The winter season has recently concluded and once again a large proportion of our student cohort have represented Pembroke School in a range of sports. Our students do a tremendous job representing the School, always striving to achieve their best but with sportsmanship at the forefront of their efforts. Our First VIII Table Tennis; First XI Boys, First XI Girls and Middle A Soccer; and First XV and U14 Rugby teams all came first in their divisions, with a number of other teams also performing exceptionally well in their competitions.
This season the Sports Department, in consultation with some key stakeholders, implemented the inaugural Indigenous Round, which saw the First XVIII Football and Open A Netball teams compete for the Yunupingu Cups. Pembroke won both games by 1 point, but more importantly the day was a tremendous success in bringing our community closer together and acknowledging our Indigenous heritage. Next year we look to develop this further by incorporating more sports.
The winter Interschol was a tremendous week of competition. Pembroke retained the trophies in Table Tennis, Squash, Girls and Boys Soccer, and Chess, and suffered losses in Football, Netball, Girls Badminton and Boys Basketball. The Table Tennis team completed an undefeated season with a comprehensive display at the Interschol. This team has not lost a match in the last three seasons, and with a huge amount of potential in the junior ranks it appears we will continue to dominate this sport in years to come.
Leading Teams, a program designed to align members of a team to common goals and standards, continued to be used with great success across the Football program. With its successful implementation in the Senior Football teams in 2014, it was decided to include the younger teams in the program last season and to continue this in 2016. Members of the Pembroke Parents Football Committee have supported the program and it has been most pleasing to see the players and coaches embrace the program. Leading Teams helps the team to establish ‘trademarks’ and constantly reminds team members about the desired behaviour in order to obtain the team’s objectives. It is a program driven by the members of the team and works best when all players are ‘on board’.
Mr Holland and Mr Roberts are strong believers in the Leading Team philosophy and have also included it in the Senior Boys Hockey program. After winning their Division 1 competition last season, the First XI were again competitive this season, finishing an honourable third. The two Middle School teams also experienced success throughout the season and I am sure there are a number of students looking to step up to the First XI team next season. Congratulations to Jack (9S) who was selected to play in the State Under 15 Hockey team and the Secondary Schools Sport of South Australia team. Jack was so highly regarded that he was elected Captain of the State U15 team—a tremendous achievement.
The First XI Soccer team continued its good form in the regular SAAS competition and ended up top of the Division 2 table. There were 10 Boys Soccer teams representing the School each Saturday morning, the most ever entered by Pembroke. Mr Moore took on the role as Soccer Head Coach this season, and together with his team of coaches ensured that the players experienced engaging and enjoyable training sessions.
Australian Rules Football numbers also grew this season, with Pembroke nominating three senior teams, and for the first time entered a standalone Year 7 side, when previously this Primary A team had consisted of Years 6 and 7 players. The First XVIII squad had a successful season, winning some exciting encounters with the last kick of the day on three occasions. The Second XVIII had one of their most successful seasons on record, and both the Years 8 and 9 teams won most of their games, suggesting that Senior Football will continue to strengthen in the upcoming years.
Pembroke entered three teams in the Rugby competition this season. Mr List did a tremendous job in overseeing our Rugby program. Together with his dedicated team of staff and coaches, all three Pembroke teams qualified for the finals, with the U14 and First XV teams winning their grand final matches.
Pembroke continues to be successful in the relatively new school sport of Fencing. We had two Senior Girls teams and one Boys team this season, with two of these teams making the grand finals. Thank you to Mr Hayes and Mr Pring for their tremendous work with these students.
Thank you to all who have helped to create a great winter sports season.
Director of Sport
First XV Rugby team after winning their grand final