The winter season has recently concluded and once again Pembroke School has been proudly represented in a range of sports. I was fortunate enough this season to be able to take a sabbatical during Term 2 to evaluate our Sport program in greater detail. It was a great opportunity to reflect on what we already do well at Pembroke but also investigate ways of improving our program for current and future students.
My research has reaffirmed that we as a School offer a comprehensive, inclusive and competitive program. Our students embrace it, with more than 90% of them proudly representing our School on the sporting field. We have entered over 250 teams in summer and winter sport across a range of 24 different sports, the most of any Adelaide school. Many of the academic staff are involved in the Sports program, enhancing their relationship with students, parents and the broader community.
However, there is still room for improvement, specifically in the support and formation of pathways for our elite sportspeople, development of some of our less experienced coaches and improvement to our facilities, among other things. The School is keen to investigate strategies to facilitate these developments in the near future. There are exciting times ahead for Sports at Pembroke.
The Indigenous round and Beyond Blue round were both again highlights of the season, raising awareness and acknowledging important aspects of our broader community. Other highlights from this winter season for Boys Sport included premierships for the U16 and Open Rugby teams, and for our Middle A Basketball team. Our Open Boys Hockey team claimed the Sam Roberts Shield and then combined with the Senior girl players to claim the state title for the Open Knockout Mixed Hockey team. Finally, four of our Year 7 Table Tennis players combined to win the State Table Tennis Championships, a tremendous achievement.
There have also been many highlights within Girls Sport this season, including the Middle A Football team finishing the season undefeated and winning the IGSSA Shield in a knockout grand final against Seymour College 33-0. Four other teams also competed in the IGSSA finals, with the Open A Soccer team taking out the IGSSA Shield for the fifth consecutive year in a row. The untouchable Year 7A Netball team finished undefeated and won the IGSSA grand final by 2 goals against Scotch College. The Year 9A Netball team fought hard in the IGSSA grand final but Scotch proved to be too strong on the day. The Open B Navy Hockey team took out the title after a competitive round-robin finals day. Also, there was a noteworthy performance from the Senior D Netball team who finished the season undefeated.
Pembroke hosted the winter Interschol against Westminster School and retained the trophies in Table Tennis, Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer. Pembroke claimed the Girls Football trophy in its inaugural year but Westminster were too strong in the Open A Netball and Basketball, and narrowly defeated Pembroke in the Girls Badminton and Boys Football. Westminster were not able to field teams in Hockey, Chess, Squash or Rugby this season, which are all activities that we compete strongly in.
This season saw the rejuvenation of the Intercollegiate Cup against Scotch, with all Middle A and Senior A teams playing for points towards the overall cup. The score was tied at 6-all heading into the deciding match of First XVIII Football. Pembroke broke the game open early and claimed the vital intercollegiate point, as well as regaining the Jim Rosevear trophy.
Our coaching staff continued to improve this season with the appointment of Jordan Glover as Head of Hockey, Raymond Billings as First XVIII Coach, Krissie Steen as Head Girls Football Coach and Panuga Riou in Girls Badminton. All have experience at State league level and fitted seamlessly into the Pembroke culture.
Thank you to our teaching staff, external coaches, students and parents for their support throughout the winter season. Well done to the many students who made State - or National-level teams in their respective sports. I hope all involved have some pleasing memories and gained much from their season of sport.
Head of Sport