St Charles College hockey Specialist, Matthew Coombes talks to us…

St Charles College and Matthew Coombes laying the foundations.

In our ongoing series we chatted to Matthew Coombes, hockey specialist for St Charles College, about the year thats been and what his hopes are for 2019.

St Charles College has embarked on a ambitious development project to raise the level of excellence in their school in all spheres as they head to towards their 150th in 2025 with hockey being a part of it.

Matthew, in terms of the overall health of St Charles College hockey what are some of your observations?



St Charles College are laying a new waterbased astro, how will this help in the development of Saints hockey?



As the newly appointed 1st team coach could you share what your overall feelings are about the challenges ahead.



The Saints season got off to a solid start when the took on Kearsney College on the 23 March. With many of the 1st team hockey squad being away on cricket duty at the T20 nationals the weekend before this was the first game that they had played as a team. The 1st and U16A teams were tightly contested with the College coming away with commendable draws away from home.

Over this last weekend the St Charles 1st team took part in the Clifton School ISHF held at the Riverside venue in Durban.

Summary of results:

SCC-Bishops 0-1

SCC-St Stithians 1-1

SCC-St Benedicts 5-0

SCC-Uplands 2-2

SCC-St Andrews(Bloem) 4-2


The future does indeed look bright as the St Charles College U14A(picture below) had an impressive run of results at the U14 ISHF winning 5 from 5.

The victorious U14A side at the recent ISHF. (Picture courtesy of St Charles College)

Summary of results:

U14A ISHF results:

SCC 3 – 0 St Davids

SCC 2 – 1 Oakhill

SCC 2 – 0 St Benedict’s

SCC 4 – 1 St Andrew’s School

SCC 3 – 0 St Alban’s


We wish Matthew and his team well as they take the next steps in their hockey development.

Till next time,


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