– Danie Keet. Above: Somerset College 1st girls’ hockey team are (back) from left: Ainsleigh de Kock (coach), Lauren Venter, Stephanie Bihl (captain), Emma Anderson, Michaella Beart (vice-captain), Mikayla Boettger, Jemma Falkenberg, Alexia Falkenberg and Sophia Downes. In front are Andrea du Plessis, Jemma Boettger, Tarka Harford, Audrey Yeoman-Simpson, Hanna van Heerden, Kristen Germishuys and Tessa Wittles.

The girls’ 1st hockey team from Somerset College were meant to take part in the St Mary’s Waverley hockey festival in the 2020 April holidays.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hockey tour could not take place. 

The girls’ 1st hockey team set about covering the distance from Somerset College to St Mary’s together as a team by running or walking the 1400kms over four weeks on home turf.

Furthermore, they decided that the funds raised by them would go to a local charity named Hope and Light Community Welfare in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village.

Each hockey team member also donated a blanket for each of the 25 children in the Hope and Light Children’s’ Home, which were delivered by the four matric players to this children’s home in Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Somerset College matric hockey players and the blankets they collected. From left: Stephanie Bihl (captain), Mikayla Boettger, Michaella Beart (vice-captain) and Emma Anderson.

Somerset College matric hockey players and the blankets they collected. From left: Stephanie Bihl (captain), Mikayla Boettger, Michaella Beart (vice-captain) and Emma Anderson.

The Stellar girls hockey team practising from left are Tessa Wittles, Emma Anderson, Hanna van Heerden, Andrea du Plessis, Michaella Beart (vice-captain), Lauren Venter, Stephanie Bihl (captain), Kristen Germishuys, Mikayla Boettger, Ainsleigh de Kock (coach) and Tarka Harford.

The Stellar girls hockey team practising from left are Tessa Wittles, Emma Anderson, Hanna van Heerden, Andrea du Plessis, Michaella Beart (vice-captain), Lauren Venter, Stephanie Bihl (captain), Kristen Germishuys, Mikayla Boettger, Ainsleigh de Kock (coach) and Tarka Harford.

A special mention must be made of both Stephanie Bihl (captain) and Michaella Beart (vice-captain) who contributed 276 and 235 km respectively to the 1400 km goal. The team also set the target of raising R21,000 by the time they had completed the 1400 km goal. Somerset College is extremely proud of these girls for achieving both their goals over the weekend and for making a difference through this initiative.

The Somerset College Girls 1st Hockey team’s donation will make a huge difference in the lives of many children!