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Hockey at Wynberg grew from very humble beginnings in 1967 when a temporary Maths teacher and a group of Standard 9 boys asked whether it was possible to introduce hockey. The reply was positive and a game was arranged against Wynberg Girls, which gave birth to Hockey at Wynberg. Thereafter, current Headmaster, Keith Richardson was quick to become the moving spirit behind the game. The growing pains were acute. Fears that the standard of Rugby would diminish led to the restriction of coaches, fields and players. Only boys in Standards 8, 9 and 10 were allowed to play – and then only with the permission of the master in charge of rugby and the Headmaster. A medical certificate or a strongly worded parental note was essential! Nonetheless, Wynberg Hockey quickly grew into a formidable sport. In 1997 we were the first school in the country to obtain our own astroturf which catapulted us ahead and kept us in line with the high level of schools hockey in the rest of the world. Hockey is currently one of the major sports at the school, with Wynberg being featured in the top ten hockey schools for a number of years. Wynberg currently have 15 teams entered into the Western Province Schools league, with major derbies being played against SACS, Rondebosch and Bishops. These derbies are always an exciting spectacle and in the past few years we have grown the notion of moving these clashes to a Friday night under lights, which makes for a fantastic atmosphere. The 1st XI and the U16A’s regularly tour in order to attend the top hockey festivals in the country. Wynberg Hockey is proud to say that we continue to go from strength to strength.

If we look back over the past decade we can attribute the success of Wynberg hockey to many things, including:

• Two top class Astros, one under lights, with a vision for continued upgrade and improvement.

• The effort, teamwork and input from passionate and skilled coaches and staff, many of whom are currently, or have been, National, Provincial and High Performance coaches, selectors or managers.

• A Hockey Parent support base, who work alongside the school to ensure Hockey remains at top level.

• Boys coming to Wynberg who want to grow their own individual passion and skill for the game.

• A desire from coaching staff and players to remain up to date with regard to the current trends in Hockey, as well as looking to do things ‘differently’ in order to remain at the top level of Hockey schools in the country – all helping our players to perform and win through hard work and – most importantly – to have fun and enjoy the game.

We believe that it is these things that set Wynberg Hockey apart. However, the players are a key component and we therefore encourage every boy who picks up a stick and takes to the field wearing the school colours, to do so with passion and a desire to continue the proud heritage of the sport at the school.

Wynberg has consistently produced Provincial and National representatives. Paul Revington went on to coach the National Men’s team from 2003 – 2006. The most recent SA Men’s representatives include Wayne Denne, Simon Martin, Ian Haley, Vaughn Erasmus, Criag Haley, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Rhett Halkett and Jonty Robinson.

2016

U21 National selection: Rob McKinley and Ryan Crowe

2015

National Schools selection:
SA U18A – Che February

2014

National Schools selection:
SA U18A – Craig Botha, Ryan Crowe
SA U16A – Che February

Provincial Schools selection:
WP U18A – Craig Botha, Chad Gouws, Greg Briton, Ryan Crowe, Cameron Ryan,
WP u16A – Wade Dollman, Lutho Mlunguza, Che February, Liam Madison

2013

National Schools selection:
SA U18A – Robert McKinley, Quintin Dreyer, Ryan Crowe
SA U18B – Tim Welsh

Provincial Schools selection:
WP U18A – Robert McKinley, Quintin Dreyer, Ryan Crowe, Craig Botha, Dylan van der Mescht, Tim Welsh, Cameron Ryan
WP U18B – Greg Briton, Chad Gouws

2012

National Schools selection:
SA U18A – Jason Smith
SA U16A – Craig Botha, Ryan Crowe

Provincial Schools selection:
WP U18A – Jason Smith
WP U18B – Robert McKinley, Dylan van der Mescht, Tim Welsh
WP U16A – Craig Botha, Greg Briton, Ryan Crowe
WP U16B – Shu-Aib Samaai, Chad Gouws, Cameron Ryan

2011

National Schools selection:
SA U18 – Michael Mulder (Matric 2010)
SA U16 – Robert Mckinley, Quintin Dreyer, Dylan van der Mescht

Provincial Schools selection:
WP U18A – Jason Smith, Michael Mulder, Kyle Miller, Louis Mbuyu, Travis Cresswell
WP U18B – (Pens) Kevin Venter, Craig Little, Rushin October, Travis Muller, Non-Travelling Reserve Adie Wiegman
WP U16A – Robert McKinley, Quinton Dreyer, Ryan Crowe