Today was the last match of the A Grade Hockey season and for a number of the team the last game they will play for Island School.Throughout the season, full turn out for matches has been a problem as year 11,12 and 13 students have so many demands on their time. In addition, not having a regular goalkeeper was a definite challenge at this level so our first vote of thanks must go to Lauren Bennett 13R who so confidently stepped up and took on the opposition as stand in goalie.
Throughout the season, Issy Brown 13N has been an excellent captain; organising the team, player cards and buses .She has shown real leadership and genuine care for all team members. We have a core of Year 11 students;Emily Mantle, Niamh Neville, Jemma Keefe, Emma Davis, Ada Ytterdal, Carmen Li, Andrea Chin and Noa Horowitz who have committed to the team for most if not all of the last five years and who have turned up for virtually all the matches – well done! Their sense of teamwork is wonderful and their skills have developed hugely.They were joined this year by our Year 10 rising stars Disha Shetty and Dharesha Jhaveri- Disha was the player of the match for this last game.
Coaching this team is always a pleasure as they are highly regarded by the professional umpires and other schools as being a supportive, skillful team who always show excellent sportsmanship.They are a credit to Island School and I hope they will continue to play even when they have left Island School.
A Grade Hockey Coach