth of their daughter Evie Adelaide. Sally is an outstanding role model for students at Pembroke, particularly in her role as Director of Girls Sport, and I know she has been appreciative of the many good wishes from the Pembroke community. I would like to thank her for her work in meticulously organising the Girls Sport program, making it easier for me to transition into the role in her absence in Term 3. It has been highly rewarding observing our girls approach their sport in such an enthusiastic, collegial and committed fashion.
Pembroke continued its strong form from recent seasons in Soccer. With Tom Ballantyne once again at the helm as Coach, our Open A team again won the final, a 3–0 victory over Pulteney Grammar School. With the departure of many senior girls from last season’s team, 2016 was a rebuilding year, with many of the Open A team coming from Years 9 and 10. So it was particularly satisfying to see the girls achieve so highly. Congratulations to Amber for being selected to represent the state in the Secondary School Sports Championships in Maroochydore in July.
Participation in Middle School Soccer was once again strong, with four Pembroke teams entered in the IGSSA competition. For the first time IGSSA conducted a final for the Middle A competition, in which Pembroke tied for the pennant with a 1–1 draw against Wilderness School.
The Netball season began with a Senior Netball tour to New Zealand late in Term 1. Ms Clark and Mr Reid accompanied a group of senior players to Auckland for the Trans-Tasman Netball Tournament; in 2017 Pembroke will host this tournament for the first time. Another first for the School this year was the inaugural Indigenous Round, with our Senior A/B teams playing matches against College. The Open A team won this match by 3 goals. The girls from both teams conducted themselves with great dignity on such a significant occasion. Westminster School retained the Interschol trophy, defeating Pembroke by 1 solitary goal in a terrific final match of the season. Participation and enthusiasm were high among Middle School netballers, with a total of 15 teams from Years 7–10 entered in the IGSSA competition.
The Netball Parents Committee has continued to support the Netball program with enthusiasm and success. This season the funds raised went towards two Erin Bell Clinics that were conducted in Week 3 of Term 3. Approximately 50 students from Years 7 and 8 participated on the Tuesday night and the same again from Years 9–12 on the Thursday. The clinics received rave reviews from the students, who participated with enthusiasm despite the cool and windy conditions.
Pembroke fielded three Hockey teams this season, Open A and B sides and a Middle C side. We also entered the Open Mixed Knockout Hockey competition at the State Hockey Centre in August. The team performed well, winning two matches against Adelaide High School and Victor Harbor High School, but were unfortunately defeated by Concordia College in the final match, which meant we did not progress. Three girls, Riley (Yr 7), Alice (Yr 7) and Tabitha (Yr 5), were selected to represent the state at the national SAPSASA championships in Cairns in August.
We entered eight teams in the IGSSA Badminton competition this season. All the girls have shown a keenness to improve and perform well for the School. Our A players have led the squad well and improved their Badminton game play and fitness. The A team finished in fifth position after reversing the Interschol result against Westminster and defeating them in the final. The B team finished in fourth place after losing by 1 point to Immanuel College in their final.
In association with the East Torrens Payneham Lacrosse Club (ETP), we had Pembroke girls playing in U13 and U18 Lacrosse teams this season. As well as Saturday morning matches, we fielded a team in the Judy Thurgood Cup, a round robin tournament played on Thursday afternoons for 3 weeks. It was pleasing to see the girls develop their skills and understanding of the game as the season progressed. The U18 team made the grand final. Thanks to Rachel Hill and Tayla Matten from ETP and Luke Oswald from Lacrosse SA for the work they put into coaching and assisting our Lacrosse players.
Our Girls Rugby Sevens squad have proved to be a committed bunch, continuing to train every Friday afternoon throughout the winter season despite limited opportunities for competition. Pleasingly, the U16 team were involved in the SA High Schools competition recently, which for many was their first taste of match play. Some of the girls have also been involved in come-and-try events.
Our senior girls played two Australian Football matches and won them both, against Seymour and Scotch College. There has been much recent interest around AFL from girls at the School, with interest blossoming among Middle School students as well. This is something we will look to pursue further next season.
For the first time IGSSA entered Netball, Soccer and Tennis teams in the Interstate Challenge, held this year in Melbourne. Brooke, Erin, Amber, Bethany, Eliza and Chloe all represented the state in Soccer, and Derani and Emma were representatives in Netball.
I would like to sincerely thank the many coaches for their passionate and professional approach to our Girls sporting teams, and also the staff for their hard work and organisation on a weekly basis throughout the winter.
Acting Director of Girls Sport
Girls Soccer Final winners