Jeppe is Johannesburg’s oldest boys’ school and has a very proud academic and sporting tradition, particularly from a hockey perspective where we have been arguably Johannesburg’s strongest school over the past 30 years.
Jeppe are the current holders of the prestigious Aitken trophy and have won the tournament a record 15 times including reaching the final 9 times in the last 13 years, winning 6 times in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Our U15 team are the current holders of the Boden Trophy having won the tournament a total of 10 times including 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
We have had more SA hockey international players (17) than any other Johannesburg based school, including three of the national teams’ most recent captains (Craig Jackson, Ryan Ravenscroft and most recently, Jethro Eustice who captained the national team vs. Austria in January 2015). Two of our old boys, Jethro Eustice and Gareth Heyns are in the current South African National Team.
The Astro Turf of the school was resurfaced in 2011 and named the Warren Boden Astro Turf. Mr. Boden taught at Jeppe from 1968 to 1988 and was instrumental in developing hockey at Jeppe and Southern Gauteng. In 2016, 37 boys were selected in the various Southern Gauteng provincial teams. Chris Makaba was selected for the SA U18A team, Jesse Martin for the SAU18B team and Callum Birkenfield and Keegan Smith for the SA U16 squad. All four of these boys are currently in the Jeppe 1st team.
We believe Jeppe currently has one of the best coaching structures of any school in South Africa. In 2016, our coaching structure includes:
- The U14 division is headed by Bryan Hillock, current Chairman of Southern Gauteng Schools hockey. Bryan is also a previous coach of the Southern Gauteng U14 provincial team as well as the convenor of selectors for the Southern Gauteng U13 team. Hillock teaches Afrikaans at Jeppe and is senior housemaster in Sable Boarding House.
- Dale Jackson, a deputy headmaster and former SA Schools and men’s provincial player assists the hockey division with recruitment, strategic direction and as manager of the 1st Mr. Jackson is a Chartered Accountant by profession who completed his PGCE and teaches Accounting and Business Studies.
- Mike Bechet who joined us at the beginning of 2015 from Maritzburg College heads up the U16 division. Bechet is a former national men’s selector and is a current U18 SA selector. Mr. Bechet has more than 35 years of experience coaching at 1st Team, U18 provincial and U18 national level. He is the most well-known and successful school boy hockey coach in the country.
- Gareth Heyns is our 1st team coach and current international player. Gareth, a Jeppe Old Boy, also captains the University of Johannesburg side which recently won the Varsity Cup and was also a key member of the Southern Gauteng men’s team that won the recent IPT.
We also regularly have former national players such as Craig Jackson, Albert Garcia and others assisting with specialist coaching or advice to the boys.
Facilities and Infrastructure
The Astroturf was relaid in 2011 and is a fantastic surface. All boys have access to the turf with A and B teams having a minimum of two practices per week on the Astro. The hostel boys also have access to the Astroturf when it is not being used for practices or matches.
In addition, Jeppe Quondam, who have won the men’s premier league more than any other non-university side in the past 30 years, currently play in the Premier league and so Jeppe schoolboys are exposed to premier league hockey from a very early age whilst still in school. In addition, Quondam practice at the school once a week and so the schoolboys are able to learn from provincial and national players on a regular basis.
Teams and Tours
Jeppe currently fields 15 hockey teams and with the growth in the sport at the younger age groups (we have an U14E team) this is expected to grow even further. Each team is allocated a coach and formal fixtures are arranged.
In addition, Jeppe is a core school of the annual Nomads Festivals and the A teams thus regularly travel nationally and play against the top schoolboy teams in South Africa. We also occasionally host touring teams from abroad during the season.
There is an annual away fixture against either Westville or Northwood High School which every hockey player participates in, thus giving even boys in the lower teams the opportunity to go on a tour each year.
Hockey is a fantastic sport that can be played for many years after school and which can form the foundation for lifelong friendships. It is one of Jeppe’s most successful sports and caters for the “social” as well as provincial player from a facilities, coaching and enjoyment perspective.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Black and White family and seeing you on the Astro.
|JEPPE vs KES – AWAY|
|Friday 04 and Saturday 05 August 2017|
|JEPPE vs WATERKLOOF – HOME|
|Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017|
|JEPPE vs PRETORIA BOYS – HOME|
|Saturday 20 May 2017|
JEPPE 1ST XI HOCKEY
AITKEN TROPHY 2017
Beat St John’s 2-1
Beat Noordheuwel 2-1
Beat Fourways 6-1
Beat Beaulieu 4-3
Beat KES 2-1
Beat St Benedict’s 3-2
JEPPE U15A HOCKEY
BODEN TROPHY 2017
Beat St Benedict’s 3-0
Beat St John’s 3-0
Beat Helpmekaar 11-0
Beat Noordheuwel 7-0
Beat Parktown 3-0
Beat KES 5-0
JEPPE U16A HOCKEY
TOP 8 TROPHY 2017
Drew with St Stithian’s 1-1
Beat Parktown 2-0
Beat Noordheuwel 9-0
Beat KES 2-0
Beat St David’s 3-0
|JEPPE vs WESTVILLE – AWAY|
|Friday 05 and Saturday 06 May 2017|
|JEPPE vs NORTHWOOD – HOME|
|Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April 2017|
|JEPPE vs ST JOHNS – AWAY|
|Saturday 25 March 2017|
vs ST STITHIANS
|Saturday 18 March 2017|
|U16F||Lost||2-0||Played St John’s|
|Hockey Fixtures 2017
Fri March 10 – Under–16 Festival (KES). Under-14 Festival (Jeppe)
Wednesday. March 15 – St Benedict’s (away)
Saturday March 18 – St Stithians (home)
Saturday March 25 – St John’s (away)
Friday March 31 to Monday April 3 – Nomads Festivals
– 1st team at Hilton
– Under-16 at Jeppe
Friday March 31 to Monday March 3 – Westville Festival (under-14A)
Friday April 7 to Monday April 10 – Nomads festival under-14 at Grey College
Thursday April 17 to Monday April 17 – King Edward Easter Festival (1st team)
Saturday – April 22 Northwood (home)
Saturday May 5 – Westville (away)
Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14 – Aitken, Boden and Top 8 Tournaments (various venues)
Wednesday May 24 – St Alban’s (home)
Saturday May 20 – Pretoria Boys’ High (home)
Saturday May 27 – Affies (away)
Wednesday May 31 St David’s (home)
Monday July 24 – SHINS (home)
Saturday July 29 – Waterkloof (home)
Saturday August 5 – King Edward (away)
Saturday August 12 – Parktown (home)