Founder’s Day Cricket
This past Saturday, 29 January, Union High School hosted another mighty cricket clash between the Old Boys and the school’s young cricketers in honour of the school’s Founders’ Weekend.
The day saw 40-over matches being contested between Union’s u/15 cricketers and their dads/Old Boys at the Botanics Sports Grounds, Union’s 3rd team and Old Boys at Hoër Volkskool and Union’s 2nd team and Old Boys on Union’s Puttick Field, with a 50-over match being played on Union’s Minnaar field between Union’s 1st team and the Old Boys.
The matches were played in buoyant spirit with a number of festive “20-somethings” bringing lots of banter and great fun. In the end, the four Old Boys’ teams managed to edge out their younger opponents in their respective encounters.
As the matches are not only about what happens on the cricket pitch, but the fun had on the sidelines and afterwards, 𝙬𝙚’𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙊𝙡𝙙 𝘽𝙤𝙮𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙/𝙤𝙧 𝘿𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙞𝙩 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙖 𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨.
The annual prizegiving ceremony was held in the Tony Burrell Union that same evening, after the day’s play. (𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘍𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵.)
We trust that the Old Boys are looking forward to a period of recovery until next year’s game. Hope to see you there!
Founder’s Day Hockey
The traditional 𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗦’ 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞𝗘𝗡𝗗 𝗛𝗢𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗬 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛 between Union High School’s 1st team and an Old Girls’ team was played on Friday afternoon, 28 January.
Those taking to the field for the Old Girls were a mix of alumnae joined by current and past teachers Hetma Holmes, Amor Mey and Sandia Barnard. There were even two Union dads – Mark Shires and Coert Vorster – pitting their skill against that of the 1st team girls.
While some of the Old Girls who played are a regular fixture at our school, such as Suzanne Marais, Chanzelle Heunis and Diane Murray, we were especially privileged to welcome back to the high school’s campus Sulette (née Damons) Kotzee, Class of 2007, for the match, as well as more recent alumna, Donné Marais, Jenna McNaughton, Laeticia Theron, Micaela Harris, Kiah Hoffman, Marche Green and Lauren Rose-Innes.
An added element of fun was sisters Jade (now an Old Girl) and Chloe Shires, who plays for Union’s 1st team, competing against each other on the field.
All of this contributed to a great atmosphere around the Union High School AstroTurf.
The game was a fiercely competitive one, which saw the Old Girls’ giving it their all to obtain a 6-4 victory.
“Education is important, but, moments like these are as well,” commented the event’s organiser Jennifer Hope. “Such a great day to be a Union alumna.”
𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘰𝘯!