The prestigious Sport awards ceremony was held on 7 November in the Martin Emmerick school hall.
Mr Michael Abrahams was the special guest of honour. He handed over the certificates and trophies to the worthy recipients.
An incredible amount of 40 pupils represented Eastern Province this year.
Ashley Ostling and Roxanne Welthagen represented South Africa at Indoor cricket and Power Breaking respectively.
The Sportswoman and Sportsman of the year were Kayla Schmelzer and Ashley Ostling.
Photos of the event can be found on the Gallery page.
Please see the sports reports below.
WINTER SPORT REPORT
The pride of wearing the Herbert Hurd hockey playing shirt, and the exhilarating sound of a hockey ball hitting the metal backboard of the goalposts, was one of the biggest motivating factors in our school’s hockey teams this year. This became evident in the number of positive results and goals scored. The manner in which these goals were scored cannot be comprehended unless one is a spectator in the crowd!
2017 proved to be another successful year for hockey at Herbert Hurd!!
Our nursery, the under 9 and 10 age group, is rapidly increasing in numbers. The junior teams continue to remain a force in the leagues where most of their games were won. Our successful “Mini Hockey Festival” where more than 120 U9 and U10 boys and girls participated, was boosted when Gryphon Hockey came on board to sponsor the event. The boys’ and girls’ 1st teams had an extremely busy season. The boys started the season playing in the Lorraine festival and the girls’ participated in the Priory tournament. Highlights of the season included trips to Knysna where 5 matches were played by both teams. The boys only lost 1 match and the girls were unbeaten!!! An awesome result! SEVEN boys and girls were selected to the Eastern Province teams this year.
Last year’s “Pitch and Play” initiative, which encouraged children to play with many players of different strengths, boosted the number of children who participated in squash this year. Two teams were entered into the league. These players grew in strength and this became evident when they won most of their games in the second half of the season.
Huge strides are being made in netball at our school. This is only the second year of playing in the EP league and we already have 5 teams registered. We have also been included in the traditional Saturday derby matches. Although we lost a number of matches, our girls gained a lot of experience. Congratulations to Chapman House who won the Interhouse competition. A huge thank you to all the coaches for their commitment to developing netball at our school.
Chess continues to grow and this is evident in the number of pupils attending the junior and senior chess trials. The A team had a successful season winning most of their games. The B team had a mixed season, winning some and losing some. We are extremely proud of our senior chess player, Cohen Geswint, who has been selected to play for the Eastern Province team. He will participate in the SA Junior Chess Championships in December which will be held in Johannesburg. We wish him all the best and hope he gives a check mate performance!!
Sheer guts, determination and courage are but a few words that come to mind when thinking of our u13A rugby team this year. Matthew Kitching captained the team and lead by example throughout the season. David Forbes, another stalwart in the team, was selected for the PE City Team and played in the sub union tournament in Cradock which they eventually won.
The U13A started their season by travelling to George for the annual Glenwood House festival where the boys gave a good account of themselves. They beat the hosts and narrowly lost 5-0 to St Stithians.
The U13 B boys played fantastic rugby this season and kept pushing for their place in the U13 A side. They had great victories over Woodridge, Union, Lorraine and Grey C this year.
The Under 11 age group continued to impress with their fluid ball handling skills. Although they lost games, the team started to gel in the latter half of the season. The B. team unearthed some gems as well. They played some great running rugby and, at times, were a pleasure to watch.
The under 9 teams displayed good rugby skills under the leadership of coaches Noble and Hopgood. We reaped the rewards of previously entering two under 9 teams in the league. This year’s passionate group of boys AND PARENTS had notable wins over Woodridge and a “come from behind” 20-15 win against Union.
The U9B’s had loads of fun exploring their new sport. They managed to win a few matches during the league with a good victory over Lorraine.
SUMMER SPORT REPORT
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, and missed the game-winning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed. “ Michael Jordan
2017 saw Herbert Hurd experience plenty of knocks, bruises and losses on the sports front. However, our true Hurdian sportsmanship was a shining beacon of hope and courage for our players, parents and spectators alike. The “never-say-die attitude” of our players was truly inspirational and impressive to all who supported the league games and Saturday derby matches. Irrespective of the results this year, we salute all our players for always playing for the school badge and not personal glory!
The growing interest and participation in the game has increased by leaps and bounds this year. The drive was to get as many youngsters involved in cricket as possible. This said, we have divided our U9’s into five cricket groups where the A team plays traditional hardball cricket in the league and the rest of the boys are involved in mini cricket. We will also be having an exciting hard-ball cricket session with our Grade 2 players next week where their skills will be evaluated. The U13A team had a successful season with notable victories over Lorraine, St. Georges and Clarendon Park, and Cambridge and Grens from East London. Our Hurdians were extremely destructive on the pitch which was evident through performances by the various teams. Seven boys achieved 5-wicket-hauls and a record number of 12 boys scored 50 runs or more! Ashley Ostling was the destroyer-in-chief scoring 50 runs or more on 5 occasions!
Another fantastic day was held at the Westbourne Oval on Friday, 22 September. The athletics inter house trophy was won by Chapman House and Kennersley house were the deserving winners of the Spirit award. An amazing 7 records were broken this year, which equals last years tally. This includes the u12 boys’ baton relay. Congratulations and well done to these athletes.
Tennis is a sport enjoyed by 120 players throughout the year. These pupils range from Grade 3 to 7. This year we entered 10 boys and girls teams into the Primary Schools 1st League. Four under 10A and B teams also play in their own league. Many of our enthusiastic tennis players entered the Summer and Spring Round Robin tournaments. These are fun tournaments and pupils are given an opportunity to play singles matches against players from other schools. Congratulations to Mazizi Matsha and Grace Yossacamlouk on making the EP teams.
The second year in its revival at school, Equestrian has done exceptionally well. We have 6 girls and 1 boy taking private lessons with Mrs. Roberts at Katelands Equestrian in Sardinia Bay. Each group contains 4 pupils and they meet on a weekly basis. We then moved to Curra Nova Equestrian centre where the riders have been encouraged to participate in taking-up, grooming and jumping. Holley van Heerden and Bergen Dekker have improved immensely and they have already entered into two shows this year.
Our Herbert Hurd swimmers have yet again had an extremely busy and successful swimming season and have proudly represented our school at various galas and levels throughout Nelson Mandela Bay. The year started with a record-breaking senior inter-house gala in which 11 individual records and 3 relay records were broken.
Our swimmers did very well in the Primary School’s relay gala this season with all age groups from u9 through to our open age group swimmers making it through to the finals, which will be held this Friday, 10 November 2017.
This was also the third consecutive year in which we were awarded the ‘Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics Executive Trophy’ for the Top 8 Co-Ed School with the most participants at all B-league galas.
Once again, our club swimmers made us proud at the various Level galas. Well done to Kayla Schmelzer and Ethan Renze for being awarded the top Level 3 achievers at the SA National Competition. It is definitely proof that hard work and dedication pays off.
At the end of the third term we showed our support for the Rotary swimathon in which approximately 500 learners took part, raising close to R10 000.00. These funds are donated towards polio vaccinations and other humanitarian needs.
Our annual Herbert Hurd Championship Gala was held in October, showcasing 90 swimmers from Grade 1 through to Grade 7. 8 records were broken that evening. Ethan Renze set 3 new records with the other new record holders being Tristan de Klerk, Kayden O’Connor, Myra Viduya, Jordan Erasmus and Katelyn Pienaar.
Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Rondebosch Boys from Cape Town for our Fifth bi-annual gala. The Wednesday evening consisted of a boys’-only gala in which we competed against Rondebosch and Grey Junior. The following afternoon, Clarendon Park, Summerwood and Collegiate joined in on the festivities in our co-ed invitational inter-school relay gala. We are extremely proud of our u10 girls who won all six of their races and the u12 boys who won four races. We ended off the evening with a fun and exciting ladder relay race in which Herbert Hurd placed second for both the girls and the boys.