Greenwood Bay College: our year in sport
This year has been a busy and productive year in the prep school, with our overall sport attendance far surpassing last year’s numbers throughout all of the grades. Our teams were able to compete at a high level across the board in the local leagues, boasting some large victories, as well as notable finishes in the Eden district’s high-profile tournaments. Some of the
2018 highlights include our largest-ever interhouse athletics day; the formation of our internal interhouse leagues; further expanding our highly successful tennis programme; hiring two of Plettenberg Bay’s most respected swimming coaches to head up our term 1 and 4 programme; touring to St Francis College with our soccer, netball and hockey teams; as well as the introduction of the Scratch Golf programme for the foundation phase and beginners’ rugby programme for the preprimary. The major inclusion of our new multipurpose Astroturf has also allowed for our hockey and cricket programmes to grow far beyond our expectations, and will only benefit our students, and community, going forward.
Looking particularly strong this year: all tennis teams, U13 cricket, swim team and U13 netball. And lastly, we are proud to boast quite a few students who earned their Eden and provincial colours across a host of sporting codes.
Our high school sporting programme has progressed in leaps and bounds this year, with participation numbers growing by more than double from 2017.
This allowed us to do more than just compete directly with larger and more established schools in the area. Our firstever high school sports tour was to Port Elizebeth in May, which was a particular highlight, where we saw our U16 soccer and netball teams return with some favourable results after four days, but more importantly, many memories that will last a lifetime.
Another first was the hosting of our five-a-side interschool action hockey festival on our new multipurpose Astroturf, where six schools from around the Eden district, including our own, battled it out for top honours. Next year looks set to be another great year for our high school sport, where we will look to further increase the participation and number of teams per sport, number of tournaments we will host in the year and quality of coaching to better compete locally and further along the Garden Route. Showing particular promise this year, were the 1st team boys hockey, 1st team girls netball, and 1st team soccer. Athletics and MTB also saw us competing at a high level, with particular students excelling beyond expectations.
ABOVE: Hockey is alive and well at Greenwood Bay, with successful tours and matches, along with big smiles from participants.
LEFT: Soccer was also one of the sporting codes that put Greenwood Bay College on the district’s map in 2018.
In 2018, Greenwood Bay College introduced a beginners’ rugby programme for the preprimary tots.