SNR. COLLEGE SPORTS REPORT - TERM 2 (2019)


The sports we had on offer this term were as follows:
1. Cross Country – Introduced into the Ashton sport program for the very 1st time this year.
2. Hockey – boys and girls
3. Netball
4. Rugby
5. Surfing
6. Tennis – Boys only

CROSS COUNTRY

Cross country was introduce this year as part of the schools extra-curricular program. Ashton entered into various Durban events hosted at schools across Durban. Joining us as the Cross Country coach was Gill Sieling who is a professional runner. Gill is a competitive long distance runner, with numerous accolades to her name. Comrades Ultra Marathon 4 times. In her 2nd up run she came 20th lady, and 5th in her age group. London Marathon 2015, saw a PB 2h 53 minutes, and fastest SA time record in her age group. 2nd veteran marathon runner in South Africa for the competitive year 2014, based on her then PB of 2h 57 minutes. She runs numerous 21.1 km (half marathons) and 42.2km (marathons) throughout the year, consistently being placed 1st or 2nd veteran and often placed in the overall medals. Member of the Gauteng marathon team 2011 - 2016. Thank you, Gill for coaching our Cross Country runners and putting this sport on the Ashton map.

HOCKEY

Our hockey programme this year experienced some truly outstanding results. Our girls’ 1st team is currently placed 3rd in the U18 league with 3 wins and 2 draws. Noticeable performances were against Crawford North Coast, St Henry’s and Kingsway. Congratulations to the 1st team management staff of Mrs Frank, Shelley Jones and Mrs Van Rensburg (Joosten).
Our U16 girls’ had a strong season as well currently in 4th place in the league. They recorded fantastic wins against Crawford North Coast, Northlands and Kingsway. Well done to players as well as Coach Miss McGrath.

The team of the term though for girls’ hockey was most definitely the U14A hockey girls. The U14A Girls’ coached by Mrs Audibert are currently unbeaten in the girls’ league having recorded great wins over schools such as Kloof, Crawford, Hillcrest, Northlands and a draw against Durban Girls’ High. Well done to all our Girls’ hockey teams on an outstanding term. Your dedication to the sport and the long hours spent perfecting your skills has truly paid off.
Our Boys’ hockey was also in great form this term. They do not participate in leagues, but have derby days pairing up with the rugby fixtures. Our boys 1st team had a slow start to the season but as the season, progressed they found their feet.

They recorded impressive victories over schools such as Westville Boys’ 3rds, Northwood 2nds, Glenwood 2nds as well as our local rivals, Crawford North Coast. Well done to all the players including the Matrics, some of whom have been a part of the 1st team since their Grade 9 year. Our U16A Boys were outstanding this season with a 78% win ratio racking up victories against Westville C’s, Curro Hillcrest as well as Kloof. Our U14A team was coached by our very own SA Country Districts player Gareth Bishop and ex. UCT 1st team player Ross Schreuder. Under their guidance, our U14A team went unbeaten this season recording 7 out of 7 wins locally. They also participated in the annual Ken Florens U14 Festival hosted by Northwood. On this Tour, they played against the likes of Northwood, Glenwood, Westville, Maritzburg College and Waterkloof. They came away with 3 draws and 1 win.

Well done to all our hockey teams for showing great H.S.C.C and for being great ambassadors of the Ashton Hockey Brand. We are extremely proud to also boast 32 Ashton players who will represent their province at the forthcoming National age group Tournaments. The following players were selected to represent KZN:

TEAM BOYS TEAM GIRLS
U14A J. Fisher U14A S. Ntundzi
U14B R. Pritchard U14 Country Districts A. Hoza
  T. Rivhanna   J. Meyer
U14C J. Moss   I. Wilson
  K. van der Merwe   J. Black
U14 Country Districts C. Deavin-Mears   M. Zulu
  S. van der Linde   A. Goss
  O. Mjaja   S. Finlay
U16C J. Wilson U16 Country Districts E. Black
U16 Country Districts C. Steytler   R. Johnstone
  F. Oldreieve U18 Country Districts M. van der Linde
  Y. Permual   K. Hullet
  A. van der Merwe    
  K. Fisher    
U18C M. du Rand    
  B. Nduli    
U18 Country Districts D. Olivier    
  J. Woodley    
  R. Southey    
  E. Coertzer    

NETBALL

Our netball, under Mrs Medina-Richards and her team of coaches, had a great season of outdoor netball taking a break from the action netball league. The league results have not been released at this point in time, but we can expect a great representation for our teams. Our 1st team had a competitive season with many nail biting performances. They had some impressive wins against Maris Stella and St Henry’s and a hard fought draw with the Kingsway 1st team. Considering that many of the players are shared between hockey and netball, we can be so proud of the girls and their ‘never say die’ attitude and their love for their teams and coaches. Our 2nd team was unbeaten this season beating Fatima, Curro Hillcrest and St Henry’s. Our U16A team was also very competitive losing 1 game the entire season in a narrow encounter with Fatima. Our U15A team had a 50% win ratio improving on their record from last year in great fashion, learning from some hard defeats, to come back stronger every match. Our U14A team were the stars on the court this season only losing one game, but recording incredible and convincing wins against the traditionally top netball teams. These include victories against Fatima, Maris Stella and Curro Hillcrest. They enjoyed an 86% win ratio. Well done to all our teams on an outstanding season. We congratulate the following girls who were selected for KZN teams:

-  U14A Eryn Baird & Isabella Wilson
-  U16A Tiffany Badenhorst
-  U17A Zoe Potgieter

Our Matrics, Tyler-Jane Wright, Michelle van der Linde (Captain) and Rachel Clewlow have played at ‘A’ team level since Form 1, playing 1st team Netball for the past two years. This was the final match of their High School Career. Thank you, ladies for your dedication to the sport and your school. All the very best for the future. You will be missed!

RUGBY

Our rugby season was a busy one with matches every week against some extremely tough opposition. Our season got off to a great start with our 1st team recording a 19-9 victory against Treverton College. With 1 player on the bench due to injuries, our boys showed great courage and tenacity to hold off Treverton and come away with a convincing victory. With the bolstering of our coaching ranks with semi-professional rugby player Riccardo Menezes joining our coaching team , we are sure that our rugby programme will go from strength to strength. Our junior age groups played 7s this season and came away with some great results and some extremely narrow losses that could have gone either way. At the Wembley 7s Tournament we walked away with victories over schools such as Grace College, Wartburg, Reddam and a narrow loss to Waterfall College in the semi-finals. We are excited to congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent KZN Country Districts this year at their Annual National Tournament:

-  U16 Tristan Turner
-  U18 Tanner McCarthy
-  U19 Trent Strydom

SURFING

Unfortunately, the surfing season was interrupted by the recent strikes in Durban as well as the issues with sewage in the water, but nonetheless, our team has performed exceedingly well. Our surfing team, captained by Dylan Gibbs and managed by MIC of Suring- Mr Kyle McNeill, have progressed to the finals with Dom Southwood making it through to the individual final champions. Both events have been included in the programme for this year’s Ballito Pro. Best of luck to Dom and the team.

TENNIS

Our tennis boys had an outstanding season once again competing in the B league. They came away with some great victories against schools such as Northwood 2nds. We look forward to our tennis courts being finished this term which will allow us to practice and host fixtures at Ashton. We look forward to the growth of tennis at Ashton through incredible enthusiasm and guidance of Mr Ferrandi. We have recently been informed that our Boys have been ranked 3rd in the B League. Very exciting news indeed! Onwards and upwards!

ATHLETICS

Amy Naude will be participating in Athletics in Portugal from 24 June to 23 July. We wish her all the very best with her training programme in preparation for this competition and for actual event. Best of Luck, Amy! Fly our Flag with pride!

Thank you to all our coaches for all your hard work and dedication. Well done to all of our players who represented our school with such heart and enthusiasm. We wish all our sportsmen and women who will be going on Provincial Tours all of the very best! We know you will make your Province as well as your school proud.

Written by: 
Mr Craig Currin (Snr. College - Sports Head)