Jaydon Brooker captained the Southern Gauteng under-14A hockey team to victory in their interprovincial tournament at Kearsney College in the July holidays and it was the second time he had led the province to victory following the win of the under-13s in 2018.
He was at Jeppe Prep in 2018, and staying in Drostdy House after he had been identified at the under-13 IPT playing for Northern Cape the year before. He was persuaded to come to Jeppe on a bursary and it was a move, he says, that he will never regret.
Because he had already spent a year at Drostdy, he was placed in Sable House this year even though he is still in grade, and he is loving it. “We have a few more privileges that the guys in Drostdy, so I’m better off than my classmates, and I’m enjoying that,” he said.
He is the captain of the Jeppe under-14A hockey team this year and, with one game to go, they are unbeaten. “We drew with Paul Roos Gim and Northwood at the Founders Festival earlier on in the year, but have won all our other games.”
Jaydon scored two goals in the team’s 3-0 win over KES last Saturday and says that, while he has scored quite a lot of goals this year, he doesn’t know exactly how many. “I’m actually a link, our top goal-scorer would be Miguel de Jesus, our centre forward. Saturday was, however, our third win over KES this year, which was great.”
Jaydon also shone on the cricket field. He was the under-14A team’s top run-scorer, with 360-odd. “I never made a century, but I did get a 92 and three other 50s, so it was a good first half of the season for me.”
There’s no time off, he says. Pre-season cricket training begins as soon as hockey ends and he intends trying out for the athletics team as well. “I like long-jump and I think I might be quite good at the 1500m, but we will see.”
And then there is classwork too. “I passed all my subjects bar one in the June exams and I am getting help from the senior boys in Sable in that one,” he said. “I know I will have to work harder now that the end of the year is getting closer.”
He is very busy but he is loving every minute of it. Jaydon Brooker is a Jeppe boy who is making the best of all the opportunities he is receiving, we look forward to following for the rest of this year, and in the four years to come.