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Boland Schools Hockey 2016

25 March 2016

To all Boland Schools Hockey Representatives, Coaches, Managers, Umpires, Officials, Parents and Players:

Welcome to Boland Hockey 2016!

With a wonderful 2015 hockey season behind us, it will be difficult to live up to the resulting expectations … hence we will have to continuously "up our game".

By the time you read this, the SPAR WESTERN CAPE GIRLS HOCKEY CHALLENGE 2016 has already kicked off; with the Junior Pro Series the week-end thereafter. Many schools have already participated in various competitions, locally and abroad … i.e. the hockey season has already started.

In order to “up our game”, it is critical that ALL the stakeholders (schools, coaches, parents, etc.) start owning some of the ‘Boland challenges’ and actively participate and contribute. I have heard many times “… this is a Boland problem, not a school matter …” However, the Boland Committee is just a representative forum for all the schools – i.e. well-known challenges like transformation, funding, communication, controls must be ‘owned’ by the schools, requires assistance from the parents; the Committee merely administers and facilitates. We are always looking forward to positive contributions. Please support us as such.

Furthermore, in a recent Special General Meeting it was decided that the Boland Primary Schools body would function within a compromise interim structure through collaboration with the existing Boland High Schools Hockey organization; i.e. we will work closely together and reap the benefits of the mutual expertise and associated synergies. This approach is strongly supported by SASHOC and we are certainly very excited about it.

Hence, this is a special word of welcome to all the U14s who will represent Boland for the first time at High Schools level, as well as the U13s who will join us in many years of exciting Boland Hockey!

We are also extremely excited to announce and highlight that the following teams will represent Boland in 2016:

  Age Group Type Boys Girls
  HIGH SCHOOLS
1 U18 IPT IPTA
IPTB
IPTA
2 U18 Regionals Pinotage
Barlinka
Shiraz
INVITATION
Pinotage
Barlinka
Shiraz
3 U16 IPT IPTA
IPTB
IPTA
IPTB
4 U16 Regionals Pinotage
Barlinka
Shiraz
Pinotage
Barlinka
Shiraz
5 U14 IPT Western Cape (WP,Boland, SWD) Western Cape (WP,Boland, SWD)
6 U14 Regionals INVITATION
Pinotage
Barlinka
Shiraz
INVITATION
Pinotage
Barlinka
Shiraz
  PRIMARY SCHOOLS
7 U13 IPT IPTA IPTA
8 U13 Regionals Pinotage
Shiraz
Pinotage
Shiraz

 

Please Note: For the first time we have introduced an INVITATION side to our teams. For Girls U18, this will in essence be a Boland B team representing us at the Regional tournaments (in addition to the Regional teams). As we were not granted an IPT B team (for Girls U18), this provides an opportunity for an extremely talented group of players to participate and be best prepared for 2017. At U14 level, the INIVITATION sides represent a Boland A team also participating in the Regional tournaments – in order to better prepare these players for the U16 IPTs.

By voorbaat dank vir die harde werk, opoffering en ondersteuning. Dit word opreg waardeer!

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Dan Gable

Vriendelike Groete / Kind regards
Andreas Bartsch
Boland Schools Hockey: Chairman

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