Hockey League
The hockey season has drawn to a close and in brief, hockey has been an immense success this year.  All teams, from Grade 3 to 7, performed above expectations and there were some good results.  Our success can be attributed not only to the girls’ utter determination, spirit and love for the game, but to all the coaches who indeed moulded and improved the girls’ skills. Thank you, for your hours of dedication.

Another big thank you must go to the mums who helped with teas for all our home matches.  The staff and girls really appreciate all the time everyone has put into making the hockey afternoons at the UJ Astro run so smoothly.  Last, but not least, the parents’ support and all their help with lifting – thank you very much.

Hockey Festivals
The Combined Team had a very successful festival at St Stithians.

The Grade 4 and 5 Hockey festivals which took place on Saturday 27 July at Brescia and St Andrew’s was very successful for our APPS teams.  Both teams had many short matches against various schools.

The girls played very well and thoroughly enjoyed the morning.  Thank you, to the parents for their support and congratulations to the girls who conducted themselves very well on and off the field.  Well done to all who played.

The Grade 3 players played their games at a festival at the Roedean Astro on Wednesday 24 July.  All players were extremely excited and played with great enthusiasm even though it was very cold.

The Grade 2 girls played their first match of hockey on Wednesday 31 July against St Teresa’s.  The results were very good for the start of their hockey careers at APPS.  Well done, to all who played.

Pretoria Festival
The Grade 7 hockey team went to Pretoria for the annual hockey festival.  Every year the players look forward to the trip with great excitement.  The hockey is of a high standard and the experience very beneficial to the girls.  The games are very competitive and loads of fun.  The team plays well together and has reached a high standard of play, improving tremendously.

Interhouse Hockey
The interhouse hockey was very exciting.  The matches were very close and all girls played with enthusiasm and good sportsmanship.  St Andrew won the competition, followed by St Patrick and St George, respectively.  Well done, to everyone.
Ms Mo Pearson

Interhouse Netball
Our Netball season ended with our Interhouse matches from Grade 3 to 7.

Overall, 95 goals were scored!  The Grade 5 girls scored the most goals (24), followed closely by the Grade 6 girls with 23 goals.  The best goal difference was achieved by the Grade 5 St Andrew’s girls with a positive 11, followed by the Grade 7 St Andrew’s girls with a positive 9 and the Grade 3 girls came next with a positive 8.

St George won at the Grade 3 level, St Patrick won at the Grade 4 level, St Andrew at the Grade 5 level, St Patrick at the Grade 6 level and St Andrew at the Grade 7 level.  Adding up all the scores (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss), St Andrew just beat St Patrick by one point for first place.  The point totals are as follows:  St Andrew – 14 points, St Patrick – 13 points and St George – 9 points.

Well played, to all the girls and a big thank you to all the coaches.
Ms Dot Hartmann