Interschools Results

Union Schools and Volkskool have been neighbours, friends and rivals for almost 100 years and, irrespective of the outcome, this annual encounter always fosters an intense school pride while evoking a lot of emotion and excitement.

This year was no exception.

Although Union enjoyed a golden three years as victors of Interschools from 2016 to 2018, Union had to bend the knee to Volkskool this year, whose 1st rugby team won the encounter with 22 points to Union’s 3 points.

Congratulations to Volkskool on a good performance.

Well done to both hockey teams and their respective coaches! You put up a fierce fight!

The end score of the 1st hockey team’s match was 1 – 1.

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“Touching” Story Behind Lord Bowler

As always, Lord Bowler (seen here with captain Iviwe Ndamane) will be watching from the sidelines of the 1st XVs game this afternoon.

The saga of Lord Bowler, Union’s 1st XV’s mascot, started 46 years ago, in 1973.  The Head Boy that year was Johnny Smith. His father was renowned as a teller of tall tales, which in those days were colloquially called ‘bowlers’.  So when he decided to donate a teddy as a mascot to the 1st XV, it was immediately named ‘Mr Bowler’.

That same year, Andrew Crawford and Mark Wiley created the war cry which is still used today.

Tradition has it that the head of ‘Mr Bowler’ must be touched when the players are running out onto the field – indeed a touching story!  Since then, ‘Mr Bowler’ had been knighted and became ‘Lord Bowler’.

Lord Bowler might be the property of the first team, but over the years, he has stood for all the rugby teams who have taken to the Union fields in green and white.

100 Caps For Henzé

On Saturday, 10 August, Henzé Jaftha played her 100th game for the Union High School 1st hockey team.

To mark the occasion, Union’s Headmaster Mr. William Pringle presented her with a certificate prior to the start of the game against Volkskool.

The number of games she has played is an incredible achievement, the number of goals scored and saved is remarkable, but the way in which she has played the game is an example of grit and determination along with integrity and great sportsmanship, which is the most impressive of all.

We salute you, Henzé and a big thank you for all that you have contributed to the sport of hockey at Union.