Hockey

HISTORY

Extract from 1959 school magazine:

“This year was the first time hockey was played at School. This game was introduces in order to cater for boys who were not actively engaged in rugby for some reason or other.  There seems little doubt that the introduction of hockey has provided certain boys with an opportunity of playing a game at school during the winter and of representing the school whereas previously they would have not had the opportunity of doing so. 

A portion or the main cricket oval was marked off as a hockey pitch, and although it was by no means an ideal pitch, the grass being too long and the ground to bumpy, it nevertheless served its purpose and in no way dampened the spirits of the boys”
From these humble beginnings in 1959 King Edward VII School has grown into a formidable hockey school in South Africa with proud hockey history and traditions.

In 2001 King Edward VII was fortunate to obtain its own artificial hockey surface. This, together with a professional approach to coaching, has enabled the School to maintain its position as one of South Africa’s premier hockey schools. In June 2011 the School resurfaced its artificial hockey turf with the latest technological development in artificial surfaces again keeping the school in the forefront of South African schools hockey.

The School forms part of the prestigious annual Nomads Festivals held each year for U14’s, U16’s and U19 school boy teams. The Nomads Festivals are festivals for the top hockey playing schools in South Africa.  Hosting of these festivals is rotated amongst these top hockey playing schools. King Edward VII hosts its own annual Hockey Festival over the Easter weekend which attracts the majority of the top hockey playing schools in the country.  This is held in conjunction with the Rugby Festival and together forms an extremely festive and well attended Easter Festival Weekend. The School also takes part in the annual Aitken cup which is the leading school boy Knock-out competition in Johannesburg for 1st teams. Since its inception in 1974 King Edward has won the tournament on 9 occasions.

On the provincial schools front, King Edward regularly provides a high percentage of provincial representatives to the Southern Gauteng teams and surpasses any other local School in South African school selections. Since 2005, 26 King Edward boys have been selected to represent South Africa in the U16, U17 and U18 age groups. In 2010, 30 King Edward Boys were selected into provincial schoolboy teams and 8 boys were selected into various South African schools age group teams. In 2011, 31 boys were selected into provincial teams, 5 of them selected for various South African schools age group teams.

Over the years King Edward VII School has produced a total of 16 players who have achieved National Colours at senior level including Gregg Clark who, at the culmination of the 2004 Olympic Games, became South Africa’s most capped hockey international with 250 appearances in the Green and Gold. Gregg Clark is was also a past South African men’s Coach. Another Old Boy and ex national hockey captain, Steve Jaspan, holds a board position on the International Hockey Federation as ‘High Performance and Coaching Chairman’. Steve was also head of the Schools governing Body for many years.

King Edward has a strong and proud sporting history of which hockey forms a pivotal part in keeping King Edward VII School amongst the leading sporting schools in South Africa.

Highlights & Notable Moments:

2017: Special occasion as OBA XI vs KES School XI do the School war-cry after official opening & unveiling of lights:

2016: 100 Caps up for Mitch Van Buuren & Sizwe Moyo palying for the Red Sticks. Their huge contribution & service to the game was marked at the Jeppe fixture in August 2016.



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