Junior Cricket

On Friday and Saturday our u13A Cricket boys competed against the two top cricketing schools in Port Elizabeth. This was a great learning experience for our players, who unfortunately were out of their depth against strong opposition.

Friday 12 October
Our boys played their first ever match under lights in very cold condition on Friday evening. They struggled to get off the mark and only managed to score 67/7 in their 20 overs. Sunridge Primary made easy work of the case and surpassed our total in the 12 over. Union u13A lost by 7 wickets.

Saturday 13 October
On Saturday our boys travelled to Grey Junior where they let themselves down with a poor display of fielding and bowling conceding 68 runs in extras. We struggled to put our opponents under any real pressure and allowed Grey to score freely in their 45 overs. Union lost by 296 runs.

Valedictory 2019

The annual Valedictory Service was held on Friday 12 October, and was a fitting farewell to the wonderful Grade 12 class of 2018. Deputy Head Prefects, Matt Harpur and Kelly Rose-Innes led the devotion, while the class presented a song, Queen of My Heart and a slideshow of their years at the School to those gathered.  In response to the Headmaster’s address, Head Prefects Rebecca Langmead and Cameron Muir spoke on behalf of the class.

The ceremony ended with the Grade 12’s leading out and starting a new tradition, where each learner rang the Centenary Bell just once as they took leave of the school.

“I’ll always look back, as I walk away.
This memory will last, for eternity…”
– Westlife

Junior Tennis vs Nico Brummer

Five girls and five boys participated in a 2-day tournament against Nico Brummer Primary School in Beaufort West on Friday and Saturday.

Despite very windy conditions, our players managed to pull out all the stops and secured an overall victory. Each player played 5 matches and succeeded in winning most, losing only 5 matches in total.

The team enjoyed fine hospitality and were treated to wonderful accommodation in a guest house on a farm near Beaufort West.

Mrs Grewar would like to thank all the players for their excellent manners and the gracious way in which they played.

Senior Cricket vs St Andrew’s High School

1st XI (50 over match)
St Andrews won the toss and elected to bat first. With a very new and inexperienced bowling attack Union allowed St Andrews to get off to a healthy start. However, despite being on the back foot the Union team fought back and managed to curb the run rate in the middle overs due to some excellent bowling by Brett Amsterdam and Caerwyn Spence, who managed to go for only 37 runs in his allotted 10 overs, in a game where the run rate was at 6 runs an over. This allowed Union to apply pressure on the already set batsmen and managed to take 3 quick wickets after drinks, leaving St Andrews having to rebuild their innings. Unfortunately having allowed them to have wickets in hand at the back end of the innings St Andrews took advantage of a good batting track and posted a well-played 302 for 4. Given the total posted the pick of the bowlers were Caerwyn Spence with 0 for 37 in 10 overs and Matthew Hesselink who took 2 for 27 in 5 overs.

Union then went in to bat and started with a wonderful 70 run opening partnership which was looking to set up the innings for an exciting run chase. Despite losing some quick wickets Luke Mc Naughton managed to hold his nerve and the innings together with some fine stroke play. Unfortunately a lack of experience in the middle to lower order proved to be the difference between the two batting performances and Union ended their innings on 218 all out.

Best batsmen were: Luke Mc Naughton 84, Brett Amsterdam 37 and Trevor Moos 25
Union lost the match by 84 runs.

Despite the loss there are many positives to take away for this very young side and the future of Union cricket is an exciting prospect.

U/15A
Union lost the toss, were sent in to bat and were bowled out for 59.
James Pienaar was the best batsmen with 25.
St Andrews Bloem went in to bat and managed to reach the total without losing a wicket.
Union lost the match by 10 wickets.

2nd Team
Union won the toss, elected to bat and managed to score 77 all out.
Best batsmen were: JJ Liebenberg 25, Z Ngwana 15 and W Kayster 11
St Andrews managed to pass the target with only 2 wickets down.
Best bowlers were B James 1/15 and Z Ngwana 1/24
Union lost by 8 wickets