Jack Thonissen ("Jackers")

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I have been a PRINCESS Player since 2009. 

 

I play with the PRINCESS 6star, Mould 3 (SG3), 36.5"!

Jack Thonissen ("Jackers")

Provincial Player

I was the worst hockey player ever not making the starting line up for the Pinelands High School (PHS) u16C hockey team when in Grade 9 back in 1999. When I saw guys in my grade like Austin Smith (WPu16A at the time and now SA mens hockey captain) and Malcolm Arguile (WP u16 at the time and SAu21 and Southern Gauteng men later) playing hockey I thought they weren't anything special and I was just as good. I challenged them and they invited me down to play 2 hours of indoor hockey that Sunday. I realised I had zero skill and I couldn't walk for the next week. I started playing indoor hockey with them each Sunday and just stopped and passed.. playing hot potato with the hockey ball. I'll never forget the first time I actually took someone on.... I'm not sure if it was because I had finally developed some skill or if I had taken the player completely by surprise. Either way... I cruised past in style and it was official - I had improved!

 

I went to PHS u16 A trials the following year and the coach Mike McConnachie noticed I had improved. He suggested I work on my "astro skills" and with that he selected me for the PHS u16A team which went unbeaten in the regular season and won the WP Knockout competition beating Wynberg Boys HS in the final. The following year in 2001 I made the PHS 1st team and we beat Bishops in the u18 WP Knockout. In 2002 the PHS 1st team went on the beat Wynberg Boys HS in the WP u18 Knockout final coming from behind 3-1! This was my matric year and I was one of four players sent to WPu18 trials (an honour in itself). I made my first provincial team, WP u18 Pens - it was a major achievement!

 

I joined Pinelands Hockey Club in 2000 (when u16) and post school was determined on making the Grand Challenge 1st team. In 2003 I got my chance and took it with both hands and have been playing in the side ever since having won the league for the first time in the clubs history in 2006! If you are a youngster and you are reading this - GO PLAY CLUB HOCKEY!! You can learn a lot from playing with men who can't necessarily run as hard or as fast as you, but who are bigger and more skilled and wise on the field. The highlight of my career has been representing the WP Pens team (Men's B side) at nuemour men's interprovincial tournaments. However in 2014 I was a late call up to the team and made history by being part of the first ever provinces "B" team to WIN the A section of the 2014 Men's interprovincial tournament. This is the highest honour in domestic club hockey and we beat our own WP Men's A team in the semi's and Southern Gauteng A in the finals! 

 

Hockey Playing Achievements

- WP u16 Knockout Champs with PHS u16A team (2000)

- WP u18 Knockout Champs with PHS 1st team (2001 and 2002)

- WP u18 Pens team (first IPT at St Johns Collegein Joburg) (2002)

- Pinelands Hockey Club Grand Challenge Team (2003 to present)

- Won most improved player at the Pinelands Hockey Club (2003)

- WP u21 Pens team (2005 &2006)

- WPHU Grand Challenge Champions with Pinelands Hockey Club (2006)

- Champ of Champs Club competition with Pinelands Hockey Club (2006)

- Played WP mens Pens team for senior outdoor IPTS in East London (B section), Potch (A section) and Pietermaritzburg (A section) (2008 - 2010). Won GOLD medal in A section of IPT in 2014! 

- Best indoor player at Pinelands Hockey Club (2008)

- WP Mens indoor IPT (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) - silver medalist in 2011. 

- WP "M1" indoor league winners with Pinelands Hockey Club - numerous times but definitely 2003 and 2011

- PRINCESS Pro Series player for the Enriching Life Eagles (2010-present). Champions of the 2011 series and both other times in the final!

 

Administrative Achievements

Award for Long Service to the Pinelands Hockey Club

Pinelands Hockey Club Match Secretary - many years

South African Hockey Executive Member - Athletes Commission (2010 to present)

Western Province Hockey Union Executive Member - Marketing Portfolio (2010 to present)

Don't complain - go get involved with adminstration at your Club, Province or even SA hockey!!